PAPERhttp://www.23880175.com/PAPERen-usSun, 17 Mar 2019 00:05:16 -0000https://assets.rbl.ms/19068909/210x.pnghttp://www.23880175.com/PAPERTan France Says You're Saying 'Squirrel' Wronghttp://www.23880175.com/queer-eye-tan-france-squirrel-2631872659.html

Queer Eye is back with its third season on Netflix! And if you haven't started watching the new episodes, then you better prepare yourself for some tears, laughs, and majorly adorable moments from the Fab Five. One of the moments that has gone viral is the way Tan France pronounces the word "squirrel."

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This time around, the guys go to Missouri. And within the first few minutes of the very first episode, while talking about their first hero, Tan gets into a debate with his American/ Canadian friends about the pronunciation of "squirrel." The Internet did its thing, and now there are a bunch of hilarious squirrel/squirl/skwerl/skworl tweets. Here are some of our favorites:

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Sun, 17 Mar 2019 00:01:19 +0000http://www.23880175.com/queer-eye-tan-france-squirrel-2631872659.htmlTan franceEntertainmentAntoni porowskiKaramo brownJonathan van nessJvnBobby berkQueer eyeFilmTvTelevisionShowNetflixFamous peopleQueer eye season 3New seasonSquirrelTwitterTwitter.comTweetsViral memesJasmine Ting
What Really Happened with Paris Jackson's 'Suicide Attempt'?http://www.23880175.com/paris-jackson-suicide-attempt-2631866578.html

On Saturday, Paris Jackson was reportedly rushed to the hospital from a suicide attempt. TMZ broke the story, but the actress/model denies that this ever happened

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According to TMZ, police and emergency medical services responded to Paris's Los Angeles home at 7:30 AM because she had slit her wrists. The celebrity news site's sources said that this was done in direct response to the child molestation and abuse allegations against her father, legendary pop singer Michael Jackson, and the "fallout" after the controversial documentary Leaving Neverland was showed. They claim this information came from "family sources" and "law enforcement sources."

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Within minutes of TMZ's tweet of the report, the 20-year-old responded saying, "fuck you you fucking liars."

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Entertainment Weekly reports that Paris did have a medical incident on Saturday, but it sounds like it wasn't caused by an attempt to harm herself. A source told the publication that "any reports of a suicide attempt or a 5150 hold at a hospital are 'simply untrue.'" She's now safe at home, and doing well.

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Paris stands firm, and maintains her father's innocence. She hasn't explicitly commented on Leaving Neverland because she says that it "isn't [her] role." But she's said that she supports her cousin, Taj Jackson, in his defense of Michael. She tweeted, "I'm just tryna get everyone to chill out and go with the flow, be mellow and think about the bigger picture. that's me."

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Back in 2013, the only daughter of Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe was confirmed to have attempted suicide. Thankfully, she survived, and has been open about her mental health and struggles with depression ever since.

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Sat, 16 Mar 2019 22:48:11 +0000http://www.23880175.com/paris-jackson-suicide-attempt-2631866578.htmlParis jacksonCareFamous peopleMichael jacksonSuicideMental healthHealthSuicide attemptCelebrityParis jackson suicide attemptDebbie roweLeaving neverlandJasmine Ting
Aunt Becky Gets Evictedhttp://www.23880175.com/lori-loughlin-fuller-house-netflix-2631839299.html

It's been quite a week for Lori Loughlin. The Fuller House star is now at the center of a high-profile college admissions scam, and recently got indicted for allegedly paying bribes of up to $500,000 to an “admissions consultant" who faked her two children's SAT scores, and got them into the University of Southern California. In light of the scandal, the actress will no longer be appearing in any more episodes of Netflix's Full House spinoff.

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?Netflix sources confirmed to THR ?that there are no plans to have Aunt Becky, who has appeared on about 20% of the show's total episodes, reappear in the fifth and final seasoon of the show. Previously, People reported that the producers of the show want to “protect” the kids of the show from all the news as they’ve grown attached to Loughlin. "Lori isn't on every episode, but there is a lot of affection on the set. She is great with the kids, and they all love her,” a source told the magazine. “So almost every other adult, both cast and crew, I have reached out to [the kids] to make sure that they are okay. There's a group text, and everyone is calling each other. It's not really gossip, it's more trying to come to terms with it. No one saw this coming with her."

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This news comes after Hallmark Channel also severed their ties with Loughlin. They said in a statement, "We are no longer working with Lori Loughlin and have stopped development of all productions."

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?Loughlin was a Hallmark Christmas movie staple, and starred as the main character in drama series When Calls the Heart. She has also appeared in numerous Garage Sale Mysteries films.

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Loughlin appeared in Los Angeles federal court on Wednesday, and she was released on a $1 million bail. She still has another court appearance, which is set for March 29 in Boston.

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Sat, 16 Mar 2019 19:12:50 +0000http://www.23880175.com/lori-loughlin-fuller-house-netflix-2631839299.htmlLori loughlinScandalScamLoughlinFelicity huffmanOlivia jadeFamous peopleEntertainmentFilmTvNetflixJasmine Ting
The New Zealand Gunman Named YouTuber PewDiePie, Candace Owens, Donald Trumphttp://www.23880175.com/new-zealand-shooting-pewdiepie-2631773159.html

The 74-page manifesto and Facebook livestream that Brenton Tarrant — the 28-year-old gunman accused of murdering 49 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand today — used to discuss and document his crimes are a trollish and irony-soaked catalogue of the far-right online. Tarrant's manifesto, according to The New York Times, was posted on 8chan, an extremist website named for its radical views in comparison 4chan, prior to the shooting, ending with the statement: "Well lads, it's time to stop shitposting and time to make a real life effort post."

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In a self-administered Q&A in the manifesto, Tarrant weaved in obscure memes alongside violent white nationalist and Islamophobic declarations, according to the Times and New York Magazine. He referenced Donald Trump, conservative pundit Candace Owens (both of whom have condemned the crime), the meme "Navy Seal" copypasta (a several paragraph fake rant in the persona of a military officer), Spyro the Dragon and Fortnite, among other obscure alt-right memes. He's unsettlingly ironic and self-aware in the passages being reported on, repeatedly mocking the "redpill" narrative that the manifesto reflects.



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It'll shock few that the shooter was active in the "chan" world or identifies with Donald Trump. The conversation around the mass shooting has quickly become about the world of extremist right-wing hatred, and patterns of radicalization. Comparisons have been drawn between Tarrant and Robert Bowers, who carried out the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre after being radicalized on alt-right website Gab.

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However, the trail of evidence of Tarrant's motivations is difficult to understand, because he appears to have left it intentionally. Robert Evans, a journalist who covers terrorism, writes: "This manifesto is a trap... laid for journalists searching for the meaning behind this horrific crime. There is truth in there, and valuable clues to the shooter's radicalization, but it is buried beneath a great deal of, for lack of a better word, 'shitposting.'" The Atlantic's Taylor Lorenz argues that while Tarrant's racism and affiliation with people like Owens, Trump and the alt-right online may be sincere, he also name dropped these right-wing boogiemen as a way of deepening political divides.

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One of the most puzzling examples of Tarrant's trolling, is the moment on his livestream when he reportedly name-dropped the most popular YouTuber in the world, saying to the camera "Remember lads, subscribe to PewDiePie."

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PewDiePie is Felix Kjellberg, or PewDiePie, a 29-year-old Swedish YouTube vlogger with 90 million followers often called "The King of YouTube." The YouTuber isn't exactly a hero with the alt-right — but has a history of using racist humor and "flirting with alt-right beliefs" according to Vox. He's been called out for paying two men in India using the site Fiverr to hold up a sign that said "death to all Jews," praising the neo-nazi account E.R (which gained 35,000 new followers after his shout-out), using racial slurs and making Nazi salutes. Kjellberg has said that these instances were accidents — jokes gone awry — or exaggerated. As reports of the shooting came in, Kjellberg quickly disavowed the shooter on Twitter, saying he's "sickened" and offering his condolences to victims.


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Tarrant's motivations for name-dropping PewDiePie is as confusing as the rest of his manifesto. While there's a valid debate about how PewDiePie has contributed to the culture that Tarrant, ironically or not, was a part of — there's general consensus online that the phrase wasn't meant as a literal or straightforward fan shout-out, but rather a way of making his crime "go viral."

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The "Remember Lads" phrase, according to Rolling Stone, was started by PewDiePie fans during a battle over the top spot on YouTube between the Swedish commentator and Bollywood entertainment company T-Series. Reportedly, there were racial tensions to this battle, which pitted the "self-made" and "old-school" white vlogger, against a foreign entity trying to take over. But since then, it's taken on a life of its own, divorced (as much as it can be) from the YouTuber, that can be decoded in different ways.

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In this vein, Verge reporter Julia Alexander argued that "Remember Lads" has become a rallying cry for the folks occupying far-right internet spaces, divorced (as much as it can be) from the YouTuber.


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The New York Times' Kevin Roose identifies the phrase as a general nod to "extreme onlineness," writing that it "has morphed into a kind of all-purpose cultural bat signal for the young and internet-absorbed." He argues that Tarrant's fundamental intent with the statement was political polarization and virality: "The goal, if there was one, may have been to pull a popular internet figure into a fractious blame game and inflame political tensions everywhere."

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The fact that Tarrant used pop cultural figures Owens, Trump and PewDiePie strategically, doesn't exonerate them for their potential complicity in the online culture that emboldened his horrific violence. However, it seems crucial that his strategy doesn't work: that he isn't successful in turning conversations around structural issues: Islamaphobia, white supremacy gun violence, online extremist radicalization — into debates about individual culpability and political warfare.

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Fri, 15 Mar 2019 23:51:10 +0000http://www.23880175.com/new-zealand-shooting-pewdiepie-2631773159.htmlBrenton tarrantMosquesIslamaphobiaFortniteSpyroCandace owensDonald trumpRobert bowersRobert evans?pewdiepieNew zealandJael Goldfine
Why Is the #SallyWalkerChallenge Trending?http://www.23880175.com/iggy-azalea-sally-walker-2631733979.html

The Internet is ablaze with varying opinions around Iggy Azalea's new song and video "Sally Walker," which the polarizing Australian rapper says is her first official single from her long-delayed sophomore full-length album. That record is reportedly called In My Defense.

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Azalea promoted the comeback video by teasing a number of stills, up to an image framing Azalea as patron saint of a "celebration of life," and including the single's official artwork, which features the artist clad in red lace, sitting atop a Cadillac with big rims, the words "Sally Walker" on the front license plate. A dark sky looms above.

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Related | Most Misunderstood: Iggy Azalea's American Dream

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Finally out today, the video leaves us (and the Internet) with so many questions. In its opening scenes, a group of young women of color strut along a stretch of highway road, swinging their hips, tossing their hair, feeling their beauty in compact mirrors. They are dressed in tartan mini-skirts and thigh-highs, seemingly referencing the visual Clueless nods of Azalea's early career.


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But then something deeply strange happens. The group's self-obsessed ringleader, compact out and all, crosses the street and is promptly run over by a red Trans-Am, driven by none other than drag star Shea Coulee, who, seeing the girl's bloody body face down in the road, hops out in a pink catsuit and says, "Didn't her mother tell her not to play in the street?" And then she says, "well, at least red is her color." The camera hovers over that image for several moments, while her friends rush out to the street to collect their dead, vain friend.

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There's a tag on YouTube under the video's title that reads #SallyWalkerChallenge, but fans want to know more. Skimming the video for clues, which essentially devolves into an aesthetically uniform funeral service, procession, and burial, there doesn't appear to be further hints as to what that challenge entails.

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Is it lighthearted, like the City Girls' and Cardi B's "Twerk" challenge, or is it slightly more ominous, akin to Drake's "In My Feelings" challenge, during which people, a.k.a. rabid super fans who need hobbies, took it upon themselves to hop out of moving cars with the said song blaring from said car's speakers?


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Or is it perhaps even darker than that: the viral Momo challenge, which caused a frenzy because people were worried that a saucer-eyed "pasty-faced bird-woman hybrid who sadly falls short of today's beauty standards" was telling bored adolescents to kill themselves? (This, as we should all know by now, turned out to be a hoax).

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The Internet had some thoughts today about exactly what the mysterious, if bizarre #SallyWalkerChallenge could entail (details are forthcoming, and apparently, the winner will receive $5,000 from Azalea). Fans who are excited about the challenge online are putting coffin emojis next to their handles. "Imagine people throwing them self's [sic] in front of cars," one Twitter user noted. "So what she's saying is we should get hit by cards huh," another said.




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Regardless of what the challenge is, $5,000 is $5,000.



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Fri, 15 Mar 2019 23:33:58 +0000http://www.23880175.com/iggy-azalea-sally-walker-2631733979.htmlSally walkerSally walker challengeMomoMomo challengeViral memesInternet cultureShea couleeMiss vanjieDrag raceIggy azaleaMichael Love Michael
Bops Only: 10 Songs You Need to Start Your Weekend Righthttp://www.23880175.com/bops-only-mariah-stefflon-don-2631726858.html

New Music Friday always promises a plethora of that good-good new-new from some of your favorite artists, maybe some long-awaited, maybe some tired, through, and delayed, and maybe some songs by a treasure trove of #whos you've never heard of before. We know. It's overwhelming! Thank the heavens PAPER is here help sift through the goodness, the garbage, and the noise, and bring you the best every Friday. We gotchu, sis. Let's bop to it!


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Mariah Carey's iconic Lil' Kim-sampling Caution standout, "A No No" gets a remix with London dancehall artist Stefflon Don, who lends her smooth flow and Jamaican patois to the track. With Stefflon Don's fierce addition, the song's message of breezy, but assertive refusal is further driven home. "I don't understand, why you got your tongue on my neck?" she questions a clueless wannabe suitor, effectively shutting him out. There's also a well-placed Left Eye shoutout, who as we all know, helped usher in a new era female empowerment and self-respect in music. So, scrubs be gone.


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Dancehall legend Sean Paul and Latin superstar J Balvin join forces for "Contra La Pared," a sexy, hypnotic track about having a moment against the wall, in the club (or wherever being a sensual star is encouraged). Set your drink down and wind your waist when this comes on, against the nearest wall, stat.


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We have ourselves a winner in the debut track from Nasty Cherry, an all-female band Charli XCX has been writing with in recent months. "Win," produced by Sky Ferreira collaborator Justin Raisen and co-written by Charli, is an '80s post-punk bop with hooks upon hooks (especially that addictive/repetitive "I need to win" bit). A band fronted by Kitten's Chloe Chaidez, Star Wars set decorator Georgia Somary, Charli XCX drummer Deborah Knox-Hewson, and model Gabbriette Bechtel sure sounds like success to me.


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For as much fun as "R.I.P." sounds, it has a pretty important message, which, let's be honest: what's not to love about that combo? Combining Latin-influenced world rhythms and electronic pop melodies with electronic spice, Sofia Reyes, Rita Ora, and Anitta says, literally "R.I.P. to the bullshit," and it's an effective rallying cry to end all forces draining the world of hope, compassion and joy. Can't beat a party track that also makes you care more about humankind.


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Chloe Lilac takes on the harmful "manic pixie dreamgirl" stereotype head-on in the title track for her debut EP. That song received a visual treatment, and it's out today. Alongside jarring vocal blasts and dreamy electronic synths, Lilac sings lyrics like "Want you to stay," and it's as if she's shattering perceptions of damsels in distress simply by being vulnerable. But there's strength in her vulnerability: by being honest about her own struggles to rid herself of unfortunate projections, she's helping millions like her. Here's to girls and women everywhere feeling a little bit more like themselves, and less like what others want them to be.


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Lennon Stella releases her first track since last year's extremely catchy debut EP, Love, me. "BITCH (takes one to know one)," continuing in her knack for observing human interactions and the psychology of relationships, takes on venomous and toxic people in general. Whenever a confident woman is called a bitch, it's often meant to degrade or disrespect her. While that might be the intentional, it takes a certain other confidence to refuse the insult, which is what Stella does here, masterfully. When she sings, "It takes a bitch to know a bitch," it's almost like a shrug. Call her what you want, Stella knows who she is and what she wants. That's power no one can take from her.


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The unstoppable Tierra Whack releases her latest full-length track, "Wasteland," a spacey R&B song that further solidifies her reign as a rule-breaking artist. "My presence is a gift," she sings, which is true. "I'm not in a road/ I'm in a lane," goes another couplet. She's singing about dating, here, at least on the surface, but because Whack is nothing if not conceptual, think of "Wasteland" as a series of diary notes to self as her star continues to rise. If I'm right about the song's meaning (and I could be wrong), given her groundbreaking Whack World video(s), imagine what this video would look like. Another world entirely, I'm sure.


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DJ and producer Afrojack's new track, "Sober" recruits hip-hop star Rae Sremmurd and rising pop singer Stanaj, and it's the best of all worlds. Sremmurd brings his characteristic hype energy, rapping about a wild, boozy night with a new flame, while Stanaj sings plaintive lines about not wanting the night to end. Been there? Afrojack certainly understands how these nights are all high highs and low lows. As if we're on the rollercoaster of all parties involved, the beats go from high-octane, bass-driven trap to twinkling, synth-driven pop from verse to chorus. Needless to say, "Sober" is wild fun, and, as Stanaj sings, you won't want it to be over. I suppose that's why the repeat button was created. Up the ante by watching the futuristic video, which is out now.


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We've been squarely in party mode for much of this week's playlist, so slow things down and light a cigar if that's your thing with Irish singer RuthAnne's soulful new song, "Love Again." The song is the kind of sweet, beautifully sung, and horn-filled doo-wop banger you might hear in a romcom montage, but that's perfectly fine. Judging by the lyrics and performance, RuthAnne knows she can find her way to your heart and clear its cobwebs. I can be a cynic, I admit, but her voice alone has me melting. Give this a spin and let it sit with you awhile. You might feel the same.


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When Karen O announced she was producing an album with Danger Mouse, it was definitely a pleasant surprise. The outcome of it — an experimental collection fusing deep electronic grooves, R&B warmth, and Karen O's often-chilling vocal performance called Lux Prima — is even more music to our ears. "Turn the Light," one of the album's catchiest offerings, is every bit bewitching as its title suggests. Karen O's phrasing: "My love, you turn to light, tonight, to light," sound like she's singing "delight" over and over. Not mad at my confusion. It's pop-wise brain trickery so smooth and subtle, that yes, "Turn the Light," is in fact, a delight.

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What was your favorite track this week? See you next week, lovers!

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Fri, 15 Mar 2019 22:43:52 +0000http://www.23880175.com/bops-only-mariah-stefflon-don-2631726858.htmlMariah careySean paulJ balvinNasty cherrySofia reyesRita oraAnittaChloe lilacLennon stellaTierra whackAfrojackStanajRae sremmurdRuthanneKaren oDanger mouseNew musicNew music fridayBops onlyMichael Love Michael
Inside the Continued Crisis in Venezuelahttp://www.23880175.com/how-to-help-venezuela-2631650456.html

Like many humanitarian crises, often involving the collapse of a nation (or nations), what's currently happening in Venezuela did not begin a few weeks or months ago, when many Americans first heard about it.

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Venezuela is plagued by a plummeting economy and corruption scandals, including its long history with drug trafficking. Many argue the country's current troubles, which have displaced millions of Venezuelans, began after the death of beloved former president Hugo Chávez who served from 1999 until his death in 2013. His named successor, Nicolás Maduro, assumed power in 2013 after winning a presidential election, having previously served as Chavez's vice president before his death.

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Increase of inflation, the devaluation of Venezuelan currency and chronic goods shortages throughout the late aughts led to citizen unrest manifesting in large protests in early 2014, during which hundreds of thousands of citizens also complained about high crime rates and continued corruption, blaming Maduro's leadership. The price of oil —the heartbeat of Venezuela's economy — plummeted from $100 to $40 a barrel, throwing a wrench into the economy so bad the country could no longer fund various social service programs.

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Consider that Venezuela has historically been one the world's largest oil exporters, and as of 2012, comprised 20 percent of the world's oil reserves, and how the world's competition for oil has led to many a political and battleground dispute.

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With the country in economic recession by 2014 and having the world's highest inflation rate at over 100 percent by 2015, Maduro declared an economic emergency in 2016. In the years since, neighboring Colombia opened its borders temporarily for Venezuelans to buy food, household and essential health items there. There were hundreds of riots, Maduro's overturning of the Constituent National Assembly, Trump's economic sanctions against Venezuela's state-owned oil company PDVSA and Venezuelan officials, and Maduro's controversial 2018 re-election, which was disavowed as fraudulent by international leaders from countries including France, Colombia, Argentina and the U.S.

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Following this week's announcement from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that U.S. diplomatic officials had been instructed to withdraw from the Caracas Embassy, citing Venezuela's "deteriorating situation."


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Regardless of who is to blame for Venezuela's condition, the situation overall is undeniably bleak. According to statistics provided by global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps to PAPER, more than three million Venezuelans have fled the country in recent years, and over one million are now seeking refuge in Colombia.

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Reuters reports that the Colombian government anticipates hosting as many as four million Venezuelan refugees by the year 2021. Mercy Corps' Americas regional director, Provash Budden, said the mass exodus from Venezuela is the "deepening of the worst regional humanitarian crisis in the Americas." Budden said that by year's end, the number of Venezuelan refugees and migrants "will rival the scale of the Syrian refugee crisis."

"Millions of people are leaving their families behind out of desperation, just on the hope of a shred of opportunity elsewhere," he said. "Many can no longer feed their families or get the medical help they need to survive."

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It's estimated thousands of Venezuelans are entering Colombia every day, and according to Marianne Menjivar, Colombia's country director for International Rescue Committee, there are "over 200 illegal crossing points," called trochas, at the Venezuelan-Colombian border. Once Venezuelans reach the trochas, Menjivar said, "You're going to be extorted along the way and you have to pay the criminal gangs who run these crossing points."

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PAPER reached out to several nonprofits coordinating emergency humanitarian efforts at the Venezuelan-Colombian border. Below are firsthand accounts from those working on the ground and from those affected most, from expectant Venezuelan mothers of large families to children, who sell chewing gum and cigarettes in the streets to survive. Learn more about what you can do to help, with calls to action linked throughout this story.

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Lynn Hector, media and communications manager:

On how people are surviving after fleeing Venezuela:

Many Venezuelans arrive in Colombia with little more than the clothes on their back, after walking for hours on dangerous routes plagued by robberies and violence. By the time they arrive, they have been robbed or extorted of most, if not all, of their money and personal items.

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Venezuelans in Colombia tell us they need four things above all else: food and healthcare, legal status and a job. Most Venezuelans arriving today can't get legal work, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation. Some women have resorted to entering into sex work for survival. We often hear the breaking point for Venezuelans was the lack of health services to care for themselves or a family member.

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?We've met women who had high blood pressure, uterine cancer, had malnourished kids, were in their third trimester of pregnancy when they crossed over to Colombia — all say that they ended up leaving because they, or a sick family member, just couldn't get the basics necessary to manage their health conditions in Venezuela. When people arrive in Colombia, they often beg until they have enough money to buy coffee, bread, candies or other small items they can sell on the street.

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They are lucky if they earn a few dollars a day, which they use to scrape by or to send back to Venezuela. For those who do get informal jobs, they are subject to low pay, long hours and exploitation. Medical professionals in Colombia we've spoken with told us that while people are gaining back weight they lost in Venezuela, their diets are high in calories but low in nutritional quality, and so malnutrition continues to undermine their well-being.

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In some areas, there are a few temporary housing options, but there aren't nearly enough beds. Most people sleep on the beach, in parks or in other public areas. If they make enough money through informal jobs or selling goods on the street, they rent hammocks in private yards or spaces on the floor in private homes.

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"I want a future. If I wasn't thinking of a better future, I would have stayed in Venezuela. That's the reason why I'm here. I believe there's a better future for us."—Wiliannyz, 22, of Maracaibo, Venezuela

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"There is no food, no medicine … Boys and girls are starving to death. Everything is more expensive each day."—Rigoberto, at Paraguachón, at the Venezuela-Colombia border

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"If I had breakfast, I couldn't have lunch. And if I had lunch, I couldn't have dinner. … I would have to choose one meal a day. … You cannot live there anymore. We are here working so we can bring our families. Here, we survive, but back in Venezuela, we won't be able to survive."—Luis Dario Perez Polanco, 29, with his girlfriend, Anaily, of San Francisco, Venezuela

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"My grandson—I call him my baby—my baby, he doesn't know what a bottle of milk is. He's a year old. He doesn't know what a bottle is. He has never worn a diaper. He doesn't know what a diaper is because we don't have the money to get it and we cannot find it."—Zulay, 46, of Barquisimeto, Venezuela

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Mercy Corps is providing emergency cash to help Venezuelan migrants and refugees in Colombia purchase food, water, hygiene supplies and other urgently needed items. They are supporting people on the Colombian side of the border, as well as in other areas of Colombia where they already provide assistance to vulnerable Colombians affected by conflict. So far, they've helped more than 10,000 people since launching their Venezuela regional crisis response in Colombia last summer.

Donate to Mercy Corps' efforts here.

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Marianne Menjivar, country director of Colombia:

On why women leave Venezuela:

Primarily, the [women we work with] say [they left Venezuela] because they don't have access to food, and even if they work, the money that they make is not sufficient to actually buy them three meals a day. So there's a lack of food, that's the number one reason [they leave]. Then the number two reason is a lack of medication and adequate healthcare. There's nothing available if you need insulin, for example, or if you have respiratory disease or asthma. They walk around and say after visiting 22 pharmacies, then they are able to find what they need.

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The third reason women tell us that they leave is insecurity-related violence. With the blackouts that Venezuela has suffered in most areas, even with power being restored, there is a lack of water, because water was made available through pumps that were generated with electricity. Women say that when their kids or even themselves faint, that's immediately a trigger. This situation provokes crisis within families and it can result in gender-based violence. So women decide just one day they've had enough, or if they are suffering at the hands of intimate partner violence, they just literally leave with what they've got on and a change of clothes and their kids. The border is closed right now, so women leaving have to use illegal crossing points.

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Our humanitarian corridor was established [a few days ago], so if you're pregnant, elderly, or a student in school uniform, they're letting some through the bridges. But other than that, people have to use illegal border crossings. If you're going to use an illegal border crossing, you're going to be extorted along the way and you have to pay the criminal gangs who run these crossing points in order to cross. We have people who have come through the illegal border crossing as recently as today. We were talking to a pregnant woman who didn't know that because she's visibly pregnant, if she crosses the bridge they will let her through for medical attention here. We also spoke yesterday to a woman who didn't have the money to pay at the illegal crossings, so she waded through the river. She's five months pregnant.

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On family separation:

The rate of family separation that we see in this crisis is five times higher than the rate of family separation that we see in all the other crises that IRC is working around the world, which is 14 countries. Five times higher — that's astronomical. Family separation for Venezuelans has become like a survival strategy. And because there is no family planning inside Venezuela, you see very young women with multiple pregnancies and a large number of children who are unable to bring their whole family out. They usually come out with two kids and leave three kids behind, and it creates all sorts of protection issues: one, for the kids they bring with them, because they're trying to survive and make a living in an informal economy by selling things in the street, and two, mothers often don't have anyone to leave the children with.

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So they come with the children here, you see them in the streets at traffic lights, in corners with the mom or the dad, selling chewing gum, selling sweets, selling cigarettes, because they're just trying to make a living. The ones left behind, in the best case scenario, are left with a grandparent or other relative. These children will spend all day in the streets of Venezuela exposed to all sorts of dangers.

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On the consequences of no healthcare:

We hear stories because we have a health clinic here, so there are women who tell you about their young babies and young children dying. When you ask how their children died, women will tell you stories of complicated pregnancies and then complicated births, wherein the children are born sick and mothers couldn't get appropriate medical care to treat those complications, and children die as a result. Or, they managed to make it here and the baby's born with some kind of complication, and they don't have access to adequate healthcare in Colombia because the only assistance the Columbian government can offer, even despite its open-door policy, is life-saving treatment. With that in mind, by the time you get to the hospital, a child can become so sick that they do in fact die. There's no regular, preventive healthcare women can access for their children.

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On why life at the border is not a permanent solution:

The Colombian government has done an amazing job in terms of its open-door policies. This is a government and a country that, unlike others, has not shut down its borders, and it can be a lesson to other countries on how to treat people in search of a better life. That said, this is a middle-income country that's trying to navigate its own issues, including those of violence and internal displacement. So, it's overwhelmed by this crisis. Therefore, things like temporary shelter are very scarce. There are some places for migrants and refugees to go, but not enough — there remains a massive need for shelter and housing. Venezuelans are forced to rent rooms in tenements and in marginal neighborhoods that lack the infrastructure and the security.

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They live in horrendous conditions and they're charged a lot for that. Everybody we speak to in our center says they want to go back to Venezuela once it's able to stabilize. Migrants and refugees always dream of going back home, but for the time being they recognize they're not able to and they're trying to make the best of the situation. The people we speak to on a daily basis say what they want while they're here is to have a job; to have stable employment and stand up on their own two feet. Cúcuta, where the IRC is stationed, has Colombia's second highest unemployment rate, so it's an extremely fragile economy. There are not sufficient jobs and employment for Colombians, nevermind Venezuelans.

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On how the IRC is helping, and how the international community can help:

We provide postpartum care for six months after women give birth. We provide free family planning services. We provide free treatment for sexually-transmitted infections. We also provide clinical care for sexual abuse survivors. We provide free healthcare for children ages zero to five for acute illnesses, such as respiratory diseases, diarrhea, skin diseases, fevers, coughs, pneumonia, bronchitis, and we also provide vaccinations to prevent future disease. We provide multi-purpose humanitarian cash assistance, which is a small amount of money we provide during a determined number of months to make sure that Venezuelans have access to safe housing, shelter, food, basic medication.

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This helps prevents things like dangerous labor practices, or people having transactional sex out of desperation. We also provide child protection services, like case workers one-on-one to children at risk and their families until their rights are restored, and we also provide individual case management support to women survivors of gender-based violence. We also work with Venezuelan teens to help them cope in their transition and integration into their new life here. In terms of help, if displaced Venezuelans migrate to your country, legalize their status there. Give them work permits so they're able to stand on their feet and work and sustain their families and regain dignity. Provide them access to healthcare and education. These are all basic social safety nets. And continue to fight worldwide xenophobia and racism.

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The IRC has been working for the past year on the border with Venezuela, in the Colombian city of Cúcuta, to provide families with critical support including health care, antenatal care, psychological support for women, and cash to help people buy basic supplies.

Donate to support the IRC's efforts at this address.

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Greg Ramm, vice president of humanitarian response:

On how STC is supporting families:

We are responding to the Venezuelan crisis in La Guajira and Arauca, located along the Colombia-Venezuela border. We are addressing the unique needs of families and children in a number of ways. One way is by operating child-friendly spaces, in which children are protected and can return to play and learning — both of which are critical for kids to have a sense of normalcy in an otherwise scary time. We are also distributing school kits to families who cannot afford basic supplies for their children, and providing teacher trainings that empower educators to support children affected by the crisis and identify signs that a child is at risk of exploitation or abuse.

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Additionally, we are providing water filters and hygiene kits with items like soap, washing powder, sanitary towels, dental products and other essentials to keep children clean and healthy. For the most vulnerable families in the border regions, we are providing cash transfers that support the purchase of food and other essentials. We urgently need funds to respond to this crisis and any donation, no matter how small, can have a tremendous impact. A hygiene kit, for example, costs only $30.


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Fri, 15 Mar 2019 22:06:42 +0000http://www.23880175.com/how-to-help-venezuela-2631650456.htmlHumanitarian crisisUnited nationsNicolas maduroHugo chavezDonald trumpMike pompeoSave the childrenMercy corpsInternational rescue committeeHow to help venezuelaVenezuelaMichael Love Michael
Liza Minnelli Sang 'New York, New York' at Neiman Marcushttp://www.23880175.com/neiman-marcus-liza-minnelli-2631724476.html

Years in the making, the Hudson Yards project has created quite the buzz with its beaming structures and an entirely new district of shops, stores, and skyscrapers. The 18 million square feet of commercial and residential space will be home to more than 100 shops and restaurants, along with the world's first Equinox Hotel.

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The star of the retail arm of the project, however, seems to be the first full-fledged New York outpost of Neiman Marcus, which hosted a grand launch event this week to mark its arrival to Manhattan's sprawling West Side district. Despite its longstanding absence within the city, the store has been no stranger to its dedicated patrons that previously hauled to its Long Island or New Jersey locations.

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Produced in collaboration with PAPER, the event was indeed quite grand, with a number of celebrities in attendance including Katie Holmes, Whoopi Goldberg, Dylan Sprouse, Karlie Kloss, and Joan Smalls, among others.

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As guests walked through the stunning three-story space, one event brought the evening to a standstill. Iconic actress and musician Liza Minnelli made a surprise appearance, performing a piano rendition of the equally iconic "New York, New York." Before her though, Pop's Cult Leader Charli XCX amped up the evening's party spirit with another performance.

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But how does a large physical retail store plan to survive a market that's largely threatened by the digital shopping boom? Neiman Marcus has a strategic plan in place: it's not just selling you designer fashion, it's selling a holistic luxury experience — a formula that's designed to resonate with its millennial and younger consumer base.

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"We're thrilled to be introducing Neiman Marcus Hudson Yards as a continuation of our strategy to transform the Neiman Marcus brand into a digital luxury platform," says Geoffroy van Raemdonck, CEO of Neiman Marcus Group. "This store recognizes our brand's history and heritage while adapting to how the next generation of luxury customers shop. Neiman Marcus Hudson Yards will be all about providing physical and digital experiences in a way not seen at other stores, creating a personal customer experience that is seamless and magical."

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There's digital stylists to help shoppers with a "Digital Styling Lounge," and digitally enabled fitting rooms where shoppers can communicate with sales associates through a touchscreen. There's also "memory makeover mirrors" that record beauty demonstrations and make-up tutorials, which are then sent to the customers. The BLVD beauty salon offers blowouts, manicures, nail art, and even laser hair removal. For a brow tweak, shoppers can walk up to a "brow shaping station," or stop by the in-house spa for massages and LED facials.

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Neiman Marcus is also bringing its signature restaurant The Zodiac Room to New York City, boasting stunning views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty.

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The entire space is filled with art — for instance, a section on the upper floors of the store features a wall adorned with Bill Cunningham's Battle of Versailles photography. There's also a number of original artwork by Halston, Frank Stella, and Ian Davenport. The brand says it worked directly with various galleries, dealers, and artists across New York and the country to assemble the impressive collection.

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The firm who put this grand vision together, however, is the celebrated interior designing and architecture company, Janson Goldstein. "Janson Goldstein's intention was to connect the industrial materiality of NYC's West Side with Neiman Marcus' reputation for modern luxury," the brand noted in a statement. "The inspiration for the store design began as an interplay of the raw and the refined."

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The store's color palette was inspired by the Hudson Yards' industrial past, but "Janson Goldstein married their inspiration to the modern elegance of Neiman Marcus by executing the project in exquisite materials that are evocative without being literal. Thus, concrete becomes Italian Breccia stone, steel becomes bronze, stone becomes terrazzo, paint becomes lacquer, and more."

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Fri, 15 Mar 2019 22:00:28 +0000http://www.23880175.com/neiman-marcus-liza-minnelli-2631724476.htmlNeiman marcusLiza minnelliCharlie xcxKatie holmesDylan sprouseWhoopi goldbergKarlie klossJoan smallsHudson yardsJeena Sharma
Harlem's Fashion Row and CFDA Spotlight Three Black Designershttp://www.23880175.com/harlems-fashion-row-cfda-fashion-2631719433.html

Brandice Daniel was attending a fashion show in Brooklyn in the mid-aughts when she envisioned the concept of Harlem's Fashion Row. She believed that Harlem, the neighborhood she calls home, deserved a fashion exhibit dedicated to emerging designers of color. In 2007, Daniel channeled her business acumen into the launch of her own company tasked with championing multi-cultural designers who were not afforded the favorable circumstances that often manifest into established success.

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During a recent Harlem's Fashion Row summit in partnership with Google, Daniel took the stage to share a dismal reality: Less than 1% of designers sold in major department stores are people of color. By providing Black artists with a creative platform to present their work to prominent fashion leaders, Harlem's Fashion Row is ensuring that designers of color are changing the fashion establishment.

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This March, Harlem's Fashion Council partnered with the CFDA to showcase three emerging designers, all of whom embody the diversity and multi-cultural perspective that needs to be at the forefront of contemporary fashion.

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Brooklyn-native Felisha "Fe" Noel opened up her first boutique at just 19 years old. As a vintage lover with an affinity for bright colors and bold prints, Noel integrated her passion for travel and feminine expression into the eponymous brand she now operates. The designer is heavily influenced by her Grenadian heritage, and particularly attributes her drive, determination, and humble heart to her mother and grand-mother.

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Noel also celebrates female entrepreneurs through the Fe Noel Foundation, dedicated to providing underserved young women with mentorship opportunities and tools to jumpstart their own creative careers. "I've taken every opportunity that I could to visit local high schools and speak to young people who may experience the same trepidation I had before entering this industry," the foundation's founder writes. "My biggest message to them has always been that they can be successful in anything that they decide to do as long as they work hard and commit to their craft."

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Undra Celeste is a fellow Brooklyn-native with more than a decade of fashion industry experience. Founder of the eponymous line Undra Celeste New York, a contemporary womenswear company, Celeste's relationship with fashion began when she was only 10 years old. Her affinity for design quickly manifested into a career when she began working with renowned designers like Calvin Klein, Mark Ecko and Tory Burch. She dedicates the fabric of her brand to six defining principles: Fashion, dance, persistence, friendship, timelessness and love.

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"You see success only when you give everything," Celeste said on the Oprah Winfrey Network. "People can be very nasty and critical, but that shouldn't stop you from offering whatever it is that God has put in your heart to offer to the world."


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Kimberly Goldson attended the Fashion Institute of Technology after growing up in Brooklyn, the neighborhood that continues to inspire her designs. Alongside her sister Shelly Powell, Goldson launched her eponymous lifestyle brand in 2011, inspired by the many cultures both women experienced through their international travels. As a finalist on season nine of Project Runway, Goldson was celebrated for her ability to construct tailored pants, which likely provided the impetus for her brand's signature suiting. Kimberly Goldson says she targets women "who love luxury and dare to be bold and vivacious, fearless and distinctive."

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Ahead of HFR's Style Awards and Fashion Show in September, NBA superstar LeBron James co-designed his women's basketball shoe for Nike with Noel, Celeste, and Goldson. In a post-game interview, James said that Black women continue to prove that they're the "strongest people on earth," which acted as somewhat of a catalyst for his partnership with the three designers. "He just said it. He didn't know how far that would travel," Goldson told the press at Nike's Manhattan headquarters alongside her co-designers. "The great minds at Nike saw that was something the world needed to hear on a bigger platform."

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Fri, 15 Mar 2019 21:50:17 +0000http://www.23880175.com/harlems-fashion-row-cfda-fashion-2631719433.htmlDiversityCfdaShoppingWomenswearWomen's history monthLebron jamesBrooklynDesignersHarlem's fashion rowHannah Lifshutz
Sam Smith Talks Gender Fluidity, Body Shaminghttp://www.23880175.com/sam-smith-gender-fluid-2631761484.html

Sam Smith was the first guest on Jameela Jamil's new I Weigh Instagram TV show today, and the two stars engaged in a charming British conversation about body image that shed light on Smith's struggles with fat shaming over the course of his music career.

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Jamil, a former TV journalist who has herself been fat shamed and frequently uses her social media platform to campaign against celebrity diet sponcon, proved to be a great interviewer on the subject. Smith opened up about body image struggles that started in his very early childhood, saying, "Literally the only thing I've ever been truly sad about is my weight… I get very, very dark and very sad."


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He recalled that after being bullied for his weight at a child, his mom helped him get liposuction at age 11: "I was holding a lot of oestrogen in my breasts and had a day operation. At the time I was really happy about it, but I put the weight back on. It was the basis of all of my teasing, all of my bullying, my whole life."

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?Smith eventually lost weight and became more confident in himself in early adulthood; however an unflattering paparazzi photo taken while he was on tour in Australia in sent him spiraling again. "It triggered something in me," he said.

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But Smith has been taking active steps lately to embrace body positivity, and says getting educated about body dysmorphia and talking to a therapist is working. He has also embraced a new perspective on gender, after coming out as genderqueer in 2017.

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"I have a very feminine body. I had breasts when I was 11 years old. I'm feminine in many many ways," he said. "I do think of myself as a woman in my head sometimes and I've sat there and questioned, would I want a sex change? It's something I still think about. But I don't think it is. When I saw the word non-binary and genderqueer and read into it and heard these people speaking, I was like, 'Fuck, that is me.'"

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He said his journey towards acceptance would continue: "Self love, people think it's a destination. But it's a practice. And that's what I'd like to promote."

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I Weigh is currently streaming on Instagram TV.

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Fri, 15 Mar 2019 20:55:24 +0000http://www.23880175.com/sam-smith-gender-fluid-2631761484.htmlJameela jamilI weighMusicBody positivityGenderGenderfluidNonbinaryFat shamingSam smithKatherine Gillespie
Virgil Abloh Addresses Michael Jackson-Inspired Collectionhttp://www.23880175.com/virgil-abloh-michael-jackson-2631732726.html

At his fall 2019 menswear show for Louis Vuitton this January, Virgil Abloh debuted a series of pieces inspired by Michael Jackson. Models, including Alton Mason, donned Jackson's signature fedoras, white silk shirts, black loafers, embellished white socks, red jackets and a purple silk military-inspired shirt, walking on a cityscape resembling the "Billie Jean" music video. The collection also included a T-shirt printed with Michael Jackson's loafer-clad feet and items referencing The Wiz. The invitations to the show were sparkly gloves.

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In the wake of an ongoing cultural reckoning with Jackson's alleged child abuse ignited by HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, both Abloh and Louis Vuitton have responded to concerns about their celebration of the pop star. According to WWD, Louis Vuitton has confirmed that it will not sell items "that directly features Michael Jackson elements."


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"I am aware that, in light of this documentary, the show has caused emotional reactions. I strictly condemn any form of child abuse, violence or infringement against any human rights" Abloh said in a statement released to PAPER. "My intention for this show was to refer to Michael Jackson as a pop culture artist. It referred only to his public life that we all know and to his legacy that has influenced a whole generation of artists and designers."

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Abloh spoke about Michael Jackson in his recent New Yorker profile. He described how Jackson inspires him but said he hadn't he hadn't heard about Leaving Neverland and wanted to focus on "the Michael that I thought was universally accepted, the good side, his humanitarian self."


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Louis Vuitton emphasized that the collection has "multiple inspirations" and that the documentary has caused the fashion house "the greatest pain." They've stated that the fashion house was unaware of the documentary at the time of the show.

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"We find the allegations in the documentary deeply troubling and disturbing," said Michael Burke, Chairman & CEO of Louis Vuitton. "Child safety and welfare is of utmost importance to Louis Vuitton. We are fully committed to advocating this cause."

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Leaving Neverland details the allegations against Jackson from Wade Robeson and James Safechuck, who say that Michael Jackson groomed and sexually abused them for years, starting when they were 7 and 10 years old respectively.

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Fri, 15 Mar 2019 19:42:24 +0000http://www.23880175.com/virgil-abloh-michael-jackson-2631732726.htmlMichael jacksonLouis vuittonLeaving neverlandThe wizVirgil ablohJael Goldfine
Help Create a Guide for Safer Nightlife Spaceshttp://www.23880175.com/pauli-cakes-safer-nightlife-spaces-2631754710.html

Young as they are, 21-year-old performer, DJ, and organizer Pauli Cakes is already a NYC nightlife vet — which means that, unfortunately, they know its systemic problems very well. Harassment and violence, especially for marginalized identities, is too often going unchecked, they say, and the issue is so pervasive, it's almost normalized.

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"I've experienced a lot of crazy shit during my gigs, and I know I'm not the only one who experiences it," they say. "There's a lot of people who miss out on the beauty of going out and dancing because they have the anxiety of being assaulted and being targeted. Trans and queer identify people, POC — the anxiety that comes with wow, what if I get harassed, and no one's going to give a shit?"

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At first, they considered making a public list outing problematic, abusive people. But instead Pauli Cakes is spearheading an effort for systemic change: They've launched a collaborative Google doc of resources for creating safer nightlife spaces.


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It was, in part, through the creation of DisCakes, Pauli Cakes and She Marley Marl's new platform for radical love and self-expression, that the idea for the doc came about. One of DisCake's initiatives is party organizing; they realized the safety protocol they'd begun mapping out could be widely applicable.

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"There needs to be a common core conduct, for both DIY venues and established venues, to look over while hiring staff and while throwing parties," Pauli Cakes says. "That's more than just, 'Oh, we're going to have an inclusive space, our space is inclusive' Because a lot of spaces use that as a buzzword."

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Pauli Cakes recalls an event last year at a self-designated queer Brooklyn club where, when cishet men bombarded the stage and made them uncomfortable, staff refused to designate organizers with wristbands to avoid further issues.


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In a more recent incident at another venue, bouncers followed Pauli Cakes and She Marley Marl into the bathroom, "and were peeking into the stalls and grabbing our arms." Later, after finishing their DJ set, "I went outside and one of the bouncers came to me and was like, 'You know your nipples are out, right? I should give you a ticket for indecent exposure.'" Again, Pauli Cakes says, staff at the venue, which purports to be "inclusive," would not help.

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"We can't feel safe in our bodies in the daytime, and we can't feel safe in our bodies at these clubs that are literally profiting off of us," they say. "It's becoming a really common thing in New York and in corporate nightlife spaces, and it's dangerous."

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"There's a lot of people who miss out on the beauty of going out and dancing because they have the anxiety of being assaulted and being targeted."

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The doc compiled by Pauli Cakes and collaborator Sermon 3, who lends to the effort extensive nightlife experience as a curator, host, and bouncer, includes guidelines for safer spaces, harm reduction and fire safety practices for DIY spaces, resources for reducing sexual assault and harassment, and a rundown of expectations for staff and security personnel.


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The doc will only grow from here, and Pauli Cakes hopes for more perspectives to be included: Owners of DIY spaces, security workers, bathroom attendants (who Pauli Cakes notes are "disrespected so heavily and excluded from the conversation"), artists, and partygoers.

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"I would love for this to be intersectional and multifaceted, because nightlife is intersectional and multifaceted space," they say.

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Anyone is free to add tips for improving conditions at clubs that, as the doc notes, "are grounds for assault, sexual harassment, patriarchal flexing, and blatant disrespect." In particular, however, they want to hear from marginalized folks, as they are disproportionately affected. Eventually, the information could be condensed and translated to zine format to then be passed out at clubs. And while it does single out NYC nightlife, the resources they're gathering could be applied to clubs and venues all over the world.


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Corporate clubs, Pauli Cakes says, "drink from our fountain," profiting off queer people without taking effort to ensure safer experiences. They often also exploit them by handpicking elements of queer culture for promotion (Pauli Cakes notes the requirement at one club that you pay to be "glittered" before entering), without actively uplifting queer artists, performers, and organizers.

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"This is really a reclamation after experiencing years and years and years of bullshit in nightlife," Pauli Cakes says. "Nightlife is a place where we can express ourselves freely, and people see that as an excuse to harass me and harass my friends. It's really beautiful to be able to reclaim that and take back these spaces that are taken from us by oppressive powers, and say, 'You know what? Fuck you. We're going to make these spaces about us again.'"

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Check out the Securing Nightspace Info Exchange doc, and head to Instagram for details on the second DisCakes party, happening tonight in Brooklyn.

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Fri, 15 Mar 2019 19:37:02 +0000http://www.23880175.com/pauli-cakes-safer-nightlife-spaces-2631754710.htmlPauli cakesNightlifeNycDiscakesJhoni Jackson
The United States of Cannabishttp://www.23880175.com/the-united-states-of-cannabis-2631648590.html

Where cannabis is concerned, this moment in American political culture appears to exemplify Hegel's paradoxical unity of opposites. President Trump's former Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, rolled back Obama-era leniency with respect to federal marijuana law enforcement. Trump, meanwhile, has declared a national emergency, citing the flow of illegal drugs as well as migrants over the Mexican border as a pretext for building a wall. Yet in the same 2016 election that brought Trump to office, California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada all voted to legalize cannabis. Last year they were joined by Vermont — the only state to legalize by an act of the legislature rather than popular referendum — and, in the November election, Michigan. This brings to 10 the number of states with legal cannabis, and the portion of the populace living in such states to well over 20%.

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A further 30 states have legalized medical marijuana in one form or another (not necessarily including use of herbaceous cannabis, but extracts and tinctures), and several more have provisions for medicinal use of the non-psychoactive cannabinoid CBD. Idaho alone has no provision whatsoever for any legal use of cannabis or cannabinoids.

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Yet 40,000 people remain incarcerated in state and federal prison on cannabis-related convictions — about half of them for marijuana offenses alone. When those waiting to see a judge in local jails are added in, the figure may approach 100,000 at any given time — with the usual racial disparity, of course. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, based on national data, blacks are more than three times as likely as whites to be arrested for pot — despite using the stuff at essentially similar rates.

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When then-Attorney General Sessions last year called on federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty in drug cases, there was an eruption of paranoia that state-legal captains of industry in California and Colorado could be targeted under a harsh drug law signed by Bill Clinton in 1994 — which indeed makes "trafficking" in 60,000 kilos or more of cannabis a capital offense.

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This is an absurd contradiction, and there is one obvious way to resolve it: The United States could follow in the footsteps of its northern neighbor Canada by legalizing cannabis coast to coast, by federal law. Perhaps, even under Trump, it is no longer as unthinkable as it once was. But what would it actually look like, and how can we get there?

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Erik Altieri is the executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), which has been working toward this aim since its founding in 1970. Asked about the prospects for nationwide legalization, he waxes optimistic.

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"With 10 states and the District of Columbia now having legalized marijuana for adult use and over 60% of all Americans supporting an end to our failed prohibition, it is now a question of when, not if, legalization will become the status quo nationwide," Altieri asserts.

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And what legalization could look like is no longer a matter of mere speculation. "Thankfully, these conversations no longer exist in a vacuum, as we have data from numerous states, starting with Washington and Colorado, which legalized marijuana in 2012, about the impact this policy has on communities," he says.

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Altieri predicts a positive impact on national incarceration rates. "What we've seen is that, quite obviously, states that legalize marijuana arrest far less people than states that retain criminalization," he states. And indeed, a study released last year by the Drug Policy Alliance, "From Prohibition to Progress: A Status Report on Marijuana Legalization," found that total cannabis arrests have declined sharply in states that have legalized. Colorado experienced an 88% drop between 2012 and 2015. Oregon saw a 96% drop from 2013 to 2016.

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"It is now a question of when, not if, legalization will become the status quo nationwide." — Erik Altieri, NORML

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Altieri continues: "Over 650,000 Americans are still arrested annually across the country for marijuana-related crimes; these arrests consume law enforcement and judicial resources that can be better utilized to combat violent crime. States that move to legalization and regulation effectively end the practice of arresting otherwise law-abiding cannabis consumers and immediately reap the social and financial benefits from simply ending arrests."

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The question of those already behind bars in states that have legalized is a sticky one. California's then-Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill last year that will allow past cannabis convictions to be dismissed or sealed if the quantities in question would no longer violate the law under the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, passed by California voters in Proposition 64 in 2016. Washington state is also taking steps to wipe out old cannabis convictions. The legalization referendum that failed in North Dakota in November explicitly included a measure for expungement of past cannabis convictions.

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Additionally, many have drawn an analogy to alcohol Prohibition, which fueled gangland violence in the 1920s. The violence abated after repeal in 1933, and cannabis advocates say decoupling marijuana from criminal gangs through legalization could similarly lead to safer cities. There are studies to back up this idea. One published in The Economic Journal last year noted a reduction in violence in US states along the Mexican border in recent years, especially in the counties along the frontier. The study saw a link to the reduced legal pressure on cannabis in the US over this same period, thanks to legalization and medical marijuana laws. All of the southern border states now have medical marijuana laws, and California, of course, has actually legalized.

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Along with changes to the criminal justice system, Altieri emphasizes the economic benefits that would come with widespread cannabis legalization.

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"Cannabis sales generate much-needed tax revenue for social programs such as education and substance abuse prevention," he enthuses. "Legalization provides enormous upside to states, allowing them to better allocate their law enforcement resources, generating new tax revenue, decreasing incarceration rates of nonviolent offenders and promoting civil liberties — with very little downside to be found in the real-world data."

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The entire legal marijuana industry in the U.S. was valued at $10.4 billion last year, and states have been raking in tax money. Colorado has seen a steady increase in state marijuana taxes year over year, reaping over $266 million in taxes in 2018. California, meanwhile, is anticipated to have collected around $471 million in taxes in the same time period, although this number falls significantly short of the original projection of $630 million — a deficit that's been attributed to a mix of complicated regulations and the fact that many cities in the state do not allow cannabis businesses to operate in their locales, among other factors.

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But whatever economic excitement may exist on the state level is tempered by the formidable hurdles Altieri sees at the federal level. "In order for legalization to have any notable impact on the federal budget and deficit, it would require that our federal officials de-schedule marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and create federal excise taxes on marijuana production and sales," he says.

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In legalizing medical marijuana last year, the UK's Home Office took the step of removing cannabis from Schedule I — an international designation for drugs, such as heroin, with no medical application and high potential for abuse. It was placed in Schedule II, reserved for drugs, such as morphine and cocaine, with legitimate medical uses. Like most other countries, the US keeps it in Schedule I — a clear anachronism, as even the FDA has approved use of CBD-infused products for treatment of epilepsy. Advocates call for removing cannabis entirely from the schedule system established by the UN Single Convention treaty (and codified in the US by the 1970 Controlled Substances Act) and making it "over the counter."

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A federal excise tax on cannabis could generate an additional $500 million annually for the federal government.

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Altieri cites a recent analysis by the Tax Foundation finding that a federal excise tax on cannabis could generate an additional $500 million annually for the federal government. That falls short of the approximately $10 billion the feds collect from excise taxes on alcohol, or the $14 billion from tobacco — but it's still significant.

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"When you factor in payroll and corporate taxes that would be associated with the cannabis industry, that number can skyrocket to several billion dollars a year or more," he says. "While these amounts won't end or reverse the federal deficit or magically solve all the country's problems, that is several billion dollars annually that the government did not have before when most of that money was being diverted into the illicit black market. Tax revenues from marijuana, if legalized federally, would provide a modest, but respectable, new income stream to fund important services, and is one with potential for serious growth over time."

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It should be noted that the high hopes voiced when nationwide legalization took effect in Canada in October have been somewhat humbled by a bumpy start. Small producers and unlicensed retail outlets have found themselves operating in a legal "gray zone." Purveyors of "craft cannabis" have a niche in Canada's legalized market, but they must sell to one of the big licensed producers grandfathered in from the medical marijuana program. Unlicensed retail outlets that prospered for years in the gray zone, meanwhile, are ironically being shut down in Vancouver under legalization. And indeed, since Canadian legalization took effect, the big licensed producers and approved retailers have complained of disappointing sales even while struggling to meet a booming demand — a strange paradox that points to a shaky system. With each province free to set its own policies regulating sales, a confusing patchwork reigns nationally. And in provinces where the government maintains a monopoly on sales, orders from the licensed producers have been overly cautious, creating a bottleneck.

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A real concern about cannabis legalization is its possible impact on highway safety. Critics cite a rise in "marijuana-related" accidents in California and Colorado since legalization — but this is an inherently problematic phrase.

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Testing positive for cannabis doesn't mean a motorist was under the influence at the time of the accident. That's because the psychoactive cannabinoid THC stays in your body much longer than alcohol — weeks after the effects wear off. Also, an accident can still be listed as "marijuana-related" even if other, more incapacitating drugs were involved. Finally, an increase in road fatalities in states that have legalized is consistent with the national trend — probably related to more people being on the roads due to low oil prices.

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A 2011 study by the University of Colorado at Denver — from before the oil slump — actually found a reduction in traffic fatalities in states that had legalized medical marijuana. A conjectured explanation is that folks had been turning to legal cannabis instead of alcohol, which impairs driving far more dramatically.

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No organization takes this issue more seriously than Mothers Against Drunk Driving. MADD's chief government affairs officer JT Griffin, reached for comment, had this to say: "We're not prohibitionist when it comes to alcohol, so we're not when it comes to marijuana either. That's something states have to decide for themselves. We do call upon states to examine any traffic safety or impaired driving implications in order to make sure that the roads are safe."

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How to do that will be contingent on science that just isn't in yet, Griffin acknowledges. "We've studied alcohol since the end of Prohibition in the 1930s, so we know a lot about how it affects motor abilities and the brain," he says. "But there's so much that we don't know about marijuana when it comes to impairment. As we try to learn those things and determine what impairment looks like, it's important that police have the tools to get impaired drivers off the road."

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"When it comes to alcohol, we have .08," he elaborates. "Everyone knows when you have .08 blood content, you're too impaired to drive. As drugs are legalized, lawmakers and opinion leaders want a .08." But it's not so simple.

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Griffin cites an October 2018 study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. "It found that you're not going to get a .08 because marijuana affects the body differently than alcohol does," he says. "So law enforcement needs to understand what someone who is impaired by marijuana looks like when they're driving, and how to give that person a test to determine if they're actually impaired."

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And he emphasizes: "Alcohol is the still the biggest thing out there — the most commonly used drug in the country, and the commonly used drug that's impairing people behind the wheel…Alcohol, speeding and not wearing a seatbelt are the three biggest factors — and a lot of the time they go together. As a country, we should not forget that alcohol is the biggest killer."

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Finally, a 2015 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed that drivers high on cannabis are not nearly as impaired as drunk drivers. As The Washington Post summed up those findings: "After adjusting for age, gender, race and alcohol use, drivers who tested positive for marijuana were no more likely to crash than those who had not used any drugs or alcohol prior to driving."

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Any advance for cannabis will inevitably open new contradictions. This is especially clear in the rise of "corporate cannabis" (or "Big Bud") in California. Central Valley agribusiness interests have ditched rice and cauliflower for the lucrative newly legal commodity, pushing the traditional small growers of the northern "Emerald Triangle" off the market. Police raids in the Emerald Triangle have continued since legalization, as many growers choose to remain on the black market due to perceived burdensome regulation and taxation of the legal sector.

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And the persistence of the black market has also meant that legal sales have not lived up to the high expectations. When the Prop 64 legalization initiative passed in 2016, state officials foresaw some 6,000 cannabis shops licensed in the first few years. Instead, just some 540 new licenses have been issued, on top of some 1,800 grandfathered in from the medical marijuana program.

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Both Denver and the San Francisco Bay Area have seen the phenomenon of "cannabis gentrification," with money from the new industry pouring in, driving up rents and displacing low-income communities. Also, it should be noted that even as overall cannabis arrests have dropped under more tolerant laws and enforcement policies in many states and localities, the racial disparity in those arrests that continue (e.g. for public use) is unabated.

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In 2016, Oakland became one of the first cities to address these issues with a "cannabis equity" ordinance, mandating that those communities — largely black and Latino — that suffered the highest rates of marijuana busts should now be prioritized for cannabis business. Other municipalities followed, and last September the state house in Sacramento passed a cannabis equity law instating such policies across California.

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One bitter irony is that the struggle for medical marijuana in the AIDS crisis of the '90s is what first opened legal space for cannabis use in California. The 1996 passage of the Prop 215 medical marijuana initiative was the first step toward the current wave of state legalization policies. But under the current regulations for legal cannabis in California, medical marijuana is taxed at the same high rate as "recreational" cannabis. Under legalization, legal space has paradoxically closed for "compassionate care" providers — those who make free or discounted medical marijuana available to the ailing. And Sacramento has not yet addressed this problem.


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Some progress on the federal level was actually seen at the end of 2018, with passage of the Farm Bill that legalizes cultivation of hemp — defined as those strains of cannabis with 0.3% THC or under, well below the psychoactive threshold. The bill was pushed by Republican Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, under pressure from farmers in his own state of Kentucky who want to grow hemp.

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Significantly, the bill actually legalizes (de-schedules) CBD — but only that derived from the low-THC hemp strains. This is another absurdity, as the molecular make-up of a cannabinoid is identical regardless of whether it is derived from "hemp" or "marijuana."

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Yet since 2015, various bills have been introduced in Congress to legalize cannabis at the federal level — removing it from the schedule system altogether. The most recent was just introduced in January by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) — the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, wittily numbered HR 420. ("420" has long been slang for getting high among cannabis aficionados.)

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So there is some optimism in the ranks. Chris Conrad, a longtime California cannabis advocate, actually thinks it can happen. He forecasts: "House Democrats are already poised to pass cannabis de-scheduling legislation over to the Senate, where it either passes or gets attached to another bill and passes, then the president signs it and claims a victory in summer or winter of 2019. Unfortunately, Senator McConnell has authoritarian tendencies and could block legislation from getting a floor vote. But on the other hand, his role in de-scheduling industrial hemp suggests that he might be open to it."

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Conrad sees a second scenario as more likely: "McConnell will bottle House bills up in 2019 but let legalization pass the Senate in early 2020 as a way to grab the youth vote going into the fall elections or, at least, to take the issue away from Democrats to campaign on."

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Since 2015, various bills have been introduced in Congress to legalize cannabis at the federal level.

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What Conrad sees as a third and perhaps most likely path is for the president to do it by executive order in the later part of 2020 "for that same political motive."

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He adds, wryly: "The best tactic is always to play up to his vanity. For example, someone could name a strain of cannabis 'Trump Gold' and announce that it won a tremendous contest for the best, most terrific strain of cannabis in the world, maybe the best of all time. But nobody can get it because it's illegal…unless The Donald orders the DEA to take marijuana out of the CSA. Plus, someone might point out that he personally could get a huge commission by licensing his name to it, being the most popular strain ever in the world and all."

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And some advocates are already anticipating how small growers will negotiate the transition to a federally legalized market. Kerry Reynolds is the organizer of Sohum Guild, a group of family-operated artisanal cannabis farms in southern Humboldt County, the heart of the Emerald Triangle.

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"On one hand, federal legalization will bring the possibility of interstate sales, and that will greatly increase the size of the market for small producers," she says. "On the other hand, small craft cannabis farms are feeling the strong need to band together to be able to cut costs while also continuing to improve the quality of their product in order to stand out. Like fine wine and fine cheese, artisanal cannabis must command higher prices."

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There may be a sense here of counting chickens before they hatch. But it would certainly vindicate a dialectical understanding of history if this moment of deep political reaction gave birth to the long-sought breakthrough for an herb already used on a regular basis by some 40 million Americans — more than 10% of the country's total population.

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Bill Weinberg writes for Cannabis Now magazine, and blogs at his own website, CounterVortex.org.

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Fri, 15 Mar 2019 16:04:27 +0000http://www.23880175.com/the-united-states-of-cannabis-2631648590.htmlCannabisWeedStory Bill Weinberg / Infographics Nicolas Rapp
You Can Watch New 'Queer Eye' Tonighthttp://www.23880175.com/queer-eye-season-three-netflix-2631734939.html

This week, like all the past weeks for a while now, has been hard. Luckily it's almost over, and we're getting a little treat — a cute little reward, for getting through it. For persevering. For eating our avocados. For staying moisturized! The third season of Queer Eye just hit Netflix, which is as good an excuse as any to leave the office a little early today, order in, and get into bed with your laptop.

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Related | PAPER People: The Fab Five

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The Fab Five are headed to Kansas City this season, and making over the lives and spirits of a typically diverse group. In episode one, titled "Hunter to Huntee," they meet a woman who "can hunt, fish and grow her own food... but needs help when it comes to crafting a look that's both womanly and powerful." Somehow me?


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Other episodes feature a young lesbian struggling with her identity, a self-deprecating groom who must learn to love himself before he's ready to walk down the aisle, and a single father raising two sons alone following the death of his wife by cancer. So yeah, maybe get a box of tissues ready. You know the drill by now.

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Stream season three of Netflix's Queer Eye here.


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Fri, 15 Mar 2019 15:51:49 +0000http://www.23880175.com/queer-eye-season-three-netflix-2631734939.htmlNetflixAntoni porowskiBobby berkKaramo brownJonathan van nessJvnTan franceTelevisionSteamingKansas cityLgbtqQueer eyeKatherine Gillespie
Amazon Fashion Secrets: 50 Yeehaw Essentialshttp://www.23880175.com/amazon-fashion-secrets-yeehaw-2631727899.html

Amazon is the ultimate one-stop-shop for absolutely everything, but it's rarely regarded as a source of cool, new fashion. Keely Murphy, a 25-year-old LA-based stylist, has embarked on a mission to change that through her Instagram @fashionsecrets93, which spotlights Amazon's hidden gems. In honor of all things Yeehaw (and its rise throughout the world), Murphy has chosen 50 rodeo-inspired essentials, which you can buy here.

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Fri, 15 Mar 2019 15:40:32 +0000http://www.23880175.com/amazon-fashion-secrets-yeehaw-2631727899.htmlAmazonYeehawCountryCowboyInternet cultureCowgirlPaper Magazine
Knorts Is Denim Knitwear for the Jeans-Aversehttp://www.23880175.com/knorts-debuts-commercial-shop-2631723311.html

If you're not familiar, Knorts is a portmanteau of "knit" and "shorts," and Los Angeles' coolest brand of comfy yet sexy pseudo-denim. Made of indigo-dyed yarn, the fabric resembles the wash lines, creases, fading and fringes of denim, but lends itself to unrestricted movement, diverse patterns, and flattering shapes of pants, dresses, tops for bodies of all sizes.

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Related | Let @JstLbby Guide You to the Light

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Founded by designer Eleanore Guthrie, Knorts, which offers everything from bike shorts to bell bottoms to bra tops to unitards, have been championed by Lady Gaga, SZA, Kali Uchis, Madison Beer, Jorja Smith, Slick Woods and @jstlbby, who wore a Knorts dress for her PAPER shoot.


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But for the first time, the extremely online brand is venturing into the brick and mortar world. Knorts is opening up their private studio where shoppers can come to try on and interact with the designs, learn about the brand and even meet with Guthrie for a personal styling.

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To celebrate the launch, the brand enlisted Cory Nixon to direct an utterly hilarious commercial, imbued with the playful sense of humor intrinsic to the brand: a tribute to hyper-sexual, soft porno denim ads of the 90's. From the washed out grainy quality, to the infomercial invitation "Call now! (213) 529-6118," to the twinkly new wave pop, to the hair-twirling and lip-biting, it's a wild ride.

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Check it out, as well as the new Knorts studio (they really do want you to call that number), open to shoppers now.


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Fri, 15 Mar 2019 15:15:55 +0000http://www.23880175.com/knorts-debuts-commercial-shop-2631723311.htmlDenim knitwearLady gagaSzaKali uchisMadison beerJorja smithSlick woodsJstlbbyKnortsJael Goldfine
Karl Lagerfeld’s Cat Launches ‘RIP Daddy’ Clothing Linehttp://www.23880175.com/choupette-rip-daddy-clothing-2631727959.html

Karl Lagerfeld's cat, like the rest of us, is in mourning. But Choupette — who unfortunately won't inherit any money from her extremely wealthy late owner — isn't retreating from the public eye during this dark time. Perhaps out of financial hardship, she's actually launching a limited edition collection of t-shirts, mugs, and iPhone cases. Karl would be… proud?

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Choupette (AKA the social media team behind popular account @ChoupettesDiary) has a devoted following, and the #RIPDaddy collection is available from her official online merch store. As a press release explains, "While this has been a heartbreaking time, the Choupette's Diary fans, followers, and fashion folk have filled her with love and support for which she will be eternally grateful. With this love and support, it has given her strength to put her best paw forward and launch a commemorative #RIPDaddy collection."

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Related | Carly Rae Jepsen's New Video is for Cat Lovers


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The range of clothing and accessories is illustrated by Monica Smiley, who created the Choupette's Diary logo. They feature Choupette wearing a veil, along with Karl's trademark neck tie and dark glasses.


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The press release also vaguely indicates that a "select portion" of proceeds will benefit the Helen Woodward Animal Center in California, which I guess makes this whole thing slightly less creepy.

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Say it with me: #RIPDADDY! Shop the collection here.

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Fri, 15 Mar 2019 14:43:14 +0000http://www.23880175.com/choupette-rip-daddy-clothing-2631727959.htmlChoupetteChanelFashionRip daddyClothingAccessoriesKarl lagerfeldKatherine Gillespie
Rosario Dawson and Cory Booker Are Officially an Itemhttp://www.23880175.com/cory-booker-rosario-dawson-2631654985.html

Rosario Dawson and baggy-jeans pioneer Cory Booker are officially the hippest couple on the campaign trail! They were previously spotted together at a performance of Dear Evan Hanson, but TMZ spoke with Dawson at Washington D.C's Reagan airport, where she confirmed that she is the "boo" the 2020 hopeful referred to recently on The Breakfast Club.

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"Yeah... Yes, very much so,” she said when asked if the pair were in a relationship. "So far, so wonderful, he's a wonderful human being. It's good to spend some time together when we can. We're busy."

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Although she was a Bernie supporter in 2016, Dawson has officially endorsed her new boyfriend. She showed off a Booker 2020 button at the airport, and heaped praise on him to TMZ: "I am just grateful to be with someone that I respect and love and admire so much who is so brilliant and kind and caring and loving."

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Related | Will Beyoncé Endorse Beto For President?

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Even if they're not sure about Booker 2020, people seem pretty here for Rosario for First Lady (though she told TMZ she "has no idea" about marriage). As far as celebrities in politics go, Dawson has a lot to offer on the campaign trail. She was extremely vocal during the 2016 election and campaigned actively for Bernie: appearing in campaign ads, introduced him at events, and once even penning a letter questioning activist Dolores Huerta's support of Hillary Clinton. She's also the co-founder of nonprofit advocacy group Voto Latino, which has launched a multi-million dollar effort to increase Hispanic voter turnout, and helped organize the celebrity-studded family separation protests that took place at the border last year.

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People are also fascinated by Dawson's romantic pivot from ex-husband Eric Andre and extremely versatile taste: she previously dated Jay-Z, Colin Farrell, Quentin Tarantino and Gerard Butler. But maybe Booker is funnier and less dorky in private than he appears on social media, where he's recently revealed his fondness for inspirational quotations and Rupi Kaur-esque Twitter poetry.

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Personally, my biggest question is how will the other 2020 candidates try to keep up with Booker on the cool celebrity affiliations front? Boringly, most of his rivals are married to longtime non-famous spouses, and thus, are unlikely to announce celebrity significant others. But Warren or Harris can always get papped attending a performance of Hamilton with Rihanna. Based on 2016 and the recent midterms' onslaught of political endorsements by celebrities, which even brought Beyoncé and the notoriously apolitical Taylor Swiftout into the fray, it's only a matter of time until more candidates and celebrities begin courting each other.

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Fri, 15 Mar 2019 01:51:52 +0000http://www.23880175.com/cory-booker-rosario-dawson-2631654985.htmlRosario dawson2020 campaignEric andreCory bookerJael Goldfine
Sephora Officially Cuts Ties With Olivia Jadehttp://www.23880175.com/sephora-olivia-jade-2631656842.html

The fate of her college career is still unknown, but YouTuber Olivia Jade Giannulli's social media clout is already in decline following a reveal that her mom, TV actress Lori Loughlin, allegedly scammed her a spot at the University of Southern California. Sephora, with whom Giannulli collaborated on a namesake highlighter palette in December, has officially cut all ties with the influencer.

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"After careful review of recent developments, we have made the decision to end the Sephora Collection partnership with Olivia Jade, effective immediately," reads a statement from Sephora. All evidence of her Olivia Jade x Sephora Bronze & Illuminate Palette has been scrubbed from the retailer's official site — the comments section had been getting nasty.


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Related | Olivia Jade Didn't Even Want to Attend College

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Earlier, HP had quietly deleted an Olivia Jade sponsorship campaign from its Instagram feed. She stands on the brink of losing a number of other lucrative brand partnerships, too: Amazon, Dolce & Gabbana, Lulus, Marc Jacobs Beauty, Sephora, Smashbox Beauty Cosmetics, Smile Direct Club, Too Faced Cosmetics, Boohoo, and TRESemmé. Update: TRESemmé has now dropped Giannulli too.


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Related | Olivia Jade Was Partying on a Yacht When Her Mom Was Arrested

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Giannulli's mom is also suffering career consequences. The Hallmark Channel, where she's a staple, has announced it will "no longer work with" the actress. "We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations," a statement reads.

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But that's the least of her worries right now. Loughlin has been charged with fraud after allegedly paying $500,000 to a scammer who helped fake SAT scores and fool USC recruiters into thinking her two daughters were accomplished crew athletes. Her fellow actress, Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman, as well as numerous high-ranking CEOs, are implicated in the same scheme.

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Thu, 14 Mar 2019 21:50:41 +0000http://www.23880175.com/sephora-olivia-jade-2631656842.htmlSephoraYoutubeBeautyCollege admissions scamLori loughlinFelicity huffmanOlivia jadeKatherine Gillespie
How Celebrities Handled the Instagram Apocalypsehttp://www.23880175.com/instagram-blackout-responses-2631628218.html

Instagram and Facebook went down for nearly 24 hours yesterday, leaving the Internet in shambles. Apocalyptic visions of a grid-less world flashed before our eyes. Influencers started job-hunting. Millennials went outside, but mostly everyone just went on Twitter: especially celebrities (part of the reason lots of us go on Instagram in the first place). The world's been restored to order, but some people took the blackout harder than others.

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Lindsay Lohan asked to speak with the manager.


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Cardi was cheerful, but blamed Trump (she's not wrong that the blackout directed the scrolling masses to Twitter, his favorite medium).


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Some thought they were very clever, including David Spade, George Takei and Josh Peck — the latter of which revealed pessimistic view on social media.




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Soulja Boy, lived by his immortal philosophy ("In this world you either crank that soulja boy or it cranks you") — took the crash as an opportunity to try his hand in the tech world.


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Recently engaged Bachelor Colton Underwood bragged about his new girlfriend.


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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez missed her plans to broadcast her quest to furnish her new DC apartment (which yes, I would have tuned in for) but instead requested decorating advice.


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Some embraced Twitter for the first time, in the hopes of keeping engagement up.



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Donald J. Trump somehow connected the dots between the Instagram blackout, and taking shots at feminists via bad memes.


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Sadly, Ariana Grande, Britney Spears, Diplo, and many of the other Instagram-savvy celebs who no doubt felt the impact did not comment on the blackout. The rest of us did what we do best: watched porn and made memes.








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Thu, 14 Mar 2019 21:16:40 +0000http://www.23880175.com/instagram-blackout-responses-2631628218.htmlInstagram downInstagram blackout#instagramblackout2019Lindsay lohanCardi bTrumpDavid spadeGeorge takeiJosh peckSoulja boyColton underwoodAlexandria ocasio-cortezMindy kalingTommy wiseauDonald j. trumpPornhubInstagramJael Goldfine
This Photographer Captures America's Crust Punk Traditionhttp://www.23880175.com/michael-joseph-lost-and-found-2631546108.html

There've been many attempts to peer into the lives of America's self-exiled. Labeled crust or gutter or street punks, or simply travelers (or depending on your politics, hobos), I mean the large network of nomadic Americans who have made the deliberate choice to live without addresses or incomes, outside capitalism, the work force, the nuclear family, and most rules of social conduct.

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If you live in a large city — especially Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Asheville, San Diego or New Orleans — you've seen them. As the myths go, they panhandle and perform in parks, hitchhike or ride rails with the weather, give themselves new names and histories, live in squats or on the streets, often adjacent to musical scenes and activist communities. These myths are reified and to some extent confirmed by films and documentaries like Crash Where You Land (a look at New Orleans' French quarter's homeless punks), Hunting Pignut (a fictional gutter punk adventure in Canada), and The Decline of Western Civilization III (the third in a trio of punk documentaries, exploring LA's crust scene).

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Our fascination feels like a result of the wrench these people throw into the logic of our own lives. Most of us pour endless labor into the task of acquiring a Good, middle class life. The fantasy of skipping out on that project altogether (though these travelers are sometimes those who never had a good shot to begin with) and the equation of the comforts you sacrifice for the freedoms you gain, is equal parts intoxicating and terrifying.

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Michael Joseph, a Boston-based photographer, has spent years traveling around America getting to know members of this complex, transient community, learning about its history, language and codes of conduct. In a new exhibition at the Daniel Cooney Fine Art gallery in Chelsea titled "Lost and Found," Joseph explores its reality with a series of black and white portraits: individuals, couples, parents and children.

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Rather than the blurry YouTube footage or dark polaroids typical of punk memorabilia, the photos are exhilaratingly detailed. The figures are rarely smiling but make unyielding eye contact with the camera. The close-ups allow the viewer to see beyond spectacle or curiosity, and admire the clues the photos offer about the subject's stories and journeys. One man's glasses balance on his nose without arms. Another's jacket is embroidered with what look like bird bones. A woman drapes her arm over her head to reveal a line drawing of New Jersey on her armpit. A tattoo on one subject's stomach reads, "Do not fear death, but the inadequate life." Anarchist and squatters rights motifs are common.

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The series insists upon beauty in the constellations of stick and pokes on arms and faces, and the layers of patchwork handmade clothes and jewelry rooted in "crust punk tradition and hobo history." This warmth of Joseph's shots and the agency in the punks gazes eschews the anthropological distance inherent to a photo series of homeless people hanging in a Chelsea gallery. The people appear neither overly romanticized, nor tragic. In a statement, Joseph points out that without context, they might just look like Bushwick's more rugged crowd, until closer study reveals bruises, dirt and scars, "clues of problems including physical abuse, substance abuse, lack of medical care, loss of friends and family." Although they're beautiful, the photos feel ultimately agnostic when it comes to passing judgement on the subjects' lifestyles. However, Joseph admits that he hopes to celebrate the "courage and freedom of lives spent on their own terms."

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"Lost and Found" is on view at Daniel Cooney Fine Art until April 13.

Photos courtesy of Daniel Cooney Fine Art

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Thu, 14 Mar 2019 21:06:12 +0000http://www.23880175.com/michael-joseph-lost-and-found-2631546108.htmlMichael josephGutter punkSeattleSan franciscoChicagoAshevilleSan diegoNew orleansCrash where you landThe decline of western civilization iiiHunting pignutCrust punksJael Goldfine
Without Porn, Tumblr Is Overhttp://www.23880175.com/tumblr-users-post-porn-ban-2631652546.html

When Tumblr — a platform literally designed for horny teens — announced a blanket porn ban late last year, we predicted its days were numbered. The microblogging platform had always been a safe and sex positive space, and the pivot felt like the end of an era.

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Users apparently agree. According to SimilarWeb, Tumblr's web traffic has plummeted by 30 percent since December, the first full month of the porn ban being in place. SimilarWeb data says that Tumblr had an estimated 520 million visits in December, 436 million in January, then 369 million in February. That's a steady drop off.

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Related | Tumblr's Porn Ban Targets the Internet's Most Marginalized

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Tumblr's porn ban was introduced in a rush, in response to the iOS store temporarily removing its official app after reportedly finding evidence of child pornography. Posting "photos, videos, or GIFs that show real-life human genitals or female-presenting nipples, and any content — including photos, videos, GIFs and illustrations — that depicts sex acts" will see your blog get flagged by Tumblr's team and reverted to a private setting.

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While porn and other erotic content has always pervaded Tumblr, and the platform feels weird without it, user frustration can also be pegged to a faulty porn-detecting computer algorithm that ends up accidentally censoring a lot of completely SFW content on the site. Some bloggers have moved on to alternative online spaces like Mastodon and Pillowfort as a result.

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Thu, 14 Mar 2019 21:05:29 +0000http://www.23880175.com/tumblr-users-post-porn-ban-2631652546.htmlPorn banAdult content banSocial mediaCensorshipSex workersSafe spacesInternet cultureTumblrKatherine Gillespie
Lady Gaga's Stylists Ranked No. 1 in Hollywoodhttp://www.23880175.com/lady-gaga-stylists-2631648540.html

Tom Eerebout and Sandra Amador, who dressed Lady Gaga throughout her flawless A Star Is Born press tour, have been ranked the number one stylists in tinseltown by The Hollywood Reporter. The duo was responsible for Gaga's many instantly iconic looks of the past 12 months — including all her big awards show red carpet moments.

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Also ranking in the Top 25 list were Rebecca Corbin-Murray, who curated Gemma Chan's all-Asian-designer Crazy Rich Asians press wardrobe, and Karla Welch, responsible for Tracee Ellis Ross' all-Black-designer American Music Awards host wardrobe. But Gaga's stylists are a logical No. 1: the list accounts for "star power, style, and social media," and notes that Gaga's recent outfits have had an incredible online impact.


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Little Monsters have gotten to see a brand new side of Gaga over the past year, as Eerebout and Amador helped her go Old Hollywood while maintaining the sartorial eccentricities she's always been known for. "We wanted to deliver looks that were true to her — the element of surprise — and capture movie star magic," Eerebout told THR.


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Some of those looks included a periwinkle blue gown with hair dyed to match, classic black Alexander McQueen gown complemented by a huge yellow Tiffany's diamond necklace, and, most memorable of all, feathery pink Valentino couture worn during a Venice Film Festival thunderstorm.


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Amador said that Lady Gaga wore "different designers who had supported her over the years" to each awards show. Gaga's stunning second Oscars gown, worn during that live "Shallow" performance with Bradley Cooper, was designed by her former stylist Brandon Maxwell. Eerebout and Amador were once his assistants.


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Congratulations, Tom and Sandra. Can you believe this article didn't include a meat dress joke?

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Thu, 14 Mar 2019 20:43:57 +0000http://www.23880175.com/lady-gaga-stylists-2631648540.htmlStylistsFashionTom eereboutSandra amadorThe hollywood reporterPower stylist rankingOscars 2019Bradley cooperA star is bornValentinoAlexander mcqueenLady gagaKatherine Gillespie
Coolest Person in the Room: McLayne Ycmathttp://www.23880175.com/coolest-person-mclayne-ycmat-2631641044.html

Popularity is relative, and especially in the digital age. You could have hundreds of thousands of followers online, but be completely unknown in the streets — massively famous on Instagram, YouTube or Twitter, but lack any kind of real, authentic cool in person. For our new series, Coolest Person in the Room, New York-based photographer Megan Walschlager pinpoints all the people whose energy is contagious regardless of their following count or celebrity. Meet McLayne Ycmat, the NY-based art director, fashion obsessive and style icon you need to know.

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Tell us about your day job.

I'm an art director and a graphic designer. I'm at this company called Framework which is within an agency called Black Frame. Basically I do art direction for fashion campaigns and magazines. I used to work for Fabien Baron when I graduated college, and I did art direction for the Dior campaigns and Dior Magazine. And now I do Garage Magazine and I work on campaigns for the brand Woolrich. They're a heritage brand and we've been working on rebranding them. I also work on Helmut Lang and Kenzo.

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Did you go to Parsons?

Yeah.

Did you study fashion design?

No.

Oh, I thought you did. What did you study?

Communication design, but everyone at Parsons also thought I studied fashion design. I grew up Mormon in Utah. When I came out and went through all that, I was basically like, "Fuck this!" and applied to Parsons. My parents weren't super supportive of that, so to show them I took out all these loans to come here. Now I pay so much in student loans.

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I'm with you — I have so many loans.

Really? Well, it's good to know other people do too. It's fucking ridiculous.

Truly. I always think it's so funny that you're from Utah because you have such a cosmopolitan air about you.

It's so funny — a lot of people that work around me in the industry — especially when I worked for Fabien, and I know this is the case for a lot of European brands — but you grow up with this idea of what luxury is and how to look chic or whatever. And people are like, "Oh, my mom was my biggest inspiration." And that was not the case for me. The Internet taught me a lot.

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You're also really active in New York nightlife. How did you get started in that?

It started pretty organically because I just started going out a lot. My first gig was doing Flash Factory for Nicky Ottav, but my first official gig was subbing for Jordan [Stawecki] at Linda. Then I just started doing other things after that. Like Ty [Sunderland's] pool party and then LadyFag. Harry [Charlesworth] and Jordan [Stawecki] were like, "If you wanna host for Lady, just ask her! That's what we did." So I told her and it wasn't until like months later that I was talking to her at Battle Hymn that she was like, "Oh my God, Why don't you host for me?" and I was like, "I'm waiting on you!" Now I do Lady, and I just hosted Unter which was amazing. The music is so good there. And I got to be on set with Seva [Granick] — who started it — for a campaign I was doing for Woolrich, so we got to know each other and that was really cool.

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Do you remember your first party in New York?

Oh girl… yes, I do though. It was called The Chocolate Factory and it was in Bushwick. And this was like a Parsons freshmen type of thing. It was like a house party off the Morgan L stop.

My first nightlife experiences after that were like The Darby, which is Up and Down now, and lAvenue, the Dream Hotel PH-D. And I remember I hated it. It's funny because it was actually an issue in my relationship at the time. He was so mad that I never wanted to go out and now I'm so not that person.

Actually, when I started working my full time job for Fabien, which was super intense, I basically needed to go out. So that was the first time I really started going out every week. Because before that with school and stuff I didn't really.

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Do you have a specific getting ready routine when you're going out? For example one of my friends in college wouldn't have a sip of alcohol before she finished her eye makeup.

Oooh, I get that. I guess I'm like a natural host. I always want to bring my friends together. Actually when I lived in Utah and I ran away, I was introduced to this gay group. Since my coming out, I've been surrounded by, like, groups of gays. Salt Lake City is actually like this queer haven, and so when I ran away it was the first time I really saw these gay guys in heels and makeup and they were just so much fun. I love gay people. I guess in terms of pre-game rituals, I try to make everyone meet at my place. Everyone always ends up wearing my clothes.

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I feel like you style out your friends.

They always ask to wear my clothes! And I always end up doing everyone's makeup because they ask me to! In no way am I like dressing up my friends to look like me — I'm not that person — I just let them wear my clothes.

Totally. You have a very specific aesthetic.

Yeah and it caught on.

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"Right now I'm super inspired by the cosmos. I'm fucking obsessed with it. Everything I do now needs to have some scientific grounding."

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I have to ask you: when, where and what was the inspiration for your iconic smokey eye?

Girl!

Paolo says you invented it.

Invented it? No. You wanna know the first time I did a smokey eye? It was for a halloween costume of Adam Lambert.

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Really?

Yes, I sat there and copied a picture of him. That was in high school. Honestly, I've been wearing makeup everyday since high school — like concealer and stuff like that — and it has always been to just make myself look better. I feel like when I'm doing my smokey eye, I'm doing it to make my face look better. Like more snatched. Like it isn't coming from a place where I'm looking at a photo like, "Oh, I want to be that person in eyeliner." I just kind of do it. It's like photoshopping or FaceTuning in real life.

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What is your go to drink at the club?

A whiskey sour. Or some really really gay drink like a tequila sunrise. I don't drink vodka. I hate vodka. I mean, okay, I do drink vodka but I don't buy vodka.

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Where are some of your favorite places to go in NYC?

Well, I used to go to Roosevelt Island all the time. There's this spot where you have to climb over a fence, then you can get down to the rocks onto the river. I love to just like chill there with friends and smoke a joint. In terms of going places, I'm not super attached to any establishment because I think it always depends on who's there and who I'm with. I really just like being outside when it's warm. When it's summer, I'm out.

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One of my favorite McLayne memories is that summer when we all went to Fire Island and we met up at the train, and you were wearing three pieces of cloth but none of them were actual pieces of clothing.

Yes! Speaking of that. That's where I like to be. In the heat, half naked, on Fire Island.

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I think another layer of your mystique is you always have so many references and so much archival knowledge.

Oh, well that's just because I am obsessed. When I found Style.com — wait, actually you want to know what it was? Ugly Betty on ABC. I was obsessed with it. So, I actually — literally — used looking at runway shows to continue my obsession with it. And eventually I was like, "Woah, this shit's actually fascinating." From the beginning I got books — queue a montage of me studying. I would quiz myself on fashion shows. That's how I knew I wanted to get into fashion advertising. In high school I took a class on graphic design and I did well, and my teacher even helped me get paid gigs. And I just knew, because I love fashion so much that I wanted to do art direction.

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Do you have any favorite books or shows that you always go back to?

I'm currently obsessed with Dutch Magazine. They've been out of print like 15 years or more now. It was a '90s magazine, but every picture, layout, everything is just amazing. I'm obsessed with magazines particularly. I collect all that shit. But apart from that, the Internet has become such a solid basis for both my career and myself, so it always starts on the Internet. I'll find a picture I like or something, then I'll go deeper. This sounds really cliche, but the things I'm inspired by change. Right now I'm super inspired by the cosmos. I'm fucking obsessed with it. Everything I do now needs to have some scientific grounding. I know that sounds so dumb, but that's why like my Instagram profile picture right now is a diagram of the earth's rotation [Laughs].

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Do you have any personal projects coming up? Didn't you do a really big side project last year?

Yeah, I helped my friend Peter Do with his logo and the launch of his brand. And he's doing really well now. I just did an album cover for my friend Morgan — her name is Morgan Saint and she is signed to Sony. It was so cool because I felt like it was the first thing in a long time that I was able to show my distinct taste. I want to work in music a lot more doing album artwork. Especially for electronic music.

I'm really inspired by a lot of electronic music right now. I know that sounds really cliché too. I listen to a lot of trance music, but I realized my personal taste is actually called melodic techno. It's very like Deadmau5, Kaskade. I still listen to Deadmau5. I've been to a Kaskade concert and I was literally, like, crying. I used to be so ashamed of this until my friend also confessed he was into it. Then I was like, "Ok, I guess it's cool to be so unashamedly into something like Deadmau5 and Kaskade."

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Follow McLayne Ycmat on Instagram (@mclayne.ycmat).

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Thu, 14 Mar 2019 20:36:58 +0000http://www.23880175.com/coolest-person-mclayne-ycmat-2631641044.htmlMclayne ycmatInterview & Photography Megan Walschlager
Students Are Already Suing Colleges Following Cheating Scandalhttp://www.23880175.com/stanford-student-lawsuit-2631629051.html

The college admissions scandal is a colorful, caricatured version many types of invisible advantages and side-doors that we already know exist for the rich and powerful. However, now people have a specific (and highly visible) public spectacle they need to get angry about, and to litigate against.

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As such, a reasonably furious gang of college students are coming for the universities that failed to stop wealthy students, including the children of Full House's Lori Loughlin and Desperate Housewives' Felicity Huffman, from egregiously cheating their way in and effectively obliterating the last shred of credibility the whole process still had.

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Current Stanford students Erica Olsen and Kalea Woods have filed a class action lawsuit in a California district court against eight of the universities ensnared in the massive admissions scandal, the Los Angeles Times reports. They name Stanford, University of Southern California, UCLA, University of San Diego, University of Texas, Wake Forest, Yale and Georgetown as defendants. Olsen and Woods argue that they were denied equal opportunity when they were applying to colleges and that the scandal will tarnish their degrees, since Stanford was involved.

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"Each of the universities were negligent in failing to maintain adequate protocols and security measures in place to guarantee the sanctity of the college admissions process, and to ensure that their own employees were not engaged in these type of bribery schemes," the complaint states.

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The suit seeks, according to CNBC, five million dollars in punitive damages for all students who applied to and were rejected by any of the universities between 2012 and last year, when the bulk of the scamming families were applying to school. The plaintiffs also argue that their degrees from Stanford, which is linked to the scandal, will be devalued for prospective employers as a result of new doubts around how and why people are accepted to elite schools.

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Olsen and Woods are also suing to get their application fees, about $80 each, back from the involved colleges they were denied entry to. Olsen was rejected from Yale and Woods from USC (where Lori Laughlin successfully bribed her daughter into the student body) in 2017, despite stellar academic records, according to the case. In the suit, they say they wouldn't have paid to apply to these schools if they knew "unqualified students were slipping in through the back door of the admissions process by committing fraud, bribery, cheating, and dishonesty."

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"Had she known that the system at Yale University was warped and rigged by fraud, she would not have spent the money to apply to the school. She also did not receive what she paid for — a fair admissions consideration process," the suit says of Olsen.

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Rick Singer, the mastermind behind the scheme who has boasted of helping more than 850 students find side-doors into college through his company the Key Worldwide Foundation, is also named as a defendant.

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Federal prosecutors have indicted 50 people, including Singer, parents, coaches and administrators in the massive scheme which involved everything from fabricating athletic careers and test scores, to having adults take the SATS in place of students. The Stanford students' lawsuit is the first directed towards the universities that failed to stop the scam. It's suspected that additional lawsuits will follow Olsen and Woods'.

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Thu, 14 Mar 2019 19:50:05 +0000http://www.23880175.com/stanford-student-lawsuit-2631629051.htmlAdmissions scandalCollege admissions scandalFelicity huffmanLori loughlinFull houseErica olsenKalea woodsStanfordUniversity of southern californiaUclaUniversity of san diegoUniversity of texasWake forestYale and georgetown.Stanford lawsuitOlivia jadeCheating scandalJael Goldfine
Carly Rae Jepsen's New Video Is a Cat Lover's Paradisehttp://www.23880175.com/carly-rae-jepsen-cat-lover-2631642727.html

Hot off her introvert hit, "Party For One," Carly Rae Jepsen is back with a new sure-to-be-viral visual for her new song "Now That I Found You." The song is classic Jepsen, with production that evokes a "Call Me Maybe" — dance-pop dominated radio vibe. Stans don't need to worry, though, since Jepsen is only interested in moving forward in her newest track. Oh, and if you thought "Party For One" was a bit quirky, you aren't ready for the Tumblr era, cat-obsessed trip that unfolds in the video for "Now That I Found You."

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In "Now That I Found You," Jepsen plays a caring mother of the cutest stray cat, whom she found in the rain. They both reside in what can only be described as an apartment belonging to a NYU communications major turned Instagram influencer, complete with picture perfect mint cabinets and patterned wallpaper. It seems that she's more interested in snapping vids of her new furry friend on the notorious lip-sync app, TikTok, which is surprisingly perfect sponsorship alignment for Jepsen's new era.


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Quickly, things get crowded in the Queen of Bop's Upper East Side crib. In a Gremlins-esque turn of events, the cat begins to multiply itself as she turns herself into a full-fledged cat mom. More and more cats are added to her self-portrait that hangs on the wall in her room while she goes about her day, seemingly unaffected by the fact that duplicate cats are just appearing on her dining room table. In fact, she's thrilled by this — her style begins to change progressively before her wardrobe is composed entirely of all-over-print cat shirts, underwear, and bodysuits.

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This is before she smokes some apparently very dank catnip, however, and loses track of one of her beloved kittens. After taking a heavy bong rip, Jepsen is transported to a galaxy filled with cat asteroids and milk bottle constellations. The psychedelic trip is only momentary, to Jepsen's dismay, and she wakes up to the distant meow-ing of her cat outside her open bedroom window. Somehow, Jepsen's beloved pet survives the massive fall off of the window ledge and lands squarely in the arms of a smiling J.Crew-clad hipster who returns the kitten to her.

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Watch Carly Rae Jepsen's "Now That I Found You" video, below.


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Thu, 14 Mar 2019 19:16:45 +0000http://www.23880175.com/carly-rae-jepsen-cat-lover-2631642727.htmlCarly rae jepsenBrendan Wetmore
Hollyweird: The Real Story of How Johnny Depp Met Kate Mosshttp://www.23880175.com/hollyweird-johnny-depp-kate-moss-2631621438.html

Hollyweird, in collaboration with @velvetcoke, takes stock of once-known but obscure or forgotten stories about popular celebrities and cult figures.

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Those who mythologize the relationship of Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder will fondly recall their meet-cute at the 1989 premiere of Great Balls of Fire! in the lobby of New York's Ziegfeld Theater. Ryder was buying a Coke. They locked eyes. "It was a classic glance," Depp remembers, "like the zoom lenses in West Side Story, and everything else gets foggy."

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We all know how that one ended. Post-"Winona Forever" tattoo scrub, Depp briefly had a fling with Gilbert Grape actor Juliette Lewis and This Boy's Life actor Ellen Barkin. Then he met his next serious girlfriend, a 20-year-old Kate Moss. He was 31. Though public record states that the supermodel and actor met at Tim Moore's famous Cafe Tabac in downtown New York, nobody knew how the two came together. Did he approach her? Was she a fan of his alt-rock band P?

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Neither, actually. It was the fashion writer and former Vanity Fair columnist George Wayne who introduced Johnny and Kate, "one fateful night mid '90s at Cafe Tabac, which was the supermodel hangout back in the day!" he wrote on his Instagram. "Johnny was in the back having dinner and Kate walked in with Naomi [Campbell and I] grabbed her and made the introduction! I had no idea that they would then become the IT couple for seasons to come, destroying hotel rooms across the globe during their still unforgettable union!"


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Their relationship lasted four years, and yielded gob-smacking tales of young love, like the time Depp presented Moss with a diamond necklace, "which he had hidden down the crack of his ass," she revealed on a British morning show. Or how about when he surprised her with a bathtub overflowing with $1,000 of champagne at a West London hotel?

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When they broke up in 1997 — reportedly because of Depp's intense mood swings — Moss was distraught. "There's nobody that's ever really been able to take care of me. Johnny did for a bit. I believed what he said. Like if I said, 'What do I do?' he'd tell me. And that's what I missed when I left," she told Vanity Fair in 2012. "I really lost that gauge of somebody I could trust. Nightmare. Years and years of crying. Oh, the tears!"

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Fans of the "chicest, druggiest couple since Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg" are still crying. Winona Forever? More like Moss-Depp Forever.

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Thu, 14 Mar 2019 15:54:34 +0000http://www.23880175.com/hollyweird-johnny-depp-kate-moss-2631621438.htmlJohnny deppKate mossHollyweirdWinona ryderTrey Taylor
Maison the Faux's Explosive Homecoming Spectaclehttp://www.23880175.com/maison-the-faux-amsterdam-fashion-week-2631568476.html

Maison the Faux's runway show at Amsterdam Fashion Week finished much differently than it began.

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As guests were seated, two beds centered the space, each encased with sheer panels printed like embossed Victorian walls. Inside one, a pair of performers sensually moved together, exchanging weight while dressed in silky sleepwear; in the other, a lone model writhed around, slowly contorting her body. Massive shipping boxes filled the room, holding crisp white comforters and plush pillows, and labeled with "Maison the Faux Melatonin Supplement Facts." (Ingredients range from drowsiness to love).

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This was the Dutch brand's homecoming (they've recently been showing in the U.S.), and the symbolism was explicit. But this was where straightforward allusions to home — the privacy, the intimacy, the serenity, the comfort — transitioned into more nuanced, dizzying interpretations.

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"With Maison the Faux, we talk a lot about the importance of self-expression," designer duo Joris Suk and Tessa de Boer said, "and how important it is to question yourself in order to stay true to yourself. We wanted to talk about the concept of 'home' for various reasons: It was a homecoming back to Amsterdam, but we also wanted to use the symbolism of a home to visualize our thoughts on freedom and personal growth."

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A soundtrack of moving trucks and metallic machinery disrupted the initial silence, and Maison the Faux's theatrical production rolled out as three distinct scenes while models surrounded the action wearing genderless, "bedroom-chic" looks.

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"Scene One was about how a person can let themselves go, and find release when they're alone at home," the designers said. Panels lifted from around the solo woman's bed, as she started moving aggressively — twisting her limbs, obsessively rubbing her body, and tossing around pillows — while feathers poured from the ceiling and red lights flashed. It was chaotic and devilish, like watching the build-up to an exorcism. Men dressed in coveralls soon emerged to physically remove her, and then started clearing out all the shipping boxes.

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"Scene Two was about cleansing yourself and the space around you to feel at home," they continued. The scent of incense poured in, as a violinist walked to center stage. "You were silk and you drew it; you were frozen veins, uncuttable." she spoke clearly into a mic, before softly singing: "A Maison is made of hopes and dreams." Two models flanked her — carrying sage and balancing a tall, lit candle on their heads — and her soft song developed into a boisterous cover of The Wizard of Oz's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

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"Scene Three was about how you can be the most intimate and get crazy with the people you like the most," Joris and Tessa concluded. The working crew returned to remove any remaining cardboard boxes and an urgent, tropical drumbeat exploded. Panels surrounding the second bed quickly pulled toward the ceiling, and the models inside began thrashing to the track. More and more joined them, collectively flailing their arms and pulsing in unison until an acapella duet calmed the fury. Rather than a finale with showstopping looks, models circled the catwalk fully naked, some clutching comforters and others covering their crotch with a pillow — ass out.

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"Overall, we wanted to change the tension of the show from a feeling of chaos and fullness to a serene stillness," the designers said. "So that's why we literally moved all of the set during the show, and stripped down the collection, music and performance over the course of the show."

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Maison the Faux's brand has been built on ideas of designing humanwear — a term they use to reject any binary enforced by mainstream powers in the fashion industry. This collection was no different, with models of many different types all sharing silhouettes regardless of their gender, body type or age.

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Echoing ideas of home, this season introduced more easy, relaxed silhouettes than ever before in natural hues like creme and white. But it was all still very sexy and strange. There were sheer, ruffled robes with matching bonnets, long silky nightgowns with thigh-high slits, neckpieces that looked like big pillows and plenty of skimpy, flirtatious nighties. "The collection was our interpretation of archetypal home and bedroom wear," Joris and Tessa said. "In every piece you can see something of a traditional pajama, morning robe or neglige." Several models were rolled onto the runway, strapped to a literal mattress and encased within a sheet of clear plastic. One wore a comforter over their head with a peephole, and carried a crystal.

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So how does AFW's homecoming feel for two designers with such an avant-garde approach in a city that still largely favors commercial work? "I guess we are outsiders and insiders at the same time," the designers reckon. "Because we move around a lot with our work. For us, Amsterdam is very special since this is where Maison the Faux showed for the very first time, and it's always been really beautiful to come back to it."

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Thu, 14 Mar 2019 15:03:56 +0000http://www.23880175.com/maison-the-faux-amsterdam-fashion-week-2631568476.htmlMaison the fauxAmsterdam fashion weekJustin Moran
On the Edge of Luxury With Cole Sprousehttp://www.23880175.com/st/neimanmarcus

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Mon, 11 Mar 2019 17:09:53 +0000http://www.23880175.com/st/neimanmarcusJamie Granoff
Kylie Jenner: Get Rich or Die Followinghttp://www.23880175.com/kylie-jenner-transformation-2629088275.html

Kylie Jenner knows we've all wondered out loud who her plastic surgeon is. She just doesn't care. Once one of the more unassuming members of America's most famous family, these days her arched eyebrows and permanently pouted lips — sculpted and painted according to the impossible ratios of beauty YouTube and augmented reality apps — transfix hundreds of millions of eager fans and are ubiquitous on every feed. The 21-year-old makeup mogul says her dramatic transformation (from private teenager to public businesswoman, from demure girl-next-door to bombshell) was a conscious one, and more considered than you might assume. She's happy to talk about it.

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"People think I fully went under the knife and completely reconstructed my face, which is completely false," she explains to me over the phone, casually and with little prompting. "I'm terrified! I would never. They don't understand what good hair and makeup and, like, fillers, can really do." I'm eager to indulge in the fantasy that anyone can look like Kylie Jenner if they just watch enough tutorials about crease application, and tell her as much. She gently interrupts. "I mean, no," she says with a conspiratorial laugh. "It's fillers. I'm not denying that."

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On Instagram, where she reigns supreme, Jenner comes across as coy. Her captions are minimal, her grid curated, her selfies serious. In conversation, though, she's surprisingly relaxed and generous and upfront. A cool girl with fillers in her face who is down for whatever. She's genuinely excited to discuss her formerly secret daughter Stormi, and says young motherhood has changed life entirely for the better. "It's genuinely what I wanted... to be a young mom," she says. "I thought, This I what I want to do, and if people accept it or don't accept it then I'm okay with every outcome."

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Two days before our interview, she recalls, the 11-month-old took her first steps — with father Travis Scott present. Jenner gushes about him, too. He's a great dad, a "big kid," a fantastic partner. To put rumors to rest, they aren't married yet, or even engaged. Don't expect her to keep something like that a secret. When it happens, and she seems certain it will soon, "I'll let everybody know." With Kylie, you can usually expect fanfare. A few weeks after we speak, she throws an overtly aesthetic Astroworld-themed birthday celebration for Stormi, involving elaborate Instagrammable neon photo backdrops and custom merch in pop up stalls. Guests enter through the mouth of a giant balloon in the shape of her daughter's face. They eat fries from pink cartons covered in Louis Vuitton-Stormi monograms. DJ Khaled, in attendance, gifts one-year-old Stormi her very first Chanel bag.

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"What I'm trying to say is I did have a platform, but none of my money is inherited."

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Now that we've got the plastic surgery slash secret pregnancy talk out of the way, what Jenner really wants to discuss, with the authority of the eldest girl at the slumber party, is makeup. Its mysterious power. Makeup has made her unfathomably wealthy, and has given her purpose and identity outside of the Keeping Up With the Kardashians sphere. She's in awe of the famous makeup artists she is privileged to regularly work with and laments the fact she'll never be as good as they are, exuding way more modesty than is necessary — watch any of her "getting ready" tutorials and feel something at least proximate to awe. Even before it became her business, she explains, lipstick was her almost singular hobby, an "obsession" she didn't necessarily intend to monetize at first. Of the now-iconic lip kits that started it all, Jenner says she never did any consumer research, "wasn't educated on what the beauty business really was," and never even stopped to observe what the big brands were putting in drugstores. She simply "followed her heart" and invented the exact product she wanted to buy.

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"I just knew for myself as a customer, like, why am I buying a lip liner and a different lipstick? I wanted it the same color, I wanted it to be easy," she recalls. "And I really spent every last dime that I had starting it, not even knowing if it would be successful."

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In 2018, when Forbes predicted Jenner would be crowned America's youngest self-made billionaire within a year, the Internet understandably bristled. But while Jenner definitely exhibits the blithe financial attitude her detractors would expect ("I don't define myself by how much I have. I honestly don't wake up even thinking about it") she is able to acknowledge how certain Kardashian-related privileges gave Kylie Cosmetics an edge other fledgling beauty brands would kill for. "I had such a huge platform, I had so many followers already and I had so many people watching me," she admits. Still, she's eager to assert that "the self-made thing is true." Her parents "cut her off at the age of 15" and told her to start making her own way, and Jenner says that since then she hasn't received a single cent.

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"My parents told me I needed to make my own money, it's time to learn how to save and spend your own money, stuff like that," she explains, taking her time to think through the statement. "What I'm trying to say is I did have a platform, but none of my money is inherited."

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"Makeup is something that makes me feel empowered, makes me feel good, and I think it's such a positive thing."

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Jenner has been trying to curb her social media use, lately. Her screen time has "been going down 20 percent" each week, according to an app on her phone. But she also knows that social media is her "advertisement, the way I show my products." She doesn't feel guilty about exposing her young followers to a filtered vision of beauty that apparently requires millions, close to billions, of dollars to achieve; isn't losing sleep over the occasional piece of diet pill sponcon. Just hopes fans know that she's "trying to set a good example." The pursuit of prettiness has enriched her life, and she believes it can help others, too. When a woman's reflection matches the mental image she holds of herself, Jenner's transfixing, selfie-laden success story seems to imply, she is free to go forth and conquer.

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"Makeup is something that makes me feel empowered, makes me feel good, and I think it's such a positive thing," she says, with an earnestness that's nothing if not compelling. "There's no harm in playing around with it and feeling good about yourself." Maybe the fillers are optional, after all.

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Photography: Morelli Brothers
Styling: Anna Trevelyan
Hair: Tokyo Stylez
Makeup: Ariel Tejada
Nails: Lily Jafari
Styling Assistants: Ryan Dodson and Karissa Mitchell
Production: AGPNYC





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