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Sanandres was really looking to solve a problem — “I couldn’t find a casual shirt that looked good untucked” — when he and a classmate, Chris Riccobono, decided to start their own company. That was in 2011, with just $ 150,000 in friends and family funding.
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This ‘Boy’ Band Is Genderless, And They’re Breaking Down Barriers

This “boy band” isn’t your typical pop sensation.

All members of the group, called FFC-Acrush, are androgynous people born girls but who identify as genderless ― and they’re quickly rising to fame in China.

The band are affectionately known as Acrush and they’re made up of five members aged in their 20s or younger: Lu Keran, An Junxi, Peng Xichen, Min Junqian and Lin Fan, according to Quartz.

And although Acrush was assembled by the Chinese entertainment company Zhejiang Huati Culture Communication Co. Ltd., they have all been dressing with androgynous swag for years.

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Acrush has nearly 1 million followers on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter. And the group just launched official accounts on Instagram and Twitter.

Their female fans call them “husbands” ― a term usually used to describe male pop stars like Justin Bieber, according to the BBC.

Agent Zhou Xiaobai told Quartz that the group avoids using terms that identify them as “he” or “she.” Instead, they use the genderless term “meishaonian,” which translates as “handsome youth.” 

The “A” in Acrush represents Adonis, the mythological Greek god of beauty and desire, according to Quartz. Zhou told the news outlet that Acrush is a “group advocating freedom, not bounded by frames.”

The band’s official Twitter account profiles each band member in typical boy band fashion. Peng is the romantic lead singer. Min is a musician at heart. An is the rebellious one. Lu is a natural-born dancer and Lin is the baby of the group at 18 years old.

The group’s parent company recruits musical talent from across China. They’re trained and then placed into various girl groups or boy bands who perform songs and play soccer on stage ― under the umbrella brand name Fantasy Football Confederation. (That’s why the band’s official name is “FFCAcrush.”)

And while all the band members have chosen to assume an androgynous identity, company policy prohibits any member of Acrush discussing their personal sexual orientation.

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Their debut video is due out at the end of April, when Zhejiang Huati Culture Communication plans to start launching another three girl groups, according to the BBC.

H/T Quartz.

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It’s Saul good for “Breaking Bad” fans in Season 3 of “Better Call Saul.”

After theorists discovered the episode titles for Season 2 spelled out “FRINGS BACK,” the show has been all about teasing upcoming return of Giancarlo Esposito, the actor who played Los Pollos Hermanos founder Gus Fring in the original AMC series. Check him out in the new promos and photos for “Saul.”

But that might be just the beginning.

Bob Odenkirk tells The Huffington Post that even more “Breaking Bad” characters are on the way.

“Giancarlo is an incredibly sweet, generous actor, and incredibly gifted, amazing actor, so it’s wonderful to have him around, and it’s wonderful to get the story closer to the world of ‘Breaking Bad,’ and it’s not just Giancarlo. There are other characters from that show that are starting to appear, so that is super exciting, and it raises our stakes, and it raises our game at ‘Saul,’” said Odenkirk. 

The actor says fans are in for a surprise.

“It’s just awesome, and I just envy the fans for the surprises that are coming this season. I guess as it comes closer to ‘Breaking Bad,’ it’s gonna happen more and more,” he said.

Just what are these surprises and who are these other characters? Could it be Hank? Jesse? Perhaps even … (ominous knocks on door) … gasp … (never mind, it’s just the Chinese food) … perhaps even … the one who knocks, aka Walter White?

In a previous interview for Season 2 of “Better Call Saul,” Odernkirk told HuffPost that he wanted fans to stop hoping for a Walter White cameo and that “Saul” (much like David. S. Pumpkins) was its own thang:

Stop referencing “Breaking Bad” … it hasn’t happened yet … this show is THIS show, and it’s full and complex and the stakes are different and it’s a helluva unique and rich experience.

Now things are breaking differently.

The actor is embracing the idea of the two shows blending together. With his previous response in mind, we asked if the show would continued to have its own tone or trend towards “Breaking Bad.”

“The unique tone that Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould established and sort of the unique area that ‘Saul’ is in, we stay in that world through the third season. But I think your question is a good one, and it could be more relevant in Season 4 and 5, if there is one. It could actually become a little more like the balance ‘Breaking Bad’ was, the balance of violence and higher stakes.”

And for everyone wondering when Jimmy McGill will finally become Saul Goodman, Odenkirk had some reassuring words.

“It’s gonna happen, not the way you expect it to,” he said.

Odenkirk said the difference between Jimmy and Saul is that Saul is more “emotionally callous,” and Jimmy still has “soft spots in his heart and a lot of hope.”

He added, “But trust me, the story will beat the hope out of him.”

In that case, we have a piece of advice for Jimmy McGill.

“Better Call Saul” Season 3 premieres April 10 on AMC.

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For everyone out there who’s thinking of watching (or rewatching) the entirety of “Breaking Bad” but doesn’t want to commit to five whole seasons, you’re in luck. 

Filmmakers Lucas Stoll and Gaylor Morestin have worked tirelessly to edit all 62 episodes of the AMC show into a single, two-hour movie.

Stoll and Morestin called their feat “a study project that became an all-consuming passion.”

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The Easiest Trick to Breaking Out of Wrong Ideas

Written by Max Harms
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This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization that empowers people to refine and reach their goals by providing research-based content to help improve thinking, feeling, and behavior patterns.

Right now you have something within your reach with an almost magical ability to break out of wrong ideas. You can use it to process data and identify patterns and trends. What do you think it is? Take a guess before reading onward.

Did you guess your computer or your phone? Then you’re wrong! What I’m talking about is much, much more powerful than that. It’s more powerful than the fastest supercomputer on the planet.

I’m talking about your brain.

Humans didn’t spread out to rule the entire planet because of bigger muscles or sharper claws. Intelligence, the kind of intelligence that all humans have, is our superpower. It’s what separates us from other animals, and it is your greatest resource.

But most people don’t really use their brain to its full potential. Do you?

You certainly weren’t taught to use its real potential in school. Children are taught facts that will pass tests, but the skills that are most important in life usually don’t involve stuff that’s on an exam. How do I make plans? How should I decide between places to live? What’s the best way to negotiate for higher pay? All of these questions involve thinking about and modeling the future. Imagine how many fewer poor decisions you will make and how much better off your life will be if you learn how to unlock your brain’s true potential and gain agency over your life!

Want to know a secret? It’s actually pretty easy to make big improvements to how you think. A few quick tricks can make a world of difference and boost your future-predicting power. I’ll share one of them right now.

Have you ever heard of Confirmation Bias? It’s one of the known problems that scientists have discovered about how we naturally think. Imagine a friend suggests that people who drive red cars are bad drivers. At first you don’t think that’s true, but after hearing a few stories of bad drivers in red cars from your friend, you think he might be onto something. The next time you’re on the road you notice a red car swerving around like a maniac… proof! You’re a believer now. You start seeing reckless drivers in red cars all the time.

If you don’t believe me, I challenge you to try it out. Drive for a month looking for reckless drivers in red cars. You’ll see them everywhere. Or you can save yourself the time and trouble. This perception would only be in your head!

If you actually use science you’ll find this is false. What happens is that if you look for something you’ll find it, but you’ll also end up ignoring things that don’t fit the pattern. If a blue car does something dangerous you won’t think about it. If a red car drives safely then maybe it’s just a fluke or maybe you’ll interpret it as reckless anyway.

Confirmation Bias affects all sorts of things, from racial prejudices to conspiracy theories to personal relationships. If you expect someone you know to act sad, you’ll notice their sadness and ignore their happiness. And importantly, it can hurt your ability to predict the future.

Imagine a gambler who loses five games of poker in a row. She thinks “I’ve been getting bad luck for a long time… surely my next hand will have to be good to balance it out!” Have you ever thought something like that? I have. After two more bad hands she finally gets a good hand and thinks to herself “I knew it!” But she was wrong twice before being right! With that sort of sloppy thinking it would’ve been smarter just to walk away.

There are several tricks to avoiding this bias and being a better thinker. The one I’m going to share today is to visualize alternate universes regularly. An alternate universe is just a world exactly like this one but where one or two things are different.

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Let’s use the example of drivers of red cars being reckless. There are two alternate universes here. One alternate universe is where drivers of red cars are *safer* than normal. The other is where red car-drivers are just as good at driving as anyone else. Take a moment to visualize these alternatives and imagine what they look like. Can you see how that would help? Just like focusing on red cars being dangerous causes you notice examples that fit the story, focusing on the opposite lets you catch examples you might otherwise miss. It’s all about controlling where you put your attention.

Let me give an example from my personal life. I once met someone who I had heard was “obnoxious.” Indeed, when I first met him I could immediately see why: the man had almost no social skills. With the seed of “obnoxious” sown in my mind I began to get annoyed when around him. I noticed every time he said the wrong thing or didn’t seem to understand what the topic of conversation was. But then I remembered what I had learned from my research into psychology and I flipped my thinking: I imagined the alternate universe where this guy was cool and easy to be around.

Did my visualization of the alternate universe mean my friend suddenly became suave and charming? Not at all. But it did make him not obnoxious! Specifically, I realized that having weak social skills did not mean I had to find spending time with him unpleasant, and I began to enjoy my time with him much more. I also noticed that his social skills weren’t as bad as I had initially thought. There were a few times when, not trapped by “small talk” or the pressure of meeting someone new, I noticed him acting much more like his alternate-universe counterpart than I would have otherwise expected.

I don’t invite this friend to parties very often (I doubt he’d even enjoy the experience), but we still talk fairly regularly and he’s someone I know that I can turn to if I have a difficult problem in his field. Without the technique of visualizing alternate universes I would have worse social interactions, fewer friends, and be generally less wise. This simple trick has brought many, many people success in their relationships, their work, and elsewhere!

This is just one step on the path to being a better thinker about the future, and as we move forward I think you’ll see how the technique of visualizing alternate universes can be used for becoming more intelligent, effective, and happy!

What do you think?

Have you had success in improving your life through visualizations before?
Do you know anyone in your personal life that seems just convinced about something that isn’t true?
Can you think of any areas of your life where you might have an incorrect perception of the world?
What are specific steps you can take to apply the techniques in this article to improve your perception of the world?

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Breaking and Entering: A Manual for the Working Actor

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(Book). Philip Carlson was the first agent to sign Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Billy Crudup, Liev Schreiber, Claire Danes, Idris Elba, Kyra Sedgwick, Adrien Grenier and Paul Giamatti. He has represented Viola Davis, Kathy Bates, Brian Dennehy, and W.H. Macy among many and gifted others. He shares his practical trade secrets in this extraordinarily comprehensive guide on how to get into show business. Topics include: The Schools * The Business * Showcases * Casting Directors * Agents * Auditions * Which Coast? * Producers * Staying Real * Negotiating 101 * Where Do I Fit? * Movies * TV: Where the Real Money Is (These Days) * and more! His clients rave: “He saw more in me than I saw in myself.” Kyra Sedgwick “A great and resonant canyon of thanks to Philip Carlson for his invaluable work with a generation of young talent including me.” Billy Crudup “Philip Carlson is one of the wisest people on the subject of building a career that will last. Luck didn’t have him representing New York’s top character actors; wisdom, intelligence, patience and loyalty did. He was, and is, as good as it gets.” Tim Blake Nelson “Philip Carlson was my ‘Guide in shining armor!’ Smart, honest and hardworking, this book is his thinking and experience on a shelf.” Idris Elba “I was so fortunate to have found Philip when I did. I can’t imagine a better introduction to the world of acting and the business of getting there.” Liev Schreiber

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The Art Of Breaking Free. A Step-by-Step Guide To Forgiveness.

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I am furious, disappointed and deeply hurt. “How could she have betrayed me so badly? A ‘friend’ of so many years? Really?!?”

Within the inner chaos caused by this shock, one thing is clear:
“I will never forgive her!” A longstanding friend has just turned into the enemy. It can’t get any worse than that.

And so, the bitter-sweet wheel starts spinning. With each resentful thought, with each vengeful inner dialogue it gains momentum. Yes, this feels like the only thing to do – to just let emotional gravity take its course – and it’s toll…

It’s bitter – the pain is still there and demands to be kept and fed, in memory of this despicable person. The sweetness, however, derives from the vengeful satisfaction I get from finding her reduced to this detrimental betrayal, casting its shadow over previous memories. Nothing left to cherish.

This is not going to end well. We all know that. It’s exhausting, and it turns us into resentful, diminished versions of ourselves.

So, how can we free ourselves from this debilitating dynamic that so easily turns into a lasting obsession?

The unwelcome answer: by doing the very thing we have vowed against doing, by forgiving.

Forgiveness requires a brutally counterintuitive response to the hurtful experience: relaxing clenched fists – and letting go, and feeling the hurt while resisting the pull of armouring up.

That’s a tough package.

How can this be done? What does it take to let go?
This burning question led me to research the facilitating and obstructing factors of forgiveness in depth, retrieving information from counsellors from around the globe, who are in the privileged position of witnessing people’s letting go on a regular basis.

The findings confirmed forgiveness as a universal phenomenon of highest impact on our well-being.There is a wide agreement that forgiveness is a process that starts with the conscious choice of the wounded. This decision of letting go must mature genuinely and cannot be pushed without compromising its progression.

Forgiveness unfolds in stages similar to those of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. It leaves us changed, as we need to rearrange our inner realities in order to accommodate an experience that we initially could only reject.

More often than not forgiveness feels like an overwhelming task. Contemplating its impressive benefits, however, has proven to be a helpful first step out of the bitter pit. Forgiveness heals our wounded self-image, rebuilds our self-worth, restores inner peace, it makes us stronger and wiser, increases our capacity to love, and leads to a new personal freedom.

A common roadblock on our path of letting go is overcoming our pride. The wounded Ego will resist forgiveness with all its power. The bigger the Ego, the harder it gets. That’s why narcissists have no problem with forgiveness: they don’t even go there. It’s precisely our empathic capacity that will poke and push us when we are stuck in non-forgiveness. Deep down we can’t deny our shared humanness with the one who has hurt us; it doesn’t take much for us to turn from victim into offender. Aren’t we all a “House of many Rooms“? As offensive as this idea may feel at first, it is a most powerful fuel on the way to letting go.

Distorted, even false ideas about forgiveness are another obstacle preventing people from finding their way into new freedom.

Some people think that forgiveness equals reconciliation. That’s not true.
We can find a way to make peace with the past, while deciding not to get back in touch with the person who wronged us.

Some people think that withholding forgiveness is the perfect way to get even. Careful!
We can never be sure the offender even cares whether or not we forgive; we can only be sure of one thing: we will suffer! Non-forgiveness is a major source for psychosomatic problems and unhappiness. Each unresolved issue constitutes a substantial energy-leakage, making us cringe at the mere thought of it.

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” Nelson Mandela

Some people think that forgiveness is for others. Well, yes, it probably is. But –
First and foremost forgiveness is for our own selves, to get rid of the negativity around a painful experience. If we don’t find a way to let go, we will remain bound to the perpetrator in a most expensive way: through a bridge of hatred. The more intense the emotions – the stronger the connection. Forgiveness is the only way to free ourselves and move on.

Some believe that forgiveness is for the weak, the coward, and the needy. Not so.
As my research has shown, forgiveness requires the full extent of pain, bitterness and inner devastation to emerge before we can choose to make peace with this reality – an act of incredible courage.

“Forgiveness is only properly in place where initially resentment is properly in place.” J.G. Murphy (1982)

One of the main concerns among mental health experts is that of premature or fake forgiveness.
We forgive prematurely when we can’t face the reality of what happened, so we don’t go through the process of forgiveness. We close our eyes and want to get it over with. “It’s OK, honey, I forgive you.” A classic ‘fake-forgiveness’ statement that will perpetuate an unhealthy situation. No asking for details, no hard feelings, yet…

The harmful effects of fake-forgiveness will show over time. Suppressed anger will poison the relational space, showing up at any opportunity in sarcastic comments. The hurt person’s self-esteem will continue to go down in suffocating silence. Trust is broken; an increasing sense of danger replaces the feeling of cozy familiarity. Fake-forgiveness not only turns us into unhappy people, like non-forgiveness, but it also disempowers us due to the denial involved. No wonder premature-forgiveness has been pointed out as a serious mental health threat!

So, if we are tired of being mad, what can we do to move towards freedom?
Here is a 2-phase path towards freedom: 3 steps of mental preparation, 8 steps of emotional work.

First, let’s get into the right mind-set:
1. Recount the abundant benefits of forgiveness, remember the costs of non-forgiveness. This will strengthen you to move on.

2. Be aware of fake-forgiveness. Accept that it can take some time before we are ready to let go.

3. Remember that pain is part of life. The closer we are, the more painful the wounds we are inflicting on each other, simply because love doesn’t allow for our usual protective layers; we are bound to hurt and be hurt – a reality we cannot change.

Now we are ready to start the emotional work.

1. Be safe: The first thing we should aim at is getting ourselves out of the danger zone and making sure the hurt is part of the past; we can’t really forgive something that we are expecting to keep happening!

2. Dive in: Allow yourself to remember, feel and understand what has happened to you. Let it all emerge. No holding back. Get all the support you can during this stage – a trusted friend, a therapist, a coach. It’s the most painful stage in this process, where we easily divert into fake-forgiveness. Be gentle, don’t push yourself. This needs time, depending on the severity of the offence. But remember: it’s just a transitory stage; we move towards freedom.

3. Expand: Once nothing new comes up, all has been said, cried over, shouted about, then we can start moving forward – start imagining the offender’s situation. What may have led him/her to do this? What would cause a person to act like this? We are all “Houses of many rooms” – and potential offenders as well as victims. This is important to acknowledge here, as hard as it may seem.

4. Reach out? Do you feel the need of reaching out and confront the perpetrator with the injustice and the pain he/she has caused? This can be a powerfully strengthening experience. However, this could also backfire if the wounded doesn’t feel strong enough to handle a possibly hurtful response. Discuss this with a trusted person.

5. Empower: Ask yourself the most outrageous of questions: could I have had a part in this offence? As innocent as we may be, often (not always) we can see in retrospect that we unknowingly did something that triggered the hurtful action. Understanding the dynamics of what happened will help us to regain a sense of control and power.

6. Relinquish: If you believe in God or in a higher power, you may be able to trust that eventually justice will be done – no matter how humanly impossible this may seem at the moment. This trust has shown to help victims in the process of letting go.

7. Persevere: Be patient and hold on to your decision to let go. Time is an important factor here. This process will move you through ups and downs, and sometimes you may even wonder if you are moving at all.

8. Celebrate: over time the intensity of emotions will subside until you realise it’s gone, and not only that: by overcoming it, the initially negative experience will have turned into a source of wisdom and strength.

“The experience of violation and its impact on the forgiving person’s life is different at the end of the process than it was at the beginning”. Malcolm & Greenberg (2000)

Looking back now at the wounding incident with my friend, I still feel the loss of somebody I once deeply trusted. I have accepted that she is not the “pure” person I thought she was, and that her actions had little to do with me, but a lot with her own unhappy life situation. I have come to understand that at this point in time it is better for me to distance and protect myself, and I have arrived at a place where I genuinely can wish her well and release her.
No more triggers that push me into angry inner dialogues, no more negative thoughts going her way.

I have grown,
and I am free.

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Ritalin is classified as a Schedule II narcotic-along with heroin and cocaine-and it’s a compound that is given to children to drug them, to keep them under control, because parents and teachers feel they can’t go into the territory of actually learning how to help kids live better lives. It’s a crime against children. – Peter Breggin, M.D., author of Toxic Psychiatry and The Ritalin Fact Book �Six million children in the U.S. are currently prescribed Ritalin or other drugs to reduce the symptoms of ADD/ADHD, without a thorough examination of the causes. This book was inspired by Dr. Papa’s distress about our country’s abuse of pharmaceuticals as first-line therapy for a disease that according to many medical authorities is a fiction. Dr. Papa’s 20 years of work with children and parents affected by ADD/ADHD, have shown that natural approaches greatly reduce symptoms of ADD/ADHD, in some cases eliminating them entirely. In this confronting, solution-oriented book, Dr. Michael Papa urges us to explore and understand the lifestyle-related symptoms and underlying causes of ADD/ADHD, but also to choose natural solutions first. He states: It is essential that we break free from this drugging epidemic that is robbing our younger generations of their health and livelihood; it is our obligation as a society. “Dr. Papa’s book is a breath of fresh air for parents and individuals who have been suffering the consequences of dangerous drugs with nume
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As eighteen-year-old Abigail Podret pleasures herself in her family’s summer-house, she cries out the name of Mark LeMarchand, the man she secretly loves. She has no idea that he stands steps away, ready to do what she most desires: strip her naked, spank her hard, and take her even harder. But as a result of her stern upbringing, Abigail finds herself unable to give herself to Mark no matter how badly she longs for it. Mark is determined to help Abigail, and with the assistance of wealthy friends he creates the Institute, a place where women agree to have their memory of consent suppressed by hypnosis in order to free them to enjoy their submission fully. When Mark tells Abigail about the Institute, she realizes it may be her only chance at real happiness. After agreeing to the program, Abigail wakes up at the Institute and meets Master Ian, under whose firm hand she will be taught to please a man in any way he requires. Absolute obedience is expected of her and anything less will result in punishments as shameful as they are effective. But when Abigail inadvertently discovers the truth about The Institute, will she decide to finish her training or will she leave and rush into Mark’s waiting arms? Publisher’s Note: Breaking Abigail is the third book of The Institute Series. The books of The Institute Series are stand-alone novels which can be read in any order. Breaking Abigail is an erotic novel that includes extensive BDSM content, spankings, sexual scenes, anal play, elements of exhibitionism and voyeurism, and more. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

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Donna Karan taking her final runway bow during New York Fashion Week in February.

Breaking designer news: Donna Karan is stepping down from namesake company, Donna Karan International.

WWD reports that the 66-year old designer is leaving the design world to focus on her philanthropic work with Urban Zen, which according to its web site, aims to “raise awareness and inspire change in the areas of preservation of cultures, well-being and education.”

“I have arrived at a point in my life where I need to spend more time to pursue my Urban Zen commitment to its fullest potential and follow my vision of philanthropy and commerce with a focus on health care, education and preservation of cultures,” Karan told WWD. “After considering the right time to take this step for several years, I feel confident that DKI has a bright future and a strong team in place.”

This announcement comes right on heels of the April announcment that Public School designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, would become designers for Karan’s contemporary brand, DKNY.

To say Donna Karan is a fashion industry icon is an understatement. She was an integral part of building the foundation of American fashion design, having come up alongside Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta and Bill Blass in the ’80s. What’s more, she was one of the few female designers, designing for women—which earned her a devoted female fanbase who felt she really understood their bodies and their needs.

After assisting Anne Klein for several years, the New York native started her namesake label in 1985, with what would become her signature “seven easy pieces.” She envisioned the interchangeable jersey bodysuits, dresses, cocoon blazers etc, would become the foundation of a woman’s wardrobe. And they did.

Karan has been bestowed every significant fashion award there is and most notably, her eighth CFDA award came in 2003 for Lifetime Achievement. She was also one of Glamour’s Women of the Year in 2007.

Update: According to a statement from Donna Karan International, the firm will not seek to replace Karan as Chief Designer for the Donna Karan label quite yet. Shows and collections will be suspended for a period of time.



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RJ Mitte (A.K.A. Walt Jr. of Breaking Bad) Is Now a Runway Model

Yes, you read that correctly. RJ Mitte, the actor who played Walt Jr./Flynn, the meek son of drug kingpin Walter White on Breaking Bad, made his runway modeling debut at the Vivienne Westwood menswear show in Milan over the weekend. Note: These images are slightly NSFW.

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Mitte, who is signed with Elite London, a UK model agency, opened and closed the Vivienne Westwood show sporting what looks like a literal breastplate in one look.

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But this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Mitte transform from regular ol’ actor to smokeshow model. Last year the 22-year-old, who similar to his television character has a mild case of cerebral palsy, starred in an ad campaign for the Gap shot by photographer David Sims.

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This ‘Breaking Bad’ And ‘Spongebob’ Mashup Is Just Too Perfect

Sorry, Walter White, there’s a new cook in town. His name is Spongebob Squarepants — and you better say his name.

YouTuber RunningFlannel’s “Breaking Sponge,” a mashup of “Breaking Bad” and “Spongebob Squarepants,” is so good that it almost works too perfectly. The meth lab becomes the Krusty Krab, Sandy is Skyler and a furious Squidward is Tuco. Check out the video and continue wishing this could be a full-length series.

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Breaking Ground: Pioneering Women Archaeologists

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At the close of the Victorian era, two generations of intrepid women abandoned Grand Tour travel for the rigors of archaeological expeditions, shining the light of scientific exploration on Old World antiquity. Breaking Ground highlights the remarkable careers of twelve pioneers-a compelling narrative of personal, social, intellectual, and historical achievement. -Claire Lyons, The Getty Museum “Behind these pioneering women lie a wide range of fascinating and inspiring life stories. Though each of their tales is unique, they were all formidable scholars whose important contributions changed the field of archaeology. Kudos to the authors for making their stories and accomplishments known to us all!” -Jodi Magness, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill This book presents twelve fascinating women whose contributions to the development and progress of Old World archaeology-in an area ranging from Italy to Mesopotamia-have been immeasurable. Each essay in this collection examines the life of a pioneer archaeologist in the early days of the discipline, tracing her path from education in the classics to travel and exploration and eventual international recognition in the field of archaeology. The lives of these women may serve as models both for those interested in gender studies and the history of archaeology because in fact, they broke ground both as women and as archaeologists. The interest inherent in these biographies will reach well beyond defined disciplines and subdisciplines, for the life of each of these exciting and accomplished individuals is an adventure story in itself

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Picasso Painting Sells For $179 Million, Breaking Art Auction Record

NEW YORK (AP) — A vibrant, multi-hued painting from Pablo Picasso set a world record for artwork at auction, selling for nearly $ 179.4 million on Monday night.

“Women of Algiers (Version O)” was part of a sale at Christie’s auction house that also featured Alberto Giacometti’s life-size sculpture “Pointing Man,” which was poised to set a record as the most expensive sculpture sold at auction. They were among two dozen masterpieces from the 20th century Christie’s offered in a curated sale titled “Looking Forward to the Past.”

The Picasso price, $ 179,365,000, included the auction house’s premium. The identity of the buyer wasn’t immediately disclosed.

Experts say high art prices are driven by artworks’ investment value and by wealthy new and established collectors seeking out the very best works.

“I don’t really see an end to it, unless interest rates drop sharply, which I don’t see happening in the near future,” Manhattan dealer Richard Feigen said.

Impressionist and modern artworks continue to corner the market because “they are beautiful, accessible and a proven value,” added Sarah Lichtman, professor of design history and curatorial studies at The New School.

“I think we will continue to see the financiers seeking these works out as they would a blue chip company that pays reliable dividends for years to come,” she said.

“Women of Algiers,” once owned by the American collectors Victor and Sally Ganz, was inspired by Picasso’s fascination with the 19th-century French artist Eugene Delacroix. It is part of a 15-work series Picasso created in 1954-55 designated with the letters A through O. It has appeared in several major museum retrospectives of the artist.

The most expensive artwork sold at auction had been Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies of Lucian Freud,” which Christie’s sold for $ 142.4 million in 2013.

“Pointing Man,” depicting a skinny 5-foot-high bronze figure with extended arms, has been in the same private collection for 45 years. Giacometti, who died in 1966, made six casts of the work; four are in museums, and the others are in private hands and a foundation collection.

His “Walking Man I” holds the auction record for a sculpture. It sold for $ 104.3 million in 2010.

Among other highlights at Christie’s was Peter Doig’s “Swamped,” a 1990 painting of a canoe in a moonlit lagoon, which could set a record for the British artist. It was estimated to fetch around $ 20 million. The current record is $ 18 million.

Monet’s “The Houses of Parliament, At Sunset,” a lush painting of rich blues and magenta created in 1900-01, was estimated to bring $ 35 million to $ 45 million. The Monet auction record is his 1919 “Water Lily Pond,” which sold for $ 80.5 million in 2008.

Christie’s also had a Mark Rothko for sale. “No. 36 (Black Stripe),” which had never appeared at auction, was estimated to sell for $ 30 million to $ 50 million. The 1958 work was being sold by the German collector Frieder Burda, who exhibited it in his museum in Baden-Baden for several years.

Last year, Christie’s said its global sales of impressionist and modern art were $ 1.2 billion, an increase of 19 percent over the previous year.

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‘Breaking Bad’ ‘Frozen’ Parody Asks ‘Do You Want To Build A Meth Lab?’

In April, Jesse Pinkman answered the question, “Do you want to build a snowman?” in the way only he could. Now, Walter White is at his door with a far more sinister proposal. Forcefully reminding a young Anna that he is the one who knocks, Walt begs Jesse to come build a meth lab. Despite humorous bits like Walt’s pants falling down at the door, the parody is actually quite the emotional ride, and for those who have yet to finish watching the full series, contains some serious spoilers. Watch the video above, but tread lightly.

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For more than a decade, Charmaine was involved in a roller coaster relationship with Jay, the father of 34 biological children with 17 different women. She is the mother of three of Jay’s sons, ages 12, 11 and 5, and was pregnant with her youngest child at the same time as two other mothers of Jay’s children.

Now, Charmaine says she doesn’t want to be with Jay, but Iyanla wants to know how she got to three children. “At what point do you say, ‘No’?” Iyanla asks.

“When I had nothing else,” Charmaine says. “Nothing else for myself, to give to my children, my friends.” When she was with Jay, Charmaine says even her family began to judge her.

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In ‘The Devilers’ Comic Book, Exorcists Converge To Stop Hell From Breaking Loose

(RNS) There’s never a better time for a bunch of holy avengers than when all hell actually breaks loose.

The Dynamite Entertainment series The Devilers debuts Wednesday (July 16) as an action-packed supernatural comic book full of demonic beasties, big-picture philosophies and heroes that have to put religious differences aside in order to save Vatican City – and the world – from being turned into brimstone.

“When suddenly it’s ‘Oh that is a giant hellmouth that opened up in front of me,’ that changes your beliefs,” said series writer Joshua Hale Fialkov (The Bunker, The Life After), who’s doing the The Devilers alongside artist Matt Triano.

The main conceit behind The Devilers is the Catholic Church, which has had an armistice with Satan’s forces for hundreds of years to keep the demonic element downstairs, but not surprisingly the deal doesn’t hold. Horrific creatures arise when they stop caring about what mankind and the heavenly host can do to them, thereby beginning a new war on Earth.

Father Malcolm O’Rourke, whose faith has waned since having an otherworldly encounter as a child, is called into action by the church’s head exorcist, Cardinal Michael David Reed, as well as other potential saviors from all over the world.

Every issue of Devilers focuses on a different character in the group, which includes Mossad agent and rabbi Brenda Davide, a pro at revealing true evil; the tricky and persuasive Samir Patel; Raab Al-Fayed, a noted demonologist who controls a powerful entity; Chun-Bai, a woman able to bend nature to her will; and the teleporting man-bear demon Rex.

“As we’re discovering the world, each of them is discovering the world, too, and you get a sense of who they are that way,” said Fialkov, adding that the team readers meet in the first issue may not be there going forward.

The cardinal is a pretty hardcore sort but he in a sense reflects the stakes involved with the hellish situation.

“You can have dogma as much as you like, but when the rubber hits the road, you have to be practical,” Fialkov said.

Even though he had a childhood experience that for most people would be proof positive that there are higher powers at work, Malcolm, the priest and exorcist, is still more practical than spiritual.

“He’s had time soften the one thing that really gave him faith, but now suddenly it’s jammed in front of his face,” Fialkov said. “There’s no arguing with the things he sees.”

While the Devilers has a philosophical side, it’s still as big and crazy as a 1970s X-Men comic, according to Fialkov.

Fialkov’s I, Vampire series for DC Comics merged vampires and a monster world into a landscape of superheroes, and he’s trying to do something similar with The Devilers, an inherently dark book that’s more funny than bleak.

Triano illustrates a frog flipping off the cardinal in the first issue, and the holy man tells an atheist who gets a little too close to Rex, “Don’t kick the demon, son.” “That’s just me being me,” Fialkov said. “Anytime anything feels pretentious, I have to take the wind out of the sails.”

The next couple of issues feature the protagonists journeying through hell, “literally heading toward Satan’s throne room,” Fialkov said. “But the question is, who’s actually sitting on that throne? It might be a surprise.”
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You Cant Lead With Your Feet On The Desk: Building Relationships, Breaking Down Barriers, And Delivering Profits

You Cant Lead With Your Feet On The Desk: Building Relationships, Breaking Down Barriers, And Delivering Profits


You can''t lead with your feet on the desk . . . or your brain on hold. Ed Fuller brings experience, intelligence, and heart to this inspiring guide to building relationships and the good things that follow when you do. The message is delivered in an engaging style that keeps you entertained and leaves you with lasting wisdom.—MICHAEL V. DRAKE, MD, Chancellor, University of California, IrvineThe world of tourism, hospitality, and hotels has become a very global, complex, and diverse industry. No one knows this better than Ed Fuller. In this thoughtfully written text, Ed is speaking to business students, managers, and executives of all industries through his rich experience in the global hotel industry. We have found many great examples within these pages of how we can conduct business better, and I would suggest that they are not only relevant in the United States but throughout the world.—ANDREW H. FEINSTEIN, James A. Collins Distinguished Chair and Dean, The Collins College of Hospitality Management, Cal Poly PomonaThe World Travel & Tourism Council services six continents. Ed''s book will empower you to apply many of the principles that we employ globally, whether it''s in Denver, Dubai, or Düsseldorf. These principles will give you a competitive edge in your markets immediately.—JEAN-CLAUDE BAUMGARTEN, President, World Travel & Tourism CouncilEd Fuller''s generous layers of personal experiences and his crisp narrative make his stern message easy to understand. Take my advice, read his book before you take another plane on a foreign business trip. It will change the way you behave.—GEOFFREY KENT, founder and Executive Chairman, Abercrombie & KentLet me tell you what Ed''s book isn''t: it''s not a primer on how to shake hands or fold your napkin in another country. It''s an incredibly rich insight into leadership through well-earned personal relationships and experiences that American business executives need to embrace to succeed in the global economy.—ROGER DOW, President and CEO, U.S. Travel AssociationEd''s book gives the student, manager, and executive practical experience in dealing with unique situations, new relationships, and creative problem-solving approaches that are broadly applicable in the business world, no matter where you live or whom you deal with. The insights will prove valuable to your personal growth.—ANDY POLICANO, Dean, The Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine
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‘BREAKING THROUGH’ is a must read. That’s right, I am talking to you. The mere fact that you are looking at this book is saying that you are at that place in your life, where you are sick-and-tired of being sick-and-tired about your weight and you are ready to do something about it. Well, I want you to know that you are not alone. There are thousands of people at this very moment feeling just the same as you. The good news is that you can do something about it. There is a plan out there that will work for you; the key is finding a sensible plan that you will work. So, ‘BREAKING THROUGH’ was written not only to help you find your plan, but to be used as an enhancement to get the best results from any sensible weight loss program. The key word is ‘sensible’ ‘BREAKING THROUGH will define what sensible should look and feel like to you plus, you will find that this book is a toolbox full of mental tools; tools that will assist you in losing weight, getting fit and staying that way. ‘BREAKING THROUGH’ will prove to be one of the best decisions you have made towards the journey to becoming the new healthier you.

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Love Junkies: 7 Steps for Breaking the Toxic Relationship Cycle

Love Junkies: 7 Steps for Breaking the Toxic Relationship Cycle


A “Hand Up” for Women Stuck in the Toxic Love Rut Do romantic relationships leave you miserable and confused? Are you tired of getting into a relationship and as soon as the initial buzz is gone you get that sinking feeling that whispers, what am I doing? Did the new wear off as soon as the wedding bells rang? Experts say that we gravitate toward relationships within a ten-point spread of our own IQ. Likewise, in the realm of soul-health, we also attract those with whom we are most emotionally compatible. That can be a good thing, or a bad thing – it depends on how much baggage we carry around What if there was a way to diagnose your soul-health and create a plan for improvement so you could enjoy more satisfying romantic relationships? Complete with an online Soul-Health Profile that will help you assess your own soul-health and identify areas of weaknesses, Love Junkies is just that – an action plan and detailed guide to help you eliminate toxic behaviors that jeopardize your soul health and keep you stuck in unhealthy relationships. You’ll learn how to change your habits and heal your soul and most importantly, break the toxic relationship cycle FOREWORD: By Shannon Ethridge, bestselling author of the “Every Woman’s Battle” books with Steve Arterburn, and “The Sexually Confident Woman.”

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Breaking All the Rules

Breaking All the Rules


New – Fashion advice for the more than 30 million American women who wear a size 16 or larger, including unusual sources for buying clothes and patterns for making everything from slacks to sweaters, plus tips on health, exercise, and diet.

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