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Britain’s royal family sent the internet into overdrive on Thursday morning.

Rumors began swirling online after the Daily Mail reported that Queen Elizabeth II’s “entire household” had been called together for an “emergency meeting” at Buckingham Palace.

Royal officials later revealed the real reason for the all-hands meeting was to announce the retirement of Prince Philip, the queen’s 95-year-old husband, from official engagements later this year.

But in the time it took for the palace to make the official announcement, speculation and panic took over ― with much of it centering on the possibility that Prince Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, or another senior member of the royal family had died.

Prince Philip is, however, in apparent good health (he opened a new stand at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London on Wednesday). 

Here’s a roundup of just some of the other rumors ― plausible and otherwise ― that took hold of Twitter overnight before the royal family made its announcement:

 

The queen was going to abdicate.

Prince Harry had gotten engaged to Meghan Markle.

The queen was abdicating in favor of Prince Harry.

Prince Harry was going to be revealed as a wizard.

Britain was going to reclaim the United States.

Britain was going to declare war on France.

The palace’s empty rooms were being listed on Airbnb.

The Ministry Of Magic had fallen.

One of the queen’s Corgis had died.

The queen was going to be the new ‘Doctor Who.’ 

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Harrison Ford is heard calling himself a “schmuck” in an audio recording released on Friday of his exchange with an air traffic controller following a February incident in which the actor landed his private plane on a taxiway instead of a runway.

“Yeah, hi, its Husky Eight-Niner Hotel Uniform,” Ford is heard saying on the recording, using the phonetic pronunciation of his aviation call sign. “I’m the schmuck that landed on the taxiway.”

The star of “Star Wars” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” then goes on to explain that he landed in the wrong place because he was distracted by two jets.

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Once Called ‘Blubber,’ Kate Winslet Shares Anti-Bullying Advice With Kids

Recalling a lifetime of bullying, Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet shared some words of empowerment to an audience of children at a charity event this week. Speaking in London Wednesday, the seven-time Academy Award nominee talked about overcoming comments about her body ― in school and in Hollywood. 

“They called me ‘Blubber.’ Teased me for wanting to act. Locked me in the cupboard. Laughed at me,” she said about her school days, per the Evening Standard.

At the event organized by WE, a youth empowerment organization, Winslet recalled career advice suggesting she “might be lucky” in acting if she “was happy to settle for the fat girl parts.”

“I didn’t look right, and all because I didn’t fit into someone else’s idea of ‘perfect.’ I didn’t have the ‘perfect’ body. And I would rarely hear anything positive,” she continued. Winslet explained how she sustained herself through her determination to act professionally and encouraged young people to pursue their own dreams, even in the face of discouragement.

This isn’t the first time the British actress has discussed comments she’s gotten about her weight. She revealed back in 1998 the nickname used by school bullies, along with “Titanic” director James Cameron’s own, horrible nickname ― “Kate Weighs-a-lot” ― while discussing her body image with Rolling Stone

“My uncle is a chef. My mother is a fantastic cook. Kind of unavoidable. I sensibly lost the weight doing Weight Watchers. End of story,” she told the outlet.

At the London event, Winslet recalled how she chose to ignore negative feedback and, instead, become a hard worker, auditioning for school plays and accepting roles as a scarecrow or “a dancing frog,” because they gave her a chance to learn and grow, E! News reports.

“And then one day,” she continued, “I was cast as Rose in ‘Titanic.’ The most unlikely candidate, Kate from the sandwich shop in Reading, suddenly acting in one of the biggest movies ever made!”

Since that 1997 blockbuster raised her to superstardom, Winslet has used her platform to promote more honest images of beauty. Upon signing an endorsement deal with L’Oreal, she made sure the company wouldn’t retouch her photos to conform with “someone else’s idea of ‘perfect,’” as she said this week.

“You have to be indestructible to do what you love, and believe that you are worth it,” she told the crowd. “And sometimes that’s the hardest part.”

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Mix the beats you usually associate with dancehall or dubstep with a pulsing combination of spoken word and traditional tribal sounds and you have the essential formula for what could be considered a subgenre of EDM ― now being referred to as “powwow step.”

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Speaking directly to indigenous communities “living in a country that was forcefully colonized,” ATCR believes that indigenous people must define their identity on their own terms. Their third album, “We Are the Halluci Nation,” echoes the sentiment in a time when protests in North Dakota are bringing the concerns of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation to the forefront of national news. “This album is critical listening for everyone,” Pitchfork declared earlier this year, praising the trio’s “iconoclastic” politics.

This week, ATCR is premiering the video for a single off the record, titled “The Virus.” Described as “a defiant celebration of indigenous and oppressed cultures,” the song features activist/poet/rapper Saul Williams and the First Nations drum group Chippewa Travellers

“We are the Halluci Nation,” a disembodied voice bellows over a rumbling drum swarm in the video above, reciting the words of Santee Dakota poet John Trudell. “We are the evolution. A continuation. We are the Halluci Nation. Our DNA is of earth and sky. Our DNA is of past and future.”

To accompany the premiere of “The Virus,” poet Williams sent The Huffington Post the following statement:

When the first question arose it took the form of a virus. The virus was a hallucinogen. Walking on water wasn’t built in a day. If plagiarism is a thing what do you call it on land? What does it mean to be true to your word? What does it mean to stand your ground? What does it mean to protect and serve? What does it mean when corporate interests encroach upon communal resources? What does it mean when we let the oligarchs of industry dig up the graves of First Nations to suck the blood beneath the bones and boil the profits in contaminated water?

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While it seemed that virtually everyone, regardless of their political beliefs, was utterly shocked when Republican candidate Donald Trump won last week’s presidential election, iconic hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest saw it coming. 

“I knew it was gonna happen,” Jarobi White told Vanity Fair last week. The outcome was predicted on A Tribe Called Quest’s latest album, “We Got It From Here … Thank You 4 Your Service,” their first release in 18 years.

The album, available for streaming below, features Jarobi White, Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and the voice of late member Phife Dawg, along with guest appearances by artists including Elton John and André 3000.

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Why Feminism Still Needs To Be Called Feminism

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By JR Thorpe

Leaving aside the maniacs of the Men’s Rights Movement for a minute, even people committed to women’s rights have raised the sacrilegious idea in recent years that the f-word is old-fashioned and needs to be retired for something newer, snappier, and more inclusive. Quick, somebody hire a marketing department. Can we sum up an entire equality movement in an emoji? But all joking aside, should the word “feminism” be replaced?

I say no way — and understanding where the word “feminism” came from is a necessary ingredient to understanding why other words just can’t quite compete. Humanism, equalism, and other ideas have been suggested as replacements, by people as prominent as Meryl Streep, but if they really want a word that’s all about fighting for the rights of women in the world, “feminism” is the best we’ve got, and there are good historical reasons as to why.

So here’s why you shouldn’t throw away your “This Is What A Feminist Looks Like” T-shirt or alter it to another word. The history of “feminism” as a word is a slightly twisted one, and it has some unexpected moments — just like the waves of feminism itself. Words are strangely powerful things. Let’s take a look at how the term feminism came to be — and why it needs to stay.

Where The Word Feminism Came From

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In a case of quite peculiar irony, the word “feminism,” used by generations of women to explain their struggle for equal rights and opportunities, was coined by a dude. Charles Fourier was a French socialist philosopher of radical principles in the 19th century, and his term “feminisme” is the basis for today’s term in English. And Fourier’s own peculiarities have led to some people wondering if it’s the right word at all.

Fourier didn’t advocate for complete gender equality because, in his world, the sexes were too seriously biologically different to be treated the same. He was also a utopian thinker, and his conception of “ideal” human life was something like a Grand Budapest Hotel-like commune where workers changed their occupation up to eight times a day to avoid monotony. (Look, if we had to get rid of all the words in English that were coined by strange white dudes, we’d likely not have much to talk about.)

Luckily, his “feminisme” was quickly co-opted by activists, and started to show up in English. Hilariously, its first appearance was in The UK Daily News in the 1890s, “what our Paris Correspondent describes as a ‘Feminist’ group… in the French Chamber of Deputies,” as a warning that the ideology could be extremely dangerous. And it came to the U.S. a decade or so later in an article by the French suffragist Madeline Pelletier (who, by the way, dressed fabulously in men’s suits and bowler hats, and was the first female French psychiatrist).

Another interesting thing about the history of the word “feminism” is that, while huge swaths of women in history worked for feminist goals like women’s voting rights and access to education, self-identification as a “feminist” was relatively rare until midway through the 20th century. People like Elizabeth Cady Stanton didn’t use the word. The real boom for the word “feminist” in English came with feminism’s “second wave,” in the ’60s and ’70s. It’s far newer in the mouths of English-speakers than you might think: only 50 or so years old.

The Current Controversy Over The F-Word

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The word “feminism” has encountered a lot of chatter recently about whether it’s “outmoded” or needs to be “upgraded” — or, indeed, phased out. The arguments range from the utterly ridiculous (“sexism has been solved, we’ve got the vote, what’s everybody complaining about”) to the more serious.

Feminism is accused as a term of being old-fashioned, aggressive, insufficiently inclusive, not doing enough to solve sexism, and carrying too much baggage. People have suggested alternatives, like “humanism” or “equalism” — but I think we need to hang onto feminism as a word, problematic as it is. Here’s why.

Why “Humanism” Isn’t A Good Replacement

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“Humanism” has been tossed around as a possible replacement for “feminist,” on the grounds that it sounds the same but seems more inclusive of humanity as a whole. Sarah Jessica Parker has said, for instance, that “I’m not a feminist, I’m a humanist.” So has Meryl Streep. The problem? Being a humanist isn’t just a declaration that you’re in favor of all people everywhere having the same rights. It’s its own philosophical category, and using it willy-nilly without understanding its meaning is problematic.

Humanism is, essentially, the belief that the source of human values isn’t God, but humanity itself — particularly our capacity to be rational. It’s also a celebration of human life and the individual, and it’s existed as a philosophical tradition since the Enlightenment in Europe. According to the New World Encyclopedia,

Humanism refers to any perspective which is committed to the centrality and interests of human beings. It also refers to a belief that reason and autonomy are the basic aspects of human existence, and that the foundation for ethics and society is autonomy and moral equality.

It’s a great perspective — humanist wedding ceremonies are understandably popular — but it doesn’t mean that you’re focusing on the rights of every human. As Jarrah Hodge over at Gender Focus explains, humanism “includes a commitment to the rational and scientific and a rejection of the idea of divine and supernatural powers.” It’s not about rights or equal opportunities, or at least not centrally, and using it in that context seriously misuses the term. Humanists Against Feminism is a genuine thing that exists.

I do get that it’s more a fun turn of phrase than an actual position, but if there’s one thing you know if you’re a committed feminist, it’s that words matter. (It’s not that Sarah Jessica Parker isn’t a philosophical humanist, either. Maybe she is!)

Why “Equalist” Isn’t As Useful Either

The whole essence of feminism is that it focuses on the disadvantages and inequality of one particular group: women. Which is why saying “But I believe in the equality of everybody!” is kind of missing the point.

Just because you believe everybody should have the same rights doesn’t mean they do. This is the key bit: feminism is about tackling the world as it actually is, where one particular gender group is being discriminated against. While the end result, hopefully, is equality for all, what’s happening right now is an environment of wide-ranging discrimination against women, and that needs to be addressed for equality to be created. Saying you’re an “equalist” is like saying you believe in a world of well-built houses when half the materials used to make houses are burnt or rotten. The house can’t be built unless those materials are fixed.

To Be More Inclusive, We Need To Change Feminism Itself, Not The Word Feminism

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Using the word “feminism” shouldn’t prevent people from seeing other aspects of inequality within the movement. The whole concept of “intersectional feminism” was founded to try and broaden our understanding of discrimination against women, and make it clear that sexism is inextricably linked to race, class, and other factors.

The famous idea of “womanism,” as coined by author Alice Walker, is an attempt to answer one bit of this exclusionary issue — how can women of color feel comfortable and heard in a movement hugely dominated, throughout history, by white women? It’s an ongoing conversation, and it’s important for everybody to have a space where they feel their struggle is the focus. But replacing feminism with something that doesn’t acknowledge anybody’s struggle? In my opinion, that is taking it too far.

The Bottom Line

Part of the word feminism’s value is in its history. It’s a word that acknowledges the past struggles of people who’ve fought, sometimes against truly horrendous opposition, for the same values, even if they didn’t use the same term. From proto-feminists through to the suffragettes, the Gloria Steinems and the people protecting Planned Parenthoods, it’s a word that wears its history prominently — and a great deal of that history needs to be celebrated, even if it’s complicated (which it often is). Remembering doesn’t mean that you agree with all of it, just that you know it’s there.

It’s also, frankly, the best word we’ve got. It is, in its purest form, about improving the status of women as a group in the world — and there is no way in which that struggle is even close to over. The UN estimates that increasing women’s participation in the workforce and giving them equal pay worldwide would raise the world economy’s value by $ 17 trillion. Yep. That’s trillions.

It may be seen by some as an “aggressive” term, but when you’re faced with situations like constant everyday misogynist bullying, a rape rate increase of 29 percent in the U.K. in the past year, 15 million girls worldwide being forced into marriage as children every year, and countless other bits of evidence that women are still second-class citizens, it’s necessary to be aggressive.

Feminism needs to acknowledge and give status to people who aren’t just white, middle-class, cis, and able-bodied, but at least we’re beginning to have that conversation openly. And, frankly, there’s no other word in the world that does what it does and encapsulates what it means — at least not yet. Long live the f-word.

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The Depression was, well, depressing. That’s why so much entertainment of the time, especially the full-blown productions of Busby Berkeley, were over-blown homages to wealth, prosperity, to hope and happiness and all things opposite the depressing times.

Bradford Ropes wrote a novel about a young girl from Allentown, PA that heads for the New York and Broadway right smack in the middle of the last ditch effort of the domineering director Julian Marsh’s attempt to launch a hit at the height of the Great Depression.

The novel, “42nd Street,” was made in to a movie in 1933 and was a far cry from the original which was filled with sex, drugs and all sorts of debauchery. Yet, the movie got to be far more risqué than others soon to follow because of the PCA code passed in 1930 but wasn’t enforced vigorously until 1934. The code saw the end of strong women, overt sexuality, even open homosexuality and illegal drug use in films. The code was a Roman Catholic creation but both “42nd St.” the novel, movie and the play managed to escape it.

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The Broadway play came around in 1980 produced by David Merrick, directed by Gower Champion (who was not well at the time) and orchestrated by Philip J. Lang. It won a Tony and would be Champion’s last play and Merrick’s last success. It then had a Tony-winning revival in 2001 under Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble. It is currently touring stopping at the Segerstrom Arts Centerin Costa Mesa, CA until November 22nd and continuing across the country throughout 2016.

The revival’s co-author Mark Bramble has again revised the play and is directing this backstage tale to Randy Skinner’s choreography of a young chorus girl that gets a big break when the star can’t go on. In an odd case of life imitating art, Catherine Zeta Jones went on in the lead role of the play in London and was so good she ended up being cast as the lead way back when. Bramble and Skinner were behind the Tony winning 2001 revival and this production has all the verve and energy of any incarnation.

Boundless energy, in fact, more energy than mortals can possible imagine. I do not know how Caitlin Ehlinger as wide-eyed hopeful Peggy Sawyer or Blake Stadnik’s Billy Lawlor deliver the non-stop no-holds-barred tap number after tap number, but they do and with effortless style and infectious energy that makes the smiles real on both dancers and audience members alike. Matthew J. Taylor’s Julian Marsh is the perfect caricature of a what a desperate but proud Broadway producer would be, and it is he that gets to deliver the iconic plea to Ehilnger to “Come along and listen to the lullaby of Broadway…”

That’s just one of four iconic songs in this production, from the campy “Shuffle Off to Buffalo” to “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course, the title “42nd Street” the Broadway hits and big production numbers are non stop.

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And while the entire cast, and it’s big, does everything it can to make the audience feel as though they are sitting in the middle of a Busby Berkeley film, some songs like “There’s A Sunny Side to Ev’vry Situation” about the benefits of being poor were ringing very true for the modern day audience in Orange County, CA. As the campy tramps sang “We’re In the Money” (yes, Daniel, the WB frog did sing that in part of his medley….) the spirit of hitting it rich, of rich being a job, a chance, a shot and not just finances did not fall on deaf ears.

The fact is, after seeing “Annie” at the Pantages a few weeks back and now this, both musicals set in or near the Depression, it’s easy to see that The Great Recession of 2008 was actually a Depression for many, and many still are depressed. As politicians fight over $ 10 or $ 15 minimum wage, rents skyrocket and incomes fail to grow with the times, it’s very easy to relate to the sentiments shared in the play; the need for a job, how we all need to pull together to make things work and how we must never lose hope.

So the play fills itself with two hours plus of sheer escapism, no intricate dialogues, no complicated love stories to follow just dreams, jobs, singing and a whole lot of dancing. Huge dance numbers and yes, it did bring me back to the front of our TV that had tubes in it, Black and White even, sitting there watching late night TV with my mom when I was eight or so, in 1970, watching old Busby Berkeley films with hundreds of dancing girls and swimmers and dancing men….”42nd Street” takes the audience on the same escape route so many during the Great Depression used, and it’s a fun one.

The rest of the cast is wonderful, with Britte Steele’s Maggie being the gal everyone loves and Kaitlyn Lawrence just enough diva to pull off Dorothy Brock, the aging star using the play to revive her career who ends up realizing love beats Broadway.

Yes, it’s a time of simple story lines, big dance numbers, lots of feathers, sequins and tap shoes. But it’s “42nd Street,” and that’s exactly what it’s supposed to be. This company delivers all the thrills of the original and provides a night of theatre that is time capsule-esque. For a few hours it’s all about the show, about a hit, about getting the steps right and making sure you and your friends have jobs, it’s about all the dancing feet, yes, on the avenue they’re taking you to, 42nd. Street. It’s about forgetting how bad things can be, or are, and just dancing for the sheer joy of it.

While the musical is dated, it remains timeless and while it’s set in the Depression seems too relevant. But no matter, it’s impossible to leave and not find yourself tapping way in the hall, the car or the sidewalk. And that’s a good thing.

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16 Dresses That Have No Business Being Called Dresses

Sheer dresses, short dresses, barely-there dresses — when it comes to red carpet attired, we’ve seen it all. Literally

But sometimes celebrities leave too little to the imagination. Below we’ve rounded up 16 dresses that have absolutely no business being called dresses.

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Naya Rivera To Release Memoir Called ‘Sorry Not Sorry,’ Because That’s Something She Would Do

Great news for anyone who ever wanted to read anything written by Naya Rivera. The former “Glee” star announced on Monday that she’s releasing a memoir, and it has the most Naya Rivera title ever: Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up.

Rivera is promising “juicy” stories — and she’s not sorry about it.

Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up is set to hit shelves in spring 2016.

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Rocketing Skyward: Navigating This Thing Called ‘Life’

I’m not sure how you all are feeling, but just gotta say the last few weeks have brought some seriously interesting times. I’m not one to follow astrology, but according to those that do, May 4 and the Scorpio moon has basically brought down the house (or houses as they say). I looked up at the moon that night and it was absolutely stunning — sultry burnt orange-yellow perfection! And the Giants won with Bumgarner at the helm — what more could you want? The Warriors? Ah, yes, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

At that point, astrology follower or not, it was clear something beyond normal comprehension was about to occur. For me, that became fact and a quick step down memory lane — did I ask for that? Mmm, perhaps but definitely didn’t see it coming, if you know what I mean. Sunday apparently brought a new moon in Taurus — my particular sign, and I suppose not being a genius in this area, what I’d call movement similar to a heat sinking missile, or 20 as the case was.

The fact is that things in life do happen in a sequence we strive to understand. We can do so under the auspices of religion, astrology, spirituality and even the absence of anything — although I do not recommend that particular path. For some of us, the last two weeks have brought a reckoning with the past, present and future in a way we’d prefer not to address in such rapid-fire succession. For me personally, I’ve pleaded for time, for space, for air. We cannot be asked to decide proper course when the world reigns down on us in this kind of fashion. To settle, to sit, to find calm in a storm is hard. It can even feel life threatening — the air goes out of the room. I wrote recently that one of the hardest things to do in life is to wait, to be patient, and to sit in absolute faith that forces bigger than us know better and will help to place puzzle pieces we cannot position ourselves. That is the definition of courage.

I was shot out of the barrel a brazenly determined athlete, and this approach to life meant pushing beyond measure, never letting up. I am essentially Tom Cruise (in girl’s clothing) in Top Gun. Sitting and waiting for anything in life seems horridly wrong, just until the point life serves up a challenge I seemingly can’t handle. As you well know, catastrophic events are intentioned for us to learn, and to grow. Nearly losing my life in January was one of many particular challenges life served up to grow, to become better than I otherwise was, and for a particular purpose. Learning not to abandon oneself or one’s wing men (or women) in life is a darn hard lesson to learn — especially for self-sacrificing, selfless ones despite what it seems on the surface — it is a matter of pride. For someone like me to sit and wait and rely on something I cannot comprehend seems unfathomable, but is precisely what was and is required. I’d prefer to shove pieces into place. Do you know this feeling? Somehow, quite certain that you do — control freaks most of us are.

The reality is life is a dance of effort balanced with patience and trust. When I nearly lost my life, I promised myself I’d strive for simple balance. I recently took up surfing in extremely cold waters just to give myself a reality check in this department. Go the distance with yourself and grow in ways you don’t think are possible. If patience is your problem, like me, challenge yourself to find and trust it. If you can’t get up and go, then you know what you must do — just do it. Come on, we’re all in on this thing called life, and in viewing our strengths and weaknesses with blatant honesty we’ll grow and be the ones we were asked to be. Show up and do what you must.

In closing, an in summation for the last two weeks and forevermore,

Mr. McCartney said it best (I edited for a few key phrases):

With a little luck, we can help it out. We can make this whole damn thing work out. With a little love, we can lay it down. There is no end to what we can do together. There can be no misunderstanding. There is no end to what we can do together. There is no end. The willow turns his back on inclement weather. We can do it, just me and you. With a little push, we could set it off. We can send it rocketing skywards. With a little love, we could shake it up. Don’t you feel the comet exploding? With a little luck, a little luck, a little luck.

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Starbucks Releases New Drink Called The Flat White… WTF Is It?

Starbucks kicked off 2015 with a jolt of caffeine, thanks to a new drink unveiled Tuesday morning. We wouldn’t have it any other way, of course, but we feel an explainer is in order.

The new drink is called a “Flat White,” and it’s a kind of espresso beverage that originated in Australia in the early 1980s. According to a Starbucks statement, the Flat White “is an espresso beverage made with two ristretto shots, combined with a thin layer of velvety steamed whole milk and finished with a latte art dot.”

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It apparently has an “intense coffee flavor” (perfect for Starbucks addicts everywhere) and has been served in Australia since 2009 and the UK since 2010. It’s regarded as Australia’s signature coffee drink, and one visitor described their first taste of a Flat White as “such silkiness, such balance of milk and espresso, such richness and flavor mixed together in a blend of smooth and velvety goodness.” YUM.

A grande Flat White with whole milk comes in at 220 calories, 11 grams of total fat and 17 grams of sugar. The drink is for sale nationwide and pricing may vary depending on city.

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Lena Dunham Wants To Turn ‘Catherine, Called Birdy’ Into A Movie

Lena Dunham discussed a wide array of topics with writer and author Ariel Levy during the 15th annual New Yorker Festival on Friday night, including her aspirations to turn Karen Cushman’s “Catherine, Called Birdy” into a feature film.

“This is actually my first time talking about it publicly,” Dunham said about the project. “I’m very excited about it. I’m not sure when it’ll happen, but I’m in the process of [working on it].”

Written by Cushman, the 1994 novel — which won the Newbury Prize in 1995 — tells the story of Catherine, a 12-year-old coming of age in 1290 England. “[She] gets her period and her father basically says, ‘Well, it’s time for you to get married,’ and she’s like, ‘Uh, no,'” Dunham told the crowd. “But it’s hyper realistic and really pretty and it’s full of incest and beatings, but it’s a child’s story. I’ve been obsessed with it since I was a kid.” Dunham previously cited “Catherine, Called Birdy” as one of the two best books she’s ever read about young girls in an interview with the New York Times in 2012. (Her other selection was Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita.”)

“It’s a really interesting examination of sort of like coming of age and what’s expected of teenage girls,” Dunham said. “I’m going to adapt it and hopefully direct it, I just need to find someone who wants to fund a PG-13 medieval movie.”

Dunham plans to produce the film through A Casual Romance, the production company she started with “Girls” executive producer Jenni Konner. According the 28-year-old, “Catherine, Called Birdy” is one of many projects the duo are working on at the moment “that sort of aren’t set in the here and now.”

“Nothing I’ve done so far has required any research of any real kind beyond, like, going to a diner,” Dunham said, acknowledging how “Catherine, Called Birdy” is not necessarily what some fans have come to expect from her as a writer-director. “So this is a whole other world. But the source material makes me so happy and I’m so excited, because I’ve been working on ‘Girls’ [for five years] and I also wrote this book of personal essays. So the idea of engaging with some of these topics that are important to me, which are — surprise — women and feminism, but finding a way to kind of look at them through a historical lens is sort of like where feel myself going.”

Dunham, who is currently promoting her new book, “Not That Kind of Girl,” said she’ll connect with Cushman to discuss “Catherine, Called Birdy” during a visit to Seattle next weekend.
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