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“Who Is America?” on Showtime reprises the comedian’s gotcha techniques at a time when people don’t need to be tricked into saying embarrassing things.
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Should Love Island surgery ads be banned?

The head of NHS England is concerned cosmetic surgery adverts in Love Island put pressure on viewers.
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16 Cute Hats That Should Be In Your Summer Wardrobe

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Why Mickelson should have apologized, then withdrawn from the U.S. Open

A 2-shot penalty for what Phil Mickelson did at No. 13 on Saturday wasn’t enough, Ian O’Connor says. He needed to take another step — toward the exit sign at Shinnecock Hills.
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10 iPhone and Android games you should be playing right now

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Chronic fatigue syndrome treatment ‘should be withdrawn’

A leading expert on the illness says some people are being harmed by graded exercise therapy (GET).
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Tesla’s Elon Musk Defends ‘Bonehead’ Remark, Says He Should Have Answered Questions

Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive, was in damage-control mode after his dismissive remarks to financial analysts in a conference call late Wednesday sent shares tumbling.
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6 Things Every Introverted Bride Should Know

After all, it is your day.
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What Savvy Wine Buyers Should Know About the Points System

In the world of wine, a rating of 95-100 equals retail magic. But what do those points really mean? Our wine columnist investigated, and tasted high-rated wines to determine which ones really make the grade.
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These Kids’ Portraits Of The Trump Administration Should Hang In A Gallery

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Post-draft joy or blues? How all 32 fan bases should feel

Should you be confident about your team’s upcoming season? NFL Nation reporters assess how fans of every team should feel after the draft.
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How Often You Should Buy New Underwear Depends On 2 Key Factors

Hygiene (and your gross-out tolerance) plays a part.
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Why you should actually install the new Windows 10 update

Why you should actually install the new Windows 10 updateMicrosoft’s latest Windows 10 update is actually worth downloading. Buckle up, because Microsoft (MSFT) is about to fire a new Windows 10 update at your PC in the form of its Windows 10 April 2018 Update. Microsoft’s big theme for the April 2018 Update is saving you time.



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Should You Be Wearing Underwear With Your Workout Leggings?

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Barnwell: Should the Giants really draft Saquon Barkley?

There’s every reason to believe that Barkley will be an elite running back. But drafting a quarterback is the better bet for New York. Here’s why.
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After ‘I Feel Pretty’ Disappoints, What Should Amy Schumer Do Next?

Amy Schumer is undeniably funny, so why have her two latest films underperformed? The comedian’s third starring vehicle “I Feel Pretty,” written and directed by Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn, launched to a soft $ 16 million last weekend. It’s not a disaster, but it does represent Schumer’s lowest opening for a film yet. “In terms of her […]

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Your inner circle is here to support you for this special occasion, not take orders.
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Should You Get Married Quickly To Have Your Sick Or Elderly Loved Ones In Attendance?

Some couples rush to the altar, and there might be a sentimental reason why: To make it possible for their ill loved ones
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The Genius Thing You Should Seriously Do Instead Of Engagement Photos

Trade the engagement photos for a wedding album instead.
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NFL schedule winners and losers: Why Steelers should be happy

The Steelers could have the AFC North wrapped up by midseason. Plus: How Ed Sheeran influenced eight different games and more.
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10 Men’s Clothing Subscription Boxes Every Guy Should Try

Let these subscription services do the shopping for you.
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Celtics should go away, but they just won’t

These banged-up Celtics have no business making a deep playoff run, but they are playing like a team that isn't ready to pack it in yet.

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Karl Lagerfeld Says Models Who Complain About Being Groped Should Join A Nunnery

“If you don’t want your pants pulled about, don’t become a model!”
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5 Questions You Should 100 Percent Ask A Wedding Photographer Before You Book Them

1. How long does it take to receive your photos?
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Why You Should Use Vitamin E Oil With Caution

Experts weigh in on the pros and cons of the super vitamin.
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NBA awards predictions: Who will and should win every trophy

Ben Simmons or Donovan Mitchell? How much competition will LeBron James give James Harden? Our Forecast panel gives picks and predictions for MVP, ROY, COY, DPOY, Sixth Man and Most Improved.
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11 Games You Didn’t Know About (But Should)

We cover a lot of games here on IGN, but amid all the noise it can be difficult for some of the most quietly creative games to be heard.

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Andie MacDowell Is Back, And We Should Never Have Let Her Go

Nearing age 60, MacDowell returns with one of the best roles of her career. But why isn’t she as famous as Nicole Kidman?
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Why you should buy a vertical mouse

Why you should buy a vertical mouseTraditional mice are bad for you for your wrists and can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. That's why you should try these vertical mice.



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Schedule alert! Who should be on notice in April?

How much did the schedule affect teams in March, and who’s at risk in April? We break it down game by game.
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What’s real and what should you forget? Your guide to Opening Day’s outcomes

Between bullpen blowups and huge homers, 2018 started with a bang, though none bigger than new Yankee Giancarlo Stanton’s two titanic home runs.
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Why Undertaker Should Fight Cena as ‘American Badass” Undertaker

Okay, so I’m prepared for most of you to haaaaate this. I get that. This is sacred land here and I’m about to trample all over it.

A few months ago, I argued why The Undertaker vs. John Cena should happen. Then, back at the end of February, after Cena told everyone that a match against Undertaker was “impossible,” I insisted it was still very possible, smelling the musty musk of a misdirect. Buckle up for more here, funfans.

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Should the NHL expand its postseason field?

More than half of the NHL’s 31 teams qualify for the playoffs under the current format. GMs are game to add more. Would a one-off wild-card round add drama? Or could “play-in” games cheapen the glorious war of attrition that is waged through four rounds?
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Why the Jets should be the envy of the NHL

After years of patient development, the Jets look like one of the NHL’s top teams in 2017-18. Here’s the blueprint on how they got here, and what comes next.
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Should we restrict kids’ social media use?

Children’s social media use could be restricted under plans by Culture Secretary Matt Hancock.
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Rebecca Taylor, Goop and The Glow Host Event Supporting She Should Run

STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE: Rebecca Taylor thinks America would be a different place if more women were in elected office.
The designer hosted a gathering Thursday afternoon in honor of International Women’s Day along with Jean Godfrey June of Goop and Violet Gaynor of The Glow at La Mercerie, the café, bakery and restaurant in the furniture and design store Roman and Williams Guild. The event supported She Should Run, a nonpartisan organization whose mission is to expand the talent pool of women running for office in the U.S.
“I’m very passionate about where politics are at the moment in America,” said Taylor, cofounder and chief creative officer of Rebecca Taylor. “I know so many women who would make contributions to politics. America would be a different place if you had more women in charge.
“I’m from New Zealand and we were the first country to give women the right to vote. We have a 37-year-old female prime minister,” she added.
Jean Godfrey June, beauty director of Goop — which sells Rebecca Taylor La Vie on its site — explained why they decided to support this event. “The brands are very aligned. The cause is what drew us to it. It’s an incredible

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What NHL award should exist but doesn’t?

The NHL needs to add some new end-of-season hardware. How about a Breakthrough Player Award that rewards late bloomers like William Karlsson, a Selke spinoff for the best defensive winger or a Bobby Orr Trophy for the top-scoring defenseman?
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Oscars 2018: Who will win… and who should

With the Oscars just around the corner, Sky News predicts who will and whether or not they deserve it.
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Should I Splurge on $40 Hand Wash to Impress Guests?

The prestige hand soap is the new prestige candle, but while some people are embracing the latest hostess trend, others roll their eyes. We debate both sides.
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Here’s what the Senators should get for Erik Karlsson

Erik Karlsson loves Ottawa and the Senators, but the toxicity of the team’s current state might be too much for the 27-year-old to overcome. If the franchise-changing, puck-moving defenseman lands elsewhere, what should the Senators expect in return?
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Uber and Waymo are finally going to trial. Why we should care

Uber and Waymo are finally going to trial. Why we should careA San Francisco federal court will seek to determine whether former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski stole trade secrets from Waymo, a self-driving car technology spun out from Google, and if they were used to help develop Uber’s own self-driving car technology.



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Should phones be banned at gigs?

Comedian Chris Rock banned mobile devices on his tour, but the move has divided opinion on social media.
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Here’s Who Should (and Shouldn’t) Win the First Women’s Royal Rumble

Asuka, Becky Lynch, Trish Status, Ronda Rousey, and more – here’s who should and shouldn’t win the first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble
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What If Children Should Be Getting More Screen Time?

Guidelines for using iPhones and other devices were set with TV in mind—and don’t take into account the huge range of learning and creative play that can happen on a screen.
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SAG Awards: Why you should care this year

As the Time’s Up movement grows and #MeToo accusations widen, the SAG Awards will focus on Hollywood’s most problematic group.
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Where the Blue Jackets should trade Jack Johnson

The No. 3 overall pick from 2005 has requested a trade from the Blue Jackets. We assess his ideal deployment — and identify the team that is willing and able to trade for him and use him properly.
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Source: Brady’s injured hand ‘should be OK’

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was limited in Wednesday’s practice with an injury to his throwing hand.
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Should there be a ‘good guy’ exception for NHL suspensions?

After Ducks center Andrew Cogliano was suspended, snapping his streak of 830 consecutive games played, former NHL tough guy Tie Domi tweeted that the league should have considered Cogliano’s streak — and respect among his peers — in meting out justice.
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Barnwell: Should NFL teams rest starters in Week 17? Cases for and against

Le’Veon Bell and Ben Roethlisberger are among the Steelers stars who rested for the last game of the regular season. Should they be worried after watching the Rams lose at home? Bill Barnwell dug into recent history to find out.
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French star: Men should be free to hit on women

French cinema icon Catherine Deneuve has attacked the “puritanism” triggered by the recent surge of sexual harassment allegations, arguing men should be “free to hit on” women.
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Golden Globes: Who will win and who should?

The Golden Globes are just around the corner, mixing TV and film, splitting drama and comedy in an unpredictable outcome.
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Schedule alert! Every game tired teams should lose in January

Next month features the most sever schedule disadvantage of the season. How much did the schedule affect teams in December, and who should be on alert in January?
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Should the NHL play on holidays?

The league will take its annual Christmas break from Dec. 24 through Dec. 26. Is not having NHL games a good thing for players, coaches and staff — or a Scrooge move for hockey fans? Our writers debate the merits of ceding the stage to the NBA and NFL.
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Here’s What You Should Wear on New Year’s Eve

ESC: CiaraThe pressure to find the perfect outfit for New Years is on.
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Should the Senators trade Erik Karlsson?

Erik Karlsson is one of the best defensemen in NHL history, but his future has been in flux since he said he won’t give the Senators a hometown discount when he becomes a free agent. Our writers discuss Ottawa’s options regarding the swashbuckling Swede.
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What should Seattle’s (potential) NHL team be called?

Seattle’s city council approved a plan to redevelop KeyArena, so its chances of luring an NHL franchise look brighter. Are you ready for the Seattle Sasquatch? Our writers offer some name suggestions — including a troll of the NBA team that left town.
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Gifts Tied to Opioid Sales Invite a Question: Should Museums Vet Donors?

The issue of how museums raise their money has resurfaced in the case of the Sacklers, a family of philanthropists whose company developed OxyContin.
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Vaginal mesh operations should be banned, says NICE

Implants can cut into the vagina – and some women have been left in permanent pain, unable to walk.
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The 6 Laws of Technology Everyone Should Know

Three decades ago, a tech historian, Melvin Kranzberg, explained society’s unease with technology in six laws we all need to understand in the era of Facebook, Google and the iPhone.
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Pelton mail: Should the Clippers re-sign or trade DeAndre Jordan?

Kevin Pelton answers questions on the LA big man, blocked shots, the rise in parity and the increase in big comebacks.
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Why Godless and Its Women-Only Town Should Be Your Next Netflix Obsession

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Power Rankings: Why each team should be thankful

For this week’s Power Rankings, we took a Turkey Day angle, listing what each team should be thankful for as the tryptophan works its magic.
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If Big Little Lies Season 2 Is Happening, It Should Be an Anthology

Big Little LiesFew shows achieve what Big Little Lies achieved.
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Sick baby’s treatment ‘should continue’, High Court told

Doctors say giving further intensive care treatment to Isaiah Hasstrup is not in his best interests.
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Did you know you should give under-fives vitamin tablets?

Many parents are unaware of this vitamin supplement advice, a study finds.
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Uber Suffers Setback as U.K. Court Rules Its Drivers Should Have Workers’ Rights

Uber Technologies suffered a setback in a British court when an appeals tribunal reaffirmed a decision that the company must give its drivers employee rights like paid vacations.
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Uber Suffers Setback as U.K. Court Rules Its Drivers Should Have Workers’ Rights

Uber Technologies suffered a setback in a British court when an appeals tribunal reaffirmed a decision that the company must give its drivers employee rights like paid vacations.
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Should we separate the art from the artist?

Louis CK is the latest to be accused of sexual harassment. If proven guilty, should we look at his work in a different light?
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This Is Us Star Mandy Moore Warns “There’s Darkness Coming” & Viewers Should “Be Patient”

This Is UsThis Is Us fans better buckle up. If you thought you’ve got a handle on all the drama the Pearson family tackles every week, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
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Armani Designed It. Richard Gere Wore It. And You Should Too

A camel-hair polo coat elevated Richard Gere’s stud-for-hire in ‘American Gigolo.’ Its enveloping fit and alpha-male lapels can pay off for you, as well
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Schedule alert! Every game tired teams should lose this month

Schedule alert! Every game tired teams should lose this month
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Harvey Weinstein Scandal: ‘People Should Lose Their Jobs’ Over This, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg Says

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, weighed in on Harvey Weinstein’s spectacular fall from grace after numerous women have come forward accusing him of sexual harassment and assault. “The Harvey Weinstein thing is abysmal – and it’s not just his behavior, it’s the behavior of everyone around [him],” said Sandberg, speaking at an event Thursday […]

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Both sexes ‘should be taught about periods together at school’ – charity

A charity says not talking about periods can be damaging and wants it to be discussed in class.
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Books of The Times: Stephen King and Son Team Up for a Novel About Women Whose Sleep Should Not Be Disturbed

In “Sleeping Beauties,” by Stephen King and his son Owen, women who fall asleep don’t wake up, and grow tendrils that are best left alone.
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Abortion should not be a crime, says doctors’ body

The pregnancy association votes to regulate terminations in line with other medical procedures.
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Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders Should Change Your Attitude About the Menendez Trials, Says Dick Wolf

Edie Falco, Law and Order True Crime: The Menendez MurdersLaw & Order is taking “ripped from the headlines” in a whole different direction with Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders.
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5 Fall Wardrobe Staples You Should Seriously Invest in Right Now

Branded: Fall 5For some reason, around this time every year, we get a serious itch to do some wardrobe restocking.
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Zadie Smith Thinks We Should ‘Retain The Right To Be Wrong’

“I have seen on Twitter […] people have a feeling at 9 a.m. quite strongly, and then by 11 have been shouted out of it,” the author said. “That part, I find really unfortunate.”
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NHS checks ‘should be done at shops and stadiums’

Health officials say the novel approach could save lives by spotting the early signs of disease.
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11 Comically Ugly Celebrity Wax Figures That Should Be Melted Immediately

Look, we get it. Recreating a celebrity’s likeness in wax, or any material (aren’t some of them 70 percent wax already?), is hard. But it shouldn’t be this hard, should it? See 11 times that wax sculptors missed the mark, from Ryan Gosling, to Justin Timberlake, to Beyoncé, Beyoncé, and well, Beyoncé.

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Branded: Crop TopsCrop tops are a big part of your summer uniform, but do they have a place in your fall wardrobe? Yes and no.
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Barnwell: Should the Lions really shell out for Matthew Stafford?

Barnwell: Should the Lions really shell out for Matthew Stafford?
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How Well Should You Know Your Partner Before Getting Married?

It’s so romantic! You meet one night when you least expect. You’ve recently sworn off dating and tell yourself you’re content
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Bridget Foley’s Diary: When Should Ivanka Cry Uncle Over Dad?

Before the presidential campaign and election, Ivanka Trump self-identified and was perceived as a businesswoman passionate about women’s empowerment. You’d have been hard-pressed to hear someone speak negatively about her, with words such as lovely, hard-working, self-directed and genuine typical descriptives.

 
And then, Dad ran for president and won.
 
Throughout and after the election, and especially since her role in the Trump administration shifted from merely “daughter,” as she said she initially intended, to G-20 Summit-attending formal adviser, Ivanka has taken her hits, critics questioning not only her qualifications but also her motives and her silence in light of various presidential outbursts. Following President Trump’s shocking equal assignation last weekend of “blame on both sides” when white supremacists, many brandishing swastikas, stormed Charlottesville, Va., to protest the planned removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, the criticism escalated exponentially, with many wondering, how could Ivanka not speak out? 
 
Whether or not she knew just what she was getting into in accepting her White House role, surely Ivanka knows her father, and she is accustomed to life in shared spotlights, his and her own. Though thrust into the former as a child when her parents’ public marital woes made for tabloid grist, she chose the latter early on. An adolescent flirtation with modeling crossed over to television; at 15,

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My Pilgrimage to Elvis’ Graceland — and Why Every Music Fan Should Go

A church of kitsch, it’s the epitome of style’n’class for a poor boy with little education making the American dream his own.

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It depends on a lot of factors—including how much they suck.

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15 Latinx-Owned Etsy Shops Everyone Should Support

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Should You Kondo Your Kids?

Marie Kondo, the decluttering guru, now has two children and offers advice about how to reconcile a well-organized life with the messiness of parenting. Hint: Teach your children how to fold clothes.
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Nonfiction: Deep Dives Into How Poetry Works (and Why You Should Care)

New books by the former poets laureate Robert Hass and Louise Glück examine the finer points of poetic form and practice.
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Pharrell Williams Thinks You Should Clean Your Closet

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Should owners seek fans’ advice on players? (Yahoo Sports)

Should NFL owners consult fans about whether to sign controversial players?

The Ravens found themselves in a jam when owner Steve Bisciotti revealed he was consulting with fans about possibly signing Colin Kaepernick. But is he on to something?



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Sarah Huckabee Sanders Learns Why You Should Never Ever Wear Green On TV

It’s asking for trouble.
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How Often Should You Replace Your Athletic Shoes?

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J.K. Rowling is the powerhouse behind the “Harry Potter” universe, and we love her for it. From the books to the films to the theme parks, you’d think a woman who has already given us so much couldn’t possibly give us any more.

But, au contraire, friends. Rowling’s Twitter presence has long been lauded, primarily for her ability to take down trolls and provide consistently humorous musings on the world.

Ahead of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which first hit bookshelves back in 1997, we’ve decided to celebrate Mother Potter in the best way possible: Rounding up her most iconic tweets for our reading/retweeting pleasure. There are 35 of them. You’re welcome.

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No, Authors Should Not Be Constrained By Gender Or Race In The Characters They Create

This was the BBC.com headline:

Spy Author Anthony Horowitz ‘Warned Off’ Creating Black Character:

Author Anthony Horowitz says he was “warned off” including a black character in his new book because it was “inappropriate” for a white writer. The creator of the Alex Rider teenage spy novels says an editor told him it could be considered “patronising” … Horowitz, who has written 10 novels featuring teenage spy Alex Rider, said there was a “chain of thought” in America that it was “inappropriate” for white writers to try to create black characters, something which he described as “dangerous territory”.

Dangerous territory, indeed.

What are we to make of this? Is an author limited to only writing characters within their race? What about gender? Religion? Age? Ethnicity? Sexual orientation? Where do the boundaries stop?

The old adage, “write what you know,” is a thesis that implies a writer should limit their imagination to the parameters of their own life and experience. But does that maxim still hold true today? Certainly in these times of viral accessibility, contact, research, knowledge, and interaction with people, places, and things far outside our own proximity is as every-day as 24/7 updates from the farthest corners of the globe. Our ability, consequently, to gain perspective sufficient enough to write outside one’s own “house” is not only doable, but, perhaps, universal and insightful, presuming one does it well.

But is it “patronizing”? Are we, as writers, simply not allowed to write outside, say, our culture, regardless of how well we might do it? Has society become so compartmentalized, so hypersensitive, politically correct, and wary of triggering repercussion, resentment, or misinterpretation that reaching beyond our own skin ― literally and figuratively – has become verboten to us as creative artists?

Interesting questions, these; particularly when you consider that men have been writing about women since time immemorial without particular societal concern that they couldn’t possibly know, couldn’t authentically muster, the requisite experiential perspective. It was a given that they could get the job done; accepted without debate. Yet the specificity, the sensitive and unique nature of being female, could be considered as disparate from the male experience as being black is to a white person, but that hasn’t stopped male authors, from Vladimir Nabokov to Wally Lamb, from creating their women of note.

Which is fair. Because the explicit job of an author is to climb inside the experience of LIFE, real or imagined, to tell compelling stories that reflect the incalculable diversity of detail, nuance, thought, and emotion of any variety of people, places, and things. And the creative mind can find and translate authenticity whether writing about Martians, coquettish teens, dogs who play poker, or characters who exactly mirror the author‘s gender or race.

I’ve had my own experience with this interesting conundrum: my last novel, Hysterical Love, was told through the first-person point-of-view of a thirty-three-year-old man, and it goes without saying: I’m not one of those. Yet I felt completely capable of infusing my story with authenticity by relying on my skills of observation, as well as my experiential knowledge as the sister of five men, the mother of a son, the wife of a man; my years on the road with rock bands, and the immersive research of being a close friend to many, many men throughout my life. I’ve been told I pulled it off, even by the men who’ve read it, so my conviction proved out.

But is the divide between cultures, races, wider than that of gender diversity? Does a white writer delegitimize their prose by including black characters? Is the reverse true?

I don’t think so. I think it depends on the writer, the quality of their work; the depth and sensitivity of their depictions. Those are my initial responses. But I also understand the question:

About two years ago I had an article up at HuffPost titled, “No, White People Will Never Understand the Black Experience,” a piece that became a flashpoint for much conversation on the topic of race. It was written in response to events of the time, particularly the egregious injustice of Sandra Bland’s arrest and subsequent (and inexplicable) jailhouse death, and the cacophony that arose amongst, amidst, and between parties on both sides of the racial divide as a result. My own thesis, my perspective on the tangible limitations we each have in perceiving and assessing the realities of life outside ourselves, is made clear by the title alone. But while there’s obviously much more to that debate, here and now we’re discussing the issue as it relates to the job of being an author and I have some specific thoughts on that.

Inspired by the many responses and conversations that ensued after the aforementioned article, as well as others written on the topic of racial conflict, bias, and injustice, I took one of the stories referenced, about an interracial couple’s experiences with police profiling, and developed it into a character-driven novel called A NICE WHITE GIRL, a title that reflects commentary made within some of the conversations I had.

This “sociopolitical love story” is told through the intertwining points-of-view of a black man and white woman dealing not only with pushback to their new and evolving relationship, but the ratcheting impact of police profiling that ultimately leads to a life-altering arrest. It’s a story that’s human, gut-wrenching, and honest, built on the foundation of my own experiences in a long-term interracial relationship earlier in my life, as well as journalistic research and interviews, personal interactions, even friendships with members of the black community. Given a commitment to creating the characters outside my demographic as authentically and sensitively as I possibly could, without watering them down or pandering to political correctness, I believe I served both my story and its cultural demands well. Did I?

Every author relies on, taps into; mines the wealth of thought, opinion, perspective, and acculturation of their own unique life experience. Certainly that’s true. But as artists, as observers and chroniclers of life by way of prose, we go beyond that pool of reference. We reach out, we expand; we explore plot lines and include characters that stretch our imagination, that dig deep into worlds, events and experiences, imagined or real, that can pull us onto less traveled roads that might demand the challenge of research, of specific observation, even outside consultation. We take these extra steps, even for fiction, because we want to infuse our work with inherent realness. Particularly when writing characters outside our culture. That was certainly the demand I faced when embarking upon this latest novel.

But I am a white woman who’s written a book with a black male character, inclusive of his mother, his sister, and various friends. I’ve depicted their family life, their interactions, relationships, thoughts and feelings. Do I not have the creative right to do that? Will I be seen as patronizing, insensitive, off base, and inappropriate? Will this make my book too controversial for representation, for publishing, for sale? Will it garner derision and disdain from members of the black community? Even members of the white community who may resent the harshness with which I depict some of the police?

I don’t know. Maybe. But it was a story I felt passionate about, compelled to write; that took the many debated aspects and elements discussed in my articles and put them into fictional form, with imagined characters who embodied and borrowed from people I knew, from conversations I’d had, from ideas, agendas, politics, and passions that had been conveyed to me by real people expressing essential and sometimes controversial perspectives. I was determined to honor them by candidly, honestly, and without apology, telling the story.

But perhaps, as Anthony Horowitz was told, I’m entering territory that is off-limits, that puts me at odds with those who might frame me as presumptuous and patronizing. “A nice white girl” who’s stepped outside of culturally acceptable boundaries.

I hope not, because I, like Mr. Horowitz, see that as “dangerous territory.”

Just as brilliant male authors have gorgeously written female protagonists; as female novelists have conjured male characters ringing with truth; as writers of one ethnicity have honestly depicted another; as fabulists have invented entire worlds of imagined wonders, authors must be limited byNOTHING. Not a thing. They must be free to create without fear of cultural naysaying, societal judgment, threat of reprisal, or the discomfort of crossing cultural boundaries.

The only mandate to which they’re obligated is GOOD WRITING. Writing with wit and clarity. Honesty. Authenticity. Sensitivity and depth. Engaging prose, compelling plots, and visceral emotion. And, if need be, if determined helpful, the use of “sensitivity readers” who can ascertain if the writer got the cultural references right.

But just as Idris Elba could certainly make magic as James Bond, as Anthony Horowitz could create an intriguing black spy for his books; as I can write characters both male and of a culture outside my own, so must every author of merit and worth be allowed to view the entire panoply of life as fuel for their imagination. Anything else is antithetical to the mission of art… and stymying art serves no one. Not the writer, not the reader, not the myriad members of our diverse world hungry for stories that reflect their lives. Art is imagining; creating, mirroring, and provoking… all of which can and must be achieved by artists free to explore without the limiting effect of creative and cultural boundaries.

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Heath Ledger’s Thoughts On ‘Macho Bulls**t Culture’ Should Inspire Us All

Heath Ledger wasn’t one to fall by the wayside. He was constantly pushing himself to be better, learn more and grow within an industry that typically only opens its gates for a select number of artists. 

In “I Am Heath Ledger,” the new documentary airing on Spike Wednesday night, viewers get a glimpse into Ledger’s personal goings-on and what he hoped to accomplish, not just as an actor, but as a “multidimensional artist,” before his tragic and untimely death at age 28 in January 2008. 

“The end game, ultimately, for Heath was to produce and direct feature films, and that passion was leading to some amazing opportunities for him and would have been something incredible for him to fulfill,” director Derik Murray told HuffPost in a sit-down interview following the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of “I Am Heath Ledger” last month. 

Matt Amato, Ledger’s friend who co-founded the production company The Masses with him, echoed that statement to HuffPost, explaining Ledger was ready “to flip the paradigm of this male-driven, macho bullshit culture that we’re drowning in” with his directorial debut, “The Queen’s Gambit,” which was sadly never made. The movie, based on the book of the same name, would have told the story of a woman who struggles with alcohol addiction as she works her way into the chess championships. 

“Matt and many of the [’I Am Heath Ledger’] cast would talk about the fact that Heath would be as interested in what the role had to offer as he was to who the director was,” Murray said of Ledger’s decision to take on certain projects. “He would look at those directors and he would be very much present during the filming and be learning from them each step of the way. He talked about how his passion was to be a director with ‘Queen’s Gambit,’ but it wasn’t to be.” 

Below, Murray, co-director Adrian Buitenhuis, and Amato talk with HuffPost about their documentary and Ledger’s craft, constantly alluding to the fact that everyone can learn a little something from the actor, who left this world far too soon. 

Congratulations on the premiere. Looks like it was a wonderful night. 

Derik Murray: I think what made the Tribeca premiere really special for all of us was that the family was there and many of the close friends that were interviewed for the movie. For many of them, that was the first time they saw the movie and so there was a lot of anticipation on our part as to how that would go ― not fearful, just anticipation — but it was fabulous. Everybody loved the movie.

Had Heath’s family been given the chance to see the film beforehand? 

DM: We showed Heath’s family a rough cut, frankly for the purposes of talking about archive and pulling more material together and making sure we had some of the facts straight. But also, with the trust we built with them, we wanted to extend that [option], so we showed them the rough cut and that was a very emotional experience for them. They called us at 1 o’clock in the morning, very emotional about the movie and very much at the state of mind that they had no idea what it was going to be — they couldn’t really visualize it — but the message loud and clear to us was that it was Heath. It really captured his spirit.

Matt, I’m truly sorry for your loss. This couldn’t have been necessarily easy for you. What was this film process like?

Matt Amato: I’m just coming out of the end of a six-month journey, and I’m relieved. The important thing for me was the family, and they love it, and now it’s about the audience’s feelings about the movie. It exists now for the audience and I hope it’s inspiring for young people to not waste a minute of their life — to really, live, live, live.

What did you want an audience member to leave the theater or a viewing of this film thinking or feeling?

Adrian Buitenhuis: I definitely wanted people to be inspired. Inspired to see what you can do in your life and what you’re capable of. And also to show someone who, even if they gained a lot of success ― at least in Heath’s case ― [didn’t] forget about his friends or his family and kept them really close. It’s a nice testament to how to have relationships in your life. He made everyone close to him feel special in a way. He never looked down on anyone, from what I can tell making the film, and was inspiring his friends to be better and they were inspiring him. To see him as an artist and his work, and being able to work with his work, was really great.

He’s kind of like a director of the movie in a way, because it’s a lot of his photography and footage that’s shown throughout.

DM: We’ve been talking about this for quite some time, is that Heath, in many ways when making the film, would direct the storyline with all the footage that came forward to us. We’ve been calling him a director/co-director/partner all the way through.

How did you go about gathering the photos and footage Heath captured?

DM: When we first started doing the research, we realized Heath was much more than just this star of his generation or his acting ability — he was a multidimensional artist. When we learned that, we did some research on Matt’s involvement and his relationship with Heath and The Masses and, in that world, Heath was in partnership creatively with Matt, in business, and doing some amazing work with music videos and working with various artists, and that was something that Heath was very passionate about. The end game, ultimately, for Heath was to produce and direct feature films together, and that passion was leading to some amazing opportunities for him and would have been something incredible for him to fulfill.

On the footage, through Matt, we had access to these music videos and then Matt was kind enough to open the door to some of the content that Heath had filmed and also content that had been filmed of Heath through his personal journey. That then basically started a dialogue with the family about the content that they might have through the estate and then friends stepped forward and provided us with their content, as well. So it was really a community effort that brought all that content together that you now see on the screen that captures Heath in an amazing way, through his own lens.

For those who only know Heath as an actor, it really opens those doors for you to see him as a human being.

MA: Yes, he was pretty wonderful. We talked a lot about directing and what we’d do if we moved forward with our company together … Heath’s vision was an authentic vision. We were going on to make “The Queen’s Gambit,” which would’ve been his first movie, and I’m sure he was going to nail that. He was going to be working with his favorite cinematographer, Ed Lachman, who does amazing work with Todd Haynes. Heath was so turned on by how Todd works with Ed and he got a lot of clues about how we should work. He was not impressed with big money movies. He really liked how Todd worked with his producer, Christine Vachon, and all the sets and locations. A lot of times when Heath would do a movie, he would just completely drop off the map, because when you’re making a movie you have to stay focused and it’s like a 24-hour day, but I knew that he’d resurface when he was done. But with “I’m Not There,” he called me every day, like, “Man, we did that! And we did this! Oh my God, we’re making art!” He was just so thrilled to be working with Todd Haynes. So, as directors, we were very against the hierarchy kind of thing. When we did our music videos together with the crew, we would be the ones to go to Home Depot and get the mops and the brooms and get food for craft service, so when the crew would arrive, they’d see us doing that stuff …

DM: Heath Ledger on craft service!

AB: That was probably a mean craft service.

MA: Yeah, he really cared about people. But then, once we got there, we would work to his max. Then, he would never really care about people’s complaints, you know, because we had set the bar. His energy and passion is something I think about all the time when I have a camera in my hands. Heath really kicks my butt.

It seems he inspires you to this day. 

MA: I was working on the day he died, on a Bon Iver video in Wisconsin. I didn’t know what to do at that point — the world was just kind of turned upside down in one moment. I really thought long and hard about what I was so supposed to do — stay or go to LA or New York? And I thought to myself, “Well, what would Heath want me to do?” He wants me to shoot with a camera and create something beautiful, that’s what he wants me to do. He doesn’t want me to stop and worry and be sad. So from the moment he died, he was kicking my butt, and he still does it. He gives me the energy to work harder, to explore camera angles and shots, to push myself to make something as excellent as it could possibly be.

The whole thing about Heath’s intelligence and his growth, each movie he did he became smarter — he was really absorbing everything. And that was big for a young person to not come off as a know-it-all or be threatened. He wanted to know. And that curiosity allowed him to be open and get really, really smart. I believe that by the time he died, he was quite brilliant. 

His energy and passion is something I think about all the time when I have a camera in my hands, Heath really kicks my butt.
Matt Amato on Heath Ledger

It would have been nice to see what “The Queen’s Gambit” could have been.

MA: Hopefully we’ll make “Queen’s Gambit.” We’ll do it in St. Louis, with Ed Lachman. St. Louis has now become the chess capital of the world … My little work co-op is right around the corner and there’s the world’s largest chess piece there, and it’s the Queen. It’s like right there, and I look at it and I’m like, “I’m no dummy! I can see the sign!” It’s about a young women, and we really wanted to flip the paradigm of this male-driven, macho bullshit culture that we’re drowning in. I feel like our culture really needs nurturing in this way and we need to be reflective and look at people and deal with people like this.

AB: You guys valued the fact that there was a big community of artists in LA who valued the stuff that didn’t have a place to come together.

MA: Yeah. Heath was ready to chuck LA for the next chapter. He wanted it to be in Brooklyn so he could be near [his daughter with Michelle Williams] Matilda. He was ready to leave all that behind. 

I loved that the film focused on his life and his art at the end, rather than the media circus that surrounded his death.

DM: It’s interesting because we’re doing, and have been doing, a lot of work of this kind where we work with the families and estates. But this film, when the assembly was coming together, there was all sorts of media clips that were helpful in moving the story forward, but Heath’s footage really just kind of took a hold, took a different spirit, and said, “This is the path we’re going to go down.” It was clear that the media footage was completely in contrast with who Heath was. We already learned in the film that it was something he wasn’t comfortable with, so you’re really seeing the true Heath in these one-on-ones or sit-down interviews. As we started pulling those out and letting it breathe, and giving more space to Heath to tell the story, the film really became and transformed itself into the film it is today.

MA: And music was really important to me. I really wanted to flood this production with music. Music that he was responsive to. I wanted music to sail us over the sad parts ― because music can do that, it does transcend. Bon Iver is one of the greatest musicians in the world today and to have his music in our movie is such a gift.

DM: Two fabulous Ben Harper songs are in the film, we’ve got two Bon Iver songs — they’re there for a purpose and a reason, and they’re beautiful. Their compliment to the story is incredible.

MA: Mia Doi Todd, Carlos Niño, Edward Sharpe. These were all people that Heath admired, and there were more to put in, but we had to stop some place.

AB: All the artists were so generous because either Heath had a big impact on their lives or they were just inspired to be a part of it and lend their music to the project. It was a real collective. The same way people brought the footage together, musicians were coming and saying, “Yeah this is important, let’s do this.” And that was great.

DM: That’s why the cast is so eclectic, you know, it’s not just driven by actors that were working with him on films. It has that music component to a significant degree.

To see the moving documentary on Heath Ledger’s life, tune in to Spike at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 17. 

 

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. 

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There are fundamental truths most 5-year-olds understand about the world: The sky is blue. The grass is green. Your family consists of you, possibly siblings and your parents. But that truth is altered if your parents split up.

I was in kindergarten when my parents got divorced. They worked hard to make my reality as normal as possible, but even at a young age I knew something was different about my family compared to my friends’ families.

I wouldn’t change anything about our situation. My mom was my best friend growing up and is to this day; my dad got remarried and he and I gained an amazing family who we can’t picture our world without. The divorce didn’t give me a terrible life. What it did give me was invaluable insight ― especially when it comes to relationships.

The following is what people should know about loving a child of divorce, culled from my personal experience and expert advice:

We worry about commitment.

People whose parents split up might fret more about their serious relationship dissolving ― perhaps seemingly out of nowhere. That’s because our view of commitment may be altered by the divorce, according to Jane Greer, a New York-based marriage and sex therapist.

“Be aware that their feelings about commitment and getting married may have been impacted by the divorce,” Greer told The Huffington Post. “It might have made them reluctant to take the next step … They may feel that it won’t work out.”

We crave relationship validation.

Kids of divorce may feel a greater need to know where they stand with their partner. The best way to do that? Open communication.

“They will do better when they have clarity about where things are going in the relationship,” Greer said. “Feeling secure allows for more openness and more personal sharing.”

And require patience ― particularly around holidays.

Two Christmases and two birthdays may seem like a sweet deal, but they also require a lot of coordination. We worry about this the first time we bring our significant other home because it can get a little hectic and we don’t want it to scare them away. But trust us, the reward of spending time with so many people (and the food and presents, of course) is worth it in the end.

Fights will sometimes scare us.

Admittedly, kids who’ve grown up around fighting parents may not be the best at handling conflict. More specifically, we may be a bit averse to it because we fear we might be abandoned altogether.

“Children of divorce can sometimes be more sensitive during arguments as they may have witnessed their parents arguing in front of them,” Jacqueline Newman, a New York-based family law specialist, told HuffPost. “They may take more extreme positions and think that a small tiff could be the end ― simply because as children the fights they did see led to the ending of the relationship.”

But we know it’s okay to call it quits if the relationship isn’t working out.

Some of us may have come to understand in time why our parents decided to separate and know that it was ultimately the best decision for everyone involved. We may carry this lesson into our own relationships. We know divorce ― eventually ― isn’t the end of the world.

Our family dynamics will likely be more complicated than yours.

Some kids of divorce may be closer to one parent than another. This could depend on factors like the terms of divorce, who became the main caregiver and even how other siblings interacted with each parent, Newman said.

“I recommend that when dating someone who has this type of family connection that you try to understand it rather than be annoyed by it,” she said.

We’re resilient.

If our parents divorced when we were younger, we had to bounce back from a heavy situation earlier than most people our age.

“I think that children of divorce are often more resilient than children who grow up in intact families, because they have to be,” Newman said. “Depending on how the parents handle the situation, many children grow up way faster than they should and have to handle adult emotions in a way that they do not understand.”

We love hard.

Kids of divorce treat relationships with the gravity they deserve. We not only want love to be successful ― we’ll do everything we can to make it happen. That includes not settling, staying open and working through our own issues to make sure we’re approaching our unions in the healthiest possible way.

Because ultimately, we know relationships are worth it.

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Hey gay RepublicansJustin Sayre would like to have a word with you. 

In his latest video for HuffPost Queer Voices, the writer-performer doesn’t hold back when it comes to conservative members of the queer community who continue to support President Donald Trump. (WARNING: video above contains graphic language.) 

“You should be embarrassed to be a gay Republican,” Sayre says in the clip. “I can’t fathom that you would think, ‘Oh, it’s OK to vote Republican now ― especially for this Republican.” 

And don’t get him started on former Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos, who is known for his inflammatory, trollish comments about women, people of color, transgender individuals and Muslims. “[His words are] a tool to use against you, to show that there is hatred within your group for your own rights,” Sayre said. 

Sayre’s “International Order of Sodomites” (I.O.S.) gathers once a month for “The Meeting,” a variety show honoring an artist or a cultural work that is iconic to the gay community. The next installment of “The Meeting” is dedicated to the Velvet Underground and hits Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in New York on March 19. 

You can check out Sayre’s comedy album, “The Gay Agenda,” here. Meanwhile, the latest episode of “Sparkle & Circulate with Justin Sayre,” the official I.O.S. podcast, was released last month featuring an interview with Intimacy Idiot author Isaac Oliver

You can also view some previous performances from “The Meeting” on Sayre’s official YouTube page. For more Sayre, head to Facebook and Twitter.  

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For BRIDES, by Elizabeth Mitchell.

New year, new marriage. Well, sort of. Whether you just got hitched in 2016 or are coming up on your 10-year anniversary, it’s never too early (or too late) to start working on your relationship and building toward a healthier, happier future together. But exactly what goals should you set, and more importantly, how in the world will you actually get yourselves to stick to them? That, couples, is the question.

According to research from the Journal of Clinical Psychology, approximately 8 percent (yep you read that right) of Americans actually make good on their New Year’s resolutions, which, admittedly, doesn’t look so promising. The biggest problem, however, is the goals themselves. Instead of thinking big (i.e. we’ll do spinning together five times a week), in reality it’s best to start small (i.e. we’ll do one spinning class a week) and work your way up from there.

You’ll also want to get much more specific with your resolutions, as opposed to keeping them very vague and general. For example, don’t just vow to be more affectionate in 2017; find measurable ways you can achieve this goal, like touching each other every time you watch TV, and make that your New Year’s mission. See, easy right? And definitely not nearly as overwhelming as just trying to get in more physical touch.

From learning his “love language” to playing the appreciation game, we’ve put together 18 New Year’s marriage resolutions to get the love flowing and the bonds growing in 2017. Remember: you can tailor any and all of these to make them reachable and achievable for your own relationship.

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1. Plan a weekly (or bi-weekly) date night.

Even if it’s at home once in awhile, commit to a weekly (or bi-weekly) date night to reconnect and keep the romance alive in your relationship, suggests psychologist and relationship expert Paulette Kouffman Sherman, author of Dating from the Inside Out.

2. Practice more positive talk.

Vow to say five positive things for every negative remark toward your spouse, recommends Sherman. Not only will this help nip the negativity in the bud, but it will also build both of you up and encourage you to focus on the good in each other — as opposed to dwelling on the not so good.

3. Play the appreciation game.

Every evening at dinner, practice telling your partner one thing you appreciate about him and have him do the same for you. It can be something specific like how he helped you solve a dilemma that day or more general like the fact that he works his booty off to support you and the fam! Switch it up nightly, and let the love flow.

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4. Actively seduce each other.

And vow to make it a priority at least once a month (if not more), advises NY Times Bestselling author of 101 Nights of Great Sex, Laura Corn.

“Dream up something unique to do together in the bedroom, make a plan at least a week out and let your partner know something special is coming.” Drop hints along the way (sexting works well!) until the big, unforgettable night. “The elements of surprise and anticipation that this helps create are critical to a lasting, powerful sexual relationship.”

5. Fight fair.

According to marriage and family therapist Alicia Taverner, LMFT, owner of Rancho Counseling, the best New Year’s resolution for couples is to fight fair.

“This means refraining from things like name calling, criticism, attacking personality or character traits and bringing up past issues into a current fight. You want to fight about the topic at hand and discuss it until you feel there is resolution or an agreement to disagree.”

Here’s how she recommends structuring the gripe: “I’m upset/angry/sad about ____. In the future I’d like it if you could ____.”

6. Touch each other every time you watch TV.

One thing Crystal Rice, owner of Insieme Consulting, finds that couples in trouble have stopped being affectionate in non-sexual ways. So vow to do better!

“By simply sitting next to your partner on the couch, you increase the probability of affection, a commodity often seen far too little in long-term relationships,” she says.

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7. Stop lying about the little things.

Like looking good in a sweater that’s gotten too small! Yep, you heard us right.

When we lie about the little things, it gets easier and easier to lie about the bigger stuff, explains Rice. “And then one day you wake up and realize you’ve been lying about feelings or thoughts or concerns that should have been brought to light many months or years earlier. You don’t have to be a rat about it. You can say, ‘I like you better in the blue sweater.’”

Whatever you do, just don’t lie.

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