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Brandon Maxwell Celebrates 5 Years In The Biz And His Optimism for Fashion’s Future


In five short years, Brandon Maxwell has quickly become a household name. The Project Runway judge, 2019 CFDA womenswear designer of the year, and celebrity stylist turned designer has already dressed some of the most powerful women in the world including Michelle Obama, Oprah, Lady Gaga, Meghan Markle, and Kerry Washington. In celebration of his five year anniversary Brandon has released two limited edition capsule collections. The first, titled "The Anniversary Collection" is a celebration of Brandon's Texas roots. You'll find luxe quality hand-crafted denim, heavy weight knits, sweatshirts and patches of things Brandon holds dear (like his French bulldog, Stella), all inspired by his two biggest influences: the women he admires and the state of Texas.

"The denim collection is really meant to sort of represent kind of where we are now. It's a super sharp price point. It's much more accessible and that's kind of something I've just been thinking about over the past couple months," Brandon told us wRead More – Source

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Michael Lonsdale, actor who played Bond villain in ‘Moonraker,’ dies at 87


Michael Lonsdale, the British-French actor famous for playing one of James Bond’s most iconic villains, has died at 87.

Lonsdale passed away on Monday at 7 a.m. ET, his agent confirmed to CNN. The cause of his death is unknown.[contfnewc]
Lonsdale starred opposite Roger Moore in the 1979 film “Moonraker” as the villain Hugo Drax, an industrialist who was plotting to commit global genocide.[contfnewc]
“We are very sad to learn of the passing of Michael Lonsdale, who played Hugo Drax in Moonraker,” longtime 007 producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a tweet. “He was an extraordinarily talented actor and a very dear friend. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.”[contfnewc]
The family-run twitter account for Sir Roger Moore, who died in 2017, described Lonsdale as “a smooth-tongued and cultured adversary to 007.”[contfnewc]

“Michael Lonsdale, a legend who will be missed but not forgotten!” actor Jean-Claude Van Damne wrote on Twitter. “My thoughts are with his family, friends and fans at this sad time.”[contfnewc]
Lonsdale is also known for his roles in “Ronin,” “Munich” and “The Day of the Jackal.”[contfnewc]
His last acting role was in the 2016 film “Sculpt,” which starred Willem Dafoe.[contfnewc]
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We Hate to Break It to You, but Sweating a Lot Doesn’t Mean Your Workout Is the Best


You've probably seen numerous workouts promising to make you sweat like never before, implying that the sweatier you are, the harder you've worked and the closer you are to achieving your fitness goals. But here's the thing, how much you sweat doesn't determine if you've worked harder, if you're getting stronger, or anything like that. It's just sweat — kind of.

Is Sweat an Indicator of a Good Workout?

If you're wondering if there's a correlation between how much sweat you've produced during a given workout and if it means your training better, Lindsay Baker, PhD, senior principal scientist at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, told POPSUGAR, "No, the two are not necessarily correlated although it can be." While your sweat more than likely isn't an indicator of having an optimal workout, "The intensity that you're working out is definitely an important factor that determines how much you sweat, but it's not the only factor," she explained.

There are many variables that impact how much you sweat, for example, the environment. You'll more than likely sweat less doing an intense HIIT workout indoors with air conditioning versus doing the HIIT workout outdoors in the heat. "There are other factors like how fit you are, how acclimated to the heat you might be, body size, for example, so it's hard to compare," Dr. Baker said. It's especially hard to compare between different people because of all these other factors that impact the amount that you sweat, she continued.

Another thing you have to consider when it comes to sweat is that you could be sweating a lot without knowing how much sweat your body is producing. Sweat doesn't always show up as droplets on your skin, it can also show up on your clothes (hello, butt sweat stains!), or it may not show up at all because it's evaporating into the air when you're in drier environments like Arizona. "For all those reasons, it's not necessarily a perfect indicator of the quality of your workout."

If you're simply comparing yourself to yourself and all the other variables are the same, such as training in the same environmental conditions, a lighter workout such as yoga will result in less sweat than an intense cycling workout because your muscles are working harder.

What Causes People to Sweat During Exercise?

So what exactly causes you to sweat during exercise? According to Dr. Baker, when you work out, your muscles are working and the harder they work the more heat they generate, called metabolic heat production. Your body wants to stay at a safe, core temperature, but the more you move, the warmer your body becomes.

In order for your body to attempt to stay at a safe, core temperate, "what your body does is [it] starts sweating so that you can evaporate that sweat and lose heat in order to maintain body heat balance and keep your core temperature in a safe zone," Dr. Baker explained. Essentially, the more heat your body generates when you exercise, the more you need to sweat in order to lose body heat and maintain a safe heat balance, she said.

Is It Normal to Not Sweat a Lot?

There are heavy sweaters and then there are the people who rarely break a sweat no matter how intense the workout or how hot it is. According Read More – Source




Estée Lauder Is Sending a Product Into Space, Because Even Astronauts Love Their Serums


GPS or Weather Satellite orbiting Earth

As a company, Estée Lauder has done a lot within the beauty industry over the last few decades, but the brand has never launched one of its own products into space — until now. The company announced on Sept. 18 that it's sending one of its star products — the Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex — into space at the end of the month.

According to a release, the serum will be photographed and filmed by the crew aboard the International Space Station for Estée Lauder to later use for promotional purposes on its social media pages. "We are thrilled to reinforce our leadership once again as the first beauty brand to go into space," Stéphane de La Faverie, Estée Lauder's global brand president, said in a statement. "NASA is at the forefront of space exploration, and as a leader in skincare innovation, Estée Lauder is proud to support the incredible work NASA is doing to promote a space economy by being the second-ever commercial product to launch."

This news follows NASA's 2019 pledge open up its space station for business and allow brands to use it for marketing purposes.

"NASA is opening the International Space Station to business as part of the agency's efforts to enable a robust low-Earth orbit economy," Phil McAlister, NASA's director of commercial spaceflight development said. "Agreements like these directly support NASA's broad strategy to facilitate the commercialization of low-Earth orbit by U.S. entities by demonstrating new markets utilizing the unique environment of space."

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Barack Obama’s “Fun and Informative” Memoir, A Promised Land, to Release in November


WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 21:  U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the BET's 'Love and Happiness: A Musical Experience
Get ready to learn all about Barack Obama's political rise with his forthcoming memoir, A Promised Land. On Sept. 17, Crown Publishing Group — a subsidiary of Penguin Random House — shared new details about the book, revealing that it will be split into two volumes. The first installment, which consists of 768 pages to be printed in 25 languages, is set to hit shelves two weeks after the presidential election on Nov. 17. The second volume's release date has not been announced yet.

A Promised Land will detail Barack's life story, highlighting his political endeavors and accomplishments. "I've spent the last few years reflecting on my presidency, and in A Promised Land I've tried to provide an honest accounting of my presidential campaign and my time in office: the key events and people who shaped it; my take on what I got right and the mistakes I made; and the political, economic, and cultural forces that my team and I had to confront then — and that as a nation we are grappling with still," the former president said in a statement.

Barack added that the novel will delve into his relationship with Michelle during their professional ventures. "In the book, I've also tried to give readers a sense of the personal journey that Michelle and I went through during those years, with all the incredible highs and lows," he said. "And finally, at a time when America is going through such enormous upheaval, the book offers some of my broader thoughts on how we can heal the divisions in our country going forward and make our democracy work for everybody — a task that won't depend on any single president, but on all of us as engaged citizens. Along with being a fun and informative read, I hope more than anything that the book inspires young people across the country — and around the globe — to take up the baton, lift up their voices, and play their part in remaking the world for the better."

The upcoming release is part of a $65 million multi-book contract that Barack and Michelle signed with Crown Publishing Group shortly after leaving the White House in 2017. Michelle's



From Zendaya to the Cast of Schitts Creek, This is the Full List of 2020 Emmy Award Winners


Hosted virtually by Jimmy Kimmel, the 2020 Emmy Awards was home to historic wins, joyous reunions, and some pretty inspiring speeches, the night was, hands down, one to remember.

A few of our highlights from the show included the fact that the cast of Schitt's Creek taking home nine wins, seeing our favorite Friends reunite, and of course, watching as Zendaya was named the winner of Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series. A truly historic win as, with it, she became the youngest and second ever black actress to win the category. Keep reading for the full list of winners.

Outstanding Drama Series

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Zendaya, Euphoria

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jeremy Strong, Succession

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Julia Garner, Ozark

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Billy Crudup, The Morning Show

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Cherry Jones, Succession

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
, "This Is Not For Tears" by Jesse Armstrong

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
, "Hunting" by Andrij Parekh

Outstanding Comedy Series
Schitt's Creek

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Catherine O'Hara, Schitt's Creek

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Eugene Levy, Schitt's Creek

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Annie Murphy, Schitt's Creek

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Dan Levy, Schitt's Creek

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Eddie Murphy, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Schitt's Creek
, "Happy Ending" by Dan Levy

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Schitt's Creek
, "Happy Ending" by Andrew Cividino and Daniel Levy

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
RuPaul's Drag Race

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program

RuPaul, RuPaul's Drag Race

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Variety Special
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: "All in the Family" and "Good Times"

Outstanding Variety Special (Prerecorded)
Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones

Outstanding Short-Form Comedy or Drama Series
Better Call Saul Employee Training: Legal Ethics With Kim Wexler

Outstanding Actor in a Short-Form Comedy or Drama Series
Laurence Fishburne, #FreeRayshawn

Outstanding Actress in a Short-Form Comedy or Drama Series
Jasmine Cephas Jones, #FreeRayshawn

Outstanding Short-Form Nonfiction or Reality Series
National Geographic Presents: Creating Cosmos: Possible Worlds

Outstanding Animated Program
Rick and Morty

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Heres What a Muscle Knot Really Is, According to a Physical Therapist


On and off for what seems like forever, a muscle knot has tormented the same exact spot on my upper back — right above my shoulder blade, just to the left of my neck. The dull pain makes me fidgety, but also tense and rigid. I grab and pull and massage at the sensitive spot until I either feel some sort of release or forget about it altogether.

The other day, though, coincidentally while dealing with the nagging pain of a muscle knot, I realized that I didn't even know what muscle knots really were, or how they're formed. So, I tapped Curtis Wu PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS, clinical specialist in rehab at HSS Paramus, for an explanation.

"Muscle 'knots,' trigger points, and myofascial pain syndrome are terms that are used to describe the experience of sensitive spots in soft tissue that are commonly associated with injury, or in people with persistent neck/back pain," Wu says.

The Mayo Clinic also notes that repetitive motions, overuse, and poor postures can also up your risk of developing these trigger points.

They can be experienced anywhere in the body, but are most commonly noted in the upper back/neck, shoulder, low back, and around the hip. While Wu says muscle knots are associated with very real symptoms, there hasn't been a consistent explanation on how they're formed — in fact, he says there are many different theories behind the tender spots that cause such discomfort.

Some explanations, Wu explains, point to micro-spasms or cramps within the muscle that occur for a variety of reasons, like direct injury and overworking or underworking the muscle. Wu says that these "micro-cramps theoretically cause an accumulation of 'waste' products that may cause pain." However, Wu also notes that a challenge in finding the underlying cause of muscle knots is because pain is of a multifactorial nature.

"Pain can be influenced by any combination of physical, health, lifestyle, affective, cognitive, and environmental factors. As a result, it may be more important to understand trigger points as a symptom and not the cause of a person's pain experience. The need to identify some of the contributing factors to a person's pain and to address those factors is the most important for long-term benefit."

The effectiveness of muscle knot relief varies from person to person, Wu says, but there are many ways to help reduce the pain of a trigger point.

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A Psychologist and a Special-Needs Teacher’s Tips to Help Kids With Disabilities Learn at Home


For parents of kids with disabilities, virtual learning presents a new set of challenges. Because many students receive additional attention and hands-on support from their special-education teachers, emulating that environment at home is nearly impossible. To help parents and caregivers who may be feeling frustrated with virtual or hybrid learning, we asked experts for their best tips for helping students with disabilities learn at home.

1. Create a Visual Schedule

Understandably, kids with disabilities may take a longer time to adjust to learning at home. If your child has difficulty focusing or is easily overwhelmed by a weekly schedule, try laying out each day's classes in an easy-to-understand format.

"For children who are following the hybrid learning model, remembering what the schedule looks like from week to week can be anxiety-provoking," explained Dr. Liz Nissim Matheis, a psychologist and founder of Psychological & Educational Consulting and a parent to a child with ADHD and anxiety. "If your child's schedule looks anything like my son's, it rotates every day with his morning and afternoon classes being swapped."

To help students adjust to these changes, Dr. Matheis suggests setting up your child's daily schedule in plain view so it can be referenced whenever needed. "Set up a whiteboard or a poster board with your child so that he knows what his schedule will look like from day to day," she said.

2. Declutter Your Kid's Space

For children who have attention disorders, keeping the distractions to a minimum is key. Because students have easier access to things like video games and cell phones, it's important to eliminate temptations as much as possible.

"If your child is working in his room, this may be a good time to look around and declutter the space," Dr. Matheis said. "Put away all the items that could serve as distractors, or at least keep them out of sight. For example, if your son's Nintendo Switch is within sight, he may want to reach for it when he's feeling overwhelmed or bored with an assignment. Place items within drawers or bins under the bed or in the closet to create a visually under-stimulating environment. If possible, place your child's desk against a wall and avoid windows, as they also serve as distractors."

3. Give Direct Instructions

Setting expectations for your kids is imperative. However, parents should do so in a way that's easy for children to understand. To help students with disabilities stay on top of their tasks, parents should consider giving direct, clear instructions for each task.

"Children who have processing difficulty may have a lower capacity for taking in information, which can instigate anxiety and manifest itself as a meltdown or anger," Dr. Matheis said. "As a result, you would give one direction at a time — which allows the child to process and follow through — before giving the next bit of information or direction. This keeps anxiety low and builds self-esteem."

4. Be Flexible With How and When Your Kid Learns

Sitting still for long periods of time and focusing on a screen are often challenges for kids with disabilities. Joanne Connolly, a special-education teacher in Pennsylvania, suggests encouraging students to utilize weighted lap pillows or blankets, seat cushions, or flexible seating options to keep them engaged. "Let your child hold a stuffed animal during live lessons," she said. "Some of our youngest learners do best sitting on their parents' lap."

Jaden Smith launching racial and social justice series on Snapchat


Jaden Smith is following in the footsteps of his famous mother with his own social media show.

Smith, the son of Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, will host “The Solution Committee” on Snapchat.[contfnewc]
The Snap Original series is being billed as the 22-year-old seeking “out the help of young activists and celebrity friends to explore and understand what we can do to create change around the most important racial and social justice issues of our time.” The series will explore criminal justice reform, voting access and education reform, among other topics.[contfnewc]

“Historically people between the ages of 18 to 23 have been less likely to vote. This is because a lot of young people feel like they don’t have the information or know where to get it. This show is about educating the youth and making sure they feel empowered and ready to vote,” Smith said in a statement.[contfnewc]
He will be joined by some of his famous friends and family, including Hailey Bieber, Common, Janelle Monáe, Phoebe Robinson, Yara Shahidi, Lena Waithe and sister Willow Smith.[contfnewc]

Pinkett Smith hosts her own popular series, “Red Table Talk,” on Facebook.[contfnewc]
The show premieres September 21 ahead of National Voter Registration Day on September 22.[contfnewc]
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‘Blackbird’ showcases Susan Sarandon as a family copes with a fatal illness


“Blackbird” assembles a terrific cast in the service of fairly mundane movie — a small-boned production about a woman facing a terminal diagnosis, summoning her family to say goodbye. The premise and performers yield some emotional moments, inadvertently heightened by recent events. Yet as a whole, the film never quite takes wing.

[contfnewc] Susan Sarandon is Lily, whose shuffling, strenuous effort just to get up and down the stairs reveal the way that ALS is ravaging her body. Before the condition worsens, she plans to quietly take her own life with the help of her husband (Sam Neill), but not before spending the weekend in their idyllic beach house with her family.[contfnewc] [contfnewc] The situation is, at first, pleasantly awkward, and an ideal independent-film concept — putting a group of people together in a single location for a very finite period of time. That creates not only an inexpensive showcase for the actors, but little to distract from their contributions.[contfnewc] As “Blackbird” unfolds, though, there’s a too-familiar quality to the feelings that come spilling out, including old resentments and conflicts brought to the fore regarding Lily’s grown daughters — one (Kate Winslet) a tightly wound mom, the other (Mia Wasikowska) still finding herself — each there with a partner, as well as a few secrets.[contfnewc] [contfnewc] Directed by Roger Michell (“My Cousin Rachel”), this remake of the 2014 Danish film “Silent Heart” occasionally puts a lump in your throat, such as when Lily asks her longtime friend (Lindsay Duncan) to “look after my girls.” The conversation also drifts into the biggest of themes about the question of choosing to end one’s life and what might await her — indeed, everyone — after.[contfnewc] [contfnewc] The cast is quite good, although the movie could wind up as a 2020 afterthought for Winslet, who’s again earning award buzz for her featured role in the upcoming “Ammonite.” The moral question, meanwhile, is complicated a bit by the fact Sarandon — however polarizing she might be off screen — projects a vitality that belies her 70-plus years and Lily’s condition.[contfnewc] [contfnewc] Setting that aside, the idea all this unfolds within a weekend feels a trifle contrived, which might explain why the movie labors down the back stretch.[contfnewc] [contfnewc] Of course, that might not blunt the emotional effects for those who have experienced losing a parent or dealt with the matter of how to bid farewell — a scenario logistically exacerbated for many amid this age of Covid-19.[contfnewc] [contfnewc] “Blackbird” inadvertently benefits from the way those connections — bonds with family, the pain of loss and learning to let go — have been tested in these trying times, and the notion of identifying what’s truly important. “Love is all there is,” Lily tells her family, as she tries to help them let go.[contfnewc] [contfnewc] In life, there’s surely something in that philosophy. In the movies, there ought to be a little more to it than “Blackbird” finally delivers.[contfnewc] [contfnewc] [contfnewc] Read from source: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/15/entertainment/blackbird-review/index.html[contfnewc]

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