Atoms nabs $8.1M for shoes you can buy in quarter sizes for each foot

The direct-to-consumer trend in fashion has been one of the most interesting evolutions in e-commerce in the last several years, and today one of the trailblazers in the world of footwear is picking up some money from a list of illustrious backers to bring its concept to the masses. Atoms, makers of sleek sneakers that are minimalist in style — “We will make only one shoe design a year, but we want to make that really well,” said co-founder Sidra Qasim — but not in substance — carefully crafted with comfort and durability in mind, sizes come in quarter increments and you can buy different measurements for each foot if your feet are among the millions that are not exactly the …

Rich territory: how class warfare is taking over the multiplex

Grisly comedy horror Ready or Not joins a vicious pack of films this year that have been pitting the upper class against the poor The thing about rich people is that they need the working poor much more than the working poor need them. The new horror film Joaquin Phoenixs Joker in the upcoming solo vehicle for the longtime Batman villain, another picture about a man with nothing ground down by the whims of one-percenters. It would appear that that atmosphere has also seeped into our multiplexes, too, as shoulder-chipped film-makers work out class resentments in the culturally sanctioned roleplay of the cinema. Betty Gilpin in The Hunt. Photograph: YouTube Even the faintest hint of friction between the blue and …

4 Brands We’re Applauding For Not Retouching Their Ads | Betches

I absolutely stan brands that are proud to show their clothes, makeup, accessories, etc. on models who look like real people. Beyond just showing size diversity, I love a brand that chooses to not erase stuff like scars, freckles, cellulite and a bunch of other sh*t photo editors consider unsightly in a picture. Clap once if you’re more down to buy something if it’s shown on a model who looks like you…but, like, really pretty because they’re still models. Since major beauty and fashion brands don’t do this often enough, I want to commend a few who don’t retouch their models to the point where they are unrecognizable. Fenty View this post on Instagram This list is in no particular …

Is ‘Diversity’ Enough? The Problem With Tokenism In Influencer Marketing | Betches

Shanna is a Richmond, VA based blogger, TV style expert and freelance PR coordinator for Sarah Olivia Marketing. Follow her on Instagram @meeandminnie where she sometimes post outfits but mostly post IG stories of her cat.  @evereveoffical@shopthemint,@vicidollsA 2018 article written by Cherry Wilson explores tokenism in fashion over the past year, with the explosion of black women gracing the covers of coveted September issues. It poses the question, “Black women on mags: A step forward or tokenism?”  The question is never really answered, since the practice of tokenism is something that can be very much in the eye of the beholder. DC-based style blogger says she doesn’t think all brands do it, but admits, “I do believe many brands, in …

Rep. Steve King Laughingly Says Muslims Should Be Forced To Eat Pork

Steve King (R-Iowa), whose bid for a 10th term has been left During a ethnic Uighur minority and other Islamic groups, according to the United Nations. King said. “That’s actually the only part of that that I agree with is, everybody ought to eat pork. If you have a shortage of bacon, you can’t be happy.” King scorned Islam’s dietary restrictions in a “I don’t want people doing my pork that won’t eat it, let alone hope I go to hell for eating pork chops,” he said. defending white supremacy, Hurricane Katrina victims ― has left his latest re-election campaign in a heavily Republican district nearly broke. The House GOP caucus stripped him of his committee assignments in the current congressional session, and …

The Long Road To Missy Elliotts MTV Video Vanguard Award

In 1997, she set the bar high with her debut solo video “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly),” where she rocked her iconic blow-up black patent leather suit and helmet goggles, looked into the camera and proclaimed, “Me I’m supa fly, supa dupa fly.” For “Sock It 2 Me,” she and Lil’ Kim float around space in red and white robotic superhero suits, while escaping alien villains. In “Work It,” Elliott was the queen bee, DJing unbothered inside a hive, with bees crawling on her face. “I am Humbly Grateful to be receiving the MichaelJacksonVideoVanguard Award😭🙏🏾❤️ I Thank my FANS “Supafriends” who fought diligently  to see this day come🙏🏾@KidFury @crissles who rooted for years 4 me🙏🏾 I am crying happy tears😭Thank …

TWO New Housewives!!! Including The First African American On ‘RHOBH’! – Perez Hilton

Two new faces are joining The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills! On Thursday, Bravo‘s The Daily Dish blog officially confirmed Garcelle Beauvais and Sutton Stracke will appear on the show’s tenth season. In a statement, Beauvais — an actress with a long list of credits, including The Jamie Foxx Show — declared she is “the first African American Housewife in the Beverly Hills franchise.” The Hollywood Today Live cohost exclaimed: “I am excited and proud to be joining the cast of such a wildly popular and beloved show like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. As a working actor who has been in the industry for some time, it’s exhilarating to have the opportunity to delve into a new chapter in the entertainment …

Why Are People In Hong Kong Protesting Anyway?

Protesters in clogging the streets of the bustling Asian city. Violence has erupted, with demonstrators toppling a “smart” lamp post that some feared was used for surveillance. Police have responded with brutality at times, using rubber bullets, water cannons and tear gas; one officer came under scrutiny over the weekend for But why exactly are Hong Kongers protesting, and why aren’t the demonstrations ending? The answer is not clear-cut.  one country, two systems” since its return by the British to Beijing in 1997. Opponents of the extradition bill warned that it would allow China to more easily punish political dissidents, and threaten Hong Kong’s autonomy and rule of law. subsequent refusal to nix it entirely — the reasons became more …

When Swimming As a Muslim Woman Becomes A Political Act

Photos by Kholood Eid LONG BRANCH, N.J. –– Manar Hussein stood in the sand and faced the blue Atlantic Ocean, as the water hit her toes over and over in waves. The 27-year-old Muslim woman had not been to the beach in years, despite living in a state with over 40 beaches. Ever since she started wearing a hijab as a teenager, she never went swimming. Until now. Dressed in the new burkini she bought earlier this year — black leggings, a bright pink long-sleeved swim tunic, topped with a built-in black hijab — Hussein pushed away her fears and looked ahead, ready for the muscle memory to kick in. She tried not to pay attention to fellow swimmers nearby. …

Sorry, Pats fans, Gronkowski isn’t making a comeback. He’s hawking CBD oil

(CNN)Sorry, New England Patriots fans. That long-awaited announcement from your beloved former tight end had nothing to do with a comeback. In an Abacus statement, Gronkowski, 30, said he suffered numerous injuries and underwent nine surgeries during his nine seasons catching bullets from Tom Brady. “I was in near constant pain and needed to make a change,” he said. “These products have helped me safely manage pain better than anything else I’ve tried.” Proponents of CBD products say they can help athletes with pain, inflammation and even traumatic brain injuries, but because of CBD’s close relationship with its cousin, THC — the psychoactive drug in cannabis — CBD has seen itself banned in many pro sports venues. Unlike THC, however, …

Europes Ridiculous Aid Package Is the Latest in a Long Series of Lies About the Brazilian Fires

The G7carbon offsets you bought after your summer vacation. Which is to say: not effective at all. De minimis. Nada. But in the cataclysm that is the Amazon fires of 2020, it seems like symbolism is everythingunless, of course, youre an indigenous person whose very real home has been destroyed by very real fires set by greedy, racist ranchers. Its really a stunning juxtaposition: on the one hand, a massive crisis that threatens the stability of the Earths atmosphere, and the other hand, a whole lot of BS from all sides. Admittedly, most of the BS is coming from the side of Brazils Trumpist demagogue, Jair Bolsonaro. To take but three examples: First, Bolsonaros American Embassy 40,341 fires recorded this …

Friends say Starbucks worker died because he was afraid of taking off work for treatment

since Popeyeschicken sandwich is casting a new light on the conversation around fast-food chains and the employees who keep them running. The people who serve you coffee and sandwiches, the people who barely get by because a living wage isnt in the best interest of shareholders, the people who so many believe dont deserve to be paid fairly: they are people, Robicelli wrote. James was worried about money, she wrote. He thought if he took a day off for dialysis, hed continue to have less hours on every weekly schedule. James was worried about money. He was worried that if he took time off hed be replaced, because thats a legitimate fear all hourly workers live with. He thought if …

Republicans Look to Punish Chinese Leaders Over Hong Kong Crackdown

President Donald Trump began to amass outside Hong Kong. Since Day One of this administration, China has been a national security concern. The protests in Hong Kong are just another example of why we should be focusing our attention on finding ways to push back against Beijing, said one senior administration official. Weve been taking other routes to confront China, especially economically. This would be another step in the game plan. The draft legislation is in a lot of ways going to look like some of the sanctions we implemented with Russia. Republicans in the Senate and the House of Representatives are in the midst of drafting legislation, after consulting with senior officials in the ranks of the departments of …

Edna OBrien: I want to go out as someone who spoke the truth

The Irish novelist on her searing new novel, scandal, regrets, religion and… football In May 2017, I watched Richard Ford attests, a work of profound empathy and grace, its narrative leavened by deftly wrought moments of maternal intimacy that possess a quiet but almost luminous intensity. OBrien is 88. Girl is her 19th novel and she has intimated that it may be her last. It may yet prove to be her most powerful. The idea for the novel came from a newspaper report about a girl who was found wandering in Sambisa Forest in Nigeria. Every day the newspapers are full of novels waiting to be written, but this small item resonated in my inner mind, she recalls. The girl …

David Koch obituary

US businessman, free marketeer and rightwing activist David Koch, who has died aged 79, was ranked as the eleventh richest person in the world. Charles wanted to minimise the role of government and maximise the role of the private economy … and personal freedoms, but the brothers philosophy was self-serving, protecting their worth and working against regulation of their business interests. David was the more public of the two, his philanthropy extending beyond the brothers massive spending on rightwing thinktanks, academic programmes, activist organisations and campaign funding; he was a major donor to the arts and medicine, especially in New York, where he maintained homes in Manhattan and the Hamptons. He moved between them, Aspen (Colorado), Palm Beach (Florida) and …

The best haunted house movies to watch online in 2019

Haunted house movies may well be the most popular type of horror. Though many rely on a specific formulathe protagonists, often a couple with kids, move into a haunted housethey can explore a range of themes. For example, some are about grief and generational trauma. In contrast, others almost feel like a comment on the housing market. But they all rely on the same basic idea: Once youre being haunted, theres no escape. From the absurd comedy ofBeetlejuice to the gothic romance ofCrimson Peaknot to mention straight-up horror likeThe Orphanageheres a guide to the best haunted house movies you can watch online in 2019. The best haunted house movies to watch online in 2019 1) The Orphanage (2007) Watch: Amazon, …