California becomes first US state to ban discrimination over natural hairstyles

The law prohibits employers and schools from enforcing rules against styles that would unfairly target black people California became the first state in the US to ban discrimination over natural hair on Wednesday. Governor Gavin Newsom signed the Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace (Crown) Act into law, prohibiting employers and schools from enforcing rules against hairstyles including afros, braids, twists, and locks. Workplace policies that prohibit such styles have serious economic and health consequences, especially for black individuals, the bill said. In a society in which hair has historically been one of many determining factors of a persons race, and whether they were a second-class citizen, hair today remains a proxy for race, the bill said. Therefore, hair discrimination …

Fitness startup Mirror nears $300M valuation with fresh funding

Today, Peloton is a bonafide success. The company, which sells $2,245 internet-connected exercise bikes, boasts a $4 billion valuation and a cult following. That hasn’t always been the case. For years, Peloton battled for venture capital investment and struggled to attract buyers. Now that it’s proven the market for tech-enabled home exercise equipment and affiliated subscription products, a whole bunch of startups are chasing down the same customer segment. Mirror, a New York-based company that sells $1,495 full-length mirrors that double as interactive home gyms, is closing in a round of funding expected to reach $36 million, sources and Delaware stock filings confirm, at a valuation just under $300 million. It’s unclear who has signed on to lead the round; …

Ashton Kutcher ‘freaked out’ after date found killed, Los Angeles court told

Actor testifies at trial of Hollywood Ripper, who is charged with murder of Ashley Ellerin in 2001 along with two others Ashton Kutcher told a Los Angeles jury on Wednesday that he was freaking out after learning that a young woman was found dead in Hollywood the day after he called at her home for a date. The former Two and a Half Men star was testifying as a witness at the trial of a man dubbed the Hollywood Ripper, who is charged with the murder of the young woman and two others. Kutcher said he arrived at the Hollywood bungalow of fashion design student Ashley Ellerin on 22 February 2001, after speaking to her by phone earlier that evening …