HTAG 1 TTFor Sen. Tim Scott( R-SC) this was one nomination that went too Farr. HETAG 1 TT RTAG 2 TTNo, that’s not a typo. Scott, a conservative Republican from the very conservative nation of South Carolina helped put a stop to the nomination of Thomas Farr
Some people say that if a black cat traverses the road, it’s bad luck, while when a white cat crosses – it’s good luck. Some people say the opposite. Either way, black and white cats are considered totally opposite , is not merely because of their color but the superstitions about them too.
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Leslie Odom Jr said last week that despite Hamiltons success, hes still not being offered the roles a white performer would be. Will things ever change? We speak to actors and casting agents about race on Broadway
This year, Broadway boasted perhaps the most ethnically diverse season of the past decades. There were several musicals and one play play both created and being carried out by artists of colouring and other runs that featured nonwhite actors in prominent roles. This season also included Broadways first performer in a wheelchair in a dance-heavy musical , no less. When the Tony nominations were announced, 14 of the 40 nominations in the acting categories went to actors of color, a welcome corrective to the #OscarsSoWhite trend.
But how diverse is Broadway actually? And how welcoming is it to artists of colouring? Last week, the Hollywood Reporter met seven nominated performers Leslie Odom Jr, Jeff Daniels, Gabriel Byrne, Zachary Levi, Reed Birney, Danny Burstein and Alex Brightman for a roundtable that often focused on the diversity of the season. That a panel expressed their concern about diversity featured only one performer of colour seemed telling enough. But more distressing were Odoms comments on his career prospects after Hamilton.
Odom has earned career-making reviews as Aaron Burr, the scoundrel of Hamilton. But he was moved to comment: If a white performer was having a similar situation as Im having right now in this prove, the kind of success of this depict, there might be three or four offers a week for the next shows youre going to do. There are no shows for me to do. Theres merely no roles.
While Amy Schumers ribald slapstick ultimately turned conservative, this flawed yet forward-thinking alternative refuses to force household values on women
Last summer, the promise of an Amy Schumer-penned film about sex and dating gave romantic comedy fans a reason to get excited. The genre, which has ensure its sparkle considerably dulled in recent years, was about to receive an injection of reality from a comedian whose TV sketch demonstrate had revelled in tearing down tired female stereotypes.
For a while, Trainwreck seemed to follow suit from Schumers television work, by sticking a drunken thumb up to convention and indicating a female character whose selection of boozy one-night stands over anything resembling conventional romance stood out as a refreshing change. For too long, women have been the rule-following stiffs in romcoms, desperate for love and affirmation, while men have had most of the fun. But as Schumers script progressed, the influence of director Judd Apatow soon started to dominate.
Apatow is one of the most deceptively conservative directors in Hollywood, and even in the female-fronted reach Bridesmaids, which he made, the movies theme of unsentimental female friendship considered a forgettable romantic subplot shoehorned in.
Schumers fierce freedom and proud resistance of societal pressure to base her happiness on the man shes with soon dissipated and she found herself changing and conforming for Bill Haders strangely flawless, and rather boring, love interest. Her sexual freedom became something to be ashamed of and her hatred of sports was soon abandoned for a regressive finale that insured her scantily clad, literally cheerleading for a man to want her.
While ensemble comedy How to Be Single sounds on paper like hopelessly generic dross( New York! Ladies! Cocktails !), it manages to make a few rather fascinating decisions, at least within the framework of a very traditional genre. Based on a chick-lit volume but entirely remodelled to fit the format of what feels like an extended pilot of a Sexuality and the City reboot, it focuses on four women and their differing opinions of singledom.
Now, only to be clear, were not talking about a transcendent game-changer here that deals with gritty realism. There are still frustrating cliches at play( work is an infrequent pastime yet expensive apartments are easily procured) and a few too many moments of cloying sentimentality, but the cinema gets a surprising number of things right. The lead character Alice, played with impressive depth by Dakota Johnson, is sick of aligning herself with a man( Why do we always tell our narratives through relationships? her voiceover asks ). Shes forever at risk of falling into dicksand, a phrase created by her new friend Robin, a riotous Rebel Wilson.
It refers to a risky country of being that results in a gradual loss of self, as a woman starts to forget who she is and instead becomes a girlfriend or a wife part of a co-dependent unit without her own independence or fully formed define of identifiers to fall back on.( It must be noted that humen are also susceptible to this .) At the start of the movie, she transgresses up with a college sweetheart in an attempt to try being single in the big city and receives an education on how to enjoy casual sex( without being penalise !) and to rely on herself to deal with situations without a men help. Having find herself in a serious relationship at a young age, Alice has foregone the chance to find out what she wants, both emotionally and sexually, and through a series of educational flings, she starts to develop.
Solitude is also key, and the cinema examines the process that one must go through when attempting to deprogramme a define of behaviours which has been in existence out of a life shared with someone else.
OK, so this is intercut with scenes of her doing shots with Rebel Wilson and a step-by-step process on dealing with a hangover at work, but theres something somewhat progressive about all of this: a woman enjoying sex and choosing to be alone without being branded a slut or an emotionally stunted freak.
Along the way to her ultimate realisation, she has a brief relationship with an African American father, played by Damon Wayans Jr, and his race is never mentioned once, a deviation from Schumers misjudged jokes in Trainwreck. This might sound like a minor note, but interracial romance on the big screen is still astonishingly taboo, especially within romantic slapsticks. If it does happen, its an issue or, more likely, the issue.
Theres also a refreshing is a lack of weight jokes directed at Robin, despite the fact that Rebel Wilsons on-screen presence has been somewhat reliant on this thus far, including her very character name, Fat Amy, in the Pitch Perfect cinemas. Whats interesting about her character is how proudly single she remains. Hollywood has taught us to see women who arent in relationships as injury Miss Haversham kinds to be pitied and eventually feed by their cats. Its this staid stereotype that has one waiting for Robins tearful revelation as to why she is alone, perhaps involving a humen disloyalty, but it never comes. In fact, her secret is that shes actually unbelievably rich and is even happier than she appears.
The cinemas climactic, running through the city to tell person how “youre feeling” moment is between two female characters, based around the importance of friendship, still sidelined so often for romance on screen. Christ, even Julia Roberts ended up with Javier Bardem at the end of her transatlantic soul-search in Eat Pray Love.
At one point in the film, Leslie Manns character remarks: All those Sex and the City girls did was look for boyfriends. In How to Be Single, the four women are scarcely spending their days doing tapestries and espousing celibacy, but by the time the finale arrives, and some of the main characters remain single through choice and not sad circumstance, an important realisation has been built. Being alone, even if temporarily, isnt a cry for help, its a decision, and one that can help a woman, or a human, figure out what they genuinely want and need. Johnsons Alice realises that dependence on someone else just to avoid spooning a pillow isnt worth risking her own happiness. How to Be Single isnt taking a dramatic left turn, but its attaining steady presented in the right direction.
Here are 12 species at risk of extinction, including some that you probably didn’t even know existed 😛 TAGEND
Simone Scully contributed to a previous version of this post.
The Bornean orangutan
Found merely on the island of Borneo, Bornean orangutans ( Pongo pygmaeus ) have a broader face and shorter beard than their cousins, Sumatran orangutan. This July, the IUCN changed their status to critically endangered because the population has decreased over 60% since 1950, and, according to Scientific American, new projections estimate that their numbers will fall by another 22% by the year 2025.
The main threats for these animals are habitat loss( woodlands are turned into rubber, oil palm or paper plantations) and illegal hunting. Aggravating the problem, females only reproduce every six to eight years — the longest birth interval of any land mammal — which induces preservation endeavours slow.
Ili pika ( Ochontana iliensis ) is a small mammal( only 7-8 inches long) that’s native to the Tianshan mountain range of the remote Xinjiang region of China. Living on sloping bare stone faces and feeding on grasses at high altitudes, this little animal is very rare — there are less than 1,000 left.
Found only in South America, Giant otters, or Pteronura brasiliensis , are the largest otters in the world, with some as long as 6 feet.
Historically, giant otters were hunted for their pelts, causing a huge decline in their numbers. While they are no longer hunted today, they remain endangered because many of their aquatic habitats( rivers and lakes) have been degraded and destroyed, causing the fish populations they rely on for food to dwindle.
They are often viewed as nuisances by humans, especially by anglers. They are also represents a threat to gold-mining in individual regions, which leads to mercury poisoning.
The solitary Amur leopard ( Panthera pardus orientalis ) is one of the world’s most endangered wild cats. It has a thick amber or rusty orange coat with long dense hair, and can weigh up to 120 pounds. It can leap more than 19 feet, and it can run at velocities up to 37 miles per hour.
It’s now found only in the Amur River basin of eastern Russia, having already gone extinct from China and the Korean Peninsula. According to WWF, there are around 60 amur leopards left in the wild.
The main threats threatening these carnivores are illness and lack of habitat, brought on largely because prairie dogs were poisoned for a large number of years, eliminating food source in many of their habitats.
The black-footed ferret was twice thought to be extinct, but recovery efforts — notably captive breeding and reintroduction to the wild — have helped bring the animals back from the brink of extinction. Today, there are about 300 -4 00 black-footed ferrets in the wild, according to the IUCN, all of which are descendants of the 18 ferrets that were part of captive-breeding the initiatives in the late 1980 s.
Named after the famous scientist Charles Darwin, who discovered the species in 1834, Darwin’s fox (Lycalopex fulvipes) is found in Chile in two places: the Nahuelbuta National Park and the island of Chiloe. Dark in color with short legs, this carnivorous creature is active mostly at twilight and dawn.
These carnivores beasts are considered an “umbrella species, ” which means that protecting them and their temperate forest homes helps preserve the entire ecosystem. According to the IUCN, they are threatened by habitat loss, hunting, and non-native species, particularly domestic dogs.
As the only Asian rhino with two horns, the Sumatran rhinoceros ( Dicerorhinus sumatrensis ) is the smallest of the rhino household, living in isolated pockets of dense mountain forests in Malaysia, Indonesia and possibly Myanmar( Burma ). They are recognizable because they are covered in long hair, which helps keep dirt caked to their body to cool them and protect them from insects.
One of three critically endangered species of vulture, the white-rumped vulture ( Gyps bengalensis ) has suffered what the IUCN classifies as a “catastrophic decline” in the different regions of the Indian subcontinent, to the point that it is highly threatened with extinction. Over 99% of its population has been wiped out since the 1980 s, constructing it the fastest decline of any bird species in recorded history, according to Mother Nature Network.
Found in forests and grasslands, pangolins are solitary , nocturnal beings with scales covering their bodies and long sticky tongues to slurp up ants and termites. They are about the size of a house cat, and seem a little bit like artichokes on legs. When frightened, they defend themselves by rolling up into a ball.
Both male and female saolas have two parallel cornets on their heads, they have white differentiates on their face, and they look like antelopes( though they are actually cousins of livestock ). They live in the woods of Vietnam and Laos. According to the IUCN, saolas is endangering hunting and the continued fragmentation of their habitat as a result of human activities, such as road-building.
First discovered in 1958, the vaquita( Phocoena sinus ), also known as the Gulf of California harbor porpoise, is the smallest cetacean — an order of animals that include whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Merely about five feet long, this porpoise has a gray body, a pale gray or white belly, a dark patch around its eyes, and dark patches forming a line from its mouth to its pectoral fins.
Found in eastern South America north of the Amazon River, the Peruvian Black Spider Monkey ( Ateles chamek ) spends much of its time in the canopy of the rainforest. Eating principally fruit, these monkeys are an essential part of the tropical rainforest ecosystem, playing a role in seed dispersal.