I trust everyone has been having a productive and exciting summer!
Thankfully it has not been a typical New York City summer of mugginess and near breathlessness from the humidity and heat. Whew! I am always so grateful for the rain these days even though on those days I don’t get to enjoy my summer sandals and my fresh pedi – but it is a worthy sacrifice.
Let me start again by saying thank you for checking in and sticking with me even though I am not always on here! I love hearing from all of you.
So without anymore fan fare, let’s get into it!
I hope you all had an amazing holiday weekend and have been able to take in or enjoy some of the awesome summer activities that having been going on in your respective cities!
Therefore, let me start by saying, (albeit, late):
With that said, let’s go!
On Instagram this week;
Sweet treats after a long week.
The last few episodes of Starz’s Power have been incredibly dramatic and are building to one hell of a climax – which possibly might be a cliff hanger season finale. If so, then hang onto your seats because you just don’t know what to expect with this one.
All you history buffs – have you guys checked out Tut? Yet another one I’m going to be adding to my list.
Have you guys checked out The Spoils Before Dying on IFC. I’ve been meaning to catch up and see if it’s any good. What do you think?
This one will take all millenials back to their childhood days because it has been reported that a reboot of ” Xena: Warrior Princess” is in the works with NBC. Oh-EMm-Geee!!! *Sorry! Flashbacks!
And the Emmy nominations are in! Last week the nominations for the 2015 Prime Time Emmys dropped and boy oh boy is it interesting. While many of the shows and actor nominations are returning hits from years prior, this year brings a number of new programs and actors into the fold. This year we see a number of new entrants, including AMC’s Better Call Saul, a spinoff from AMC’s hit, Breaking Bad, portraying actor Bob Odenkirk, new streaming TV originals, like Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and actors getting their first – and much deserved nods, including Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany, Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder, and Taraji P. Henson, Empire. And, of course, Game of Thrones (HBO) is taking the cake once again with a whopping 24 nominations.
Perhaps most interesting from the list of nominees is the more than 40 nominations for streaming television original series, including those from Netflix and Amazon, with almost one show or actor representing every category. The top-nominated shows included House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix), and Transparent(Amazon Instant Video.)
Here are some of the top nominations;
Outstanding Drama Series – Game of Thrones (HBO), Homeland (Showtime), Downton Abbey (PBS), Mad Men (AMC), House of Cards (Netflix) and Orange is the New Black (Netflix), Better Call Saul (AMC).
Outstanding Comedy Series – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt ( Netflix), Transparent (Amazon), Modern Family (ABC), Louie (FX), Parks and Recreation (NBC), Silicon Valley (HBO), and Veep (HBO).
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), Jimmy McGill and Kyle Chandler (Bloodline), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Jeff Daniels, (The Newsroom -HBO), Kevin Spacey(House of Cards – Netflix), Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan – Showtime).
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series -Taraji P. Henson( Empire – Fox.), Claire Danes (Homeland – Showtime), Robin Wright (House of Cards), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Viola Davis for her role as Annalise Keating (How to Get Away With Murder – ABC), and Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black – BBC America).
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Matt LeBlanc (Episodes – Showtime), Don Cheadle (House of Lies – Showtime), Louis C.K. (Louie – FX), William H. Macy (Shameless – Showtime), Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent – Amazon Instant Video), Anthony Anderson (black-ish – ABC), and Will Forte from (The Last Man on Earth – Fox).
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer – Comedy Central), Lisa Kudrow (The Comeback – HBO), Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie – Netflix), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie – Showtime), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation – NBC), and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in (Veep – HBO).
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul), Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline), Peter Dinklage(Game of Thrones), include Jim Carter (Downton Abbey – PBS), Alan Cummings (The Good Wife – CBS), and Michael Kelly (House of Cards.)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Joanne Froggat(Downton Abbey), Lena Headey ( Game of Thrones), Emilia Clarke ( Game of Thrones), Christine Baranski (The Good Wife – CBS), Christina Hendricks ( Mad Men😉 and Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black).
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – ( Ty Burrell, Modern Family;Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix); Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox), Adam Driver, Girls (HBO), Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele (Comedy Central), and Tony Hale, Veep.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Allison Janney (Mom – CBS), Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory – CBS), Niecy Nash (Getting On – HBO), Julie Bowen (Modern Family – ABC), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), Gaby Hoffmann (Transparent), and Anna Chlumsky (Veep).
Other Awards: The Last Man on Earth, tech-friendly Silicon Valley (HBO), American Horror Story: Freak Show and Transparent were nominated for outstanding directing.
Several actors received nominations for supporting roles in American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX), including Denis O’Hare as Stanley, Finn Wittrock as Dandy Mott, Sarah Paulson as Dot & Bette Tattler, Angela Bassett as Desiree Dupree, and Kathy Bates as Ethel Darling.
The Awards will air on September 20.
Alaska Governor to expand Medicaid. After failing to convince his his legislature on the necessity for expanding Medicaid, Governor Bill Walker of Alaska has decided to unilaterally accept federal funds to cover the approximately 42,000 low income residents who would benefit from the program. The Governor sees this as a “common sense” decision as it benefits not just the economy of the state but the general wellness of the population if more people have and can receive affordable benefits and coverage. I concur.
Planned Parenthood President apologizes for comments made in video. After secret video recording surfaced of Planned Parenthood official, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Senior Director of Medical Services, discussing how the organization provides tissue from aborted fetuses to researchers, Conservative motions for tighter restrictions including elimination of federal funds, kicked into high gear again. Even speaker of the House got in on the action saying, quote, “I think i would vomit trying to talk about the video”. Theses comments and anti-family planning rhetoric prompted leader Cecile Richards, President of The Planned Parenthood Federation of America, to issue her own video response, as well a an apology for her colleague’s “lack of compassion”. The official remains employed by the organization but has since been “reprimanded”. But, ha enough really been done to curb public outcry and the drone of the Conservative argument?
“Illegal Activity” clauses leave some insured, “uncovered”. In a growing number of cases, several insured and /or their family members who were injured in a “criminally negligent manner” have been refused coverage or treatment, even though said individual were not charged or convicted of any wrong doing – all due to a legal loop hole! How, you may ask. Simple. Several policies hold “exclusion clauses” that allow the insurer to deny coverage if it suspected that an injury was obtained from drug or alcohol use, felonies, self-inflicted trauma, or “hazardous” or “high-risk” behaviors. The decision to deny these claims are based on the administrators opinions of the matter and allow the insurer a great latitude. The court have upheld these denials as well – even when there has been no conviction – negating the burdens of “beyond a reasonable doubt”. These denials have left several insured in debt and in some more severe cases have resulted in fatalities after patients succumb to preventable conditions. And yet the cycle continues…
Courts rule that, Contraceptive coverage, is not a burden on religious organizations. The federal United States Court of Appeals for the 10th circuit, in Denver, took a bold stand last Thursday issuing another win for Obamacare and it’s initiative to provide contraceptive options for women. The judge decided that the option to provide contraceptive options for women they cover under medical insurance can “opt out” of providing them the service and that this in no way hinders their ability to uphold their religious practice nor makes them complicit. The decision issued another blow to challenges presented by the Roman Catholic church and their Little Sister of the Poor, order of nuns.
Another Ebola fatality reported in Liberia. In Monrovia, Liberia, a young woman who was part of the list of individuals who had been in contact with the 18-year old who was the first reported fatality after Liberia’s May 9th declaration of being Ebola free, died shortly after being admitted to an Ebola treatment unit. She is the 2nd fatality. An investigation is being conducted to determine why it was not reported that the young woman had become symptomatic while under quarantine.
Donna Karan steps down at DKI. Donna Karan is stepping down as the Chief Designer of the brand she founded after 31 years at the helm. According to LVMH, which bought Donna Karan International in 2001, Karan will remain a close adviser. Karan, will devote her time to her Urban Zen company and foundation. No earch for a successor has been announed thus far.
Tory Burch wins big in copyright trial. The designer has been awarded $41.2 million after winning a trademark infringement lawsuit against Lin & J International Inc., who the designer successfully proved had copied her trademarks and designs.The judgement, which was made by the US District Court on Friday, draws a line under a battle between the two brands that started in 2013 when Burch “sent a representative to Lin & J’s showroom in New York and that representative was shown a variety of knockoffs and told the minimum order was $350,”.She also “identified a wholesaler in Alabama who pointed to Lin & J as their supplier of thousands of units of fake jewellery.”Following initial legal proceedings, Lin & J then unsuccessfully countersued Tory Burch, accusing the New York-based company of “unfair trade practices, defamation, trademark infringement and other claims.” The breakdown of the awarded amount equates to $38.9 million in damages and $2.3 million in legal fees.
Italy makes € 20 million U.S. fashion bid. ITALY is said to be announcing a €20 million initiative to strengthen its relationship with the US regarding textiles, fashion and leather goods exports. This move has been encouraged by Italy’increasing exports to the US (which last year totalled $5.6 billion), and the country hopes to profit from “the ever-influential youth culture” since 34 per cent of the US population of 315 million is under 25.
LVMH to launch apple watch rival. LVMH’s watch division president, Jean-Claude Biver, has revealed that the French luxury conglomerate plans to launch a smart watch to compete with the Apple Watch.The device, which will cost just over £1,000, aims to attract a new generation of consumers for whom a wrist piece has become a must-have item.
LVMH, which owns the Zenith, Hublot and Tag Heuer watch brands, hopes to make the most impact with its new device in China, where it wants to focus on “winning market share, rather than being driven by specific sales and profit targets.”
Making the rounds in this news cycle:
Two African American women both found dead in their cells while in police custody, less than a week apart of each other. As family and friends of Sandra Bland began asking tough question around her mysterious “suicide” death while in police custody, after being booked during what should have been a routine traffic stop, the news broke that another African American woman also in police custody had died under the same strange circumstances. 18-year old Kindra Chapman was found unresponsive in her cell after being booked for first degree robbery. This is the third such death of a young African American woman whilst in police custody ruled as an apparent suicide by the respective officials, recall the 2014 death of mother of three Kimberlee King who was found hanging by her shirt in a cell in St. Louis? Her family is still seeking answers around her peculiar death. It begs the question can this seriously be coincidence?
In other U.S. relation news;
Cuba raises her flag in Washington at the reopening of the Cuban Embassy there. The opening of embassies in the U.S. and Cuba after approximately 54 years of embargo and tense relations between the two nations comes after an agreement struck last year putting aside decades of hostility came into force. This marks the formal restoration of diplomatic ties, and improvement of international relations within the region. Despite the historic shift, both sides admit to lingering difficulties. A flag will not be raised at the American Embassy in Havana until Mr Kerry pays a visit there on 14 August.
Making it’s way around the international news circle:
Greece pays the 2 billion arrears to the IMF. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has confirmed that Greece has cleared overdue debt repayments of €2.05bn (£1.4bn) and is no longer in arrears. The repayments, and another for €4.2bn to the European Central Bank (ECB) due on Monday, came after the EU made Greece a short-term loan of €7bn. Earlier on today, Greek banks reopened after being closed for three weeks. However, many restrictions remain and Greeks are facing price rises with an increase in Value Added Tax (VAT). VAT is rising from 13% to 23% meaning Greeks will pay more on a range of goods and services, including taxis and restaurants. Below is a brief synopsis of the Greek Financial deal:
For the past three weeks, Greeks have been waiting in line at cash machines to withdraw a maximum of €60 (£41) a day, a restriction imposed amid fear of a run on the banks. From Monday, the daily limit becomes a weekly one capped at €420 (£291), meaning Greeks will not have to queue every day. However, a block on transfers to foreign banks and a ban on cashing cheques remain in place.
Bomber massacres activists in Turkey. A bomb attack has killed at least 28 people and wounded nearly 100 others in the Turkish town of Suruc, across the border from the Syrian town of Kobane. Officials say the explosion may have been caused by a female suicide attacker. The blast targeted a group of young people who planned to travel to Kobane to assist with rebuilding. Kobane has seen heavy fighting between Islamic State militants and Kurdish fighters. Turkish authorities believe IS may be responsible for Monday’s attack. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned the bombing and described it as “an act of terror“.
Loft – 60 % of sale items and select full price items as part of their summer must haves
New York and Company – All dresses on sale $15, All Soho jeans B1G1 $10, New Arrivals B1G1 50% off, all clearance 50-70%off
Banana Republic – extra 40% off sale, and select date night items
Old Navy – 25% of any amount, 30% off $75, 40% off $100. Code: SUPER (online only)
Nordstrom – Anniversary Sale – up to 50% off
J. Crew Factory – 50% off summer styles,Plus, An extra 50% off clearance. Code: SALETIME (online only)
Sole Society – Summer Sale, up to 60%, (end tomorrow)
Madwell – Extra 40 % off sale styles
I am über excited to get the chance to enjoy some of the city’s awesome summer events like;
Now I don’t claim to be an aficionado or anything when it comes to food….but lord knows I loooovvveee to eat – hence I’m always in the kitchen whipping something up!
Also on my list for the rest of summer…
Checking out one of the Brooklyn museum’s latest collections, (post will soon follow), The Rise of the Sneaker Culture;
Patiently awaiting the listing for the Martin Luther King Jr. WingGate summer concert series line-up and getting in those last bits of summer before it’s time to brace for the chill of fall and winter;
And introducing you guys to some of the awesome new things to come for the blog.