At a taping of The Late Late Show 18 hours earlier, Corden was more Energizer Bunny than Peter Rabbit, bopping into the greenroom to welcome musical guests Fifth Harmony and then jogging across the stage for a quick preshow wave to the studio audience. A lot of late-night hosts on network TV still follow in Johnny Carson’s cool, detached footsteps, smoothly gliding out from between the curtains and tugging at their neckties during snarky monologues. Corden’s show has a more goofy, manic rhythm. Guests are interviewed two or three at a time, rather than individually, and asked to perform a range of dignity-testing feats. Tonight, for instance, the members of Fifth Harmony will take turns playing a game called Flinch, in which they will stand behind a transparent plexiglass wall holding martinis as Corden shoots apples and oranges at their heads with a high-speed fruit cannon (if they spill, they lose). … [Read more...] about James Corden Lives In The Moment. Here’s How
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Nubian Heritage but failed to secure funding from investors to expand. (“They’re like, ‘Uh-uh, black people got Vaseline and Jergens, they’re good,’ ” says Emmet Dennis, Sundial’s chief community officer and Richelieu’s cousin.) Sundial focused on selling its products at festivals and partnering with influencers to develop a base and get the attention of distributors such as Walgreens and Walmart. Aligning itself with the natural-hair movement, Sundial touted the organic, curl-enhancing ingredients in its shampoos, conditioners, and new oils that had never been seen before on drugstore shelves. SheaMoisture currently sells more than 750 products across 27 different lines (almost triple the number of just three years ago) and says it has developed more than 30 products within the past 18 months alone that are formulated specifically for thick, curly hair. New lines include the jojoba- and ucuuba-infused Protective Styles suite that … [Read more...] about SheaMoisture’s Tangled Future
Act II: The shaper That said, someone has to win the lottery at some point—and Gore had a winning ticket with her background, personality, and, of course, her pilot idea: a half-hour comedy she refers to as a reverse Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Based in her hometown of Richmond, Summers tells the story of Tatiana, a 15-year-old rich girl who’s forced to live in the hood with her cousins after her father is arrested and their assets are seized. Gore loosely based the pilot on her own life. When her two sisters wouldn’t stop teasing her that she was too much of a softy, their dad sent her to summer camp in the hood to help push Desia out of her bubble. … [Read more...] about This Y Combinator for Hollywood wants to discover the next Lena Waithe
According to Cygielman, the brand was extremely deliberate about crafting Melody’s story, making sure it was not only accurate, but also represented the authentic point of view of an African American girl living through that moment in history. The company created a six-person advisory board that was involved with every aspect of Melody’s development, from the story to her fashion accessories. Board members included the late Horace Julian Bond, the chairman emeritus of the NAACP board of directors, and several professors of African American studies. The author of Melody’s book, Denise Lewis Patrick, grew up during the Civil Rights era. “She was someone who had firsthand experience as a young African American girl during that time,” Cygielman explains. … [Read more...] about American Girl sales are plummeting. Can the iconic ’90s brand be saved?
His goal was to build the most affordable market-rate building he could, rather than create expensive units that could be afforded by some and subsidized by the government for the rest. (In San Francisco, there’s a pool of rare, rent-controlled apartments; to get one, renters have to win a lottery, and currently, 25% of all new construction in San Francisco has to be earmarked toward this program.) That cost savings led to all sorts of optimizations. He capped the structures at eight floors, which allowed him to build with a cheaper mix of wood and concrete, rather than adopting full concrete as code would require a taller building to do. It also meant giving up on the one-bedroom and two-bedroom ideal. … [Read more...] about Housing in SF is so bleak, this developer wants to build underground ‘sleeping pods’