Have you ever wondered why did the LGBTQ community adopt the rainbow flag? What does the flag stand for and how did it come into being? With the Supreme Court hearing a clutch of petitions to quash Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), it is essential that we understand what the rainbow flag represents and how it became a symbol of the LGBTQ community.How did the flag come into being?The flag was created by a man called Gilbert Baker. Baker had moved to San Francisco as an army draftee in 1970. There, he became acquainted with Harvey Milk during the ongoing movement for gay rights. At that time, a wide variety of banners were used in the protests and marches. It was then that the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade commissioned Gilbert Baker to design a flag that can be used in Pride parades for years to come. And Baker came up with the original rainbow flag.Close In the picture below, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is seen greeting Gilbert Baker as they take part … [Read more...] about Pride of identity and inclusivity: How the rainbow flag came to represent the LGBTQ community
Actress Cate Blanchett is celebrated for her unconventional, avant-garde awards-show fashion. But at the 2015 Oscars, it was her jewelry that stole the red carpet show: She paired a long, simple black Maison Margiela gown with a Tiffany & Co. turquoise and diamond necklace. It dominated fashion headlines and soon thereafter, inspired knock-offs and Etsy reimaginings. Us Weekly promoted a $75 Blanchett-inspired jewelry giveaway. advertisement advertisement “We didn’t plan on it,” says Blanchett’s stylist, Elizabeth Stewart. “But it worked.” When it comes to Hollywood baubles, the motto is generally, “Go big or go home.” To compete with couture gowns and Cinderella moments, top jewelers such as Bulgari, Chopard, and Forevermark go all out to secure their celebrity endorsements. It’s a lengthy, complicated loaning process, and a chance at worldwide brand recognition. Sometimes celebrities or stylists are paid to wear the … [Read more...] about The Big Business Of Red Carpet Bling
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Today’s technology is built on people. You may order a product online, but humans have to pack, ship, and deliver it to you. And while Uber and Lyft dream of autonomous cars, it seems that humans will be driving you for the foreseeable future. Aside from the techy interface, the gig economy differs little from the traditional service industries of cabbies, couriers, waitstaff, and store delivery folk. advertisement advertisement So should the same tipping rules apply? This week, drivers for grocery delivery service Instacart staged a strike to demand not better pay, but better tips. The app currently nudges customers with a default 5% tip (or $2, whichever is higher). Instacart’s freelance workers are demanding that it be upped to 10%. They and workers for many other gig companies complain of ever-declining pay that makes tips more important to their bottom line. The hope is that a higher default amount could provide an important nudge to customers, who are … [Read more...] about Uber, DoorDash, Instacart: What’s a fair tip in the gig economy?
Groupon is my personal favorite poster child for the shortest cycle time of rise and fall ever. [Its] long journey from flailing startup to multi-billion-dollar Wall Street obsession has played out like an opera, with subplots involving orgiastic young sales reps, brutal German managers, a puppet-master chairman, and amazing levels of greed. It started as ThePoint.com, a site launched in November 2007 that lets you start a campaign asking people to give money or do something as a group–but only once a “tipping point” of people agree to participate. By delaying action until enough people come together to have a real impact, The Point help[ed] consumers, employees, citizens, activists, parents–or anyone–come together and solve problems that they couldn’t solve alone. advertisement advertisement Founder Andrew Mason and his investors soon realized The Point was headed toward failure, and fast. The founders worked on it a year … [Read more...] about Groupon And Its Pivots: A Mega, Meta Mash-Up Of The News