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Oprah Details Hand-Carved Bathtub On ‘The Late Late Show With James Corden’

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What do you get a woman who can afford it all? Well, according to Oprah, it’s anything bath-related.

The Wrinkle In Time actress stopped by The Late Late Show With James Corden, along with co-stars Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling. After revealing that her partner Stedman of 32 years, who recently celebrated a birthday, was not the easiest person to shop for, Oprah also revealed one of her favorite things to receive as a gift. “Bathing is my hobby,” she says. “So any kind of bath salts, bath oils — anything for the bath you can get me.”

It’s not uncommon to assume that everything Oprah owns is ten times the size or the amount of the average person, so when questioned on how big her bathtub is, she admits not only is it big enough to fit a couple of people, but it’s hand-carved out of marble and onyx to the shape of her body!

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Black Unemployment Rates Down And No One Is Talking About It

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According to a recent report released by the U.S. Department of Labor, there has been a decrease in the unemployment rate for African Americans for the month of February. The black unemployment rate as a whole has fallen from January’s spike of 7.7% to February’s decline of 6.9%.

The unemployment rate for black men, ages 20 and older, has fallen from 7.5% to 5.9%. The same goes for black women, ages 20 and older, who’s unemployement rate has also fallen from 6.6% to 6.2%. For black teens, ages 16 to 19 years old, unemployment rose from 24.3% to 27.2%. The number of unemployed persons was essentially unchanged for the fifth straight month at 6.7 million (4.1%).

Last month, the U.S. economy added 313,000 jobs, with job gains occuring in construction, retail trade, professional and business services, manufacturing, financial activities, and mining. Employment in other major industries, including wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, leisure and hospitality, and government, showed little change over the month, according to the report.

While employment is rising in the manufacturing and construction industries, President Donald Trump’s announcement to impose stiff tariffs (25% on steel and 10% on aluminum imports), could “put hard-earned economic progress at risk,” according to Center For American Progress economist, Michael Madowitz.

“Today’s employment report shows strong job growth, although the economy is unlikely to be on autopilot much longer. Large tax cuts have yet to create—and are unlikely to create—the kind of long-term, sustainable wage growth that Trump and Congressional Republican leaders promised. Rather, companies are buying back their own shares at a record pace, funneling the lion’s share of the tax cut windfall back to corporate executives and wealthy investors.

Other recent moves from the Trump administration threaten to put hard-earned economic progress at risk. A trade war, sponsored by the president, could very well create significant domestic job losses among the exact communities Trump pledged to help. And on the heels of massive corporate tax cuts, Congress is now proposing another enormous giveaway to Wall Street in the form of financial deregulation. The so-called Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act would deregulate 25 of the largest 38 banks; undermine protections for homeowners and homebuyers; increase the chances that the United States faces another financial crisis and recession; and pose a serious threat to the labor market. At this point in time, when bank profits and lending are at all-time highs, deregulation should be the last thing on the minds of policymakers. Instead, they ought to strengthen financial regulations to weather the next economic downturn.

The longest expansion in modern history has been fairly uneventful the last few years, but given this administration’s actions, we may be about to find out how robust our economy truly when faced with highly questionable policy choices.”

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Here Is A Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Taco Recipe To Help Your Lifestyle Journey

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With Beyonce’ recently announcing her vegan diet in preparation for the Coachella festival and the VegFest heading to Brooklyn this summer, now is the perfect time to indulge in a delicious vegan recipe. After all, Beyonce’ did invite us to join her, didn’t she?

If you’re a fan of spicy food, this Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Taco recipe is perfect for you. First introduced to vegan buffalo tacos by following musician Keisha Epps on Instagram, the moment I saw it, I knew I had to find the recipe.

 

After searching Pinterest, I came across ThisSavoryVegan.com, a website dedicated to easy, creative, and tasty vegan dishes. “Whether you’re dabbling with a vegan diet, a life long vegan or no where near either – this is the place for you. There’s no discrimination here at TSV,” says founder Rene.

Check out the recipe below and be sure to head over to ThisSavoryVegan.com for other amazing recipes!

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Taco Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

FOR THE CAULIFLOWER:

1/2 head cauliflower (cut in bite-sized pieces)
4 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. chili powder
3/4 cup buffalo sauce (separated)
pepper to taste

FOR THE TACOS:

8 taco-sized flour tortillas
1 head romaine lettuce (chopped)
1 avocado (pitted and diced)
vegan ranch to taste
cilantro or green onion (diced, optional)

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil.

2. In a large bowl combine cauliflower, olive oil, garlic powder, chili powder, pepper and 1/4 cup of buffalo sauce. Stir to combine. Spread evenly on baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes, flipping halfway.*

3. Five minutes before the cauliflower is done cooking, heat up the remaining buffalo sauce in a saucepan or in the microwave.

4. Remove cauliflower from the oven and place it back in the bowl. Add remaining heated buffalo sauce and stir to combine.

5. To assemble tacos, load each tortilla with romaine, avocado and cauliflower. Drizzle with ranch and top with cilantro or green onions.

Recipe Notes:

  • For crispier cauliflower, after cooking for 20 minutes, turn oven to broil and cook for an additional 2-5 minutes.

Barbie Unveils 14 New Dolls In Honor of International Women’s Day

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In honor of International Women’s Day (March 8), Mattel has announced that they will be releasing 14 new Barbie dolls that highlight “historical and modern-day role models from around the world.”

The collection includes USA Snowboarding Champion Chloe Kim, UK Boxing Champion Nicola Adams, Italy Soccer Player Sara Gama, and USA Filmmaker Patty Jenkins, just to name a few.

“As a brand that inspires the limitless potential in girls, Barbie will be honoring its largest line up of role models timed to International Women’s Day because we know that you can’t be what you can’t see,” said Lisa McKnight, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Barbie. “Girls have always been able to play out different roles and careers with Barbie and we are thrilled to shine a light on real life role models to remind them that they can be anything.”

According to Mattel’s official website, Barbie is sparking a global call to action by asking fans to tag and share the female role models that inspire them, using #MoreRoleModels on social media.

How amazing is that?

See the full list below of Global honorees!

1. Patty Jenkins, Filmmaker, USA
2. Chloe Kim, Snowboarding Champion, USA
3. Bindi Irwin, Conservationist, Australia
4. Nicola Adams, Boxing Champion, UK
5. Çağla Kubat, Windsurfer, Turkey
6. Hélène Darroze, World-Renowned Chef, France
7. Hui Ruoqi, Volleyball Champion, China
8. Leyla Piedayesh, Designer and Entrepreneur, Germany
9. Lorena Ochoa, Professional Golfer, Mexico
10. Martyna Wojciechowska, Journalist, Poland
11. Sara Gama, Soccer Player, Italy
12. Xiaotong Guan, Actress and Philanthropist, China
13. Yuan Tan, Prima Ballerina, China
14. Vicky Martin Berrocal, Entrepreneur and Fashion Designer, Spain

Meet The 10 Activists Who Joined Andra Day And Common On Stage At The 2018 Oscars

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If you were tuned into the 2018 Oscars last night (March 4), you witnessed a powerful performance of “Stand Up For Something” by Andra Day and Common. The musicians were joined on stage by 10 activists from around the world, who are each advocating to bring awareness to different political and social issues.

“I am truly honored to share the stage with such powerful people. People who work, sacrifice and have fought through their personal pain to make the world a better place,” Andra says in a statement. “Everyone’s contribution is important, but Common and I wanted to show people who are working everyday in the trenches to transform perceptions, circumstances, legislation, social and political landscapes, and bring hope to the hopeless.”

Black Lives Matter, #MeToo movement, and the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting are just a few of the campaigns calling for change, especially in a world where so much change is needed. Meet the 10 activists below.

1. Alice Brown Otter – Standing Rock Activist

2. Bana Alabed – Syrian Refugee & Activist

3. Bryan Stevenson – Equal Justice Initiative

4. Cecile Richards – Planned Parenthood

5. Dolores Huerta – Dolores Huerta Foundation, United Farm Workers of America

6. Janet Mock – Writer & Trans Activist

7. José Andrés – World Central Kitchen (Serving Meals In Puerto Rico Since Hurricane Maria)

8. Nicole Hockley – Sandy Hook Promise

9. Patrisse Cullors  – Black Lives Matter

10. Tarana Burke – “Founder of Me Too Movement”

MAC Cosmetics & Nicola Formichetti Team Up For Makeup Collab

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Beauty lovers, we’ve got some exciting news for you!

If you love MAC Cosmetics and Nicola Formichetti, you’ll soon be able to enjoy two for one as the cosmetic company and style icon have teamed up to bring you MAC x Nicopanda. The makeup collaboration, which comes in the packaging of Nicopanda’s adorable signature bear head, features lip glosses, matte lipsticks, makeup brushes, eyeshadow palettes, and more.

During a recent interview with Teen Vogue, Nicola dished on why he decided to tap into the beauty world, stating “Nicopanda is about youth — the new generation. The brand is always about trying new things, sharing and creating new ideas, so I wanted to tackle the beauty world with Nicopanda. A cosmetics collaboration with MAC is a natural partnership.”

He also states that this is not his first time working with MAC Cosmetics as they have colloborated on campaigns and projects in the past, including Lady Gaga’s Viva Glam campaign. He adds, “They have always been very supportive of me and my creativity. It was a natural progression to create product together with Nicopanda. They are like family, and we really trust each other.”

MAC x Nicopanda launches April 5th on MacCosmetics.com and in MAC stores and Macy’s on April 11th!

10 Perks of Living The Single Life In Your 20’s

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When I think about how long I’ve been single, I can honestly say that I’m rather impressed. I don’t know how I’ve been able to maintain my sanity as a single millennial for so long, but it hasn’t always been easy. Living in a society that prides themselves so heavily on companionship and relationship goals can sometimes make being single feel unacceptable or frowned upon. However, I learned early on that relationships do not define who we are as people and being in a relationship doesn’t necessarily mean we will be happy. I’m coming up on my seven-year anniversary of living the single life and to be honest, it’s not as bad as it sounds. Let’s just say that it allows me to focus on things that are important to me without any distractions.

We can agree that there are both pros and cons to being single or in a relationship. However, I do believe that there are a lot of misconceptions out here that single people are these unhappy and desperate individuals who long for love they can’t get. No offense to anyone, but relationships aren’t exactly the hardest to get into nowadays.

Front and center are always the misfortunes of living the single life, but I rarely hear anyone talk about its perks. Yes, there are perks to being single — let’s talk about them!

10 Perks of Living The Single Life In Your 20’s

1. You can come and go as you please without having to offer an explanation to anyone of your whereabouts.

2. You can have as many guy friends as you’d like without having to dilute the nature of your friendship.

3. You save money during the holidays that require gift-giving.

4. You don’t have to share. You know, not that I mind sharing.

5. You can make decisions without having anyone to consider, other than your little ones (i.e. job opportunities, last minute plans, etc.).

6. You don’t have to go through the uneasiness or nervousness of meeting his family in hopes that they will like you.

7. You don’t feel pressure to always look red carpet ready, even when you’re not up to it. You know, sometimes you don’t want to have to require any effort.

8. You don’t have to pretend to like his friends or partake in meaningless conversations with them just to make him happy.

9. You can take as much time as you need to focus on yourself without any distractions.

10. You can be as neat or as messy as you’d like without judgement.

What are some of things you love most about being single?

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