Photo: SAG AFTRA Last month, the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists — the labor union better known by its acronym SAG-AFTRA, though it’s my understanding most people just call it SAG — approved an “ influencer agreement ,” setting up a pathway for the now-ubiquitous creative class to gain membership and access protections typically afforded to more traditional forms of creative work. I learned this, of course, the same way I learn about most other economic developments in the influencer space, which is by reading Taylor Lorenz, who wrote an informative piece on the matter for The New York Times. What happens in influencer-land is increasingly pertinent to what happens here in podcast-land, in part because influencers as a talent ecosystem have flowed quite a bit into the podcast business in recent years, as they have just almost everywhere else as part of their search for greater revenue diversification. It’s also just interesting to see SAG-AFTRA, a staple component of the broader mainstream entertainment ecosystem which formed out of a 2012 merger between two unions that originated in the thirties, open its doors to this thoroughly modern creative class. It’s a move that theoretically creates value going both ways: As much as this story amounts to some mainstream recognition of this new influencer economy, it’s also about SAG-AFTRA working to keep up with the times. “Making it easier to cover this type of work has been a top priority for our organization,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris in the press release about the approval . “As new ways of storytelling emerge, it’s imperative that we embrace and lift up these artists.” That’s all well and good, of course. The question, however, is the extent to which the union will adequately do that embracing and lifting for all other kinds of emergent artists and industries as well. Around the time the influencer agreement was approved, I spotted a … [Read more...] about Can the Screen Actors Guild and Podcasters Get Along?
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I Got a Story to Tell achieves something notably slicker than your average Biggie murder story Photo: George DuBose At the heart of “ Juicy ,” one of hip-hop’s most indelible rags-to-riches anthems, is the world-beating joy of a Black boy from Brooklyn realizing his dreams are finally within reach. The lilt in the voice of the 21-year-old Notorious B.I.G. as he detailed quality of life improvements that new fame allowed — a Super Nintendo and a Sega Genesis, a nice television and a leather couch to watch it on, bottles of champagne at the ready — is perfectly infectious. The boasts are modest, signs of the bleakness of prospects for inner city youth who didn’t come from great means, many of whom would never find chances to experience the world past streets they grew up in. “Juicy” plays with a familiar formula: As with early rap gems like Sugar Hill Gang ’s “Rapper’s Delight,” the Treacherous Three’s “Feel the Heartbeat,” or the Funky 4 + 1’s “That’s the Joint” and “Rappin and Rocking the House,” “Juicy” lifts its unstoppable bounce off a popular cookout anthem, New York post-disco icons Mtume’s “Juicy Fruit,” reimagining the music of the artist’s childhood as a launchpad for more adult concerns. What sets the Ready to Die staple apart from similar moments of pride throughout hip-hop history is that at the time of recording, things weren’t yet “all good” for Biggie. He had cut his teeth doing an impressive array of guest appearances by the summer of 1994, when he released the lead single from his debut album, most notably on remixes to Bad Boy and Uptown Records affiliates Craig Mack and Mary J. Blige’s “Flava in Ya Ear,” “Real Love,” and “What’s the 411?” He’d already shined on 1993’s “Party and Bullshit” and stole the show on “A Bunch of Niggas,” the closer on the Heavy D and the Boyz highlight Blue Funk . He’d been in The Source , the bible of 20th-century hip-hop, in 1992 thanks to his impressive demo tape. He didn’t have a hit record … [Read more...] about Biggie’s Story Finally Gets a Proper Retelling
February 24, 2021 - 17:29 GMT Arianna Chatzidakis If you’re suffering with dull skin or pesky bloating, it may be a sign that your gut health is out of whack – find out how PuraU is combating both with its new capsules. If you’re suffering with dull, dry, spot-prone skin or pesky bloating, it may be a sign that your gut health is out of whack. Many health and skin issues start in the gut, and poor gut health can contribute to things such as acne, skin dryness and excessive bloating. To improve your gut health, you can do a variety of things such as eat a nutritious diet, up your water intake, stress less and sleep more. There are also some natural capsules on the market that claim to improve gut health from the inside out, like PuraU . The Australian beauty brand – which is now launching in the UK – has been helping women and men feel their best with its new gut-focused capsules. MORE: The secret health hack loved by sporting legends Made with high-quality vegan, gluten and cruelty-free ingredients, the capsules work by increasing your gut health to achieve clear skin and less bloating. Backed by the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration), these all-natural capsules contain safe doses supported by scientific and evidence-based research that help to repair, replenish and restore the digestive system. Some of the ingredients listed include zinc to help relieve symptoms of acne and maintain skin health, plus ginger and turmeric to ease digestive discomfort. PuraU’s Gut Cleanse Kit is designed to support your body’s natural cleansing and detoxifying processes, so some people may notice changes within the first week, and others may take a little longer. The changes & benefits can include reduced bloating, more regular bowel movements, clearer skin, improved energy and sleeping patterns. Interesting! Where to buy PuraU capsules You can buy PuraU capsules directly from the PuraU website . … [Read more...] about PuraU is the new beauty brand that promises to help you beat bloating – and get glowing skin!
February 24, 2021 - 11:46 GMT Nichola Murphy Gwyneth Paltrow unveiled her secrets to staying healthy and getting glowing skin. See the Goop founder's favourite products... Maintaining a healthy body and mind has been paramount following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Gywneth Paltrow has plenty of secrets up her sleeve for warding off illnesses. MORE: Gwyneth Paltrow reveals how she's dealing with long Covid symptoms The Goop founder gave her Instagram followers a tour of her health cupboard on Tuesday, walking them through each of her go-to products. And we've got our eye on the one she describes as a "miracle"! "I'm going to show you a few of the things getting me through the end of this quarantine situation," Gwyneth began. Loading the player... WATCH: Gwyneth Patlrow Shares Look Inside Her Marble Kitchen "I cannot live without my pheric [Vitamin C]. This is a new brand, I just discovered this Cure hydration, I'm totally obsessed with it. I put it in my water every day and I feel so much better. And, of course, Goopgenes," continued the 48-year-old actress, holding up each product in turn. All three are taken daily to provide different health benefits. The Vitamin C sachets are said to help combat fatigue, support the normal function of your immune system and help collagen formation. SEE: 10 Hollywood red-carpet looks that could be bridal: Elizabeth Hurley, Nicole Kidman, more READ: The secret health hack loved by sporting legends Gwyneth showed off her favourite health products Meanwhile, Cure is an electrolyte powder that prevents dehydration without the added sugars of a sports drink, and Goopgenes Marine Collagen Superpowder helps improve skin moisture, elasticity, and texture. Vitamin C, £39.99, Amazon SHOP NOW And that's not the end of Gwyneth's health secrets! She continued by holding up two Peekay's products that help … [Read more...] about Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘miracle’ health hacks are not what you’d expect
Nari Ward, Peace Keeper , 1995. Photo: Dario Lasagni/New Museum, New York The New Museum’s show “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America” finds terrible beauty in the pain, rage, mania, and sorrow that form the continuing psychosis of this country’s obsession with race. Featuring 37 Black artists working in the United States from 1964 to today, it plumbs the long American night of racism with an eye on the poetics of abstraction, the possibilities of monochrome, and the documentation of bare facts. Together, these 97 pieces suggest Black artists have made the most important art of our time. It’s notable that this exhibition, with its themes of mourning and loss, was the last organized by the great Nigerian-born, Germany-based curator Okwui Enwezor, a visionary pioneer of international multiculturalism, who died of cancer in 2019 at the age of 55. Part of the big global art world that self-started in the early ’90s, Enwezor’s animating purpose as a curator seemed to be to declare a war on the apartheid within the institutional art world, which simply left artists from Africa out of exhibitions. Above all other curators of his generation, Enwezor brought contemporary African art and history to bear on the whole world, and he was unabashed about wanting power so that he could effect change. The show was incomplete at his death and has ably been brought to fruition using notes from and conversations with Enwezor by curators Naomi Beckwith and Massimiliano Gioni, artist Glenn Ligon, and independent curator-writer Mark Nash. Enwezor’s curatorial eye centered on an erotics of form, color, and structure; even the most difficult or didactic work in this show is packed with its own intellectual and visual pleasure. Unlike with similar exhibitions, you will not spend your time laboring over gassy wall texts. The U.S.-based artists Enwezor worked with are now well known, and that can make this show feel a little orthodox and official in its selections — … [Read more...] about Heartbreak and Resurrection in ‘Grief and Grievance’ at the New Museum