Monthly Archives: May 2018

GREAT GAIA!: Gal Gadot Stuns Theater Filled With ‘Wonder Woman’ Viewers

?Wonder Woman? fans got the treat of a lifetime last week when the film?s stars walked into a film screening to surprise a theater filled with viewers. 

A New York City screening of the film was running 30 minutes behind schedule, The New York Daily News? Joe Dziemianowicz reported. But all was understood once Gal Gadot and Chris Pine walked in. 

?Wonder Woman? director Patty Jenkins, costar Robin Wright and other associates joined them, as they told audiences they didn?t want to miss the chance to come by and say hello. 

In a video posted to YouTube, Gadot narrates as the group gathers in the hallway outside the theater, giddy with excitement. 

?We?re going to say, surprise!? Gadot says on camera. As she walks in, the theater erupts with applause and screams. 

?Wonder Woman? smashed domestic box office records during its opening weekend, bringing in an estimated $100.5 million. The film became the biggest domestic box office opening for a woman director ever.

H/T EW

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Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops’ Best Moment: Fighting Racism, Not The National Title Win

As Sports Talk Radio broke the news of Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops? retirement, speculation was rampant that he was in ill health, or was being relieved because of players behaving badly. They praised Stoops for winning the National Championship in 2000, and talked about how strong the team is looking for next year. They overlooked Stoops? finest moment: leading his team to take a big stand against racism in 2015.

Back in 2015, a video surfaced that showed members of Oklahoma University?s chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) led a horribly racist chant on their bus, according to Alejandro Danois with Bleacher Report. It through the OU into the crisis, threatening to have the campus turn into so many others schools with racial strife, like the University of Missouri, Yale University, Emory University, etc.

Stoops responded with his players in a protest against the racism, according to Greg Couch with Bleacher Report. He and more than 100 of his teammates gathered at the statue of former OU Coach Barry Switzer. Ty Darlington, one of his players, led the group in a prayer, according to Graham Watson with Yahoo Sports. They were also joined by OU Basketball Coach Lon Kruger.

Others on campus joined in the protest. OU President David Boren also suspended the fraternity, had them move out, and began an investigation. It was the school?s finest hour under Bob Stoops.

This isn?t to say that Stoops wasn?t so great at winning the National Championship, which they captured against Florida State University in 2000, prevailing against the Seminoles 13-2. At the time, I was graduating from FSU (Class of 2000) with my doctorate, and badly wanted my team to repeat as #1. But the Sooners won an impressive defensive battle against the defending National Champions. They earned their victory.

This isn?t to say that Stoops didn?t have a career full of amazing highlights, according to Sam Cooper with Yahoo Sports. He took over a program that had several straight losing seasons, and was the two-time Walter Camp Coach of the Year (2000, 2003). More than 13 times in his years, his team won 10 or more games in his 18 years, amassing a record of 190-48 that is unsurpassed in school history. He also won 10 Big 12 Championships, while no one else in the Big 12 won more than 12.

This isn?t to say that Stoops didn?t have some problems. Certainly there was the terrible incident involving Oklahoma Running Back Joe Mixon and the violence he was involved in. QB Blake Mayfield showed some lack of discipline in his charges for alcohol-related incidents, and other problems his players had, leading to speculation that this might have played a role in his retirement.

Of course, there could be some incident like terrible one involving child abuse that plagued Penn State under Joe Paterno, or a scandal like the one that brought down Ohio State University?s Jim Tressel, or personal practices that upended Bobby Petrino at the University of Arkansas. If so, it was something we were unaware of at the time of Stoops? record.

But assuming there?s no dark secret, then Stoops really should be honored, not just for his impressive accomplishments as a coach. He needs to be lauded for leading his team in a stand against racism, which will hopefully inspire other coaches to do the same.

John A. Tures is a professor of political science at LaGrange College in LaGrange, Ga. He can be reached at jtures@lagrange.edu. His Twitter account is JohnTures2.

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Elisabeth Moss On The Power Of Seeing Women Work Together

Elisabeth Moss knows that women have more power when they work together.

The star and executive producer of Hulu?s new show ?The Handmaid?s Tale? recently sat down with ELLE to discuss what it was like shooting the series and how the narrative compares to the current political climate in America. The 34-year-old also discussed how the handmaids in the dystopian future series come together in times of struggle. 

When ELLE?s Emily Gould asked Moss if she?s ever felt ?pitted against? other actresses in the industry, the actress responded poignantly. 

?I think it?s up to women themselves not to pit themselves against each other,? Moss told Gould. ?That?s one of the major themes of this season ? the power of women when they unite. When you turn women against each other, it can wreak havoc, because women are very powerful forces, and you can use that power for good or evil. When women support each other, rather than stoning each other to death, it?s a game-changer.? 

Both ?The Handmaid?s Tale? series and the book it?s based on share the reoccurring theme of women being pitted against one another to uphold a patriarchal society. Unfortunately, many viewers have pointed out how what we’re seeing on screen might have begun to mirror real life, as the GOP rolls back access to women?s healthcare.

Moss? words are becoming more and more relevant as time passes: Women are much more powerful when we work together. 

Head over to ELLE to read the magazine?s full feature on Moss. 

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Stop The Attack On The Women’s Bureau

Today, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta heads to the Hill to defend the Trump Administration?s proposed 20 percent cut to the US Department of Labor?s FY18 budget. As part of these cuts, the Administration aims to all but wipe out the Women?s Bureau ? the sole federal agency charged with advocating for working women and for the economic security of women and their families. 

Despite singing its praises in a blog published yesterday celebrating the Women?s Bureau?s 97th anniversary, the Administration is calling for a 75 percent cut to the Bureau?s budget, from $11.5M down to just under three, including a complete dismantling of all 10 of its regional offices. In his budget statement, Secretary Acosta also unilaterally reduces the Bureau?s mission from 

a duty to formulate standards and policies that promote the welfare of wage-earning women, improve their working conditions, increase their efficiency, and advance their opportunities for profitable employment to a mere research function.

While the Women?s Bureau?s line item constitutes less than one percent of the Department?s total budget, its impact for working women has been enormous. This small agency has worked on high priority policy issues such as paid leave and earned sick time, as well as highlighting the needs of women veterans and women in the trades. The Women?s Bureau has been at the forefront of addressing equal pay and ensuring breastfeeding and pregnancy accommodations. Issues that the Bureau once raised as ?women?s issues? have become the standard for all workers today.

In just the past few years alone, the Women?s Bureau has updated both the Women?s Employment Rights Guide, nearly 20 years out of date (now available for free as an e-book on Amazon), and the Apprenticeship Equal Employment Opportunity regulations which were nearly 40 years out of date! Since 2014, the Bureau has awarded more than $3 million through its Paid Leave Analysis Grant Program to 11 states and 6 local jurisdictions to research how to create family and medical leave insurance programs that effectively support working women and their families while promoting their attachment, retention and advancement in the labor force.  In doing so, the Women?s Bureau has propelled the conversation about paid leave in our country.

For all the lip service President Trump has given to job creation and security for working women (and men), including his attempt at a meager paid parental leave proposal, the proposed dismantling of the Women?s Bureau sends a clear message to the millions of working women whose opportunity, safety and advancement hang in the balance every day that their welfare is of no concern to this president.  This proposal goes hand-in-hand in hand with the rest of the budget, which would savage women and their families with drastic cuts to health care, child care, nutrition and other essential programs.

More than 250 organizations and individuals have signed a letter working to stop this attack. Please join us!

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Michelle Obama Reveals Barack Wore The Same Tuxedo For 8 Years

Barack Obama has emerged as an unlikely style icon of late thanks to his off-duty cool dad style. But there?s one thing about his wardrobe you may have missed over the course of his presidency: He?s a bonafide outfit repeater.

At least when it comes to state dinner garb, that is. Michelle Obama spoke at Apple?s developer?s conference in San Jose, California on Tuesday, and revealed that while the world scrutinized her state dinner gowns, her husband got away with wearing the same exact tuxedo and shoes over and over and over again during their eight years in the White House.

?This is the unfair thing,? she said. ?You talk about Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, no matter what we do, he puts on that same tux. Now, people take pictures of the shoes I wear, the bracelets, the necklace ? They didn?t comment that for eight years he wore that same tux.?

There is no denying the disparity in coverage between the two Obamas and their fashion choices. To this day, people hang on every last detail of the former first lady?s wardrobe (and with good reason: She?s a great dresser). And yet, we?re just now learning about her husband?s repeat habit. Makes you think about the standards to which men and women are held when it comes to dressing for work, eh?

The president reveled in his repeat glory, Obama told Apple exec Lisa Jackson during the interview.

?He was proud of it too,? she said. ?He?s like, ?Mm, I?m ready. I?m ready in 10 minutes. Mm, how long did it take you?? And I?m like, ?Get out of here.??

But no matter how long (or how short) the president took to get ready, there was always a little bit of room for improvement. Obama explained the story behind a viral 2015 photo in which she?s adjusting her husband?s bow tie. 

?When the president from the visiting country and their spouse is coming is we greet them at the north portico,? she explained. ?We were standing there waiting for the cars to roll in, and I was bored, so I sort of thought, ?Let me make sure my husband looks good.??

 We love this outfit-repeating, relatable power couple more every day. 

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