‘On the Rocks’ Is Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola’s Love Letter to New York City

Laveta Brigham

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Apple TV+

As Sofia Coppola has gotten older, so too have her protagonists, which makes it easy to see them—and their plights—as reflections of the aspirations and anxieties currently preoccupying the auteur. That’s once again true with On the Rocks, the story of a 39-year-old writer struggling with insecurity, suspicions about her husband, and the long shadow cast by her larger-than-life father, here played by Coppola’s Lost in Translation headliner Bill Murray with more mega-watt vivacity than he’s shown in years. Premiering online at the New York Film Festival before debuting in theaters (on October 2) and on Apple TV+ (on October 23), it’s another highly personal effort that, if less substantial and swoon-worthy than her best work, remains a fine frothy portrait of one woman’s midlife crisis.

Laura (Rashida Jones) is a Manhattanite who’s put her writing career on the back burner in order to devote her time

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Athleta, Nisolo CEOs Outline the Upsides of Putting Sustainability First

Laveta Brigham

In a world ravaged by COVID-19, transparency, focus, collaboration and customer-centricity should be core operating values for businesses — particularly fashion firms.

For companies like Athleta and Nisolo, both B Corp-certified and centered around sustainability, the pandemic brought the need for these values into even sharper focus.

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Through the health crisis, “We learned how important it is to pay attention to all of our stakeholders — shareholders, employees, customers and to respond to them with compassion,” said Mary Beth Laughton, president and chief executive officer of Gap Inc.’s Athleta division, speaking at WWD Culture Conference: Sustainability and the Human Element. “Transparency and being open with employees, explaining decisions, such as why we were closing stores and why we were reopening stores, is important. And we learned the customer has to be at the center of all of our decision-making.”

It has been a balancing act for

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This online bootcamp teaches you how to succeed at social media

Laveta Brigham

This online bootcamp teaches you how to succeed at social media
This online bootcamp teaches you how to succeed at social media

TL;DR: The 2020 Social Media Marketing Bootcamp Certification Bundle is on sale for £23.56 as of Sept. 24, saving you 98% on list price.

You know what’s weird? Only ten years ago, Facebook was just starting to explode in popularity, Myspace was near death, and Instagram didn’t even exist. Fast forward to today and you can make a full-blown career out of managing content on social media. My how things have changed.

Businesses of all shapes and sizes are constantly searching for talented folks to market their products and services on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, and more. Want to put your decade or more of digital savviness to good use and build a social empire? Take a break from TikTok and check out this 2020 Social Media Marketing Bootcamp Certification Bundle.

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Donald Trump Says He’s ‘Not A Fan’ Of Meghan Markle, Wishes Harry ‘Luck’

Laveta Brigham

President Donald Trump disparaged Meghan Markle at a news briefing on Wednesday, just one day after the Duchess of Sussex encouraged Americans to vote in the presidential election in November. 

During the press conference, Daily Mail reporter Nikki Schwab told Trump, “Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chimed in on the U.S. election and essentially encouraged people to vote for Joe Biden. I wanted to get your reaction to that.” 

“I’m not a fan of hers,” Trump says of the duchess, adding that “she probably has heard that” as he’s made similar comments before.  

“But I wish a lot of luck to Harry ― cause he’s going to need it,” the president added. 

On Tuesday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex appeared in a video for a Time 100 special and spoke about the importance of voting. 

“We’re six weeks out from the election and today is Voter Registration Day,” Meghan

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Quibi may be for sale. But what is it worth, and who would buy it?

Laveta Brigham

A scene from "#FreeRayshawn," Quibi's Emmy-winning short-form streaming drama. <span class="copyright">(Quibi)</span>
A scene from “#FreeRayshawn,” Quibi’s Emmy-winning short-form streaming drama. (Quibi)

Quibi can’t catch a break, even after becoming a two-time Emmy-winner.

Less than six months after Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman launched their short-form video streaming startup, the company’s drama “#FreeRayshawn” nabbed acting trophies for stars Laurence Fishburne and Jasmine Cephas Jones.

The accolades from the Television Academy apparently didn’t impress Emmys host Jimmy Kimmel. The ABC late-night comic quipped during the Sunday night broadcast that the newcomer had “10 Emmy nominations this year, including outstanding short form comedy or drama and dumbest thing to ever cost a billion dollars.”

Then, the next morning, the media, tech and entertainment industries were buzzing with reports that Quibi has engaged JPMorgan Chase & Co. to help the company review a range of strategic options, including a possible sale, according to two people familiar with the matter who were not authorized to comment.

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5 Mistakes College Students Make With Credit Cards

Laveta Brigham

When you were dreaming about being in college, attending via Zoom was probably not what you had in mind.

I know it must be frustrating, but the current state of affairs will come to an end at some point. In the meantime, you can make the best of your extended stay at home by using the time to learn how credit cards work.

If you think about it, getting to know credit cards while your parents are there to answer all of your questions is kind of ideal. Let me be clear, though. You might not be ready for a credit card in your own name at the start of your freshman year.

But if you had a few years of college under your belt before the pandemic closed down your campus, you could be ready for the responsibility, especially if you’ve been an authorized user on your parents’ credit

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Why does Germany make so little room for working moms?

Laveta Brigham

It was about six years ago, after the birth of her second child, that Felicitas Sochor quietly began to worry about being called a Rabenmutter.

Ms. Sochor had long dreamed of starting a cafe. But even if she could balance the work commitment that would require with the needs of her two young children, that split time could be seen as the taboo of leaving her children to “fly off to work” as a Rabenmutter, or raven mother.

She settled for an administrative job at a youth center in order to care for her children in the afternoon, with her husband as “the real breadwinner.” But when the pandemic upended her life and shut down the schools, and her husband, working from home, felt it was natural she should take over the child care, she rebelled. “Why do I have to be responsible for everything?” she says. “I

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Donald Trump says he’s ‘not a fan’ of Meghan Markle after her US election intervention

Laveta Brigham

Donald Trump, the US president, has clashed with Meghan Markle in the past - AP Photo/Andrew Harnik
Donald Trump, the US president, has clashed with Meghan Markle in the past – AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Donald Trump has taken a public swipe at Meghan Markle after she and Prince Harry appeared in a US voter registration drive video, saying he was “not a fan” of the Duchess.

The US president also appeared to make a joke about the pair’s relationship, saying that Prince Harry was going to need “a lot of luck” going forward. 

The intervention escalates a remarkable spat between the US leader and the young Royals, who have stepped back from official duties and moved to America. 

The trigger was the Duke and Duchess of Sussex appearing in a joint video message urging Americans to sign up to vote in the presidential election on November 3. 

The Duchess said: “Every four years, we’re told, ‘This is the most important election of our lifetime.’ But this one

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Alex Gibney’s ‘Agents of Chaos’ Tries Gamely to Make Sense of Russian Election Interference: TV Review

Laveta Brigham

Connecting the seemingly infinite threads of online trolling, Russian subterfuge and the astonishing evolution of American politics has become a favorite past-time of impassioned intellectuals raging against the Trump administration. In trying to pinpoint all the significant factors that led to Trump’s 2016 presidential election victory, some have identified Russia’s interest in American affairs as the key to understanding how we got to where we are today. As Alex Gibney lays out in his new HBO docuseries “Agents of Chaos,” that’s not a specious argument; there is ample evidence that the combination of Russian motivation to campaign against Hillary Clinton combined with Trump’s personal interest in forging Russian relations merged at the right time to catastrophic ends. And yet, “Agents of Chaos” runs into the same problem as most attempts to explain this perfect storm of interests, namely: it is extremely difficult to explain every connection of this complex web

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How the coronavirus is making school segregation worse

Laveta Brigham

In New York City, the nation’s largest school district, teachers and students of color say they don’t feel safe returning to school. Many of their schools lack windows that open, an ample supply of soap, masks or working ventilation systems — making it nearly impossible to navigate live classes in the middle of a pandemic.

An hour’s drive from the U.S. Capitol, about 27,000 Baltimore city school children — 1 in 3 students — do not have computers vital for virtual school. Thousands lack reliable wireless internet access.

And in Salinas, Calif., a photo of two elementary school girls huddled over their laptops and using free Wi-Fi outside a Taco Bell went viral last month, raising alarms in this majority Latino city and seizing the attention of public officials.

“This is California, home to Silicon Valley … but where the digital divide is as deep as ever,” tweeted Kevin de

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