Category Archives: Culture

When You Say the Very Wrong Thing

The incident was so awkward that Kristi’s people had to release this statement:

Yamaguchi’s rep has issued the following statement to E!, “Kristi loves Nancy and has nothing but respect for her. No ill will was intended with the tweet and Nancy herself has received and commented on the well wishes that were sent. Kristi is finding the reactions on social media humorous but unfortunately for those who want it to have been shady, that’s not the case.”

Wow, face palm.

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Collective Retreats

I didn’t grow up being much of a camper or an outdoorsy person for that matter. I’m sure none of you are surprised to learn that. However, in college I branched out a bit and went on a few retreats and found myself really enjoying this time to myself in a secluded environment outside of the city. I liked the freedom of being able to do whatever I wanted and being at peace with my surroundings. As an adult, it’s still something I think about and from time to time, I do research retreats for adults. I never had an opportunity to do the 3-5 day silent retreat in college and that is still one of my biggest regrets!

I recently stumbled across “Collective Retreats,” which resembles what we all know today as “glamping,” but reminds me of the experience I once had. It may not be the tent that you grew up with, but it’s okay to think of it as an updated version of it. These tents have a cozy bed inside, wood floors, and a neighboring bathroom in a teepee. Toilet and shower included! I know what you’re thinking, how does this all work? I’m still trying to figure it out myself. Collective Retreats is able to work because they reach out to various landowners that happen to have these wide open private spaces that make for the perfect getaway. The company then turns these into makeshift tent lodges for a small period of time allowing guests to get the desired vacation they are hoping for. Since these plots of land are so large, they often will include anywhere from 5-15 furnished tents, but all within a reasonable distance from each other so that you can still feel like you are on your own. If you decide that you want the company of other retreaters, there is a common shared space for everyone to hang out together…and in which you will receive chef-prepared meals. Camping… just like when you were a kid!

Collective Retreats is currently available in Yellowstone in Vail with plans to expand out to Sonoma, Hudson Valley, and Hill Country.

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Samuel L. Jackson Answers Most Searched Questions

This is the 2nd post we’ve done that has included Samuel L. Jackson in the same week. You may be wondering… why? Well, it’s cause he has a new movie coming out, but if we’re being honest here – there hasn’t been enough Samuel L. Jackson on Yow Yow! and that just needs to change in general. He’s actually quite funny. I think we could use more content from him.

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Blog Roundup

  • This photo of Myspace Tom is iconic. [The Verge]
  • What causes workplace depression [Science Nordic]
  • The stereotypes we create when we discuss gender [Psychology Today]
  • Chrissy Teigen opens up about her postpartum depression and this is so important. [Glamour]
  • Netflix is experimenting with “Choose Your Adventure” for their original shows [The Fader]

  • Jerrod Carmichael talks about his comedy show airing on HBO tonight. Anyone else watching?! [The Hundreds]
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Andi Mack

We’ve always been pretty big on television and I won’t lie to you that watching TV while multi-tasking has stunted my productivity over the years, but I can’t help it! Since I’ve spent a lot of years living alone, I loved having the TV on as background noise. It made home feel a lot less quiet. I also just enjoyed the range of television shows that I’ve watched over the years. As I was reading the news today, I discovered a new series that will be coming to the Disney Channel. And yes, I’m on the verge of 27, but no one was more upset than me about the loss of “Girl Meets World.” I wrestled for a minute or two on whether or not to take 30 minutes of my time to watch the full first episode and I’m glad I did. Andi Mack is a newly 13-year old girl who is basically using this birthday the way we all did when we turned 13 – to come out of our shell a little bit more, take more risks, and figure out who she is. She’s got two best friends, a crush, her parents, and her cool older sister. Mini spoiler alert though, on her birthday, she discovers that her cool older sister is actually her mom and that her “mom” is actually her Grandma.

This is BIG for Disney channel, right?! I mean have they ever had a series like this? I don’t think so. More importantly, I love the fact that they are bringing more Asian actors and actresses into their original series. I don’t exactly know how the rest of the season will pan out, but I’m really rooting for this one and I find it to be pretty tasteful so far – at least for a pilot episode.

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The Story of Emma Stone and Her First Oscar

Emma Stone will always be #1 in my book over Jennifer Lawrence. How crazy is it that she came from Superbad and now has an Oscar for Best Actress? I’ve probably seen 75% of the films listed in this short video (and still no La La Land,) but still in awe of her talent.

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Barry Jenkins’ Intended Oscar Speech

I might have expressed too much anger on Twitter Sunday night after the wrong film was called for “Best Picture” and the reason why is because this flub did not give “Moonlight” the attention it deserved. There have been many articles and critiques written about this already so I don’t want to echo anything you’ve already heard, but the cast of “Moonlight” didn’t have their opportunity to truly shine. Instead, the whole event was directed at Warren Beatty, Steve Harvey, “La La Land,” and now there is even a cover in which “La La Land” and “Moonlight” have to share the spotlight together. That was really unnecessary.

Since Sunday night was such a fiasco, Barry didn’t get to deliver the speech that he intended. That has been released today though and I thought I would include that for all of you to read:

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“Given what happened in those last 10 minutes of the ceremony, I don’t know how I managed any words at all,” Jenkins concluded. “It is what it is.”

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ICYMI: The Winners from the Oscars 2017

Didn’t it feel like that awards show was lasting forever?

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Best Picture: Moonlight

Direction: Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Actress: Emma Stone, La La land

Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences

Adapted Screenplay: Moonlight

Original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea

Cinematography: La La Land

Production Design: La La Land

Film Editing: Hacksaw Ridge

Visual Effects: The Jungle Book

Costume Design: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Makeup and Hairstyling: Suicide Squad

Sound Editing: Arrival

Sound Mixing: Hacksaw Ridge

Score: La La Land

Song: “City of Stars” from La La Land

Foreign Language Film: The Salesman

Animated Feature: Zootopia

Documentary Feature: OJ: Made in America

Animated Short: Piper

Documentary Short: The White Helmets

Live Action Short: Sing

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“As You Are” Movie Trailer

”Set in the early 1990’s, “As You Are” is the telling and retelling of a relationship between three teenagers as it traces the course of their friendship through a construction of disparate memories prompted by a police investigation. Starring: Owen Campbell, Charlie Heaton & Amandla Stenberg”

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“I Am An Immigrant”

It may appear to be a very simple message, but there’s no denying how powerful this video is. Created by W Magazine and featuring 81 of the biggest names in the fashion industry, these individuals are taking a stand against President Trump’s recent immigration ban. I’ll keep this short because I recently shared my own thoughts about the immigration ban, but I think it’s incredible to see an entire industry voicing their thoughts on some of the recent decisions that have been made.

In this video, you’ll see Diane von Fursternberg, Jourdan Dunn, Adriana Lima, and Anja Rubik just to name a few.

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The Eve of the Super Bowl

This video needed more Marshawn. Of course we’ll be watching the Super Bowl tomorrow, but it’s always less fun for us when the Seahawks aren’t in it. In case anyone is wondering though…um, we’re rooting for the Falcons!

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