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2020 was supposed to be the year women ruled the box office. Then the coronavirus pandemic happened.

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2020 was supposed to be the year women dominated the box office. They still will, but it may be with fewer box-office returns.
2020 was supposed to be the year women dominated the box office. They still will, but it may be with fewer box-office returns.

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  • At the start of 2020, five of the year’s most-anticipated films — “Birds of Prey,” “Mulan,” “Black Widow,” “Wonder Woman 1984,” and “The Eternals” — all starred female leads and were directed by women.

  • For the first time, fans were seeing multiple female-led superhero movies come to theaters in the same year.

  • Then the coronavirus pandemic happened, resulting in delays and a jam-packed fall schedule that will leave films competing against one another for box-office dollars.

  • Even when theaters eventually reopen, will these movies even perform in the way they would have pre-pandemic? Industry experts predict the box office will have its worst performance since 1998

  • Even in a year where female-led films will most

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Hamburg sex workers demand Germany’s brothels reopen

By Fabian Bimmer

HAMBURG (Reuters) – Prostitutes demonstrated in Hamburg’s red light district late on Saturday evening demanding that Germany’s brothels be allowed to reopen after months of closure to curb the spread of coronavirus.

With shops, restaurants and bars all open again in Germany, where prostitution is legal, sex workers say they are being singled out and deprived of their livelihoods despite not posing a greater health risk.

“The oldest profession needs your help,” read a notice held up by one woman in a brothel window in the Herbertstrasse, which was flooded with red light after being dark since March.

Some protesters wore theatrical masks while one played folk songs on a violin in the street just around the corner from the Reeperbahn, famous for its nightlife.

The Association of Sex Workers, which organised the protest, says the continued closure of licensed premises is forcing some prostitutes onto the

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50+ Black-Owned Beauty Brands To Support Year-Round

Black women don’t need a statistic to tell you that they outspend the rest of the market on bath and body products. (But in case you do: It’s a whopping 19%, according to Nielsen). From conditioners for our curls and kinks to lipsticks that enhance our melanin, beauty runs deep through Black culture, and we have the numbers to back it up.

But despite our tremendous spending power, Black women are still overlooked and undervalued in the beauty industry — with fewer than 1% of Black female founders receiving funding. It’s a reality that directly affects their communities, but it’s something consumers can change right now. “By supporting businesses owned by Black people, you empower our success,” explains Nyakio Grieco, founder of Nyakio Beauty. “By investing in Black and brown people with your dollars, you are helping to eliminate generational poverty.”

So, as the world comes together

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The Woman Behind 70,000 Makeup Swatches

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Integrity, honesty, and a nearly scientific attention to detail. These aren’t words that apply well to every influencer, but they swatch beautifully on Christine Mielke, the owner and founder of Temptalia.com. Established in 2006 as a repository for Mielke’s then-burgeoning enthusiasm for makeup, the blog now receives 850,000 unique visitors a month and serves as a resource for beauty enthusiasts looking to find dupes, get the right foundation shade, or decide whether the latest launch is worth their coins. Temptalia has come a long way from its humble beginnings.

“It started just really as a repository for makeup looks and my initial thoughts and impressions on the products I was buying at the time,” says Mielke of Temptalia’s early days. Then a student at UC Irvine, the MAC counter had

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Woman apologises for telling man he was illegally defacing his own home with ‘Black Lives Matter’ slogan

James Juanillo chalked 'Black Lives Matter' on his own wall – and was accused of illegal action by someone who assumed he didn't live there: AP
James Juanillo chalked ‘Black Lives Matter’ on his own wall – and was accused of illegal action by someone who assumed he didn’t live there: AP

A San Francisco woman who questioned a man writing “Black Lives Matter” on his own home has apologised for assuming he did not live there and calling the police on him.

“I want to apologise directly to Mr Juanillo,” Ms Alexander said in a statement. “There are not enough words to describe how truly sorry I am for being disrespectful to him last Tuesday when I made the decision to question him about what he was doing in front of his home. I should have minded my own business.”

In the video, shot by James Juanillo on his phone, Ms Alexander is seen asking Mr Juanillo, who is Filipino, whether he lives in the house, saying that he is defacing private property

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Woman apologizes after backlash from confronting homeowner

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The CEO of a cosmetics company issued an apology Sunday after a video was widely shared online showing her and her husband confronting a man and threatening to call police because he stenciled “Black Lives Matter” in chalk on his San Francisco property.

The video, which has been retweeted 155,000 times, has sparked accusations of racism and led a cosmetics distributor to cut ties with Lisa Alexander, founder and CEO of LaFace Skincare.

“There are not enough words to describe how truly sorry I am for being disrespectful to him last Tuesday when I made the decision to question him about what he was doing in front of his home,” Alexander said in a statement. “I should have minded my own business.”

The video, which first appeared Tuesday on the Facebook page of James Juanillo, shows a couple asking him whether he lives in the house

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