Barbados seeks to drop Queen Elizabeth II as head of state

Queen Elizabeth II has eight realms in the Caribbean, but Barbados no longer wants to be part of that kingdom By DÁNICA COTO Associated Press September 16, 2020, 7:53 PM • 3 min read SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Queen Elizabeth II has eight realms in the Caribbean, but Barbados no longer wants to be part of that kingdom. The former British colony once known as “Little England” announced it plans to replace the monarch with its own head of …

11 Candid Quotes About Fatherhood From Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry is very candid about the emotions of fatherhood. The movie mogul and his partner, Gelila Bekele, welcomed a son, Aman Tyler Perry, in 2014. Since then, he’s opened up about the day-to-day experience and powerful emotions of raising a child. In honor of his birthday, we’ve rounded up 11 quotes about parenthood from Perry. On The Emotions Of Fatherhood “Every cliche is true. When I look at him, I see my young self. When I’m hugging him, I’m …

Naomi Osaka’s U.S. Open Masks Showcase One of an Athlete’s Most Powerful Tools for Protest

When Naomi Osaka took the court in the first round of the U.S. Open on Aug. 31, she wore a face mask with Breonna Taylor’s name printed on it. And, she revealed, she’d brought a different such mask for each round of the tournament, each bearing the name of a Black person whose death raised awareness of racial injustice in America. “I actually have seven [masks], and it’s quite sad that seven masks isn’t enough for the amount of names, …

Hoping to Bring Out Conservative Voters, Donald Trump Releases New Supreme Court Shortlist

In a bid to motivate conservative voters in November, President Donald Trump released an updated list of people he would consider for possible future Supreme Court vacancies, adding 20 new names to the list including three sitting senators. The 20 new people added to Trump’s list of names include judges he has appointed to the federal bench during his first term, like Gregory Katsas of the D.C. Circuit and Barbara Lagoa of the Eleventh Circuit, but it also includes a …

Trump Has Always Seen a COVID-19 Vaccine as a Political Bet. Will It Pay Off in Time?

Scientists and medical researchers inside President Donald Trump’s administration have repeatedly told the President that the vaccine won’t be ready until the end of the year, at the earliest. But that’s not what Trump wants voters to believe. In a new Trump campaign ad that started running in battleground states, a voiceover claims, “In the race for a vaccine, the finish line is approaching,” as footage of clear medicine bottles scrolls past with fake labels on them reading “COVID-19 coronavirus …

20 Years Later, ‘Almost Famous’ Is The Best Kind Of Feel-Good Movie

Kate Hudson has a line in “Almost Famous” that is cheesy, overwrought and perfect. I think about it often. Her character, aptly named Penny Lane, says to fledgling 1970s rock journalist William Miller (Patrick Fugit) while driving around San Diego one night, “I always tell the girls, ‘Never take it seriously.’ If you never take it seriously, you never get hurt. If you never get hurt, you always have fun. And if you ever get lonely, just go to the …

Parents, Stop Pretending Everything Is Fine. This Is Hard As Hell.

I spent most of the summer in a state of numbness, most likely driven by a deep-seated denial that the world has irrevocably changed and nothing will ever be the same. And after a traumatic spring, life suddenly felt *kind of* normal this summer. Yes, the kids weren’t at camp, and yes, I was working at home, but we were lucky enough that everyone stayed healthy and (relatively) sane. And then it all came crashing down. Quite suddenly, I was …

Serena Williams’ Reaction To Seeing Daughter At U.S. Open Is So Pure

The U.S. Open might’ve ditched the crowd this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but Serena Williams couldn’t have asked for a more adorable cheering section.  The tennis pro inched one step closer to taking home her 24th Grand Slam title Saturday after besting Sloane Stephens on the court in the third-round matchup between the two champions.  While the typically packed Arthur Ashe Stadium remained almost completely empty over the weekend, players’ friends and family were allowed to watch the matches. …

Drugmakers seek to reassure public about coronavirus vaccine with joint pledge on safety

A group of drugmakers competing to bring a coronavirus vaccine to market plan to issue a public statement as soon as next week that says they will not seek government approval until enough data has been collected to ensure the drugs are safe and effective, CNBC confirmed Saturday. An early draft of the joint statement promises to prioritize the safety of vaccinated people, according to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the plans to issue a statement. Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson …

Joe Biden, in Kenosha, Says U.S. Is Addressing ‘the Original Sin of This Country’

(KENOSHA, Wis.) — Joe Biden told residents of Kenosha, Wisconsin, that recent turmoil following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, could help Americans confront centuries of systemic racism, drawing a sharp contrast with President Donald Trump amid a reckoning that has galvanized the nation. “We’re finally now getting to the point where we’re going to be addressing the original sin of this country, 400 years old … slavery and all the vestiges of it,” Biden said at …

Joe Biden’s Wisconsin Coalition Tries to Catch a Glimpse of Their Candidate

As Joe Biden met with community leaders in a Kenosha church on Thursday, roughly four dozen of the voters he needs to win Wisconsin waited on the street outside, several layers of brick away from the man running to be their President. The crowd on the street outside Grace Lutheran Church represented the coalition that Biden is counting on to win the White House: moderate suburban women and disaffected Black voters, union workers and remorseful Donald Trump supporters, first-time voters …

I Let My Child Create Their Own Gender Identity. The Experience Has Been a Gift for Us Both

“What are you having?” I’d be standing in line at the post office or a movie theater, and I’d realize a stranger was staring at my belly. The kind person thought they were asking me a simple question with a simple answer: Is it a boy or a girl? If you want to get technical, my partner Brent and I had found out our child’s sex chromosomes in the early stages of my pregnancy, and we had seen their genitals …

Biden will visit Kenosha to ‘bring Americans together to heal’ amid protests – live

  Trump suggested people should vote twice, which would be illegal Donald Trump told voters in North Carolina they should vote twice, once by mail and once in person, even though doing so would be illegal. The president was in Wilmington, North Carolina, for an event today. Asked whether he has confidence in the mail-in voting system, the president suggested voters break the law. “Let them send it [their mail-in ballot] in and let them go vote, and if their …

I Fear I’ll Never Be The Same: Here’s What It’s Really Like To Be A COVID Long-hauler

For a growing number of coronavirus patients, recovery hasn’t been swift or easy. In fact, it’s been almost as bad as having the virus itself. I should know — it’s been my daily hell. Ever since coming down with COVID-19 symptoms in late January, my body feels as though it has been put through the grueling paces of the New York City Marathon without having the proper training for the 26.2-mile run. Or for the tech-savvy, like an iPhone 6S …

The Chaos in Kenosha Isn’t Changing Anybody’s Mind

Over pancakes and sausage at Frank’s Diner in downtown Kenosha, Wisc., Anna Primus was mildly miffed. President Trump, whom she supported in 2016, was visiting Kenosha that day, and the 61-year old retiree didn’t think it was such a good idea. The city has been torn apart since the shooting of Jacob Blake by local police (“seven times is a bit much to me,” Primus says), and residents were worried the President’s visit Tuesday would inflame tensions. After losing two …

S&P 500 and Nasdaq close at record highs to start September, Dow jumps more than 200 points

Stocks rose on Tuesday, led by tech shares, as traders kicked off a historically tough month for the market on the right foot and built on Wall Street’s best August performance since the 1980s. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 215.61 points, or 0.8%, to close at 28,645.66. The S&P 500 climbed 0.8% to 3,526.65 and the Nasdaq Composite advanced 1.4% to 11,939.67. Both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq hit all-time highs. Apple led the gains in tech, rising 4%. The stock …

The Funniest Tweets About Married Life To Get You Through This Week

And somehow, the spouses of Twitter continue to find humor in the minutiae of married life and sum it up perfectly in 280 characters or fewer. Every other Monday, we round up the funniest marriage tweets of the previous two weeks. Read on for 25 relatable new ones that will have you laughing in agreement. After many years of marriage, the one piece of advice I can give is this: For some reason they just really like the towels folded …

She Had 30 Minutes To Say Goodbye To Her Dad. Now He’s Dead And She’s Alone In A Room For 14 Days.

In the last moments she would ever have with her father, Natalia Southern had just 30 minutes to say goodbye. As she entered his hospital room, she couldn’t touch her dad or hold his hand. She couldn’t whisper in his ear how much she loved him — she couldn’t even come within 6 feet of him. Her mother and brother were not allowed to be in the room with her as he lay dying. She was alone. Southern’s father, 88-year-old …

Tour de France Begins With Strict Anti-COVID-19 Measures

(NICE, France) — Delayed but alive again and out on French roads, the strangest Tour de France ever set off Saturday in a bubble of anti-COVID protocols to try to keep the 176 riders virus-free for three weeks of racing through the country’s worsening epidemic. Only after riders peeled off their face masks and raced off from the start in the Mediterranean city of Nice, serenaded by a uniformed band playing “La Marseillaise,” did the Tour begin to look like …

Hurricane Laura: Donald Trump visits storm-lashed Louisiana and Texas

Donald Trump got a first-hand look on Saturday at hurricane damage to south-west Louisiana, two days after Hurricane Laura roared in off the Gulf of Mexico with winds up to 150mph, killing at least 15 people, knocking out power and causing extensive flooding and lack of running water across several towns. After arriving at Lake Charles before meeting with politicians and emergency workers and a second, scheduled stop in Orange county, Texas, Trump said: “I’m here to support the great …