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Sexual Misconduct Is Never a Laughing Matter, But Why Is it Always a Joke?

This column may contain strong language, sexual content, adult humor, and other themes that may not be suitable for minors. Parental guidance is strongly advised. No, not you, Al Franken! And not you too, George Takei! Our reactions to men, whether gay or straight, outed as sexual predators or harassers or molesters, as in the […]

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Art

Naked attraction: art and tragic tales in Modigliani’s Paris

As Tate Modern prepares a new exhibition of his work, including 12 of his famous nudes, Louise Roddon explores the artist’s haunts in Montmartre and Montparnasse

Poor Amedeo Modigliani, what a tough life he led. I’m thinking this as I climb the steps to his last studio in Montparnasse. It’s a classic artist’s garret with peeling paint and poor lighting, and climbing the countless floors on a narrow stone tread, leaves me winded. It wouldn’t have been easy for a man with advanced tuberculosis. With Tate Modern about to stage its Modigliani exhibition, I’ve come to number 8 Rue de la Grande-Chaumière, his final home before he died tragically young in 1920. At 35, he wasn’t just a victim of TB, but was suffering the toll of a lifetime’s enthusiasm for alcohol and drugs.

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Entertainment

Ben Affleck Cracked a Rape Joke During a ‘Justice League’ Interview

It’s been said that people who get away with bad behavior once have the propensity to do it again. There’s no better example for that than misogynists and sex offenders. That’s how Harvey Weinstein got away with decades of abuse. That’s how rape culture morphed into something deeply ingrained in our society, it’s so hard […]

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Entertainment

Preen Gift Guide: The Practical Items You Never Knew You Needed

Having trouble with your gift list for the holidays? Our weekly gift guide series will help you figure out what you can get your loved ones this coming season. From food to fashion and beauty, we’ll be covering all possible areas to make sure you have the best options to choose from. We will be […]

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Architecture

Pictures of YouTube bro Jake Paul’s new $6.9 million house are here

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Bad news for the people living in Los Angeles’ Calabasas city. YouTube star Jake Paul, who recently made life hell for his West Hollywood neighbours, has moved into a huge mansion in the wealthy neighbourhood.

Paul announced his purchase of the 15,000 sq ft mansion on Oct. 13, featuring the house with a distinct metal block sculpture in front.

Pictures of the property on designer Amit Apel’s site offer a peek into the 20-year-old’s upcoming vlogs, which are surely set to feature even bigger scale antics on the 3.5 acre property. Read more…

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Entertainment

Netflix Series ‘Alias Grace’ Shows Why Female Oppression Must Stop

If there is one show that you should start binge-watching, it’s Alias Grace, a crime-drama Netflix series based on a 1996 novel of the same name. Written by Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace follows the story of Grace Marks, an Irish immigrant who becomes a domestic servant in Canada. In 1843, Grace is convicted of murdering her […]

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Music

The alt city guide to York

It’s time for the Romans and Vikings to make way for a new insurgency in the North Yorkshire jewel: a sparky, creative scene fuelled by innovative music, food and drink outlets

What images come to mind when you think of York? The Minster, steam engines, Romans and Vikings, a city resisting the 21st century? But look beyond that twee facade, outside York’s narrow medieval streets, and a very different city is asserting itself.

“It’s definitely getting more vibrant,” says Danielle Barge, editor of webzine Arts York. “In recent years, a lot of people have started independent projects: small theatre and film companies, artists’ studios, music promoters. People are almost in artistic rebellion. They’re taking it upon themselves to say, ‘if no one else is going to make it, we will’.”

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Entertainment

What Scorpio Season and Spirit Animals Mean for You and Your Family

Every week, Preen tackles motherhood sans the rose-tinted glasses. Our columnists L. Juliano, Marla Darwin, Monica Eleazar-Manzano, Rossana Unson, and Ronna Capili-Bonifacio tell their personal experiences like it is—at times frustrating, oftentimes confusing, but always enlightening. We have entered the month of Scorpio. One of my favorite and most trusted astrologers, Gahl Sasson said to become more like a Scorpio […]

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Entertainment

Take Maroon 5’s Red Pill, It’s Worth Your While

Allow me a quick guess here: You’ve hated Maroon 5 for a few years now. Okay, maybe “hate” isn’t the right word—maybe you’ve been mostly disappointed, underwhelmed at best at their transformation into the pop machine they are now. Maybe it’s when the band stuck Wiz Khalifa on “Payphone” for an absurd verse they could’ve […]

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Entertainment

Scarlet Snow Belo Gave Archie Burnand Some Walking Lessons

Expect that this week will be overflowing with details and stories from #TheWanforAnne. After looking through all the photos from the ceremony and the welcome dinner, one of the best moments we found doesn’t include the bride or groom. It stars Scarlet Snow Belo and Archie Burnard. Scarlet, 2, was having a grand day with […]

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Architecture

Newscaster uses Taylor Swift lyrics to deliver her traffic report

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Taylor Swift’s latest album is touching everybody, including your local traffic reporter.

Laura Hettiger provides traffic coverage for KMOV St. Louis. On Friday, Hettiger decided she would spice up her coverage by sprinkling in lyrics from Taylor Swift’s newest album, Reputation.

No matter how you feel about Taylor Swift, you’ve got to stand behind this wordplay.

Swift was so touched she even retweeted the broadcast.

My cousins in St. Louis sent this to me. I LOVE YOU @LauraKHettigerhttps://t.co/OvC349nq8y

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Entertainment

Finding the Right Friends Is Just as Important as Finding the Right Partner

Here at Preen, we’re fully aware that adult life doesn’t always go as smoothly (and look as beautiful) as curated Instagram feeds. We all face challenges amidst all the good things. Meet Mikka Wee, a former food editor-turned-working gal in Singapore, who’s about to share all the ups and downs that come with adulting and living. […]

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Entertainment

How Fans Are Dealing With the Paid Streaming of ‘Reputation

a Real talk: I was supposed to listen to Taylor Swift’s Reputation once it came out. Just to see if it’s actually worth the hype. Since she already released four singles on Spotify, as well as her other albums, people can stream Reputation there too, right? Wrong. As of now, you can only listen to the album by either […]

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Entertainment

The Kim K-J Law Interview Quotes You Can Use for Work

A few years ago, late night television and YouTube exploded when Jimmy Fallon realized that he blew away his shot at dating Nicole Kidman. Jimmy’s shock over the whole situation took over. You also saw how celebrities such as a  host-comedian and an Oscar award winner encounter  the same problems we mortals have. Just without […]

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Entertainment

Lauren Reid Goes on a Haiku-Writing Spree In Japan

If you follow Lauren Reid on Instagram, you would have seen her document her recent trip to Japan. She went with her friends, including brother James Reid and his girlfriend Nadine Lustre. They spent Halloween in Tokyo and traveled to different temples Kyoto. While visiting Osaka, she started to caption her photos with haikus. A […]

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Architecture

This ‘Harry Potter’ sock advent calendar could free 24 house elves this Christmas

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Free a house elf every day this Christmas, with this Harry Potter advent calendar filled with socks.

Perfect for wrenching poor ol’ Dobby from the Malfoys, Target’s new festive calendar contains 12 pairs of Harry Potter themed socks — that’s 24 freed house elves, people.

It’s going for $15 in Target’s online store, pretty decent for 12 pairs of socks. They feature design references to the Marauder’s Map, quidditch and the Deathly Hallows. 

Look at those socks, they’re cuter than a niffler (nah, nothing is cuter than a niffler). Read more…

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Business

Kim Kardashian West on apps, social media, and her most-used Kimoji

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Kim Kardashian West is a business, first and foremost. From her humble Keeping Up With The Kardashians roots – now in its tenth season on E! – she’s has built a career featuring all the trappings of a lifestyle mogul success story. 

There are Kim K. fragrances, Kim K. contour kits, Kim K. Kimojis. There’s also her wildly successful mobile game (in which people can pretend to be famous) and her Kim Kardashian West official app (in which people can watch Kim be actually famous).  

Now, she’s got another mobile project in the works: She’s – per a spokesperson – an “early adopter and advisor” on a new fashion app called ScreenShop. Users plug screenshot photos of friends or Instagram models or Kim, even, into the free app, and it’ll breakdown the outfit by piece, suggesting similar items from participating clothing retailers. Read more…

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Entertainment

Where to Christmas-Shop to Become the Best Gift-Giver Ever

There are 47 days left before Christmas. You know what that means? You should be shopping for gifts right now. Or at least work out your holiday shopping list. (Yes, this is also a reminder to myself.) Every year, the struggle is figuring out where to buy your presents and how to get the most […]

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Architecture

So, Trump actually met the ‘Pen Pineapple Apple Pen’ guy in Japan

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Trump hasn’t been that much of a philistine during his Japan trip, despite ordering a well-done burger and dumping a whole box of fish food into a koi pond.

After all, he made time to get a photo with Japanese sensation Piko-Taro, who you might know to be behind the viral hit “Pineapple Pen Apple Pen (PPAP)” in 2016.

Piko-Taro, whose real name is Kazuhito Kosaka, met Trump at a dinner alongside Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzō Abe on Monday night. 

Dressed in his distinct orange faux-leopard skin outfit, Piko-Taro stood out among a mostly formal crowd at the event. Read more…

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