Joe Biden names all-women White House communication team led by Jen Psaki as press secretary

WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden named his White House senior communication staff Sunday, choosing a team of women led by Jen Psaki, a veteran of President Barack Obama’s administration, as his press secretary. 

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Psaki, who wore many hats under Obama, including White House communication director, has overseen the confirmation team for Biden’s transition.

Turning to two top campaign aides, Biden tapped Kate Bedingfield as White House communications director, and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris chose Symone Sanders as senior adviser and chief spokesperson. Bedingfield worked as deputy campaign manager and communications director for the Biden-Harris campaign. Sanders was a senior adviser to the campaign.



Jen Psaki smiling for the camera: President-elect Joe Biden chose Jen Psaki as his press secretary.


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President-elect Joe Biden chose Jen Psaki as his press secretary.

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Other hires are: Elizabeth Alexander, communications director for first lady Jill Biden; Ashley Etienne, communications director for Harris; Karine Jean-Pierre, principal deputy press secretary; and Pili Tobar, deputy White House communications director.

Biden continues to build his Cabinet and White House staff, led by Ron Klain, though President Donald Trump refuses to concede the election.

“Communicating directly and truthfully to the American people is one of the most important duties of a President, and this team will be entrusted with the tremendous responsibility of connecting the American people to the White House,” Biden said in a statement. “I am proud to announce today the first senior White House communications team comprised entirely of women. These qualified, experienced communicators bring diverse perspectives to their work and a shared commitment to building this country back better.”

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As press secretary, Psaki will become the public face of the Biden administration, a role that Kayleigh McEnany holds in Trump’s administration

“I grew up through the hard fought battles of winning back the House, winning presidential campaigns and fighting for the Obama-Biden agenda with @KBeds and looking forward to the journey ahead,” Psaki said Sunday in a tweet.

Psaki was communications director for Obama during his final two years in office. She was earlier a spokeswoman for the State Department, handling daily briefings with the international media.

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As communications director in 2015 and 2016, Psaki reorganized the White House approach to media with more attention for nontraditional and online outlets. She served as traveling press secretary for Obama during

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Joe Biden names all-women White House communications team led by Jen Psaki as press secretary

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden on Sunday named his White House senior communications staff, choosing a team of all women led by Jen Psaki, a veteran of President Barack Obama’s administration, as his first press secretary. 

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Psaki, who wore many hats under Obama including White House communications director, has overseen the confirmations team for Biden’s transition team.

Turning to top campaign aides, Biden also tapped Kate Bedingfield as White House communications director and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris named Symone Sanders senior adviser and chief spokesperson for the vice president. Bedingfield worked as deputy campaign manager and communications director for the Biden-Harris campaign. Sanders served as a campaign senior adviser.



Jen Psaki smiling for the camera: Jen Psaki is seen Feb. 16, 2011, in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. She served as communications director during the final two years of President Barack Obama's term and previously as spokeswoman for the State Department.


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Jen Psaki is seen Feb. 16, 2011, in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. She served as communications director during the final two years of President Barack Obama’s term and previously as spokeswoman for the State Department.

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Other communications hires are: Elizabeth Alexander, communications director for first lady Jill Biden; Ashley Etienne, communications director for Harris; Karine Jean-Pierre, principal deputy press secretary; and Pili Tobar, deputy White House communications director.

The announcements come as Biden continues to build his Cabinet and White House staff, led by Chief of Staff Ron Klain while President Donald Trump refuses to concede the election that Biden won.

“Communicating directly and truthfully to the American people is one of the most important duties of a President, and this team will be entrusted with the tremendous responsibility of connecting the American people to the White House,” Biden said in a statement. “I am proud to announce today the first senior White House communications team comprised entirely of women. These qualified, experienced communicators bring diverse perspectives to their work and a shared commitment to building this country back better.”

More: Ron Klain named Biden’s chief of staff, first White House official picked for administration

As press secretary, Psaki will become the public face of the Biden administration, a role that Kayleigh McEnany holds in Trump’s administration. 

“I grew up through the hard fought battles of winning back the House, winning presidential campaigns and fighting for the Obama-Biden agenda with @KBeds and looking forward to the journey ahead,” Psaki said Sunday in a tweet.

Psaki served as communications director for Obama during his final two years in office. She was earlier a spokeswoman for the State Department, handling daily briefings with the international press.

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Games Done Quick’s week-long all-women speedrunning event starts today

Games Done Quick’s (GDQ) all-women speedrunning community, the Frame Fatales, will be hosting the Fleet Fatales event to raise money for charity this week. It kicks off today at 4PM ET on the Games Done Quick Twitch channel.



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The schedule is live now, and there are some great runs to look forward to. I’m particularly interested the Hades run on Monday, the run for a game called McDonald’s Treasure Land Adventures for the Sega Genesis on Tuesday (no, I had never heard of that game until now, either, but here’s a video of it), the Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat run on Friday (Jungle Beat is the Donkey Kong platformer played with the GameCube’s bongo controller), and the The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time randomizer co-op run on Saturday (I have no idea how this run will work, but it sounds awesome).

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Like other recent GDQ events, the Fleet Fatales event will be virtual due to the pandemic. The event will be raising money for Malala Fund, which works to improve access to education for girls. The Frame Fatales hosted the Frost Fatales event in February, which raised more than $54,000 for Malala Fund. (You can watch replays of runs from that event on YouTube.)

Fleet Fatales begins today, and takes place from 4PM to 12AM ET each day this week. The event ends on Saturday, November 21st.

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Former Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw joins all-women ACCN studio as analyst

Hall of Fame coach Muffet McGraw is returning to women’s college basketball as an ACC Network studio analyst.

McGraw announced her retirement in April after 33 years coaching the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the women’s game. In the six months since, she has organized food drives during the pandemic, started teaching a sports business leadership class at Notre Dame and worked as a poll worker on Election Day.

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Now she’ll add TV analyst beginning next week on ACC Network’s “ACC Women’s Basketball Tipoff” and “ACC Operation Basketball” programs, ESPN PR announced Monday. They air Nov. 11 and 12.

“Muffet McGraw is on the Mount Rushmore of women’s college basketball coaches and we are elated to have her join ACC Network,” the networks’ coordinating producer Aaron Katzman said in a statement. “Along with her hall of fame pedigree Coach McGraw will bring to our studio shows informed perspective, in depth analysis, and insight that transcends beyond the court.”

McGraw, 64, amassed 936 wins as the Irish coach, good for sixth all-time among Division I coaches. She joins Pat Summitt (Tennessee), Tara VanDerveer (Stanford), Geno Auriemma (UConn) and Mike Krzyzewski (Duke men) as the only coaches with at least 930 victories.

The Irish became perennial contenders for ACC championships and the the NCAA Tournament. Notre Dame won national championships in 2001 and 2018 under McGraw’s guidance and reached the Final Four nine times. She was named the Associated Press National Coach of the Year four times and was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.

Niele Ivey, a member of the 2001 championship team and assistant on the 2018 team, took over as Irish coach.

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McGraw joining studio of women for ACC



Muffet McGraw on a court: Former Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw is joining ACC Network. (Justin Tafoya/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)


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Former Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw is joining ACC Network. (Justin Tafoya/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

McGraw will join a group of women talking about the women’s game, an aspect of sports media that is incredibly important to the legendary coach

“I am thrilled to be joining ACC Network,” McGraw said in a statement. “As a coach, I loved being part of the ACC and have always believed it is one of the best conferences in the country. I am thankful to be surrounded by a great studio team, including Kelsey Riggs, Kelly Gramlich and Monica McNutt to help me make a smooth transition from coach to analyst.”

One of McGraw’s most famous moments came in April 2019 ahead of the NCAA Final Four games. She started a national conversation with two minutes of semi-impromptu, passionate remarks on the importance of women’s voices in sport. Women’s empowerment, especially in the spots world, is a passion of hers and she publicly vowed to only hire women on her staff.

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How this all-women team is designing minimalist artisanal clothing for modern Indian women

Entrepreneurship is bringing more traditional handlooms and textiles to the forefront, giving visibility to long-forgotten art and craft. Although marred by challenges, many entrepreneurs are choosing the path of connecting artisans across India with the urban population, with many designer twists. 

In 2019, Ameet Panchal too began conceptualising a natural clothing brand and launched Nylangan Hindustan on August 7, 2020, on National Handloom Day.

Valued at $100 billion in 2019, the Indian textile and apparel industry is expected to reach $220 billion by 2025, according to India Brand Equity Foundation. It is fuelled by 4.5 crore workers, including 35.22 lakh handloom workers across the country. 

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Ameet says Nylangan was founded on the belief that fashion should be personal. It boasts of an all-women team that efficiently handles all operational aspects from creating a brand identity to fashion designs, marketing and communication with the weavers. 

With a team that knows the pulse of Indian women’s needs, Nylangan claims to design Indo-Western garments that complement all body types, sizes, suitable for women of all age groups. It has launched two collections, Aranya which has nature-inspired warm colour palette and Wildflower that features golden hues with traditional Dori embroidery.

Priced between Rs 1,699 and Rs 3,499, it offers tunics, jackets, kurta, dresses, pants, and skirts made of breathable fabric like cotton and linen. 

Ameet says, “A lot of effort is put into garment construction and developing the fabric to ensure quality. Nylangan is designed and developed as an ode to the passionate team of non-conformist women who are at the helm of our brand.” 

Having entered the market amid the pandemic, the B2C brand has focused on gaining traction online through social media marketing. Besides its own website, it is present on ecommerce platforms like TataCliQ, Myntra, and Ajio as well as a few brick-and-mortar stores in Mumbai, Kolkata, and New Delhi. 

“We were quick to ramp up our ecommerce platform and marketplace presence to be available online, which is a safer shopping option now,” he says. The founder believes consistency is the key when it comes to customer engagement and brand awareness.

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Ameet Panchal, Founder of Nylangan

Started with his savings, Ameet says, it is too early for the startup to draw conclusions on growth and traction. “As the business matures and we have a track record, we will consider raising money for expansion into other categories,” he adds.

 

The entrepreneur holds a unique view of competition across the industry that’s not just restricted to the clothing and apparel sector. 

Ameet says, “We want a share of the customer’s wallet and therefore competition is from all categories which influence the customer’s spending pattern. Our challenge is to be in the customer’s mind space at all times when a decision to buy a fashion garment is made.”

This becomes increasingly relevant amid COVID-19 when consumers are mindful of spending less and saving for future uncertainties. 

 

As shopping patterns change, he says Nylangan is leveraging market learnings –

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Letitia Wright Thinks It’s ‘Only a Matter of Time’ Until We Get an All-Women ‘Avengers’ Movie

Breakout Black Panther star Letitia Wright, who played the titular character’s sister Shuri, is eager to be involved in a possible all-women Avengers film.

In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment, Wright suggested that the possibility is actually quite high, and that there’s already people working to make it happen. “I don’t think we have to fight for it,” she said of the proposed film, which she said prolific Marvel Cinematic Universe producer Victoria Alonso has already been vocal about.

“[Alonso] is very strong about spearheading it, alongside [Marvel CCO] Kevin [Feige],” Wright said. “It’s only a matter of time before they do it.”

As for who she would want to see in the film, the alum of Black Mirror and Guava Island had a long list of who she could fight alongside. One of her suggestions was that her Black Panther co-stars Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, and Angela Basset could fight against a threat. She also brought up Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie, who was introduced in Thor: Ragnarok. “Definitely have to have Captain Marvel, definitely,” she said.

Recently, Wright opened up about discussions regarding a Blank Panther sequel following Chadwick Boseman’s untimely death at age 43. While her future in the MCU is all but guaranteed, she admitted that the thought of doing any further Black Panther material without him would feel “kinda strange.” She added, “We’re just grieving at the moment, so it’s trying to find the light in the midst of it.”

As far back as 2018, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler has been on board with an all-women spinoff. “That would be amazing if the opportunity came up,” Coogler said. “There’s a whole section of the film where T’Challa is out of the movie and you’re just following the women. That’s one of my favorite parts of the movie when I watched it, and I didn’t expect that.”

He added that the talented actresses could “easily carry their own movie.”

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