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Khloe Kardashian’s Good American clothing is known for being uber size-inclusive, so you better believe the brand’s new shoes, out today, follow suit. From heels to boots, each pair comes in sizes four to 14, as well as in extended widths. Khloe shared on Instagram that two years of love and attention have been poured into the creation of these shoes, and we say it shows.

Put your best foot forward in our favorites styles below. And hurry—these boots were made for walking, so they’re selling out quick!

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‘American Beauty’ Writer Alan Ball ‘Feels Really Sad’ Kevin Spacey ‘Left Mark’ on the Film

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Alan Ball is unsure his Oscar-winning 1999 drama “American Beauty” could get made today considering its narrative centers around a suburban family come undone by the patriarch’s lusting over a 17-year-old high school girl. That the patriarch is played by alleged sexual abuser Kevin Spacey has put a dark cloud over the movie in recent years. Speaking to The Independent to promote his new film “Uncle Frank,” Ball briefly lamented over the present-day status of “American Beauty.”

“I feel really sad because of what happened with Kevin had sort of left its mark on it,” Ball said of the film. “Especially since the character he played in the movie is somebody who’s lusting after a 17-year old girl. I wonder if that movie would get made now.”

Written by Ball and directed by Sam Mendes, “American Beauty” world premiered at the 1999 Toronto International Film Festival to breakout acclaim before hitting theaters in the same month. The film went on to be a box office force for DreamWorks Pictures, grossing just over $350 million at the worldwide box office on a $15 million production budget. At the 2000 Academy Awards, “American Beauty” was nominated for a total of eight Oscars and took home the prizes for Best Picture, Best Director for Mendes, Best Original Screenplay for Ball, Best Actor for Spacey, and Best Cinematography.

During a 2019 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, “American Beauty” actress Thora Birch reminded moviegoers that an entire crew of artists got the film made and thus Spacey’s actions alone shouldn’t stain the film’s legacy and the work that went into the movie. “You can’t help but feel, ‘Great, now we have this stain on the film,’” the actress said. “But no — it shouldn’t be on the film. Who’s to blame? It’s Kevin. It doesn’t have anything to do with ‘American Beauty.’”

“I think it’s up to someone like me who was a part of ‘American Beauty’ to try to remind everyone that it was an entire community who made this film,” Birch added. “We all love this film. And it doesn’t have anything to do with Kevin at the end of the day.”

Ball’s latest project, “Uncle Frank,” is now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. Head over to The Independent’s website to read more from the screenwriter.

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Katy Perry slammed by followers for promoting dad’s nonpartisan ‘Nothing But American’ clothing line

Katy Perry’s fans aren’t thrilled after she posted an advertisement for her preacher father’s nonpartisan clothing line following the 2020 election. 

Perry’s father, Keith, is a Christian preacher who is trying to unite America with a clothing line that seeks to get rid of partisan bickering. On Saturday, the “American Idol” judge took to Instagram to share a video of her dad plugging the new Nothing But American clothing brand with a note acknowledging the fact that they often disagree with each other.

“We haven’t always seen [eye-to-eye] but I’m proud of my dad n bro for coming up with this!” she captioned the video. 

The post sees her father speaking directly to the camera while wearing a shirt from the new clothing line that rejects Democrat and Republican labels in favor of labeling each other as Americans. 

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“Hey everyone, I’m Keith and I want to ask you a question,” he begins. “Are you tired of the division that is destroying our country? Are you sick of losing your family and friends because they just don’t agree with your political views? Well, I am, and I know there’s a lot of people out there that have the same feeling in the same way.”

Katy Perry caught backlash for promoting her father's non-partisan clothing line.

Katy Perry caught backlash for promoting her father’s non-partisan clothing line.
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He continued: “No matter what you believe, at the end of the day we’re all Americans and I designed this T-shirt because I want people to know that, even though you may have a different religion or political view than I do, I still will be there for you and I’ll still consider you my friend, my neighbor and my fellow America.”

Despite the message of unity, several of Perry’s fans seemed to turn on her in the comments section. A majority of the comments seem to be from people encouraging the star to delete the post. 

“ok katy love u but maybe not this,” one user wrote.

“Delete this mess,” another added.

“This is not about political differences, this is about human rights!” a more vocal critic wrote. “This post is kinda disappointing tbh”

“Would rather not (re)connect with people who intentionally voted against my rights and immigrant family,” another more specific user noted.

“Girl you make stanning you VERY difficult…” someone else noted.

Katy Perry caught backlash from followers for promoting unity after the election.

Katy Perry caught backlash from followers for promoting unity after the election.
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“Girl why are you purposely throwing your career down the drain!!!” another user asked.

“Girl this ain’t it!” someone else wrote, specifically calling out Donald Trump supporters. “This ain’t it! Please no! When someone voted for Trump & Co… they’re voting for Homophobia, Racist and so much more! It’s nothing American about that!”

Perry, who previously gave her public support to the Joe Biden and Kamala Harris ticket, was previously criticized by her fans when

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Alan Ball admits Kevin Spacey has ruined American Beauty for him

Kevin Spacey plays an older man obsessed with his friend’s teenage daughter in American Beauty. (Jinks / Cohen Company)

Alan Ball has admitted he finds it “hard to watch” his Oscar-winning film American Beauty because of its star, Kevin Spacey.

More than 20 years after its release, Ball has admitted he struggles to watch the film that won him an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay “without thinking about Kevin Spacey and all the allegations against him”.

“Especially since he plays a character who is lusting after someone who is not age-appropriate. It’s unfortunate,” Ball told The Irish Times.

American Beauty was released in 1999 to critical acclaim, and went on to become a box-office smash, raking in more than $350 million from a budget of just $15 million.

It also helped to cement the position of Spacey as one of Hollywood’s most eminent actors.

The film is widely considered to be a modern-day classic, but its reputation was tarnished when numerous people came forward – including actor Anthony Rapp – to allege that Spacey had sexually assaulted them or behaved inappropriately.

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Spacey has denied assaulting Rapp, who would have been 14 at the time of the alleged attack. When Rapp came forward in 2017, Spacey said he didn’t remember any encounter with the actor, but apologised for “what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour”.

He also used the opportunity to come out as gay, a decision that was widely criticised by LGBT+ people as an attempt to deflect from the rising scandal. Since then, a number of other alleged victims have come forward. Rapp is currently suing Spacey.

Reflecting on the huge success of American Beauty, which tells the story of a middle-aged man who develops an intense obsession with his teenage daughter’s best friend, Ball said there was a period of time after its release in which he could “do no wrong”.

He followed the film with two incredibly successful series: Six Feet Under and True Blood, but added: “And then I wrote a movie called Towelhead and that bombed. And I did a series for HBO that didn’t go very well. And I’m no longer the golden boy.”

Alan Ball returns to cinema with Uncle Frank.

Ball will soon release Uncle Frank, a comedy-drama about a gay man returning home for his father’s funeral, his sexuality a secret to his relatives.

“It’s not autobiographical because I’m not Frank,” Ball told the Independent.

“Certainly, the family members [in the film] are not based on anyone in my family. But the whole dynamic, that whole sort of Southern milieu, I’m very familiar with.”

 

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Indigenous Groups Call Out ABC and ‘Big Sky’ for ‘Disregarding Violence Against Native American Women’

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ABC and its new drama “Big Sky” are being called out by multiple tribal nations and Indigenous leaders for an “incomplete depiction of violence against women and girls.”

Following a letter last week addressed to ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke and series creator David E. Kelley, among others, the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Association and the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) have now added their voices to the chorus of criticisms.

The series, based on the 2013 novel “The Highway” by C.J. Box, is set in Montana and centers around abductions that occur at truck stops. The Indigenous groups are accusing the show of “at best, cultural insensitivity, and at worst, appropriation” due to being set in area with a disproportionately high rate of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women & Girls (MMIWG), yet not having any tribal representation in the show.

Variety has asked ABC for comment.

The Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, which represents Montana’s eight federally recognized Indian Tribes, is also among the Indigenous organizations raising concerns about “Big Sky,” pointing to the fact it is shot not in Montana, but in unceded Indigenous territory in British Columbia.

“Making the abduction and trafficking of women for primetime entertainment is bad enough. Erasing the reallife tragedy of the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) crisis is unconscionable. We live with the consequences of this loss and trauma on a daily basis, but ABC won’t even acknowledge it, even after they’ve been given an opportunity to do so,” said A. Gay Kingman, executive director of the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Association, in a statement.

In the aforementioned letter, Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council executive director William F. Snell and Chairman David Sickey of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana wrote that “tribal members constitute 7% of the population, but the state identifies some 26% of missing persons as Native American,” making the lack of Indigenous representation in “Big Sky” all the more stark.

“The systemic failures of law enforcement in Canada and the US to address the MMIWG tragedy are well known and documented,” added Melissa Moses, UBCIC women’s representative. “Violence against Indigenous women is particularly endemic in British Columbia, where one of the most infamous highways in Canada, ‘the Highway of Tears,’ is located. This highway is a painful and haunting symbol of the violence destroying Indigenous lives and bears resemblance to the one depicted in ‘The Highway,’ the novel ‘Big Sky’ is adapted from…ABC now has the invaluable opportunity to be our ally, to show respect and compassion to victims and impacted family members and loved ones, and to help inform the public in both Canada and the United States of this international and national crisis and dark truth.”

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Natalie Keyssar’s photos capture a small-town Native American beauty pageant

Each year, pageants like Miss Native American and Miss Indian World invite indigenous women from around the United States to represent historically disenfranchised tribes and celebrate their cultural heritage.



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Kerigahn Jacobs, Miss Teen Lumbee 2018, and Lyndsey Locklear, Miss Lumbee 2018, wearing their native regalia.

And in the rural town of Pembroke, North Carolina, which sits along the state’s southern border, a much smaller annual pageant takes place: one honoring the girls and women of a tribe that has fought for federal recognition for over 130 years.

The Lumbee Homecoming is a week-long summer event hosted by the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, and includes competitions for Miss Lumbee, Teen Miss Lumbee, Junior Miss Lumbee, Little Miss Lumbee and Senior Ms. Lumbee, as well as a veteran’s ball, pow wow and parade.

This year’s Homecoming, originally set to begin in late June, was canceled for the first time in its five-decade history due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But in 2018, Brooklyn-based photographer Natalie Keyssar, who grew up two hours away in Durham, traveled to Pembroke to document the festivities.



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Mahlea Hunt, Miss Teen Lumbee of 2017, checks her reflection backstage.

The pageant is “a celebration of Lumbee beauty and … the empowered Lumbee woman,” Keyssar said over a video call. “It’s this joy in identity … it’s this reverence for the strong women in their community.”

Asserting their identity

Homecoming is a chance for the 55,000-strong Lumbee community to come together and take pride in its heritage. The women recognized in the Lumbee pageants become ambassadors for the year ahead, representing the tribe at various events to help educate people about its history and cultural practices.

The Lumbee tribe website says it is the largest tribe east of the Mississippi River, yet it is only recognized at the state level. In 1956, Congress passed the Lumbee Act, acknowledging the Lumbee as a Native American tribe but denying it the right to self-govern or receive federal funding.

In October, however, a committee in the US House of Representatives approved bipartisan legislation that would grant the tribe its long sought-after status, allowing the bill to move forward to the House floor. In the build-up to the 2020 US election, President-elect Joe Biden said he would back federal recognition of the Lumbee, which tends to be a “swing tribe” at the ballot box.



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Mahlea Hunt, Miss Teen Lumbee 2017, prepares backstage for her farewell performance at the pageant.

The Lumbee have a unique history. The tribe’s faith is primarily Baptist and its members descend from several Native American tribes, including the Cheraw, that intermarried with Whites and free African Americans in the 18th and 19th centuries. Though the Lumbee lost their ancestral language through colonization, today they speak the Lumbee English dialect.

“There’s a pretty incredible rebellious, revolutionary history of the Lumbee,” Keyssar said, pointing to events in 1958, when the tribe famously drove away a Klu Klux Klan rally in the so-called

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‘Uncle Frank,’ on Amazon, presents a different sort of American beauty

By odd coincidence, two movies are debuting on streaming platforms the day before Thanksgiving that deal with the same exact log-line: a gay person returns to a small-town family that is still in the dark about his/her orientation. “Happiest Season,” on Hulu, plays the situation for light comedy with dark (and not all that successful) trimmings. “Uncle Frank,” on Amazon, goes for drama, complex characters, and meaty performances. It’s the better option by far, and not just because it reminds a viewer of how good and underrated an actor Paul Bettany is.



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Sophia Lillis, Paul Bettany, and Peter Macdissi in “Uncle Frank.”

Bettany plays the title character, Frank Bledsoe, a literature professor at New York University who’s happily living with longtime partner Wally (Peter Macdissi). The year is 1973, and Frank’s world is seen through the eyes of a beloved niece, Beth (Sophia Lillis), arriving from their rural South Carolina town for her freshman year at college. Beth is at first unworldly enough to be taken advantage of by an unscrupulous suitor (Colton Ryan) but sharp enough to adjust to the revelations about her favorite uncle, and she immediately bonds with Wally, an effusive Saudi Arabian bohemian with even more to lose than Frank if he were to return home.

Frank’s family is bad enough, as we’ve seen in a prologue featuring a brutal patriarch (Stephen Root), an enabling mother (Margo Martindale), and relatives who range from trash-talking (Steve Zahn) to empathetic but clueless (Judy Greer) to bug-house crazy (Lois Smith as “Aunt Butch”). When the patriarch drops dead 15 minutes into “Uncle Frank,” the film becomes a road trip in which Frank and Beth drive south to the funeral, Frank’s nerves fraying with each mile.

Lillis (Beverly Marsh in the most recent iteration of “It”) is very good at charting Beth’s stiffening spine as she moves away from and then back toward a close-minded clan, and Macdissi makes Wally a big-hearted, funny force of nature. But “Uncle Frank” belongs to Bettany, who has been one of the best things in many movies for over two decades now — including the “Avengers” series, in which he plays Vision — while still remaining slightly anonymous. (He could pass for Benedict Cumberbatch’s accountant brother.) Frank’s sobriety, in place for years it’s implied, starts to falter as they cross the Mason-Dixon Line and painful memories involving a long-ago love (Michael Perez) flash into the movie’s slipstream. The actor establishes a character utterly at home in the cosmopolitan life he has made for himself and then shows that character’s emotional and even physical unraveling as he gets closer to the heart of his personal darkness. It’s a vanity-free performance and extremely affecting.

“Uncle Frank” has been written and directed by Alan Ball, who created TV’s “Six Feet Under” and “True Blood” and wrote “American Beauty,” a best picture winner that, to put it gently, has not aged well. Ball’s first shot at directing a feature, “Towelhead” (2015), was an

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American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (NYSE:AEO), Gap, Inc. (The) (NYSE:GPS) – Tuesday’s Market Minute: Will Clothing Retailers Measure Up?

Gap Inc (NYSE: GPS), Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN), and American Eagle Outfitters Inc (NYSE: AEO) all report quarterly earnings after the bell today.

Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ: URBN) reported earnings after the close yesterday and beat estimates, which could be a positive forecast for the other names in its category. Baird analyst Mark Altschwager raised Urban’s price target to $35 from $33 and said he would aggressively buy any pullbacks since he was expecting a fashion recovery next year—if true, these retailers will need to be ready.

Despite increased competition from Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) and Walmart Inc’s (NYSE: WMT) own clothing brands and stay-at-home orders, the consumer is still buying new clothing from specialty retailers.

Even though Gap, Nordstrom, and American Eagle all serve slightly different demographics, it will be useful to compare their results and see what overall strategy is working. Is brick and mortar coming back? Do the most successful companies have the best online experience? Or is the power of a name brand enough?

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See BTS’ Major Fashion Moment at the 2020 American Music Awards

BTS is back at the American Music Awards, and they’re having a major fashion moment. The members of the group RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook arrived at the AMAs red carpet wearing matching black and white ensembles, once again making an award show splash.

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The K-Pop band hit the AMAs stage for the first time in 2017, and performed their single “DNA.” It was the first time the group performed in the United States and it was met with hundreds of screaming fans in the audience thrilled to see the Korean group’s popularity make it to the states.

The K-Pop band, whose fans are known as ARMY, were nominated for their very first AMAs in 2018, when they took home the prize for Favorite Social Artist. It was the very first year the AMAs honored performers based on their fan support on social media platforms, and came one year after BTS won Top Social Artist at the Billboard Music Awards. The group beat out Cardi B, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato and Shawn Mendes for the title.

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The following year, in 2019, the band returned to the AMA stage, where they once again claimed the Social Artist title, as well as the Favorite Duo or Group in the Pop/Rock category prize and the Favorite Tour award.



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This year, BTS is once again fighting to hang onto their Favorite Social Artist prize, and is again nominated for the Favorite Duo or Group award. They will also perform their new song “Life Goes On” off their latest album Be.

Explained J-Hope in a video posted to the AMAs Twitter account, “Back in 2017, we were more nervous because it was our first time performing on a US show, or TV.”

The band said that they’ve “matured” and “improved” since that initial performance—so expect even more fans to scream at the sight of this K-Pop group this time around!

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15 North American Airbnb Ideas for the Ultimate Small Wedding

Choosing a home rental over a hotel is for the jet-setter who’s not afraid to travel the long way, exploring a destination from a locals’ point of view. As such, hosting your wedding at an Airbnb can showcase your sense of adventure. We will travel again, but you don’t have to leave the country to find your next otherworldly experience—and do so safely, with COVID-19 precautions in mind even once travel becomes more feasible.

Choosing one of these rentals for your big day will prove that wanderlust isn’t always so far-flung, and weddings are no less special with a small guest list. Here, we’ve gathered 15 Airbnbs that are perfect for your destination wedding, stateside and nearby. From a penthouse in Chicago to an ocean-front retreat in the Caribbean, small weddings at these homes promise to be intimate, cost-effective, and safe for celebrating your nuptials once your nearest and dearest have isolated, been tested, and are ready to celebrate alongside you.

A few tips for throwing your wedding at a rental property:

  • Ensure the state you are planning on visiting has been green-lit for travel by the CDC. Understand the state’s paperwork, testing, and policies before you schedule any event, site-visit, or book any travel.
  • Don’t forget to ask questions—your host (as well as your planner and designer) will likely have excellent recommendations for local caterers, floral designers, musicians, and more.
  • Consult a seasoned wedding planner. A home rental comes with protocol, policies, and rules that need to be followed—and you’ll want an advocate in the planning process.
  • Before booking, let your host know you’re planning a wedding. They’ll likely be extra accommodating when it comes to production on-the-ground and share extra intel you’ll need to know pre-booking to avoid added costs.

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