2020 election brings most women of color ever to 2021 Congress

There will be more women of color sworn in to the 117th U.S. Congress than ever before, with at least 51 women of color elected. Ballots are still being tallied in two close races, so the number could climb.

In western Washington state, Democrat Marilyn Strickland was elected the first Black person to represent the state at the federal level and is one of the first Korean Americans ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

“I believe that if we had more women in positions of leadership and power, we could actually solve some of our biggest problems,” she said. “The benefit of having more women at the table, and especially women of color, is that policymaking and decision-making are just better.”

Strickland noted that part of her new position would be cultivating a pipeline of women of color for open political seats and having conversations with them about campaign finance reform. Although many women run for office, women of color face some major hurdles, she said, the biggest of which are financing their campaigns and gaining the support of voters.

Democratic women of color made the most gains; however, Republican women won some of the most competitive races. In Orange County, Michelle Steel and Young Kim won back the districts in Orange County that Republicans lost to Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections. Steel and Kim are two of the first three Korean American women elected to the House.

In New Mexico, Republican Yvette Herrell won back the 2nd Congressional District from Democrat U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small. Democrat Deb Haaland, one of the first Native American women elected to Congress, was reelected, as was Democrat Teresa Leger Fernandez, giving New Mexico its first House delegation made up entirely of women of color.

Congresswoman-elect Fernandez said the effects of the pandemic were worse among communities of color, and she hopes to bring her experience to address the issues they are facing.

“I’m hoping 2021 is the beginning of the shift we need in this country where we start focusing on what our communities need so they can thrive,” Fernandez said. “Our goal should be that we have a Congress that reflects the U.S.”

New Mexico and 23 other states have elected 78 women of color to Congress to date. California has sent more women of color to the House and Senate than any other state, a total of 17, to date. Voters in the state have also elected more women to Congress than other states, a total of 43. Vermont is the only state that has never sent a woman to the Senate or the House.

This election set a new record for Missouri, where Democrat Cori Bush became the state’s first Black congresswoman. Bush will represent the state’s 1st Congressional District, which includes Ferguson and St. Louis.

It’s also a historic year for women in general, with at least 141 women winning seats this election, surpassing the previous record of 127 set in 2019, according to the

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Honolulu-Based Monsta Life Baby Clothing Brings Fresh “GOATY” Apparel to People Everywhere

Men, women, and kids alike can find the trendiest clothes and shoes at new website.

When it comes to fresh, bespoke clothing and shoes for the entire family, Monsta Life Baby Clothing is offering perhaps one of the most carefully curated collections found online. Fashion, quality, and durability are all considered with each selection found at Monsta Life Baby Clothing, the “GOATY” apparel company from Victoria, Australia, says.

“The goal is to put the ‘fun’ in functional fashion,” said a spokesperson for Monsta Life Baby Clothing.

When shoppers are looking for great deals on unique brand name items, or if they are just looking for something that represents urban fashion but not necessarily representing a brand, Monsta Life Baby Clothing delivers.

Customers can browse the company’s selection of apparel and shoes seamlessly online, and ordering is a simple and easy process at Monsta Life Baby Clothing. The company’s team ensures that each and every order is shipped in a timely manner and backed by the height of customer service.

Their team wants every customer to feel amazing all day after dressing fashionably with their products and apparel. “Ours is clothing that is designed for customers to love, so the focus can remain on looking great,” said the team at Monsta Life Baby Clothing.

More information can be found at https://www.monstalifebabyclothing.com.

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Monsta Life Baby Clothing “GOATY” apparel offers fashion forward clothing for men, women, and children.

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Honolulu-Based Monsta Life Baby Clothing Brings Fresh “GOATY” Apparel to People Everywhere – Press Release

Men, women, and kids alike can find the trendiest clothes and shoes at new website.

When it comes to fresh, bespoke clothing and shoes for the entire family, Monsta Life Baby Clothing is offering perhaps one of the most carefully curated collections found online. Fashion, quality, and durability are all considered with each selection found at Monsta Life Baby Clothing, the “GOATY” apparel company from Victoria, Australia, says.

“The goal is to put the ‘fun’ in functional fashion,” said a spokesperson for Monsta Life Baby Clothing.

When shoppers are looking for great deals on unique brand name items, or if they are just looking for something that represents urban fashion but not necessarily representing a brand, Monsta Life Baby Clothing delivers.

Customers can browse the company’s selection of apparel and shoes seamlessly online, and ordering is a simple and easy process at Monsta Life Baby Clothing. The company’s team ensures that each and every order is shipped in a timely manner and backed by the height of customer service.

Their team wants every customer to feel amazing all day after dressing fashionably with their products and apparel. “Ours is clothing that is designed for customers to love, so the focus can remain on looking great,” said the team at Monsta Life Baby Clothing.

More information can be found at https://www.monstalifebabyclothing.com.

About Monsta Life Baby Clothing

Monsta Life Baby Clothing “GOATY” apparel offers fashion forward clothing for men, women, and children.

Media Contact
Company Name: Monsta Life Baby Clothing
Contact Person: Craig A. Clayton
Email: Send Email
Phone: 8086987066
Country: United States
Website: http://monstalifebabyclothing.com/

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The Recovapro Lite Brings People an Opportunity to Give the Gift of Health this Christmas

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Health and wellbeing are on everyone’s minds this year. With many of us spending increasing amounts of time indoors, there’s never been a more important way to fit some relaxation into your routine. And what better way than with the Recovapro Lite—the portable, practical massage device taking 2020 by storm?

Utilizing the same technology as the very popular Recovapro, the Recovapro Lite offers everything you could want from its predecessor, but with the added benefit of a small size and a smaller price tag.

Boasting an impressive maximum 2800 percussions per minute, the Recovapro Lite shows how size really doesn’t matter. Coming in at just 700 grams, this mini Recovapro model is perfect for use at home or even on-the-go, and can be easily taken anywhere you like thanks to the free protective carry case.

The specs include different speed settings, allowing you to tailor your massage experience directly to your needs. Omnidirectional movement that works to the contours of the body totally trumps other bi-directional devices, and you never need to worry about the battery dropping out during use, as a full charge on the complimentary lithium-ion magnetic charger gives over 180 minutes of motor life.

Whether your loved one is suffering from chronic pain, arthritis or could just use a relaxing massage, the device is an easy way to relieve pain in conjunction with general lifestyle treatment.

The small but powerful percussive device makes massaging simple and effective. With four heads to choose from, you can target pain directly with the ball, flat, fork and bullet attachments, each giving different levels of massage from soothing large muscles to tackling knots.

And while the Recovapro Lite might be a seriously powerful percussion device, that doesn’t mean it’s hard to use. In fact, the Recovapro Lite is incredibly simple to get a hand of thanks to its smart-button feature that deactivates the motor with just a 2 second press.

What’s more is that the ergonomically designed handle allows for comfortable and reliable grip for the person operating the Lite, and the sleek body shaped with an aluminium composite and chrome plating means that this small massager is as sturdy as it is fashionable.

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Liam Payne brings back Blue Steel for new Hugo Boss collection

Liam’s new collection is highlighting responsible fashion (Picture: HUGO)

Liam Payne has teamed up with Hugo Boss for yet another collection and this time round, he’s bringing his Blue Steel back to highlight ethical fashion.

The One Direction star, 27, is an ambassador for the fashion house and is dropping his third collection with Hugo Boss – this time choosing to focus on sustainability while doing so.

Of course, Liam made sure to model the new designs and treated fans to a brooding photoshoot of him rocking his best Blue Steel – giving Zoolander a run for his money while working the camera from every angle.

Flashing his tattoos, Liam worked his way through a series of outfit changes, showcasing a variety of logo T-shirts, shirts and cool tracksuits.

The minimalistic shoot saw Liam flaunting his catwalk credentials as he posed up a storm while surrounded by plants and some serious mood lighting.

Liam teased his 21.7million Instagram followers with a sneak peek of his Hugo Boss collaboration by sharing a short video from him in action on set.

The singer perfects his best Blue Steel in the shoot (Picture: HUGO)
The collection is made up of cool logo T-shirts in earthy colours (Picture: HUGO)

Clearly thrilled with the shoot and his designs, the Strip That Down hit-maker wrote alongside his post: ‘I’m excited to share with you all my new capsule collection with @hugo_official!

‘With this third collection we wanted sustainability to be at the heart of the products, using different materials and styles to make something really special for everyone.’

The collection focuses on responsible fashion and is in partnership with Cotton Made in Africa, an initiative that has worked alongside Hugo Boss since 2019.

The initiative helps to improve the living conditions of African cotton farmers and their families and shares environmentally friendly methods of cotton cultivation.

Liam’s also designed sweatshirts and tracksuits (Picture: HUGO)
It’s the 1D star’s third collection with the designer (Picture: HUGO)
The line supports the Cotton Made in Africa initiative (Picture: HUGO)

Liam’s collection boasts earthy colours – think off-whites, beige and your khaki greens – and is a mix of cool tees, sweatshirts, polo-shirts, tracksuits and utility suits.

‘I think with everything going on this year, we’re all thinking about the future a lot more than we used to,’ Liam said.

‘I’m proud of what we’ve achieved with this capsule; it looks great and at the same time is highlighting the important work that Cotton made in Africa does.’

It follows on from Liam’s underwear collection with Hugo Boss that dropped last year and brought with it a naked photoshoot that his mum wasn’t exactly best pleased about.

In April, Liam revealed his mum’s hilarious reaction to that steamy shoot with model Stella Maxwell – y’know the one, where she’s basically covering his modesty by lying on top of him while topless – and she was, well, shocked.

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N.C. swim team brings Black women to the pool for competition and camaraderie

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — For most of her life, Tara Johnson-Drayton stayed on the pool deck, watching others play in the water below. Limited access to pools and her brother’s drowning were just a few of the reasons she never learned to swim.

“My mom never learned, her mom never learned, none of her siblings learned to swim,” she said.

Johnson-Drayton, who is African American, isn’t alone.

In part because of historic institutional racism, 64 percent of African American children have no or low swimming ability, according to a 2017 study by the USA Swimming Foundation. That’s compared to 45 percent of Hispanic kids and 40 percent of white kids.

Understanding the importance of water safety, Johnson-Drayton sent her three kids to swim lessons, but she still never put a toe in the water.

That was until last December, when she discovered the Mahogany Mermaids — a swim team based in Charlotte geared toward more mature African American swimmers. The team not only gives women of color a safe place to swim; for some it’s helping their swimming fears float away.

Johnson-Drayton said she had never heard of an African American swimming group for adults. “So when I heard of the Mahogany Mermaids I was like, I want to be a part of that,” she said.

Tara Johnson-Drayton at swim practice.Courtesy Tara Johnson-Drayton

Now, for Johnson-Drayton, that fear of the water has been replaced with joy. At the age of 49, she’s learned to swim and become a competitive swimmer.

The team is sanctioned by United States Masters Swimming — the national governing body overseeing programs for swimming adults.

Johnson-Drayton tries to swim several days a week, but that takes extraordinary dedication because she suffers from extreme motion sickness while swimming.

“My head is spinning, and it’s just awful. And who would think that you get motions like this in the water?” she said.

Thanks to medication, she’s able to swim. And having a demanding coach like Nadine Ford is also crucial to her success. “She does not accept failure,” Johnson-Drayton said.

Ford started the Mahogany Mermaids in 2014, when she recruited some friends so she wouldn’t have to work out by herself. Six years later, there are now more than 40 women on the team.

“Nadine is like one of those rare gems. She’s tough around the edges, but she’s sweet as can be inside,” Johnson-Drayton said.

Ford, who admits she’s not a fan of socializing, said she has a big ego and likes telling people what to do. “I’m the center of their universe. Didn’t they tell you that?” she said with a laugh.

Six year after Nadine Ford founded the swim team, Mahogany Mermaids now has 40 members.Mahogany Mermaids

During practice, Ford walks the deck, giving her swimmers stroke advice and tips. She is helping beginners do something they might have never thought possible: swim with grace and ease, and enjoy their time in the water.

While the swimmers credit Ford for their success, the coach

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Barry Fugatt: Make room for a Japanese maple, enjoy the beauty it brings | Home & Garden



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Coral Bark Japanese maple is so named because of its uniquely colored bark that turns a spectacular copper/orange in winter and spring.




There are cherished moments in a gardener’s life when the beauty of nature is overwhelming. I experienced such a moment recently as I stood beneath a gorgeous Coral Bark Japanese maple, as soft autumn sunlight bathed the tree’s golden canopy.

It was a “God moment,” I suspect, a moment in time when the sheer power of beauty absorbs, however briefly, all of one’s fears and worries. I treasure, and need, these transcendent garden moments and I suspect many Garden World readers feel the same way.

Japanese maples (Acer palmatum) have, for countless generations, drawn oohs and aahs from gardeners. Interestingly enough, the same gorgeous foliage, form and branch structure that draws such praise apparently has convinced many gardeners that Japanese maples must be finicky and difficult to grow. But that’s simply not so. Japanese maples are a little like my precious 5-year-old granddaughter who has certain likes and dislikes and who is not the least bashful about speaking her mind.

Mercifully, Japanese maples make far fewer demands than my granddaughter. But they do have several. For instance, their shallow fine-textured roots need relatively well-drained soil. And because they are relatively shallow-rooted, they may also need a thorough weekly soaking during hot weather to prevent leaf scorch.

And then there is the sticky business of shade. While it’s true that many Japanese maple cultivars benefit from afternoon shade, it’s also true that there are a few gorgeous cultivars that flourish in full sun, one being the super cool Coral Bark Japanese maple that just about stopped my heart and is pictured with this column.

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Gift of flight brings back memories for World War II veterans in Santa Rosa

“Good morning, folks!” That greeting came from a man who has been saying it for more than 100 years.

Gift of flight brings back memories for World War II veterans

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When Del Tiedeman bid good morning to a gathering of reporters, he knew this morning would be better than others.

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It took just one look at a silver, old C-47 airplane outside Kaiser Air at Santa Rosa Regional Airport.

What does Veterans Day mean to Del?

“It’s a little difficult to answer that one. I think of the guys who didn’t make it.”

Del flew these planes in World War II. He dropped troops D-Day, flew “The Hump” over India, and did it back. So did his company on Wednesday — an elder 105.

“What would the 27-year-old you used to be say to the 105-year-old man sitting here?”

“He is very lucky,” said Al Maggini.

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He, too, survived World War II and 35 bombing missions above Germany. So if someone wanted to say thanks on a Veterans Day, how would he do it?

Enter Joe Anderson of Sonoma County. He offered up a ride in his iconic plane as a memory trigger.

“I did this to honor my dad and uncles. Thank God they all came back,” said Joe.

These wouldn’t be long-haul flights. Just 20 minutes to the Golden Gate Bridge and 20 minutes back. For two centenarians, however, it offered a trip back in time.

Imagine the moment when Del moved from being a passenger in that plane, to the pilot, once again. He last sat in the left seat in 1944.

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“When he got behind that yoke, he looked like he was 21 years old again,” said Joe. “Look at his eyes, he is 21! The years peel away.”

Del’s description sounded more analytical. “When you go on a flight like this, you are thinking completely about the airplane, but when you do it every day, your mind wanders all around town.”

After landing, as the flight party posed for pictures, a question came about. “If we hold our breaths can we take our masks off?”

They survived this long. What’s a pandemic among men who survived so much more?

“If you live in this country you should be the happiest person in the world. There is no other place like it,” said Al Maggini.

Wise words from old soldiers who have lived long enough to know and see better.

“I am overjoyed,” said Del.

It showed.

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Ulta Beauty brings prestige makeup and skincare to Target with mini-shop deal

Ulta Beauty is opening mini-shops inside more than 100 Target locations across the country next year, bringing prestige makeup and skincare to the aisles of the big box giant.

Target, a retail juggernaut that has outperformed in the pandemic landscape, and Ulta announced the partnership on Tuesday. Ulta’s 1,000 square-foot “shop-in-shops” will debut in Target beauty sections in 2021, with plans to scale to hundreds of locations over time, the companies said in a news release. As part of the deal, Ulta will train Target team members to serve as beauty experts.

“More than ever before, now is the time for innovation in retail,” Mary Dillon, chief executive of Ulta Beauty, said in a statement. “This partnership is an amazing way to further reimagine guest experiences with a partner who shares our company values. We are thrilled to bring our beauty expertise, unparalleled assortment and digital innovation to life in a new channel.”

Target and Ulta’s announcement comes at a particularly challenging time for retail, as the pandemic drastically alters consumer habits. An October Salesforce survey found that 63% of consumers said the way they obtained goods and services “transformed” in 2020, with more shoppers turning to online shopping and prioritizing convenience. At least three dozen retailers and restaurant companies have entered bankruptcy this year as the pandemic “accelerated” the fall for many, according to CB Insights.

Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail in New York, called the deal a “recipe for success” as it brings together two top-performing brands with footholds in different parts of the beauty market: While Target has been boosting beauty offerings, it hasn’t excelled in the premium market, which is Ulta’s core focus.

“The benefit for Ulta is increased exposure,” Saunders said in an email to The Post. “Ulta is an incredibly successful retailer and before the pandemic was posting great growth. However, it has weaker penetration among younger shoppers and those that purchase beauty only occasionally. Target can deliver both of these audiences to Ulta.”

Minneapolis-based Target has seen a windfall during the pandemic as shoppers flocked to its curbside and online services. Last quarter, Target’s online and in-store sales rose more than 24%, driving profits up 80% to more than $1.7 billion.

“Beauty is an important category for Target, and this tie-up with Ulta will enhance its product line in many ways, including broader assortment and higher-end merchandise,” Moody’s vice president, Charlie O’Shea, said in comments emailed to The Post. “This is yet another meaningful example of the creativity the larger brick-and-mortar players are utilizing in their efforts to ensure increased store and website traffic.”

The deal mirrors Sephora’s arrangement with J.C. Penney, which has buoyed J.C. Penney’s business in a tough time but couldn’t keep the retailer from falling into bankruptcy amid cratering sales. Earlier this year, J.C. Penney filed a lawsuit against Sephora to keep the company from exiting its business agreement prematurely while stores were shuttered during the pandemic’s first wave. The case was settled after the companies agreed

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Ulta deal brings mini beauty stores to Target

“More than ever before, now is the time for innovation in retail,” Mary Dillon, chief executive of Ulta Beauty, said in a statement. “This partnership is an amazing way to further reimagine guest experiences with a partner who shares our company values. We are thrilled to bring our beauty expertise, unparalleled assortment and digital innovation to life in a new channel.”

The announcement comes at a particularly challenging time for retail. Though Target has outperformed during the pandemic landscape, many well-known brands have struggled as the outbreak continues to alter shopping habits. An October Salesforce survey found that 63 percent of consumers said the way they obtained goods and services “transformed” in 2020, with more shoppers turning to online shopping and prioritizing convenience. At least three dozen retailers and restaurant companies have entered bankruptcy this year as the pandemic “accelerated” the fall for many, according to CB Insights.

Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail in New York, called the deal a “recipe for success” as it brings together two top-performing brands with footholds in different parts of the beauty market: While Target has been boosting beauty offerings, it hasn’t excelled in the premium market, which is Ulta’s core focus.

“The benefit for Ulta is increased exposure,” Saunders said in an email to The Post. “Ulta is an incredibly successful retailer and before the pandemic was posting great growth. However, it has weaker penetration among younger shoppers and those that purchase beauty only occasionally. Target can deliver both of these audiences to Ulta.”

Minneapolis-based Target has seen a windfall during the pandemic as shoppers flocked to its curbside and online services. Last quarter, Target’s online and in-store sales rose more than 24 percent, driving profits up 80 percent to more than $1.7 billion.

“Beauty is an important category for Target, and this tie-up with Ulta will enhance its product line in many ways, including broader assortment and higher-end merchandise,” Moody’s vice president, Charlie O’Shea, said in comments emailed to The Post. “This is yet another meaningful example of the creativity the larger brick-and-mortar players are utilizing in their efforts to ensure increased store and website traffic.”

The deal mirrors Sephora’s arrangement with J.C. Penney, which has buoyed J.C. Penney’s business in a tough time but couldn’t keep the retailer from falling into bankruptcy amid cratering sales. Earlier this year, J.C. Penney filed a lawsuit against Sephora to keep the company from exiting its business agreement prematurely while stores were shuttered during the pandemic’s first wave. The case was settled after the companies agreed to “mutually beneficial revisions,” both said in a statement.

Target’s stock rose 1.3 percent in early trading following the announcement, while Ulta’s stock soared 6.7 percent.

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