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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Indigenous Groups Call Out ABC, ‘Big Sky’ for ‘Cultural Insensitivity’

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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Women call for end to domestic violence after lockdowns bring more attacks

ISTANBUL/ROME (Reuters) – Women around the world on Wednesday marked International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, highlighting how lockdowns due to the pandemic had left many trapped with their abusers and exposed to greater danger.



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Aymara women attend a rally against femicide and violence against women in La Paz

The United Nations said that since the outbreak of COVID-19, all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, had intensified, with shelters at capacity and helplines in some places seeing a five-fold rise in calls.

“Men’s violence against women is also a pandemic – one that pre-dates the virus and will outlive it. It too needs our global, coordinated response and enforceable protocols. It too affects vast populations of all ages,” said UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka in a statement.



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The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in Paris

Last year, 243 million women and girls experienced sexual or physical violence from their partner. This year, reports of increased domestic violence, cyberbullying, child marriages, sexual harassment and sexual violence have flooded in, she added.



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Protest against femicide and violence against women, in Istanbul

In the Turkish city of Istanbul, several hundred people gathered to protest against domestic violence against women.

One woman taking part, who declined to give her name, said: “The law does not protect women as it should. We are here to make our voice heard. There are femicides happening almost every day in this country but people who are committing the crime are walking free.”



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Protest against femicide and violence against women, in Istanbul

In Italy, protesters gathered outside parliament bearing banners reading “If they touch one (of us), they touch all” and “Women are not toys”.

Italy went through one of the world’s strictest lockdowns between March and May and last month introduced new restrictions.

Its quarantine is creating conditions for increased murders of women by family members in the same home, according to a study by the Italian Economic and Social Research Institute.

“We have witnessed an increase in domestic violence during confinement measures,” said protester Serena Freddi. “This shows the home is still a place of conflict and violence for women.”

Spain held a minute’s silence for murdered women on Wednesday and in Portugal, the OMA observatory, which monitors femicide, said so far in 2020 30 women had been murdered, half of them victims of domestic violence.

The country’s Interior Minister Eduardo Cabrita said there was a 6% drop in the number of complaints about violence in the first 10 months of 2020 from a year ago, which he said was a worrying sign that women were struggled to access help during lockdown.

The government launched a video campaign called #ISurvived, which warns of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and hopes to spread the word about support available to victims of domestic violence.

In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in her

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Dr Dre could call wedding guests as witnesses in divorce battle



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Dr. Dre has threatened to summon all his wedding guests as witnesses in his bitter divorce battle with Nicole Young.

The former couple – who split earlier this year – married in a secret ceremony in Hawaii in 1996 and though little is known about the pair’s nuptials, including who was in attendance, it’s believed there were around 15 to 20 guests there and the 55-year-old music mogul may ask them to help prove he didn’t coerce is estranged wife into signing a pre-nuptial agreement.

Nicole has claimed she was told to sign the document prior to their wedding, but that Dre tore it up later “in a romantic gesture of love”.

In court documents obtained by DailyMail.com, Dre said he would like to “identify by name and most current known address and telephone numbers of all persons who attended” their wedding because they are “potential witnesses regarding her claim of duress” that she was “pressured” into signing the agreement.

Nicole alleged in August that Dre – whose real name is Andre Young – previously “demanded” she sign a prenuptial agreement prior to their wedding in 1996, and she was “left with no option” but to “unwillingly” sign.

She said: “I was extremely reluctant, resistant and afraid to sign the agreement and felt backed into a corner.”

Nicole has also claimed Dre “tore up multiple copies of the agreement in front of me” around two to three years into their marriage.

Nicole initially filed for divorce in June but she made no mention of a pre-nuptial agreement at the time. She alleges the producer – who is worth an estimated $1 billion – forced her out of their home “on or about” 2 April and “quickly plotted to secretly transfer their assets, to deny her her equal share.”

She is seeking close to $2 million a month in spousal support, as well as $5 million in legal fees.

Though Nicole doesn’t work, she claimed she “played an important role” in Dre’s career, which included being “integral” to the naming of his record label, Aftermath.

And she later filed another lawsuit, claiming she co-owns the trademark to her estranged husband’s name, along with that of his 1992 album ‘The Chronic’.

The former couple have two children, 23-year-old son Truice and 19-year-old daughter Truly, together.

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Dr Dre could call wedding guests as witnesses in divorce battle

Dr. Dre has threatened to summon all his wedding guests as witnesses in his bitter divorce battle with Nicole Young.

The former couple – who split earlier this year – married in a secret ceremony in Hawaii in 1996 and though little is known about the pair’s nuptials, including who was in attendance, it’s believed there were around 15 to 20 guests there and the 55-year-old music mogul may ask them to help prove he didn’t coerce is estranged wife into signing a pre-nuptial agreement.

Nicole has claimed she was told to sign the document prior to their wedding, but that Dre tore it up later “in a romantic gesture of love”.

In court documents obtained by DailyMail.com, Dre said he would like to “identify by name and most current known address and telephone numbers of all persons who attended” their wedding because they are “potential witnesses regarding her claim of duress” that she was “pressured” into signing the agreement.

Nicole alleged in August that Dre – whose real name is Andre Young – previously “demanded” she sign a prenuptial agreement prior to their wedding in 1996, and she was “left with no option” but to “unwillingly” sign.

She said: “I was extremely reluctant, resistant and afraid to sign the agreement and felt backed into a corner.”

Nicole has also claimed Dre “tore up multiple copies of the agreement in front of me” around two to three years into their marriage.

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Dr Dre could call wedding guests as witnesses in divorce battle

Dr. Dre has threatened to summon all his wedding guests as witnesses in his bitter divorce battle with Nicole Young.

The former couple – who split earlier this year – married in a secret ceremony in Hawaii in 1996 and though little is known about the pair’s nuptials, including who was in attendance, it’s believed there were around 15 to 20 guests there and the 55-year-old music mogul may ask them to help prove he didn’t coerce is estranged wife into signing a pre-nuptial agreement.

Nicole has claimed she was told to sign the document prior to their wedding, but that Dre tore it up later “in a romantic gesture of love”.

In court documents obtained by DailyMail.com, Dre said he would like to “identify by name and most current known address and telephone numbers of all persons who attended” their wedding because they are “potential witnesses regarding her claim of duress” that she was “pressured” into signing the agreement.

Nicole alleged in August that Dre – whose real name is Andre Young – previously “demanded” she sign a prenuptial agreement prior to their wedding in 1996, and she was “left with no option” but to “unwillingly” sign.

She said: “I was extremely reluctant, resistant and afraid to sign the agreement and felt backed into a corner.”

Nicole has also claimed Dre “tore up multiple copies of the agreement in front of me” around two to three years into their marriage.

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Ulta Beauty Announces Earnings Release Date, Conference Call and Webcast for Third Quarter 2020 Results

BOLINGBROOK, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ulta Beauty, Inc. (NASDAQ: ULTA) today announced that the Company will conduct a conference call to discuss its third quarter 2020 results on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time / 4:00 p.m. Central Time. A press release detailing the Company’s third quarter 2020 results will be issued after the market closes and prior to the call. The conference call will be hosted by Mary Dillon, Chief Executive Officer, and Scott Settersten, Chief Financial Officer.

Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial (877) 705-6003. The conference call will also be webcast live at http://ir.ultabeauty.com. A replay of the webcast will remain available for 90 days. A replay of the conference call will be available until 11:59 p.m. ET on December 17, 2020 and can be accessed by dialing (844) 512-2921 and entering conference ID number 13712959.

About Ulta Beauty

At Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ: ULTA), the possibilities are beautiful. Ulta Beauty is the largest U.S. beauty retailer and the premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin care products, hair care products and salon services. In 1990, the Company reinvented the beauty retail experience by offering a new way to shop for beauty – bringing together all things beauty, all in one place. Today, Ulta Beauty has grown to become the top national retailer offering the complete beauty experience.

Ulta Beauty brings possibilities to life through the power of beauty each and every day in our stores and online with more than 25,000 products from approximately 500 well-established and emerging beauty brands across all categories and price points, including Ulta Beauty’s own private label. Ulta Beauty also offers a full-service salon in every store featuring hair, skin, brow, and make-up services.

Ulta Beauty is recognized for its commitment to personalized service, fun and inviting stores and our industry-leading Ultamate Rewards loyalty program. Ulta Beauty operates retail stores across 50 states and also distributes its products through its website, which includes a collection of tips, tutorials, and social content. For more information, visit www.ulta.com.

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Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. (SBH) CEO Chris Brickman on Q4 2020 Results – Earnings Call Transcript

Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SBH) Q4 2020 Earnings Conference Call November 12, 2020 8:30 AM ET

Company Participants

Jeff Harkins – Vice President, Investor Relations

Chris Brickman – President and Chief Executive Officer

Aaron Alt – President, Sally Beauty Supply and Chief Financial Officer

Conference Call Participants

Steph Wissink – Jefferies

Oliver Chen – Cowen

Rupesh Parikh – Oppenheimer

Mark Altschwager – Baird

Simeon Gutman – Morgan Stanley

Jonathan Keypour – Bank of America

William Reuter – Bank of America

Carla Casella – J.P. Morgan

Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by and welcome to the Sally Beauty Holdings Fourth Quarter Conference Call. At this time, all lines are in a listen-only mode. [Operator instructions] And as a reminder, today’s conference call is being recorded. I would now like to turn the conference over to Mr. Jeff Harkins. Please go ahead.

Jeff Harkins

Thank you. Good morning everyone, and welcome to the Sally Beauty Holdings fourth quarter earnings conference call. Before we begin, I would like to remind everyone that we have made a presentation available for today’s call that can be viewed from the link provided on our earnings press release this morning or on our investor site at sallybeautyholdings.com/investorrelations. I would also like to remind you that certain comments, including matters such as forecasted financial information, contracts or business and trend information made during this call may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as amended.

Many of these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as believe, project, expect, can, may, estimate, should, plan, target, intend, could, will, would, anticipate, potential, confident, optimistic and similar words or phrases. These statements are subject to a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. Those factors are described in Sally Beauty Holdings’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent annual report on Form 10-K.

The company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements. The company has provided a detailed explanation and reconciliations of its adjusting items and non-GAAP financial measures in its earnings press release and on its website.

With me on the call today are Chris Brickman, President and Chief Executive Officer; Aaron Alt, President of Sally Beauty Supply and Chief Financial Officer; and Marlo Cormier, Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer.

Chris will start by offering some thoughts on our very respectable fourth quarter. He will also touch on our thoughts about the current economic environment and our outlook on fiscal year 2021, and finish with our focus, our key focus and investments in fiscal year 2021 as we move towards the completion of our transformation plan. Aaron will then discuss our fourth quarter and full year financial results, touch on our cash liquidity, and also provide some perspective on fiscal year 2021.

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e.l.f. Beauty’s (ELF) CEO Tarang Amin on Q2 2021 Results – Earnings Call Transcript

e.l.f. Beauty’s (NYSE:ELF) Q2 2021 Earnings Conference Call November 4, 2020 4:30 PM ET

Company Participants

KC Katten – Vice President, Investor Relations

Tarang Amin – Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Mandy Fields – Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Conference Call Participants

Erinn Murphy – Piper Sandler

Linda Bolton-Weiser – D.A. Davidson

Dara Mohsenian – Morgan Stanley

Steph Wissink – Jefferies

Andrea Teixeira – JPMorgan

Oliver Chen – Cowen

Bill Chappell – Truist Securities

Jon Andersen – William Blair

Rupesh Parikh – Oppenheimer

KC Katten

Thank you for joining us today to discuss e.l.f. Beauty’s Second Quarter Fiscal 2021 Results. I’m KC Katten, Vice President of Investor Relations. With me today are Tarang Amin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer; and Mandy Fields, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. We encourage you to tune into our webcast presentation for the best viewing experience on the content we’re presenting which you can access on our website at investor.elfcosmetics.com.

Please note after the presentation, there’s a separate dial-in for the Q&A session also noted in the press release. Since many of our remarks today contain forward-looking statements, please refer to our earnings release and reports filed with the SEC where you’ll find factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements.

In addition the company’s presentation today includes information presented on a non-GAAP basis. We refer you to today’s press release for a reconciliation of the differences between the non-GAAP presentation and the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

With that, let me turn the webcast over to Tarang.

Tarang Amin

Thank you, KC and good afternoon everyone. I hope that you’re staying safe and well. Today, I will talk about the fundamental drivers behind our second quarter results, our growth opportunities, and the overall strategic framework for our company. I am so proud of our e.l.f. Beauty team for delivering strong results in the second quarter as we continue to navigate major category headwinds as a result of COVID-19. This is our seventh consecutive quarter of net sales growth with Q2 net sales of $72 million, up 7% versus a year ago.

We expanded gross margin to 65%, up approximately 100 basis points versus last year and delivered adjusted EBITDA of $14 million, while increasing our investment in marketing and digital.

We continue to grow share in the quarter with 5.5% of the color cosmetics market, up 100 basis points versus a year ago. We also took important next steps in our transformation to a multi-brand portfolio with the unveiling of Keys Soulcare, our groundbreaking new lifestyle Beauty brand with Alicia Keys and the launch of our recharged W3ll PEOPLE plant-powered Clean Beauty brand.

Before Mandy goes into more detail on our results, I want to share the key pillars underpinning our performance and talk about why I’m optimistic about the future of our brand portfolio.

Our strategy is working. We came into this volatile period from a position of strength. Our superpowers that center on

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Rye wedding dress designer makes signature gowns, says call off postponement, get married now | Lifestyle

Morning light streams into AnaKacia Shifflet’s clean, spare shop off Main Street in Rye.

Your eyes land on the racks of lacy and shiny wedding dresses in shades of white, mauve, taupe and even light cornflower blue. This is a space where dreams come true, where blushing brides come together with Shifflet, a lifelong seamstress, to imagine the fantastical dress they’ll wear for that long-anticipated walk down the aisle, mountain path or sandy beach to exchange rings and vows with their beloved.

The past seven months has not been good to those hopeful brides, though, nor the billion-dollar global wedding industry. Many couples were forced to postpone their weddings until later this year or next year. Recently, though, Shifflet has seen her brides moving forward.

“The girls that are going ahead with their wedding, they’re being super creative and either eloping in the mountains or having a cool party at their ranch,” she says. “The girls who are going ahead are a lot more excited and calm. It’s like a release. The girls who are waiting until next year seem really frustrated.”


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Rye resident Ann Lisac is one of those brides no longer waiting. Canceling her May wedding was heartbreaking, she says, but the couple decided to go for it last month in an outdoor ceremony.

“We felt like there weren’t a lot of cases of COVID in the community. I don’t know if there was even one,” Lisac says. “We were waiting and waiting and worried if we continued to wait there would be a resurgence and it would be longer.”

Shifflet encourages couples to tie the knot sooner rather than later, even if it’s a small shindig.

“If they want to do a big party next year, do it,” she says. “But why not go ahead and get married? There’s something special about it being more intimate anyway.”

The virus didn’t stop Shifflet from designing and creating her signature wedding dresses, something she’s done for about 15 years for friends and family and others through word of mouth. In 2015, she made it official and opened her own shop, Averil Marie Collections, and now has a second location at Al’s Formal Wear in Denver.

Since then, she’s made between 400 and 500 wedding dresses. Each one takes about 80 hours, though she likes to have three to six months to make sure the fabrics come in from all around the world. There’s lace from France, Germany and Milan, Italy. Those are the priciest. Less expensive choices come from the U.S. or China. On average, her dresses cost $2,500. Her priciest concoction? $7,000. Her most affordable? $800.

Shifflet’s dresses are singular in that many of them come with two parts: classic pieces underneath, such as a skirt and corset or a slip dress, and another dress that goes on top that she calls an overlay. The overlay can be easily pulled off to allow the bride a chance to mix

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