A Global Phenomenon

Meet The Squad: Taylor Swift's powerful friendship group
Her appearance at this weekend's British Summer Time saw her nearest and dearest join their ringleader on the stage before 65,000 cheering fans.

Meet The Swift Squad: Angel, heiress, reality TV princess… but how much is Taylor’s girl gang REALLY worth?

- Taylor, 25, has forged a strong network of powerful female friends
- Includes Cara Delevingne, Gigi Hadid and now Kendall Jenner
- Crew joined her on stage at this weekend’s British Summer Time  

PUBLISHED: 30 June 2015

She’s the global pop phenomenon who was recently named as the youngest woman ever to make it onto the prestigious Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list.
With five platinum albums and seven Grammy awards to her name from a nine-year-career, a wardrobe to boot and super hot DJ Calvin Harris as arm candy, Taylor Swift has successfully cemented her status as the globe’s savviest star.
And, behind the scenes, Taylor, who has a net worth of £127m, has been forging the hottest and most powerful network of female friends.

The Squad: Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevingne, Martha Hunt, Taylor Swift, Karlie Kloss and Gigi Hadid partied together at British Summer Time this weekend. So how does Taylor know each of the women and how did she create the coolest - and wealthiest - girl group in history?

Her appearance at this weekend’s British Summer Time was case in point. Her nearest and dearest flew in to support their ringleader before joining her on the stage before 65,000 cheering fans.

From up-and-coming Victoria’s Secret Angel, Martha Hunt, to catwalk stalwart Cara Delevingne, FEMAIL examines how the leggy 5ft 10in star has aligned herself with Hollywood’s coolest network of ladies who, together, have the same amount of Instagram followers as the population of the UK.

Martha Hunt, Kendall Jenner, Serena Williams, Taylor Swift, Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid and Cara Delevingne perform onstage during The 1989 World Tour at Hyde Park

Here come the girls! Taylor welcomed her squad on stage at this weekend’s summer festival - and the crowd went wild


Estimated net worth of £2.5m

Possibly Taylor’s closest friend, the pair met when Taylor performed at the 2013 Victoria’s Secret show.
The pair quickly grew close, going on a road trip and getting ready for the Met Gala together.
Karlie is one of Taylor’s most powerful pals and, at the tender age of 22, the American supermodel has a dazzling career most women can only dream of.

Karlie Kloss, who is one of the fashion industry’s most successful young models, is arguably Taylor’s best friends

And most recently, the catwalk queen, style icon and Victoria’s Secret angel added another string to her beautiful bow as the latest ‘spokesmodel’ for L'Oréal Paris.
The young star, who Forbes say has an estimated £2.55m ($4m) net worth, was chosen by the French beauty giant because of her 'powerful walk, unique freshness and amazing energy’.
Karlie was discovered at a local benefit runway show and in 2007 she signed with Elite Model Management.

The pair quickly grew close, going on a road trip and getting ready for the Met Gala together

Karlie, seen on a roadtrip with Taylor, has featured in advertisements for every major fashion house from Alexander McQueen and YSL to Dolce & Gabbana and Louis Vuitton, and has, of course, walked the Victoria’s Secret runway

Her first modelling appearance was for Abercrombie and Fitch and in 2008 she walked 31 runways in New York Fashion Week and closed for Marc Jacob’s iconic show.
Her success spanned much further than the American coasts too. She went on to walk 20 shows in Milan, 13 in Paris and was named the best model by People magazine the same year.
She has featured in advertisements for every major fashion house from Alexander McQueen and YSL to Dolce & Gabbana and Louis Vuitton, and has, of course, walked the Victoria’s Secret runway.
The model, who once walked 64 shows in a fashion week season, also starred as the clothes horse for Tamara Mellon’s range, Chanel’s Coco Noir scent and Nike.
She also has her own range of dairy and gluten-free sweet treats called Karlie’s Kookies and lives in a Manhattan home in the city’s most sought-after area a few blocks off the Hudson River.
Key features of Kloss’s luxury townhouse, which she purchased in 2012 for £1.25m ($1.97m), include a spacious eat-in kitchen, walk-in closet space, an outdoor terrace and a basement 'den’.
The pair constantly hang out, dining, roadtripping and touring around the world together.

Karlie Kloss, second from right, Martha Hunt and Gigi Hadid join Taylor for dinner

(L-R) Ellie Goulding, Karlie Kloss, Taylor Swift and Cara Delevingne at ELLE Woman of the Year Awards

The four music and modelling power players seen partying together at the Brits

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Holmes Onscreen
Call for Submissions to a Special Issue of the Journal of Popular Film and Television on Holmes Onscreen (Tentative Title) Edited by Tom Ue, Department of English, University College London Heralded by The Telegraph as a ‘global phenomenon,’ BBC’s

Um postcardsfromtheoryland and maybe tea-and-liminality and stepfordgeek? Who else? I’m considering submitting… 

Heralded by The Telegraph as a ‘global phenomenon,’ BBC’s Sherlock is now one of the most commercially and critically successful television series of all time. The global recognition of Sherlock, combined with the recent discovery of Arthur Berthelet’s 1916 silent film Sherlock Holmes starring William Gillette in his only screen appearance as the famous sleuth, makes it especially timely for film scholars, students, and audiences to reassess the cultural legacy of Holmes onscreen. Forthcoming work by Hills (2016) and Poore (2016) argue strongly for Holmes as a continuing source of scholarly interest, spurring us to look at Holmes’ filmic lives. 

This special issue of the Journal of Popular Film and Television will bring together original scholarship on Holmes adaptations. This collection will draw upon, and build on, recent work on Holmes’ reception by Porter (2012), Vanacker and Wynne (2012), and Stein and Busse (2012), and on Holmes’ early readers and viewers by Clarke (2014) and Werner (2014) by historicizing and by exploring manifestations of Holmes in films and on television. Holmes Onscreen (tentative title) will analyze the reasons behind Holmes’ continuing fascination for viewers and examine their treatments of a wide range of social issues including race, gender, terrorism, and international relations. This special issue will expand upon the conversations that began in New Directions in Sherlock, a one-day symposium organized by Tom Ue and held at University College London. We encourage new historical, theoretical, analytical, and critical perspectives on Holmesian adaptations, both the canonical and the neglected, with a view of furthering scholarship both about the character and about his persistence in filmic imagination.

Sample topics:
Holmes and women
Holmes and men
Holmes and the world
Holmes and the form of detective writing
Holmes and fear
Holmes and doubt
Sherlock and Holmes
Holmes in black and white
Holmes and comedy
Holmes and the neo-Victorians
William Gillette and Holmes
Holmes and Raffles
Holmes in theatre and film
Holmes and the family film
Holmes’ reception

Please note that papers that involve only literature/film and/or literature/television comparisons will not be considered. Please direct your queries and your 200-word working abstract, along with a one-paragraph biography, to Tom Ue at ue_tom@hotmail.com by 15 July, and feedback will be returned by 20 July. Completed papers of no more than 25 double-spaced and MLA-styled pages are due 15 November, whence they will be sent out for peer review.


In a very Madonna moment—the RED HOT 2016 Boys Calendar images were leaked online yesterday—photographer Thomas Knights has brought forward the release, and given Out an exclusive first look. 

Knights’ RED HOT project started with just a handful of guys and has since grown into a global phenomenon of frenzied redhead appreciation. The images were published in an art book calledRED HOT 100 and have been touring the world, with exhibitions in London, Sydney, New York, Berlin, and Amsterdam. 

The RED HOT 2016 Boys calendar launches alongside a new and exclusive GIRLS calendar on 23 July, and will be available online and in stores around the world. Proceeds of both calendars will go to The Anti-Bullying Alliance. So far RED HOT has raised nearly £30 000 for charity. 

And now, we won’t delay your gratification any longer. Enjoy. (see the full slideshow here)

We’re still stuck saying ‘black and Latino’ as if they are mutually exclusive categories. Almost every facet of Latino culture that has exploded as a global pop culture phenomenon — from tango to mambo, cha cha cha, and salsa to bachata and reggaeton — has been rooted in black culture, even if the faces we associate with them aren’t usually black ones.

In the white mainstream imagination, the default setting for Latinos is white/light brown, a comfortable, neither-here-nor-there exotic that allows the diversity box to be checked without the perceived threat of blackness. Panel after panel of Latinos in the Media, Latinos in Literature, Latinos in Lo Que Sea come and go with nary a black face in the mix. This is why I have learned to be explicit with publishers about what characters look like, from skin color to hair: If I don’t, history has proven that they will be whitewashed or lightwashed in the name of appearing more “universal,” a word that we have rendered meaningless from so much misuse in the justification of ongoing Eurocentricism.

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Cartoon Network Announces All-New Television Series for the Global Phenomenon Ben 10!

… my thoughts on this?

Well… it’s a reboot. Why is it a reboot?

Because they had to do it.

I don’t hide my feelings on the Ben 10: Omniverse show. It was a weak attempt to make fans interested, and though the producers tried to throw everything they had on it, it just felt more like a desperate move.

The style was boring, Ben was soooo OOC, Rook could have been something so much better than what we got…

I may seem upset on the changes, but I’m not.

It all boils down to, what kind of changes fans want? Ben was starting to turn into an young adult in Ultimate Alien, so the producers/writers had to choose between an older Ben that grew with his audience… or go back to his origins, the funny and quirky tween that got this powerful alien device.

Instead, we got this brat that annoys the audience with his trying to-look-too-cool but nags about pretty much anything.

But I digress.

Omniverse was such a colossal failure that Cartoon Network had to make a new rebooted show, as to please a new audience, seeing as how they alienated their previous one.

Here’s hoping for the new show, may it have learned from the previous one’s mistakes.

anonymous asked:

I'm Hispanic, Native American, and black, but for some fucking reason my parents still think they're white. My dad won't get it through his head that white people don't like Hispanics (we live in Miami were there is barely any white people and the ones that are here tolerate Hispanics) and it annoys me how racist they are. I don't understand what their problem is my mom is half black why tf did he marry her? Why tf is she so racist?

Self-hate, internalized racism and anti-blackess are a global phenomenon. I know plenty of racist (or in this case prejudiced, bigoted) POC. Just look at it this way. White supremacy is a mothafucka and you dont have to be white to perpetuate this type of thinking or system

anonymous asked:

A fan gets the chance to meet their idol, one of the greatest athletes ever and a global phenomenon, and of all the things you can say to him or ask you ask if he has a girlfriend or not SMH. Newsflash! He'll get another girlfriend one day. Why does it even matter if you know about it sooner or later? Oh well, maybe he/she is an aspiring tabloid reporter lol.

I don’t know why this person thinks this was even remotely okay…but it sure as hell wasn’t. I feel sorry for Cristiano, really. Even some of his so called “fans” can’t stop being nosy about his private life. Shame.

THE DOLEZALAGEDDON: Identity Politics Superstar Rachel Dolenzal Triggers Thermonuclear Media Meltdown

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Busted by Her Own Mother, Washington State NAACP Leader Who Falsely Claimed to be Black Becomes Global Internet Phenomenon

Controversy erupted around a local NAACP leader in Washington state Thursday after family members told a local newspaper that she had misrepresented herself as black.

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Hydroponic Farming - No More Concern of Adverse Weather Condition or Shortage of Farmable Lands

The Aztecs and Babylonian cultures grew plants without soil so technically they were employing a form of hydroponic. Our science and technology have improved considerably since the times of the Aztecs and Babylonians.

Indoor Hydroponic systems are nowadays considered as the main attempt in the field of modern agriculture. It is easy to explain, why the hydroponic agriculture is turning out to be a global phenomenon. The answer is not just the growing desires among the cultivators to accomplish more, but also the fear arising within the society regarding the ambiguity of climate having the escalating effects on their harvest.

As the people are becoming more and more environmentally conscious, the locally grown food supplies are getting preference in comparison to food sources that are not grown locally. Hydroponic system offers not just an effective alternative for growing yields, but are in harmonize with environmentally-friendly emotion of the public.

And it’s gainful in terms of expenditure, as the cultivators have more liberty to try the mixture of inputs with each cycle, preserving supplies such as nutrients and water.

A commercial farmer will obviously look for the utmost use of the resources to prevent any waste. This theory is used in each aspect, whether it is the growth medium or the nutrients.

Being a soil-less culture, a variety of growth media are being employed in commercial hydroponic systems. Clay pebbles, Rockwool, Perlite, coconut fibers are kept in air suspension to boost the nutrients saturation collectively eradicating the role of a middle man.

Working through several obstacles, hydroponic system has proved itself to be a productive agriculture technique, as around twenty-thousand to twenty-five thousand hectares of land in the earth are under hydroponics farming giving up to 6-8 billion dollars worth of production.

So, no more concern of adverse weather condition or shortage of farmable lands. Growing your favorite fruits or vegetables indoor is now a child play with hydroponic farming.

superfunkysushimonkey asked:

I agree with your thought that it should've been both Phineas AND Ferb to close the show, but the way I saw it was as a callback to how the entire idea of the show came from those drawings of Phineas on butcher paper. This global phenomenon all started with a little, triangle-headed boy. :)

We’ll agree to disagree then.

nukirisame asked:

24 in general and also Bis with 31, 35 and 39

  • 24:how is the society that your OC lives in? you can give as many details of the world around them as you please!

In general, so, MagiMonsters all live on Earth, just like you! However, they have their own kind of “culture”. They had a phenomenon of Globalization thanks to Fluxes (the teleport things), and that at like THE BEGINNING OF TIMES. There are also “high ranked” magimonsters and “magimonster bloodlines” (Aoife belongs to one of them) which are VERY popular in the magimonster community and followed like they were political people.


  • 31:think about the most important person in their life. why is that person so important for your OC?

Maybe Kyona, first of the name, because, well, fire and water compliment each other. I guess! She doesn’t remember. 

  • 35:imagine your OC in a high school au

Bis wouldn’t be a “character” but the director of the school except she’s so bad that she gets replaced. The other one is so bad that she gets replaced. The director always get replaced. It’s Bis.

  • 39:if your OC ever gets married, what kind of person would they marry? would they like to have children?

If you’re ready to get a wife that changes appearance each time she dies well get ready for it (no one)

The final episode of 'Top Gear' with Jeremy Clarkson was a ratings disappointment

It’s official. The “Top Gear” that became a global media phenomenon is over. 

Over the weekend, the BBC aired the final episode of the car show featuring the hosting trio of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May.

Unfortunately, the episode’s 5.3 million viewers was much lower than originally anticipated, The Hollywood Reporter’s Alex Ritman reported. 

In fact, according to the Daily Mail’s Imogen Calderwood, the episode was expected to draw 8.4 million viewers — the highest-rated in single show history.

The actual viewership for the episode was the lowest of show’s 22nd season. 

Prior to airing on Sunday, Jeremy Clarkson sent out a tweet accusing the BBC of downplaying the episode.

“Strange that BBC News is talking down the last Top Gear tonight,” Clarkson tweeted. “Do they not want big ratings for some reason?”

Sunday’s final episode is comprised of previously unseen footage shot before Clarkson was dismissed from the BBC in March.

The 75-minute long episode featured two films that was originally destined for season 22 of “Top Gear” Although, Clarkson returned to the show for voice over work, only Hammond and May were tasked with the hosting duties.

But in true “Top Gear” fashion, Clarkson’s presence — or lack thereof — was addressed in the form of a large elephant figure in the room.

Also missing from the episode was the show’s signature studio audience, who would frequently interact with the show’s hosts. 

After the episode aired, Clarkson, thanked the show’s fans on twitter and lamented the unfortunate way his tenure came to an end. 

So what’s next for the hosting trio?

Last week, Jeremy Clarkson confirmed to the Sunday Times that he — along with his cohosts — will return to TV with a new car show.

Though the publication reported that an announcement is expected in a matter of weeks, the exact network on which the show will air has yet to be confirmed.

Sources told the Daily Mirror’s Nigel Pauley, however, that the ex-“Top Gear” trio — along with former showrunner Andy Wilman — were “very close” to a deal with Netflix.

In recent months, the foursome has held meetings with numerous potential suitors including the British broadcaster ITV. But Netflix seems to have come out on top.

Netflix, the American online media-streaming service, is home to such award-winning original programming as “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black.”

According to the Sunday Times, the new Clarkson-fronted car show will probably debut sometime after next March.

The 22nd season of “Top Gear” ended abruptly in March after only seven of the nine planned episodes had aired because of the suspension and subsequent dismissal of Clarkson.

Hammond and May followed Clarkson out the door by voluntarily declining to renew their respective BBC contracts, which expired in April. Wilman — longtime executive producer and close friend of Clarkson — also left the BBC after the host’s dismissal.

The network’s decision to part ways with the polarizing TV personality came after an internal BBC inquiry found Clarkson had punched a “Top Gear” producer when he failed to obtain a hot steak dinner after a long day of filming.

The fracas with the producer came after a controversy-filled 2014 for Clarkson, who was mired in scandal stemming from accusations of racist, sexist, and culturally insensitive comments.

Prior to his dismissal, Clarkson had spent nearly three decades with the BBC as a host on “Top Gear” and is credited with being the driving force behind the show’s explosive international success.

In June, the BBC introduced radio DJ Chris Evans as the new front man for “Top Gear.” As a result, the 23rd season of the “Top Gear” will most likely feature a lineup of all-new hosts and be the first to not feature Jeremy Clarkson since 2000. Clarkson made his first appearance on “Top Gear” in 1988 and presided over the show’s transformation from an automotive news magazine to its current entertainment-centric format. 

With more than 350 million weekly viewers, “Top Gear” set the Guinness World Record as the most watched factual TV program in the world. In addition to the UK show, the “Top Gear” brand includes numerous international spinoffs, a live stadium tour, merchandising, a successful magazine, and a website.

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Branding Secrets Small Businesses Can Learn From Game of Thrones

Branding Secrets Small Businesses Can Learn From Game of Thrones

Though it’s not quite as extreme, the tagline from global television phenomenon Game of Thrones can easily be applied to your small business’ branding. The life and death of your business relies on building an ironclad brand that people can connect with and trust.

While you may be watching HBO’s flagship drama for pure entertainment value, there’s also a lot you could learn from the show to…

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