Mike Davis was an artist, and the irate company-wide memorandum was his canvas. Few in the history of humankind have recognized the savage beauty in this lowliest of media. But Davis—the erstwhile head of Tiger Oil Company, now dead at eighty-five—shattered the limits of the form with routine ease, showing us just how big an asshole one man could be. Consider his memos a spin-off of the Theater of Cruelty: “ ‘There will be no more birthday celebrations, birthday cakes, levity or celebrations of any kind within the office,’ the boss wrote on Feb. 8, 1978. ‘This is a business office. If you have to celebrate, do it after office hours on your own time.’ … ‘Do not speak to me when you see me,’ the man had ordered in a memo the month before. ‘If I want to speak to you, I will do so. I want to save my throat. I don’t want to ruin it by saying hello to all of you.’ ”

This and more in today’s arts and culture news.

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After 12 years working as an engineer for a Fortune 500 company, I quit my management job to become an auto mechanic. I traded high heels and an air-conditioned office for boots, Dickies and grime-covered hands. The reason was simple: I was tired of feeling like an auto airhead and getting scammed by the male-dominated car-care industry. ~ Patrice Banks

Girls Auto Clinic (GAC) is a woman owned and operated business run by Patrice Banks, engineer and automotive technician.  Patrice, a mechanic that caters to women, started GAC to educate and empower women through their cars!

What a FANTASTIC idea! I hope she has great success.   

If you think about it, all these thinkpieces about how Millenials are “killing” various industries reveal a pretty colossal sense of entitlement.

Under normal circumstances, if a given industry finds itself unable to sell products to a given market demographic, we’d say it’s that industry’s fault for failing to offer products that that demographic is interested in buying.

It only makes sense to blame the target demographic itself if we’re assuming that the established industries have some intrinsic right to that demographic’s disposable income that’s being denied - which is clearly nonsense.

And I thought Millennials were supposed to be the entitled ones?

How one 26-year-old turned $500 into $2 million online

Zuvaa is an online store selling African-inspired clothing to customers globally. It was founded two years ago by New York-based entrepreneur Kelechi Anyadiegwu. 

“My vision for Zuvaa is to be more than an African fashion marketplace,” says Anyadiegwu. “I want Zuvaa to be synonymous with African inspired prints. So that whenever someone is looking to buy something African Inspired they think of Zuvaa." 

At a conference in June, NBC CEO Steve Burke explained what would constitute an Olympics “nightmare,” Bloomberg reports. “We wake up someday and the ratings are down 20%,” he said. “If that happens, my prediction would be that millennials had been in a Facebook bubble or a Snapchat bubble and the Olympics have come, and they didn’t know it.”

That nightmare is basically here, as the Olympics saw a sharp viewership dip for the first time since 2000. Among 18- to 49-year-olds, the damage is even greater than 20%, sitting at a 25% drop-off


NBC Olympics viewership is down 17% - Business Insider

AKA “It’s not our shitty, tape-delayed, reality-show style coverage, or our myopic and draconian social media policies - it’s those damn millennials and their snapchats!”

The phrase ‘crab mentality’ is used to describe the 'if I can’t have it, neither can you’ mindset. The metaphor refers to a pot of crabs that could easily get out, but they ensure their own demise by competitively clawing at each other- like spiteful humans trying to bring down those who are more successful by diminishing their importance. Source

Target will install gender-neutral bathrooms in all its stores
The new investment appears to be a response to conservative uproar.

Target has announced that it will be installing single-stall, all-gender bathrooms in all of its stores. Many of the stores already have these bathrooms, but the ones that don’t will be getting them by early 2017.

Target drew praise from LGBT rights advocates in April when it announced it would allow customers to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify. The new single-stall bathrooms, which are by definition gender-neutral, seem meant to assuage the concerns of customers uncomfortable with this policy and will provide a third option for all customers.

But Boylan confirmed that Target continues to welcome transgender individuals to use a bathroom of their choosing.

As a result, the new move can be seen as a deft effort to calm critics without fundamentally altering its policy. In fact, it may even be seen as an expansion of the policy, given that customers who identify as genderqueer may feel most comfortable in a bathroom that allows them to eschew identification with either gender.

This is the way to do it. Offer gender-neutral bathrooms for those who prefer them, and maintain the right for people to use affirming gendered bathrooms if that’s their preference. Good, good, good. 

Taraji P. Henson Just Landed a Major Beauty Campaign
It's about time.

AUG 23, 2016

“Taraji P. Henson’s glow can soon be yours. Today M.A.C announced that the Golden Globe-winning actress will launch a makeup collaboration in September, citing her “fearless performances, powerhouse confidence and charismatic spark” as inspiration. Sign us up.”

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