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Karl-Anthony Towns Tells Us How He’s Navigated A Crazy Season In Minnesota

Karl-Anthony Towns Tells Us How He’s Navigated A Crazy Season In Minnesota

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To say Karl-Anthony Towns’ season has been turbulent would be a gross understatement. There was Jimmy Butler commandeering a preseason practice which led to reports that Butler had “bullied” the Minnesota big man during their time together. The Butler was shipped off to Philadelphia, instantly changing the makeup of the Timberwolves and Towns’ role on the team. Finally, head coach Tom Thibodeau was abruptly fired. All the while, the ‘Wolves have been simply trying to keep their head afloat in a brutally competitive Western Conference.

Despite all of that, Towns has grabbed control of what was a spiraling plane headed for a crash landing and smoothed out its flight course. The Timberwolves currently sit at 25-27, just three games out of the 8th seed in the West, and Towns is coming off a month of January in which he averaged 25 points while pulling down 12.1 boards per game. We caught up with Towns after he hosted a live stream of Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 to talk this crazy season, how he’s managed to play so well through all the changes, and which teammate of his is the biggest smack-talker in the gaming world.

Your love of gaming is pretty well-known. What are your earliest memories of playing video games?

Karl-Anthony Towns: I remember the days of being at Pizza Hut and playing Marvel vs SNK, or going to bowling alleys and playing Marvel vs CAPCOM 2, one of the best fighting games of all time. I’ve been playing video games for as long as I could.

How good are you amongst your NBA peers when it comes to Call Of Duty?

In Black Ops, I’m pretty good! I haven’t been able to test every other NBA player, but in multiplayer, I feel like I’m one of the best.

If you’re picking a teammate to be on your squad in Black Ops, who is it?

Andrew Wiggins. Without a doubt. He plays the game, he’s a gamer. He’s really good. He doesn’t talk much, he’s pretty quiet. But he talks a lot when he’s playing, 24/7. From a man of few words, comes a lot of words. Trust me.

Let’s get to your 2018-2019 season, which has been, in a word, insane. How have you navigated all of the changes in Minnesota?

You worry about what you can control. That’s always been my motto. I know what I can control is going every day to work, working hard on my game and being the best possible player I can be on a nightly basis. So regardless of what the situation is, I only worry about what I can do to help my team.

Obviously it’s been a crazy year, but through all that craziness, we’re in a spot where we have a chance to make the playoffs, and that’s all you can ask for.

Did you reach out to any other players for advice on how to deal with everything?

No, I’ve experience it on my own. I’ve been through so much in my career so far, it didn’t shock me, everything that happened. I’ve already been through coaching changes, teammate changes, the death of a head coach. I’ve been through a lot already, so it doesn’t surprise me that the rest of my career so far has been more chaos and instability.

Have you felt a shift in responsibility with Jimmy Butler now gone? Like, do you feel you’re the face of the ‘Wolves now?

I’ve been feeling I’ve represented (the Timberwolves) since day one. As soon as you put that jersey on, regardless of who you are, if you’re me or anyone else on the team, it doesn’t matter. You have a brand to keep at a high standard.

But this year, yeah, I felt a change and more pressure and more responsibility being put on my shoulders, and I’m more than happy to take that on. I’m very excited to see how everything goes, with me signing the new contract and everything. We have a lot of work to do.

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Blackface scandal doesn’t surprise people of color

Blackface scandal doesn’t surprise people of color

Blackface scandal doesn’t surprise people of color

DETROIT (AP) — In the brightly lit Vintage Barbershop in northwest Detroit, Thomas Carter carefully trimmed the graying hair of a customer as he was asked about photos that depict whites wearing blackface.

He paused and slowly scanned the shop where about a half-dozen black men of various ages awaited their turn. “It’s not funny to me. It’s not funny to me at all,” he said.

From police shootings of black men, to white supremacy rallies, to efforts to remove Confederate Civil War monuments, the nation has lurched from one racial controversy to another in recent years. The latest is blackface — in which someone darkens their face and adds bright red lipstick to create stereotypes and caricatures. The disclosures have angered and frustrated many black people, who say it is mocking and demeaning.

The practice took hold in New York City in the 1830s and became immensely popular among post-Civil War whites. In fact, the Jim Crow laws that enforced racial segregation in the South took their name from a character played by blackface performer Thomas Dartmouth Rice. He said his act “Jump, Jim Crow” (or “Jumping Jim Crow”) was inspired by a slave he saw.

On the first day of Black History Month a week ago, a photo emerged from Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook page that showed someone in blackface and another person in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.

Northam at first admitted he was in the picture, then denied it a day later, but acknowledged he once blackened his face with shoe polish to imitate Michael Jackson for a dance contest in 1984. The disclosure roiled Virginia politics and prompted widespread calls for Northam to resign . He has so far refused.

Days later, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring — who is second in line to succeed Northam if he resigns — admitted to wearing blackface to look like a rapper during a party when he was a 19-year-old at the University of Virginia in 1980.

The Virginia disclosures drew intense attention but are hardly unusual. Just in recent months, Florida’s Republican secretary of state resigned in disgrace after a 2005 photo showed him wearing blackface and dressing as a “Hurricane Katrina victim.”

Clothing label Gucci said it was pulling a blackface-themed sweater from stores. A Snapchat video shows two Connecticut high school students wearing what seems like blackface. A similar incident was reported last month at the University of Oklahoma, when a man walked around campus in blackface. An old photo has popped up of “The View” co-host Joy Behar wearing makeup to darken her skin for a Halloween costume in the 1970s.

Carter said white people wearing blackface is a painful reminder of America’s history of racism, hate and exploitation.

“It’s just a huge form of disrespect. I’m kind of upset with a lot of people allowing it to be done. It’s acceptable in a lot of circles, even with our own people,” he said.

Education consultant and travel writer Fernanda Meier took to Twitter Wednesday to express her disgust.

“Dear white people,” she wrote, then retweeted: “Don’t wear blackface. Don’t think about wearing blackface. To be safe, don’t even say the word blackface, except to say ‘don’t wear blackface.'”

“My skin, hair, lips are a costume to non-black people,” Meier told The Associated Press from Bogota, Colombia, where she currently resides. “There is nothing flattering about using shoe polish or dark makeup to paint one’s skin like mine, when the very same thing is the source of my oppression.”

The Northam yearbook photo was even worse because the person in blackface was standing next to another person dressed in a white robe and mask like the Ku Klux Klan, said Korey Garibaldi, an assistant professor in American Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

“With that, you have a literal reference to racial terrorism,” Garibaldi said. “It’s never just blackface. There’s always something that makes this just that much more frightening — the Klan, exclusion from school, a job. It’s a whole kind of comprehensive white supremacy, not just a particular sort of image or remark. It’s a structure that needs to be challenged.”

Carter said the person in Klan garb in Northam’s yearbook photo angered him as a black man.

“When you see the Klan … these people took pictures next to bodies, hanging out of a tree,” he said in reference to lynchings. “The brutality that we face on a mental, physical and spiritual level is a lot. Hate is taught. You’re not born a racist. So, you have households teaching … kids. It’s inbred. How are you going to stop that?”

Taj Muhammad, a black man from Detroit, said the incidents show there is still racial hatred.

“I’m disappointed that more black people don’t know the history (of blackface) and know it’s very insulting,” Muhammad said. “I’m not disappointed in people of European descent. Historically, most Europeans never have been embracing of people of African descent.”

The number of hate crimes reported in the United States has risen in recent years to more than 4,100 motivated by race or ethnicity in 2017 compared to just under 3,500 the year before, according to Justice Department data .

Chicago-area pastor Eric Dorsey said it springs from systemic cultural bias.

“It’s kind of funny in a way where stuff like this comes out and the public has this outrage and this outcry of, ‘Oh my God! I can’t believe this happened,'” Dorsey said. “When if you really study the history of this nation, why are you surprised?”

He said the publicity around the incidents could be a good thing.

“I look at that as an opportunity to discuss issues that this country has swept under the rug,” he said. “We as a society have a chance to address them and heal from these wounds.”

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Associated Press writer Alina Hartounian in Phoenix contributed to this report.

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Ariana Grande’s Makeup Artist Just Revealed the $6 Eyeliner She Uses on the Star

Ariana Grande’s Makeup Artist Just Revealed the $6 Eyeliner She Uses on the Star

The only thing we envy more than Ariana Grande’s ponytail is her always-sharp winged liner. The singer’s makeup artist Rokael Lizama revealed that in Grande’s “Break Up With Your Boyfriend, I’m Bored” music video, she used none other than Carter Beauty Supreme Gel Liner, which will cost you less than your morning breakfast run. The product is sold in the UK for €5, or roughly $6. Although the brand doesn’t ship to the United States yet, with a name like Grande as a fan, it’s only a matter of time. Keep reading to see her makeup look up close.

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Want to Be ‘Flawless’ Like Beyoncé? Beauty Lines Are Coming from Her Glam Squad

Want to Be ‘Flawless’ Like Beyoncé? Beauty Lines Are Coming from Her Glam Squad

Beyoncé performs onstage during 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 14, 2018 in Indio, California.
Photo: Larry Busacca (Getty Images for Coachella)

Yes, we know “Pretty Hurts,” but that hasn’t stopped us from occasionally musing about getting our grubby little hands on whatever magical, undoubtedly pristine products Beyoncé uses to look like, well, Beyoncé.

Soon, the beauty-obsessed members of the Hive will be able to get their beauty routines in formation with some of Bey’s trademark glowing looks, since Women’s Wear Daily and Allure report that several Bey-worthy beauty lines will be coming this year, courtesy of her makeup maestros, Sir John and Rokael Lizama.

Currently a brand ambassador for model-created brand Alleven London, Sir John hyped the one-year-old line’s bestselling Colour Shield Hydrating Tinted Protection ($80) as the base for Bey’s indelible 2018 Coachella look. In the months since, he’s worked closely with founder Celia Forner to expand the brand’s shade range and develop three new products soon to debut: their Instant Perfector, Hyaluronic Airbrush Foundation and Total Body Serum. Frankly, he had us at “Hyaluronic.”

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Also in the works? Two lines of Sir John’s own, which he teased to WWD, and we can’t wait to feature in The Glow Up’s next black-owned beauty month.

“That’s totally happening now. I have two licensing deals,” he said. “Some things are coming out this year and I think everyone’s going to be super surprised about who I’m partnering with.” (Fun fact: Sir John also works with Bey’s “Sorry” video co-star Serena Williams, who has been rumored to be adding a beauty line to her growing empire… Could a Grand Slam cosmetics collab be on the horizon?)

But Sir John’s not the only member of Bey’s glam squad getting into the beauty game. Last fall, Mexican-El Salvadorian artist Lizama announced the upcoming launch of Rokeal Beauty. Lizama, who entered Beyoncé’s family of artists through a series of referrals from her actual family, starting with BFF and former bandmate Kelly Rowland, and then mother Tina Knowles-Lawson, has been coy about what we can expect from his line—or when we can expect it. But we’re sure once it drops, it’ll be perfection, since he credits Queen Bey with getting his head right about his business.

“She’s very involved in everything she does, especially anything that has to do with her image,” he told Refinery29 last September, while on the star’s On the Run II tour. “Anything she is working on, it’s basically her doing. The biggest lesson I’ve learned from B is work ethic, to always challenge yourself and really take yourself to a place where you haven’t been yet.”

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With Lawrence as her backdrop, Warren expected to draw on gender, labor in 2020 announcement

With Lawrence as her backdrop, Warren expected to draw on gender, labor in 2020 announcement

When Elizabeth Warren announces to the country she is running for president, her stage will be the working-class city of Lawrence. The setting offers vivid examples of the intersecting themes of labor, immigration, and gender that appear likely to dominate the 2020 Democratic race.

Nicknamed the “immigrant city,” Lawrence was in 1912 the scene of one of the country’s most notable labor strikes, started and dominated by female textile workers.

She will start her speech talking about the strike, according to a campaign aide. She will deliver it from the steps of the Everett Mills, which is where the first workers — a group of mostly Polish women — walked off the job in protest of wage cuts.

Nicknamed the “immigrant city,” Lawrence was in 1912 the scene of one of the country’s most notable labor strikes, started and dominated by female textile workers.

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Nicknamed the “immigrant city,” Lawrence was in 1912 the scene of one of the country’s most notable labor strikes, started and dominated by female textile workers.

“Lawrence has a history of working people coming together to make change,” Warren says in a video teasing her big announcement, “where the fight was hard, the battle was uphill, and where a group of women led the charge for all of us.”

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Of course, Lawrence, one of the state’s poorest communities, is also about as far away as one can get — at least metaphorically — from Cambridge and the Harvard campus where Warren once taught and still be in the state. (Helpful in shaking off that image of ivory tower academic? Check.)

It’s minutes from New Hampshire, home of the first in the nation primary, of course. But Lawrence helps Warren tell a much deeper story about her campaign.

“We are facing tons of the problems that America faces — education and immigration reform, the loss of the American financial power of the middle class,” said the city’s mayor, Dan Rivera, the son of a single mother who came to the city from the Dominican Republic. The loss of a time when “you could work really hard, send kids to college, have a better life. Lawrence is a microcosm for those things.”

Lawrence is “a really useful place” for Warren to talk about “where America is right now and where she wants America to be under a Warren presidency,” said John Cluverius, a political scientist at University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Lawrence is still very much an immigrant city, and as such provides Warren a ready opportunity to draw a sharp contrast between herself and the current president. More than 73 percent of the city is Latino, according to census figures, driven by immigrants from the Dominican Republican and migrants from Puerto Rico coming to the city starting in the 1960s.

The makeup of the city is a result of immigration policies — those that help refugees and allow family members to sponsor relatives — that immigration hard-liners in the Trump administration oppose, said Cluverius.

“It’s going to show the real face of immigration. It’s hard-working people,” Rivera said of Warren’s event in his city. Referring to his own mother’s journey to Lawrence, he said, “for all intents and purposes, she gave me the American Dream. Her son is the mayor of the city that she went to as a worker in the mills.”

It’s likely Warren will need to make Hispanic voters a key part of the coalition, along with organized labor, that she needs to build to win both the Democratic nomination and a general election, said Cluverius, the political scientist. That calculation is especially true once voting gets beyond the lily-white early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

Warren has largely avoided referring to President Trump directly on the campaign trail, but he will be lurking in the background nonetheless. Trump has attacked Lawrence by name, blaming city residents for the region’s drug epidemic and linking the problem to its status as a so-called sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants. New Hampshire’s Republican governor, Chris Sununu, also has charged Lawrence and its “undocumented drug dealers” with causing his state’s opioid scourge.

Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican, has previously responded to Trump’s attacks on Lawrence by saying his “statements denigrating entire cities are plain wrong.”

The appeal to America’s labor movement is noteworthy, too, observers say.

“The Democratic Party has recently remembered that unions are vital to their success,” said Annelise Orleck, a political historian at Dartmouth College, noting that former Democratic candidate for governor Stacey Abrams of Georgia gave her response to Trump’s State of the Union in a IBEW union hall outside of Atlanta. “And they are particularly motivated in that regard by Trump’s success in 2016 at selling himself as a ‘working man’s defender’ ” in the 2016 campaign, she said.

The 1912 Bread and Roses strike in Lawrence is historically significant because “it’s one of the first times in labor history in the country that so many different nationalities, different languages, religions, cultures, were able to figure out a way to unify themselves,” said Robert Forrant, a labor historian.

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The 1912 Bread and Roses strike in Lawrence is historically significant because “it’s one of the first times in labor history in the country that so many different nationalities, different languages, religions, cultures, were able to figure out a way to unify themselves,” said Robert Forrant, a labor historian.

The 1912 Bread and Roses strike that took place in Lawrence is historically significant because “it’s one of the first times in labor history in the country that so many different nationalities, different languages, religions, cultures, were able to figure out a way to unify themselves and fight for the common good of all workers in the city,” said Robert Forrant, a labor historian at UMass Lowell who has written about the strike and Lawrence.

The immediate cause was wage cuts, but the strike also happened against a backdrop of workday hardship and dangerous working conditions. It was started by women, and much of the activism was led by women, said Forrant. The walkout quickly swelled to 25,000 immigrant laborers hailing from dozens of countries. After nine weeks of highly organized and collaborative resistance, they won concessions from the powerful mill owners.

Women’s anger over Trump’s election and subsequent activism are a key force in the current political climate, too, credited with helping flip the House to Democratic control and bringing in an historic number of women to office in 2018.

Warren, meanwhile, has made appeals to that sentiment. In Iowa she noted that some doubted a woman could beat Scott Brown when she was mulling challenging him for Senate in 2012. At the town hall where she first acknowledged she was thinking of running for president last fall, Warren embraced the fury so many women on the left were feeling over the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. “I’m angry and I own it,” she said.

Much more recently, Lawrence was at the center of the gas explosions and fires that ripped through homes and businesses served by Columbia Gas last fall, and thus enables Warren to showcase her trademark stance as fighter of corporate misconduct. Warren helped push for a congressional hearing investigating the explosions, at which she told the presidents of Columbia Gas and its parent company to take personal responsibility for the disaster.

After her event in Lawrence, Warren will host a late afternoon rally in Dover, N.H., followed by stops in the coming days in key states on the presidential nominating calendar: Iowa, South Carolina, Georgia, Nevada, and California.

Victoria McGrane can be reached at victoria.mcgrane@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @vgmac.

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