Month: September 2020

How The Entertainment Convention Community Is Adapting Mid-Pandemic

For years, entertainment conventions have been a thrilling right-of-passage for die-hard enthusiasts to celebrate all things comics, art, film, television, pop culture and more. Whether it gives someone an occasion to dress up in their favorite cosplay character, meet their most admired celebrity or interact with creative artists selling unique merchandise, the demand is overwhelming for these annual events in cities all across the U.S. and beyond. Where else can you find The Joker, Darth Vader and Thanos walking a convention floor? One villain, however, that these successfully proven businesses did not see coming showed up unannounced earlier this year in the form of coronavirus.

Just as other businesses and society in general have found ways to adapt in their communication skills during this pandemic, these entertainment groups have also had to adapt, in order to continue in some capacity. With a majority of convention spaces unavailable

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6 Beauty Trends From Latinx Cultures

Jenna Brillhart and Jesse Blanner, HelloGiggles

With the Latinx diaspora expanding over 20 countries, “Hispanic” isn’t a one-size-fits-all term—especially when it comes to beauty and style. As Hispanic womxn, we’re challenging these narratives by embracing all aspects of our culture and choosing which ones are right for us. This Hispanic Heritage Month, HelloGiggles will be taking a deep dive into the beauty of our culture through Mi Cultura, Mi Belleza. We’ll be featuring essays about hair and identity, giving beauty tips from our abuelitas, highlighting the unique style of the Afro-Latina community, and more.

Beauty trends within the Latinx community go beyond the latest TikTok fad or new lipstick launch. They’re enriched with culture, influenced by history, and are often passed down by generations from abuelitas to tías to nietas. And with so much richness within the Latinx beauty space, it’s important to highlight the different trends from

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The Museum Lockdown Culture

What’s happening to the museum world? I was a museum director for ten years and a curator for years before that. Sometimes I shake my head in bewilderment and chagrin.

The biggest museum scandal in my time, bigger than the Gardner theft (13 works of art stolen, and to this day never recovered, from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum), is the museum lockout culture that developed during the COVID-19 hysteria. I’ve written about this many times, but it bears repeating and embellishment since there’s so much fallout.

There’s the strangest new dynamic in museums these days. I think it’s infecting the entire not-for-profit world, too. They’re absorbing the ethos of public-school teachers’ unions.

I like teachers. I taught for years. In my hometown, little Arlington in Vermont, our teachers are fantastic. They didn’t want to abandon their students, most poor and special-needs kids, in March. The COVID hysteria, though,

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Billionaire Property Heir Has Big Bets on Troubled Hong Kong

(Bloomberg) — From building Hong Kong’s largest shopping mall to constructing a sprawling $3.9 billion sports center, Adrian Cheng has been one of the most aggressive property investors in town. It’s a costly expansion strategy that’s now poised to test one of the city’s oldest real-estate empires.

Cheng, 40, became chief executive officer of New World Development Co. in May, cementing his position after taking over from his father Henry a few years ago. But even as he ascended to the top, Cheng championed ambitious real-estate developments in the financial and tourism hub worth about $5 billion. Conceived on the assumption mainland Chinese visitors would continue to throng Hong Kong, they now mean the family is exposed to some of the city’s largest projects at a time when the coronavirus pandemic and political unrest is crippling its economy.

Few names are more synonymous with Hong Kong than the Chengs. New

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