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The Sopranos’ Steve Schirripa and His “Hot Dog” | Pet Lifestyles Magazine

Dogs have a gift, many actually, but what makes them so extraordinary is how they show us, each in their own unique way, how special they are. Though we may see Steve Schirripa as a tough guy, he’s got a tender heart when it comes to his dog, Willie, the dachshund. Remember Schirripa as Bobby “Bacala” Baccalieri in the hit series, “The Sopranos”? The “sweetest” mobster on the show until Tony Soprano forced him into brutality. Now he’s thrilled to be in “Blue Bloods” as no-nonsense Detective Anth


Kicking off Milan fashion week, Gucci introduced its Fall-Winter 2017 ready-to-wear collection in “The Alchemist’s Garden: an anti-modern laboratory.” Septum piercings, shining hoods, oversized jewelry, glittering glasses, floral brocades, and intergalactic prints were all standout motifs from Alessandro Michele’s latest collection for the Italian fashion house. As expected, ruffled gowns and detailed embroidery were also ever present.

White House to Host South by South Lawn Festival in Early October

On October 3rd the South by South Lawn festival will take place at the White House. The festival of “Ideas, Art, and Action” will be held on the White House’s south lawn and will feature film, live music, and workshops dedicated to discussing innovation, creativity, and different ways that future generations of Americans can contribute to building a constructive, sustainable future for themselves and the world. “It is you, the young and fearless at heart,” President Obama said in Selma, “the m

Ghost’s Plan to Leave Underworld Thwarted in ‘Power’ Season 3 Finale

Season 3 of Power found Ghost doing everything he could to sever his ties to the drug world and concentrating his savviness and charm on Truth, seeing it rise to the precipice of becoming one of the worlds top nightclubs. But as Angela escorted him out of his nightclub in handcuffs in the finale, he saw his plan to leave the underworld thwarted again. “Delayed” is the better term, because viewers can predict that Ghost probably won’t be in jail for long. (And as someone who hasn’t quite atoned

It’s Long Past Time to Un-Blacken Poverty

The last line in an op-ed on Blavity, “To address poverty, we must first understand how impressive the ways we describe it are,” targets the source of the issue the piace focuses on: un-blackening poverty. The stigma that black folks are the poster child for poverty and the subsequent, false reinforcement of that in politics, film, and television has long afflicted the efficient tackling of the issue. Now, during a time when LGBTQ, female, and Black empowerment are prominent topics in the nation

James Baldwin Documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” Set to Make World Premiere This Month

The first pointed documentary about James Baldwin, I Am Not Your Negro, is set to premiere this month at the Toronto International Film Festival. Directed by Hatian filmmaker, Raoul Peck, the piece explores thirty pages of notes Baldwin composed that set the framework for a book about Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr., all of whom were close friends of Baldwin. Peck learned of this project after going through exchanges through letters between the author and his agent. “Baldwi

‘Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power’ Exhibiting at Bellevue Arts Museum

Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power, the latest exhibition from artist Kara Walker, presents three narrative portfolio series that confront conventional views of America’s Antebellum and Reconstruction-era history and aesthetic. The series features The Emancipation Approximation (1999-2000), which strongly exhibits Walker’s cut-paper work, Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War: Annotated (2005), a printmaking series in which she annotated Harper’s Pictorial His

CHANEL F/W2016 eyewear X Willow Smith

After being crowned a Chanel ambassador and electrifying the steps of the Met Gala in a car coat and clamdiggers this year, the ever creative and always fierce, Willow Smith, recently landed her first Chanel campaign and modeled for the fashion company’s fall-winter 2016/17 eyewear campaign. Photographed by Karl Lagerfeld, Smith brings her trendsetting vibes to the house of Chanel. Enveloped in accessories from the Ready-to-Wear collection, accented in crisp black and white, the latest muse of

Beyonce’s Open Letter & the Response to Fatal Police Killings of African Americans

In what has become routine since the killing of Trayvon Martin years ago in Florida, an onslaught of hashtags, articles, news conferences and statements from celebrities have flooded the Web following the killing of Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile by police officers. Beyoncé became the latest celebrity to join the fray, publishing an open letter on her website. While the letter frames the importance of moving to action in the wake of these horrific tragedies by highlighting that we should

Louis Vuitton S/S2017 Mens Collection

Warm weather induces refined style, and Louis Vuitton returns with a line that’s not only refined, but avant-garde in its approach to incorporate a distinctive vision this time around. Turning to Africa for a stroke of motivation and originality, the Spring-Summer 2017 collection infuses African and Punk aesthetics, accented by the classic French elegance known globally as Louis Vuitton. Variegated animal prints, textile patterns, and exotic skins compose the design of hand-crafted tops and wov


FASHION STORY “Sunday Morning” is now available! There’s the anxiety-riddled reflection singed into Sunday morning that requires her to examine the triumphs and failures of the week. Moments where she was so lost in that novel that she forgot to let the passengers off the train. An exchange with a colleague where she said something a touch too narcissistic. And how she made up for that social awkwardness by helping that mother up the steps with her stroller, clinging onto that moment until the


Eyewear is a stroke of color that accents an outfit. It’s also one of the few accessories where irregular shapes and designs and quirkiness thrive. And in designer Marc Jacobs’ spring and summer 2016 eyewear collection, that features a healthy amount of futuristic designs and color combinations, there’s another offering of his humorous, relaxed aesthetic. The collection is composed of optical frames and sunglasses that introduce a mixture of structure, mood, and material that challenge conventi


As New York City flirts with spring, the latest trends in fashion match winter’s recalcitrance, and international digital fashion superstars, designers, and bloggers alike found their styles adopting the characteristics of the weather during NYFW. Chiara Ferragni, an Italian fashion designer and founder of TheBlondeSalad.com, drew attention with a Vetements black oversize hoodie and Lisa skirt in croc, with over-the-knee boots from her own fashion line. Accenting the look are rouge lips, bringi