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Among Us Impostor Becomes Thanos In Unexpected Crossover Art – Screen Rant02.10.21

An artist named Hkartworks on Twitter created Thanos as an Among Us character, and he looks menacing enough to cause serious problems for the crew.

Take two of the most fearsome, malevolent, destructive characters in fiction and put them together, andanAmong Us Thanos Impostor appears in all of its horrific glory.Among Us has grown so much in popularity over the last year that it is now very present in the public eye, and has inspired many crossovers pictured in some beautiful art.

An amazing creation crossed Among Us with Halo,turning the little crewmates into green-armored alien killers. A huge battle is in action aboard an entirely new map that was drawn to match theUNSC Pillar of Autumn spaceship fromHalo, andHalo players might notice a few familiar faces in the mayhem. Among Us has even moved outside of the gaming community, and one artist crossed the multiplayer title with another one of the most popular stories set in space at the moment, The Mandalorian. This artist gave a skin of somefan-favorite characters from the TV show to the Among Us characters, illustrating what Boba Fett, Bo-Katan, Ahsoka Tano, and of course Din Djarin with Baby Yoda sticking close by might look like as Among Us crewmates.

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An impressively renderedimage was created by Twitter user Hkartworks whichspawnedAmong UsThanos as a character, and fans have taken notice. Purple, menacing, and evenequipped with the infinity gauntlet, there is no mistaking the evil antagonist from the MCU, and his demeanor fits perfectly with that of a cunning Impostor on the ship. Hkartworks tweeted their creation, and it was met with a "whoaaaaaaaaaa" from the Among UsTwitter account, which was clearly impressed by the display - and perhaps hoping it may lead to an actual crossover should Marvel ever be inclined.

More creative art has been inspired by Among Us, so much that people's creations have started drifting from the beautiful to the very imaginative but retina-burning kind of images that instill dread in a fandom.Perhaps the most iconic of these is an artist's rendering of the inside of anAmong Us space suit, and it is horrifying.

It looks like there was a lot of passion that went into the art of this Among UsThanos skin, and with so many incredible artists sharing alove ofAmong Us, more fan art and crossovers are inevitable. Perhaps this image will give InnerSloth some ideas and playersmight see the Avengers running around doing tasks at some point, but for now, this fan art will do nicely in imagining what could be.

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Universal teams with Big Hit and YG Entertainment to invest in global live-streaming platform – Music Business Worldwide02.10.21

Universal Music Group is joining forces with two K-Pop titans Big Hit Entertainment and YG Entertainment toinvest in a new digital live-streaming platform with ambitions on a global scale.

Big Hit has announced that both YG and UMG have acquired an equity stake in KBYK Live, a joint venture that was established between Big Hit and Kiswe last year.

KBYK Live subsequently launched VenewLive in September, a live-streaming content platform.

With the equity investment, YG and UMG say they will help expand VenewLive further in ways which a range of artists, including those signed with UMG and YG can participate.

A press release added that, as a result of the deal, VenewLive is expected to secure globally renowned artist line-up and high-quality performance contents represented by Big Hit, YG, and UMG, while further expanding the platform by utilizing Kiswes technologies including the multi-view live-streaming.

The PR continued: Powered by Kiswes cutting-edge technologies, VenewLive can customize each concert experience to fit the identity and characteristics of each artist while providing innovative and original performance experiences for fans to enjoy their favorite artists content in a uniquely customized, authentic and personalized way.

Big Hit says that the tech behindVenewLive was used for two record-breaking BTS online concerts last year: BANG BANG CON The Live and MAP OF THE SOUL ON:E in June and October respectively.

The former drew in a peak concurrent audience of 756,000 while the latter was viewed by a total of 993,000 audience worldwide.

KBYK Live CEO John Lee said, VenewLive has already live-streamed several large-scale performances last year and provided unique immersive fan concert experiences that can be offered through our cutting-edge technologies, including 6-angle multi-views, 4K resolution, and various interactive features.

He added, Our technology will be the basis for enabling fans to feel closer to artists, and help artists express their energy on a digital stage.

YG Entertainment Chief Operating Officer Sung Jun Choi said, We are excited about this investment as our company with many artists competitive on a global stage has secured a high-quality platform with leading technologies.

He added, We will continue to do our best to provide more interactive experiences and new services to global fans.

UMG Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and President of Operations Boyd Muir said, We are delighted to join Big Hit, YG and Kiswe as partners in KBYK as we look to help further evolve the opportunities and live-streaming experiences for UMG artists and their fans today, and into the future.

This past year has shown that the need for reliable and innovative live-streaming has never been greater. VenewLive offers some of the most creative and memorable opportunities for todays artists to globalize their art and performances, tailored to enhance the community and fan-experience.

Kiswe CEO Mike Schabel said, We have been developing video streaming and fan engagement technology since 2013 and are excited to use that digital technology to extend beyond the boundaries of a stadium to help artists perform to their global fans, and for those fans to feel like they are part of the concert. Having supported truly live pay per view concerts with some of the biggest artists in the world, we strive to deliver incredible experiences for every fan.

Big Hit Global CEO Lenzo Yoon said, Big Hits attempts to maximize fan experience are not limited to entertainment, but also implementing various technologies. KBYK is also part of this effort.

He added, Our dream and goal is to provide the most advanced technology currently available so that fans can experience the artists content in the best way possible under any circumstances. We will continue to study how new technologies and attempts in various fields can have a positive impact on strengthening our fan experience and actively introduce them.Music Business Worldwide

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A Sculptor and Former Special Effects Artist Is Paving the Way in Prosthetics for Darker Skin Tones – Hyperallergic02.10.21

For amputees of color around the world,living with a limb or body part opposite to their natural skin tone is a daily reality. Their communityhas been largely ignored by an international prosthetics market that caters primarily to white clients.

John Amanam, a 33-year-old sculptor and former movie special effects artist from the city of Uyo in southern Nigeria, set out to change this reality three years ago, quickly becoming a pioneer in designing hyperrealistic Black prosthesis. His work spanning prosthetic hands, legs, fingers, toes, ears, noses, and breasts was so rare that he registered a patent over his innovation in Nigeria last year.

Amanam arrived at prosthetics design after his brother lost part of his hand in a sudden accident. It was then that the family realized that dark-skinned prostheses are not available in Nigeria.

I was never interested in prosthetics before that, Amanam told Hyperallergic in a phone conversation. I simply tried to use my expertise in special effects to help my brother.

Without any formal training in prosthetics, Amanam embarked on autodidactic research to learn the craft. After a year of experiments in his studio, with many trials and errors, he was able to produce a convincing hand prosthesis for his brother, which blended with the rest of his hand.

When Amanam posted a picture of the custom-made hand on his Facebook page, the positive feedback was overwhelming. Requests for prostheses from amputees in Nigeria and other parts of the world started flowing and havent stopped since then.

I quickly discovered that I was the only one around making Black prostheses; not only in Nigeria but in the whole region, Amanam said.

With a growing demand for his work, Amanam established the company Immortal Cosmetic Art two years ago. It now employs seven workers who make the prostheses by hand. The company has so far served nearly 200 customers from all over the world and there are about 100 more waiting for their turn.

We had to pause production because of the demand, Amanam said. Im hoping to expand the company and add more technology to the process.

Amanams work has garnered the attention of the international press, with stories by Reuters, Al Jazeera, and other leading publications in Africa and around the world.

The production of Hyperrealistic prosthesis is not just a Nigerian problem, Amanam explained. Customized prostheses that match the skin color are rare all over the world. In the case of Africa, all the prostheses are imported from abroad.

The most common reactions by his clients are excitement and gratitude, Amanam said. Most of them had lost hope in finding prostheses that match the color of their skin, he added.

Amanams work will soon be showcased inthe US and France as part oftwo exhibitions about innovations in prosthetics. But the sculptor reports missing making art for the sake of art.

Im blessed to be able to help people but the prosthetics business leaves me no time for my artistic practice, said Amanam. Im working toward balancing the two. The sculptor in me still wants to share his ideas with the world.

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Gippsland artist Alice Pepper revives a traditional art to stitch together stories of healing on country – ABC News02.10.21

Aboriginal artist Alice Pepper is creating a possum skin cloak that tells the story of the East Gippsland community coming together to heal on country after drought, bushfire and the COVID-19 outbreak.

Ms Pepper is working on the cloak on country in a unique artist-in-residence program on the Gippsland Lakes at Lake Tyers, in the form of a floating art studio.

"A lot of my pieces talk about the environment and . . . respectfully looking after the land, the animals which are our totems and giving to the land as it gives to you," Ms Pepper said.

"Just respecting our ancestors that have been here before us, the messages given to us through the land and how we're all connected to it."

Ms Pepper has had several works show in galleries across Gippsland and was commissioned to design the netball dress for the Melbourne Vixens Indigenous round last year.

Traditionally First Nations people were given a possum skin, or kangaroo skin if the possum was a family totem, when they were born.

As that person aged, more and more possum skins were added, sewn together with kangaroo sinew, using the bone from a kangaroo as a needle to create a blanket stitch.

"Everywhere they went they would etch something in there, what part of country they were from or what they'd seen and then maybe they'd put their totem on there, whatever animal that was. So as they grew, so did the story of their cloak.", Ms Pepper said.

"It was basically their diary, or the story of their life, so they'd find ancestors wrapped in cloaks that were buried and they'd know exactly where that person was from, what tribe they were from and where they'd travelled on country."

The practice of making possum skins cloaks was largely a tradition specific to the colder climates of southern Australia.

"A lot of people would head up to the mountains because they've got the bogong moth up there which was a very big food source for our people. They would cook them up and eat them," Ms Pepper said of the mobs that would seek shelter in mountain caves during the winter months.

The art of cloakmaking had largely been lost but was revitalised about 15 years after a group of women embarked on a project to create cloaks for the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

"To make a cloak you probably use about 30 possum skins for a female, and about 35 to 40 for a male's cloak," said Ms Pepper, who uses a contemporary wood burner to etch patterns and symbols into her cloak design.

As possums are a protected species in Australia, Ms Pepper sources skins from New Zealand where the marsupials are considered a pest.

She uses lake water to mix her paints and a wood burner to create markings on the possum skin hide.

"It's about women healing on country, so in there you've got our ancestors that are putting their hands up in the air and they're in the form of the rock formation," Ms Pepper said.

"Traditionally in our dances and stories, the ancestors are embedded in the land like they are part of the land, that's how you feel connected to the land."

Having experienced anxiety after losing her beloved nan and uncle in an already tumultuous year, Ms Pepper has enjoyed taking time out from work, family and community commitments to focus on her art and the surrounding landscape.

Ms Pepper is working on a floating art gallery at Lake Tyers, a significant cultural site.

The gallery created with $350,000 from Regional Arts Victoria's Small Towns Transformations project.

"I'm always surrounded by this country, I live here, but I don't get the chance to actually just sit and I think," Ms Peppe said.

"I rattled off about five or six birds that I could hear that I wouldn't hear usually the kookaburras and the borans, the sea eagles and the yellow sparrows. It was really really nice to just to sit and be watch the fish jump."

Ms Pepper described the natural high that comes with being on country, gathering with family and practicing culture as an antidote to our modern anxiety-ridden world.

"It's about giving your self permission to stop thinking about what I call 'the white noise', everything that's going on, and give yourself permission to just be somewhere."

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Ponce Therapeutics Inc. Commences First R & D Program in Anti-Aging Products for Skin – BioSpace02.10.21

MIAMI, Feb. 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Ponce Therapeutics, Inc. ("Ponce"), a company leveraging the growing scientific knowledge surrounding the aging process to develop anti-aging technologies, has now become operational with the launching of its first R & D program, targeting aging-associated skin disorders. The Company has secured laboratory space in Houston, TX, and has hired its first scientists for executing their R & D plan targeting the elimination of p16-expressing cells in the skin. The cell proliferation inhibitor, p16, is highly expressed in both senescent cells and in in situ carcinoma (Bowen's Disease), which will be the focus of Ponce's efforts for first product approval.

Rapha Capital Management, LLC (, an investment management firm located in Miami, Florida, through Rapha Capital Investment XIII, LLC ("RCI XIII") (an entity managed by Rapha Capital), led Ponce's recently closed Convertible Note financing. The $1,500,000 financing will be used to transition Ponce into an operational company and begin execution of Ponce's R & D plan. With the close of the Convertible Note financing, Kevin Slawin, founder and President of Rapha Capital Management, added the title of Executive Chairman, to his CEO role at Ponce.

Rapha Capital is an investment management firm focused on making strategic investments in early stage, non-public biotechnology companies, through special purpose joint venture entities which it manages. Rapha Capital was founded by its President, Kevin Slawin, M.D., a successful and experienced oncologic and robotic surgeon. After leaving practice, Dr. Slawin has been serving as a biotech consultant, investor, and founder, focusing on disruptive technologies in oncology, T cells and immunotherapy, and other breakthrough healthcare technologies. He is the founder of Bellicum Pharmaceuticals, Inc.("Bellicum"), a publicly traded company listed on NASDAQ, leading Bellicum to a successful $161 million IPO in December, 2014. He also plays a guiding role in several of the investments managed by Rapha Capital in certain companies, serving as a board member at 3DBio Therapeutics, Inc. (, FIZE Medical, Inc. (, and Demeetra AgBio, Inc. (

Kevin Slawin, MD is the founder of Ponce, and will serve as the Chairman and CEO. David Spencer, PhD. is the founding Chief Technology Officer. Ponce Therapeutics, Inc. reunites the team that founded Bellicum Pharmaceuticals and took it public in 2014 with a $55 million crossover Series C and a $161 million IPO. The team is retooling their original cell control technology with state-of-the-art advances towards their new goal of creating anti-aging products with a solid underlying scientific basis that actually work.

"The science of aging has continued to mature and can now provide a scientific basis for technologies to reverse the aging process in humans. Proof of concept data in animal models demonstrates that removal of senescent cells from organs improves their function and imbues them with a more youthful profile. Targeting p16-expressing cells for apoptotic elimination is one approach to removing senescent cells from the body and is also a valid approach to targeting Bowen's disease of the skin, which also expresses high levels of p16, profile," said Dr. Slawin. "I'm excited to begin work in the anti-aging space, which I believe will quickly rival oncology in both value and interest" he added. "Given our greater than two-decade animal model and clinical experience with regulated cell signaling and cell survival, along with recent advances in non-viral gene delivery platforms, we are now poised to leverage an increasingly detailed, mechanistic understanding of aging to arrest or even reverse it," added Dr. Spencer.

About Rapha Capital Management, LLC Rapha Capital Management, LLC is an investment management firm located in Miami, Florida, focusing on strategic investments in early stage, non-public biotechnology companies. Rapha Capital was founded by its President, Kevin Slawin, MD, a successful and experienced oncologic and robotic surgeon, biotech consultant, investor, and founder focusing on technologies in oncology, T cells and immunotherapy, as well as other breakthrough healthcare technologies. He is the founder of Bellicum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLCM). He is co-Inventor of the FDA,-approved "prostate health index (phi)" test licensed and marketed by Beckman Coulter and utilized around the world. He has published extensively in top medical and scientific journals including theJournal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI), and the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). He has also been routinely listed in America's Top Doctors for Cancer (Castle Connolly Medical) and The Best Doctors in America (Woodward/White). In 2003, he was awarded the F. Brantley Scott, Jr., Award for Innovation and Creativity in Urology.

About Ponce Therapeutics, Inc.Ponce Therapeutics "Anti-aging Technologies Based on Real Science and Developed by Real Scientists" - Ponce Therapeutics is leveraging the growing scientific knowledge surrounding the process of aging to develop its first state-of-the-art biotechnology platform to restore the youthful balance of aged or "senescent" and young cells in the skin, targeting the p16-expressing senescent cells for elimination. This provides a "reboot" of one's genetic program to turn the clock on one's skin back to its youthful exuberance. Targeting p16 will also potentially allow targeting of Bowen's disease as the regulatory pathway for approval. While initially focused on skin, Ponce is planning to develop a wide-ranging portfolio of anti-aging products based on the best science in the nascent anti-aging field. Ponceis headquartered in Miami, Florida with research facilities located in Houston, TX. For more information, visitwww.poncethera.comor email

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Here are the best products to soothe and pamper dry skin all winter: Heaters are not helping – oregonlive.com02.10.21

Youve given up a lot during the coronavirus pandemic, but skincare is not an optional sacrifice. Its time to treat yourself to soothing products to ease dry, winter skin.

Lotions, body butters and face and body masks have been shown to hydrate skin and frankly, deliver much-needed pampering.

Yet, skincare is more than softer hands and looking and feeling good. You shouldnt ignore signs of severely dry, cracked and painfully itchy skin, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association. Read> Everyday care tips

Heather McKinley-Brown, an esthetician who co-owns BInspired Studio, a boutique hair salon and skincare studio in Ashland, sees a silver lining in working at home and not socializing to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

Since were all at home, try giving your skin a break from wearing makeup and allow your skin to breathe, says McKinley-Brown, who recommends skincare products that are gluten-, sulfate- and fragrance-free or naturally scented.

Here are solutions to protect your skin all winter long, no matter how dry it gets. There are also skincare and beauty gift sets suggestions suitable to give a loved one on Valentines Day, Sunday, Feb. 14.

Youre probably already aware of these well-known brands that are great to have on hand year-round:

Eucerin Advanced Repair body lotion ($9.54 for 16.9 ounces): Apply this lotion right after youve washed your hands (because were all still doing that often, right?) and as an all-over body lotion for long-lasting moisture (Eucerin claims 48 hours of relief).

Tree Hut 24-hour, intense hydrating shea body butter ($5.77 for 7 ounces): Over 10,000 5-star ratings agree, this tub of 100% pure natural shea body butter made in the U.S. is the best way to keep your skin hydrated. The skin conditioner found in safflower seeds keeps your skin soft and glowing, and comes in a variety of scents, including coconut and lime, almond and honey, moroccan rose and more.

SkinCeuticals Daily Moisture ($63 for 2 ounces): Intense hydration and minimizing your pores at the same time? Sign me up. Vitamin E and nutrient-rich algae extracts work to soften and replenish your skin, while seven botanical extracts claim to reduce the look of your pores when you use this lightweight and long-lasting moisturizer.

The Ulta Beauty online shop makes it easy to search moisturizers by brand, skin type, concern such as dryness, redness, signs of aging, dark spots and uneven skin tone as well as preference for ingredients that are vegan, mineral, cruelty free, paragon free, sulfate free, gluten free, silicone free and oil free.

Dermstore offers skincare and beauty products, including from brands SkinCeuticals, La Roche-Posay, Dermalogica and Obagi.

Why is skin dry and flaky in the winter? Cold temperatures and less humidity, say dermatologists. Indoor heaters and hot air makes conditions worse. Some people suffer from painful skin in all seasons.

Cortizone 10 intensive healing anti-itch creme ($7.28 for 2 ounces): Cortisone cream may come in a small bottle, but it packs a big punch. This topical steroid is the tried and true cream for eczema, psoriasis and plain old itchy, dry skin. Vitamins A and E help provide 24-hour moisturizing itch relief.

Aquaphor Healing Ointment ($13.74 for 14 ounces): This product is packed with petroleum, making it the perfect multipurpose ointment for dry or cracked skin, chapped lips, cracked cuticles, dry feet and more. Leave it on overnight to really reap the benefits.

First Aid Beautys Ultra Repair Cream for intense hydration ($36 for 6 ounces): This cream can be used on all skin types, but is especially great for those with dry, flaky skin. Apply it to your skin once or twice a day to get a punch of colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, ceramide 3 and the FAB antioxidant boosters delivered straight to your parched skin.

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Eczema Honey makes safe, nontoxic, soothing products specifically for people with eczema such as Gentle Oatmeal and Lavender Soap ($8.95 for a 3.3 ounce bar).

Mother Dirt offers Probiotic Moisturizing Serum with ingredients like squalane and coconut to nourish and hydrate, and a blend of probiotic extracts to repair and restore skin for a healthier-looking complexion.

Kidskin, a family-run skincare brand, offers sensitive skin and sun-care products for kids, pre-teens and teens.

A skincare mask can ease signs of anti-aging and moisturize while you close your eyes and relax. Whats not to love about that?

Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Mask ($39 for 2.5 ounces): While all of the above creams and moisturizers are left on, this hydrating mask from Dermalogica is meant to be washed off seven to 10 minutes after you apply it to your face and neck. Use this one just once or twice a week; thats all it takes for soft, smooth skin.

Foot Peel Mask ($27.95 less $3 Amazon coupon for 3.2 ounces): If dry, cracked feet are your main concern, this could be the solution for you. Just slip the included booties on your feet and let the mask do its magic. All of your dull, dry skin will peel off over the next two weeks leaving your feet baby soft and smooth.

BareMinerals has vegan skincare for all skin types, including hydrating and purifying clay masks (a set with two full-size masks plus two travel-size is on sale at $24, an $11 discount).

Sephora has top brands and best-selling skincare, beauty products and tools.

Dry air is a killer for your skin and it dries out your eyes, making it hard to read your favorite best-seller.

Pure Enrichment MistAire Ultrasonic cool m humidifier ($39.99): Cut out dry skin at the source with this humidifier and its 1.5-liter water tank, which will fill your room with moisture for up to 16 hours at a time.

Find facial steamers on Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond and Walmart.

Dyson Pure Humidify+Cool fan ($799.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond): The whole-room, three-in-one machine it purifies, humidifies and cools you also has fully sealed HEPA filters that capture allergens, pollutants and odors.

> is having a purifier sale with up to 24% off while supplies last.

Skincare gift sets can be presented to a loved one for Valentines Day or kept to treat you.

Origins natural skincare gift sets offer products for men to calm, hydrate and reduce redness. Check out the best-selling skincare products for women. Receive 20% off plus a six-piece skincare gift on order of $65 or more through Feb. 14 and 15% off your first order and free shipping by enrolling in emails.

Nordstrom skincare offerings include a Slip Pure silk pillowcase (starting at $89), which is recommended by dermatologists, plastic surgeons, hairdressers and beauty experts. The online store also has an Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair Regimen set ($110 plus a gift), Creme de la Mer moisturizing cream (starting at $95) and Noshinku travel-size, eucalyptus hand sanitizer ($10).

Shiseido lets you enjoy a free, customized skincare consultation before deciding on skincare sets for eyes, lips, necks, hands and body.

Birchbox subscribers receive a monthly box, personalized for men and women, with an assortment of new skincare, hair and other products to test out along with tips on how to use them.

GlossyBox delivers five beauty products, plus treats, trends and tips, each month in a pink box. lets you instantly send a gift card for beauty products and other treats.

Dollar Shave Club has razors and grooming products. Take the get-started quiz.

Man Crates offers a selection of more than 150 custom gift kits and crates. Take 15% off a best seller.

The Art of Shaving has high-end mens shaving and skincare accessories.

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P&G and DAAP to bolster diversity in the field of design – The News Record02.10.21

Procter & Gamble is partnering with the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning to bolster diversity and inclusion in the design program.

Procter & Gamble (P&G) is partnering with the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) to bolster diversity and inclusion in the design program. Three scholarships - created by P&G and with the help ofDAAP Dean Timothy Jachna, UC alumna Alexis Schrimpf and the President of the UC Foundation, Peter Landgren - will be implemented to increase underrepresented voices in the field of design.

Scholarships are available for five graduate students, 12 undergraduates and 30 high schoolers to attendDAAPcamps, an annual summer program.

The scholarships are focused on increasing diversity, which includes anyone underrepresented in the design industry: racial minorities, the LGBTQ+ community, folks with disabilities, those who have grown up with adversity and more. The scholarship is intentionally broad to stay true to a "non-discriminatory environment," according to Landgren.

"They [P&G] need people who come from different backgrounds, to be able to speak from the voice of that ethnicity, LGBTQ community, and so on, Landgren said. Procter & Gamble wants to make sure they serve the world, and if they are all white, they're not going to serve all the world.

One example of how P&G currently recognizes the importance of diversity is throughSeeMe Beauty. The skincare line is designed for women over the age of 50, or people who have gone through skin changes due to menopause. This type of inclusivity would not have happened without hearing older voices, according to Landgren. "Think about the magazines that we look at and [advertisements on] Sephora, said Landgren. They're [only] catering to people [in their early 20s] by and large.

There aren't enough diverse voices in design because some students aren't comfortable with the idea of being a designer, according to Landgren. "One of the interesting aspects of this is [the number of people] in high school who don't know that design is an [option], said Landgren. You don't necessarily have to come from an art background. That's part of the high school component of this, to open people upespecially in our Cincinnati public schoolsto what design fields are, and that you don't have to be a beautiful artist to become a designer.

Rather, becoming a designer requires the craft of storytelling, according to Landgren. To diversify design by creating makeup for all skin tones, clothing for all sizes, makeup marketed for all genders and more, designers need to understand each consumer's story and how to address their needs.

Thinking of becoming a designer? Landgren provides a question for students to ask themselves: "You have to be comfortable with yourself and have a knowledge of others, because there's a story to be told. So, are you a good storyteller?"

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Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted, by Suleika Jaouad: An Excerpt – The New York Times02.10.21

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By the last days of summer, I struggled to recognize myself. The muffled sound of my alarm clock dragged like a dull knife through dreamless sleep. Each morning, Id stumble out of bed and stand in front of the floor-length mirror, taking inventory of the damage. Scratches and streaks of drying blood covered my legs in new places. My hair hung to my waist in dull, chaotic waves that I was too tired to brush. Shadowy crescents deepened into dark moons under big bloodshot eyes. Too burned-out to face sunlight, I started showing up later and later to my internship; then, one day, I stopped showing up altogether.

I disliked the person I was becominga person who tumbled headfirst into each day, in constant motion but without any sense of direction; a person who reconstructed blackouts, night after night, like some private investigator; a person who constantly reneged on commitments; a person who was too embarrassed to pick up her parents phone calls. This isnt me, I thought, staring at my reflection with disgust. I needed to clean up my act. I needed to find a real job, one that paid. I needed some distance from my college crew and my Canal Street roommates. I needed to get the hell out of New York City, and soon.

On an August morning, a few days after I quit the internship, I rose early and took my laptop out to the fire escape and started searching for jobs. It had been a rainless summer, and the sun blazed, baking my skin to a tan, leaving little white dots like braille all over my legs where the scratching had scarred. A position for a paralegal at an American law firm in Paris caught my eye, and on a whim I decided to apply. I spent all day working on my cover letter. I made sure to mention that French was my first language and that I spoke some Arabic, too, hoping for a competitive edge. Being a paralegal wasnt my ideal jobI didnt even really know what it entailedbut it seemed like the kind of thing a sensible person might do. Mostly, I thought that a change of scenery could save me from my increasingly reckless behavior. Moving to Paris wasnt a bucket list item: it was my escape plan.

. . .

A few nights before I left the city for good, I found myself at my third party of the evening, where investment bankers in upturned collars sat hunched over caterpillar-thick lines of cocaine, sweating as they talked animatedly about their stock portfolios, summer rentals in Montauk, and on and on. It was 5:00 a.m., and this wasnt my scene. I wanted to go home.

Standing alone on the sidewalk, bathed in the blue smoke of my cigarette, I watched the night sky begin to lighten around me. Manhattan was asleep in that fleeting hour of quiet after the garbage trucks finished their rounds and before the coffee shops opened. Id been waiting for a taxi for ten minutes when a young man I recognized from the party strolled over, asking to bum a smoke. It was my last one but I handed it over. He lit the cigarette, cupping his hand, big as a baseball mitt, around the end. He smiled as he exhaled, the two of us shifting feet as we glanced shyly at each other, then stared down the empty street.

Want to share? he asked. A lone taxi was coming our way and the question seemed innocuous enough, so I said sure, and we climbed in. It was only after Id given the driver my address that it occurred to me that the young man had asked me to split a ride without knowing where I was going.

I knew better than to get in cars with strange men. My father, who lived in the East Village in the eighties when the city was infested with crime, would have strongly disapproved. But there was something about the young man that felt safe and intriguing. His hair, shaggy and sun-streaked, flopped over intelligent blue eyes. Lean of build, square of jaw, and dimpled of cheek, he was strikingly handsome, but had terrible posture, carrying himself with a humility that suggested he was unaware of his looks.

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Memories live on with death of long-time friend – Savannah Morning News02.10.21

Jane Fishman| For Savannah Morning News

Photos are invaluable. We know that. Especially when we manage to organize, date and find them. But hearing the voice of someone who died is a close second, as in listening to old messages on voicemails or catching an earlier interview as I did this week when a Pittsburgh radio station ran clips of Ceci Sommers, an old friend and a giant in public radio.

She died a few weeks ago. Its been a tough month for deaths. Overall and personally. Can I get an amen? Im ready for brighter days. But there she was, her voice ringing sharp and clear out of my computer on 50th Street, from a studio hundreds of miles away. As in life she was persuasive, convincing, passionate. She could have been standing next door. She lobbied hard for classical music, public radio, homeless shelters for women.

Crazy what we remember, right? It was her wacky, cheeky side that I recall, the part of her brain that could say of the erstwhile president we no longer have to see. Hes ruining my old age. Thats before she met Marjorie Taylor Greene and heard about space lasers. Oy, that might have put her under a lot sooner.

Its the irreverence Ill miss, not the do-good acts, not the perfect hair, the perfect skin, the perfectly polished toenails and fingernails.

We reconnected some 15 years ago after I took a break from Savannah to get a masters in creative writing at Chatham University. Id been in Savannah for nearly 20 years but I needed to get up North. After nailing down the Chatham thing, I remembered thats where Ceci relocated. I drove into town, rang the bell of her Squirrel Hill apartment and got invited to her 75th birthday party. We hadnt seen one another in 35 years.

We met in the early 70s when we both worked at WTTW-TV in Chicago. She was in her first real paying job as head of the development department; I was in my first real writing job in the stations public relations department.

That was before she ran off to Pittsburgh with a handsome, talented, charismatic producer from the station.

With her at my side I didnt need to know anyone else in Pittsburgh. She was generous with her friends, her cooking (can you say pear/parsnip soup?), her car. When some miscreants bashed in the rearview window of my car the morning I was going to Fallingwater with some Savannah friends, she said, Take mine.

But how did she die, I kept asking. She was so vital, so quick. That scared me. She fell, a friend told me, on her head, in Italy. Note to self: never go out of the house without a hardhat.

Many things annoyed Ceci, which is why I loved her. She did not suffer fools gladly. I have never been a mother but somehow I could relate when she said, Murderers get paroled, mothers dont. Or, When I die I will not miss bras, panels on women in film, Clarence Thomas, Joe Lieberman or the sound of vacuum cleaners. You remember these things when you have emails you can retrieve.

The Christmas carolers in front of department stores irked her, so too the nearby dueling and chanting Buddhist monks dressed in robes and playing their tambourines. Everyone wants to get in on the act, shed say. Jimmy Durante said that.

How many people quote Jimmy Durante? How many people rave about authors Gary Shteyngart, Julian Barnes and Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, who wrote The Leopard, one of her favorite books? How many people send poems by Billy Collins, like Litany?

One of the times she moved she told me she got rid of 600 books, including four sets of Dickens and seven copies of H. W. Jansons History of Art.

Once she said she felt guilty throwing away anything belonging to a deceased loved one. I worry no one will remember them when I am gone.

Worry not, Ceci. Your books may be gone. But well remember you.

Contact Jane Fishman at or call 912-484-3045.

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The Podcast ‘Anything For Selena’ Tells A Story Larger Than The Artist’s Life – NPR02.10.21

Anything for Selena weaves the life of the late Tejano singer together with that of the podcast's host, Maria Garcia. Illustration by Iliana Galvez/WBUR hide caption

Anything for Selena weaves the life of the late Tejano singer together with that of the podcast's host, Maria Garcia.

The new podcast Anything for Selena, from NPR member station WBUR, doesn't begin with the late singer's biography or her most popular songs. Instead, it starts on the U.S.-Mexico border, with a narrator describing the creosote plants that grow there in vivid sensory terms.

"It has this unforgettable smell when it rains," the voice says. "It's slightly floral, but mostly it's this very specific, cool earthy desert aroma. And there's usually a calm clear breeze, which carries these concentrated little pockets of fragrance."

Selena Quintanilla was known as the queen of Tejano music until her death in 1995, when she was killed at age 23 by the president of her fan club. The podcast is about Selena and her music but in many ways it's also the about the program's host, Maria Garcia, who spent her young life on both sides of America's southern border.

Garcia spoke with NPR's Ari Shapiro about the genesis of Anything for Selena and the particular resonance of the artist today for those who grew up in the shadow of her career. Hear the radio version at the audio link, and read on for an edited transcript.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Ari Shapiro: You begin the podcast by describing the smell of the plants on the U.S.-Mexico border. Why did you want to start the story with this strong sense of place?

Maria Garcia: Because it's the place that made me. I feel like that place isn't just this, like, boundary on land. That place also feels like this gash inside of me.

I was born in Ciudad Jurez . We moved to the States when I was three, but we went to Mexico every week. And so, my early life was literally split down the middle in two countries. The U.S. during the week, at school, where I was "Mary" where the first day of school, my teacher just decided to anglicize my name without the permission of my parents. Being "Mary" half of the week and being "Maria" in Mexico, the other half, I was so aware that on either side of the border, it felt like the half of me was missing. And so I couldn't tell Selena's story without including that lens.

Maria Garcia is the host of Anything for Selena. WBUR hide caption

Explain why the story this show is aiming to tell about Selena is so connected to this story that you tell about yourself, being split down the middle by this border.

Because she was the very first person I witnessed who embodied these two parts of myself, and she did it with such grace. Even at a young age, it was astounding to me to see a woman who was so proud of this identity that felt like it had been derided by the world.

When I was a young girl, I would go back to Mexico and my cousins and my friends there started calling me a pocha. Which is a horrible insult in Mexico it's made against somebody who [you feel has] ruined the culture and the language with this sort of crass, working-class sensibility. I felt this rejection forming in Mexico, and then, in the U.S., I also felt out of place. So to see somebody who was beloved in both places without compromising herself, without sort of contorting herself, without code-switching, was incredibly profound for me.

So, there was a big hurdle that you had to clear before you could even begin to tell this story. What was it?

Well, we couldn't make this podcast without her art without Selena's songs. And I knew that I had to get the green light from her father, from Mr. Quintanilla, who is notorious for sort of guarding her legacy with an iron fist.

And he family actually turned you down they denied your request for permission. But then, before the pandemic, you flew down to Texas without any guarantee of a meeting with Abraham Quintanilla, Selena's father. I know you can't read his mind, but if you had to guess what it was you brought in that meeting that others did not that made him change his mind and say yes what would you guess?

I think it's that I genuinely wanted to know him. I wanted to really understand the person who raised Selena. And Selena talked about him all of the time not just as her father, but as her mentor, as a sort of guiding light in her creative force. And they had a huge, huge bond as artists. That story hasn't truly been told like, the complexity of their relationship. And it shed light, to me, on these narratives about Latino fatherhood and Latino daughters and all these stereotypes we have. I just wanted to capture him as a human.

It seems like right now, there is this boom in love for this young woman who was killed in 1995: There was a popular Netflix series, there's your podcast, and I could give other examples. Why do you think that is?

I think there's a few reasons for it. One is, there's a coming of age of people like me, people who have grown up in the age of so-called "Selenidad," which is this idea that she's become this symbol ripe for solidarity among Latinos. And two, we just haven't advanced that much in representation. She was radical in the mid-1990s because even in Latin America, there just weren't women like her on TV women with brown skin, with sort of curvaceous bodies, people who clearly had Indigenous heritage in Latin America. Most of the people on telenovelas or just regular programing were white Mexicans or white Latin Americans, with light-colored eyes and very thin. And that's why it was so powerful. That's why Mexico fell in love with her. Journalists there were like, "Wow. She is a star of the people. She looks like the people." And so, to this day, she's the symbol we hold on to.

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