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In This Quiet Space for Contemplation, a Fountain Rains Down Calming Waters

Visitors to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture are often overwhelmed by its heart-wrenching exhibitions. The museum explores everything from the horrors of segregation to triumphs in music, the arts and the ongoing battle for civil rights. It can be a lot to take—especially the “Slavery and Freedom” exhibition that begins in the bowels of the museum, three stories below ground. “I was really angry with what I saw downstairs,” says Shelley Lee Hing. She’s from Jamaica, but now lives in Arlington, Virginia, and was on her…

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With… Dame Judi Dench: Queen! Bow Down to Tattoo-Flashing Octogenarian Dame Dench

I watch as Dame Judi Dench eats her chilled corn soup with saffron and sips Champagne. At 82, she is just as elegant as you would imagine, with silver hair, ice-blue eyes and crisp diction. She’s 5-foot-1, but her reputation is towering. Ms. Dench is one of the greatest British actresses — a star alum of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Sally Bowles in the London production of “Cabaret” and an Oscar winner for her eight-minute turn as Queen Elizabeth I in “Shakespeare in Love.” She died in James Bond’s arms,…

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Fashion Review: ‘Why You’d Want to Do That Is Beyond Me’: London Fashion Week Faces Down Its Critics

They screamed outside Burberry, they screamed outside Versace, they screamed outside the British Film Institute’s IMAX theater at the screening of a gory short by Gareth Pugh. London Fashion Week was Occupied, beset by protesters demanding “Shame!” The cause was anti-fur — along the protest lines, you could spot a man-size costumed bunny rabbit, with a sign requesting that the fashion world wear their own skins, not his — and the effect was to unsettle the already edgy attendees, whose nerves had been frayed, if not flayed, by news of…

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'Be realistic!' – Ronald Koeman plays down top four chances as Everton fall to another defeat at Manchester United

Ronald Koeman has called for people to ‘be realistic’ about Everton’s top four chances after the struggling Toffees fell to a 4-0 defeat against Manchester United. Following a much-lauded summer transfer window – with a host of big-money signings incoming – Koeman’s side have flattered to deceive so far. Everton have lost their last three games, conceding ten goals and scoring none, and the team that many pundits had considered top four contenders are languishing at the bottom end of the Premier League table. The pressure is understandably building on the…

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Swansea City make no special plans to shut down Harry Kane as Tottenham team are full of talent – Paul Clement

Swansea will make no special plans to shut out in-form Tottenham striker Harry Kane at Wembley. Kane has scored six goals in four games for club and country with his well-documented failure to score in August again already a distant memory. The 24-year-old England striker has scored four goals in his last two Spurs appearances, taking him past the 100 mark for the London club. “You have to make sure you’re trying to control him (Kane) because he has a lot of different qualities,” Swansea head coach Paul Clement said….

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The hands down best beauty looks at New York Fashion Week

Can you believe New York Fashion Week has been and gone again? This marks this beginning of a month of inspiring and beguiling beauty looks from New York, London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks. Here, we pick our favourites from week one that work both on and off the runway.  Calvin KleinThere are no surprises here. This Calvin Klein look is the epitome of effortless ‘no-makeup makeup’ that we all know would have taken hours to perfect. The strong natural-looking brow is the anchor, with lashes coated in multiple swipes of mascara and a…

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Rafael Nadal: US Open champion puts resurgence down to 'passion' for tennis

Rafael Nadal put his remarkable resurgence down to his “love for the game” after claiming a 16th Grand Slam title at the US Open. The 31-year-old Spaniard beat South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-3 6-3 6-4 to win his third title in New York. Following his French Open success in June, it is the first time since 2013 that Nadal has won two Slams in a year. “I wake up every morning with the passion to go on court and to try to improve things,” he said. “I still want to…

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