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SURFACING: EXPLORING COMMUNITIES : The ‘Black Panther’ Enthusiasts Who Are Changing Cosplay: ‘We’re Helping People See Us as Heroes’

Advertisement Black characters are rarely central to the imaginary worlds that fill the pages of comic books, which often depict them as sidekicks or villains rather than the superheroes. That means the cosplay community, made up of fans who dress in character at conventions, movies and just for fun on weekends, is overwhelmingly white. That is perhaps why black cosplayers in particular have been excited about the “Black Panther” film since Marvel Comics announced its release in 2014 and Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote a new series of the comic in 2016….

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Tyler Breeze – ‘Not a lot of people could pull off the Fashion Files like we do’

As every wrestling fan knows, there’s always a place for comedy in the WWE Universe. WWE’s history is littered with moments and characters that played an integral part in making people smile in the name of sports entertainment, and in the past twelve months Tyler Breeze has added his name to that illustrious list. As part of the tag team Breezango alongside Fandango, the pair have become an essential part of SmackDown on Tuesday night thanks in large part to their Fashion Files comedy skits. Portraying ‘Fashion Police’ Breeze and…

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Taiwan earthquake: People trapped in Hualien

A powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake has damaged buildings in the Taiwanese city of Hualien, media reports say. The tremor struck at 23:50 (15:50 GMT) about 20km (12 miles) off the island’s east coast. Photographs posted on social media showed extensive damage to roads and high-rise buildings. Emergency services are working to free people who are trapped in a hotel that has partially collapsed, the reports say. “The president has asked the cabinet and related ministries to immediately launch the ‘disaster mechanism’ and to work at the fastest rate on disaster…

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Tom Brady kissed his 10 year old son on the lips and people are worried

NFL player Tom Brady did not win the Super Bowl, but he has shouldered his fair-share of trouble in recent years, so he will no doubt be fine. Although, no controversy so far has generated the level of uneasiness expressed on social media for the simple act of giving his 10 year-old son a kiss on the lips. The kiss was featured on a promotional video on Facebook, entitled “Tom vs Time” in which Brady is filmed getting a massage. He is soon interrupted by his 10 year-old son, Jack, who asks if he can look at his fantasy football team’s position. “What…

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Would you pay $1000 for Crocs? Thousands of people did

French fashion brand Balenciaga has once again had the last laugh at its “ugliness” critics, with its platform version of Crocs selling out before they are even released to the public. Favoured by chefs and gardeners, the Croc is considered one of the leading styles in the “ugly” shoe movement, the label given to utilitarian footwear that is often paired with high fashion, without a hint of irony.  After causing a stir when they were announced, Balenciaga’s take on Crocs have sold out on pre-release. Photo: Supplied Consider Teva sandals, Birkenstocks…

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Transgender people face two-year wait for NHS appointment

Transgender people are waiting up to two and a half years for initial consultations at NHS gender identity clinics. This is despite an NHS England pledge in 2016 to bring waiting times to below 18 weeks by 2018. The average wait from receiving a GP referral to getting a first appointment is 18 months. NHS England said providers were “working to expand treatment teams and reduce waiting times”. The clinic with the shortest waiting time is Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust Gender Identity Service at 51 weeks….

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Yesterday In Styles: When Gay People Dreaded an Invitation to Straight Weddings

Advertisement 1999 print headline: “At a Wedding, It’s Still Not In to Be Out,” published here in July 1999. The story: By 1999, being gay suddenly seemed mainstream. “Will and Grace” was riding high on television. Ellen DeGeneres had silenced the whispers, declaring “Yep, I’m Gay” on the cover of Time magazine. And RuPaul represented M.A.C. Cosmetics. Not so with weddings, however. In the years before same-sex marriage was legalized, some gay men and women considered weddings to be the ultimate celebration of heterosexuality itself, leading them to feel awkward,…

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