The BOSSY List: 5 things you need to know this week 5.26.17

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1. MisterWives
Looking for a fun band to kick your summer off right? Check out MisterWives, a pop band from NYC. I like "Our Own House" and "Coloring Outside the Lines," -- but you might recognize them for their hit "Reflections." Their second album Connect the Dots just came out May 19.

 

2. Downward Dog (ABC)
This might not come as that big of a surprise: I like this show. For the record: I'm not typically fond of, or amused by, talking dogs (or talking babies or any other talking animal, for that matter), but it's a necessary evil here. Downward Dog is the story of Nan (Allison Tolman of Fargo), a single gal living her day-to-day with her loyal, yet lonely and sometimes high maintenance, dog Martin -- as narrated from Martin's perspective. It's funny; it's sweet; sometimes it's sad. It's sounds weird to say, but it's enlightening.

Oh, and my favorite part: "Martin" is played by Ned, a homeless dog who was in a Chicago shelter for more a year before being adopted into his forever home and eventually became an actor. To celebrate the series premiere of DD on May 17, ABC paid for all adoptions at Ned's shelter (PAWS Chicago) for the day. Awwww!

Downward Dog airs Tuesday at 8pm et. Catch up on episodes 1 and 2 on Hulu or ABC's app.

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3. Swedish Dishcloths
As you've probably noticed, sometimes I struggle to find items for these lists that aren't TV related. I know, it's a problem. But, friends, here's a good one: Swedish dishcloths. Made of a blend of cotton and cellulose, Swedish dishcloths can replace yucky kitchen sponges and a lot of your paper towel usage as well. The original Swedish dishcloth material was invented by a Swedish engineer in 1949 and have been used in Swedish kitchens ever since. How am I just discovering these now??

Bottom line: they work. They rinse out clean and hang dry; each cloth lasts a long time; and they don't smell. Most of them even come in pretty designs. There are lots of places to buy them but Amazon is your best bet. Click here or here for a couple of sets I like.

4. Mommy Dead and Dearest (HBO Documentary)
If you're a fan of true crime (e.g. Dateline, 20/20, creepy crime podcasts), you may have already heard the story of Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose Blanchard, the mother and daughter who struggled with Gypsy Rose's many health issues with the loyal support (both emotional and financial) of their Missouri community. Then Dee Dee was murdered and the truth came out about what was really going on. 

I can't tell you any more the doc without spoiling it. But just know it's bizarre, sad and sick - and you won't be able to take your eyes off it. Learn more here.

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5. Chris Cornell
Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Audioslave. This was the soundtrack of my formative years. Another amazing talent gone way too soon. Nothing compares 2 U, Chris.

 
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1. Justin Theroux is hot.

That is all.

2. Sweet Home Oklahoma (Bravo)

And there it is: another great reality show on Bravo. And it's just plain...fun. Pumps is my spirit animal. Wanna know who "Pumps" is? You have to watch. New episodes Mondays at 10:00 pm EST.

3. The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)

I have intel from a very reliable source that this is the "next big thing." The first three episodes premiere on Hulu today (April 26).

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4. Louis CK 2017 (Netflix)

Louis CK's schtick has grown somewhat tiring over the years, but in his latest stand up special he is BACK and as inappropriate and self-deprecating as ever. 

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5. Chris Stapleton, New Single "Broken Halos"

Finally! From Chris' new album From A Room: Volume 1 that comes out May 5. To pre-order, visit itunes here.

 
 
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The BOSSY List: 5 things you need to know this week 4.7.17

1. Get Out (Universal Pictures)
DO believe the hype: this movie is genius! It sets up as a horror movie then smacks you in the face with it's real message. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll scream. You have to see it. 

Learn more here.

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2. Big Little Lies (HBO) finale, music and basically everything else
I know I listed this one before but I need to gush. Can I gush? I'm going to gush.

I loved everything about this (very) limited series from HBO. Wait, no, I lied. I didn't love everything: I hate that it was only 7 episodes! I want more! This was a treat from start to finish. I loved Reese. And Nicole. And Laura. And Zoe. And Shailene. And Adam. And Alexander. The list goes on. A great cast; a suspenseful plot; gorgeous scenery; violent secrets. And an A+ soundtrack to boot!

My point? Watch it. Read it. Listen to it. 

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PHoto from hbo.com

3. NYX Eyebrow Powder Pencil
I'm going to give you a hot tip: eyebrows are important. Nice, full, defined brows are IN. You know how I know? Because mine suck. But there are ways to fix that! I like this pencil because a) it comes in a lot of shades and b) it's cheap. Give it a try. Buy here or at your favorite drug or beauty store.

4. 13 Reasons Why (Netflix)
Netflix's latest original series 13 Reasons Why is based on the best selling Jay Asher book of the same name that deals with the light subjects of high school suicide, sexual assault and bullying. I've read varying feedback about 13 Reasons Why since I binged watched all 13 episodes (did you expect anything less?): some say it failed to accurately portray the experiences of such a sensitive and important issue facing kids today; some say it was too long and drawn out and veered too far from the book; some say it is an important piece of work.

Either way: watch it. Whether you have kids (definitely watch) or not (still watch), you will come away devastated at and a little more clued in to what kids today go through and how oblivious the adults in their lives really can be. Even if it's not the "perfect" delivery of the message, it's still a great conversation starter, right? Plus it has a great soundtrack.

Once again:  Watch it. Read it. Listen to it.

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5. S-Town Podcast (This American Life)
The next installment from the Serial and This American Life crew is S-Town, a podcast about an investigation into the son of a wealthy family from a small Alabama town who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. Chaos ensues.

Listen to all seven chapters now here.

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1. Love, Netflix
I've told you about this one before and look at that: season 2 of Love just debuted on Friday. I took the liberty of binge watching the whole season in one sitting so I could vouch for it (you're welcome). Conclusion? it's good. It explores the relationship between a quasi-narcissist and addict, Mickey, and the object of her (current) affection, Gus. Love, created and produced by Judd Apatow, was renewed for a third season before season 2 even aired, if that tells you anything. Watch Seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix

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2. A new home furnishings concept coming soon from TJX Companies
People get ready: there's an offshoot of TJX's HomeGoods stores coming at us later this year. On a conference call in late February, CEO Ernie Herrman announced that the new format would feature merchandise "it hasn't currently penetrated with its HomeGoods footprint" and "will launch with four stores later this year." Oh and not only that, Herrman said TJX Companies will "open roughly 80 new HomeGoods stores in the U.S. this year.“ 

I am beside myself with glee. Read more here.

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3. Missing Richard Simmons Podcast (Stitcher)
This new podcast is being talked about everywhere. Here's what you need to know:

"On February 15, 2014, fitness guru Richard Simmons disappeared. He stopped teaching his regular exercise class at Slimmons, cut off his closest friends, and removed himself from the public eye after decades as one of the most accessible celebrities in the world. Nobody has heard from him - and no one knows why he left. Filmmaker Dan Taberski was a Slimmons regular and a friend of Richard’s. Missing Richard Simmons is Dan’s search for Richard - and the deeper he digs, the stranger it gets."

Four episodes have been released so far and it is addictive. Learn more and listen here.

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4. The Sleep Styler
OK so I will admit -- I haven't really tried this yet, but I saw it on Shark Tank this week and I MUST HAVE IT. As someone with a lot of hard to style hair, the thought of taking a shower, throwing these babies in and going to bed sounds positively heavenly. Once these things go off backorder (#sharktankeffect) I'll try them out and report back. Buy your own here.

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5. The Head and the Heart
If you're a fan of The Lumineers or The Avett Brothers, check out The Head and the Heart, an indie folk band from Seattle, WA. I caught them live last night in Atlanta and they were fantastic. Their newest album "Signs of Light" came out in September and there are already several singles out there, including the two below. They are also on the line-ups at both Coachella and Bonaroo this year. 

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The BOSSY List: 5 things I love this week 2.24.17

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1. Nevertheless, She Persisted Items
Elizabeth Warren made it famous but we can all carry it on. Wear one of these to signify the resilience, persistence and bravery of women everywhere. Buy here and here and here (this one gives 100% of sales to Planned Parenthood).

2. Sing Street (2016)
Watched one too many Oscar nominated weepers lately? Drop what you're doing and catch this movie. Directed and written by John Carney of Once and Begin Again fame, Sing Street is a coming of age tale of a boy and a girl and their love of music set in '80s Dublin. You'll love it. Available on Netflix and Amazon.

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3. Paper Ghost Studio
Simple and quirky, these artists' prints showcase the good things and places in life. There are dogs! And cats! Even an Atlanta only section. Try to keep a smile off your face browsing through prints called "Bunny in a coffee cup" and "You da best." Shop here.

4. Big Little Lies (HBO)
As a person who watches a lot of TV, I am always looking for my next favorite show. You try a lot of things that are "meh" and then something comes out of the woodwork and kicks you in the face. That's Big Little Lies. Watch Episode 1 on HBOgo or HBOnow then set your DVR for the rest of the season immediately.

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5. The Oscars! 
They're finally here: the Academy Awards. Print out your Oscar ballot, fire up your bingo card (download and print mine here and here) and settle in for Hollywood's big night. Don't forget the wine!

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Cheers!

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The BOSSY List: 5 things I love this week 2.17.17

1. The next Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay
First thing's first: I am not a fan of my shows getting spoiled ESPECIALLY when it's the producers of the show in question doing the spoiling! I don't think I was the only one who was annoyed to find out the news about Rachel, considering she is still currently a player on this season of "The Bachelor." She is - or was - in my top two for cryin' out loud!

But I will admit - she's going to make a great Bachelorette. She's the full package. And ABC needs her to tackle their diversity demons. So I will forgive them for spoiling Nick's season, since it was boring anyway, but they have to promise -- no more fake drama, no more Corinnes, no more nannies and no more "haunted houses." Thank you. 

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2. "Planet Earth II" (BBC America)
Remember the series "Planet Earth" that blew our minds with its fabulous documentation of our beloved planet from soup to nuts? That came out 10 years ago! Well, it's back: after 10 long years, there's finally another season. 

So unplug your phone, smoke em if you got em and lose yourself in the ULTRA HD detail of "Planet Earth II." Catch the premiere Saturday, February 18 at 9 pm ET on BBC America. Watch episodes of season 1 on iTunes or Amazon or catch a marathon on BBC America Saturday before the premiere (they're showing all 11 episodes of season 1 starting at 10 am ET).

3. Season 2 of "The Detour" (TBS)
"The Detour" was one of the funniest new comedies to come out of 2016. Like I've said before, it's essentially the premise and characters of "Vacation" for the small screen. So get on board because season 2 premieres next week! Watch the (commercial free!) premiere Tuesday, February 21 at 10 pm ET on TBS. Catch up on season 1 on Hulu.

 

4. Stay All-day Liquid Lipstick by Stila
I'm sure you're thinking to yourself "Does that girl do anything other than watch TV?" I hear you. It's a legitimate concern.

Here's something different: Lipstick! Got one of these babies in a "Favorite Things" Xmas grab and I'm telling you, you won't find an easier to apply, longer lasting matte lipstick to get you through a day of hard work or a night of hard drinkin'. You may be drunk on the inside, but you'll still look good on the outside. (Feel free to borrow that, Stila.)

Buy here or at your favorite department store.

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And last but certainly not least...

5. Prince's full catalog now available for streaming
Finally! As you probably know, Prince had all his music pulled from streaming services (except Tidal) in 2014 because he was skeptical of online music sharing. But Warner Bros. and his estate have reversed course. Streaming deals for most of Prince's Warner Bros. catalog were in place as of Grammy night (February 12) and his unreleased tracks will be available soon via Universal Music.Whether you use Apple, GooglePlay, Spotify or Amazon to stream music, or you listen online on Pandora or iHeartRadio, this is big news. 

Long live Prince: His Purple Majesty. Listen to my Prince Spotify mix tape here.

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Prince, 1985 (Photo from billboard.com)

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The BOSSY List: 5 things I love this week 2.10.17

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1. Entertainment Weekly's (EW) BINGE Podcast, Season 2: Friday Night Lights
EW's second season podcast of Binge brings us a seven-episode exploration of the show that introduced us to the Dillon Panthers. If you are a fan of this show like me, you'll get hooked immediately. Click here for more info or visit iTunes store to download. If you haven't yet watched the magic of FNL, all five seasons are available on Netflix here.

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2. "Santa Clarita Diet" (Netflix)
This show is funny...and twisted. Like, say if "Serial Mom" was a zombie. You'll have to just watch. Find on Netflix here.

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3. "Captain Fantastic" (Electric City Entertainment)
"Captain Fantastic" is one of the six movies with an Academy Award nomination for acting (Viggo Mortensen) that didn't get nominated for Best Picture. This movie is about a family that lives off the grid in the Oregon wilderness. When the mom dies the dad (Viggo) has to re-introduce his six kids to the modern world for the funeral and to ensure his wife's last wishes. So good! Learn more about the movie here.

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4. Apple iOS 10's Bedtime Feature
If you have trouble getting a restful night's sleep - this could be for you. One of the best new features of Apple's iOS 10 update is the new Bedtime feature in the Clock app. It lets you set the number of hours you'd like to sleep each night and a time to wake up every day. Best part? Instead of being awoken by a jarring alarm, you select a gentle chime that will gradually rise in volume to get you out of bed (with a snooze option of course) - the technological version of the sun peeking through your blinds and stirring you naturally. Isn't that a more calm way to wake up and start a new day? 

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5. The New England Patriots
I am a life long Patriots fan, so it will be no surprise I am over the moon about their last minute win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51.

Even though the many haters claim otherwise, this win - as well as the continued success of the team - is due to things like leadership and team work and discipline. I am proud to be a New England Patriots fan.  

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1. "20th Century Women" (A24 Films)
It got mostly snubbed by the Oscars (besides a nom for Original Screenplay), but that doesn't take away from the impact it had on me. Annette Bening (fabulous, btw) plays a single mom bringing her son up in the late '70s with the help of other strong females. I loved this movie. More info here.


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2. EVERYOUTFITONSATC
You know me: I love anything and everything Sex and the City. This Instragram page from @female_trouble & @laurengarroni is a quest to document every outfit from HBOs "Sex & the City." Put a little SATC back into your everyday life here.


3. Ed Sheeran's new single "Castle on the Hill"

 

4. The contribution of Mary Tyler Moore
I think this quote from Variety says it all: 

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"For those who care about women’s representation on TV, about publicizing matters that are important to women’s health, and about the importance of women occupying positions of authority behind the scenes in Hollywood, Moore’s loss is felt acutely. She had wealth, fame, and prominence, and she used those assets to create a body of work that she could be proud of."

5. Jay Lavery of Sharon Springs, New York. 
This guy makes me so happy:

 
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The BOSSY List: 10 things I loved in 2016

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1. Non-network TV
I don't want to sound like a snob (actually, fuck it, I really don't care), but network TV blows*. Thank god for cable. Channels like HBO, Showtime, FX and AMC and streaming sites like Amazon, Hulu and Netflix continue to produce the best shows on TV. It's a fact. Here were some of my faves from 2016:

2. Late Night Hosts
Now more than ever we need our late night comedians to keep us sane and keep us laughing. My favorite to emerge this year is Samantha Bee, but I still love me some Conan, Stephen, Jon Oliver and Bill Maher too. 

3.  Women!
Women kicked some ass and took some names this year don't you think?? Although she didn't make it across the finish line first, Hillary made us proud; Michelle Obama motivated us; Pantsuit Nation supported us; Simone Biles, Katie Ledecky and Allyson Felix dominated for us in Rio; songwriters like Adele, Beyonce and Lady Gaga moved us and Amy Schumer continued to make us laugh. Rabia Chaudry got Adnan Syed a new trial and there was even an all female "Ghostbusters" reboot. Sisters are doin' it for themselves.

(RIP Carrie Fisher, Florence Henderson, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Gwen Ifill, Harper Lee, Pat Summitt, Nancy Reagan, Patty Duke, Natalie Cole). 

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4. Dan Rather
How do I love Dan? Let me count the ways...
I put Dan on my list recently and he had to be on this one too. He's back in a big way (if you remember, he was the scapegoat at CBS in 2005 for a story about George W's military service). His commentary and coverage of the 2016 election and other current events is always heartfelt, thoughtful and eloquent and I pick up everything he puts down. Dan for Prez.

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5. Beyonce's "I'm Sorry" 
I love this so much because it has so many applications. Middle fingers up! Tell him BOY BYE!

6. Adele
She's the queen of the world, my friends, and there are no signs she's slowing down. I saw her live this year and it was transcendental. Just fuckin' brilliant.

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7. "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
Thanks for the laughs this year SNL. Your Trump and Hillary and Bernie make us laugh - even when we feel like crying. Well, we did cry some too, especially during this:

8.  The Cubs
As a fan of a team that long struggled to break a World Series curse (go Sox!), I was thrilled to see the Cubs finally break theirs and bring home the trophy. I loved that the whole country was into baseball for a minute too. 

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9. "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" (Netflix)
Thrilled they came back to us this year. Wasn't it fun? Psst: I think there will be more.

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10. Being bossy and being honest, but also being kind
One of the best things about Americans is the kindness they show one another during times of adversity. We've seen a lot of bad things happen this year but with that we've also seen examples of people being kind and supporting one another. You know my mantra is - and will continue to be - that "bossy is the new black." Being honest and going after what you want are super important for your mental and physical health (especially for women). But being kind while advocating for yourself is crucial. Get what you want, say your peace -- but be kind to others in the process. We all need each other - now more than ever. I think we've seen all a lot of that happen in 2016 - let's keep it going. 

Cheers to a happy, healthy, bossy and kind New Year! Let's kick some ass in 2017!

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*OK I'll give you "This is Us" and "The Bachelor." Maybe "Life in Pieces" too. But that's it!

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1. Dan Rather
Dan has been around a long time. But this year in particular, his contributions have stood out. His thoughtful, intuitive, humanitarian Facebook posts are sometimes all we need to bring a moment of sanity back to the insane atmosphere that we are all living in right now. "Dan for President!" Or at least "Dan for Best thing about Facebook Right Now." (Follow Dan here.)

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PHoto from WNYC.com

2. Conan does Germany
Not sure if you know, but Conan's still out there, over at TBS, cracking everyone up. This bit from his recent trip to Berlin gave me lots of giggles. Enjoy! Watch more from Conan on his YouTube page here.

3. "You'll Never Walk Alone" by The Dropkick Murphys
The Dropkicks are BACK and better than ever! Their new album 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory doesn't drop until January 6, 2017 (if you pre-order on itunes you get instant downloads of "YNWA" and "Blood") so for now this can tide you over:

4. "Younger" (TV Land)
Another season of "Younger" just wrapped up and, I gotta say, this show just keeps getting better and better. The premise, while specific (a 40-something divorced mom pretends to be 26 to get a job in the competitive publishing field in NYC), hasn't grown tiring, the relationships are complicated and real and it's fun to see who will find out Liza's secret next and how. Catch up on TVLand.com or on your cable's On Demand channel.

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5. "All I Want for Christmas" Carpool Karaoke, The Late, Late Show with James Corden
This. This is what we all need. 

BOOM! 

Happy Holidays Y'all!

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1. "The Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" (Netflix)
That's right GG fans, the first new episodes of "The Gilmore Girls" since 2007 start this week. There are four "episodes:" Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Premieres this Friday, November 25 on Netflix. Here's the trailer if you need to get pumped:

2. "Making Oprah" Podcast (WBEZ)
I love Oprah. I loved "The Oprah Winfrey Show." I miss "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Now - more than ever - we need Oprah in our lives, to tell us everything's going to be okay. But alas, we have to settle for nostalgia...and this is it: WBEZ in Chicago has released a three part podcast series called "Making Oprah." Host Jenn White tells the story of Oprah's rise to fame in daytime TV from the early '80s until the show went off the air in 2011, and how she became such a powerful icon in America. Love love loved it.

Find more info on WBEZ's site here or download from iTunes. 

3. Capital Cities new single and video "Vowels"
If you're a Capital Cities fan, this is exciting! CC hasn't released any music since In the Tidal Wave of Mystery in 2013. Word has it they will release a new album in early 2017. Enjoy!

4. Ergo Brushes
My stylist Charlotte has been telling me for-ever to get one of these brushes and up until recently I resisted. $38 for a brush? But I finally got one and she was right (she's always right): Best. Brush. Ever. It takes less time to blow dry. It smooths. It adds shine. It unloads the dishwasher. It does it all!

Learn more here, buy online here or ask your hair stylist if your salon carries the Ergo line. 

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5. Trending on Twitter: #HowToAvoidPoliticsAtDinner
Need some guidance on how to handle your family dinner this Thanksgiving when you and your kin hold polar opposite views? Head over to Twitter and punch in #HowToAvoidPoliticsAtDinner for some guidance. Here are a few of my favorites:

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Cheers to good food, good friends and, of course, good drink! Be kind to each other out there.

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1. "The Affair" Returns (SHO)
The best thing that's happening to me this weekend? The return of "The Affair" of course! I've talked about this show before (why don't you ever listen to me??) so this shouldn't be new to y'all. I won't give any spoilers, but I will share what show creator Sarah Treem said to TV Guide: "I think that Season 3 is about accountability. I would say that Season 1 was "The Affair" and Season 2 was "The Crisis After the Affair." Before it gets better, it gets worse. Season 3 is basically about the characters taking stock of what's happened and figuring out how they themselves are accountable."

Sounds intriguing, eh? CATCH UP on showtimeanytime.com

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2. Two online magazines/blogs that speak to women: Lenny Letter and Jezebel
This one's a "twofer:"

Jezebel describes itself as an "online magazine focused on celebrities, sex, feminism, and issues relating to women's empowerment."

Lenny Letter is "the best from Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner in feminism, style, politics, friendship & more." Sign up for the newsletter to get Lenny in your mailbox twice a week.

Both are essential, especially if you're a snarky, foul mouthed, pissed off bitch like myself.

(P.S. If you're reading this Jezebel or Lenny, I want to write for you! Call me!) 

3. Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party (VH1)
OMG drop what you are doing and check this out now. You won't be sorry. You think the interaction between Snoop and Martha is the best, then they bring in dinner guests. New episodes Mondays at 10pm on VH1. Catch up on VH1's website here.

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4. Whisking
The holidays are coming and we all need to make sure we've got our cooking skillz honed amiright? As someone who cooks quite a bit I was horrified to learn that I've been using a whisk wrong. Mon dieu! Let's all checkity check ourselves shall we? Click here to learn from Tip Hero how to perfect your whisking (or just watch the video below). You're welcome.

5. UK Christmas Ads
OK usually I'd be complaining that Christmas is being sprung on us too early but in the case of these adorable ads from the UK, I'm making an exception. Do yourself a favor and check out the holiday ad from Heathrow Airport (the teddy bear ad) here; the John Lewis Buster the boxer ad here (this one also promotes The Wildlife Trusts); and the Marks & Spencer Mrs. Clause ad here. You'll get all the feels from each of them. 

 And so the holiday season begins! Be good to one another everyone.

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The BOSSY List: 5 things I love this week 11.7.16

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1. "Westworld" (HBO)
Listen to me people: you need to get on this. Did you love "Lost?" Loved its twisty plots, secret messages and mysterious characters?

You need to check out "Westworld" on HBO.

Now, it looks like a western…but don’t be confused. The western atmosphere is a game. A game where rich “guests” can pay to play a character and do practically anything they want (e.g. rape, kill, create general mayhem). The actors in the game are the “hosts:” robots with artificial intelligence.

I don't want to give too much away, but here are some things to tease you: Who's traveling when and where? Who is the Man in Black? Who's programming the glitches? Who is Arnold?

If you’re looking for a clever show that has more questions than answers, "Westworld" is it. #obsessed. Catch up on HBOgo.com. There are also podcasts, faux web sites, faux Twitter pages and recaps galore.

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2. "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
Sorry, I gotta go with SNL again. The opening was brilliant and the Cubs performance with Bill Murray was adorable. Keep it coming! The election might be close to over, but the drama isn't. We need to keep laughing or we'll cry. Watch videos from this week's episode here.

3. A Tribe Called Quest new album: "We Got It From Here, Thank You for Your Service"
Although coming at a time of sadness (founding member Phife Dawg passed away this past March at age 45), this Friday November 11 A Tribe Called Quest releases their sixth album, their first in 18 years.

According to the New York Times: "[The album] features all four of the group’s members plus a host of guests — André 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Elton John, Jack White and Busta Rhymes, a longtime Tribe collaborator who made a heralded appearance on the 1992 posse cut “Scenario.”

You can see the Tribe perform this weekend on "Saturday Night Live" with guest host Dave Chappelle.

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4. Tom Brady
He's back and he's EN FUEGO. At this official mid-point of the season, the Patriots have won all four games since Brady's return from a four-game suspension and currently have the best record in the AFC. My love for TB12 could not be stronger at this moment.

Even ESPN - who skewered Brady and perpetuated lies during the silly "Deflategate" scandal - wrote recently:

"What he has done over the first four games of his 2016 season has been scary: Brady is 98-of-134 for a 73.1 completion percentage, throwing for 1,319 yards and averaging 9.84 yards per attempt. He leads all qualifying passers in both of those rate statistics. Perhaps most impressively (albeit unsurprisingly): Brady has thrown 12 touchdowns without an interception.
"In all, Brady has posted a passer rating of 133.9 through four games. 133.9! That's unreal. We would say those are video game numbers, but if the game was that easy, you would raise the difficulty level because it almost wouldn't be fun if you were that good."

#GOAT #TB12

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5. Hillary Clinton for 45th President of the United States
Name cleared, yet again. Haven't you boys had enough? You've tried and you've tried to bring her down and she keeps fighting back and standing strong. 

Let's do this Hillz. You stand for the future and for what's right and good and just and fair. #imwithher (if you hadn't already noticed).

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The BOSSY List: 5 things I love this week 11.2.16

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1. Adele Live
Have you ever seen Adele live? No? OK go immediately. Trust me. I saw her this weekend in Atlanta and it was brilliant. She's chatty, she's self-deprecating, she's funny, she's warm and of course, she has that amazing fucking voice. Loved it loved it loved it. Put it on your bucket list.

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2. "The Fall" (Netflix)
Catch Jamie Dornan (most recently in "Fifty Shades of Grey") as a serial killer in Belfast and Gillian Anderson (from "The X-Files") as the Inspector who wants to take him down. "The Fall" has been one of my favorite things for a while now. Seasons 1 and 2 have been on Netflix for a few years.

And just when we thought they wouldn't come back, boom - they released a third season. Hurrah! Catch all three seasons on Netflix now. Each season is only 6 episodes so you can totally binge watch the whole thing in one sitting, right?

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3. The World Series
What's better than baseball in the fall? The Chicago Cubs finally making it to the World Series baseball! The Cubs are hoping to break the curse of the Billy Goat and snag the trophy after 108 years and we're all collectively thrilled for them. But wait, the Cleveland Indians made it too - and they're sitting on a 71 year dry spell. Oy! The two longest suffering clubs in MLB are up against each other and tonight is game 7. It's truly a head to head battle and for once, everyone's watching. 

I gotta go with the Cubbies here. I know what it's like to suffer through a curse (ours was 86 years). It feels soooooo good (so good, so good!) to break it. I wish that feeling for them tonight.

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4. Ross Stores
We all know how much I love TJ Maxx. I get most of my bargains there. Heck, 90% of my wardrobe comes from there. But there's also this magical place called Ross. It's not as high-falutin' as TJM and it definitely requires some additional patience, but there's gold in them thar hills.

For example, I recently snagged a $125 fleece robe from UGG (yes, that UGG! Tom Brady's UGG!) for $40! That's 70% off my friends!

Get crackin' my friends. Lower price means you can buy more, right?

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5. Early voting
Voting is so important people. You hear me? YOU MUST VOTE. And early voting is the way to go.

Get out there and do it in a calm environment. Don't leave it to next Tuesday where there could be lines that scare you away. Take the opportunity to get in there and GER 'ER DONE. I think you have approximately two days left! Go 'Merica!

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The BOSSY List: 5 things I love this week 10.19.16

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1. Netflix Documentaries: "13th" and "Amanda Knox"

Both are fascinating. And heartbreaking. And scary. Watch now on Netflix.

2. "A-Yo" by Lady Gaga

Finally some new stuff from Gaga. And it's fun! Her new album "Joanne" releases Friday October 21.

3. Living Proof "Perfect Hair Day" Dry Shampoo

1. It smells awesome.
2. It's an aerosol so super easy to apply.
3. It works.

What more do you need to know? Buy here.

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4. The new Hinge

This one is a stretch - in no way can I say I "love" this yet; I hate online dating after all. But the new and improved Hinge is definitely more extensive than Tinder or Bumble and less time-consuming than Match. It gives users an opportunity to share things about themselves other than just dick pics and bathroom selfies and it does away with swiping (you like and comment instead). 

Hinge is $7 a month so you do have to commit (eek!). Try it out - the first three months are free. More info here.

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5. Saturday Night Live

SNL continues to kill it. Here's my fave from this week - "Melanianade:"

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The BOSSY List: 5 things I love this week 10.3.16

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1. "Insecure" (HBO)
I wrote about this one recently in my Fall TV post (here) and so far, I give it two thumbs up! "Insecure" is about a woman (comedian and YouTube star, Issa Rae, playing herself) living and working in L.A. dealing with men and friends and work and how to fit in to it all. I love these kinds of shows.

Best quote so far: "Being aggressively passive is what I do best." 

Officially debuts on HBO Sunday Oct 9 but you can watch a sneak peek of the pilot on HBOgo.com now. Read a review from Variety here

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2. New single from Kings of Leon: "Around the World"
Loving this new track from Kings of Leon. Where have they been hiding? New album "The Walls Come Down" releases October 14.

3. John Oliver and "Last Week Tonight"
I think we can all agree that Comedy Central screwed the pooch in not locking down John Oliver to take the reigns from Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" last year. They lost him to HBO. Sucks for them (and for us mourning the loss of Stewart). Lucky for us we get him anyway. 

Is there a more passionate, articulate political commentator who can also swear himself silly on TV right now? I don't think so. And man do we need him. He is confronting the bullshit head on. Taking on the idiocy of the campaign. He even made a plea for Trump to quit the race (it can't hurt to try, right?). 

Watch "Last Week Tonight" on HBOgo.com. More about John here.

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4. Essie 2016 Fall Collection "Go Go Geisha"
Time to get girlie. As everyone knows I love Essie. I have a gazillion bottles of the stuff. I don't usually buy the collections because there's usually a stinker or two in the bunch. Not this season. There's a gray...and a blue...and a red...and an orange...and a purple...and a pink. Perfectamundo! Nail polish nirvana.

For more info click here.

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5. Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live" Season 42 Premiere (NBC)
No words needed. Just awesome. 

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I'm so excited for these five things I'm posting on a Wednesday! 

1. Nathanial Rateliff & the Night Sweats
My new music crush! Saw these guys at Music Midtown this weekend and they were so fun. Based out of Denver, Nathanial Rateliff & the Night Sweats are a combination of vintage soul, R&B and classic Americana. Check out their 2015 self-entitled album on iTunes here.

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2. Bitch Sesh Podcast
This one won't be for everyone. You have to really love Bravo's Housewives franchise (which I do) as well as some general silliness. Once you get into it's pretty darn funny. Casey Wilson (remember her from SNL and "Happy Endings?") and her pal, comedian and actress Danielle Schneider, dish about their lives and celeb gossip for a bit then break down the current episodes of each franchise that is currently on air (right now it's NY, NJ and OC). It's just good ole fashioned, silly fun. Find on Earwolf.

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PHoto from earwolf.com

3. Sunscreen Flask
These are genius! OK so yes, I know I have a lot of alcohol-hiding products already on this blog. Yes, I know I am a lush. But sometimes you need to be discreet! And work on a budget! Don't judge. Just get these and you can thank me later. Buy from Amazon here.

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4. Skimmies Slipshorts by Jockey
For someone who's very familiar with shapewear, let me tell you -- these are a great find. I've been through all kinds of torturous products. Skimmies are actually comfortable. They even have a version with wicking for hot summer weather.  They don't roll up, they don't roll down and they don't squeeze all your fat up and over and give you unwanted muffin top -- which defeats the point of wearing this shit in the first place. Buy here or here.

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Photo from embracingbeauty.com

5. The pilot for "This Is Us" (NBC)
You guys, This Is IT. Finally, a drama to replace "Parenthood." I cried! I paid attention! There was a twist! Love it love it love it. If you missed it, catch the pilot on NBC's app or Hulu.

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There you have it. My week in a nutshell. Happy fall!

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The BOSSY List: 5 things I love this week 9.9.16

1. How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
Caitlin Moran's How to Be a Woman is described right on the front cover as the "British version of Tina Fey's Bossypants." That's a good hook right? Well, it's no lie. Caitlin's memoir is filled with anecdotes about what it was like to be a girl growing up across the pond in Wolverhampton, England. She recounts her thoughts - both then and now - on things like sexism, underwear choices, pubic hair removal, love, boobs, fashion, weight, marriage, kids and what to call her vagina. 

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I will admit - this book is not new. It was published in the U.K. in 2012 and in the U.S. in 2013. But it took me that long to get to it so now you get to hear all about it. 

Some of my favorite quotes from How to Be a Woman:

On feminism: "So here is the quick way of working out if you're a feminist. Put your hand in your pants. a) Do you have a vagina? and b) Do you want to be in charge of it? If you said 'yes' to both, then congratulations! You're a feminist.” 

On Brazilian waxing: "I now believe there are only four things a grown, modern woman should have: a pair of yellow shoes (they unexpectedly go with everything), a friend who will come and post bail at 4 a.m., a fail-safe pie recipe, and a proper muff." 

On being fat: "After a lifetime of consideration, I believe I've finally nailed a sensible definition of what a good, advisable, 'normal' weight is. What is 'fat' and 'not fat.' And it is: 'Human-shaped. The idea that you need to be better than merely 'human-shaped' is another piece of what strident feminists can technically dismiss as 'total bullshit."

Oh, and as a bonus I also learned a bunch of new British swears. Get your copy on Amazon.com.

2. The Roast of Rob Lowe (Comedy Central)
Holy shit, this was brutal. The favorite jokes of the night involved Rob's 1988 sex tape with a 16-year old, his former cocaine use and his long list of sitcom bombs. It was all in good fun though. You know what was not all in good fun? (I mean it was fun, but not for her): the unintended roast of Ann Coulter. Why was Ann Coulter there you might ask? Who fuckin' knows. All you need to know is that she got RAILED.

We also got some laughs from the likes of Peyton Manning, Ralph Macchio, Jeff Ross and Jewell. You can watch the roast in full on Comedy Central.

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Gif from giphy.com

3. Tinder GIffing
For you single folks out there, this will change EVERYTHING. Tinder can be fun! It's not so scary! Can't think of a witty opener? Break the ice with a new match by sending a gif (essentially a video snippet) of any topic you can think of! You can send a wink or a wave or even just a cute seal throwin' a "'Sup," just send something. If it's kooky and you get an appropriately kooky response, you know you've found a winner.

Try it, you'll like it. 

Download Tinder in your phone's App Store (duh).

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4. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)
Former correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (fun fact: she was the longest running correspondent at the Daily Show at 12 years), Samantha Bee started her weekly political comedy show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, in early 2016. OK sure, there are a plethora of political comics out there right now. But Samantha is different. She has a knack for knowing EXACTLY how to take down the most misogynist, racist, bigoted, homophobic assholes this country has to offer. She's relentless. It's brilliant to watch. I urge you to check it out.

New episodes start this Monday September 12 at 10:30 pm ET on TBS. Set your DVR! 

5. Football!
Football's back baby!! After a long, hot summer I'm actually looking forward to cooler weather, leaves changing, tall boots and watching my Pats kick some ass! Whether you're into college football or NFL, this is a great time of year.

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1. Odd Mom Out (Bravo). 
Jill Webber wears black nail polish, loves carbs, swears and raises her kids herself. She also lives on the Upper East Side and married into old money. Hilarity ensues. "Odd Mom Out" is one of Bravo's two scripted series and is a Franken combo of the rags to riches storyline of "My Fair Lady," the silliness of "Clueless" and the "oddball in NYC" vibe of "The Mindy Project." I just knocked out Season 1 and it's seriously my new favorite thing. Season 2 just wrapped up. Catch up on Seasons 1 and 2 on Bravo.

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2. BeFunky.
Looking for a photo editing tool that's web-based and easy to use? Look no further. BeFunky is an online photo editor available for your phone, tablet or PC. And it's not just photo-editing; there's a collage maker and graphic designer function as well! BeFunky is straightforward, user-friendly and FREE (very important). For someone (like myself) who doesn't have the attention span to learn Photoshop, this is a dream. To upgrade to the no-ad version, it's a mere $35/year. Visit their site here or find it in your phone's app store.

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Photo from befunky.com

3. GROUPLOVE.
I saw Los Angeles-based band, GROUPLOVE, for the first time surrounded by Millennials at Masquerade in Atlanta and despite worrying about being the oldest person in the room, they made an impression and now are one of my favorite alt-rock bands. (They will be playing Atlanta's Music Midtown festival next month --yay!) They have a two new singles out -- "Welcome to My Life" and "Traumatized" -- and neither disappoints. Their third album Big Mess releases September 9.

Watch the video for "Welcome to My Life:"

4. Ghostbusters (2016).
I'm a little tardy to the party with this one but I have to put my two cents in: Ghostbusters was good. It was fun and silly and even a little bad ass. Kate McKinnon is getting most of the attention for her kooky performance (which, was, to be fair, great), but my favorite this time was Melissa McCarthy. She was a little more restrained than her other movies and she killed it. A fun movie that made me laugh that showcased four funny, strong women? That's a win-win! Read a legit review here or here or learn more about the movie here.

Kickin' some ghost ass (photo from ghostbusters.com)

Kickin' some ghost ass (photo from ghostbusters.com)

5. Vacation!! 
I'm heading out tomorrow for one last summer hurrah. See ya suckers!

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The BOSSY List: 5 things I love this week 8.5.16

1. "Stranger Things" (Netflix) 
You heard it here last: "Stranger Things" is sweeping the nation. An eight part series set in the '80s, "Stranger Things" is about a group of tween boys (and a determined mom, played by Winona Ryder) who discover that something really weird is going on in their town when their bestie (son) Will disappears. Think of this show as all your favorite things from the '80s packed into a compact episodes of science fiction and adventure. It reminded me of movies like "E.T.," "The Goonies," "Close Encounters" and "Poltergeist." I swear there was some music in there from "War Games" and "Pretty in Pink" too.

"Stranger Things" season one is streaming now on Netflix.

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2. The 2016 Olympics in Rio
The Olympics are always exciting and this year brings an extra layer of suspense because of what a shit show (literally) the organizers and athletes in Rio are dealing with. From Zika to E coli to unsanitary housing to a potential coup, this should be interesting. GO TEAM USA! The Opening Ceremony starts at 7:30 pm EST tonight on NBC.

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3. "Bachelor in Paradise" (ABC)
Get ready, kids: this season is as wild as ever. Watch season 3 Mondays and Tuesdays on ABC.

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P.S. This came as a result of just the first episode:

4. Rabia Chaudry, co-host of "Undisclosed" Podcast and author of Adnan's Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial
Need a new hero to worship? Here she is.

We all know the story of Adnan Syed, the young man who many believe was wrongly convicted for the 1999 murder of ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee in suburban Baltimore. But lesser known in the story of Adnan is Rabia Chaudry, the close family friend Adnan's who is largely responsible for securing the evidence that led to his sentence being vacated and a new trial ordered this past June. A former civil rights and immigration attorney, Rabia brought Adnan's story to Sarah Koenig, who turned it into the smash podcast "Serial." Rabia then continued the story and the investigation with her own podcast "Undisclosed." It was while producing "Undisclosed" where the evidence that eventually got Adnan a new hearing was uncovered by Rabia and her colleagues.

Learn more about Rabia's impressive resume here. Her book will be available Tuesday here.

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5. President Obama's Glamour essay: "This is what a feminist looks like"
Yesterday, Glamour released an essay written by POTUS himself, Barack Obama, explaining why "this is an extraordinary time to be a woman." He also writes:

"It is absolutely men’s responsibility to fight sexism too. And as spouses and partners and boyfriends, we need to work hard and be deliberate about creating truly equal relationships.

"This fall we enter a historic election. Two hundred and forty years after our nation’s founding, and almost a century after women finally won the right to vote, for the first time ever, a woman is a major political party’s presidential nominee. No matter your political views, this is a historic moment for America. And it’s just one more example of how far women have come on the long journey toward equality.

"I want all of our daughters and sons to see that this, too, is their inheritance. I want them to know that it’s never been just about the Benjamins; it’s about the Tubmans too. And I want them to help do their part to ensure that America is a place where every single child can make of her life what she will."

Hurrah!

Read the full essay here.

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