Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘Mean Tweets – Music Edition’ Hits A Sour Note With P!nk, Zendaya, Nick Jones (Video)

"Fall Out Boy is the Comic Sans MS of music. They are both entirely overused" Jennifer Maas, provided by Published 7:30 am, Wednesday, March 7, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘Mean Tweets – Music Edition’ Hits A Sour Note With P!nk, Zendaya, Nick Jones (Video) 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Jimmy Kimmel got mean on Twitter on Tuesday — and no, we’re not talking about his response to Donald Trump’s Oscar-ratings slam. The late-night host brought in some of your favorite musicians for another round of, you guessed, it “Mean Tweets.” Singers including P!nk, Zendaya, Nick Jonas, Adam Levine and members of TLC and Fall Out Boy rattled off the cruelest zingers Kimmel could find about them on social media, and since they were laughing, you should too. Here are just a few of our favorite catty comments: Also Read: Jimmy Kimmel's 'Mean Tweets - NFL Edition' Is Here Just in Time for Super Bowl LII (Video) Latest entertainment videos Now Playing: Now Playing Right Now: Gal Gadot Oscars Red Carpet InStyle Iannucci on Tambor: 'It's a sad story' Associated Press Here's how celebrities get red carpet ready before the Oscars Cosmopolitan 2018 Oscar Red Carpet Arrivals InStyle The Best Fashion From The 2018 Oscars Red Carpet Fortune Del Toro: Oscar win 'feels beautiful' Associated Press The Best Looks from the 2018 Oscars Red Carpet Harper's Bazaar The new Jaguar I-PACE Entertainment Reveal Film AutomotoTV Right Now: Saoirse Ronan Oscars Red Carpet InStyle Vikander: new 'Tomb Raider' is closer to reality Associated Press “Pink makes music for obnoxious white bridal parties that drunkingly walk into a Denny’s and ruin everyone’s evening.” The singer disagreed, saying through laughter, “I would have said Waffle House.” “‘Waterfalls’ by TLC has to be the worst song Continue Reading

Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘Mean Tweets – NFL Edition’ Is Here Just in Time for Super Bowl LII (Video)

Peyton Manning, Danny Amendola and Travis Kelce are among the victims in third installment Tony Maglio, provided by Published 7:31 am, Friday, February 2, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘Mean Tweets – NFL Edition’ Is Here Just in Time for Super Bowl LII (Video) 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Generally speaking, it’s safe to tweet nasty things about actors — but social media users might want to be a bit more cautious stepping to the monstrous Ndamukong Suh. Jimmy Kimmel welcomed the mammoth defensive tackle and other NFL athletes Thursday for his third installment of “Mean Tweets – NFL Edition,” where the big fellas read some unkind words about their play and/or appearance. Here is one of our favorites: We’re not sure if that one was more Colt or Bronco. Latest entertainment videos Now Playing: Now Playing High School Volleyball Player Makes Incredible Save Storyful Timberlake: No 'N Sync reunion at Super Bowl Associated Press The Most Influential Super Bowl Ads Of All Time InStyle Women in the Music Industry Respond to Claims that they Need to 'Step Up' Entertainment Weekly Sarsgaard tackles 9/11 in 'The Looming Tower' Associated Press Lupita Nyong'o Wants To Visit Wakanda CelebWire Activist Loung Ung has witnessed the best and worst of humanity Associated Press Susan Kelechi Watson involved 'head to toe' with her award season looks Associated Press Experience Hong Kong in this Beautifully Shot Travel Vlog Storyful Lots of horsing around in new ‘12 Strong’ film Associated Press Also Read: Alex Trebek Taunts 'Jeopardy!' Nerds Over Complete Lack of Football Knowledge (Video) And: “[Danny] Amendola with his mustache looks like a young Burt Reynolds with the height of Sally Fields.” “Michael Crabtree looks like he should be playing bass for Prince in the Continue Reading

Employees want their job to matter, but meaning at work can be hard to find

Jennifer Ruiz holds her patient’s trembling hand as she presses a stethoscope to the frail woman’s chest and belly. She compliments the woman on her recently painted fingernails. She cheerfully asks how she’s feeling, knowing she’ll get no answer from the little curled body in the big hospital bed but for a penetrating stare.Ruiz, a hospice nurse, finds her work deeply meaningful, in part for reasons that are obvious: “We get to be there for people during some of the most tragic and tough times in their lives,” she said.But even those who shepherd the dying and their families through the fear, heartbreak and mystery of the end of life can lose sight of a job’s meaning in the stress of the day-to-day, if their employer doesn’t foster it.“You have to fan that flame,” said Brenda McGarvey, corporate director of program development at Skokie-based Unity Hospice, where Ruiz works. “It’s your responsibility.”A job’s meaningfulness — a sense that the work has a broader purpose — is consistently and overwhelmingly ranked by employees as one of the most important factors driving job satisfaction. It’s the linchpin of qualities that make for a valuable employee: motivation, job performance and a desire to show up and stay. Meaningful work needn’t be lofty. People find meaning picking up garbage, installing windows and selling electronics — if they connect with why it matters.But many Chicago-area employers seem to be missing an opportunity to tap this critical vein.In a survey conducted by Energage for the Chicago Tribune’s 2017 Top Workplaces magazine, local employees regarded their employers more positively than the national average on nearly all measures, but companies fell significantly short in response to this statement: “My job makes me feel like I am part of something meaningful.” Meaningfulness also was the only measure that did not see Continue Reading

Floyd Mayweather confuses meaning of ‘Me Too’ movement, says he ‘too’ has private jets and billions of dollars

Scott Davis, provided by Published 2:02 pm, Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Isaac Brekken/AP Floyd Mayweather appeared to confuse the meaning of the "Me Too" movement during an interview. Once told the movement's meaning, Mayweather bragged about his wealth, saying he "too" has private jets and billions of dollars. Pressed again on the subject, Mayweather said he does not think sexual misconduct is "cool." interview with Men's Health. During an interview at CES to promote his new virtual reality boxing game, Mayweather was asked about the "Me Too" movement, which promotes awareness of sexual harassment and assault, and asked, "The who?" Local Channel Now Playing: Now Playing Motorcyclist being tailed by police crashes in North Side mysa San Antonio's Confluence Park seen from the sky mysa Woman hit by driver after running into North Side street mysa Mayor and others discuss the symphony's new schedule mysa Natural gas explosion at South Side motel hospitalizes 2 with severe burns mysa This tamale-making hack may change your next tamalada mysa Dog caught in middle of family's New Year's Eve fireworks mysa San Antonio child sings 'Remember Me' from Coco in heart-wrenching tribute to baby sister mysa Well-known San Antonio cook gunned down on his front porch, suspect at large mysa Man found dead in rollover wreck at busy S.A. intersection mysa Once told the movement's meaning, Mayweather said he uses the expression "me too" to discuss his wealth. "When you say 'me too,' my thing is this, when somebody is like, 'I got a Rolls Royce,' I be like 'me too,'" Mayweather said. "When somebody say they got a private jet, I say, 'I got two. Me too.'" When the interviewer said the meaning of the movement was "very different," Mayweather said, "I didn't know!" "My me too movement from the beginning was, like, when somebody says they got it, I'll be like, 'me too,'" Mayweather said. Mayweather served prison time in 2011 for Continue Reading

Montclair residents reflect on Kwanzaa’s meaning

During Kwanzaa at Matilda Williams' house, the celebration was small but vibrant.Williams, a youth services assistant at the Montclair Public Library, made chicken, yams and vegetables for members of her immediate family who came over for the festivities on Saturday night, Dec. 30, and gave gifts to the children and small candles to the adults.Williams said it took her time to learn the traditions of Kwanzaa — a day for celebrating principles of African-American heritage, some of which include unity, self-determination and faith. Kwanzaa in 2017 ran from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1."You have to set the table a certain way," said Williams, noting that fruits are among the foods placed on the table during a Kwanzaa feast.For Kwanzaa, there are seven candles placed in a holder, with each candle having a meaning, she explained. There are three red candles representing blood and three green candles signifying the Earth and money. A single black candle, which is lit during the first night of Kwanzaa, represents African-American people.Williams organized a Kwanzaa celebration in the Montclair Public Library on Dec. 17, one that was open to all members of the community.Kellia Sweatt, a Montclair resident who was the master of ceremonies for the library's event, said the celebration is significant to individuals of African American descent because it's a way for them to celebrate their culture and principles.Sweatt spoke during the beginning of the event and introduced participants who participated in the celebration, which more than 100 people attended."It's a holiday that's rooted in history. It's a time to celebrate our ancestors, elders and children," she said.The seven-day holiday and celebration was started in 1966 during the civil rights era as a way for African Americans to honor their culture and history.Kwanzaa was created by Maulana Karenga, an African-American author, professor and activist. According to the Continue Reading

Quinn Shephard’s mean girls psychodrama ‘Blame’ loses focus

If the teen psychodrama “Blame” can feel a bit hastily rendered, that’s because, according to 22-year-old writer-director-star Quinn Shephard, the tyro filmmaker was rewriting her script (first penned when she was 15; her mom, Laurie Shephard, shares story credit) “right up to the start of principal photography” and well after. The result is a potentially timely and provocative story that’s all over the map, never quite building to an effective enough crescendo or catharsis. Shot largely at Shephard’s hometown high school in Metuchen, N.J., the movie involves pretty, awkward 11th-grader Abigail (Shephard) who recently suffered some vague emotional breakdown. She’s taunted by several “cooler” classmates: the brash, cruelly intentioned Melissa (Nadia Alexander), the conflicted Sophie (Sarah Mezzanotte) and puerile dudes Eric (Luke Slattery) and T.J. (Owen Campbell). Enter earnest substitute drama teacher Jeremy (Chris Messina), a struggling theater-type with an unsupportive girlfriend (Trieste Kelly Dunn), who decides to stage scenes from “The Crucible” for the school’s acting showcase. But when he casts Abigail over Melissa in the lead, it causes a ripple effect of jealousy, lust, insecurity and general nastiness that proves an unwieldy, unconvincing mix. Jeremy’s handling of it all feels particularly ham-handed. This capably acted, if unevenly paced film often lacks focus and depth as it bounces from Abigail to Jeremy to Melissa and back, while spending undue time on extraneous hookup activity and mean-girl bits. ------------- ‘Blame’ Not rated Running time: 1 hour, 39 minutes Playing: Laemmle Music Hall, Beverly Hills; also on VOD See the most-read stories in Entertainment this hour » [email protected] Continue Reading

What Kwanzaa means for black Americans

Kwanzaa decorations at Eastdale Village Community Church are seen on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, in Chattanooga, Tenn. The church is hosting a Kwanzaa celebration on Saturday. Kwanzaa decorations at Eastdale Village Community Church are... Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press. On Dec. 26, millions throughout the world's African community began weeklong celebrations of Kwanzaa. There are daily ceremonies with food, decorations and other cultural objects, such as the kinara, which holds seven candles. At many Kwanzaa ceremonies, there is also African drumming and dancing. It is a time of communal self-affirmation — when famous black heroes and heroines, as well as late family members — are celebrated. As a scholar who has written about racially motivated violence against blacks, directed black cultural centers on college campuses and sponsored numerous Kwanzaa celebrations, I understand the importance of this holiday. For the African-American community, Kwanzaa is not just any "black holiday." It is a recognition that knowledge of black history is worthwhile. History of Kwanzaa Maulana Karenga, a noted black American scholar and activist, created Kwanzaa in 1966. Its name is derived from the phrase "matunda ya kwanza" which means "first fruits" in Swahili, the most widely spoken African language. However, Kwanzaa, the holiday, did not exist in Africa. Each day of Kwanzaa is devoted to celebrating the seven basic values of African culture or the "Nguzo Saba" which in Swahili means the seven principles. Translated these are: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics (building black businesses), purpose, creativity and faith. A candle is lighted on each day to celebrate each one of these principles. On the last day, a black candle is lighted and gifts are shared. Kwanzaa is celebrated widely on college campuses. The U.S. Postal Service has periodically issued Kwanzaa stamps. There is at Continue Reading

The Highs And Lows Of The “Mean Girls” Musical

If you wait long enough, all of the beloved teen movies from your childhood will end up on the stage. Bring It On hit Broadway in 2012 while Heathers enjoyed a critically acclaimed run off-Broadway in 2014, and Clueless and Jawbreaker have been in development for years. Now Mean Girls is poised for its Broadway debut: The new musical — with a book by Tina Fey, music by Jeff Richmond, and lyrics by Nell Benjamin — is having its pre-Broadway tryout at the National Theatre in Washington, DC, before it opens at the August Wilson Theatre in April 2018.There will certainly be changes made before Mean Girls transfers to the Great White Way, but the current production bodes well for the Broadway run: This show is already in pretty good shape. The movie — with its larger-than-life characters and bubblegum pink aesthetic — was crying to be musicalized, and the show does a great job of capturing the quirks and quotables that made Fey’s film an enduring early 2000s classic. The Mean Girls musical may not yet have the standalone power of Legally Blonde, but with some finessing, it could get there. Here’s a look at what’s already working and what could use some fine-tuning before the Broadway run. Anyone concerned that the Mean Girls musical wouldn’t feel like the movie can rest easy — this is a deeply faithful adaptation. That makes sense given that Fey wrote both, but it’s still a relief to diehard fans. As in the movie, Cady Heron (Erika Henningsen) transfers to North Shore High School after years of being homeschooled in Kenya. She meets outcasts Janis (Barrett Wilbert Weed) and Damian (Grey Henson), who encourage her to spy on the mega-popular mean girls who take her under their wing. These are the Plastics: neurotic Gretchen Wieners (Ashley Park), simple Karen Smith (Kate Rockwell), and ruthless Queen Bee Regina George (Taylor Louderman).For those who have seen the movie — or, you know, any teen movie Continue Reading

HEALEY/BYRNE: Public employee benefits must reflect state’s means

The final report of the New Jersey Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission, released last week, makes two related points.First, too little has been done too slowly for the state to now save all of the current pension or health benefits. In 2015, opponents of reform persuaded lawmakers to hit “pause” in the hope the money to save all the benefits would appear magically in 2018, turning a blind eye to the lack of any realistic source of the additional $5 billion in annual funding which would be needed to pay the projected $10.7 annual benefits bill by 2023.Instead, for over two years, the state has been on a forced march across the desert started with only a dream of finding an oasis. With our canteens near dry, there is only sand on the horizon. The relatively low-hanging revenues and savings have already been used while funding only half of the planned ramp-up to full pension funding. The only sensible option is to adjust the level of benefits to a goal that can be reached with available resources, a process which would have been easier if started sooner, and which gets more difficult with each day of delay.Second, the state cannot do the things it needs to do if, as projected, it would have to spend 26 percent of its 2023 budget on benefits. The same funds can’t be spent twice, so every dollar spent on pensions and platinum-plus health benefits cannot be spent on other state priorities such as health, safety, aid to suburban schools and remedying the state’s stratospheric property taxes. The lack of budget flexibility (a margin of error for if the state experiences a recession reducing projected revenues) hurts the state’s credit rating and contributes to its dead-last finish in the Mercatus Center’s most recent ranking of states by fiscal health.Changes in politics cannot change basic math. Nobody knows what would happen if the pension plans run dry — and it would be irresponsible to find out. At the same time, it Continue Reading

U.S. stands alone as NAFTA talks resume

Washington — In the eyes of many trade observers, President Donald Trump’s “America First” slogan has become “America Alone.”The president has followed through on campaign pledges to withdraw from controversial trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. And he has made strident demands in talks with Canada and Mexico over tweaks to the North American Free Trade Agreement that appear to have imperiled the entire deal.The remaining 11 countries that were part of the TPP — including Canada and Mexico, as well as Japan — have taken steps toward the formation of a U.S.-less agreement. That could strengthen Canada and Mexico’s hand in the next round of NAFTA talks, scheduled to begin Friday in Mexico City, because it shows other countries are still interested in forging global trade deals without the United States.“Clearly there is a bargaining chip with the U.S.,” said Linda Lim, professor emeritus of strategy at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. “Before this, everyone thought they had a weak hand, which they did relative to the U.S.”Lim said the Trump administration has expressed a preference for bilateral deals where the U.S. has a big size advantage when it comes to economic factors like market size, but she questioned whether they will actually pursue any of them.“The Trump administration prefers bilateral deals because they think they have more power because every else is smaller than us,” she said. “Business doesn’t like them because they are cumbersome. I don’t think they have the negotiating capacity to negotiate a bunch of bilateral deals. The bullying part of it gives everybody else incentive to be part of bigger deals.”Lim said the possibility of the NAFTA talks falling apart and the TPP moving forward without the U.S. means there would be “a whole bunch of large regional entities, all of which exclude the Continue Reading