Leyna Bloom Stars In “Port Authority” And Will Be The First Trans Woman Of Color To Lead A Cannes Premiere
Share On facebook Share On facebook Share Share On vk Share On vk Share Share On pinterest Share On pinterest Share On pinterest Share On pinterest Pin Share On lineapp Share On lineapp Share On twitter Share On twitter Share Share On email Share On email Email Share On sms Share On sms Share On whatsapp Share On whatsapp Share On more Share On more More Share On tumblr Share On tumblr Share On link Share On link Share On copy Share On copy Copy Link The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most reputable, most talked about, and most exclusive film gatherings in the world. Antonin Thuillier / AFP / Getty Images So, any film that premieres at this super-selective event is guaranteed to get tons of international exposure, prestige, and — most importantly — distribution to theaters and streaming services. For context, the critically-acclaimed Roma , BlacKkKlansman , Pulp Fiction , The Godfather Part II , and Dirty Dancing have all premiered at Cannes.
That’s why it’s a HUGE deal that model and actress Leyna Bloom just became the first transgender woman of color to lead a film that’s premiering at Cannes!!! Keep in mind that the festival has been around for 72 years. Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images Leyna plays the role of Wye in filmmaker Danielle Lessovitz’s Port Authority , a love story grounded in New York City’s famous kiki ballroom scene and LGBTQ community. Playing the role of Paul, Wye’s 20-something love interest, is Fionn Whitehead of Dunkirk and Netflix’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch . Movie icon Martin Scorsese even co-signed the film and is backing it through his production company.
Leyna shared the big news this morning on Instagram, along with a heartfelt message. “As a transwoman of color, I am so proud to represent my ballroom community and share our diverse queer beauty with the world!” she wrote. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @undefined Out spoke with the star about this historic moment, and I highly recommend checking out the full interview : “For me this is really like that Halle Berry moment when she won that Oscar for Monster’s Ball — I know that it’s a moment that should have happened a long time ago.” View this photo on Instagram instagram.com “When I first heard that we were premiering at Cannes, I really had to think about all of the women that paved the way that should have also gone, all the women who could have been in a movie and could have played a role like this,” she added. “This is a moment that so many people dream of.”
The once homeless 28-year-old has been making a big name for herself in the fashion world, shutting down runways worldwide and making magazine history in glossies like Vogue India , but this project marks her film debut. She actually beat out more than 1,000 potentials who were up for the role. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com “We chose Leyna because we wanted to do the most authentic casting possible, and we wanted to honor ballroom culture,” Damian Bao told Out. He co-casted the film and went on to become Leyna’s manager. “There’s nothing more authentic to pay tribute than to cast someone from that community and she embodies the spirit of the character.”
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The Full Pink Moon In Libra On April 19 Will Likely Bring You The Clarity You’ve Been Seeking
By Valerie Mesa 7 hours ago
On April 19, the day before a new astrological season kicks off, there will be a whimsical full moon in the eloquent sign of Libra — for a second time in a row — and April’s full pink moon in Libra will likely bring you the clarity you’ve so desperately been seeking, especially when it comes to your current partnerships and one-on-one connections. But before you get too excited about what’s to come, there’s a lot more to this cardinal air sign than you think, so let’s take a deeper look.
The essence of harmony-loving Libra epitomizes the meaning of balance, compromise, and general relatability. It’s no wonder those born under the charming sign of the scales would much rather be in a relationship than live the single life. Luscious Libra is ruled by Venus, planet of love, beauty, and relationships, hence their elegance, poise, and irresistible charisma. Although, given that Libra is an air sign, its Venusian charms typically shine via their justice-seeking personality and one-on-one conversations. To make matters even more interesting, Libra’s qualities are in opposition of Taurus, an earth sign and child of Aphrodite, who exudes a Venusian beauty in the physical form.
During a full moon, the moon sits directly opposite the sun . It’s a symbol of both feminine and masculine energies, not to mention a call for a balance. Libra’s cardinal air deeply resonates with this spiritual equilibrium, but JSYK, seeing two full moons in a row in the same sign is not c ommon. In fact, it’s pretty rare. Full Pink Moon In Libra: Friday, April 19, 2019 Giphy
This is the second full moon in the sign of the scales, as the first took place last month during the spring equinox. This lunation will sit at 29 degrees Libra, which also happens to be the final degree. (The 29th degree of a zodiac sign is a critical degree , as it’s equivalent to one last hoorah in a zodiac sign’s lifespan.) In my experience studying astrology, whichever planet occupies this critical degree will naturally express itself through the zodiac sign’s most elevated state. This is a big deal, and it doesn’t end there.
During the last full moon in Libra, the sun was traveling through zero degrees Aries, and the moon was at zero degrees Libra. (Zero is also considered a critical degree in astrology , as it’s the very beginning of a zodiac sign’s life cycle.) The first full moon peaked at zero degrees, and this upcoming full moon will peak at 29 degrees, which means they represent two opposite sides of the spectrum. Justice And Relationship Epiphanies Giphy
Think back to the first full moon in Libra on March 20, especially when it comes to your relationships and committed unions. What’s evolved within you, and within your partnerships, since? With the sun in Aries opposing the full moon in Libra, (both in critical degrees) there is intense cardinal energy coming forth during this lunation. Aries is a symbol of our identity and inner warrior, while Libra epitomizes that of balance and compromise.
It’s likely this lunation will shed light on the way you integrate yourself into the lives of others, and vise versa. Themes related to “I versus we” will be very prominent during this time. With spontaneous Uranus sitting close to the sun, this lunation might very well bring us face-to-face with some shocking revelations and unexpected surprises. Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node are also hovering over serious Capricorn, so it’s safe to say, justice will be served. Get ready for whatever’s coming.
Jaclyn Smith’s secret to shiny hair: A $17 cholesterol cream
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Smith, a Texas native, remains iconic for playing Kelly Garrett in “Charlie’s Angels.” Now 73, the actress credits a healthy lifestyle, and good genes, for her ageless beauty. Her philosophy is simple.
“Simply less is more. You do everything you can just to keep yourself up and step up your game and be vital and look your best, but I do think that the fountain of youth is inside,” she told TODAY. “Beauty has to be wedded to something deeper.”
The universal truth, per Smith, is that “we all age. We all go through different stages. I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I’ve never touched a drug. That is the truth. I eat low-fat. I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. I do eat meat. I am not going to give up a hamburger and pizza. I don’t overindulge in candy.”
Sure, but staying away from sweets won’t give us Smith’s creamy complexion. Here are her secrets.
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Queen Helene Hair Conditioning Cream $5.22 $7.49 Amazon $5.22 Walmart She gives her glorious hair the VIP treatment. “I like an old-fashioned cream in a tub called Cholesterol. You put in on your hair and you put on a heat cap. It revitalizes it,” she said. “I use Malibu C on my hair. It takes deposits out.” (The full name of the product is Queen Helene Cholesterol Hair Conditioning Cream .)
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Not Just Smoke And Mirrors: 9 Women Shaping The $16.9B Cannabis Industry
@cannaclusive When the 2018 Farm Bill passed, making hemp and CBD legal (so long as it contains less than 0.3% THC by weight), explosive consumer growth followed. According to a study by Eaze , first-time cannabis users increased by 140%, and women, with an estimated $40 trillion in global consumer spending under their control, made up 38% of all cannabis users in the United States.
This has created a gold rush of companies infusing CBD into products targeted at female consumers, like sunscreen, lipgloss and lubricant with aphrodisiac properties. But it’s also opened up a pathway for ancillary businesses across the supply chain, point of sale, wellness, venture capital and technology. And, interestingly, many of the power players behind these companies are women.
Here are 9 female entrepreneurs that are shaping the future of the $16.9B cannabis industry .
Enterprise Resource Planning: Jessica Billingsley, CEO of MJ Freeway
Jessica Billingsley, CEO of MJ Freeway
Billingsley started in cannabis by investing in a Colorado dispensary, which introduced her to the lack of software designed for growers to efficiently scale their businesses. She created MJ Freeway’s seed-to-sale technology, allowing cannabis manufacturers to track their data and business analytics so they can scale.
Billingsley’s enterprise resource planning software helps growers control expenses, track their compliance requirements, maximize their profits and increase yield. They also offer consulting services across compliance, go-to-market strategy, customer acquisition and retention and data analysis.
With 9 years in the cannabis industry and over 2,000 clients in Australia, Canada, Europe, South America, Switzerland and 23 states in the United States, MJ Freeway has tracked more than $13B in sales. They have seen a 226% increase in revenue over three years and raised a $10M Series C round, led by Batu Capital Investments, in September of 2018.
Production and Dispensing: Beth Stravola, Chief Strategy Officer of iAnthus
Beth Stravola, Chief Strategy Officer of iAnthus
CBD for Life Stravola is a former Wall Street executive turned serial entrepreneur who has founded multiple cannabis brands, including Stavola Medical Marijuana Holdings, Health for Life Inc., GreenMart of Nevada, GreenMart of Maryland, Elemental Health Group of Pennsylvania, and CBD For Life. With a footprint on both the East and West Coast, many of Stravola’s companies were acquired by MPX Bioceutical Corporation of Canada in a package deal for $25M. The acquisition of MPX, where Stravola was acqui-hired into the COO role, by iAnthus was reportedly to gain access to Stravola’s expansive cannabis properties and to her talent. The combined company now has 64 retail locations and 15 cultivation and processing facilities operating in 11 states and reaching over 121 million potential customers.
Stravola has been named the 3rd on Cannabis Business Executive’s list of the 75 Most Important Women in Cannabis .
Venture Capital: Emily Paxhia, Poseidon Asset Management
Emily Paxhia, Managing Partner of Poseidon
Courtesy of Poseidon Asset Management With her roots in psychology, brand strategy and user research, Paxhia brings a discerning eye to and keen sense for product-market fit to Poseidon Asset Management — a cannabis-focused investment fund she co-founded with her brother. With 25 cannabis-focused portfolio companies across AgTech (agricultural technology), machine learning, compliance and industrial hemp, Paxhia’s fund is one of the most well-diversified funds in the cannabis industry. In part because of their focus on industrial hemp as a building material.
Compared to cotton, hemp requires 50% less water and land to yield the same crop as cotton and, annually, an acre of hemp can produce as much paper as four acres of trees. Paxhia is making strategic investments in hemp as an industrial building material, which is an intelligent strategy given the plant’s strength compared to steel and sustainability compared to fiberglass. Paxhia also has served on the Board of Directors of the Marijuana Policy Project and currently serves on the Board of Athletes for CARE.
Venture Capital: Tahira Rehmatullah, Managing Director of Hypur Ventures
Tahira Rehmatullah, Managing Director of Hypur Ventures
Courtesy of Hypur Ventures Tahira Rehmatullah got her start in cannabis after attending Yale Business School when she watched her grandfather battle with cancer. As an investment manager at Privateer, a cannabis-focused private equity firm, she helped launch Marley Natural — the cannabis brand and advocacy group backed by Bob Marley’s estate — and went on to become the brand’s General Manager.
She is now the Managing Director at cannabis investment fund, Hypur Ventures. Hypur Ventures is one of the few sector-specific cannabis investors and has been investing in the cannabis industry since 2012. They are focused on cannabis categories like cultivation, distribution, retail, brands, genetics and technology that create long-term value across the industry’s supply chain. In March of this year, they launched a second fund — $500M to put toward new cannabis businesses .
Rehmatullah also sits on the Board of Directors for DOPE Media, which was acquired by High Times Holding Co ., the parent company of the 45-year old marijuana magazine, in September of 2018 for $11.2M.
Media and Community Advocacy: Tahirah Hairston, Co-Founder of The High Ends
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Getty Tahirah Hairston is a writer and editor with a storied career working for media brands like New York Magazine, Lenny Letter, where she was the deputy editor, and now Teen Vogue, where she covers fashion and beauty features. Hairston is the co-founder of The High Ends , a media company and community for women, particularly women of color, to express themselves and share their stories about their experiences with cannabis culture.
Hairston also highlights stories about women working to legalize cannabis and rectify the contradiction between the huge influx of investment into the cannabis industry against the number of African American people who are still incarcerated from the War on Drugs. With The High Ends, Hairston aims to create a safe space to have interesting cultural conversations, but also to actively rectify the glaring injustice inherent in the industry.
Inclusive Brand Development: Mary Pryor, Co-Founder of Cannaclusive
Mary Pryor, co-founder of Cannaclusive
Courtesy of Cannaclusive Mary Pryor is the co-founder of Cannaclusive, a collective focused on inclusion in cannabis brands and media. As a woman living with Crohn’s Disease, Pryor moved from New York to Los Angeles to access legal marijuana as a way to mitigate pain. After attending a number of cannabis events in LA, she and her co-founders, Tonya Flash and Charlese Antoinette, saw very little representation of people of color. The irony that African Americans shaped the American zeitgeist of cannabis culture, often at the cost of incarceration, was not lost on them.
Pryor, Flash and Antoinette launched Cannaclusive to facilitate fair representation of underrepresented cannabis consumers. They offer consulting services across investment strategy, personal brand-building, PR and journalism. They also offer stock photography and content creation to support inclusive storytelling more broadly. This ensures that underrepresented consumers are being represented in the media and integrated into emerging cannabis brands’ core strategy as a valued ally in the fight for legalization and destigmatization.
Health and Wellness: Shannon Lee, CEO of the Bruce Lee Family Company
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Getty Shannon Lee, daughter of the iconic martial artist, philosopher and actor, Bruce Lee, is the CEO of the Bruce Lee Family Company and chairperson of Bruce Lee Beverages. Before fancy supplements and bio-hacking were even a thing, Bruce Lee was experimenting with food, nutrition and herbal remedies to optimize his intense workout routines and maximize his physical performance. With the legalization of CBD in markets across the U.S., Lee is continuing her father’s legacy by collaborating on a unique CBD oil that is rooted in her father’s famous dedication to purity and human performance.
In January, Bruce Lee Beverages signed an agreement with Vitalibis , a wellness brand that makes full-spectrum CBD products. Together, Vitalibis and Bruce Lee Beverages will launch a proprietary CBD oil with natural herbs and ingredients inspired by Bruce Lee’s personal nutrition and wellness practice.
Health and Wellness: Whoopi Goldberg, Co-Founder of Whoopi & Maya
Whoopi Goldberg and Maya Elisabeth, co-founders or Whoopi & Maya
Timothy White Copyright 2016 Beloved actress and talk-show host, Whoopi Goldberg, is no stranger to speaking her mind — and that includes advocating for the therapeutic use of medical cannabis to mitigate pain. After experiencing the therapeutic properties of cannabis to alleviate menstrual cramps, Whoopi sought out a partner to create and launch a cannabinoid product focused on women’s pain relief.
This led her to Maya Elisabeth, CEO of OmEdibles and three-time winner of the Cannabis Cup, who co-founded Whoopi & Maya with Goldberg in 2015. Since then, they have grown from a staff of four people to 18 people and provide products designed to help women mitigate pain to partners in California and Colorado.
Lifestyle Accessories: Whitney Beatty, CEO of Apothecarry
Whitney Beatty, CEO of Apothecarry
Courtesy of Apothecarry Whitney Beatty was a successful entertainment executive working at Warner Bros. when she was diagnosed with crippling anxiety that sent her to the emergency room twice-over, fearing a heart attack. As she began to use medical marijuana to regulate her anxiety, she realized that storage options for cannabis that controlled humidity and looked stylish weren’t on the market. Apothecarry was born as a solution to the shoebox, redefining the image of cannabis users as consumers who are no longer hiding their stash in the proverbial closet.
Since the launch in 2015, Apothecarry’s luxury cannabis humidor has been featured in The Hollywood Reporter, Forbes , Entrepreneur and LA Weekly. Apothecarry was also selected for the first cohort of Canopy San Diego cannabis business accelerator and won the Arcview Group’s 2017 Los Angeles Pitch Prize.
Capital – The fatalistic phrase that every culture has
Sometimes in life, bad stuff happens – you’re stuck in traffic and late for work, you lose your wallet or you dent your car door.
Many people would approach these situations by blowing up, shouting obscenities and devoting all their energy to finding a way out of the situation. But in Japan, it might be more likely to be met by a ubiquitous phrase with a different meaning: shou ga nai .
This phrase, or a more formal variant, shikata ga nai , is often used in common situations that are generally negative but leave you no alternative but to get over it. Its loose English translation is “it can’t be helped”.
Rochelle Kopp, a consultant who helps Japanese and non-Japanese companies communicate better, has dealt with the phrase plenty of times.
When working with Japanese companies, “someone I have been working with will be rotated at short notice, often with very poor timing,” she says. The response? Shou ga nai. “I realise that my likelihood of ever changing it is the same as the likelihood of my stopping the earth turning.”
In such situations, she feels that “from my American cultural perspective, it sounded like people were giving up just when I thought that they should be putting up a fight.”
But this phrase isn’t a cultural concept unique to Japan. Rather, it expresses a universal sentiment, says Miyako Inoue, an associate professor of anthropology at Stanford University.
“In everyday life in America, for example, I hear people expressing the same sentiment… ‘What is done is done,’, ‘Let it go and move on,’,” she says.
This phrase – and the sentiment behind it – raises some interesting questions. Is there something useful about the meaning of phrases like shou ga nai? Is there anything freeing about accepting frustrating situations, rather than trying to constantly fight them?
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A universal concept?
There are phrases similar to shou ga nai in cultures across the world. In English, for example, we have “It is what it is”. “C’est la vie” is somewhat similar in French. Iceland’s “þetta reddast” (which loosely translates to “it’ll all work out” ), too, is in a similar vein.
Each can have unique nuances and contexts within their cultures. But one thing they have a bit in common is the feeling of resignation – knowing when to accept fate rather than struggle against the status quo.
Some studies show that accepting bad things that happen can help reduce anxiety, though. For example, a 2017 study from the University of Toronto and the University of California, Berkeley “found that people who habitually accept their negative emotions experience fewer negative emotions , which adds up to better psychological health”.
Accepting a bad situation is the sort of “cognitive reframing” that can be beneficial, says Iris Mauss, associate professor of psychology who worked on the Berkeley study.
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“If you’re good at thinking of those [stressful daily] events in a way that minimises their emotional impact on average, you do better in terms of your wellbeing,” she says. When you learn to let go, “you feel more at peace, and you put your resources and efforts into changing situations that you can actually change.”
It might be worth stepping back in frustrating situations and asking yourself: what am I actually getting stressed about? Can I change it? If I can’t – why is it worth getting stressed over in the first place? And could this be an effective strategy to deal with frustration?
The experts say it depends on the situation.
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If it’s a one-off event with little consequence, then it’s a good strategy. But “when it’s a systemic problem – like you have a terrible boss that yells at you and demeans you, or a relationship partner who is abusive – these are cases where you maybe need to find a way to eliminate the structural problem,” says Stephanie Preston, a psychology professor at the University of Michigan.
The sentiment in these fatalistic phrases might be similar to a phenomenon called social defeat, she says. It’s often explored with experiments in mice. A small mouse is put in a cage with larger, more aggressive mice, and the smaller mouse acquires an almost learned helplessness. After a territorial, maybe violent confrontation with the bigger mice, the smaller mouse often shows depression-like behaviour, resigning itself to the apparent social order in the cage .
The good news is that humans can in many cases take action to get out of a systemically bad situation: quitting a toxic job, or leaving a toxic partner.
Still, it’s all about context. Some systemic situations might call for resistance and change – Preston points out this is how big social revolutions can start – but what about the more day-to-day stuff, like a slow-moving traffic jam? Sometimes it’s just better to shrug and say something like “shou ga nai”.
A sense of resignation also leads into some deeper understanding of yourself, and knowing your limits – Sachi Inoue
“People use those coping mechanisms [because] it’s easier than holding on and trying hard in stressful situations,” says Sachi Inoue, a psychoanalyst who runs a private practice in Berkeley and is a director of an adult outpatient clinic in San Francisco. “A sense of resignation also leads into some deeper understanding of yourself, and knowing your limits: a unique human ability, and that’s very important to maintaining feeling OK.” That’s why a phrase like “shou ga nai” can be used in both bad and good ways, she says.
Writing for GaijinPot, a popular site geared toward expats in Japan, Japanese language teacher Yumi Nakata addresses the “beauty and burden” of the phrase . She talks about seeing her salaryman father come home after long working hours and then using the phrase, but as she’s grown older her perspective shifted.
“Although there are many things that we cannot control, we are in control of our responses,” she writes. “I used to reject the ‘shikata ga nai’ attitude entirely, but now I do embrace it and say this to simply control my natural responses to the unfairness/discomfort of life itself.”
Something to keep in mind the next time you’re in an especially frustrating and slow-moving queue .
Bryan Lufkin is BBC Capital’s features writer. Follow him on Twitter @ bryan_lufkin .
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