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To Make P-Valley, Katori Hall Spent 6 Years Talking to Exotic Dancers. Here’s What She Learned.

That’s why it was so enlightening for me to watch these women on stage as I started my research for Pussy Valley. Dancing wasn’t about taking their clothes off. It was about putting together an amazing theatrical experience—they looked like superheroes flying around in the air. It felt like I was at Cirque du Soleil, not a strip club. Those images tattooed themselves on my mind. I saw strength, flexibility, and athleticism swirling around a metal pole. I was so inspired I started taking classes to get my twerk right. It sounds great in theory, but I fell off of the pole and got so dizzy I had to run out of the class. I was so nauseous, but it was an entry point: I was able to experience firsthand just how hard pole dancing is. These women make it look easy.

Hall on the set of STARZ’s P-Valley.

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In 2015, after six years of asking questions and making visits to more than 40 clubs across the country, I debuted a three-hour theater production of Pussy Valley in Minneapolis. At the time, my goal was to honor the struggles of these women. Eventually, though, I realized I wanted to see more. I wanted to explore life outside the club and meet the other people in their stories. I started developing what a TV series of the play could look like.

That took four years. Most people would have walked away from this odyssey, but I was so dedicated to telling these stories. I knew I was going to stick this out and see it to the end. I pitched P-Valley to a lot of streaming services and networks in Los Angeles, but I went with STARZ because it was important that I felt supported, both as a female showrunner and female showrunner of color. They were really into my vision of an unapologetic, honest, raw, in-depth exploration of strip club life.

When I started my career, I never could have dreamed that I’d do a TV show dedicated to the world of exotic dancing. But I’m also not surprised, because I walk in the world as a woman who loves women, who respects women, and who always wants to use her work to honor them. My mission statement in life as an artist is to continue providing nuanced portrayals of myself, whether it’s in theater or TV or film. I’m a young Black woman, and I’m dedicated to seeing other young Black women reflected in the mirror.

SHEIN Apologizes for Selling Swastika Necklace—But People Aren’t Buying It

“To our dear community,” the statement began alongside a crying emoji. “We made a gigantic mistake by selling a product that’s hurtful and offensive to many of you, and we’re so, so sorry.”

The brand then claimed it listed “a Buddhist swastika necklace,” though the statement recognizes “there’s simply no excuse for our lack of sensitivity in doing so.” The item was allegedly removed as soon as SHEIN “discovered” the mistake.

“The Buddhist symbol has stood for spirituality and good fortune for more than a thousand years, and has a different design than the Nazi swastika which stands for hate,” the statement continued. “But frankly, that doesn’t matter because we should’ve been more considerate of the symbol’s hurtful connotations to so many people around the world and we didn’t.” So…nobody thought about what the necklace would look like if it was simply flipped around? 

“The only thing we can do is profusely apologize and reassure you that we’re making major internal changes so this doesn’t happen again,” the statement continued, promising to establish a review board to approve products before they’re sold. “We will also cease the sale of any religious items on our site.”

“We know we have a lot of work to do to deserve the love and support you’ve shown us these last few years,” the apology concludes. “But please believe that we in no way support or condone racial, cultural and religious prejudice or hatred. We love all of you and hope you stay with us.”

As you can imagine, many had thoughts on this statement—which has garnered over 6,000 replies so far on Instagram alone, with many in the comments pointing out that the company could donate the profits from the necklace to anti-defamation organizations or Jewish charities. 

I’ll just leave these Twitter responses here…

CinemaBlend Is Giving Away Some Spectacular Star Wars Minimalist Prints

We’re giving away two prints, seen above, from the latest release from minimalist artist, S. Preston. Known for his officially licensed artwork for the MLB, S. Preston is excited to announce his latest release in the STAR WARS MINIMALIST series featuring iconic characters R2-D2, Boba Fett, and Darth Vader. You can find all of his prints on his site here, find him on Twitter here, and on Facebook here. We’re giving away a print of R2-D2 and a print of Darth Vader to one lucky winner. Interested in winning? Just enter your email below. We’ll select the winner at random on July 21st.

Lin-Manuel Miranda Reveals How Hamilton Changes Due To The Politics Of Each Era

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s comments on WIRED highlight how much Hamilton has pierced the pop culture lexicon, and what a conversation started the Tony Award winning musical continues to be. The show itself is consistent, but it changes based on what’s happening in the real world, as well as who is in the audience. While there’s no doubt countless example of this, Miranda specifically mentions one lyric from the song Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down) about immigrants that has gained more popularity as a result of current events.

Why Disney+’s Frozen II Documentary Doesn’t Include Any Deleted Scenes

I recently had a chance to speak with Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2 director Megan Harding about the process of creating the series. Since nobody knew where the movie itself was going, Harding and her team simply did their best trying to get the footage and the interviews that they thought would make for good stories, but that didn’t always happen. Sometimes threads that looked promising ended up going nowhere, but that meant that all the footage that had already been captured had no place in the final product.

Is Fast And Furious 9 Finally Going To Space?

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of… Dominic Toretto and his merry family of criminals? It sounds like that could be the honest truth, as what started as a joke about where F9, or any Fast and Furious sequel for that matter, could head to top the franchise’s already high bar of spectacle could become a very present reality. At least, that’s what Chris “Ludacris” Bridges seems to be suggesting, as he stoked the fires to this rather stellar possibility just recently.

Chicken Run Dealing With More Drama After Star Claims Sequel Is Ageist

It sounds like Julia Sawalha believes that, because the producers had already decided to re-cast Mel Gibson, they decided to simply do away with her as well, without even giving her adequate notice or a chance to show that she could still deliver the Ginger they wanted for the film. In her full post, she also said that the creative who got back to her after listening to her voice test admitted that she didn’t sound any older, and it’s clear that all of this really stings for Sawalha:

Blonde to Brown Hair Color: Everything You Need to Know

It’s not that reverting to a lighter shade is impossible, but it is challenging. After a brown dye job, going blonde again is considered a color correction: “It would involve color removal and a very long day at the salon, around eight hours, and there’s quite the price tag to go along with it,” Still says. (Color corrections typically start at $200 and go up from there.) “Also, the damage that will be done to your hair is not inconsiderable.”

If you can’t let go of having some light dimension in your hair, highlights or balayage are safer options than returning to platinum. Making another hair 180 is up to personal preference and finances. I, for one, won’t make the same mistake twice. Now that I’ve gone back to brunette, I’m staying on the dark side.

How to dye blonde hair brown at home

While most hairstylists always recommend heading to the salon for such a major change, keep in mind that if you’re not in the mood to drop a ton of cash or don’t feel safe going into a salon, you can dye your hair on your own. “Taking blonde hair to brunette at home can actually be significantly easier than trying to lighten your own hair,” says Clairol color consultant Jeremy Tardo. He adds that the most important thing to keep in mind is how damaged your hair is, and if it’s super damaged from bleaching, the color will be inconsistent so it’s better to head to a pro. But if you’re a dark blonde or your hair’s in good shape, you’re good to go at home.

1. Add the underlying pigments.

As I mentioned before, blonde hair is stripped of pigments that makes hair seem dark and rich. Tardo says it’s crucial to add these pigments back in before going dark so your new color isn’t dull or green-ish. He recommends using a copper color with an orange tone since it will fill in those red and yellow pigments (he likes Clairol Natural Instinct in Light Auburn). “I know that adding orange into your hair sounds scary, but this is a necessary part of the blonde to brown process and will also be done by any good salon colorist before taking a blonde to brunette,” he says.

Apply the “filler” color to your damp hair, so the absorption is more even from root to end. Follow the recommended process time for the dye, and shampoo and condition your hair.

2. Add the brown color

“Now that your hair has the natural underlying pigments of brunette hair, you can safely add your brown hair color,” says Tardo. “When I darken blonde hair, I always use demi-permanent brunette colors from lines like Clairol Natural Instincts. These colors do not contain ammonia, so they leave your hair shiny and healthy.” (Check out our guide on how to dye your hair at home for more helpful advice.)

3. Touch up

After rinsing, you might notice that some parts of your hair haven’t absorbed either the filler or brunette shade as much as the rest of your hair. No need to freak out, just touch up that section by adding color back into that area for a little longer. “When doing this, a good way to check for the necessary processing time is to wipe some of the color off of your hair with a wet towel,” says Tardo. “When the darkness matches the rest of your hair, go ahead and rinse the touch-up out.”

4. Maintain the shade

“Whenever previously lightened hair is first darkened, any color you put on it will fade easily,” says Tardo, but he notes that the more you continue to color it brown, the color will begin to stay longer each time. In the mean time, use shampoos and conditioners for color-treated hair, just as you would after leaving the salon.

Halie LeSavage is a fashion writer in New York City. Follow her @halielesavage.

Endgame’s Russo Brothers Respond To Anthony Mackie’s Call For More Diversity In The MCU

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has become a behemoth presence in the film world over the last decade and change of filmmaking. And while the MCU has become a well-oiled machine of hit movies, it hasn’t been without some missteps. The franchise has previously been criticized for largely featuring white men throughout its first two phases. And while Phase Three took some major steps forward in regards to inclusion, Anthony Mackie recently spoke to the need for diversity behind the camera. And now The Russo Brothers have responded to Mackie’s concerns.