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Game Changers: David Oyelowo reflects on how his impromptu role in #OscarsSoWhite forced Hollywood to act

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Playing Martin Luther King Jr. in 2014’s Selma — the first major motion picture biography of the late civil rights hero — was not the first time David Oyelowo made history.

In 2001, the Oxford native played King Henry VI onstage for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s This Is England: The Histories series.

“I didn’t know this at the time, but I was the first Black person to play a king at the Royal Shakespeare Company in its history,” Oyelowo, 45, told Yahoo Entertainment in our latest episode of Game Changers (watch above). “And that sort of garnered a lot of attention, and shone a light on some of the representation issues here in the U.K.”

Oyelowo went on to make waves onscreen, appearing in such films as The Last King of Scotland (2006), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Jack Reacher (2012) and The Butler (2013).

But it was the Ava DuVernay-directed Selma, which tracked the 1965 marches to Montgomery seeking equal voting rights, that really changed the game for the actor.

“Being of Nigerian descent, born in the U.K. — playing a character of that stature, that nature or that fame was not something I anticipated,” Oyelowo says. “It was huge.”

David Oyelowo in ‘Selma’ (Photo: Paramount)

Selma created much, became a box-office success and was hailed by critics, but the film received only two Oscar nominations. Oyelowo’s snub was particularly egregious, and became an impetus for the #OscarsSoWhite social media movement that forced Hollywood to confront systemic discrimination.

“Inadvertently, unwittingly, myself, Ava DuVernay, the film, were sort of at the start of something that indisputably went about to bring about change,” says Oyelowo, who noted that following Selma‘s snubs at the 2015 Oscar nominations the following year wasn’t markedly different, featuring a “blindingly white” slate of nominees, as one headline put it.

“It was bloodily fought. That Academy did not want to, or certain factions in the Academy, did not want to yield to the notion of change. Thankfully we had someone like Cheryl Boone Isaacs as the president at the time and that change did come about.” (Isaacs made a priority of diversifying the Academy’s membership in the wake of #OscarsSoWhite.)

Oyelowo, who recently make his directorial debut with the multicultural coming-of-age adventure The Water Man, likened #OscarsSoWhite to the #BlackLivesMatter movement that has gained prominence following George Floyd’s murder and a national racial reckoning over the past year.

“So much of the change happening in the world right now, you just have to attribute it to what the internet has done by way of disseminating information,” he says. “Even the recent conviction of Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd, that just simply doesn’t happen if the public aren’t as aware as they were because the footage was there. Because social media is there. … People now have the veil lifted as to why the world we live in is the way it is.”

Videos produced by Jon San and edited by Luis Saenz

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Rosie O’Donnell Addresses Ellen DeGeneres’ Daytime TV Exit

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Rosie O’Donnell is giving her thoughts on Ellen DeGeneres‘ exit.

The 59-year-old former talk show host spoke out during an appearance on Sirius XM’s The Jess Cagle Show on Wednesday (June 23).

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During the conversation, Rosie said Ellen‘s exit might be more “complicated” than people may think.

“I have an understanding of the cycle of show business, and kind of what happens in people’s careers, and when enough is enough. Oftentimes people don’t know that. I think I have a good balance of both in my life, of the importance of both. And it’s hard to maintain. It’s hard to do, especially when you’re doing a show like that,” she said.

“I don’t think it was the ‘be kind’ thing that got her. I think that’s oversimplification. But it was a lot of things, and it was complicated, and I’m glad that she’s, you know, going to be finished and she can get some time to herself,” she continued.

“It’s a huge kind of strange thing to be on a show like that, and have all that attention on you. And she had it for like 19 years. So, you know, it’s a tough thing.”

Another talk show host had a much more shady reaction to the news.


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Dermalogica’s “Smart” Serum Responds To Exactly What Your Skin Needs

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if you’re anything like me, you deal with more than one skin concern at a time. I’ve got fine lines, PMS breakouts, dry spots and hyperpigmentation to deal with. How much depends on the day. (Thanks, 30s!) Luckily, Dermalogica’s Smart Response Serum is made just for that ever-changing skin. Unlike serums with just one or two active ingredients to target one issue, there are four actives that hydrate, brighten, soothe and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. All in one bottle.

Even better, Smart Response Serum understands what your skin needs before you do, taking a lot of the guesswork out of skincare. The brand calls it “SmartResponse” technology. It gets a little tech-y but basically, when your skin feels dehydrated, oligosaccharides from hydrolyzed beta-glucan kick in to deliver the hydration your skin is craving. Hydrolyzed wheat flour, rich in arabinoxylan-oligosaccharides (or AXOS) triggers to brighten and reduce the appearance of dark spots.

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There’s also antioxidant-rich Japanese Cornelia cherry to soothe redness and help skin fight free radicals, as well as plant-based mannose-6-phosphate to plump skin and fight the signs of aging, helping improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Phew! I told you this baby does a lot.

It’s hard to see drastic changes in just a few weeks with this type of skincare, that works to help prevent damage. But using it morning and night, my skin feels plumped and hydrated. Overall, it looks a lot brighter, too. My makeup is going on a lot easier on those dry spots and it’s calming irritation on my sensitive skin. I’ll definitely keep using it and being consistent so the ingredients have the proper time to do their magic.

It’s not cheap, but this four-in-one could replace some of your other skincare so you’ll use less overall. Grab Smart Response Serum now at Dermalogica and Sephora.

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Garmin Forerunner 55 launched in India; here are the features of the smartwatch

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The Garmin Forerunner 55 is a fitness-centric smartwatch with a heart rate sensor. The wearable is capable of tracking several exercises like running, swimming, cycling, and more.

Popular fitness accessories manufacturer Garmin has expanded its range of smartwatches in India today. The company has launched the Garmin Forerunner 55 wearable in the country. It is the brand’s one of the most affordable smartwatches in India. The wearable features built-in GPS and has a handful of sensors to provide tracking of various health and wellness metrics of the wearer. The Garmin Forerunner 55 has been designed by the company with beginners in mind. The device sports a lightweight and sleek design, and a handful of fitness tracking features.

Garmin Forerunner 55 features and specifications

Talking about the health-centric features first, the Garmin Forerunner 55 flaunts wrist-based heart rate monitoring. The device is capable of tracking your sleeping habits, respiration rate, stress monitoring, hydration levels, and more. The wearable comes with functions like the step counter, auto goals feature, measure burned calories, tracking distance travelled, and more. The smartwatch is also capable of tracking different activities such as running, treadmill running, indoor track running, swimming, cycling, and more.

As for the other features, the Garmin Forerunner 55 comes with a 1.04-inch circular colour display bearing 208 x 208 pixels resolution. The device has a sunlight-visible transflective MIP panel that’s protected by a layer of chemically strengthened glass. The wearable comes with 5ATM water-resistance and built-in GPS, and it is capable of recording 200 hours of activity data. The Bluetooth-enabled smartwatch is compatible with both iOS and Android devices. Lastly, the wearable is touted to provide up to 20 hours of use in GPS mode and up to two weeks in regular mode.

“Running has always been an integral part of fitness and healthy lifestyle and to boost this activity further, we are excited to bring ‘Forerunner 55’ for the runners of all levels. Forerunner series has always been the star series for us at Garmin. The introduction of the new Forerunner 55 adds another feather to it. The smartwatch is well equipped with features like built-in GPS, heart rate monitoring, race predictor, women’s health tracking, and a lot more to help the users in improving their lifestyle and overall wellbeing”, Ali Rizvi, Director, Garmin India commented on the launch.

Garmin Forerunner 55 features and specifications

The Garmin Forerunner 55 has been priced competitively at Rs 20,990. The wearable will be available to buy from e-commerce portals such as Amazon, Flipkart, Tata CLiQ, and Synergizer, apart from the company’s brand stores across the country. The smartwatch is being offered in Aqua, Black, and Monterra Grey colour variants.

If you are looking for a more affordable option in the smartwatch range from Garmin, then you can check out the Garmin Forerunner 45. The wearable is available in the country for Rs 15,990.

Where can I buy the Garmin Forerunner 55?
The Garmin Forerunner 55 budget fitness smartwatch will be available to buy from e-commerce portals such as Amazon, Flipkart, Tata CLiQ, and Synergizer, apart from the company’s brand stores across the country


What is the price of the Garmin Forerunner 55 smartwatch?
The Garmin Forerunner 55 smartwatch is priced competitively at Rs 20,990. The wearable is available to buy from online and offline stores.


What is the battery life of the Garmin Forerunner 55?
The Garmin Forerunner 55 is rated to provide 20 hours of usage in the GPS mode and two weeks in the regular mode.



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