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We get it. We can barely keep up with the onslaught of information ourselves. That being said, it’s our mission to keep readers in the know, which is why we’ve combed through it all, distilled it to its essence, and dispensed it into easily digestible tidbits. Want to be the most knowledgeable culture savant in your group of friends? Then check back every Sunday for what you’ve missed in the world of culture, celebrities, and fashion.

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Meghan Markle Speaks Out About Voting

Remember that awful moment when Fox News personality Laura Ingraham responded to an interview where LeBron James made political statements by telling the NBA All-Star to, “shut up and dribble”? It was the vile sound byte heard ‘round the world. 

In a similar vein, Meghan Markle teamed up with When We All Vote, and gave a speech in which she said, “If you aren’t going out there and voting, then you’re complicit. If you’re complacent, you’re complicit… In the fraught moment that we find our nation, exercising your right to vote isn’t simply being part of a solution, it’s being part of a legacy.” 

She was immediately met with derision by television talking heads like Piers Morgan, who said she shouldn’t “spout off about foreign elections in such a brazenly partisan way” and subsequently called for her to relinquish her royal title. Markle’s supporters immediately came to her defense, pointing out that she is American and a major public figure, and has every right to speak up about political issues. British historian and author Kate Williams got the final word, saying, “If those attacking #Meghan this morning actually WATCHED the video, they’d see she’s simply telling people to vote and take the election seriously. Yes we can all guess who she supports, but does she say it? No. Any excuse to tear her apart.”

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Britney Spears Wants Out of Her Conservatorship

For 12 years, Britney Spears has not been in legal control of her life or finances. Instead, the duty to maintain the pop star’s life has fallen to her father Jamie Spears. Conservatorships are extremely complicated legal guardianships. No one’s life is just handed over to someone else without due process and plenty of evidence that the guardianship is needed and necessary. Spears, after suffering severe mental breakdowns in the early 2000s, underwent conservatorship in 2008. 

In response to the conservatorship, a #FreeBritney movement began in 2009. It has popped up throughout the years. In fact, last year, it reared its head on social media after claims were made that Spears was being held against her will in a mental health facility (she wasn’t). There is evidence to show that the rumor was started by her predatory ex-manager Sam Lutfi, against whom she has a restraining order. The #FreeBritney movement has often done more harm than good. After a recent Zoom hearing was crashed by #FreeBritney protesters, the judge’s decision in the case was delayed. Spears is seeking to end her conservatorship, but the judge eventually decreed that it will be extended until February 2021.

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Chanel Partners With Deauville American Film Festival

For the second year in a row, Chanel is partnering with the Deauville American Film Festival. Deauville, a charming commune in France, has special historical significance for the house. It was here that Mademoiselle Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel opened a hat shop in 1912, and where she once observed the jersey material worn by fishermen at the harbor and decided to make it a cornerstone fabric of her collections. The 46th annual Deauville American Film Festival will be held from September 4 to 13, 2020, and will be presenting films from the Cannes and Annecy film festivals as well as its own selection.

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Zuhair Murad Launches #RiseFromTheAshes T-Shirt

In order to raise support for relief efforts after a horrific explosion devastated Beirut, Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad has launched a global T-shirt campaign. The effort has seen celebrities rally around to help. Murad’s #RiseFromTheAshes tees have already been seen on Sofia Vergara, Alessandra Ambrosio, Jennifer Lopez, Courteney Cox, and Shanina Shaik, so far. To lend your support, you can visit the campaign webpage and purchase the iconic #RiseFromTheAshes T-shirt here. Both unisex and men’s styles are currently available. 100% of the net proceeds will go to Offrejoie.

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Hussein Bazaza Raises Funds For Children's Cancer Center of Lebanon

The Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon (CCCL) was severely impacted by the blast in Beirut. As if their lives weren’t already hard enough, little ones suffering from cancer were forced to transfer to other hospitals, and are in dire need of support at this time. Lebanese designer Hussein Bazaza answered the call. Although he himself encountered the devastation of his own atelier, Bazaza has been working to help the CCCL. All profits of the Hussein Bazaza ‘ARCHIVES PROJECT VOL.1’ collection purchased during the remainder of the month of August and until October 2020 will be donated to CCCL. You can shop this heartfelt initiative by visiting husseinbazaza.com.

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UAE Hair Stylists Contribute to Beirut

Before you make a booking to freshen your color or get a much-needed trim at your regular salon, consider making your next appointment really count. Some of the best hair stylists and educators in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are joining forces to raise funds for the people of Lebanon via Emirates Red Crescent and Lebanese Red Cross.

L’Oreal International Ambassador Natalie Kasses has coordinated the event, which will take place at the L’Oreal Academy and the EIDEAL Academy. In a statement, Kasses said, “The initiative came together from a community desire to take action and help the people of Beirut during this hardship.” The event will last between August 28 and 31st, and a wash/cut/blow dry with any stylist will be AED 315. Meanwhile, a basic wash/blow-dry will be AED 105. Appointments must be pre-booked, so please call (+971) 058 591 7577 today to secure your spot.

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