Steve Irwin’s Beautiful Family Honors His Legacy at the Australia Zoo

Terri, Bindi, and Robert Irwin celebrated Steve Irwin Day at the Australia Zoo in Queensland on Wednesday. The late conservationist and TV personality, who passed away in September 2006, was honored by zoo staff, guests, and country singer Troy Cassar-Daley, who were all asked to wear beige in a nod to Steve’s signature khaki uniform. Steve’s wife, Terri, now owns the zoo and was all smiles while posing with her kids, 19-year-old Bindi and 13-year-old Robert, who is clearly the spitting image of his dad.

Bindi tweeted out about the exciting event on Tuesday, writing, «Today we remember all that Dad achieved for wildlife [and] wild places around the world,» adding, «He taught me that we must all treat animals the way we wish to be treated. I think that his advice applies to both animals and people. Be kind. In every part of life.»

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Zenith’s Modern Legacy

“The Swiss watchmaking industry is very traditional, which is very good in one way,” Julien Tornare, CEO of Zenith Watches explains. “But on the other hand, tradition can live only if there is something new going on—only if we build on it through the future.”

For a brand with 152 years of rich history, Zenith continues to strive towards keeping things fresh and innovative. “I strongly believe that a brand like Zenith can only live as a brand if we project ourselves into the future,” Tornare says. “And how does one do that while still respecting your DNA and what you’ve done in the past?” The formula to success, he says, includes staying in line with your history. The Defy Lab and Defy El Primero 21 are two of the company’s newest releases, and stylistically they rank high amongst the modern designs of today. Yet their technicalities—including the Defy Lab’s premiere oscillator—outdo even their own expectations.

Granted, Tornare is relatively new to the legacy brand. It was just this past spring that he was tapped by Head of Watchmaking at LVMH Jean-Claude Biver to lead the company, and ever since Tornare has made it his mission to awaken what he saw as a “sleeping beauty.” The opportunity to take the company forward, he explains, was one he simply couldn’t pass up. “This was the kind of project I was looking for.” And given their success as of late, Tornare is adamant about staying true to the Zenith brand. “We’ll follow our path,” he says.

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10 Ways You Can Honor Grace Kelly’s Hollywood and Royal Legacy This Halloween

It’s been 35 years since the world said goodbye to Grace Kelly, but she still remains one of the biggest pop culture figures of our time. Not only did she leave behind an incredible Hollywood legacy with her countless feature films, but she was also the epitome of, well, grace when she became part of Monaco’s royal family. And what better way to pay homage to the princess than by dressing up as her for Halloween? See some of her most iconic looks ahead for inspiration.

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The Morning Briefing: If We Survive It, This Will Be The Legacy of Donald Trump

Hell of a weekend in politics, folks. If you want a short summary of it, here’s the lead on Peter Baker’s NYTimes op-ed this morning:

Over the course of just 17 hours this weekend, President Trump assailed John McCain, Chuck Schumer, Stephen Curry, the National Football League, Roger Goodell, Iran and Kim Jong-un — the «Little Rocket Man.» And that was on his day off.

In the last 36 hours, the man has tweeted about sports or individual sports players 13 times, while he has not mentioned Puerto Rico, which has no electricity and is suffering a massive humanitarian crisis (my favorite Twitter response to that this weekend was from some numbskull who was like, «Trump is the President of AMERICA, not Puerto Rico.» That about sums up the Trump base).

Speaking of the Trump base, there’s at least one sport that Donald Trump is suddenly a fan of:

The approval rating of a Manhattan billionaire among NASCAR fans is probably like 80 percent. Only in America, folks. And if you’re wondering how many Black NASCAR drivers there are, let me save you a Google search. As of 2014, there were three. No, not three NOW. Three total. Ever. In fact, if you ask Google how many Black NASCAR drivers there are, it autocompletes to «How many Black NASCAR drivers have there ever been

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Anyway, for those keeping a running tab on such things, I’m not going to go through every NFL team and highlight who kneeled, who linked arms, and who didn’t, but there were a lot — check out the Google images. Almost every organization came out against Trump (noticeably absent, Jerry Jones and the fucking Dallas Cowboys, plus the Bengals put out a shitty statement about how politics needs to stay out of sports). In Denver, 32 players took a knee, so no, Donald Trump. It wasn’t a «small percentage.»

Although, white guy? Whaddya doing? I mean, appreciate you giving your colleague there a hand of support, but if you’re going stand, go to the standing section, dude?


I do wish more white players would have knelt (there weren’t a lot, although I know Travis Kelce did), but the solidarity was … nice, I guess. Everyone, at least, seemed to be united against Donald Trump (including Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and even Drew Brees who is on the far, far right of the political spectrum).

A lot of players spoke about the issue after the game, and I can’t even begin to round them all up, but Josh Norman was perhaps the most vocal, speaking about it for about 20 minutes after the Washington Redsk**s game.

«He’s supposed to be the President of America,» Norman said of Trump. «He’s supposed to be. Calls you out like that as a group? … I’m just telling you right now, this man is not welcome in Washington, D.C. He’s not. I hope he’s [not] gonna be around when I see him. He’s not welcome. I can say that to your face: He’s not welcome. You’re picking on the wrong people. Sorry man, but it’s just being honest. I mean, I respect the [office], I really do, but when it gets to that point, he’s talking about 1,800 men. Grown men. They’ve got families. … That right there needed to be addressed.»

Here’s Dolphins safety Michael Thomas, who makes this personal. Seriously, watch this, and think about how heartbreaking it is that the leader of our country is calling players sons of bitches for doing nothing more than asking for equality. This hurts:

You see that, and it hits you. Our country is being ran by George fucking Wallace, a man using the Presidential podium to reduce Black men. It’s unconscionable. Genuinely.

I did love this, however:

And this:

Trump has even provoked a response from the Washington Post Editorial Board:

So buckle in, folks. This issue is not going away. Donald Trump has decided to start another culture war. He’s not going to let it go. In fact, this was his most recent tweet this morning.

He’s doubling and tripling and quadrupling down. I don’t know who is advising him on this (no one, I suspect), I don’t know what the polling is (I don’t care), but nothing about this makes any goddamn sense except for this:

In a ten or 20 years, we’ll look back on the Trump presidency, and this is how he’ll be remembered: As a guy who tried to drive a wedge into our country. I hope that we continue to trend the way the NFL did yesterday, by united against him.

One final note that should not be lost: Kaep did this. All of this is because Colin Kaepernick decided last year to take a stand. He may never play in the NFL again, but history is going to judge him as a great civil rights leader one day. Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees will end up in the record books, but Colin Kaepernick will end up in our history books.



Why Aegon Targaryen’s 300-Year-Old Legacy Is So Important to Season 7 of Game of Thrones

Minor spoilers for Game of Thrones below!

If the second episode of Game of Thrones season seven is any indication, Daenerys Targaryen has a difficult road ahead of her. In «Stormborn,» the Mother of Dragons loses half of the Iron Fleet and Dorne’s support, as well as three of her trusted political advisers: Ellaria Sand and brother-sister duo Theon and Yara Greyjoy. Their uncle Euron Greyjoy’s brutal attack at sea put a major dent in the success Dany has seen so far, but is it enough to derail her reign entirely? A definitive answer to that question will remain a mystery until the show ends after season eight, but we can look to another member from Dany’s family tree whose rise to power greatly parallels her own: Aegon Targaryen.

Before Aegon conquered Westeros, it was divided into seven separate sections with seven individual kings: the North, the Riverlands, the Vale, the Westlands, the Stormlands, the Reach, and Dorne. Aegon unified all of the kingdoms but Dorne (which was later conquered by one of his descendants) and ruled over all of them as King. In fact, he’s responsible for building the Iron Throne, which he made by using dragonfire to melt the swords of his defeated enemies. As you can see, despite Euron’s crushing blow to Dany’s forces in «Stormborn,» Aegon’s track record is more than enough proof that she can still come back from this. Here’s what you need to know about how he ended up ruling over Westeros.

His Notable Wins and Losses

Three-hundred years before Dany, Aegon, and his wives Visenya and Rhaenys (who also happened to be his sisters), as well as his three dragons — Balerion, Vhagar, and Meraxes — set out to conquer Westeros, and like his ancient ancestor Daenerys, he also suffered a crippling defeat at sea. When Aegon sent a large fleet of ships to the Vale, the Arryns were able to send some ships of their own to take down Aegon’s forces off the coast of Gulltown. Sure, Aegon had dragons on his side, but water prevailed over fire in the first half of the sea-based scuffle, and he lost a massive amount of his fleet. Fortunately, Visenya took matters into her own hands and flew over the remaining Arryn ships with her dragon Vhagar, burning them to ash and taking back some control for her brother-husband.

Another memorable near-loss came in the Stormlands. The battle, known as The Last Storm, went down during a massive storm (surprise, surprise), which left Rhaenys’s dragon, Meraxes, unable to fly. Luckily, the harsh weather didn’t keep Meraxes from lighting up a ton of the opposing forces from the ground, which eventually helped Aegon take the region.

After the destruction in the Stormlands, Aegon regained his footing in the Field of Fire battle, which saw his armies going up against the Lannisters and Gardeners (who later became the Tyrells) in the wheat fields near Blackwater. Since the only time Aegon and his dragons ever encountered trouble was in wet climates, the dry location of this battle tipped the odds in his favor. The Lannister-Gardener forces were set ablaze almost immediately, killing off scores of them and leaving others with near-fatal burns. A similar battle is teased in the season seven trailer, which shows one of Dany’s dragons charging across a burning field with the Dothraki toward what appears to be the Lannisters.

The battle that really showed off Aegon’s power, however, was his victory over Harrenhal. Lord Harren Hoare, who ruled over those lands, refused to surrender to Aegon despite his intimidating fleet of dragons and the threat of his entire family line being roasted alive. Since Aegon’s mercy was rebuffed, the Targaryen acted on his threat, killing all of the Hoare family and incinerating the castle at Harrenhal. The important thing to note is the fact Aegon offered mercy at all, which proved how adept he was at navigating the ups and downs of Westeros’s tangled political web.

Why He Still Matters

Aegon and Dany’s ruling styles are not identical, but they’re similar enough that it stands to reason the Dragon Queen could take a few notes out of Aegon’s playbook and clinch the Iron Throne. Despite the loss of two massive allies in Euron’s attack, Daenerys still has her three dragons, the Unsullied, the Dothraki, and the support of the Tyrells. If her army is able to take Casterly Rock from the Lannisters, she will likely win the support of many of the Lannister forces there who don’t like or want to fight for Cersei.

With Tyrion by Dany’s side, there’s enough political savvy between the two of them to succeed. Offering mercy is a trait Daenerys didn’t exactly display during her interactions with the slave owners in Meereen, but it’s one she’ll have to take on if she hopes to win over the nobles of Westeros with words, rather than taking it all by brute force, à la Cersei. Aegon paved the way for Dany, as long as she doesn’t let her temper get the best of her.

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Morning Briefing: Donald Trump’s Only Concern Continues to Be Erasing the Legacy of a Black Man

Donald Trump has no ideas. He has no solutions. He has one agenda, and that agenda is to undo as much Obama policy as he possibly can, and he is adamant about erasing Obama’s signature legislative achievement, Obamacare. It doesn’t matter how it’s done. It doesn’t matter if it makes things much, much worse. All that matters to Donald Trump is that the nation’s healthcare system does not contain the name «Obama.» That motherfucker cannot stand that.

Yesterday, two more Senators came out against Trumpcare, an atrocious, disastrous piece of legislation, the details of which Donald Trump barely understands. All he cares about is that it bears his name, and not the name of President Obama.

Trump got the news during a dinner in which he was wooing a group of Republican Senators who were already on his side. Apparently furious, he ran to Twitter and announced his plan to straight up repeal Obamacare.

Vice President Pence backed his plan.

This is not a good plan. Even in the remote chance that Donald Trump — whose popularity continues to wane by the day — can cobble together a few Democrats (ha!) to enact a replacement in two years, the minute that the Obamacare repeal is passed, the insurance markets will succumb to the chaos of uncertainty. Fans will be drenched in shit. Individual insurance markets will tumble; employer-based plans will be affected. The insurance industry will crater.

Trump doesn’t care about that. All he cares about is erasing Obama’s name from the history books.

I think many Republicans understand a full repeal without a replacement is a bad idea and when Trump is already calling out a «few Republicans,» how in God’s name does he expect to get their support for a repeal? Which is why, by this morning, Trump had already changed his tune:

«As I have always said,» except for what I said 12 hours ago. Bitch.

This plan is even worse than a immediate repeal, because it will slowly bleed the healthcare system to death, and leave Congress helpless to stop it. It would be a goddamn trainwreck. Trump will probably stop making Obamacare payments to the insurance companies; people would begin to lose their insurance in the middle of their cancer treatments. Trump is not going to let Obamacare «fail»; he wants to force Obamacare’s failure.

Trump is a nasty fucking dude with only one goal in mind: Destroy what Obama meticulously pieced together instead of improving it, which would actually be the easy thing to do. Democrats and a handful of moderate Republicans like Susan Collins and Dean Heller could easily get him to 50 votes with a plan to simply stabilize Obamacare and increase funding. It’s the best solution. It would make most of Trump’s own base happy.


Except for that one little thing: It would continue to bear Obama’s name. And Donald Trump cannot bear to have that. He would never sign a piece of legislation that could even remotely be seen as a victory for Obama. He’s acting not out of the best interests for this country, but out of spite. Out of racism. Out of the concern that a black man is more popular than he will ever be, and out of a fear that someone else came up with a better solution than he did.

Donald Trump is a classless, insecure, petty vindictive racist little man. Fuck him. Fight the power.


Legendary New Jack Swing Producer Teddy Riley on His Legacy, Making Sexy Music for Women, and K-Pop

Teddy Riley has made some of the most important American music in history. As a producer, the Harlem-born icon invented the genre of New Jack Swing, a layered and vibrant sound that fused rap and R&B so creatively that classics in his oeuvre—Heavy D & the Boyz’s “Now That We Found Love,” Keith Sweat’s “I Want Her,”…

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William and Harry Honor 20 Young People Who Have Carried On Diana’s Legacy

Prince William and Prince Harry paid special tribute to Princess Diana during a ceremony at St. James’s Palace on Thursday. The brothers presented the first Legacy Awards for the Diana Award youth charity, the only nonprofit organization in her name. In honor of the upcoming 20th anniversary of her death, the awards were given to 20 people who have carried out her legacy through their various organizations. «We are so glad our mother’s name is being put to good use through The Diana Award,» William said during the event.

This also isn’t the only way the brothers have honored her memory recently. Aside from carrying on her traditions in both their personal and professional lives, the two are commissioning a statue of their mother in the public gardens of Kensington Palace (Diana’s former home).

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‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ Looks at a Dark Legacy of Deceit, Ignorance, and Grief

Almost exactly seven years ago, I posted a review of the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on my now abandoned blog as part of the Cannonball Read. It was a review that Pajiba would pick up, and was part of my very early days of writing for the site. Rebecca Skloot’s book walked the line between telling the story of all the amazing things that have been accomplished with the HeLa cell line, and telling the story of Henrietta’s family, who were kept in the dark about her contribution, lied to when Hopkins came to take their blood to isolate HeLa genetic markers, and pushed aside when they tried to learn about her legacy.

The HBO film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne focuses almost entirely on Henrietta’s family and Skloot’s work with them to investigate Henrietta’s life. The scientific advancements made possible by the cells are mentioned sometimes, but this is a movie about a woman who wants to write a scientific history, and a grieving, distrustful family who wants to learn more about the woman they lost and how those two goals collided. The edges of the Lacks family are left intact, with Oprah playing both Deborah Lacks’s deep desire to know and understand what happened to her mother alongside her scientific ignorance and tendency towards paranoid accusations of Skloot. Reg E. Cathay brings menace to the ex-felon Zakariyya even as he’s meeting a researcher at Hopkins eager to show the Lacks children their mother’s cells and what they’ve done. The story of Elsie Lacks, another sister who died in the Crownsville insane asylum in the 1950s, is also included.

It’s hard to watch, at times. This is a family that has been deeply hurt not just by the loss of their mother at a young age, but by the ongoing refusal of the scientific community to engage with them about her contributions. Deborah has been piecing together anything she can find about genetic research, resulting in a mountain of material that includes the novel Jurassic Park as well as a tabloid cover story about an «immortal woman.» Deborah and her siblings had blood taken from them by researchers from Johns Hopkins and were told they were being tested for the kind of cancer that killed their mother. They were not, the researchers were merely looking for genetic information so they could better identify HeLa cells that had contaminated other experiments. Almost all the Lacks children have various health problems that involve expensive treatment and medication, but none of them have seen a dime from the sale of their mother’s cells, or any kind of medical assistance from Hopkins in honor of her contribution. A contribution that Henrietta never consented to, or knew that she was making. Before Skloot came along to write her book, they were conned by a man who said he could get them millions from Hopkins, who later ended up suing all the Lacks children. The fact that Skloot has an easier time getting meetings with the doctors who were involved in Henrietta’s treatment than Henrietta’s family is commented upon several times. It is clear that Deborah Lacks is comfortable using Rebecca to get information that would not be given to her otherwise, while Rebecca is using Deborah to fill in the family history for her book. Their relationship is mostly friendly, but does become strained by the fact that their goals are occasionally at odds with each other.

I’ve seen some complaints that the film didn’t focus on the good work that the HeLa cells have contributed to, but there’s a reason for that; we know all about the scientific advancements, and Skloot rattles off more than a few of them through the movie. It’s mentioned. But that advancement came at a cost and it’s important to look at that too. Especially now, with companies offering to test your DNA to find out your ancestry, or your genetic predisposition to disease, for a fee. What parts of yourself do you own? What are you giving away by sending in cheek swabs, or even donating blood? Should the provider of genetic material or their families share in the profits made when that material is used in developing drugs or treatments? How do you balance the good done worldwide by the polio vaccine, the AIDS cocktail, or all the other advancements brought by the HeLa cells against one family’s pain? I don’t know enough to answer those questions, and the movie doesn’t provide hard answers either. But it makes you look at it, and it makes you think about it, and if we can get the conversation started then maybe we can find the answers along the way.

With the publication of the book, Rebecca Skloot established the Henrietta Lacks Foundation, which provides grants for «individuals who have made important contributions to scientific research without personally benefitting from those contributions, particularly those used in research without their knowledge or consent.» That is extended to their families. The foundation has given grants to members of the Lacks family, from money to go to nursing school to funds for cataract surgery. They welcome donations to support their mission.


Explore a Luxury Italian Design Company’s Legacy

Luxury furniture design company B&B Italia releases its first-ever documentary film today, B&B Italia: Poetry in Shape by director Didi Gnocchi. The film explores the history of the brand through a series of interviews with architectural and design icons such as Renzo Piano, Antonio Citterio, Vincent Van Duysen and more. The documentary also delves into the life of the brand’s founder, Piero Ambrogio Busnelli, and is narrated by his son, Giorgio Busnelli. The narrative covers Busnelli’s entrepreneurial journey and quest for innovation and aesthetic solutions. Get a sneak peek at the film below. 

Watch the full film here.

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