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By JM McNab Published: April 02nd, 2020
For those of you still wondering, yes, Empire still comes on, and during last night’s episode, fans were told to “Get ready for the shocking final three episodes of Empire.” Deadline is reporting the episode that airs on April 21 will be the final one.
“The last completed episode before the coronavirus-imposed production shutdown, Episode 18, which is scheduled to air on April 21, is now set to be the premature end of Empire. To help create a more seamless overall ending, we hear this newly minted finale will likely feature footage from Episode 19, which was halfway through filming when the health crisis paused all Hollywood production. The show’s long intended ending, the series finale Episode 20, will never see the light of day for the once blockbuster.”
The show’s final season already underwent massive changes due to Jussie Smollett getting the boot following his staged homophobic attack, and now the coronavirus is the latest monkey wrench thrown into the shows cogs. But don’t fret when Empire goes away that doesn’t mean you will have seen the last of fan-favorite, Cookie Lyons.
Deadline reported back in January that FOX is considering the idea of Taraji P.Henson led spinoff of Empire that will see Cookie return and showrunners Lee Daniels and Danny Strong are very intrigued by the plan.
Will you guys be tuning in to the final three episodes of Empire? Or have you had already tuned out seasons ago? Let us know in the comment section below.
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Rolling Stone highlights several internet-based pleasure product brands, along with a reported increase in sales, in a new article that explores the “booming” rise of the “smart sex toy” market segment during coronavirus self-quarantine measures.
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The Chinese Basketball Association was the first major sports league stopped by the coronavirus. As it attempts to resume its season, the NBA will be paying attention to see what is successful.
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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to grow and businesses worldwide are being hit, it is the smaller, independent brands and retailers that often are suffering the most.
WWD asked designers and small stores that support them how they are protecting themselves during this unprecedented time, and how they are looking ahead to the coming months. While some have found various ways to cope, others are energized to assist where needed, creating face masks or donating to charities. One common thread is an emphasis on community — protecting employees and factory workers while finding ways to engage digitally.
Here, part one on how independent brands are charging on.
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I’ve been touched very closely by COVID-19. My grandpa died last Friday because of it and my biggest priority is the health and well-being of my family at home and at work, because my team is my family, too. Nothing else matters right now, it’s not a matter of results, numbers, sales.…This is bigger than us and it’s staying home and saving lives. It is an especially difficult time for independent designers and with that we have had to put a pause on some future projects while, as I said, ensuring our
The coronavirus pandemic has impacted people across the globe in an unprecedented way. The virus continues to spread rapidly worldwide — the current count is 425,600 cases and 19,301 deaths globally as of March 25 — and even the British royal family hasn’t been exempt from its effect. Wednesday’s news that Prince Charles has contracted COVID-19 was the latest update in how the pandemic has impacted the monarchy.
The royal family began making changes to their daily schedules in early March as COVID-19 became a more serious public health crisis. Queen Elizabeth II, for one, left Buckingham Palace for Windsor Castle a week earlier than she initially planned for the Easter holiday. She is now said to be staying at the castle with the ailing Prince Philip well beyond the Easter holiday.
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The youngest royals, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, have also been impacted by COVID-19, as their school has shut down, like many others have been globally.
In the U.K., there are roughly 8,000 COVID-19 cases and there have been about 422 deaths, as of March 25.
Here, WWD breaks down the ways the royal family has reacted to and been impacted by
What is the story behind your handbag? Parker Clay, an emerging leather goods company, designs its products in California and manufactures them in Ethiopia—and unlike most brands, the story of how the bags get made means everything to Parker Clay.
Over 130 employees work at its Ethiopian factory, and 96 of them are women. Of these women, 32 were found through Parker Clay’s partnership with the non-profit Christian women’s rights organization Ellilta—Women at Risk. The organization’s goal is to bring women out of prostitution—which is both legal and widespread in Ethiopia—and find them skills training and employment in safe, sustainable trade industries, like leather goods.
Parker Clay’s founders, Ian and Brittany Bentley, wanted to create such an environment for Ethiopian women. Its factory in Addis Ababa gives its artisans higher wages and more benefits, including laundry facilities, access to transportation, vacation time, and pension, pursuing the company’s goal of combining human rights advocacy with sustainable, superior goods.
Each of Parker Clay’s products—handbags, totes, wallets, backpacks, etc.—is hand-woven on a loom with weaving practices unique to Ethiopian culture. Parker Clay’s products support local cattle farmers and also incorporate all-natural vegetable dyes, which are better for the environment. They’re designed, as the best leather goods are, to be timeless, to age with style.
By visiting its store online, you can support Parker Clay’s mission to provide women working in prostitution with artisan jobs. In 2020, the brand plans to employ over 100 more Ethiopian women from backgrounds of prostitution.
Parker Clay’s ongoing promotion, We Go Together, is taking a “pay it forward” approach. Donors can support the brand and, in exchange, receive two gift cards of equal value, as well as a sizable discount. For example, those who donate $ 100 will receive two $ 100 gift cards—one in September, one next January—as well as a 40 percent discount code toward your next purchase. Read about Parker Clay’s mission for yourself and consider donating at its website.
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Many of the world’s fashion designers and brands have had to halt everyday operations due to the coronavirus pandemic — but now, several firms are reallocating resources to fight the virus’ spread.
As COVID-19 cases have sharply increased, affecting 341,500 people and causing 15,187 deaths globally as of March 23, so too has the need for essential resources, such as masks, hospital gowns and hand sanitizer.
Fashion designers including Christian Siriano, Brandon Maxwell and Michael Costello are coming in to help fill that gap, mobilizing their teams to produce supplies needed by health-care workers and COVID-19 patients.
Larger companies, such as LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Kering, L’Oréal and Coty are also pitching in, having their factories produce hand sanitizer to distribute free of charge to health authorities.
Here, WWD compiles the ways that fashion designers and brands are pitching in to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brandon Maxwell’s team is researching the appropriate medical textiles to make gowns for hospital doctors and nurses treating COVID-19 patients. He also aims to create medical grade masks and gloves as more information on manufacturing these supplies becomes available.
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Fashion and beauty brands are the latest to launch initiatives to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Indie and established names are making donations or raising funds for various organizations that are fighting the impact of COVID-19 on local and national communities.
Several brands, including beauty brands Farmacy and Grande Cosmetics, as well as contemporary fashion label Everlane, are donating to Feeding America, the nationwide network of food banks that is providing meals to children and low-income individuals.
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Celebrity-founded brands are also launching giveback initiatives. Kim Kardashian West’s Skims shapewear brand is donating 20 percent of sales from its cotton collection to Baby2Baby and Lady Gaga’s Haus Labs beauty brand is donating 20 percent of sales to food banks in New York City and Los Angeles.
Here, WWD compiles 19 fashion and beauty brands that are fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
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Fashion label Alice + Olivia is teaming with No Kid Hungry to combat COVID-19, donating 10 percent of online sales back to the organization.
Fashion retailer Aritzia is donating all profits to its Aritzia Community Relief Fund, which provides financial support to its employees and overseas partners.
Billie’s body-care products.
Millennial-minded shaving brand, Billie, is donating $ 100,000 through its
Celebrities are making donations to fight the coronavirus.
Several high-profile names, including Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, among others, are taking to social media to reveal their donations to various local and national charities, such as Feeding America or No Kid Hungry, which work to provide food for children and low-income individuals who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
These celebrities join a growing list of influential figures and major brands that have also made donations to combat the pandemic, including powerhouse influencer Chiara Ferragni, who alongside her husband, Fedez, has raised more than 4 million euros in donations to Milan’s San Raffaele hospital.
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Here, WWD compiles a list of several celebrities who are making donations to combat COVID-19.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds:
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively at the ‘Pokemon Detective Pikachu’ film premiere in May 2019
The actors revealed in Instagram posts on March 16 they are donating $ 1 million to be split between Feeding America and Food Banks Canada to help provide meals to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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U.S. President Donald Trump declared the coronavirus outbreak a national emergency on Friday.
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The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has touched virtually every industry, leading to the closures of a number of institutions in New York City and nationwide.
As COVID-19 cases continue to increase globally — the worldwide count is at roughly 135,400 cases and 4,988 deaths as of March 13 — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on March 12 that there will be an indefinite ban on gatherings of more than 500 people. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has also declared a state of emergency in New York City, which has about 95 confirmed cases of the virus, according to the mayor. On Friday afternoon, President Trump declared a national emergency.
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New York City institutions have responded to the virus and subsequent ban on large public gatherings by shuttering their doors for the time being. Here, WWD compiles a list of the museums, institutions and fashion schools impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
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The American Museum of Natural History has temporarily closed as of March 13.
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The Brooklyn Museum is closing to the public starting March 13 and all programs are postponed until further
Justin Bieber, a member of BTS, NBA stars, Mark Cuban and other celebs are aiding the novel coronavirus relief efforts.
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