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Ex-NFL star Brandon Marshall posts video of confrontation with cops and security in gated community


Former NFL receiver Brandon Marshall posted video on social media purportedly showing the 36-year-old black man being confronted by police and security guards while attempting to move into a new gated community. 

‘This is the problem,’ Marshall is heard saying in the footage, which was recorded at a in Weston, Florida on August 17 and posted on social media this week. ‘I come here, you feel uncomfortable. My first day moving into my new house, because my name’s not on the list, you call the cops. Now you call the cops.’

Marshall is seen arguing with a white man in a black suit, who appears to be a security guard. At one point Marshall points the camera at a masked police officer, who waved in his direction but wasn’t standing close to the six-time Pro Bowler.

The 36-year-old Marshall has been out of the NFL since the 2018 season

The 36-year-old Marshall has been out of the NFL since the 2018 season 

Former NFL receiver Brandon Marshall (left) posted video on social media purportedly showing the 36-year-old black man being confronted by police and security guards while attempting to move into a new development

Former NFL receiver Brandon Marshall (left) posted video on social media purportedly showing the 36-year-old black man being confronted by police and security guards while attempting to move into a new development

Marshall is seen arguing with a white man in a black suit, who appears to be a security guard (left)

Marshall is seen arguing with a white man in a black suit, who appears to be a security guard 

The person who appeared to be a security guard told Marshall: ‘I’m just trying to do my job.’

‘There was no threat for you to call the cops,’ Marshall replied. ‘This is what we’re seeing every single day. This is what we’re seeing every single day. I got two kids in the car right now.’

The Broward Sheriff’s Office told the Miami New Times that deputies were called on August 17, but the incident didn’t warrant a police report.

‘The incident was resolved on scene between the two parties,’ a spokesperson told the Miami New Times in an email.

Marshall responded to the incident on Instagram afterwards, saying he was upset because it happened in front of his children.

‘It’s Real!!!’ he wrote in a caption. ‘I was so disappointed in myself for getting so emotional with my kids in the car BUT then I realized that being numb isn’t an option anymore’

Marshall’s did not accuse either security or law enforcement of getting physical with him.

The incident reportedly took place in a gated community in Weston, Florida called Botaniko

The incident reportedly took place in a gated community in Weston, Florida called Botaniko 

At one point Marshall points the camera at a masked police officer, who waved in his direction but wasn't standing close to the six-time Pro Bowler

At one point Marshall points the camera at a masked police officer, who waved in his direction but wasn’t standing close to the six-time Pro Bowler

However, on Instagram, he did plead with his followers to help him take action by voting this November.

‘I’ve been watching and processing the same injustice and unrest as you all the last few months,’ Marshall said. ‘We have experienced this pain our entire life. The awareness and conversations being started by protests are great, but it can’t end there. I’m tired of talking that leads to nowhere. I’m calling on powerful networks to take a chance and showcase the most important message in our country right now.

‘The path toward real change flows through the ballot box. The power belongs in the people’s hands. I’m not telling you to vote or who to vote for. I’m reminding you that you CAN vote. It is your RIGHT to have your voice heard.’

A former Central Florida standout who attended high school in Lake Howell, Florida, Marshall earned $80 million over 13 NFL seasons with the Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, and New York Jets. In 2018, his final season, Marshall made appearances for the New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, and New Orleans Saints.

In 2011 he announced he suffered from borderline personality disorder, and has since worked to spread awareness of the condition. 

A former Central Florida standout who attended high school in Lake Howell, Florida, Marshall earned $80 million over 13 NFL seasons with the Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, and New York Jets. In 2018, his final season, Marshall made appearances for the New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, and New Orleans Saints

A former Central Florida standout who attended high school in Lake Howell, Florida, Marshall earned $80 million over 13 NFL seasons with the Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, and New York Jets. In 2018, his final season, Marshall made appearances for the New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, and New Orleans Saints



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Vaping companies took advantage of pandemic offering frees roll of toilet paper or hand sanitizer


Vaping companies took advantage of the coronavirus pandemic by offering products that were in short supply, a new study suggests.

Researchers found ads in which customers could get a free roll of toilet paper, face masks or a bottle of hand sanitizer with a purchase of e-cigarettes or vape liquids.

Others companies urged the public to follow the advice of health experts by staying home, and using a vape while they were at it.

Some even created healthcare-themed promotions, encouraging consumers to disinfect their e-cigarettes and to not share them with friends or family, the team, from Stanford University, in California, found.  

Vaping companies took advantage of the coronavirus crisis by rolling out pandemic-themed advertisements (file image)

Vaping companies took advantage of the coronavirus crisis by rolling out pandemic-themed advertisements (file image)

Some companies offered essential products with eligible purchases such as hand sanitizer (pictured) or a free roll of toilet paper

Some companies offered essential products with eligible purchases such as hand sanitizer or a free roll of toilet paper (pictured)

Some companies offered essential products with eligible purchases such as hand sanitizer (left) or a free roll of toilet paper (right)

Hand sanitizer often was distributed in the same bottles as flavored e-liquids (pictured), which increased the risk of the alcohol product accidentally being vaped

Hand sanitizer often was distributed in the same bottles as flavored e-liquids (pictured), which increased the risk of the alcohol product accidentally being vaped 

‘While we thought we’d seen it all, we never imagined that we’d see tobacco companies exploiting a global pandemic for marketing purposes,’ co-author Dr Robert Jackler, an otologist-neurotologist at Stanford, told CNN exclusively.

‘What really surprised us was how many different ways they did it, and how many companies and brands engaged in the practice.’ 

For the study, published the journal Tobacco Control, the team looked at ads from 21 e-cigarette brands and 41 online vaping stores.

Researchers collected more than 300 e-cigarette promotional images related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There were several different methods that companies and stores used to target customers, and the first was offering gifts of essential supplies.

As toilet paper, hand sanitizer and masks became scarce, many began offering them as free gifts with a eligible purchase.

‘Free hand sanitiser with every order,’ reads an advertisement from Podsalt, a UK-based vaping company.

SCS Vape, a store based in Victoria, Texas, put out a promotion for toilet paper which read: ‘Free roll with $10 purchase (while supplies last).’

In the case of Vintage Vapor, an online vape shop, it offered essential supplies such masks and sanitizer for purchase on its website. 

Researchers says the hand sanitizer from different companies was often distributed in the same bottles flavored e-liquid were packaged.  

‘They offer their hand sanitizer in the same little bottle,’ Jackler told CNN. 

‘You can very easily accidentally think that that’s for use in vaping. You pour 70 percent alcohol in the vaporizer, breathe it in, can do some serious harm to your lungs.’ 

British American Tobacco started an Instagram campaign for its heated tobacco product Glo, selling themed face masks with the message #todayiwill followed by ‘stay home’ (left) or 'go out' with a photo of a Glo store (right)

British American Tobacco started an Instagram campaign for its heated tobacco product Glo, selling themed face masks with the message #todayiwill followed by ‘stay home’ (left) or ‘go out’ with a photo of a Glo store (right)

Other companies offered discounts, which were themed around the pandemic. with promotional codes such as ''staysafe' (left). Advertisements also included safety messaging, such as discouraing consumers to share e-cigarettes with others (right)

Other companies offered discounts, which were themed around the pandemic. with promotional codes such as ”staysafe’ (left). Advertisements also included safety messaging, such as discouraing consumers to share e-cigarettes with others (right)

British American Tobacco started a social media campaign for its heated tobacco product Glo, selling themed face masks with the message #todayiwill followed by ‘stay home.’

In other posst on Instagram, BAT posted #todayiwill followed by ‘go out’ featuring an image of a Glo store. 

Another way to attract customers was by offering discounts, which were themed around the pandemic.

For example, Loon e-cigarettes, based out of Minnesota, offered 20 percent off an entire purchase if one used the promotional code ‘Staysafe’

Another company, California-based BLVK Unicorn offered 30 percent of purchases to all ‘doctors, nurses and medical staff’ for ‘making sacrifices every day to maintain normalcy.’

Companies also tried to encourage people to ‘clean and disinfect’ their vapes and that ‘sharing Is not caring’ when it came to sharing e-cigarettes.

Jackler told CNN that while there are “sensible public health warnings”  the ads also ‘cross the line over to promoting vaping as a healthy thing to do, a safe thing to do and something that [the company] would encourage you to do during the pandemic.’ 



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Ghislaine Maxwell is the first federal NYC inmate to be allowed in-person visit since the pandemic


Two members of Ghislaine Maxwell’s legal team were spotted visiting her in prison on Friday, making her the first federal inmate in New York City to be granted an in-person visit since the start of the pandemic.  

Maxwell, 58, has been held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn since early July when she was denied bail after pleading not guilty to child sex trafficking charges.

Until today, prisoners had not been allowed to meet with their attorneys or other visitors in person due to coronavirus restrictions.  

Defense attorney Christian Everdell was seen arriving at the prison Friday morning alongside another female member of Maxwell’s legal team, The New York Daily News reported. Both wore masks as they entered the facility. 

Sources told the paper it was the first time an inmate had received a legal visit since the pandemic started and that the visit lasted nearly four hours.   

Ghislaine Maxwell became the first federal inmate in New York City to receive an in-person visit since the start of the pandemic, sources said

Ghislaine Maxwell became the first federal inmate in New York City to receive an in-person visit since the start of the pandemic, sources said

The British socialite, 58, is currently being held in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn (pictured), New York, as she awaits trial over her alleged involvement in the crimes of pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein

The British socialite, 58, is currently being held in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn (pictured), New York, as she awaits trial over her alleged involvement in the crimes of pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein 

Attorney Sean Hecker, who has filed a lawsuit seeking to grant defense attorneys access to their clients again, slammed the visit as ‘absurd and unjust’. 

‘We’ve been litigating for the Fed Defenders of NY to obtain a safe, in-person visiting option for many months. MDC detainees have been waiting up to 6 months for such visits. And BOP-MDC decides that the 1st such visit should go to a wealthy British socialite? Absurd & unjust,’ he said on Twitter. 

The Bureau of Prisons refused to confirm whether Maxwell was the first inmate to receive an in-person visit, but said coronavirus protocols remain in place. 

‘While, in general, legal visits are suspended, case-by-case accommodations will be accomplished at the local level and confidential legal calls will be allowed in order to ensure inmates maintain access to counsel,’ a spokesperson told the paper.  

‘We are facilitating attorney client-visitation, as well as judicial proceedings, via video conference, primarily at our detention centers.’

Attorney Sean Hecker, who has filed a lawsuit seeking to grant defense attorneys access to their clients again, slammed the exception as 'absurd and unjust'

Attorney Sean Hecker, who has filed a lawsuit seeking to grant defense attorneys access to their clients again, slammed the exception as ‘absurd and unjust’

Defense attorney Christian Everdell was spotted arriving at the prison on Friday to visit his client. Days earlier, lawyers were denied their request for Maxwell to be transferred out of solitary confinement

Defense attorney Christian Everdell was spotted arriving at the prison on Friday to visit his client. Days earlier, lawyers were denied their request for Maxwell to be transferred out of solitary confinement

Hecker said he learned Maxwell was the first prisoner to be granted access to her legal team in person from another source.     

‘It is outrageous that the first in-person visit would be granted to a well-heeled British socialite who the president of the United States stated that he wished well,’ he told CNBC.  

‘It only serves to confirm that our government doesn’t understand that they operate two different systems of justice, one for the well-heeled and well-connected, and one for everyone else.’ 

Hecker said officials have been discussing allowing inmates visits from their lawyers again, but they are likely to be limited to a one hour session from one lawyer. 

Maxwell however, was visited by two people for over three hours.  

Maxwell, who has pleaded not guilty to child sex trafficking charges, is to remain behind bars until her trial next July

Maxwell, who has pleaded not guilty to child sex trafficking charges, is to remain behind bars until her trial next July

It come days after the British socialite was denied her request to be transferred out of solitary confinement after lawyers argued she was unable to properly prepare for trial under 24-hour surveillance.   

She had previously complained about conditions inside the jail where she is to remain until her trial next July.  

Maxwell was taken off suicide watch earlier this month but is being searched multiple times each day and is under constant watch of the guards, her lawyers said.

In a letter protesting about the ‘uniquely onerous conditions of her confinement’, her legal team claim she has been kept under constant surveillance without her consent.  

Maxwell was arrested on July 2 on charges that she assisted her former boyfriend – convicted pedophile and late financier – Jeffery Epstein in the sexual abuse of minors between 1994 and 1997, and lying under oath. She has pleaded not guilty.



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Criminal complaint for Jacob Blake says he was wanted for domestic abuse and sexual assault


The complaint used by cops to handcuff Jacob Blake to his hospital bed since they shot and paralyzed him last weekend has been obtained by DailyMail.com, and shows he was wanted for a Class G felony and two misdemeanors. 

The 29-year-old was accused of a Class G felony sexual assault – which could carry a maximum 10-year prison term – and two counts of domestic abuse involving trespass and disorderly conduct. 

The warrant was dropped Friday afternoon amid outcry at the continued handcuffing of Blake for days after he was shot seven times in the back by a Kenosha police officer. 

The move was shortly after Wisconsin governor Tony Evers was asked if Blake being restrained would concern him and said: ‘Hell yes. 

‘He’s paid a horrific price already being shot seven or eight times in the back. I can’t imagine why that’s happening.’ 

Patrick Cafferty, an attorney representing the Blake family, told WISN on Friday that the felony arrest warrants, which stem from alleged crimes that Blake committed before the shooting, have been vacated and that deputies were no longer in his hospital room.  

Jacob Blake, 29, has been left paralyzed from the waist down after being shot by a Kenosha officer. DailyMail.com exclusively obtained the criminal complaint against Blake which was used to keep him cuffed in his hospital bed until the warrant was dropped Friday

Jacob Blake, 29, has been left paralyzed from the waist down after being shot by a Kenosha officer. DailyMail.com exclusively obtained the criminal complaint against Blake which was used to keep him cuffed in his hospital bed until the warrant was dropped Friday 

Blake was shot seven times in the back by Officer Rusten Sheskey on Sunday. He's seen lying in the street being tended to by cops

Blake was shot seven times in the back by Officer Rusten Sheskey on Sunday. He’s seen lying in the street being tended to by cops 

The county sheriff’s office had said anyone accused of a felony would be handcuffed in hospital, although it offered no documentary evidence for the policy, and did not address why it had not been reviewed in Blake’s case. 

The shooting has caused a wave of protests around the country and in Kenosha, led to violence which saw a white 17-year-old cop-obsessed vigilante allegedly shoot and kill two protesters. 

In Washington D.C. Friday Blake’s brother spoke at a march to mark the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his ‘I have a dream speech.’  

The three count criminal complaint filed on July 6, 2020 in Kenosha County, Wisconsin against Blake includes: 

Rusten Sheskey, 31, is te officer who  shot Blake seven times in the back. He has been placed on leave

Rusten Sheskey, 31, is te officer who  shot Blake seven times in the back. He has been placed on leave

  1. Criminal trespass, domestic abuse a Class A misdemeanor, and if convicted faces a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisoned not more than 9 months or both.
  2. Third Degree Sexual assault, Domestic Abuse a Class G Felony and if convicted faces a fine of not more than $25,000.00 or imprisoned not more than r 10 years, or both.
  3. Disorderly Conduct, Domestic Abuse, a Class B Misdemeanor and if convicted faces a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisoned not more than 90 days, or both.

According to the probable cause statement on May 3, 2020 a Kenosha police officer responded to the very same address where Blake was shot at on August 24, 2020 for a report that an ex-boyfriend had broken into the residence and stole vehicle keys, a vehicle debit card before fleeing. 

The complainant is listed in the report only by initials met with officers, crying, visible shaken and dressed only in a nightgown. 

The victim explained to police the previous evening she had left at approximately 8pm to attend a party in Milwaukee and had rented a vehicle for the weekend because she didn’t think her vehicle would make it up there and back because of mechanical issues.

The victim said she had her sister spend the night and watch her kids when she was gone. 

She said she returned back home at about 4.11am, her sister was sleeping in the living room on the couch with numerous children. She said she took her son with her into the first bedroom down the hallway and went to sleep.

The report states at about 6am the victim was woken up by Jacob Blake. 

Blake was standing over her saying, ‘I want my sh*t.’ As the victim laid on her back, Blake, ‘suddenly and without warning, reached his hand between her legs, penetrated her vaginally with a finger, pull it out and sniffed it, and said, ”Smells like you’ve been with other men.”

The officer noted in the report the victim had a very difficult time telling him this and cried as she told how the defendant (Blake) assaulted her and then the defendant immediately left the bedroom. 

She told the police being penetrated digitally caused her pain and humiliation and was done without consent. 

The three count criminal complaint filed on July 6 include criminal trespass, third degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct

She also told the police after he left she realized her vehicle and debit card were missing. 

After she had called 911, while waiting for officers the victim said she checked her account and found two fraudulent ATM withdrawals for $500 each.

She also told police that Blake was unemployed, has no vehicle and refused to tell her where he was currently living. 

She said that over the past eight years the defendant has physically assaulted her twice a year ‘when he drinks heavily.’

Coincidentally in a dispatch call on August 24, 2020 first reported by Madison365.org, a woman who told the police dispatcher her name was ‘Sabrina’ called from Kenosha, Wisconsin and claimed Jacob Blake ‘took her keys wasn’t supposed to be there and won’t give her keys back.’ 

A few seconds later the dispatcher can he heard telling the police that Blake has a warrant for his arrest. 

The dispatcher then told police that ‘Sabrina’ was being uncooperative and eventually disconnected the phone call.

A few minutes later Blake was shot seven times by Kenosha Police officer, Rusten Sheskey. 

Jacob Blake Sr, the father of Jacob Blake, said he was shocked to see his son being handcuffed to his hospital bed on Thursday. The cuffs were removed on Friday

Jacob Blake Sr, the father of Jacob Blake, said he was shocked to see his son being handcuffed to his hospital bed on Thursday. The cuffs were removed on Friday 

Officer Sheskey grabbed Blake's vest as he was getting into a car and shot him seven times in the back in front of Blake's children

Officer Sheskey grabbed Blake’s vest as he was getting into a car and shot him seven times in the back in front of Blake’s children 

On August 26, 2020 Wisconsin’s attorney general Josh Kaul said, Jacob Blake was near a knife when the shooting took place, but he would not say whether Blake was carrying the knife when he was shot.

‘Officer (Rusten) Sheskey fired the weapon into Mr. Blake’s back,’ Kaul said, he also confirmed to investigators that he was in possession of a knife.

Blake is in a Milwaukee area hospital paralyzed from the waist down, according to his family.

A man who recorded the shooting on video, Raysean White, said he heard police tell Blake to ‘drop the knife.’ White said he did not see Blake with a knife.

Officer Sheskey is on administrative leave pending an investigation.



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Chelsea Clinton wants her ‘white children of privilege’ to fight for others’ voting rights


Chelsea Clinton says she wants her three kids to understand that they are ‘white children of privilege’ — and to ‘erode that privilege throughout their lives’ in an effort to make sure that all Americans have the right to vote.

The 40-year-old former First Daughter spoke with Massachusetts Democratic Representative Ayanna Pressley on a ‘Women for Biden’ video call today, and the two discussed the US’ history of voter suppression, and the ways some people still face challenges in voting today. 

Chelsea said that while she taught them about the importance of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, she also explained how that victory was ‘incomplete’ because many Americans have spent the decades since fighting for their right to vote.

Speaking out: Chelsea Clinton said today that she wants her three children to understand that they are 'white children of privilege' — and to 'erode that privilege throughout their lives'

Speaking out: Chelsea Clinton said today that she wants her three children to understand that they are ‘white children of privilege’ — and to ‘erode that privilege throughout their lives’

Chat: The 40-year-old former first daughter spoke with Massachusetts Democratic Representative Ayanna Pressley on a 'Women for Biden' video call today

Chat: The 40-year-old former first daughter spoke with Massachusetts Democratic Representative Ayanna Pressley on a ‘Women for Biden’ video call today

‘My children are young,’ Chelsea said, according to Just The News, ‘but we believe that they’re young, but still citizens.

‘So we talked about the ratification of the 19th Amendment, and Women’s Equality Day, and about how fundamentally incomplete that victory was. So not to say it wasn’t a victory and it wasn’t important, but that it was so fundamentally flawed.’ 

She pointed out that while white women were awarded the right to vote in 1920, many other women — including black women and Native American women — were not. 

The 19th Amendment prohibited the government from denying the vote on the basis of sex — but it didn’t guarantee the vote to all. It didn’t ban local and state-level laws, like poll taxes and literacy tests, from being used to keep non-white voters from the polls.

These weren’t banned until the Voting Rights Act of 1964. 

Chelsea, who lives in New York with husband Marc Mezvinsky and their three children, also alluded to laws and hurdles that other Americans face when it comes to voting. 

‘These fights aren’t just in our history books. These are still active, ongoing fights,’ she said. 

History: Chelsea said that while she taught them about the importance of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, she also explained how that victory was 'incomplete' because many Americans have spent the decades since fighting for their right to vote

History: Chelsea said that while she taught them about the importance of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, she also explained how that victory was ‘incomplete’ because many Americans have spent the decades since fighting for their right to vote

''My children are young,' Chelsea said, according to Just The News , 'but we believe that they're young, but still citizens'

''My children are young,' Chelsea said, according to Just The News , 'but we believe that they're young, but still citizens'

”My children are young,’ Chelsea said, according to Just The News , ‘but we believe that they’re young, but still citizens’

‘You know, 40 per cent of Americans with disabilities report that they have real challenges voting in person. 

‘And so in states where there haven’t been, kind of, no-excuse absentee voting or where there hasn’t been the introduction of early voting yet, you know, it still isn’t, kind of, easy, fair, or equal for many Americans to vote.’

She said she wants her kids — five-year-old Charlotte, four-year-old Aidan, and one-year-old Jasper — to be aware of their privilege and use it to fight for others. 

‘I think it’s really important that my children understand that,’ she said. ‘And I think it’s particularly important that they understand that as white children of privilege, because I want them to erode that privilege throughout their lives to ensure more people are enfranchised and that equality isn’t just an ideal.’ 

Rep. Pressley praised Chelsea, telling her that she was modeling ‘that which my mother certainly believed, which is that a parent is a child’s first teacher.’

‘I so appreciate that you’re providing that full education, because we know that often there is a revisionist history or a sanitizing or filtering of history that does not tell the whole story,’ she said.

Open doors: She said she wants her kids — five-year-old Charlotte, four-year-old Aidan, and one-year-old Jasper (pictured) — to be aware of their privilege and use it to fight for others

Open doors: She said she wants her kids — five-year-old Charlotte, four-year-old Aidan, and one-year-old Jasper (pictured) — to be aware of their privilege and use it to fight for others

Flashback: She and her husband Marc Mezvinksy pictured with son Aidan and Chelsea's parents shortly after she gave birth in 2016

Flashback: She and her husband Marc Mezvinksy pictured with son Aidan and Chelsea’s parents shortly after she gave birth in 2016

‘But confronting that past, that’s really how we get to truth and reconciliation. 

‘And we fortify ourselves to continue to do the work to make sure that we are dismantling those barriers that still exist, and that we are in cooperative affront to the voter suppression and intimidation tactics that are still very real today — what I would consider, equivalent to like modern day jelly bean counting.’

Earlier this month, Chelsea spoke to Marie Claire about the importance of voting this year. 

Good: Rep. Ayanna Pressley praised Chelsea, telling her that she was modeling 'that which my mother certainly believed, which is that a parent is a child's first teacher'

Good: Rep. Ayanna Pressley praised Chelsea, telling her that she was modeling ‘that which my mother certainly believed, which is that a parent is a child’s first teacher’

‘I’m voting on November 3 because who is in office at every level matters, especially in moments of crisis,’ she said. 

‘We need elected officials who believe that all people — regardless of race, religion, sex, gender or who they love — are created equal; that access to quality healthcare and education is a fundamental human right. 

‘We need elected officials who make decisions rooted in science and facts. We need elected officials who are committed to making voting easier for all Americans. 

‘Voting is not only our opportunity, it is our duty as citizens to be heard and shape the future we want for ourselves, our children, our communities, our country and world. And, as we’ve seen time and time again, every vote counts.’ 

During the 2016 campaign, Chelsea’s mom, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was asked to talk about her own white privilege and how she thinks she has benefitted from it.

‘I think it is hard when you’re swimming in the ocean to know exactly what’s happening around you so much as when you’re standing on the shore watching,’ she said.

Votes: Hillary Clinton (pictured this week at the unveiled of a stature of women's rights activists) was asked during the 2016 about her own white privilege

Votes: Hillary Clinton (pictured this week at the unveiled of a stature of women’s rights activists) was asked during the 2016 about her own white privilege 

She explained that she was born white and middle class, she went to good public schools, she had ‘a very strong, supportive family,’ went to a ‘wonderful college’ and law school.

‘I never really knew what was or wasn’t part of the privilege, I just knew that I was a lucky person and that being lucky was in part related to who I am, where I’m from, and the opportunities I had,’ she said.  

Unlike her mother, Chelsea did not only attend ‘good public schools’, she also had the benefit of a private education. 

When Chelsea’s father Bill was in the White House, her parents faced criticism when they made the decision to pull her out of public school and send her to Sidwell Friends School, a private school in Maryland. 

She then went on to attend Stanford University, where she studied history, before going on to earn a Masters and then a PhD from the prestigious Oxford University. Chelsea later studied for a second Masters at Columbia.

Chelsea now serves as vice chair of her parents’ Clinton Foundation, and also holds positions on the boards for Barry Diller’s company IAC and the School of American Ballet. 

Meanwhile her husband, 42,  secured a job at private equity firm TPG in October 2019, having been unemployed for year after leaving his role as vice chairman of Social Capital.



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Unseen photographs show Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and co craved middle-class domesticity


Believe it or not, these pleasant-looking young men with their well-barbered hair and smart Mod clothes were once branded ‘ugly’, ‘dirty’ and a menace to decent society.

They are The Rolling Stones posing for their personal photographer Gered Mankowitz in 1966 when they were a rock band such as the adult world had never seen — and wished it still hadn’t.

Stones concerts at that time were orgies of hysteria and destruction that the band themselves seemed to delight in whipping up. On and offstage, they were the opposite of their arch-rivals (and secret best mates) the charming and impeccably behaved Beatles. While the Fab Four smiled and bowed, the Stones slouched and scowled.

After fan mags demanded pictures of The Rolling Stones in domesticity, they asked their friend Gered Mankowitz to do 'At Home' sessions. Pictured, Keith Richards sat on a loo in his garden

After fan mags demanded pictures of The Rolling Stones in domesticity, they asked their friend Gered Mankowitz to do ‘At Home’ sessions. Pictured, Keith Richards sat on a loo in his garden

Socially ambitious Mick Jagger had been living in a Baker Street flat with his then-girlfriend, but purchased Harley House, a prestigious Edwardian mansion block in Marylebone, London

Socially ambitious Mick Jagger had been living in a Baker Street flat with his then-girlfriend, but purchased Harley House, a prestigious Edwardian mansion block in Marylebone, London

Their hair was a national scandal, covering their ears, curling over their shirt collars and widely believed to harbour vermin — though it was always fastidiously shampooed, sometimes twice a day.

But what most disgusted and terrified British parents was the raw, sullen sex projected by the young Mick Jagger in songs such as Get Off Of My Cloud, 19th Nervous Breakdown and, above all, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, which seemed nothing less than a hymn to self-abuse.

It was all hype, concocted by their brilliant manager Andrew Loog Oldham and wished on what had been a rather earnest blues band. 

Oldham saw that to some music fans The Beatles were becoming too tuneful and parent-friendly, so he invented the first anti-heroes of pop.

As struggling blues musicians, the principal Stones — Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones — had lived communally, often in squalor. But by 1966, with several top-ten hits behind them, each could afford a decent ‘pad’ of his own.

The fan mags demanded pictures of them in their new domesticity and, rather than let in intrusive Press photographers, they asked their friend Mankowitz to do an ‘At Home’ session with each of them. He had been on the Stones’ 1965 U.S. tour and provided images for several of their album covers.

The socially ambitious Jagger had moved into Harley House, a prestigious Edwardian mansion block in Marylebone, Central London. 

The surprise portrait was Watts in his back garden in Lewes, East Sussex, wearing a nondescript pullover and standing next to a clothes horse airing lingerie

The surprise portrait was Watts in his back garden in Lewes, East Sussex, wearing a nondescript pullover and standing next to a clothes horse airing lingerie

Mankowitz’s lens caught him in unusually vulnerable mode, standing in his lofty front hall and rather cluelessly twiddling the knobs of his enormous new TV set.

Richards — in those days virtually silent other than on his guitar — had shown an unexpectedly rural bent, purchasing an olde worlde cottage named Redlands, near West Wittering, Sussex. 

Mankowitz snapped him in his garden, jokily seated on a disconnected toilet, enjoying a seclusion which, alas, was not to last.

A year later, a task force of police invaded Redlands and busted Richards and Jagger on minuscule drugs charges. 

Afterwards, a rumour swept the country that they’d also found Jagger’s girlfriend Marianne Faithfull at the centre of an orgy, naked but for a fur rug and deploying a Mars bar in an unconventional manner. A lie, but a legend to this day.

When photographed by Mankowitz, the blond, angelic-looking Jones was a dominant presence in the band as its founder and name-giver, and a brilliant musician who could pick up any instrument and instantly master it. 

Richards, in those days virtually silent other than on his guitar, had shown an unexpectedly rural bent, purchasing an olde worlde cottage named Redlands, near West Wittering, Sussex

Richards, in those days virtually silent other than on his guitar, had shown an unexpectedly rural bent, purchasing an olde worlde cottage named Redlands, near West Wittering, Sussex

He was the only one to live up to the band’s image. His drinking, drug-taking and womanising left even Mick at the starting gate.

However, the balance of power changed when Oldham coerced Jagger and Richards into writing songs together; a far more lucrative proposition than the Stones’ previous r&b cover versions.

For all his instrumental brilliance, Jones had no talent as a writer, so was instantly downgraded. Mankowitz — to whom he clung as one of his few real friends — snapped him at the flat just off Fulham Road where he lived with the stunning German/Italian model Anita Pallenberg. 

Sexually ambivalent, he liked Anita to dress him in her clothes and make him up. She may have lent him the jewelled headband reminiscent of an Arabian Nights princess he chose for the session.

Still worse things lay ahead for lead guitarist Jones. A year later, he lost Anita to Keith, sank into drug addiction and paranoia, shrank to a nonentity in the Stones and mysteriously drowned in his swimming pool in 1969.

Bass player Bill Wyman and drummer Charlie Watts were older than the other three, and both married, so Mankowitz had to make do with the ordinary suburban homes where they had lived for years. Wyman posed in his kitchen in Penge, South-East London, with the family dog.

The blond, angelic-looking Brian Jones was a dominant presence in the band as its founder and name-giver, and a brilliant musician who could master any instrument

The blond, angelic-looking Brian Jones was a dominant presence in the band as its founder and name-giver, and a brilliant musician who could master any instrument

The surprise portrait was Watts in his back garden, wearing a nondescript pullover and standing next to a clothes horse airing lingerie. 

The stony-faced drummer was normally so well groomed that even the one time when he hit Jagger, for the singer’s overbearing arrogance, he dressed up for it in a suit, with plenty of aftershave.

As it turned out, there never was any call for Mankowitz’s portfolio of the young Stones at home, and it stayed in a plastic bag under his desk for many years as he went on to photograph the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Elton John, Kate Bush and Duran Duran.

It is a testament to the capriciousness of the music business.

For who could ever have imagined that the most unstable of Sixties bands would still be going strong 54 years later, with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards still performing as septuagenarians and national treasures, and yet somehow still seeming cool? 

GOIN’ Home With The Rolling Stones ’66, by Gered Mankowitz, will be published by R.A.P in October at £19.95. © 2020 Gered Mankowitz. 

To order a copy for £15.96, go to mailshop.co.uk/books or call 020 3308 9193. Free delivery on orders over £15. Valid until September 11, 2020.



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YouTuber Landon Clifford was ‘addicted to prescription drugs before he hanged himself’


YouTube star Landon Clifford struggled with his mental health, was hooked on various prescription drugs and hanged himself in his garage, his heartbroken wife has revealed.

Landon Clifford, 19, ran a YouTube channel with his wife Camryn, 19, where they went as Cam&Fam and had more than 1.35million subscribers.

Camryn announced that Landon passed away on August 18 after suffering a brain injury, without providing further details.  

On Thursday Camryn released a new emotional YouTube video explaining how he died and that her husband was privately struggling with anxiety and depression and had ADHD since he was child.

She said on August 13 he hanged himself in the garage of their home and she cut him down with a knife and called police. 

He spent six days in a coma in the hospital and was declared brain dead on August 18. 

Camryn Clifford, the wife of YouTube star Landon Clifford, 19, revealed he suffered with his mental health, was hooked on various medications and hanged himself in their garage on August 13. After six days in a coma he was declared brain dead on August 18

Camryn Clifford, the wife of YouTube star Landon Clifford, 19, revealed he suffered with his mental health, was hooked on various medications and hanged himself in their garage on August 13. After six days in a coma he was declared brain dead on August 18

Landon and Camryn, both 19, ran a popular YouTube channel Cam&Fam where they boasted more than 1.35million subscribers

Landon and Camryn, both 19, ran a popular YouTube channel Cam&Fam where they boasted more than 1.35million subscribers

Camryn said that Landon fell into a depression after they welcomed their second Delilah Rose Clifford in May. The couple share two daughters – Collette Briar Clifford, two, and Delilah, three months. 

‘He has had mental health issues for as long as I have known him. He suffered from anxiety and depression. He has ADHD which he has had since he was a little boy, so his whole life he’s always just kind of struggled with his emotions and just the way his brain was wired,’ Camryn said.

Camryn said Landon went to see a psychiatrist to help with his panic attacks, depression and trouble focusing and he was given three medications. 

But he fell into a dangerous cycle where he took ADHD medication in the morning and anti-anxiety medication, meant only for panic attacks, to calm down at night.

‘It was kind of a lethal mixture of these two very strong, heavy drugs, both very addicting and he just kind of fell into a hole,’ Camryn revealed.

She said Landon was privately struggling with anxiety, depression and had ADHD since he was a child and got caught in a 'vicious cycle' of taking medication

She said Landon was privately struggling with anxiety, depression and had ADHD since he was a child and got caught in a ‘vicious cycle’ of taking medication

Camryn shared this photo resting a hand on Landon as he was in the hospital in a coma

Camryn shared this photo resting a hand on Landon as he was in the hospital in a coma 

‘He needed the uppers to get up in the morning and downers to slow down at night. And the more downers he took at night the more uppers he needed to get up… So it was a very, very vicious cycle and he just kept taking more and more and needed more for his body to feel his effects,’ she added.

She said she wasn’t aware he was abusing medication and though the two felt a short bliss following the birth of Delilah the reality of looking after two kids ‘hit us hard’.

They took a break and stayed separately with their families to work on their mental health and for Landon to ease off drugs.

She said after going home to his family in Dallas he told his psychiatrist he was addicted to his medications and only stayed on anti-depressants.

‘It really seemed like things were looking up and we were getting back into our normal routine,’ she said.

On August 13 Landon apologized to Camryn for giving her a hard time. He said he was going to take a bath and Camryn later found him unresponsive in the garage. She called police and he was rushed to the hospital

On August 13 Landon apologized to Camryn for giving her a hard time. He said he was going to take a bath and Camryn later found him unresponsive in the garage. She called police and he was rushed to the hospital

The couple welcomed their second daughter, Delilah Rose Clifford, in May

The couple welcomed their second daughter, Delilah Rose Clifford, in May

But on August 13, Camryn said she sensed something off with Landon.  

Camryn went out with a friend and when she got home they had dinner and went through their typical night time routine, but she could tell something was wrong with Landon.

‘He said that he was sorry for everything he put me through. It was really hard on me when I was pregnant and he was heavy in his addiction and he really just wasn’t himself at that time. He was just apologizing to me for everything. I could tell he was putting a lot of blame on himself,’ Camryn said.

‘I told him that I loved him and that I forgave him and things are different now and we’re on a new path. I gave him a hug and a kiss and told him that I love him and that it’s okay,’ she added.

Landon said he was going to take a bath, which he does every night before bed. 

About 30 minutes later she started to hear her first daughter Collette start to wake up and fuss.

Concerned Camryn went to the bathroom to check on Landon and found it empty, the bathtub apparently unused.

She went into her kids’ rooms and didn’t find him there.

‘Then I went to the garage and when I opened the garage I saw that he had hanged himself,’ she said. 

‘He didn’t look alive. He was very pale and I was in so much shock and it took me a second to realize that it was actually happening,’ she added. 

She ran to the kitchen to get a knife to cut him down and called 911. She said she checked him for a pulse and couldn’t find one.

EMT workers were able to get Landon’s pulse back.

Carmyn and Landon married June 2019 and share two daughters Collette Briar Clifford, two, and Delilah, three months

Carmyn and Landon married June 2019 and share two daughters Collette Briar Clifford, two, and Delilah, three months

'Today we celebrate his life,' Camryn said in a Saturday post, posing with friends and family

‘Today we celebrate his life,’ Camryn said in a Saturday post, posing with friends and family

He spent days in a hospital in a coma and was declared brain dead on August 18.

Camryn said he was a registered organ donor.

‘He always put others above himself. Even in death, he was caring about people,’ she said.

Camryn said she saw comforting signs even as she said goodbye to Landon.

He was in room 22 and was announced brain dead at 2:22 – a number special to the couple as they got married on June 22.

Camryn said Landon did not leave a note.

‘I know Landon. I know he was not thinking rationally. He’s a very impulsive person. He always has been and he does things without thinking and I think he felt guilty about how everything has gone for the past year and I think he just felt like a burden and like we’d be better off without him, which is so far from the truth and I wish he would have known that,’ Camryn said.

‘I am heartbroken. Collette is confused. There is no way that we’re better off without him,’ she added.

Camryn said she’s opening up about his tragic death to urge other people going through similar suffering to get help.

‘If he knew everything that would follow after he did what he did, he wouldn’t have. That’s why I am here to tell his story because there are so many people out there who need to hear about what comes after,’ she said.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 



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Michelle Obama ‘devastated’ by the Kenosha shootings


Michelle Obama says she is ‘just devastated’ by the Kenosha shootings – of Jacob Blake and of protesters by teenage gunman – as she urges people to ‘keep using your bullhorns and ballots’ to bring about change

  • Michelle Obama tweeted on Friday that she was ‘exhausted and frustrated’ by the racial tensions in America 
  • She said she was devastated by Blake’s shooting by cops and by the deaths of two protesters shot by Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17 year old vigilante
  • The former first lady urged her millions of followers to register to vote 
  • She said she saw ‘glimmers of something different’ in the protests  

Michelle Obama said on Friday said she was ‘just devastated’ by the Kenosha shootings, both of unarmed black man Jacob Blake by cops and of protesters by a white teenage vigilante gunman, as she urged people to register to vote. 

The former first lady tweeted a lengthy statement where she said there was still systemic racism across America and that sometimes it was seen ‘in the rose garden at the White House’. 

She abhorred the violence in Kenosha and said she was ‘exhausted and frustrated’ by the state of the country.

‘I’m just devastated by the shootings in Kenosha. First, the seven shots from a police officer’s gun at Jacob Blake’s back as his children looked on. Then two two nights later, the bullets that killed two protesters, with a young man only 17 years old arrested and charged with homicide. 

Michelle Obama, pictured speaking at the Democratic National Convention last week, tweeted about Kenohsa on Friday

Michelle Obama, pictured speaking at the Democratic National Convention last week, tweeted about Kenohsa on Friday

‘These past few months, I’ve been thinking a lot about what our kids are seeing every day in this country – the lack of empathy, the division stoked in times of crisis, the age-old and systemic racism that’s been so prominent this summer. Sometimes they see it on the news. Sometimes they see it from the White House Rose Garden. And sometimes they see it from the back seat of a car,’ she said. 

Michelle went onto say that while she was ‘exhausted and frustrated’, she saw ‘glimmers of something different’ in the protests that have erupted all over the country. 

‘These protests and actions will not make Jacob Blake walk again. They will not erase the trauma from those children. 

‘And they will not bring back anyone who’s been taken from us. But they will do something. 

‘And they will not bring back anyone who’s been taken from us. But they will do something,’ she said. 

She urged her millions of followers to use their votes to ensure change. 

Blake was shot seven times in the back in front of his three children, three minutes after police first arrived at the scene.

They’d been called by his ex-girlfriend who complained that he shouldn’t have been there.  

Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back in front of his three kids despite being unarmed

Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back in front of his three kids despite being unarmed

Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back in front of his three kids despite being unarmed 

Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, was patrolling the streets with an AR-15. He fell over, was hit with a skateboard by other protesters who tried to disarm him, and opened fire, wounding one person and killing two. He is now being held on murder charges

Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, was patrolling the streets with an AR-15. He fell over, was hit with a skateboard by other protesters who tried to disarm him, and opened fire, wounding one person and killing two. He is now being held on murder charges

Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, was patrolling the streets with an AR-15. He fell over, was hit with a skateboard by other protesters who tried to disarm him, and opened fire, wounding one person and killing two. He is now being held on murder charges

He survived but is now paralyzed from the waist down. 

The shooting sparked riots in Kenosha which prompting self-styled militia men to take to the streets with their own weapons because they don’t trust the police to keep the city safe. 

Among those vigilantes on Tuesday night was 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, who’d come from his home in Antioch, Illinois, to patrol the streets with an illegal AR-15. 

He tripped and fell while running in the street then was hit over the head by protester Anthony Huber, who had a skateboard and wanted to disarm him. 

Rittenhouse, in response, opened fire and ended up killing Huber, one other person and injuring a third. 

He was not arrested until the following day, despite approaching police with his hands in the air while other protesters yelled that he’d just shot multiple people. 

Rittenhouse was arrested the following day. He is in custody in Illinois and faces extradition to Wisconsin later this month. 

His lawyers say he was acting in self-defense  

MICHELLE’S FULL STATEMENT ON KENOSHA 

‘I’m just devastated by the shootings in Kenosha. First, the seven shots from a police officer’s gun at Jacob Blake’s back as his children looked on. Then two two nights later, the bullets that killed two protesters, with a young man only 17 years old arrested and charged with homicide. 

‘These past few months, I’ve been thinking a lot about what our kids are seeing every day in this country – the lack of empathy, the division stoked in times of crisis, the age-old and systemic racism that’s been so prominent this summer. Sometimes they see it on the news. Sometimes they see it from the White House Rose Garden. And sometimes they see it from the back seat of a car,’ she said. 

Like so many of you, I’m exhausted and frustrated right now. It’s a weight that I know Black and Brown people all across the country are shouldering once again. And we’re so often left wondering how things will be better. 

But then I see the swift and powerful protests that have risen up around the country – from the world of sports to the folks standing up peacefully and purposefully in their own communities – and I see the glimmers of something different.

These protests and actions will not make Jacob Blake walk again. They will not erase the trauma from those children. And they will not bring back anyone who’s been taken from us. But they will do something. And they will not bring back anyone who’s been taken from us. But they will do something.

They already are – opening eyes, rattling consciences, and reminding people of all backgrounds that this problem wasn’t solved earlier this summer and it won’t be any time soon unless we all make a change. And that is who I am appealing to today, and who we all must appeal to in the months ahead – to those who look like us and those who don’t; to those who vote like us and those who don’t; to those who’ve experienced this kind of trauma and those who haven’t. We cannot just look to the oppressed to fight these battles alone. We need to reach out to people, and ask them to search their hearts and listen to their inner voices – the voices that say that this simply isn’t right. Because when that happens, the change we seek cannot be denied.

So I want to encourage you all to keep using your bullhorns and your ballots to reform policies in our cities and our neighborhoods. And I hope you’ll keep speaking out wherever you are – board rooms, class rooms, dining rooms, break rooms, locker rooms – because if enough of us do that, we’ll open up even more minds.

And even maybe we can prevent the next name from being added to this seemingly unending list of tragedies.

 And make sure you’re registered to vote – and if you think you’re already registered, take a minute to confirm that your information is updated. Sending so much love and prayers to the families of those we lost and those whose lives are forever changed.



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Baywatch star AJ Langer reveals moving to a castle was ‘a bit overwhelming’


Some American actresses struggle to adapt to life among the aristocracy, but former Baywatch star A. J. Langer has successfully managed the transition.

She became the Countess of Devon after husband Charles Courtenay’s father died in 2015, and now she’s spoken about the challenges of moving to Powderham Castle, set in 3,500 acres near Exeter.

‘It can be a bit overwhelming,’ admits Lady Devon, 46.

Some American actresses struggle to adapt to life among the aristocracy, but former Baywatch star A. J. Langer (pictured) has successfully managed the transition

Some American actresses struggle to adapt to life among the aristocracy, but former Baywatch star A. J. Langer (pictured) has successfully managed the transition

She became the Countess of Devon after husband Charles Courtenay's (pictured together) father died in 2015, and now she's spoken about the challenges of moving to Powderham Castle, set in 3,500 acres near Exeter

She became the Countess of Devon after husband Charles Courtenay’s (pictured together) father died in 2015, and now she’s spoken about the challenges of moving to Powderham Castle, set in 3,500 acres near Exeter

‘I was never anyone that imagined living in a big house with fancy things. I like camping and nature.

‘You see this beautiful nature outside, but you’re in a fortress. Everything is falling apart.

‘My husband won’t let us fix the doors because it has always been broken and he finds it sweet.’

Tory grandee splits with wife of 37 years

While Boris Johnson looks forward to making Carrie Symonds his third wife, one of the PM’s key backers has called time on his own marriage.

Tycoon Jonathan Marland tells me he’s split up with his wife, Penny. ‘We are in the process of separating after 37 years,’ he says.

Tycoon Jonathan Marland tells me he's split up with his wife, Penny. 'We are in the process of separating after 37 years,' he says

Tycoon Jonathan Marland tells me he’s split up with his wife, Penny. ‘We are in the process of separating after 37 years,’ he says

‘It is a testament to her tolerance that she has put up with me for so long. No one else is involved.’

Remarkably, the former Tory Party treasurer spent lockdown with Penny, even though they’d already to agreed to end their marriage.

‘It occurred before lockdown, which we spent with the family at our home in Wiltshire,’ he confirms.

Divorce could be costly as Lord Marland boasts a reputed fortune worth £100 million.

Baby joy for £60m divorce tycoon and royal designer

Ordered to pay his former wife £60 million, businessman Bhanu Choudhrie is already embarking on the next exciting chapter in his life.

The 41-year-old is to become a father with Tamara Ralph, 38, co-founder of Mayfair fashion house Ralph & Russo, which created the transparent £56,000 dress that Meghan Markle wore for her engagement photos.

‘I am excited to be welcoming my first child with Tamara,’ Bhanu tells me. ‘We are very much looking forward to being parents.’

Ordered to pay his former wife £60 million, businessman Bhanu Choudhrie is already embarking on the next exciting chapter in his life. The 41-year-old is to become a father with Tamara Ralph

Ordered to pay his former wife £60 million, businessman Bhanu Choudhrie is already embarking on the next exciting chapter in his life. The 41-year-old is to become a father with Tamara Ralph

Sally’s ready to fuel the great return to work

On your Clarke’s, get set, go! The organic restaurateur Sally Clarke has fired the starting gun on getting her staff back to work at Prince Harry and Meghan’s favourite dining room.

‘Everyone, in theory, should be getting back to work now, so the timing couldn’t be better,’ she tells me.

Her Kensington restaurant is re-opening next Wednesday for the first time since March, allowing for social distancing.

On your Clarke's, get set, go! The organic restaurateur Sally Clarke has fired the starting gun on getting her staff back to work at Prince Harry and Meghan's favourite dining room

On your Clarke’s, get set, go! The organic restaurateur Sally Clarke has fired the starting gun on getting her staff back to work at Prince Harry and Meghan’s favourite dining room

‘We’ve taken out a couple of tables in the main dining room. It’s still Clarke’s, but there will be a safety element as well.’

She’s also fuelled workers’ return to the office with the recent launch of a coffee shop across the road.

(Very) modern manners

Spare a thought for our luvvies during this pandemic as they’re finding social distancing particularly difficult.

Downton Abbey star Samantha Bond admits: ‘I haven’t held another human being since March and I’m an actor – we like holding and kissing each other, so all of that has been really tough.’

Bond, who played Lady Rosamund Painswick in the drama, has two grown-up children with fellow thespian Alexander Hanson.

She adds: ‘I don’t know what I’d have done without my family, I really don’t.’



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Michelle Obama says she was cut in line when she was First Lady


Michelle Obama has said that, to many white people, black people ‘don’t exist’ — while citing a story about a time a white woman cut her and her daughters in line when she was incognito. 

The 56-year-old uploaded episode five of ‘The Michelle Obama Podcast’ on Spotify on August 26, and while chatting with her friends Kelly Dibble, Denielle Pemberton-Heard, and Dr. Sharon Malone, she highlighted a troubling reality for black people in America.

‘What the white community doesn’t understand about being a person of color in this nation is that there are daily slights, in our workplaces where people talk over you, or people don’t even see you,’ she said. 

New ep: Michelle Obama spoke with with her friends Kelly Dibble, Denielle Pemberton-Heard, and Dr. Sharon Malone in the new episode her podcast

New ep: Michelle Obama spoke with with her friends Kelly Dibble, Denielle Pemberton-Heard, and Dr. Sharon Malone in the new episode her podcast 

Reality: Obama (with Pemberton-Heard, right, and Malone, left) said that to many white people, black people 'don't exist'

Reality: Obama (with Pemberton-Heard, right, and Malone, left) said that to many white people, black people ‘don’t exist’

Life: Obama (with Dibble, left, and Pemberton-Heard, center) said: 'What the white community doesn¿t understand about being a person of color in this nation is that there are daily slights'

Life: Obama (with Dibble, left, and Pemberton-Heard, center) said: ‘What the white community doesn’t understand about being a person of color in this nation is that there are daily slights’

She provided several examples of those daily slights, showing that even the First Lady has been dismissed and ignored — while living in Washington, D.C. in the White House. 

She recalled how several years ago, she, her daughters Sasha and Malia, and her podcast guest Pemberton-Heard went out for ice cream together once after a soccer game while Obama was still President — and a white woman cut right in front of them in line.

‘We were stopping to get ice cream, and I had told the Secret Service to stand back because we were trying to be normal, trying to go in. It was Häagen-Dazs, wasn’t it?’

‘There was a line, and… when I’m just a black woman, I notice that white people don’t even see me. They’re not even looking at me.

‘So I’m standing there with two little black girls, another black female adult, they’re in soccer uniforms. And a white woman cuts right in front of us to order. Like, she didn’t even see us.  

‘And the girl behind the counter almost took her order. And I had to stand up, because I know [Pemberton-Heard] was like, “Well, I’m not gonna cause a scene with Michelle Obama.”

Remember: She recalled a time she went out for ice cream with her daughters and was dressed incognito ¿ and a woman cut them at an ice cream shop and didn't apologize

Remember: She recalled a time she went out for ice cream with her daughters and was dressed incognito — and a woman cut them at an ice cream shop and didn’t apologize

Blending in: Obama (pictured at Soul Cycle in 2017) said that several times as First Lady, she'd take the dog for a walk and people would stop to pet the dog ¿ but wouldn't acknowledge her

Blending in: Obama (pictured at Soul Cycle in 2017) said that several times as First Lady, she’d take the dog for a walk and people would stop to pet the dog — but wouldn’t acknowledge her

'When I¿m just a black woman, I notice that white people don¿t even see me. They're not even looking at me,' she said

‘When I’m just a black woman, I notice that white people don’t even see me. They’re not even looking at me,’ she said

‘So I stepped up and I said, “Excuse me?” I was like, “You don’t see us four people standing right here, you just jumped in line?”

The woman who cut didn’t even apologized, and ‘never looked me in my eye.’ 

‘She didn’t know it was me. All she saw was a black person, or a group of black people, or maybe she didn’t even see that, because we were that invisible,’ she said.

‘I can tell you a number of stories like that, when I’ve been completely incognito, during the eight years in the White House, walking the dogs on the canal, people will come up and pet my dogs, but will not look me in the eye,’ she said.

‘They don’t know it’s me.

‘What white folks don’t understand is, like, that is so telling of how white America views people who are not like them. You know, we don’t exist. And when we do exist, we exist as a threat. And that — that’s exhausting. 

The women also discussed ‘the murder of a black man in public’ — George Floyd — and their feelings about racism. 

Familiar: The women also discussed the Central Park birdwatching incident, with Obama saying it 'infuriated all of us when we watched it' but 'was not unfamiliar'

Familiar: The women also discussed the Central Park birdwatching incident, with Obama saying it ‘infuriated all of us when we watched it’ but ‘was not unfamiliar’

‘We talk about racism all the time. There’s a level of pain, frustration, just fatigue with being black in America,’ Obama said.

When one of her friends says that she finds that ‘people don’t believe’ black people when they talk about the threats they face — and accuse them of ‘being overly sensitive’ — Obama chimed in: ‘You mean white people. Our white friends, our white colleagues. People who don’t experience this in their lives.’

The conversation also turned to the Central Park birdwatching incident on May 25, in which a white woman named Amy Cooper called the police and claimed that a black man — Christian Cooper — was ‘threatening her life’ even as he stood several feet away filming and asked her to leash her dog in accordance with park rules.

‘That incident in Central Park, which infuriated all of us when we watched it, it was not unfamiliar,’ Obama said.

The women also discussed lighter subjects, including how they met, ski trips, and ‘having a crew that you can go to and say whatever is on your mind and not be judged for it.’

Obama noted that because of her own friendships, she’s never liked the way female friendships are portrayed so often on reality TV — as catty and bickering. 

‘I have such wonderful friends in my life,’ she said. ‘I want as much for them as a I want for me.’

Podcasting! 'The Michelle Obama Podcast' debuted on Spotify in late July

Podcasting! ‘The Michelle Obama Podcast’ debuted on Spotify in late July

Tired: In a previous episode, Michelle said she was suffering from 'low-grade depression' and discussed her 'emotional highs and lows'

Tired: In a previous episode, Michelle said she was suffering from ‘low-grade depression’ and discussed her ’emotional highs and lows’

Earlier this month, Obama opened up about suffering from ‘low-grade depression’ in another episode of her podcast.

She discussed her mental state in episode two of ‘The Michelle Obama Podcast’ in a conversation with NPR’s Michele Norris, speaking candidly about how how ‘exhausting’ and ‘dispiriting’ it is to watch how the President responds — or doesn’t respond at all — to ‘yet another story’ of a black man or person being hurt or killed.

Ugh: She said it's 'exhausting' to watch how Trump responds ¿ or doesn't respond at all ¿ to 'yet another story' of a black man or person being hurt or killed

Ugh: She said it’s ‘exhausting’ to watch how Trump responds — or doesn’t respond at all — to ‘yet another story’ of a black man or person being hurt or killed

During the conversation, Michelle was candid about her ’emotional highs and lows,’ saying, ‘Spiritually, these are not fulfilling times.’

She said she is battling some form of depression ‘not just because of the quarantine, but because of the racial strife, and just seeing this administration, watching the hypocrisy of it, day in and day out, is dispiriting. 

‘I don’t think I’m unusual, in that,’ she added. ‘But I’d be remiss to say that part of this depression is also a result of what we’re seeing in terms of the protests, the continued racial unrest, that has plagued this country since its birth. 

‘I have to say that waking up to the news, waking up to how this administration has or has not responded, waking up to yet another story of a black man or a black person somehow being dehumanized, or hurt or killed, or falsely accused of something, it is exhausting. 

‘And it has led to a weight that I haven’t felt in my life, in a while.’

But she added ‘spirit is lifted’ when she feels healthy and surrounds herself with good people, like family and friends.

Hard times: She spoke to journalist Michele Noris about mental health, the pandemic, and President Trump in the second episode

Hard times: She spoke to journalist Michele Noris about mental health, the pandemic, and President Trump in the second episode

‘I reach out to my family, and to my friends, even in this time of quarantine. You know, I fought to continue to find a way to stay connected to the people in my life who bring me joy, and my girlfriends, my husband, my kids,’ she said.   

‘It’s the small things, small rituals [that make a difference],’ she said.

After the episode debuted, she said ‘a lot of people’ reached out to her to express concern, to which she responded o Instagram, sharing a black-and-white photo of herself which was taken by Adam Garber, the Obama Administration’s Video Director for the Office of Digital Strategy.

‘I just wanted to check in with you all because a lot of you have been checking in on me after hearing this week’s podcast,’ she wrote. 

‘First things first — I’m doing just fine. There’s no reason to worry about me. Like I said in that conversation with @Michele__Norris, I’m thinking about the folks out there risking themselves for the rest of us — the doctors and nurses and essential workers of all kinds. 

‘I’m thinking about the teachers and students and parents who are just trying to figure out school for the fall. I’m thinking about the people out there protesting and organizing for a little more justice in our country.

‘The idea that what this country is going through shouldn’t have any effect on us — that we all should just feel OK all the time — that just doesn’t feel real to me,’ she went on. 

Alright: Michelle promised admirers that she is 'doing just fine' and there is 'no reason to worry' about her after concerned admirers reached out following the podcast's release

Alright: Michelle promised admirers that she is ‘doing just fine’ and there is ‘no reason to worry’ about her after concerned admirers reached out following the podcast’s release

'The idea that what this country is going through shouldn¿t have any effect on us ¿ that we all should just feel OK all the time ¿ that just doesn¿t feel real to me,' she said

‘The idea that what this country is going through shouldn’t have any effect on us — that we all should just feel OK all the time — that just doesn’t feel real to me,’ she said

‘So I hope you all are allowing yourselves to feel whatever it is you’re feeling. I hope you’re listening to yourselves and taking a moment to reflect on everything that’s coming at us, and what you might be able to do about it. 

‘And to all of you who’ve reached out — thank you,’ she wrote. ‘I hope you’re also reaching out to all those you’re closest with, not just with a text, but maybe with a call or a videochat. Don’t be afraid to offer them a shoulder to lean on, or to ask for one yourself. Love you all.’ 

In that podcast episode in which she talked about mental health, Obama also explained how she learned to stick to a routine in the White House.

But lately, she said, that’s been difficult, and it is affecting her sleep.

‘I’m waking up in the middle of the night, ’cause I’m worrying about something or there’s a heaviness,’ she said. 

‘I try to make sure I get a workout in, although there have been periods throughout this quarantine, where I just have felt too low. 

‘You know, I’ve gone through those emotional highs and lows that I think everybody feels, where you just don’t feel yourself, and sometimes there’s been a week or so where I had to surrender to that, and not be so hard on myself. And say, “You know what? You’re just not feeling that treadmill right now.”

‘You have to recognize that you’re in a place, a bad place, in order to get out of it. So you kinda have to sit in it for a minute, to know, oh, oh, I’m feeling off. So now I gotta, I gotta feed myself with something better,’ she added. 

A chat with hubby: Her first guest on July 29 was her husband, former President Barack Obama

A chat with hubby: Her first guest on July 29 was her husband, former President Barack Obama

Michelle and Michele also broached the subject of racism in America, with Obama saying: ‘We talk about white women clutching their purses at the sight of us, or feeling uncomfortable when we walk in the store, but I wonder, do you know how afraid we are?’ 

Obama’s first guest on the premiere episode of her podcast on July 29 was her husband, former President Barack Obama, whom she called the ‘eternal “Yes, we can” man.’

Flashback: Michelle wished Barack a happy 59th birthday on August 4 by sharing a photo of her 'favorite guy' and daughters, Sasha and Malia, when they were kids

Flashback: Michelle wished Barack a happy 59th birthday on August 4 by sharing a photo of her ‘favorite guy’ and daughters, Sasha and Malia, when they were kids

Barack celebrated his 59th birthday on August 4, prompting his wife to share a photo of her ‘favorite guy’ and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, when they were kids. 

Michelle said she invited Barack to be her first guest ‘because he’s navigated these questions throughout the course of his life. In many ways, you can see his entire career as a constant conversation and evolution with his relationship to a larger and larger community.’  

During the episode, the couple talked about the differences in their childhoods, with Barack teasing Michelle that her upbringing was ‘black “Leave It to Beavers”… only thing missing was the dog.’

They also discussed the coronavirus pandemic, with Michelle saying, ‘Like most Americans, we’ve been spending a lot of time together in quarantine. 

‘I’ve been having a great time. But we’ve had some interesting conversations… because these are some crazy times,’ she told him.

The episode also explored the protest movement sparked by the death of George Floyd. 

Big bro: Her brother, Craig Robinson, has also been a guest in an episode of the show

Big bro: Her brother, Craig Robinson, has also been a guest in an episode of the show 

Favorite: Craig admits he is the one who got their mother to move into the White House

Favorite: Craig admits he is the one who got their mother to move into the White House

Favorite: Craig admits he is the one who got their mother to move into the White House 

Wisdom: Michelle also talks to her mother, Marian Robinson, on an upcoming episode

Wisdom: Michelle also talks to her mother, Marian Robinson, on an upcoming episode

‘Given everything that’s going on right now, from the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the ongoing protests and conversations that are testing our patience — and our consciences… not to mention all the challenges we’re experiencing due to the pandemic, I think that these days, a lot of people are questioning just where and how they can fit into a community,’ Mrs. Obama says.

Others episodes have cover many other topics, from light to serious, including parenting, self-care, marriage, mentorship, family, and civil duty.

In episode three, she chatted with her brother, Craig Robinson.

Upcoming episodes will feature talks with  comedian Conan O’Brien in episode six, Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett in episode eight, and Chynna Clayton, Yene Damtew, and Kristin Jones. 

‘I can’t wait for you all to hear the conversations I’ve been having for the #MichelleObamaPodcast,’ Michelle tweeted. 

The podcast is produced by Higher Ground Productions, the company formed by the Obamas in 2018, which has also made content deals with Netflix.  



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