Afro Emojis Don’t Exist. These Women Want to Change That.

Many people connected to the African diaspora have Afros. And like anyone else, they send emojis to their friends — a zombie, say, or a mermaid or a genie. But which emoji can they use to represent themselves? Right now, 2,823 emojis are recognized by the Unicode Consortium, the nonprofit that provides standards for text…

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What Happens to Your Business When Rihanna Wears Your Jeans?

Imagine you are 21 years old, living in Switzerland, and wearing cropped wide-leg jeans that you made them yourself from deadstock fabric found in Italy. You wore them in a digital look book that won you a spot on the V Files runway. And now—after a few emails from someone named Mel Ottenberg whom you’ve…

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Thinking of a Jumbotron Proposal? Some Say, Ugh. Others, Say Yes.

Jumbotron proposals have become as much a part of baseball as the seventh-inning stretch — no matter that they are often considered tacky and in bad taste. When a proposal appears on the giant screen, a large segment of sports Twitter world (mostly women) chime in about how they hope no one ever proposes to…

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Footnotes: Why Logic Wrote a Novel

Bobby Hall, better known as the Grammy-nominated rapper Logic, started writing his debut novel, “Supermarket,” four years ago. He had released “The Incredible True Story,” a dystopian concept album in which two men search for a planet named Paradise in the wake of Earth’s destruction, and finished the script for a film, “Everything Must Go,”…

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update: Pack Those Binoculars. It’s Peak Bird-Watching Season.

It’s peak bird-watching season in North America. As millions of birds in the Americas migrate to their summer homes now through May, millions of bird-watchers are taking up binoculars and cameras to spot the Sandhill cranes, Red-Shouldered hawks and thousands of other species flying above. But all year, hotels and resorts across the country have…

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Can What We Eat Affect How We Feel?

The patient, a 48-year-old real estate professional in treatment for anxiety and mild depression, revealed that he had eaten three dozen oysters over the weekend. His psychiatrist, Dr. Drew Ramsey, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, was impressed: “You’re the only person I’ve prescribed them to who came back and said he…

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Medical News Today: Musical training may improve attention

Having had several years of musical training may yield some unexpected cognitive benefits. A new study suggests that musical training may improve a person’s ability to focus and tune out distractions. Years of musical training may have some surprising cognitive benefits. The benefits of music for the human brain are numerous. Some studies have suggested…

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Judge Blocks Medicaid Work Requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Wednesday threw out Medicaid work requirements in two states, a blow to Republican efforts to profoundly reshape a program that has provided free health insurance to the poorest Americans for more than 50 years. In twin rulings, Judge James E. Boasberg of the Federal District Court for the District…

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‘Avocado Toast’ Is Now a Paint Color

Image Natalie and Caleb Ebel, the founders of Backdrop Paint.CreditVincent Tullo for The New York Times Benjamin Moore offers consumers a choice of more than 3,500 paint colors. Sherwin-Williams, a competitor, sells a more limited but still substantial palette of 1,500 hues. To buy either brand, you generally have to visit a hardware store or…

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