A Beyoncé documentary is dropping on Netflix next week.
The video streaming giant first tweeted a tease Sunday that
simply said “Homecoming” with some Greek letters worked in. The
project will be available April 17.
Netflix made the news official on Monday in a trailer and
press release, describing “Homecoming” as “an intimate look at
Beyoncé’s historic 2018 Coachella performance that paid homage to America’s
historically black colleges and universities.”
The film will be “interspersed with candid footage and
interviews detailing the preparation and powerful intent behind her
vision,” according to Netflix.
Beyoncé also launched a scholarship program last year called
the “Homecoming Scholars Award Program,” which provided four
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) each a $25,000 scholarship
to award to a student of their choice.
The Grammy-award-winning singer made history at Coachella
last year as the first woman of color to headline the annual festival. She
opened her performance singing “Crazy in Love” accompanied by a New
Orleans-style brass marching band, donning a yellow hoodie with the Greek
letters Beta Delta Kappa. The hoodie was a reference to the Divine Nine, the
five African American fraternities and four sororities.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, who represents Beyoncé’s
hometown of Houston, said Beyoncé’s performance with the band gave her and the
audience “HBCU vibes.”
Considering how many love birds flock to Las Vegas to get
hitched, it’s a bit of a shock that Celine Dion has never performed at a
wedding ceremony — until now.
On Friday (April 5), the pop star schemed with Jimmy Kimmel
to crash some nuptials with the late night host’s camera crew rolling. Jimmy
Kimmel Live! has spent the last week in Sin City at Planet Hollywood’s Zappos
Theatre. The venue is down the hall from the resort’s wedding chapel, so
Kimmel, his trusty sidekick Guillermo, a drink-clutching David Spade and an
elated Dion gave one happy couple the shock of a lifetime when they interrupted
their vows to make their wedding a little more memorable.
Kimmel took over officiating, and the doors of the chapel
opened to reveal Dion, who floated toward them while serenading them with her
1996 ballad (and Hot 100 chart-topper), “Because You Loved Me.”
Dion also joined Kimmel at his desk for a brief chat. After
she walked out behind the newlyweds (and helped the bride, Kate, with the train
of her gown), Dion sat down to talk about the end of her reign in Vegas, as her
residency is coming to a close after a whopping 16 years. Kimmel joked that
Caesars Palace may demolish their Colosseum, which was constructed for Dion’s
first residency at the venue in 2000, which she didn’t find funny at all.
“You’re breaking my heart!” she cried. “First
of all, it’s kind of bittersweet, leaving Las Vegas. This is my second home.
For me, it’s not leaving Las Vegas, it’s taking a new route — it’s a new
To support her new album, Courage, she’ll be mounting a
world tour, and though she’s moving out of the Colosseum, she’s looking forward
to playing there in the future — so that demolition won’t be happening if she
has anything to say about it.
“I will not let them demolish the Colosseum,” she
declared. “But they might open the roof, to make it even more [like] the
real Colosseum, so all the other casinos can hear us.”
After a quick costume change into a dramatic gown, the
Canadian diva belted out “Ashes,” her song from Deadpool 2. Watch
Dion sing through the single on Jimmy Kimmel Live! below.
Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, now have their very own
The development comes after an announcement earlier this
month that the Queen had granted the couple their own royal household based at
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex launched the account on
Tuesday under @sussexroyal.
The first, and so far only, post announces the account as
the official Instagram for the royal couple and has a collection of photos of
the pair and their travels.
“Welcome to our official Instagram; we look forward to
sharing the work that drives us, the causes we support, important
announcements, and the opportunity to shine a light on key issues,” said a
message with the post.
“We thank you for your support, and welcome you to
@sussexroyal.”- Harry & Meghan.”
The account already has more than 250,000 followers.
Earlier this month, it was announced that Harry and Meghan
would officially be splitting their household from the Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge, aka William and Kate.
The two brothers and their wives have, until recently, been
a unit, with Harry and Meghan often appearing on the @KensingtonRoyal
On the day Prince Harry and Meghan tied the knot, the
official Kensington Palace Twitter account updated its profile picture to
include a photo of the foursome.
The account, which now shows a picture of Prince William,
the Duchess of Cambridge, and their three children, welcomed the Sussexes to
According to an announcement from the royal family, the
Queen agreed to create a new household for Harry and Meghan, based at
Buckingham Palace. It means the two couples will have their own support staff
“This long-planned move will ensure that permanent
support arrangements for The Duke and Duchess’s work are in place as they start
their family and move to their official residence at Frogmore Cottage,”
said the announcement.
The move and fresh Instagram account means each couple will
now get to create their own image moving forward, especially with Harry and
Meghan due to welcome a baby in the coming weeks.
The quality of customer service proves to be most important success factor in the fast food industry. Customer satisfaction primarily drives the fast food business for years. While others might disregard the importance of quality service, other fast food establishments pay attention to this very well.
In this article, you will learn the importance of good quality customer service in the fast food industry:
BUILDS BRAND AWARENESS
If you do not already understand this, then now is the time to understand. Word of mouth is the most effective ally in the fast food industry. What your clients say to other people can make or break your fast food chain. When you supply good quality service, people will be more invested in you. They’ll remember your own brand and will be back for sure.
GOOD CUSTOMER SERVICE REDUCES PROBLEMS
Issues are always going to arise for any business, (in fast food industry in particular) no matter how hard you try to prevent them. While you can not run an ideal fast food business including all the ideal customers, you can guarantee friction doesn’t become a problem. If customers know that they can voice complaints and these issues will be managed properly, they are going to feel more comfortable.
GOOD QUALITY CUSTOMER SERVICE BUILDS TRUST
These days, people will only stay loyal to a fast food business if they have great reason to. Otherwise, there is plenty of competition available they can opt to proceed to. Because of this, you have to work much harder to keep customers and build their trust in your own fast food. By offering the very best in customer service, you will increase trust, and that could mean the difference between customer loyalty and customers that jump ship.
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Joe Russo said each actor and their respective teams have
full control over their character’s makeup and hairstyling.
Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel is officially becoming an
Avenger in the upcoming “Avengers: Endgame,” but the first look at the
character in the Marvel blockbuster was far from a home run. Captain Marvel
appeared at the end of the “Endgame” official trailer released in March, and
many fans were quick to point out that Larson was sporting straighter hair and
wearing a lot more makeup than she did in the “Captain Marvel” standalone film
that opened last month. The character’s beautification for “Endgame” sparked
backlash from fans, with many blaming directors Joe and Anthony Russo for
sexing up the superhero.
The filmmakers were recently asked about the decision by film during the “Endgame” press junket, but they said Captain Marvel’s look was not their decision. While the Russo brothers “set the parameters in terms of what (they need),” they give the actors and their respective teams full control over
makeup and hairstyling. Black Window’s ever-changing hairstyles have all been
decided by Scarlett Johansson, for instance. So what led Captain Marvel to wear
makeup? The answer comes down to scheduling.
“This was Brie’s first time playing the character,” Joe
Russo said. “She [filmed ‘Avengers: Endgame’] before she filmed ‘Captain
Marvel,’ and I think she was experimenting with what the character was. And those
were the choices that she and her hair and makeup team had made.”
Joe Russo continued, “I think as she started to gain a
deeper understanding of the character, especially as she approached her own
movie, she started to make different choices and as an artist she should be
afforded that right to make whatever choice that she wants to make.”
Larson herself said during the “Endgame” press conference
that because the movie was her first time playing Captain Marvel, she had to
“stumble and figure out who the character was” before even she was certain. By
the time production started rolling on the “Captain Marvel” solo movie, Larson
had a better grasp on how the character should look and act.
“Captain Marvel” is now playing in theaters nationwide,
while “Endgame” opens on April 26.
You don’t need to start the New Year under pressure to make good on all the stuff you didn’t get right last year. Instead, go “easy” on the perpetual “new year, new you” mandate with one of these five-minute money resolutions for 2019.
1. Roll over your old 401(k)
“Orphan” 401(k) accounts are fairly common: A survey from A.T. Kearney found 59% of Americans had at least one from a former employer in 2017. Achieve maximum flexibility by directly rolling an orphan fund into a new employer-sponsored 401(k) or an individual retirement account. It usually just takes a phone call or two. Your old or new provider can help you conduct the transcation without incurring a tax penalty.
2. Rebalance your portfolio
Shield yourself from market turmoil by diversifying your investment portfolio. Check in with your certified financial planner or online financial adviser to make sure you have the right mix of low-to-high risk investments.
3. Check your tax-withholding
Use the Internal Revenue Service’s online withholding calculator to ensure your employer is taking enough out of your paychecks to pay Uncle Sam during the fiscal year. It’s good to do this exercise annually, so you don’t wind up owing big when it’s time to file your taxes.
4. Fill out that life insurance application
Applying for life insurance is a lot easier than it used to be. Policygenius can help you get started and walk you through the process. Step one is compare life insurance quotes across insurers.
5. Set up auto-pay
Make sure you don’t miss a bill next year by setting up auto-pay across service providers, including your insurers, cell phone servicer, cable provider and utility company. (Note: It’s still a good idea to review monthly bills for errors, new fees or upcharges.)
6. Check your credit
Even savvy spenders should check their credit every few months or so. Credit report errors happen more often than you think and can sometimes show signs of identity theft. Fortunately, it’s easy to check your credit for errors or surprises. Federal law entitles everyone to a free credit report from the three major credit reporting agencies — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — every 12 months. You can get these reports at AnnualCreditReport.com.
7. Start an emergency fund
The easiest way to save three-to-six months of expenses for a rainy day? Open an online savings account. They tend to carry higher annual percentage yields (APYs) than accounts at traditional financial institutions. They also make it harder to tap funds for non-emergencies, since you can’t just click a few buttons and transfer money from checking to savings.
8. Create a will
Online legal sites can help you write a will in minutes. Once you’ve have the documents drawn up, you’ll just need to have them signed by two witnesses and a notary. Bonus: Use offer code “protectmylegacy” to get $10 off an estate plan with our partner Trust & Wills.
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Jeanine Skowronski is Policygenius’ editorial director. She’s also a #CrankyXennial.
Receiving your first paycheck from your first job can be a uniquely rewarding experience. While you may have earned an allowance growing up for doing chores, or run a lemonade stand over the summer, it’s always exciting to see the benefits in actual paycheck form. As you start earning more paychecks and take on more adult financial tasks, such as paying bills, you’ll have to develop skills to develop a budget and build your credit score.
Fortunately, in 2018 we live in a more digitalized world, as developments in tech continue to grow at an unfettered pace. It’s far easier now to develop a strong sense of financial literacy than it was 30 years ago thanks to mobile apps and better banking technology. And aside from tech, there are all kinds of skills young adults need to learn in order to maintain future financial security. Here are a few of the best ways they can get started.
Use mobile apps to manage your budget. Developing a sound budget is one of the most important skills to learn as you take on your first job. You’re likely starting from the ground up, so to avoid having to clean up a mess years down the road, create a budget based on your current expenses, your take-home pay, and your savings. Apps like Mint, which sends you reminders for your bills and lets you see your credit score in real time, or Wally, which helps you track your expenses by letting you take photos of your receipts, are effective especially with young adults who are more tech-savvy.
Set up an auto-transfer from your checking account to your savings account. This is an easy one. Once you’ve figured out how much you can budget for savings per month, set up automatic transfers between your accounts so the money will be transferred without you having to think about it.
Work toward establishing your credit. As you ease further into your 20s, having a strong credit score is important with regards to renting a home and applying for loans. You can start building your credit by applying for a credit card and making small purchases on it, and ensuring you pay off your balance every month. You can also establish good credit by making sure your bills are regularly paid on time.
Create an emergency fund. You never know if or when you’ll hit some kind of financial dire straits, like losing a job or getting an injury or illness that requires you to take time off of work. The general rule of thumb is to have three to six months worth of pay saved in the case of such an emergency. It’s worth noting the importance of keeping this savings account separate from your regular savings account so the two aren’t confused.
Everyone makes money missteps at some point in their lives, whether it’s splurging on unnecessary items or neglecting to contribute to retirement funds as soon as possible. Even financial pros are not immune to making mistakesR
Click through to get expert tips to make understanding money easy.
1. Start with saving
More than half of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings, a GOBankingRates survey found. Although it’s tempting to spend rather than save when you get a paycheck, it’s important to prioritize contributing to your savings accounts, the experts said. One way to make it easier is to automate payments.
“If you don’t see it, you won’t spend it,” said Sharon Epperson, CNBC senior personal finance correspondent and host of CNBC’s “Retire Well.” “Have money automatically directed from your paycheck to a savings account that isn’t tied to your checking account.”
2. Avoid lifestyle inflation
Ted Jenkin, a certified financial planner, said it’s also important to increase your savings rate whenever you start earning more to keep growing your net worth.
“Save one-third of every pay raise you get so you don’t succumb to lifestyle inflation,” he said. By starting this practice early in your career, you’ll develop good habits like saving, investing and paying down debts instead of spending it on more stuff you won’t care about in a few years’ time.
3. Don’t waste your money on things you don’t need
Whether you’ve just received your first paycheck or your first raise, it can be tempting to spend your money on things you want rather than on things you need — but this can be a huge mistake.
“Don’t spend so much money on clothing,” said Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, founder of the personal finance blog “Making Sense of Cents.” “I’ve worked full-time since I was around the age of 14, yet I didn’t really start saving money until nearly a decade later.”
4. Don’t buy things to impress other people
Spending on immediate wants can hurt your future needs, said John Rampton, founder and CEO of Calendar.
“Don’t waste your time on expensive cars or gadgets,” he said. “It’s better to save money for the long term and for things that can keep generating money, rather than taking [your] money.”
Over one-third of Americans have less than $10,000 saved for retirement, GOBankingRates’ 2018 Retirement Savings survey found. It’s easy to put off saving for retirement when you’re in your 20s, but that’s the best time to start. The sooner you save, the sooner you can take advantage of compound interest. No matter your age, it’s important to prioritize investing in your retirement accounts, the experts said.
“Start contributing to a Roth IRA with that taxable income you’re earning,” said Erin Lowry, author of Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together. “I wish I’d started investing earlier with something as simple as Roth IRA in college.”
6. Don’t fear the stock market
Doing something that scares you can be a good thing for your finances. Novice investors are often scared of the stock market, but just by getting started, even on a small scale, you’re furthering your financial life. That’s why Tom Hegna — financial author, speaker and economist — thinks you should invest in the stock market. Certified financial planner Jeff Rose concurs.
“Invest sooner,” said Rose. “I started investing at 24, but I started working when I was 16 and could have invested a little bit of money sooner.”
7. Now, invest even more
“Invest in the market, and lock in gains by purchasing income,” Hegna said. “Once you have your basic expenses covered with income, buy more.”
In addition to making financial investments, it’s important to invest in yourself by learning everything you can about personal finance so you can create a financial plan that works for you.
“No one will care about your financial success as much as you will,” said Marsha Barnes, certified financial social worker and founder of The Finance Bar. “Learn as much as you can today.”
It’s easy to write-off personal finance as confusing, but you’re only hurting yourself. The sooner you take the time to learn some money basics, the sooner you can use this knowledge to plan out short- and long-term goals.
9. Listen to yourself and take action
“Figure out what you want in life, then make decisions based around this goal,” said J.D. Roth, founder of the financial website Get Rich Slowly. “Once I got clear on what my larger aims were, I was able to make financial decisions that supported these goals.”
Although you need money to cover expenses and other life necessities, it isn’t the be-all and end-all. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ask for what you deserve.
“Ask for more money and learn to negotiate as soon as possible,” said money expert Brittney Castro. “[But] don’t chase money, because it’s not the holy grail. Enjoy it. Make lots of it. But always remember it’s a resource, not an indication of who or what you are in the world.”
12. Don’t let money define you
Dominique Broadway, a millennial personal finance expert and founder of Finances Demystified, agreed that money doesn’t define you or your success.
“Do not link money with success,” she said. “Money can come and go. Focus on saving and growing your money, and don’t focus on ‘shiny things’ to keep up with other people.”
If you’re hoping 2018 is the year you (finally!) get your money on point, it’s smart to look back on last year’s successes and failures, while focusing on new, doable goals. That means foregoing, say, a quest to find the next cryptocurrency or better time the stock market. Instead, try focusing on some tried and true financial rules. Call them cliche, if you want, but they’re certainly effective. Here are 8 timeless financial tips to follow in the new year.
1. Live below your means
If you’re struggling with bills or debt, chances are, there’s a disconnect between how much you earn and how much you spend. Drafting a new budget — we’ve got a good template here — can resolve that disconnect, but here’s a big trick if you’re trying to build wealth: Aim to live below your means, not simply withinthem. That might mean sacrificing a few luxuries or downgrading to, say, a different cable subscription, but it’s a surefire way to maintain long-term financial health.
2. A penny saved is a penny earned
In 2017, it was all about the side hustle. Everyone was driving for Uber, teaching kids English online with VIPKID or delivering groceries with Instacart. But more money can’t solve your financial problems if you don’t put those dollars to work. And if you’re working more and more, but still in debt or barely paying the bills, something’s gone awry. In lieu of looking for more income, think about spending less and saving more. We know, easier said than done — which brings us to our next adage.
3. Pay yourself first
It’s easy to work all month, gather your paychecks and pay the bills only to realize there’s nothing left to save. That’s why many financial experts suggest “paying yourself first,” a method of budgeting where saving is essentially your primary expense. We’ve got a full explainer on how paying yourself first works, but it’s pretty much exactly how it sounds. You budget a set amount of your paycheck that’ll go into a savings account each month and deposit those funds before paying for your other wants and needs. Viola! — savings problem solved.
4. Be fearful when others are greedy & greedy when others are fearful
This advice comes from investment oracle (of Omaha) Warren Buffet — and it’s particularly worth following in 2018. In a world where speculation can drive the price of Bitcoin up from a few hundred bucks to nearly $19,000 in a matter of months, it’s smart to know a bubble when you see one – and to strive to do things differently.
In Buffet’s world, you wouldn’t buy Bitcoin at the top, but at the bottom when most investors are spooked and ready to cut their losses. Of course, this advice doesn’t just apply to Bitcoin. It applies to real estate, the stock market and anything else we invest in, but you catch the drift.
5. Avoid credit card debt like the plague
With the average credit card carrying an annual percentage rate over 15%, 2018 is a great year to break the cycle. Consider taking advantage of 0% APR balance-transfer offers — they’re pretty popular this time of year — to eradicate high-interest credit card debt. Then curb any impulses to run balances back up again.
6. Buy less home than you can afford
In a world where housing prices seem to rise at an endless pace, it’s hard to buck trends and borrow less than you can afford. But it’s more important than ever if you want to keep your financial house in order. By spending less on housing than the bank will lend you, you’re freeing up cash to save and invest.
7. Don’t keep your eggs in one basket
When it comes to investing, your best bet is diversifying your portfolio as much as you can. Make sure you have an appropriate balance of stocks, bonds, real estate and other investments. And if you want to take the easy way out, invest in low-cost index funds that diversify on your behalf.
8. Be prepared
Your future depends on the financial decisions you make today, so think beyond your basic checking and savings account. Be sure to build a proper emergency fund, bank money for retirement in a 401(k) or IRA, think about a college savings plan for the kids and cover your family for a worst-case scenario with life insurance.
There are many different techniques for those who are wondering how to grow a small business, however, for most owners, it starts with the basics: finances. After all, if you do not manage your finances efficiently, the road to success might be endangered with more huddles than needed. With that being said, below we are going to take a look at some top finance management tips for small businesses.
Keep business and personal finances separate – One of the biggest mistakes small business owners make is keeping all of their finances in one place. Instead, open a business account and in terms of credit, get a company credit card. Be strict about using this for business purchases – don’t blur the lines. This will ensure that you are in full control and that you can track your outlays with ease.
Don’t be afraid to ask for discounts – Some companies will be more than willing to give businesses discounts. And, you know what they say – if you don’t ask, you don’t get. You’d be more than surprised by how often you will get discounts and even free items just by asking. You are already buying large quantities, take advantage of your bulk purchases.
Make the most of auctions – Are you in manufacturing? One thing a lot of business owners overlook is the option of buying and selling in auctions. This is a great way to save money. Whenever you need to get rid of anything or upgrade something, you can sell your items in an auction to get as much money as possible. Read up on how to sell at an auction so you can make sure you get the highest price for your machinery and equipment.
Monitor and measure performance – A lot of people wonder how to grow a business, and it all really begins with knowing how you are performing right now. If you do not keep tabs on your company’s financial performance, you will never know how your financial health is at present, nor will you be able to plot how to improve your finances in the future.
Use cloud computing solutions – Another piece of advice you should follow is to embrace cloud computing. Excel is great but in today’s world, it does not save much time. Cloud finance management solutions are becoming more and more popular due to the fact that there are low barriers to entry and the majority of options are free or low-cost.
Don’t procrastinate – Don’t put off your bookkeeping needs. You may think there are other tasks that are more important when it comes to business matters, but you will end up with a big mess on your hands if you put bookkeeping off.
So there you have it: some of the most important financial management tips for small businesses. If you follow the advice that has been presented above, you will go a long way to making sure that all of your business accounts are in order and that you have the perfect platform to flourish. Good luck!