Classic aptitude: Tulsan Trey Thaxton begins Greenwood Ave. model to mix type with substance | Life-style

The Greenwood Ave. brand has become a favorite of many for its mix of vintage flair with a keen eye on today’s fashion.

founder Trey Thaxton is the man behind this brand, and he’s sporting the classic BWS bomber at his 19&21 pop-up inside Mother Road Market. Look for the shop through mid-February.

Greenwood Ave. began in 2018 with T-shirts sporting logos from landmark businesses destroyed in the 1921 Massacre. “There’s more meaning than just looking cool,” Thaxton says. It’s the conversations and stories these designs ignite that’s really the goal, he says.

Since its inception, the clothing line has expanded to include sweatshirts, jackets and accessories for women and men. A children’s line might be in the future, he adds. He’s especially proud of a recent partnership with Legion cycling team and the brand’s expansion outside of Tulsa.

Thaxton originates the designs for Greenwood Ave., and the majority of the products are screen printed here in Tulsa.

“Whatever I touch or do has to have meaning,” he says. Take the shop — along with Greenwood Ave. brand items, Thaxton has mixed in products from other local, Black-owned companies. On the shelves today are candles from Subtle Home Co., barbecue sauce from Albert’s Gourmet Barbecue Sauce and Zela roll-on pain relief.

Thaxton hopes to open 19&21’s brick-and-mortar in the Greenwood District this year, which will give him even more opportunities to give back to the community. Right now, 10% of all Greenwood Ave. Sales go to north Tulsa community efforts. Recent recipients have included Oasis Fresh Market and Crossover Preparatory Academy. “For me it’s about uplifting other people,” he says.

Tulsa favourites


Date night with wife ambergris means getting a babysitter for their two children, grabbing some sushi and catching a movie at Cinemark Tulsa.


the Rainbow cab design is one Thaxton’s favourite. The nostalgic logo was one of the first he put on Greenwood Ave. Clothing back in 2018.


Thaxton loves to browse the sneaker selection at silhouette. Store owner Venita Cooper has carried Greenwood Ave. products from the beginning.

Ask Model and Substance: Sharing your struggles with others | Opinion

Dear Style & Substance,

I’ve been healthy most of my life and was recently diagnosed with having trouble navigating. I’ve shared it with a few people and had such mixed reactions and disturbing reactions that I feel like I should have kept it to myself. Could you talk about disclosure and support in these difficult circumstances?

It sounds like the support you requested wasn’t there for you and we’re sorry. Having been in good health all your life, now with a diagnosis and possible health problems, life is uncharted territory. You learn to adapt while your support people absorb and respond to this unexpected change. We have developed a few strategies that can be considered, rearranged, or set aside to bring insights to the deliverers and receivers of sensitive messages that require a deeply compassionate response.

CHECK YOURSELF: So what about you? How are YOU doing with this health change? A diagnosis pushes us to look at our lives differently; our past, present and future. It brings forth lingering emotions like fear and guilt. It can be used as a positive nudge to make the changes we can in order to live as healthily as possible. It is most important to question yourself, to become aware of what you are feeling and why, what your expectations were and are now, and perhaps how the information was passed on or unintentionally twisted by the listener.

PAUSE: During monumental (or even minimal) life changes and challenges, we always recommend pausing to reflect, reflect, and gain clarity about what your mind and body are telling you. When you rush to talk to others, you don’t have the time to thoroughly understand a diagnosis, treatment plan, or next steps. The pause is also a time to assess the risk of disclosure and to consider allowing people into your sacred circle. As you reset upcoming conversations, focus on three “whens”: share when you’re ready, when you’re feeling good, and when sharing serves a purpose. As you lead with these intentions, arrange your words of disclosure and how you receive the thoughts of those around you.

“Walking a mile in someone else’s shoes has less to do with the gait or the shoes; it’s about thinking how you think, feeling what you feel, and understanding why you are who and where you are. Every step is about empathy.” ~ Toni Sorenson

TEST THE WATER: When you don’t know how you’re feeling, sharing the words with a trusted friend can be as simple as that; an opportunity to clarify the what and why with the knowledge that the information will be considered with confidence and care. This one conversation can be rich in clues and words about how to share your diagnosis with adult children, friends, and extended family.

PAY ATTENTION TO TIMING: Unfortunately, timing is an important consideration when sharing this information. When you switch a conversation to something serious in the middle of a busy time or during a pleasant activity, the listener isn’t always willing to listen carefully or respond. Ask for a quiet time to speak, or ask the listener to come back at a later time. Everyone feels that they honor the other.

PLEASE PRIVACY: Consider and request discretion and confidentiality. News travels fast, making anonymity rare.

WHAT TO SHARE & WHAT TO KEEP: You don’t have to share everything or explain yourself too much; especially when others give you unwarranted advice about a direction you should take. So often the people closest to us want to solve problems to help us feel better and bring order to the unknown. When people underreact or overreact, our nice selves should interpret that as trying and guessing how you’re feeling and what you might need. It is clarifying to say how high your level of concern or concern is at this moment.

GOING FORWARD: When you share a profound problem with someone, they need some information about the situation itself AND how you’re feeling about it. Giving people indicators gives them information about how and when to respond. Making a big deal or a small deal is something that needs to be validated.

“One day in the summer Frog wasn’t feeling well. Toad said, “Frog, you look pretty green.” “But I always look green,” said Frog. ‘I am a frog.’ “Today you look very green even for a frog,” said Toad.” ~Frog and toad are friends, Arnold Lobel

Your family and friends are used to the fact that you are a strong, vital and healthy person. This adjustment will take time, patience, vulnerability, and humor—with a dash of deep honesty—to fully live with what a diagnosis can mean for your future.

Sally Meisenheimer and Michele Armani are the owners of style &substance, which offers life coaching and creative solutions. Meisenheimer and Armani are certified life coaches with many years of experience in health education, human resources development and teaching. Together they have been married for more than 60 years and have raised seven children. Email questions and comments to

Jean-Jacques Beineix: the French auteur who introduced type and substance | Films

During Margaret Thatcher’s reign in the 1980s, British cinema was largely dejected, scathing, political and oppositional. But across the English Channel with François Mitterrand France, the films were glitzy and flashy, with a sexy if superficial neon glow: the so-called cinéma du look. No director was more responsible for this than Jean-Jacques Beineix.

He became both famous and ridiculed for that smashing 1986 hit that launched the smoldering career of its star, Beatrice Dalle: Betty Blue, a steamy drama in which an aspiring author embarks on a passionate, destructive affair with Dalle’s boisterous siren, Betty. It has been nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars, the Globes and the Baftas, and has received nine Cesar nominations. But Betty Blue actually won only one César: the awfully reasonable Best Poster award (a prize that was discontinued a few years later), the iconic image of young Dalle towering beautifully in the blue of the deepening sunset sky, with the heavily picked beach shack below on a glowing horizon. It was a poster that adorned the walls of millions of college dormitories, and soon the film, and Beinix itself, were considered the immature taste of the 1980s: the gauntlets of French cinema.

But that doesn’t do justice to its boldness, energy and exuberance and the film that made it famous in 1981: Diva, a film with a residual New Wave ethos but with a little less politics. A young postman, speeding through Paris on a moped (that key New Wave vehicle) is obsessed with an opera singer, played by Wilhelmina Wiggins Fernandez; he accidentally comes into possession of a tape of a confession incriminating a top cop being mistaken for his own pirated tape of the diva singing the impassioned soprano aria from Alfredo Catalani’s opera La Wally, Ebben? No andrò lontana, with its window-breaking high note.

Beatrice Dalle in Betty Blue. Photo: Moviestore/Rex/Shutterstock

Legix single-handedly made this breathtakingly dramatic aria as popular among non-opera fans (to the annoyance of hardcore opera fans) as a hit single from an otherwise little-known album. No doubt Diva inspired the 1987 portmanteau film Aria, in which directors such as Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Altman, Derek Jarman, Julien Temple and Nicolas Roeg each created a short piece to accompany a famous aria. Aria was garish and sassy, ​​but some felt it was a glorified art-house take on the pop videos popularized by MTV at the same time. However, Beineix was not involved.

After Diva, Beineix made what both admirers and critics considered his seminal authorial play, The Moon in the Gutter, in which Nastassja Kinski plays a wealthy, predatory woman whose fate collides with a smoldering dockworker, played by Gérard Depardieu. His fans adamantly insisted that this was Beineix’s brilliantly playful, colourful, visually creative French spin on the American noir genre. The naysayers said it was unbearably presumptuous and absurd; Legix was deeply hurt to be booed at its Cannes premiere.

But last year in Cannes I was thinking of The Moon in the Gutter as festival-goers adored Leos Carax’s film Annette, his indulgent, madly ambitious musical fantasy composed by Sparks and starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard . Who can doubt that Bergeix’s anti-puritan swing has influenced Carax? Both Carax and Luc Besson owed Bergeix a great deal, although it was Bergeix’s sad fate to have neither Besson’s lasting commercial influence nor Carax’s high-profile reputation.

In the ’90s, Beineix’s star waned, perhaps due to his characteristically heartfelt but unfavorable film IP5, which was coldly received by critics and in which its iconic star, Yves Montand, sadly died immediately after filming his character died.

Beinix has often been said to be style over substance. But is that fair? He had about as much substance as any working director of his time, but a lot more style, and a sensuous love of style at that. His Diva and Betty Blue deserve not only to be known as fashion accessories: they were living, living filmmakers. And amazing when you think of Altman, Godard, Jarman and others effectively bending the knee to Beinix in this aria collection.

Ask Fashion and Substance: Discovering pleasure in tough occasions | Opinion

Dear style & substance,

Joy is everywhere during the holiday season. Ornaments, signs, greeting cards, wrapping paper – all with just the word JOY. I am fascinated by the idea of ​​joy. How do we find and keep them alive, especially in difficult times?

Winter holidays are the festival of gathering and light, but also time for holy rest and reflection. This time of year and the winter solstice can guide us as we explore light and darkness, joy and sorrow. Somewhere in between is the awareness and the lingering of the shadow. When winter begins we step into the lengthening of daylight and the lessening of darkness. Just as the increasing light is subtle, joy can also be a little delicate and elusive.

“The eye is always caught by light, but shadows

have more to say. “

~ Gregory Maguire

How we “see” joy and how we “experience” joy can be very different. When you envision your own interpretation of joy, you can experience it as an ubiquitous part of your life rather than fitting into a particular cultural representation. Finding your own is the key to making joy a living element in your life. Society calls out that joy resides in lively conversation, large family gatherings, busyness, and the holiday hype. Joy can also be found in silence, in quiet love, in deep conversations, in leisure and calm.

“Find out where joy resides and give it a voice that goes far beyond singing. To miss that

Joy is missing out on everything. ‘

~ Robert Louis Stevenson

On the way from elusive joy to fleeting joy, to surges of joy, to lasting joy, we invite you to look at the shadows or the edges of joy, something in between that naturally adds to your piece of happiness, silence, or consolation Peace can be.

Too much light or emotion can be extremely intense, too strong where the senses are overloaded and it is not sustainable. Similarly, too much darkness brings with it despair and a strong sense of regret that disconnects and isolates. Finding a middle ground in the shadows is an exploration of balance and contentment. Shadows add a sense of depth and texture to our life experience. They recognize the presence of light, filter and create a seductive, almost secret look or an interpretation. Shadows give the viewer a beauty, an experience that is not as extreme as bright light or deep darkness.

‘When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never fades.’

~ Buddha

Calm down, stop, explore, and find a middle ground. Be curious and accommodating about who you hang out with and what you do in this balance of emotion and commitment. Your intensity is yours, it doesn’t have to match or match of others. Inner understanding gives your handwriting authenticity and simplicity, joie de vivre – the elevation of the spirit. You are a light and pure version, not a mirror of someone else.

A cute granddaughter was asked if she saw ANY stars while we were staring at the winter moon this week. She replied with awe and said, “I see ALL the stars!” Optimism and hope are our wish for you; a new year of hopeful light and discerning darkness. Look for ALL stars.

Sally Meisenheimer and Michele Armani are the owners of style & Substance, which offer life coaching and creative solutions. Meisenheimer and Armani are certified life coaches with many years of experience in health education, personnel development and teaching. They have been married together for over 60 years and raised seven children. Questions and comments emailed to

Fashion and Substance: A Have a look at the Mills Corridor-Gibbons Middle Building Challenge

Kevin McDonough ’14

With drone photography by Senior Producer for Academic Media David Israel and additional videography by social media and multimedia specialist Adam Bovie and Director of Capital Projects John Simoneau, Doug Cook, Director of College and Media Relations, offers an insight into this unique project.

Kevin McDonough ’14 works on the Mills Hall-Gibbons Center project as Assistant Site Manager at Consigli Construction.

cashbox Bowdoin Pioneers Maine’s first commercial structure made from all-solid wood signals an ongoing commitment to sustainability for more on the Mills Hall-Gibbons Center project.

The Guardian view on Tory turbulence: an issue of substance not model | Editorial

There is a growing chorus in the Conservative Party calling for the Prime Minister to be less like Boris Johnson. That doesn’t mean MPs are ready to replace him, but his style, once valued for the campaign’s effectiveness, is now seen as ruling liability.

The disillusionment with the Prime Minister’s handling of the lobby scandal surrounding Owen Paterson and its aftermath was exacerbated by a empty, poorly delivered speech to business leaders on Monday. Hostile briefings within the government have created the impression of profound dysfunction at the top.

Such things are often signs of a regime in ultimate decline, but not always. Mr Johnson is a resilient politician whose appeal to voters does not depend on qualities valued by Westminster veterans. A chaotic digression on the subject Peppa Pig where there should have been an economic strategy was not an uncommon unprofessional mistake. Clowning is Mr. Johnson’s calling. It has worked for him before, which is why the Tory Party made him its leader.

It is insincere from conservative to complain now about a method of government which was the inevitable consequence of the transfer of power to a responsible allergy sufferer. Asking whether Mr Johnson underperforms compared to his usual standard raises the wrong question. It creates problems of immense concern – the lack of a credible plan for “leveling”; systemic tolerance of corruption – subordinate to Westminster’s fixation on political theater.

The practice of MPs taking second jobs, for example, or the pattern of Tory donors taking seats in the House of Lords, goes back long before Mr Johnson’s administration. This week it became known that David Cameron was successful Lobbying at the Lloyds Banking Group to reverse a decision to sever ties with Greensill Capital – a financial firm that had established close ties with Downing Street and then employed the former prime minister after his retirement. The contact person at Lloyds was a peer, a former Tory treasurer who had donated millions to the party and whom Mr Cameron had himself ennobled in 2015.

It is absurd that the seats in the British legislature should be so divided. The blurring of the lines between government, party funding and the private sector is discrediting British democracy. If Mr. Johnson’s inept handling of a case resulted in the whole cheesy contraption being scrutinized, he will pervertly have been doing some sort of public service. When Conservative MPs are angry with their leader for making them vulnerable to this scrutiny, they are more likely to overlook the point about his moral and administrative misconduct.

When asked if Leveling Up is more than a slogan, Tory worries them Shortening of high-speed rail schedules for northern England might as well address the Chancellor as it does the Prime Minister. It is Rishi Sunak’s adherence to restrictive budgetary discipline that is holding back Mr Johnson’s more generous impulses.

The same could reasonably be expected from defects in the Health and social security billwhat a substantial Back bench rebellion earlier this week. The proposed bill is inconsistent with Tory’s election pledges to protect homeowners from having to cash their assets in paying care benefits. One such No. 10 betrayal is a joint venture with the Treasury Department.

It is hardly surprising that Mr Johnson’s disorderly behavior causes problems for his MPs. The blame lies with them for collaborating on the fiction that he was a suitable candidate to run the country. The Tories were happy when his incompetence was more competently masked. Mr. Johnson is not the cause of conservative problems. His leadership is a symptom of a deeper decline in the party.

Does giving cash to folks with substance use dysfunction ‘allow’ them? It’s difficult.

Money is just one of the currencies used to keep drug use going. People with SUD who are financially deprived of their rights can instead turn to riskier means to financial support B. Selling drugs, having transactional sex, or operating on credit with their dealer.

The relationship between substance use disorders and consumer spending is complex. Some research has documented it increased spending on drugs and increased risk for Overdose after cash incursions such as government checks. but other studies have also described an opposite trend, namely that higher cash payments do not increase drug use, but increase spending on essentials like food and shelter – suggesting that depriving drug users of resources of survival will also limit access to funds.

Having an addiction is a financial burden. It is often associated with the loss of critical resources such as employment, financial support and housing. Responding to a person’s drug use by “cutting them off” reinforces and sometimes even starts a cycle of poverty and homelessness.

A “hard love” approach is widespread, sometimes from seemingly credible sources. In part because it resonates with families and people affected by addiction, it promotes the healing belief that consequences can correct addictive behaviors. In some cases it can be. But in many, if not most, cases, this strategy goes against the definition of addiction – continued drug use despite negative consequences – and can cause permanent and fatal damage.

Alicia Ventura, director of special projects and research at Boston Medical Center’s Office-Based Addition Treatment Program, works with families who are struggling to best support their addicted loved ones. She says, “When families learn that a loved one is using alcohol or other drugs, it is impossible to protect them from myths about how to treat the family member who is using them. Myths about ‘enabling’, ‘co-dependency’, the ‘need to bottom out’ are omnipresent in society. “

Ventura goes on to describe how many families feel pressured to “cut off” their loved ones from financial support or to steal resources such as cell phones, cars or apartments. “These myths can be used to shame families who support their loved ones who are involved with drug use,” says Ventura.

Not surprisingly, families get into conflict; the message of cutting off people with addiction is everywhere. It is enshrined in federal and state guidelines, such as Social benefits and SNAP benefits, and even endorsed by some treatment centers. In the meantime, loved ones must deal with the pain and worry of watching a family member plunge into a terminal illness without assistance – not to mention the pain of people with addictions who experience it firsthand.

The assumption that people with SUD are simply wasting all of their money on drugs adds a cultural stigma that can be harmful to them. The nuances that current research and spending decisions show by people with SUD seem to be lacking in much of the public debate about how to help people in our community who use drugs. We need to start calling the notion of “cutting off” someone who uses drugs for what it is – a risky intervention that can have enormous negative consequences.

Lawyers and treatment centers offering this notion as a broad solution to substance use cannot go unchallenged. When necessary, the pursuit of financial alienation should be handled with extreme caution. All in all, we need to evaluate the way we think and talk about people with SUD in relation to their finances. Believe, and I would say the lie we tell ourselves, is that we help people by not helping people. We cannot continue to promote financial stability as a recovery mechanism while turning a blind eye to the routine financial disenfranchisement of people with substance use disorders.

Alex Woodruff is a health sciences specialist at the VA Boston Health System and the Partner center for evidence-based policy resources.

Model Over Substance, in a Good Manner

In 2016, Warner Bros. released Suicide Squad, David Ayer’s version of the all-guys team from the DC Comics. The reviews were poor, and while it had a flashy style, it didn’t make a positive impression on the mainstream audience overall. After director James Gunn was briefly released from Disney over a couple of tweets, he signed up to give his own take on the terrible, terminal team, a release so eagerly anticipated that even a pandemic couldn’t kill the hype . But does it live up to all of our high hopes?

… well, that’s a complicated question …

The Suicide Squad follows a team made up of Harley Quinn, Rick Flag, Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Ratcatcher 2, King Shark and Polka-Dot Man on their way to Corto Maltese to destroy the Jotunheim project. When they arrive, however, they find that Waller has not given them all of the information they need, nor has their true mission statement been made, and that they are facing a much greater threat than they thought.

The plot is solidly constructed as it lacks the weird plot holes and pointless character choices of the previous film. The characterization is solid, the dialogues are crisp and fun, and overall make for an entertaining watch. I think there are some narrative issues that keep it from making a great movie, but I’ll get into that in a moment in the spoilers section.

Overall, the cast is great. We have returning cast Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller and Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag. Of the three, Kinnaman gets the most time to shine, and it’s a welcome change from his act on Ayer’s suicide squad. However, both Waller and Harley remain pretty stagnant. Waller still plays the big boss, though now with a crew I hope we’ll see more given the role they play in the finale of the film. And Harley, well … she’s basically the same character as in any other movie, except for a moment of introspection that is actually funny and heartbreaking. Robbie still played the manic pixie nightmare girl, but it’s not as strong as it is in Birds of Prey.

Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher 2 is the heart of this film. At every turn she approaches scenarios with empathy and compassion, a subject that I thought signaled death to her, but luckily not. She doesn’t get much from a narrative arc; their attitudes and powers don’t really change, but characters are changed by their presence. Still, she was by far the most personable character and is portrayed as such throughout the film.

The big stars of Idris Elba (who plays Bloodsport) and John Cena (who plays Peacemaker) are good at their roles. Your characters shine the most when interacting with each other, with a great scene where they try to outdo each other by killing people in the most eccentric way in one seamless, ongoing take. Cena perfectly slips into the role of peacemaker, which is not surprising given that the character is about as nuanced as a typical pro wrestler role and his comedic timing is strong. Elba’s battered and angry Bloodsport is also great fun, but works best when paired against others in the squad rather than alone.

Another highlight is David Dastmalchian as the Polka-Dot Man, who is so crazy it’s hard not to like him. His backstory is strange, as due to his mother’s obsession with creating superpowered humans, he is infected with an interdimensional virus and now has to drive out polka dots or die twice a day. Even so, his defeated affect and general madness really made him popular. And of course, Sylvester Stallone was adorable as King Shark, a bloodier and slightly dumber version of the Groot character.

Overall, Gunn’s characteristic style shines through. We have a good soundtrack, well choreographed action and fight scenes and great costumes. That’s what people mean when they talk about cinematic eye candy; Every scene is balanced, bright, and full of fun details. There’s as much comedy in the pictures as there is in the dialogue, with just enough blood and sexual innuendo to remind you that this isn’t just a copy of his Marvel work. It goes well with the Suicide Squad brand, with quick edits, gross overall feel, and exaggerated violence.

In order to understand why this film is a little flat on the whole, we have to enter a lot of spoiler territory. If you want to avoid these, I’ll just sum it up by saying that the structure in both the plot and the characters is not there to support and improve the story where it could be. It’s surprising considering the balance of humor and heart that Gunn had in the Guardians of the Galaxy films.

The problem with The Suicide Squad is threefold: delayed low stakes, lack of character arcs, poor team dynamics. Let’s break this down component by component.

The Suicide Squad’s missions ultimately non-existent until the third act of the film. We have no idea why Task Force X is directed to Corto Maltese by the middle of Act 1 and why it matters until Act 2. Sure, we’re given reasons why Bloodsport has to leave (which I’ll get to), but the rest of the roster? Not as much. It is implied that Amanda Waller does this kind of thing often enough for everyone to know the exercise, but it seems odd not to give the other characters missions until the last minute, i.e., “Look, it’s the giant starfish of death that is easy could take “across the planet.”

I think I realized this was going to be a recurring problem when they killed a large chunk of their newly “introduced” characters in the first fifteen minutes or so. And by introduced, I mean involving famous people and making it clear that none of them would make it by not giving a reason to care or like them. It all felt like a wink-wink-nudge-nudge moment of meta-humor that might have worked in 2016, but not so much now.

But this problem goes on. As soon as we finally meet Starro the Conqueror, we hardly have time to process the threat they pose and the effects of their actions no further than just “Borg but with starfish”. There are no real villains in this story (unless you count Waller) and it doesn’t make any sense why Starro would want to take over a city instead of just heading back to space. Does every story need a villain? No. Does this one? Yes. Poorly. Because without a solid villain, without a threat, there is nothing that drives the story.

Which leads to the second problem: There is little to no character arcs in this film. Bloodsport is the exception as he becomes a leader, saves his child from jail, learns not to fear rats, and wins his tail measurement contest with Peacemaker. However, since we didn’t have enough time to learn about Bloodsport at the beginning of the movie, that growth isn’t getting the weight it should. Interaction with his daughter is strained, but there doesn’t seem to be any real affection. It doesn’t help that the “Perfect Target Man Does This For His Daughter” storyline was used in the first Suicide Squad.

Peacemaker does show some growth, but not enough to get him out of his flat characterization and eventual heel twist (what surprised anyone?). Ratcatcher 2 doesn’t evolve with the story, nor does Harley, which remains so manic and chaotic in the beginning and in the end. Polka-Dot You get your moment of growth … before he’s killed, we don’t count that either. At least King Shark is learning about friendship, so he points it out.

Finally bad team dynamics. What do I mean by that? Well, it feels like the movie is broken into two sections: the Harley Quinn section, and then the everyone else section. In most team films, subplots include at least two of the cast’s characters so we can see them interact and develop a relationship. By dragging Harley away and not giving her a character arc in which she changes in any way, it feels like watching a series of shorts that are meant to be a companion to the film, not part of the whole film. We see how the other members of the new Suicide Squad like each other, learn about each other’s past, and develop a relationship. Then Harley comes to the grand finale, and as much as the dialogues try, it doesn’t fit in with the rest of the group.

A case in point is that her reputation fight with Polka-Dot Man is forced – of course she doesn’t know who Milton the driver is, she only knew him about five minutes before they besieged Jotunheim! But the dialogue makes you think that she should, that it should be funny, that Milton was there all along and Harley never noticed. Then, as the big fight begins, Harley immediately goes out alone to get Starro in the eye while the others work together to slow him down. If you keep them separate for that long, the movie really feels split in two and takes away any sense of narrative cohesion.

If anything, this film feels like one of those special edition comics where a number of characters meet, fight a meaningless villain and no development takes place because that would mess up the continuity of their other series. Does that mean The Suicide Squad is a bad movie? No, but neither is it substantive or satisfactory. It’s a movie that has nothing to say, but it definitely looks good.


If there is one word to describe The Suicide Squad it would be “fun”. Excellent action set pieces, cool locations and costumes and generally a good relationship with a strong cast. However, the narrative structure leaves a lot to be desired and doesn’t make it great.

Ask Model and Substance: Discovering freedom amongst division | Opinion

Dear style & substance,

As June / Pride Month comes to an end and July 4th, Independence Day, is celebrated, my mind becomes centered on the idea of ​​freedom – what it means and what each of us can do with it. Our country, really our world, now seems very divided to me – do you have any ideas how we can express ourselves freely without imposing the freedom of others and deepening the rifts?

The United States is built on freedom; Life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness. In the beginning we asserted that these truths are self-evident, and the founders even went so far as to say that all human beings are created equal. Your question shows that we continue to wrestle individually and across generations with what freedom and acceptance look like. As Booker T. Washington said, “Wherever in a country the whole people feel that the happiness of all depends on the happiness of the weakest, there is freedom.”

Freedom can be defined as the human right to act, speak, think and express our thoughts; but true freedom cannot exist without thoughtful consequences of our actions and words. With freedom comes responsibility. How do we care for our true selves while respecting the rights and freedoms of others?

Oppression thrives when voices are silenced. One of the first things that are done to weaken and marginalize others is to take their voice away. From formal agreements with victims to censored press, shutting down a person’s ability to speak robs a person of freedom. Peaceful listening, no combative listening or harassed silence, let freedom flourish. When we sincerely care about another person’s experiences regardless of the differences, we begin a dialogue of deeper understanding. This can lead to a disagreement, but it is a disagreement and approach.

People who have been molested and abused are often offered money to keep quiet. Or victims are slandered and threatened so that they are afraid to speak up. The voice is the tool of freedom. The #MeToo movement created legislative changes that allow victims silenced by systemic abuse to speak. These brave people have all paved the way for others to be heard so that all can live lives of freedom and happiness in practice.

Personal exploration of this value of freedom is a start. When we look at our freest moments, what are they? Fresh air, human connection, love, exercise, and affirmation are most likely. Combine these experiences with the Golden Rule, a universal spiritual and cultural reference, put simply: treat others as you would like to be treated yourself. Why not offer what we value most to others, especially when we have more than enough? If we want to be heard, then we listen carefully to others, if we want to move, we give space for it, we say generously “good work” or “I’m proud of you”. When we are in the majority, you extend inclusion to someone who is in the minority. Look, listen, feel what is going on, and make a commitment to balance the situation.

When we view freedom as an infinite resource, we start with the idea of ​​abundance, not scarcity. There is enough – freedom for all improves everyone’s living conditions; it doesn’t diminish or diminish when we offer it to others.

With freedom, people are happier, more satisfied, more creative, more productive, more self-confident and perhaps more responsible.

So what are the necessities to ensure freedom? Courtesy, structure, and sacrifice are essential. A lack of rules does not mean more freedom, but more chaos. A sense of community means thinking outside of ourselves what would be best for everyone.

“Because being free does not just mean throwing off one’s chains, but living in such a way that the freedom of others is respected and promoted.” ~ Nelson Mandela

True freedom means making room for the beliefs of others, no matter how different they may be from our own.

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Rickie Fowler aiming so as to add long-awaited main substance to his fashion

KIAWAH ISLAND, SC – Adam Scott is a former Masters Champion and Tyrell Hatton is number 8 in the official golf rankings. On Thursday, they spent 18 holes of a major championship listening to fans cheer on the 128th player in the world.

Lots of people love Rickie Fowler, which is why many people don’t. Almost anyone in golf will say that Fowler is as nice a person as he is at the game, who is prone to small, friendly actions and who is constantly aware that other people have feelings too. Yet it is rumored that he is a marketing creation – a player with only five PGA Tour wins and what appears to be ten times as many referrals. Regular viewers of the PGA Tour are used to Fowler being in a “featured group” for television whether they want to see him or not, and commercial breaks just bring another onslaught from Fowler. It’s annoying that he became a star by wearing light colored clothes, had a pretty face, and (these days) sporting a mustache that looks like it has grown just to show that it could make him look good .

Rickie Fowler steps onto the second green during a practice round for the 2021 PGA Championship on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort.

That’s right, but it also shows how well Fowler played. He won the Players Championship and fought in all major subjects. He came here this week in a terrible break-in, so bad that he smiled when asked if he had any problems in the past few months and said, “Well, it’s definitely been more than a couple of months.”

It has. Fowler wasn’t invited to the Masters and needed a special invitation to this week’s PGA Championship. He relied on some famous friends while he passed out; He saw part of the Masters with Tiger Woods and played a lot of golf with Michael Jordan at Jordan’s new course, The Grove XXIII. Fowler said playing with Jordan is a great way to prepare as he has to give Jordan 10 punches which Jordan is too good to make, money is always at stake and challenging, good with MJ to play chirping in your ear.

“He’s not silent,” said Fowler.

The best way for Fowler to get critics on his side would be to enlist majors. But the next best thing, bizarrely, might be to do what he did: play like a PGA Tour fringe player for a while. It erases the perception that he’s only heading for third place. Golf fans generally appreciate it when players struggle and succeed. If Fowler regains his form, he could go from over-the-top to the charming underdog.

He appeared to be on his way back on Thursday, finishing 1-0 on a brutal ocean course. But even Fowler understands this was just one lap.

His fall was confusing. “When I started being outside the top 50 in the world, it didn’t start being in Augusta,” he said. “I had to deal with it for a few months.” In his words, he only recently started playing golf instead of playing “golf swing” – developing strategies and taking shots instead of thinking about the mechanics.

He’s been as bad off as in years. That’s confusing too, but it’s pretty normal too. Players who work so hard to fix their swing tend to lose their sharpness on the greens. It happened to Jordan Spieth in the last few years. Fowler said he spent “three or four hours” on the practice greens this week, apart from preparing for the course, to get his putting feeling back.

Once Fowler regains his game, he can resume the challenge that preceded his demise: finishing a major. It is possible that, as critics say, he was consumed too much by car chases. But it’s just as likely that his sensitivity and tendency to empathize with others makes it harder to develop a Jordanian mentality.

Maybe he doesn’t need that mentality. He came here determined to take advantage of his special invitation – not just by playing well, but by appreciating it.

“In a way, it’s just a perspective and an understanding that I can do this for a living,” he said. “And that’s great. I’ve had a great run out here so far. I definitely want more. But at the end of the day we can play an awesome game to make a living … we damn good out here and we’re having fun. Go play golf. “

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