This month, get ready to accept more responsibility for your actions. On July 1, a retrograde Saturn enters Capricorn. Saturn rules boundaries and authority; when it moves in reverse, we’re given an opportunity to reassess the structures and systems we normally accept unquestioningly. That it occurs in the hardworking sign of the Goat means we may be getting a serious reality check. Avoid the temptation to over-commit, so you can really make the most of this eye-opening transit. On July 5 at 12:44 a.m. EST, our intuition will get a boost with the arrival of a Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn. Eclipses wake people up; this one can help us understand what we need to let go of in order to move forward. Messenger Mercury stations direct in Cancer on July 12, after having been retrograde since June 18. Mercury retrogrades are notorious for blocking up travel and communication, so by this point, we’re more than ready for these areas to flow more smoothly; but manage your expectations, as we're still in a post-retrograde shadow until July 26. Get in touch with your inner performer starting July 22, when the Sun makes his way into his favorite sign, Leo. We'll be craving the spotlight, and ready to celebrate our talents. But we may be more prone to selfishness and vanity during this time, so we’ll have to be careful to check ourselves before we step on any toes. On July 27, charming Venus forms a square against dreamy Neptune. This transit can bring up feelings of discouragement, confusion, and disillusionment, so it will be critical for us to build up our self-confidence, and avoid comparing ourselves to others. We're ready to unblock our thinking on July 30, when intelligent Mercury creates a favorable trine with psychic Neptune. We may enjoy a renewed interest in learning about new subjects, and we’ll feel empowered to use our intellect to help the world.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the Institutes for Allergies and Infectious Disease, shared updates on the coronavirus during a talk with Dr. Francis Collin, director of the National Institutes of Health, on Monday, one day after CBS News host Margaret Brennan accused President Trump of preventing him from appearing on TV.
Dex Geralds was 26 when he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and he didn’t fit the physical stereotype of someone with the disease. “I did work out quite bit,” the fitness trainer, actor and model tells Yahoo Life. “My body looked great on the outside, so I never thought about what it was doing to me on the inside.” At the time, Geralds managed a restaurant and ate on the job a lot. The food he ate was “low-quality... carb-heavy, super-sugary.” Geralds started having some unusual symptoms. “I was always thirsty, drinking a lot of water — so much water that when I walked, you can hear the water slushing in my belly,” he says. He also experienced mood swings. “I would become irritable out of nowhere,” Geralds explains. “I'm naturally a positive person and I always try to keep myself levelheaded. So that was a little bit strange as well.” Geralds finally decided to see a doctor after watching a CrossFit video featuring someone with type 1 diabetes. “The person on the video was talking about some of the symptoms they had,” he says. “I was going through the same thing.” Diabetes is a disease where your blood sugar, aka blood glucose, is too high. Glucose is your body’s main source of energy and it’s carried to your cells to be used for energy by insulin, a hormone made by your pancreas, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). With diabetes, your body doesn’t make enough or any insulin, and glucose stays in your blood and doesn’t reach your cells. Over time, that can cause health problems, including heart disease, stroke, eye problems and nerve damage. “My life changed quite a bit after I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.” Geralds says he started to prioritize sleep after his diagnosis: “That’s one thing I wasn't getting a lot of, especially because the job I was working in at the time.” He also changed his diet, and started to cook at home. “I was able to understand exactly what I was consuming and what it does to my body,” he says. And, while Geralds worked out regularly before his diagnosis, he “really got into fitness a little bit more.” Geralds ended up leaving his restaurant job, which he “hated,” and became a fitness trainer. “Now I have this awesome job where I can help people live better, longer lives,” he explains. “My life changed quite a bit after I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.” Geralds’ days usually revolve around health. He wakes up around 4 or 4:30 a.m. and immediately checks his blood sugar. If it’s higher than Geralds prefers, he’ll drink a big glass of water. Then, he’ll do stretches to wake up. Next, he has breakfast, which usually consists of avocado spread onto sourdough toast, with bacon, eggs and pepper jack cheese. He also likes to have mixed greens on the side. Geralds sees private fitness clients around 6:30 a.m. and then works out for about two hours. “Sometimes my blood sugar can spike, depending on what kind of workout I do,” he says, so he may have a shake with protein and creatine to try to help. When Geralds returns home, he’ll have dinner, which might consist of grilled meat and vegetables like asparagus. “I know sauces can be pretty sugary, especially BBQ sauce, so I just control it by keeping sauce on the side,” he explains. Now, Geralds is trying to clear up misconceptions about type 2 diabetes. “Some of the misconceptions people have about type 2 diabetes is that it comes from people who don't take care of themselves — they don’t exercise, they don’t eat well,” Geralds says. “My diet might have not been the best when I was diagnosed, but I was exercising regularly and I ate well for the most part when I could.” Geralds says he was diagnosed because of genetics, pointing out that both his mother and father had diabetes. “Understand that it’s not your fault that you have type 2 diabetes,” he says. “Genetics is a big factor.” Now, Geralds dedicates his time to helping others with their own health. “I’ve always just enjoyed helping people, especially people living with diabetes or have prediabetes,” he says. “Knowing that I can touch someone in a way that helps improve their quality of life, that’s my job on Earth — to be able to give back.”
Dr. Taz Bhatia, an immune support and wellness physician, offers seven tips parents can follow to help keep their kids healthy: Add foods high in vitamin C: Citrus fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C like: oranges, grapefruits and beets support and help build a strong immune system. “With children, we really want them to get their vitamins through food, so the earlier you can establish some of these healthy eating habits, the better for their overall health,” Bhatia says. Make chicken soup a weekly option: Another immune-supporting food for kids is chicken soup. It isn’t just an option when children are sick. “It’s a great food to bring in maybe a couple of times a week to keep the immune system primed and supportive,” she explains. Chicken soup produces collagen that helps keep skin, hair and bones strong. It also has antiviral and antibacterial properties. Check out the video above for more tips.
Anymore, it feels impossible to look around without getting the feeling that the '90s have taken over. From mini skirt suits à la Cher Horowitz to Kelly Kapowski-inspired scrunchies, you'd be hard-pressed to avoid slipping past '90s fashion trends of late. So instead of hiding from the past, we've decided to embrace the era full force. First stop: square-toe shoes. If you're still wearing round toes, you're so stuck in the '00s. With the help of indie shoe brands like Rafa, By Far, and Loq, the square toe sandal has gone through a major revamp. These aren't the Nine West strappy heels you'll find sitting on a shelf at your local vintage shop (okay, maybe they kind of are). Since the new square toe heel inception, dozens of new designer takes on this vintage-inspired trend have popped up from the likes of Bottega Veneta and Neous. Basically, square toe shoes are beloved by all, despite their origins. Since you may not be convinced of bucket hats and tracksuits quite yet, the 23 sandals ahead will give you all the throwback vibes you need to master the era in style. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?16 Black-Owned Swimsuit Brands To Shop This SummerHow Poofy Dresses Became Summer's Go-To Silhouette31 Looks To Jumpstart Your Summer Style
It is day two of fashion’s first-ever virtual couture week, and while the much-anticipated occasion is only just beginning, Giambattista Valli is already strides ahead of its fellow brands. For the Italian designer’s fall ‘20 haute couture collection, Valli dressed supermodel Joan Smalls in 18 gowns, each one bigger and more tulle-adorned than the one before. The collection was Giambattista Valli at its finest, with petticoat-like bubble waists, voluminous skirts, and plenty of dresses of the mini variety, most of which include an eye-catching train and a taffeta bow to boot.Mixed in with a palette of pastel pinks, reds, and blacks are five ivory ensembles perfect for brides-to-be. For the final look (which is often a bridal one in couture), he designed a polka dot-like embroidered veil — secured with a black silken bow — that blankets the accompanying strapless gown and its three-tiered skirt. Smalls also models a two-piece look which includes a taffeta bow bodice paired with a sweeping waterfall skirt, a delicate tulle mini dress with a similar bow centerpiece, and a vintage-inspired ivory number that could easily double as a couture nightgown with the right pair of satin slippers.His fifth white look featured a face covering fit for the modern bride who wants to take COVID-19 safety precautions: a silk chiffon headpiece with cutouts around the eyes. For any non-brides looking to participate, the accessory also appears in red, pink, and black. It’s not exactly PPE, but it’s very pretty.According to the show notes, this season’s collection is an ode to the city where it was conceived, or as Valli calls it, “La Ville Lumière.” The red gowns are meant to mimic the lipstick left around the rim of empty café cups, while black is an ode to iconic LBDs. Pink represents the city’s many rose gardens, and white symbolizes French architecture, specifically the decorative white molding present in most Parisian apartments. Like us, Valli’s been inside for most of 2020, appreciating the indoor spaces that surround him and dreaming of the beautiful city he recalls from simpler times. “In the horror of what we’re passing through, there was beauty blooming at the same time,” the designer told Vogue, a lesson that he brought to life for fall ‘20. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Giambattista Valli x H&M Collection Is HereThe Giambattista Valli X H&M Lookbook Is HereH.E.R. Is The New Face Of Giambattista Valli x H&M
This story was originally published on June 1, 2020. The fashion industry has a long history of exploiting Black creatives — and it’s not a problem that only exists in the past. While some of today’s most prominent fashion designers are Black — including Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss, Aurora James of Brother Vellies, Carly Cushnie of Cushnie, and Christopher John Rogers — they don't always have the same support. As James noted in a recent Instagram post, it is imperative for both long-established brands and everyday consumers to do the work of helping Black-owned businesses. James calls for brands like Net-A-Porter, Target, Whole Foods, Sephora, and Saks Fifth Avenue to commit to buying 15% of their products from Black-owned businesses, explaining that companies of this magnitude have the power to offset existing racial disparities — they just have to use it. As important as it is for corporations to support and encourage Black-owned businesses, it’s just as crucial that we as consumers also uplift the Black fashion community. Ahead, we’re helping you put your money where your supportive Instagram post is, by highlighting Black-owned businesses where we love to shop and think you should, too. To help bring attention to the police killing of George Floyd, you can sign the Change.org petition here, or donate to local organizations like Black Vision Collective or Reclaim the Block via the Minnesota Freedom Fund here.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Brands Lay Out Plans To Help The Black CommunityThis Is What Real Allyship Looks Like10 Books About Race You Should Be Reading
It’s been over a month since Amy Cooper, a white woman walking her dog in NYC’s Central Park called the police on Christian Cooper (no relation to Amy), a Black man bird-watching in the same area of the park. Christian made a video of their interaction, and it showed Amy calling 9-1-1 saying there’s an “African-American man threatening my life;” the video clip soon went viral. In it, Christian is heard repeatedly — and calmly — asking Amy to put her dog on a leash, in accordance with park regulations. Instead of doing so, Amy called the police, and lied that she was being physically threatened by “an African-American man.” The viral clip was an obscene demonstration of the perverse power of white privilege and how easy it is for a white woman like Amy Cooper to inflict it on unarmed Black men in ways that could easily get them killed by police. Although Amy faced instant fallout for her behavior in the video — she was fired from her job and temporarily lost her dog — many people thought she should face more severe consequences, and pointed out that, by calling the police on false pretenses, Amy was committing a crime. On Monday, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced it would be indicting Amy Cooper on misdemeanor charges. Amy has now been issued a desk appearance ticket, and her arraignment is October 14, 2020.Many have lauded the announcement as good news. But not everyone is happy with these charges, nor do they feel the charges represent actual justice. Prison abolitionists — who have advocated for initiatives to defund the police and abolish prison systems — took to Twitter to explain why cheering for Cooper’s arrest goes against this movement, and why they don’t support it. “We don’t have to charge Amy Cooper, and we shouldn’t charge Amy Cooper. Charging her is the easy solution. It’s the easy way out. And it reinforces the idea that justice can only be found in the disastrous carceral system we’ve created,” Josie Duffy Rice, the President of The Appeal, explained in a thread. “Our most inherent feelings about ‘what feels like justice’ have been shaped, molded, corrupted by a criminal justice system we still have a lot of trouble shaking.” Rice wasn’t the only person to speaking out about why charging Amy is not akin to real justice. Marc Lamont Hill and Eve Ewing asked on Twitter what the word “consequence” truly means here, and how people can’t transform the system if they allow it to function as usual. “Abolition means abolition,” Ewing wrote. “It doesn’t mean we turn the monster against the bad people. It doesn’t mean we say, ‘well, kill the monster eventually, but as long as we have it….’ It means we stop feeding the monster.”While it might feel impossible, at times, to break free of the commonly held idea that “justice” equals existing justice systems, abolitionists are working to amplify the ways that this mode of thinking detracts from the ultimate goal of abolishing corrupt systems.“If we are really going to do the work of abolition, we have to begin not just dreaming of a world without police and prisons, we also have to begin to engage it in practice,” Marc Lamont Hill told theGrio after the announcement that Cooper would be charged. “That means that we can’t think of punishment and revenge as our first response to problems and crises.” Supporting the arrest of Amy Cooper goes directly against the calls to defund and abolish the police that have become the main demands of the movement in the last month, Hill explained. Even Christian Cooper said he didn’t want her to be arrested for making false charges.“As we interrogate the oppression caused by the prison industrial complex (PIC) and fight for its abolition, we’re faced with the difficult question of what to do with people who commit harmful acts of racism — whether that means people like Amy Cooper or killer cops like Derek Chauvin,” Reina Sultan, an abolitionist organizer and member of the 8 to Abolition coalition, told Refinery29. “This is one of the hardest parts of abolition, because it requires us to work through our instinct of punishing someone who has harmed, and instead look at the environment that allowed this harm to happen.” According to Sultan, abolition “requires us to ask ourselves if prosecution and incarceration would actually protect us from racism or if it would present a facade of justice, further expanding and legitimizing the prison industrial complex. It is most certainly the latter.” The argument’s basis is often found in the industrial prison complex, as abolitionists believe punitive measures like prison — rather than rehabilitative or restorative — are not a means for justice and do not help a people heal or stop the cycle of harm. And by that argument, abolitionists maintain that arresting people is not the answer. Demands for justice must “go beyond the prosecution of the individual perpetrators [of acts of racism],” Angela Davis explained in Freedom Is a Constant Struggle. “Instead of indicting individual people, we need to tackle these issues as systemic issues — because they are. Marginalized communities — especially those that are Black, Indigenous, trans, sex-working, and/or disabled — are much safer abolishing the PIC than they are if we arrested, charged, prosecuted, and eventually incarcerated racists,” Sultan says. “The system itself perpetuates racism, transphobia, and ableism to a degree that is only possible when it exists as an institution. Abolition is the first step to making sure we can prioritize our community’s health and safety.”Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Amy Cooper's Police Call Is An Act Of ViolenceLayla Saad On BLM, Allyship, & Racist WorkplacesOn The Anniversary Of Philando & Alton's Killings