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There’s an unspoken advantage to being equally broke in a relationship. I grew up being told that any talk about money was “crass” so perhaps it’s lucky that my past significant others have all been types that would rather have ten drinks on a Tuesday night then buy groceries. We never had to talk about it. However, for a lot of couples, this isn’t the case.

An estimated two out of three Canadian couples have some kind of income disparity, according to a 2015 study—not too surprising when you consider, on average, women still earn 83 percent of what an average man makes, and only 24 percent of married women are estimated to earn more than their husbands. (That figure was only seven percent in 1970, so at least that's progress?) Plus, along with a gender pay gap, a racial income disparity is still prevalent throughout North America with a 2016 consensus revealing university-educated Canadian-born members of a visible minority earned, on average, 87.4 cents for every dollar earned by their white peers.

All this means is that well over half of North American couples will be dealing with an income gap, and are having to factor in income discrepancy issues into their relationship. So, what does it look like when one person makes several times more than...

In the wake of Anthony Bourdain’s death, CNN has been finding ways to use its trove of footage featuring the culinary icon to honor him, putting together a televised remembrance back in June and forging right on ahead with what will be the final season of Parts Unknown. Now the network is working on what it's calling "the definitive Bourdain feature documentary," which could make it to theaters as early as 2019, Vanity Fair reports.

“As well as we knew Tony, because he did reveal himself in the series, there was still a hunger to know more about him, and to honor his work and celebrate him," Amy Entelis, CNN’s executive vice president for talent and content, told Vanity Fair. "The documentary format became one of the more obvious ways to go.”

Earlier this month, CNN announced it would air a final seven-episode season of Parts Unknown in the fall, despite the fact that Bourdain only wrote and recorded voiceovers—a signature part of the show, along with The Layover and No Reservations before it—for one episode. For the others, it's trusting directors and producers to fill the void, and (potentially) leaning on dialogue Bourdain recorded onsite during taping. But according to the Los Angeles Times, CNN isn't dipping into its archives to pad the final season out—meaning there's a chance some footage it has of Bourdain, but never got a chance to use, could show up in the doc.


Rikki Mendias has always been obsessed with sneakers, and he's spent years cultivating a collection of his favorite shoes. But in 2014, he began to look at his kicks differently: He had more than 150 pairs to his name, but realized that there were people in his community who didn’t have any. So he decided to pack his shoes into the back of his car, drive around Los Angeles, and donate them to people in need. The impromptu act of charity inspired him to start Hav A Sole—a nonprofit that’s given more than 12,000 pairs of new and gently-used sneakers to homeless individuals and at-risk youth across the country.

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When I step inside Queen C’s Harlem apartment, I’m a little shocked.

I’m used to seeing people my age live in shoeboxes when I visit New York, but this place is huge. There are four bedrooms, a spacious living room with an open concept kitchen, and hardwood floors. Granted, she doesn’t live there alone, but she could if she wanted—she just prefers renting out the rooms to subsidize her own rent. The 26-year-old applies that same business savvy to her primary job—wholesale distributing weed in New York State.

Queen C (more on the nickname later), sources her weed in California, and then has drivers truck it across the country to New York, in shipments of 100 to 400 pounds at a time. She then supplies local dealers and delivery services. In the last eight years, she’s become a millionaire off a business that started as a side hustle.

She credits being a “petite Asian woman” as a key factor in her success because she thinks it makes her appear more trustworthy than her male competitors. But she admits there’s a dark side to her career.

“I am Queen C; I am this badass bitch. But I do have this secret,” she says.

VICE caught up with Queen C to find out how she came to dominate New York’s weed scene and what she plans...

Aretha Franklin sold 75 million records, won 15 Grammy awards, and boasted a range that few other singers had before she died this week at 76 years old. Franklin's legacy—her openness about female sexuality, her embodiment of soul and R&B, and her steadfast dedication to her art—has influenced thousands of artists who have come after her, from Alicia Keys to Ariana Grande.

Franklin was originally from Memphis, Tennessee. Born into a preacher's family, her earlier years were spent singing gospel music in church. As her career progressed, she became an icon for women of color during the Civil Rights movement, and her hit songs, from "Respect" to "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Loved You)," became household staples and American classics, spawning other songs and lyrics inspired by her powerful style.

On today's episode, Franklin fan and Tonic editor Rajul Punjabi sat down with Noisey editor-in-chief Eric Sundermann to honor the legendary singer.

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Brazilian celebrity plastic surgeon Denis Furtado, also known as "Dr. Bumbum," has been charged for the death of one of his patients after a butt injection went fatally wrong, the Guardian reports.

Furtado—who has almost 650,000 followers on Instagram, where he routinely posts before and after shots of his butt lifts—was performing the cosmetic surgery on 46-year-old Lilian Calixto on July 14 in his Rio de Janeiro apartment when she started feeling sick. Furtado took her to a nearby hospital to get checked out, but the woman died later that day of cardiac arrest.

According to prosecutors, Furtado injected an unsafe amount of a synthetic resin called polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) into her butt during the deadly procedure, putting Calixto's life in danger "under the false promise of immediate beauty, selfishly motivated by greed and an easy profit," they wrote. Furtado's mother and sister, who assisted Furtado during the injection, have also been arrested in connection to Calixto's death.

Aside from the dangerous amount of PMMA and the fact that the procedure was done in a makeshift home clinic, the whole thing was also illegal, prosecutors say, since Furtado isn't licensed to practice medicine in Rio.

Illegal butt injections have become increasingly more common in Brazil and the US, but the black market ass shots can inadvertently lead to in...

After former Apprentice contestant and White House official Omarosa Manigault Newman kicked off her book tour, revealing the Trump administration's twisted secrets, the president shot back by tweeting:

It's certainly not the first time Trump has used the insult, which is more than just a little dehumanizing. But a tidbit from a recent Washington Post report may shed some light on why "dog" is an especially harsh insult coming from Trump (emphasis mine):

Longtime Trump observers say it is a measure of his rage and sense of betrayal that he called Manigault Newman “that dog.” The president, who has an aversion to dogs and other pets, considers canine comparisons to be among his most devastating put-downs.

That's right, liberals! If you needed another reason to hate Trump, now you have one—he doesn't like dogs.

According to domestic animal researcher John Bradshaw, "Recent studies have shown that affection for pets goes hand-in-hand with concern for the natural world... Pets may help us to reconnect with the world of nature from which we evolved." So it's not surprising that Trump hates dogs—just look at his anti-environmental polices.

Still, the natural question arises: How the fuck can someone hate a creature as precious and pure as a dog? Dogs rule the internet. They save lives. And one glance at their...

Donald Trump's public behavior is so outrageous, and his public statements are so odd that it sometimes seems like he can't be any worse behind closed doors. But it's becoming increasingly clear that what happens in the White House is even odder than anyone can imagine—at least, that's the takeaway from a Friday Daily Beast story reporting that a 2017 meeting between Trump and veterans groups devolved into an argument about Apocalypse Now.

According to the Beast's two anonymous sources who were present at the meeting, when the conversation turned to Agent Orange, the herbicide that caused cancer in many Vietnam veterans who used it to wipe out forests and crops, Trump sidetracked the discussion by insisting that “that stuff from that movie" had been "taken care of." Once it became clear he was talking about Apocalypse Now, some of the veterans present tried to correct him—the chemical featured in the Francis Ford Coppola classic is napalm, you know, "I love the smell of napalm in the morning"—but Trump dug in his heels and even "went around the room polling attendees about if it was, in fact, napalm or Agent Orange in the famous scene from 'that movie,'" the Beast reports.

The Agent Orange issue is a serious matter, as the Beast noted, with many veterans and their families saying the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is not acknowledging all the health...

Two years ago this week, activist art collective INDECLINE installed life-sized statues of Donald Trump in the nude—complete with a gargantuan paunch, varicose veins, and an acorn-sized micro-peen—in five cities across the US. Most of them were destroyed within days, but a few wound up auctioning for upwards of $20,000. Now, the naked Trump effigy is back, and this time INDECLINE managed to make it even more disturbing.

At about 2 AM on Friday, five artists from the collective scaled a billboard at the corner of Melrose and North Martel in Los Angeles and decked it out with their latest creation: a fully-nude Trump statue painted to look like John Wayne Gacy, a serial killer known for moonlighting as a clown who murdered at least 33 young men in the 70s. On the massive canvas behind the statue, they scrawled one of Gacy's most infamous quotes: "A clown can get away with murder."

A spokesperson for INDECLINE told VICE that the inspiration for the statue came from that quote, which one member of the collective likened to Trump saying he could "stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters." Plus, the spokesperson said, "if things progress the way they are now"—especially in terms of what Trump's environmental policies are doing to the planet—"he’ll have a bigger body count...

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"It's complicated," sighs Peppermint. "Talented actors, casting directors, and everyone involved in the making of art should feel free to create in the way they see fit. In a perfect world, anyone would be able to play anything."

I'm talking to Peppermint—the first transgender woman to create a major role in a Broadway musical, Head Over Heels—because, once again, the question of cis/straight actors taking LGBTQ parts has hit the headlines, this time sparked by English comedian Jack Whitehall reportedly being cast in Jungle Cruise (which apparently isn't a gay porno). He's set to play Disney's first major gay character, despite being a heterosexual man.

It's not the first time such a decision has been made by Hollywood: Just last month it was reported that Scarlett Johansson was set to star in the upcoming film Rub & Tug, playing a trans man (she later dropped out of the project). Nearly all the lead gay characters in 2008 movie Milk—a biopic of legendary gay rights activist Harvey Milk—were played by straight men. In The Danish Girl, Eddie Redmayne played the lead, a trans woman. The list continues.

There's often outrage from queer folk when such announcements are made, but to outsiders, the reason for the upset is not always so obvious. Acting, by definition, is about transforming into a character; it's not about who you actually are. Polling from YouGov this week confirms that many share this view, with...

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Be careful. Sounds dangerous. Why would you fucking do that to yourself?

I mean, I expected these reactions from my mom—whom I absolutely did not tell—but it shook me to hear them from my closest friends and colleagues when I sheepishly announced I would be eating 800 calories or less for the next seven days. I knew there was a good reason I wanted to try restricting my diet like Allison Mack and the other members of NXIVM’s secret women-branding sorority, but I couldn’t easily articulate it to the people who care about me.

When I first met former member Sarah Edmondson, she had described the extremely restrictive diets women in NXIVM’s inner circle adhered to as an apparent way to build character and discipline. Tabloids had called it a twisted form of mind control, but from the inside this was seen as a powerful way to live one’s ethics in a measurable way. The women were required to dutifully record everything they ate, and cheating beyond 800 calories per day was punishable. Nobody in NXIVM circles seemed to call it what it was: starvation.

I think there’s an ease in which women with regular boring human body insecurities can accept that self-denial is an ultimate show of strength. Whatever kind of body you have, it can probably be improved by more exercise and fewer carbs, right? NXIVM took this to...

Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has a ludicrous cast list that already features just about every famous actor working today playing just about every famous actor from 1960s LA, but why stop there? This week, the Wrap announced that actor and martial artist Mike Moh has officially joined the film to play the world's greatest actor slash martial artist: Bruce Lee.

Moh will join Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Burt Reynolds, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Timothy Olyphant, James Marsden, Luke Perry, Tim Roth, and so, so, so many more for Tarantino's ninth—and possibly penultimate—film. The director was rumored to be looking for an actor to play Bruce Lee for his Manson movie since at least June, and Moh seems like a perfect fit.

Moh, who currently stars in Marvel's Inhumans and had a reoccurring role on Empire, is a fifth-degree black belt and has repeatedly praised Lee's influence on his own career.

"[Lee] has been an inspiration to me and so many others around the world," Moh wrote in a 2015 tribute video to the kung-fu master. "He transcended ethnicity, he showed us how amazing it is to part of the HUMAN RACE."

It makes sense that the martial artist would have a role in the film's larger framework around the Tate-LaBianca murders: Bruce Lee was close friends with celebrity...

I first went to Branch Brook Park in Newark to photograph youth for my body of work Nothing Gold Can Stay. Youth is possibility and youth is change. Youth is awkward and vulnerable. Youth is fleeting. Being young is being true and unknowing—it is being who you are.

I’m still fascinated by young people. But in these images, I am looking at people throughout NYC in the context of love—summer love. It's a seasonal phenomena not unlike the season of our youth.

“This is a new thing” one of my subjects said to me while reflecting on her romantic relationship. “I hope it lasts.”

The creators of Crazy Rich Asians may have rejected a Netflix deal in favor of getting their movie on the big screen, but the streaming service has continued to put out shows and movies with diverse casts. The latest is the film To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, a teen romantic comedy that follows the story of Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor), a shy high-schooler who has to deal with the fallout after five letters she penned to her past crushes as private diary entries get delivered to the people they were addressed to. Through a series of traditional teen-movie contrivances, Lara Jean ends up “fake dating” the school’s popular boy, Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo). The rest documents her struggles as the emotional boundaries between fake dating and real dating become blurred.

Lara Jean is half-Asian, making her a rarity in the generally lily-white world of rom-coms. But the film isn't explicitly about that, though it is one its greatest strengths. Mostly, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before focuses on hitting the traditional marks of teen dramadies—an underdog protagonist, a vindictive popular girl, a “sex scandal.” What sets it apart is its realistic portrayal of what it means to choose to be vulnerable with someone for the first time in your life.

As you can probably guess, the “fake” relationship is complicated as Lara Jean gradually falls for Peter. But both parties...

It was just a small cut, I thought. Self-harm, yes, but not self-destruction.

Yet 21 stitches later I’m sitting on a metal bed in a 9x12 cell on Mountain View Unit’s Crisis Management Center—a.k.a. “the psych center” or “the icebox”—left with nothing but my thoughts. No clothes, no books, no hygiene products, not even a pair of panties to hold the pad between my legs.

They’re afraid I’ll choke myself with my underwear. This is the protocol for suicidal inmates.

“But I told you I don’t want to die!” I scream to no one in sight, desperate to hear something other than a cacophony of my own thoughts.

I thought I was just trying to relieve a little stress. But that didn’t stop them from putting me on suicide watch for three days.

Every female offender who comes here for “observation,” no matter how timid, is treated the same: humiliated, dehumanized, and with extreme caution.

“Well I do want to die!” a voice from the cell next-door to mine screams. “Why did they cut me down?!”

I look out my cell door and see that another psych patient-inmate has flooded her cell. Toilet water is running underneath her metal door and into the hallway.

That must be why they only give us four squares of toilet paper at a time.

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My mind travels back a few years to when I was 30,...

A few years ago, no one could have predicted that socialism would seem to many young people like a viable political movement or that the country would be consumed by the question of whether there's a tape of the president saying the N-word. So sure, why can't the Chapo Trap House guys be acutal celebrity pundits with a book and everything? In just two years, New York-based friends Matt Christman, Felix Biederman, Amber A'Lee Frost, Will Menaker, and Virgil Texas (the last of whom has written for VICE) have grown their Simpsons jokes and rant-filled roundtable chats into an enormous platform for lefty conversations. If Pod Save America, the inescapable liberal talk show hosted by former Obama staffers, represents the respectable wing of the Resistance, Chapo represents the angrier, fringier, and more uncompromising part of the left, the part that gets insulted when you call them Democrats.

Having conquered the podcasting world—their 22,000 Patreon subscribers donate more than $100,000 to them per month—the Chapo co-hosts have branched out into books with The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason, written with help from occasional show producer Brendan James (another former VICE and VICE News contributor). The book, which comes out next week, delves into the ugliness of America's past, present, and future political landscapes, with chapters skewering both parties, the legacy press, and the...

Are you looking for a pet who requires a shit ton of attention? One who only likes to be pet in very specific places and drink water in very specific rooms? If this sounds like the level of responsibility you need in your life, we'd like to introduce you to Bruno, the seven-year-old cat who is currently looking for a home:

Bruno is great for people who love irony, because he is the highest-maintenance little potato boi hailing from a species that is designed to be low maintenance. According to a Facebook post from his temporary home, the Wright Way Rescue in Morton Grove, Illinois, Bruno is a "laid back, lazy boy." But his supposed "laid-back" attitude contradicts almost everything else about him, as outlined in the post which was supposedly written by the cat himself.

According to Bruno, he's

- Very "chatty."

- "On a diet."

- Only likes his feather wand toy (but not the others!)

I also really like playing with my feather wand toy. Not so much my other toys or scratchers, though.

- Stands on his hind legs when he's hungry (objectively a good thing).

- Will not eat unless you pet him.

- Will meow incessantly even after you've given him food, unless you are literally petting him while he eats:

I love to be pet while I eat. It took my foster mom a little time to realize what I was meowing about, since she had just...

Stormy Daniels is almost unrecognizable as the Virgin Mary. Unlike the garish glare of porn, Nika Nesgoda's photograph of her is soft and stylized. Daniels looks demure swathed in royal blue and burgundy robes, coyly leaning away from the camera like she might just slip out of frame. If the portrait in question, an interpretation of Italian painter Simone Martini’s Annunciation from 1333, turned up in the pages of Vogue, you might not bat an eye.

But Daniels isn't just any adult film star. She's the woman leading the charge to expose President Trump’s alleged affairs and the hush money he offered to women over the years. Her name has become a lightning rod for partisan rhetoric, martyred by the left and demonized by the right.

That's why, 16 years after it was shot, Nesgoda's photograph of Daniels as the Madonna is suddenly in the news. What began as a meditation on the role of women in Renaissance-era religious art is being held up by conservatives as a liberal assault on religion. But what critics don't understand, or choose to ignore, is that the photo is actually pretty traditional. If you care to learn the history, porn stars posing as the Virgin Mary actually make a lot of sense.

Donald Trump hasn't even hit the halfway point in his first (and hopefully only) presidential term, but the 2020 race has already begun on the Democratic side. Trump's apparent unpopularity has convinced dozens of thirsty Democrats that they would have a shot against him. This list includes plenty of viable candidates—Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris, for example—but there are also the dreamers who have no shot of winning, but nevertheless persist. To get it out of the way, let's run down this list of the hopeless so we don't have to talk about them again:

Michael Avenatti

Lawyer Michael Avenatti came into the public eye when he began representing porn star Stormy Daniels, who claims she had an affair with the president in 2006 and that he paid her to never tell anyone about it. A frequent guest on cable news, Avenatti has become a political celebrity using decidedly Trumpian tactics. Recently, he made a trip to Iowa where he announced: "I’m exploring a run for the presidency of the United States, and I wanted to come to Iowa and listen to people and learn about some issues that are facing the citizens of Iowa and do my homework."

He is bombastic and annoying, politically inexperienced, and as I previously wrote: "I want to die... Jesus Christ, kill me now... It's all very bad."