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The glimmer of the gold-leaf artwork at artist Julie Wheeler’s table caught my eye.

This took place as I walked around the vendor’s displays at the new Cuban Gypsy Parlor’s 1st Friday “Gypsy Market” on Oct. 2.

I met an author there, too, who I will profile next week, too.

Wheeler hails from Cleveland, Ohio, but studied graphic design and painting at Loyola University in New Orleans. She’s been in Summerville for two years now, having relocated from Charlotte.

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Regan: You began art as a little girl with a crayon? Did your teachers say you had artistic talent growing up?

Wheeler: When I was young, I could never color inside the lines, both figuratively and literally. I would always go against the grain of any assigned art project. This got a lot of attention when I was in grade school. My projects

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Active adult community near Bellingham offers easy living with style

Imagine a picturesque, gated active adult community that offers homes designed for convenient, uncomplicated living along with an abundance of contemporary personality, charm and aesthetic appeal.

Welcome to Woods Point.

The 75 distinctive homes at Woods Point in Ferndale are specially built for homeowners 55 and older, a market sector that continues to grow, powered by downsizing empty-nesters as well as buyers who’ve simply had their fill of yard work and major household maintenance.

Woods Point features five home designs, giving buyers the option of a single-level home, or a multilevel plan with a master suite on the main level and a bonus loft for guests, office, or space for hobbies or a quiet getaway.

Several homes are now under construction at Woods Point, including three homes that will be move-in ready by the holidays, according to Kendra Decker, vice president and principal at Landed Gentry, the community’s builder.


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Military-Style Response at One Retirement Community Stymies COVID-19

Along with much of the country, Knollwood Life Plan Community in the District of Columbia went into lockdown in mid-March to try to protect residents and staff from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The retirement community includes sections for independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing. The leadership team stopped allowing visitors to the facility, which is typically home to 280 people – all of whom are retired military service members, former high-level federal government officials and family members. Residents range from those living independently to those needing a high level of care. They are served by 250 staffers, who all began wearing personal protective equipment, including masks, disposable gloves and full gowns, when the pandemic began.

The first weeks of lockdown seemed fine.

Everything changed six days before Easter, on April 6. That day, the District of Columbia Medical Examiner’s office called to notify community

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Superbloom Is a New Online Community for Women With Chronic Illness

The stories we tell play a major role in determining our health and wellness, as individuals and as a collective. Public narratives around chronic illness shape our healthcare system and determine everything from funding for research programs and availability of treatments to protections for the disabled and the day-to-day experiences of those who are ill. Erin Berman, a former content strategist and brand designer for Silicon Valley startups and multinational corporations—recognized by Forbes as “a natural speaker with an art for telling tales”—understands this. Later this month she will launch Superbloom, a social media platform meant to expand the conversation around women’s health. The site, which gives chronically ill women a way to connect with one another, will feature resources searchable by symptom, diagnosis, or treatment and offer support channels designed especially for the millions of women currently living with the kinds of illnesses that evade proper diagnosis and treatment. 

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Rihanna apologizes to Muslim community for “unintentionally offensive” use of song during fashion show

Rihanna’s fashion show for her lingerie brand, Savage X Fenty, was held last week despite the coronavirus pandemic, and the star-studded event was streamed on Amazon Prime. Some viewers honed in on one of the songs used, “Doom” by Coucou Chloe, which some deemed offensive. 

Rihanna has now apologized to the Muslim community for using the song during the show. 

Entertainment Tonight reports the 2016 song includes a narration of Hadith, sayings and actions of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, about the end of the world and the afterlife. The Hadith is a sacred text to Muslims.

After several people pointed out that the song includes a remixed reading of the sacred text, Rihanna and the artist behind the song posted apologies on social media. 

“I’d like to thank the Muslim community for pointing out a huge oversight that was unintentionally offensive in our Savage X Fenty show,” Rihanna wrote

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Rihanna apologizes to Muslim community for using song with Islamic scripture in fashion show

Rihanna is issuing an apology for an offensive song selection in her 2020 Savage X Fenty Vol. 2 Show.

While the designer and singer was praised for the inclusivity of her fashion show, which streamed on Prime Video on Friday, she’s since faced backlash for having the lingerie models strut to the song “Doom” by London-based producer Coucou Chloe. The song, which is on the show’s official soundtrack, includes sacred Islamic verses — specifically a remix of a Hadith narration from the Prophet Muhammad about the end of times and judgment day — leading Rihanna’s Muslim fans to call her over it.

In an apology on Tuesday, Rihanna took responsibility for the “huge oversight” and vowed that it won’t happen again.

“I’d like to thank the Muslim community for pointing out a huge oversight that was unintentionally offensive in our savage x fenty show,” Rihanna wrote on social media Tuesday. 

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Rihanna Apologizes to the Muslim Community for Islamic Hadith in Show – E! Online

While Rihanna‘s brand has been hailed as an inclusive one, not all of her fans felt properly represented in her Savage x Fenty show. 

On Friday, Oct. 2, Rihanna’s second annual show for her lingerie brand debuted on Amazon Prime Video. While the highly anticipated show was met with praise and applause from some, not all were pleased with the multihyphenate star’s one-of-a-kind presentation. Specifically, Rihanna and the brand came under fire for the use of Coucou Chloe‘s track, “Doom,” during the show. The song reportedly contained a remix of a hadith narration. Hadith is defined as “a collection of traditions containing sayings of the prophet Muhammad which, with accounts of his daily practice (the Sunna), constitute the major source of guidance for Muslims apart from the Quran.”

Offended fans swiftly expressed their criticisms of the song’s use. “My religion is not your aesthetic!!!” some cried out in

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Community invited to view model homeless encampments

DENVER (KDVR) — Colorado Village Collaborative (CVC) is taking a new approach to its ongoing effort to set up sanctioned homeless camps in Denver.

The non-profit group expected to have its first Safer Outdoor Spaces site up and running by last July, but several proposed sites have been met with resistance from community members and political leaders.

“We have moved forward with sites. We had moved forward with the site—the Blair-Caldwell Library—for example.  But then the mayor changed his mind, once he heard from some community members,” Hannah Fageeh said, Safe Outdoor Spaces (SOS) manager with CVC.

SOS would be regulated encampments, that would accommodate about 50 tents in an area that is approximately 10,000 square feet.

CVC decided to take a new approach, in introducing the community to the concept—holding an open house to show the public what the site sites would look like.

The model site, which was

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Bengaluru’s Hotelier Community Comes Together to ‘Gift’ Free Meals to the Needy

The hotelier community in Bengaluru have come together to start a community social service initiative called “Sanchigondu”​ in which customers will be given the offer to buy coupons to buy a meal for the economically disadvantageous amid the Covid-19 crisis.

The project by the Bruhat Bengaluru Hotel Association, Rotary Bangalore South Parade, and Corona Warriors Banashankari is inspired by a similar initiative undertaken in Venice, Italy popularly known as “One for me and One for the wall”. The initiative offers people buy a meal for themselves and pay for another extra meal which can be given to the needy. The donation is held in trust by the hotelier and displayed as a paid receipt stuck on the wall, which the needy can claim.

Localising the concept, by calling it Sanchigondu where ‘sanchi’ in kannada mean ‘a small sack’, people can pay for these meals and can be redeemed by anyone.

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Online beauty marketplace GEENIE is expanding ‘with the help of our community:’ CEO

At a time of rising demand for products that come from businesses run by people of color, Chana Ewing launched GEENIE, an online beauty store and community of “culture-first brands.”


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“We launched right at the tail end of July, early August, and we launched at the time with just five brands and five lipstick SKUs. Since then, we’ve expanded to nine brands and have over 20 SKUs, and we expanded with the help of our community,” said Ewing.

Ewing tells Yahoo Finance that the company enables consumers to discover, shop, and share brands they believe in.

“So that’s including BIPOC, LGBTQ+, women-owned brands, but also sustainable clean, toxic-free [products],” she said. “Our idea is that you shouldn’t have to bounce around the internet to be able to find brands and source products from communities that you’d like to shop from that also meet the same sort of ethical

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