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A ‘Sex and the City’ for African Viewers

Let’s get this out of the way up front: “An African City,” the steamy Ghanaian web series about five young women looking for love in Accra, is an unabashed rip-off of “Sex and the City.” There are the ubiquitous five-inch strappy sandals, the scene-stealing dresses made of Fanti fabric and the bevy of men who …

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Noted: A Winning Look (Outside the Pool) for Michael Phelps

By now, half the planet knows the meme #PhelpsFace, the viral image of the Olympian Michael Phelps furiously glowering as he prepped in the team room on Monday for his semifinal in the 200-meter butterfly. While his rival, Chad le Clos of South Africa, attempted to Jedi mind-trick the decorated swimmer by shuffling and shadowboxing …

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Night Out: Craig Robinson’s Turtles Give Him Guilt Trips

Night Out By STEVEN KURUTZ On a recent evening, Craig Robinson, the actor and stand-up comedian known from the TV show “The Office” and the movies “Hot Tub Time Machine” and “Knocked Up,” sat in Zum Schneider, a Bavarian beer garden in the East Village, practicing his German. “Ich war verheiratet,” Mr. Robinson, 44, said …

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Vows: From Reality Show to Reality: A Bachelor Finds Love

Vows By LOIS SMITH BRADY In December 2010, Ames Brown was traveling home from Uzbekistan when he got a call from “The Bachelorette,” the reality TV show. Would he like to become one of the 25 bachelors who vie for the heart of a bachelorette, episode after episode, as she gradually and sometimes ruthlessly winnows …

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Amid the Fury of the Olympics, the Zen of the Trampoline

Wherever you are, whatever time it is, it is the Olympics. The events in Rio de Janeiro feel constant and inescapable, a furious relay of competition and striving. It is as if the Olympic torch itself were a flaming baton, passed from archer to swimmer to gymnast to triathlete. You can’t turn on a television, …

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Defiant Toasts at the Gawker Wake

Since its beginning in 2002, Gawker has been a veritable schadenfreude machine, taking delight in deflating the egos of New York’s cultural elite, among other, perhaps less worthy, targets. So it made sense that it commemorated its own bankruptcy proceedings and impending sale Wednesday night in Manhattan with a party at its Chelsea offices. At …

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Social Q’s: May I Ignore Orders My Mother Says My Dead Nana Is Sending?

Social Q’s By PHILIP GALANES My single mother, 65, is selling the house where I grew up. She told me the buyers asked if they could buy a picture my late grandmother stitched for my nursery. It’s always meant a lot to me. Still, she gave it to them. I didn’t say anything because she …

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On Wellness: Wellness, Beauty and Style — According to a French Ballet Star

On Wellness By MADISON MAINWARING Earlier this month, Aurélie Dupont took over for Benjamin Millepied as director of dance at the Paris Opera — making her, in an industry that is still surprisingly male–dominated, one of the few women in the world directing a ballet company. Her credentials are impeccable: She’s a former étoile ballerina …

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Critic's Notebook: At the Olympics, Everyone’s Looking. Especially at the Men.

Call them the “Magic Mike” Olympics. The Games have always meant different things to different people, whether they are fans of popular sports, passionate adherents of niche activities like air rifle shooting or the hammer throw, or those who enjoy tracking any athletic endeavor at the championship level. Another cohort following the Olympics, though, does …

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