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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Trades His T Square for a Netflix Role

A few years ago, things weren’t going so well for Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Even with an architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley, he found himself laid off and out of luck. Rather than look for another job in the fields of housing or public policy, where he had planned a career, he decided …

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The Bedazzling of the American Gymnast

So it begins: the flag-waving excitement, the thumb-chewing anticipation, the blinding sparkle. The Olympics. Wait … hang on. The sparkle? Indeed. Because if Simone Biles — the 19-year-old American who is often called by sport pundits the best female gymnast ever, and whose performance in Rio will be among the most-watched of these Olympics — …

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On the Runway: Calvin Klein Names Its First Chief Creative Officer

Vanessa Friedman ON THE RUNWAY Calvin Klein named its first chief creative officer on Tuesday as the fashion industry’s extraordinary game of musical chairs at the top of major houses continues this season. The Belgian designer Raf Simons, formerly of Christian Dior, will take responsibility for all Calvin Klein lines, including runway, underwear and home …

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Sewing for the Instagram Generation

The internet did little to disrupt it. Globalization could not shut it down. But while the McCall Pattern Company, the home-sewing brand founded in 1863, may seem like a business that time forgot, it finds itself newly fashionable. The company’s headquarters have the look of a corporate environment in the days before digital culture banished …

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Over (Organic) Dinner, These Fitness Studio Competitors Work It Out

When Vanessa Packer, the founder of the fitness studio modelFIT, gets together for a monthly dinner with her fellow fitness-studio-owning friends Alexandra Bonetti Pérez (of the cardio-dance Bari studio) and Sarah Larson-Levey (of the yoga chain Y7), they indulge. “Who wants some rosé?” asked Ms. Packer, 32, as she finished preparations on the kale salad …

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The Disrupters: Making New York’s Cultural Boards More Diverse

One morning last September, the billionaires Ronald Perelman and Jerry Speyer strolled into Carnegie Hall, but not to hear Yo-Yo Ma play Bach or Deborah Voigt sing Strauss. Instead, they sat among more than 40 of their colleagues with ties to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Wildlife Conservation Society, among other organizations, listening …

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Scene Stealers: Meet the New Owner of the Playboy Mansion

Scene Stealers By BROOKS BARNES LOS ANGELES — Last month, when the 32-year-old co-owner of Hostess Brands plunked down $100 million for the Playboy Mansion, the snickering was instant: Hugh Hefner’s pleasure palace had sold to the maker of snack cakes like Twinkies and Ho Hos. The buyer, J. Daren Metropoulos, heir to a fortune …

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Modern Love: Words With (I Wish We Were More Than) Friends

Modern Love By JUSTIN RACE Her OkCupid profile mentioned that she was really good at Scrabble, so I sent her a message challenging her to a game of Words With Friends. “Loser buys the winner coffee,” I wrote. “You game?” She accepted but told me coffee wasn’t possible; she was in China for the school …

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Trump and ‘Doonesbury’: The Comic Gift That Keeps On Giving

Sometimes, it seems, you can judge a book by its cover. And so it should be no surprise that “Yuge! 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump,” a recently published book by Garry Trudeau that collects Donald J. Trump-themed newspaper strips (and shows a glaringly stern Mr. Trump, his hair emanating an orange glow, on the …

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