India sees 1st arrest under controversial new “love jihad law”



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New Delhi — Police in India’s Uttar Pradesh state made their first arrest this week under a controversial new law targeting something right-wing Hindu groups call “love jihad” — an alleged religious conversion conspiracy by Muslim men to lure Hindu women into marriage and away from their faith. 

Owais Ahmed, a Muslim man, was arrested on Wednesday after a Hindu man accused him of coercing and trying to lure his daughter away from her Muslim husband and into converting to Islam. Ahmed appeared in court and was remanded in custody for 14 days pending trial. 

“This is the first arrest under the new law,” senior Uttar Pradesh state police officer Rajesh Kumar Pandey was quoted as saying by Indian media. 

Speaking to Indian news outlet The Print, Ahmad maintained his innocence and said he has no current connection with the woman, a former high school classmate who got married a year ago to a Hindu man and remains in that marriage. 

Ahmed was the first person arrested under the Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020. The new legislation, which has come to be known colloquially in India as the “love jihad law,” was adopted (only hours before Ahmed’s arrest) this week by the regional government in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state with almost 200 million residents.

The law is ostensibly aimed at protecting people against “forced” or “fraudulent” religious conversion. A section of the legislation says no person shall convert or attempt to convert any other person from one religion to another by “use or practice of misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, allurement or by any fraudulent means or by marriage nor shall any person abet, convince or conspire such conversion.” 



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People convicted of violating the law can face up to 10 years in prison without the possibility of bail, along with hefty fines. The law places the burden of proof of innocence on the accused, rather than plaintiffs having to prove their claims to a court. 

Critics have called the new legislation Islamophobic, regressive, and politically motivated, and warned that it may lead to harassment of Muslims in the Hindu majority country. Some believe it will drive interfaith couples to hide their relationships. 

On Friday, it emerged that Uttar Pradesh police had also stormed a wedding on Wednesday underway between a Hindu woman and a Muslim man in the state capital of Lucknow. They halted the celebrations and brought both families to a local police station, where officers told the families they would need to get permission from the state government before going ahead with the ceremony, to ensure the new law was not being violated.  

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Naomi Osaka Discusses Her Love of Fashion and New Bag Collection With Strathberry

Naomi Osaka is fiercely passionate when she’s on the tennis court. Not just about the game, but about her beliefs. At the U.S. Open this year she wore masks emblazoned with the names of Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, Philando Castile, Tamir Rice, and George Floyd, all Black victims of police violence. She understands that fashion is a communication tool, but she also sees it as an outlet for creative self-expression. In fact, she’s been sketching her own designs with her sister since they were little kids and now, after creating a capsule line for the Japanese label ADEAM, she’s designed a new accessories collaboration. 

Today Osaka and the Scottish accessories label Strathberry are unveiling a limited-edition collection of five bag styles and two wallets. The minimalist, sculptural designs come in subtle hues and pops of color, and feature Strathberry’s signature metal bar hardware as well as a leather wrapped handle, which nods to the grip on a tennis racket. To mark the collaboration and further support Osaka’s causes, Strathberry will be making a donation to her recently launched organization Play Academy, which helps change the lives of young girls through sport. 

Photo: AB+DM Studio/Styled by Law Roach 

“I want to really empower women to claim their moment every time they step out with one of these bags on their shoulder,” says Osaka, who notes that the bags were designed to be “unique, versatile, and fun.” Strathberry co-founder Leeanne Hundleby echoes Osaka’s intentions: “Naomi is the embodiment of a role model who has inspired young men and women everywhere with her unrelenting drive, confidence, and voice.”

In addition to winning tennis championships and fighting for social justice, Osaka hopes to pursue other projects within the fashion industry. “Fashion and design are such creative outlets for me and it’s become my favorite way to express myself, which is why it’s such a liberating experience when I collaborate with brands,” she says. “Mixing and matching and finding what works together is so fun and cool. I love to push the limits.”

Photo: AB+DM Studio/Styled by Law Roach 

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Tina Turner reflects on love and finding joy through fashion

Tina Turner, the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, recently became an octogenarian — and she’s celebrating in style.

With the release of her pictorial autobiography, “That’s My Life,” she explores how her sense of swagger and spirituality are reflected through the fashions and artistic expressions that span her decadeslong career.

In addition to her music and her incredible life story, Turner is known for her iconic style, with gowns covered in cascading sequins, bodacious hair, sky-high heels and miniskirts.

In “That’s My Life,” (one of two books out this fall by Turner) the entertainer visually chronicles the clothing, friendships, collaborations, performances and defining moments that demonstrate what she describes as a gradual change in her presence and attitude, as she “became stronger, more confident, happier, loved.”

Alongside images ranging from her shoe collection and the many wigs she personally crafted, to her accolades and a display of her spiritual connection with Buddhist and Chinese artwork, Turner shares quotes from years of celebrity testimonials and personalized birthday notes from the likes of entertainer Beyoncé, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, rock star Mick Jagger and fashion designer Christian Louboutin. As she’s aged, Turner says she especially cherishes receiving birthday greetings and spending the occasion with her husband, music executive Erwin Bach, as she didn’t often celebrate birthdays during her childhood or while touring during the 1960s and the 1970s.

The book also features her special collaborations with German fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh, who died last year. Turner’s tribute to Lindbergh includes snapshots of her climbing the Eiffel Tower in heels, and a portrait that zeroes in on a special thumb ring — one of Turner’s most prized possessions — adorning her finger as she enjoys a warm beverage. A replica of the ring recently became available for purchase through the Looping Group Shop.

“That’s My Life” isn’t all glamour and editorial shots, however. Turner sprinkled in candids and even some goofier photos from her personal archive.

“I am true to myself,” she writes. “Pretty is nice, but I don’t mind being a little silly or playful in some shots and serious in others. I love it when a photograph captures my innermost emotions and makes them come to life.”

NBCBLK caught up with Turner about her new book and how the legendary performer’s iconic flair for fashion has long reflected her inner world.

This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.

Q: How has fashion played a role during periods of reinvention and evolution in your career?

Turner: When I look back, I can see the story of my life through the clothes I wore. There was always a connection. The opportunity to sing with Ike in the early days was like something out of a fairytale for a teenager whose dream was to perform onstage. I felt so elegant in my gown, like a princess. But that gown was a prison, just like my marriage. I wanted to move, so my skirts got shorter and less constricting because freedom was

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5 tips to add style right now to your home: Start with something you love, says Portland designer

Even if we can’t invite family and friends over for the holidays, we still want our homes to sparkle. In this continuing series, we asked a style professional for advice.

Designer Ann McCulloch has been working with clients for 25 years to make rooms in their house reflect their tastes, desires and lifestyle.

The owner of Ann McCulloch Studio has a furniture, lighting and home goods shop in Uptown Shopping Center at 2351 N.W. Westover Road in Portland that showcases hard-to-find brands such as Currey and Company and Made Goods.

Also available are Legends of Asia ceramics, Kazi Goods baskets and Pom Pom at Home linens, as well as a selection of vintage pieces.

“My goal is to be able to assist customers who are looking for unique furniture and items for their home without them having to hire a designer,” says McCulloch.

Her projects range from subtle to rooms that make a statement.

At a client’s beach house, the goal was to create a contemplative area focused on the ocean view in a window-laden section of the great room as well as a seating near the fireplace devoted to conversation and watching TV. Sectionals upholstered in ocean-inspired blue stripes tie the areas together.

Here are Ann McCulloch’s five tips to making a home attractive, inviting and ready for a fresh new year:

Great design starts with a great floor plan. Create distinct areas for social interaction, work, cooking, dining, play and relaxing, and make sure that the circulation between them transitions easily.

She designed an elegant, efficient home office with a built-in bookcase to have areas within the floor plan dedicated to specific tasks.

Fall in love with something and let it lead the design. A family heirloom can create a focal point in a room and the rest of the elements can complement it.

A laundry room’s color scheme in another project was inspired by wild wallpaper the client requested. All materials and colors in the room were designed around the wallpaper.

Lighting is so important. First, determine the natural light source and make sure you are making the most of it. Next, make sure the ambient lighting in the room is sufficient, which means getting some light bouncing off the ceiling and walls. Lastly, make sure you have great task lighting such as a good reading light next to a chair or bed, and under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen.

In one master bedroom project, she selected a large drum shade that throws light on the vaulted ceiling, creating beautiful ambient light.

Don’t be afraid of color. Select both neutral and accent colors you love and use them throughout to unify your home.

A vignette in Ann McCulloch Studio & Shop reflects her approach to colors: A banquette upholstered in bold blue fabric and accented with patterned pillows fronts a neutral dining table.

Mix patterns to make a space more interesting. The designer likes to use a floral, a geometric and a stripe in coordinating colors and textures.

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Carrie Underwood Drops Trailer for My Gift Christmas Special ‘Full of So Much Love’

Carrie Underwood is giving us the gift of music this Christmas!

On Monday, the country queen, 37, released the trailer for her My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood  — featuring all the gowns, vocals and special performances a fan of Christmas carols could ask for. The special is set to drop on Dec. 3 via HBO Max.



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“For Christmas, I feel like it was always about just us being together more than anything,” she says in the clip. “I wanted to make this album full of so much love and so much art. I can’t wait for everyone to see it!”

The new special includes renditions of some of the holiday classics and Christmas originals on her album My Gift, which released in late September.

“Every time I’m on stage, it’s a gift for me to sing,” she says in the video.

RELATED VIDEO: Carrie Underwood’s 5-Year-Old Son Did a ‘Great Job’ Recording Little Drummer Boy for New Album

The special will also include a collaboration with none other than John Legend for a live performance of their song, “Hallelujah.” (Legend, 31, plays the piano with Underwood in the trailer.)

“I’m doing a song with John Legend and it’s just been a wonderful experience all the way through,” she says, before adding, “To be able to sing these songs from this beautiful set really just felt amazing.”

The trailer will feature her band, a live orchestra and choir conducted by Rickey Minor. It’ll also give a look at Underwood’s recording of “Little Drummer Boy” with her 5-year-old son Isaiah.

“When I first heard it back I was laughing and crying at the same time because it was just this beautiful, pure moment from him,” Underwood told PEOPLE (the TV show!) in October.



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“He did such a great job,” she added. “He remembered the lyrics and he sang it with his whole heart.”

The Christmas special trailer comes more than a week after she and Legend released the music video for the Legend-penned original.

“This song and its message is much needed right now and I’m honored to have it on my Christmas album, My Gift,” Underwood said about the track in a teaser clip. “I hope you like it.”

My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood premieres on Dec. 3 on HBO Max.

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Look: Nick Jonas, Priyanka Chopra voice love on 2nd wedding anniversary

Dec. 1 (UPI) — Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra are voicing their love for each other on their second wedding anniversary.

The 28-year-old singer and 38-year-old actress marked the occasion Tuesday by dedicating sweet posts to each other on Instagram.

Jonas shared two photos from his wedding ceremony to Chopra at Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, India, and praised the actress in the caption.

“Two years married to the most wonderful, inspiring and beautiful woman. Happy anniversary @priyankachopra I love you,” he wrote.

Chopra posted a photo of herself and Jonas holding hands during a walk in London.

“Happy 2 year anniversary to the love of my life. Always by my side. My strength. My weakness. My all. I love you @nickjonas,” she captioned the post.

Jonas and Chopra had two wedding ceremonies, one Christian and one Hindu, in December 2018. Chopra said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in January 2019 that the celebrations took place over three days.

“One Indian ceremony and one Western Christian ceremony. And one day of pre-rituals, which we have in the Hindu wedding,” she said.

Chopra later said on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon that getting married in India was Jonas’ idea.

“Actually, I wanted to get married in some private island away from everything,” the actress said before stating that planning the private island wedding was stressful.

“Nick just said, ‘Why aren’t we doing this in India? Should’t I be taking my bride from her home?'” she added.

Jonas and Chopra celebrated the second anniversary of their first date in May. Chopra marked the occasion by sharing a photo from their first date to a Los Angeles Dodgers game.

“2 years ago today we took our very first picture together. Every day since then you have brought me endless joy and happiness. I love you @nickjonas Thank you for making our life together so incredible. Here’s to many more date nights,” she wrote.

Chopra will star in the upcoming Netflix films We Can Be Heroes and The White Tiger. In November, she appeared in a trailer for We Can Be Heroes, directed by Robert Rodriguez and co-starring Boyd Holbrook, Christian Slater and YaYa Gosselin.

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The Ins And Outs Of Fast Fashion’s Love Of Black Culture

It’s no secret that Black culture dictates what’s poppin’. While ideas are not always attributed to the creators who bore them, archivists and supporters across media and entertainment have made sure to cite Black influence and provide proper credit to the community. Black public figures have displayed their dominance across fields, particularly when it comes to style, and Black culture’s alignment with fashion brands adds a new mark to their innovation checklist.

To keep up with the mainstream, luxury fashion brands have worked with Black artists in order to appeal to consumer enthusiasm, tapping big names to bring in big bucks across several decades. In 2020, fast fashion brands — affordable apparel based on trends bought in stores and online — have not only utilized the same business model as major brands, but shifted the fashion industry’s power dynamics in the process. Influence no longer lies solely with lavish fashion houses, placing control in the hands of consumers more than ever before. However, fast fashion’s dominance comes with both positive and negative characteristics, especially when it comes to its relationship with Black community.

While fast fashion’s high-speed origins kicked off in the 1960s, the ’90s and early 2000s gave way to the takeover of retailers like Zara and H&M, providing consumers with near-replicas of high-end looks at a reasonable cost. In the internet age, social media makes it easier for fashion to be duplicated and sold in the blink of an eye, with online boutiques like Fashion Nova, PrettyLittleThing, and Boohoo providing affordable, trendy, and quickly-processed styles for men, women, and plus-sized consumers. Their prominence only seems to grow with time — currently, Zara has 41 million Instagram followers, H&M has 36 million, and Fashion Nova has more than 19 million.

How do fast fashion brands determine which public figures to work with? Especially in the social media era, online impact often translates to IRL-influence, and popularity is a quick and easy way to reach more consumers. In this day and age, that means garnering promotion by way of musicians, models, and influencers, and scavenging for intel into what is trending by way of social apps like Instagram and Twitter. Fast fashion brands tap in with Black superstars with universal appeal to cater to all potential buyers, but especially to pull in Black dollars. Per the Selig Center for Economic Growth, Black buying power could result in bringing in an estimated $1.46 trillion by 2021, and may see an increase of 5.4 percent by 2022.

H&M worked with Beyoncé for a beachwear collaboration in 2013, while online boutique Asos is one of the homes for her latest Adidas line, Ivy Park. R&B/hip-hop performer Teyana Taylor teamed up with PrettyLittleThing for brand campaigns and ambassador gigs in 2018 and 2019, while rapper Saweetie worked with the brand for two clothing collections. Cardi B famously released two Fashion Nova clothing collections in 2018 and 2019 — both of which sold out in minutes — and Megan Thee Stallion is reportedly working with

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Got a jewellery-obsessed friend? 20 sparkly gift ideas they’ll love

Christmas is just around the corner and if, like us, you’ve, ahem, left a few gifts ’till the last minute (guilty), you might be beginning to panic.

According to stats, most people start Christmas shopping between October and November – that’s 57% of people. If you’re in the other 43%, we have four words for: time to get shopping.

Luckily for you, thanks to Cosmopolitan’s handy Christmas gift guides, you’ll be sorted in no time. We’ve got a round up of the best Christmas gifts for Mum and the best Christmas gifts for Dad; luxe Christmas gifts for bigger budgets and Christmas gifts under £20, for if you’re on a budget, too.

Want to show your love this seasons in sparkly form? Well, look no further, as we’ve rounded up 20 of the best jewellery Christmas gifts for your Mum, sister, best friend or loved one. If you’ve got a bigger budget, you can’t go wrong with investing in Missoma or Monica Vinader pieces; for the smaller but equally special gifts, Topshop and H&M have loads of purse-friendly alternatives they’ll love.

There’s colourful chains, chunky gold hoops, beaded bracelets and statement rings; emerald gem chains, playful hair clips, pearl ear cuffs and studded bangles. What’s not to love?

While you’re here, make sure to read our round up of the best affordable jewellery brands on the market right now and, when you’re done, get shopping.

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A different Black Friday experience: In Holyoke, For the Love of Good Foundation provides free clothing to people in need

HOLYOKE — It was Black Friday, and Esperanza Quinones was out picking out a few things.

In her bag were some essentials. A couple of blouses. A comforter. A pair of boots.

“I only take what I need. I don’t take what I don’t need,” she said.

Quinones’ Black Friday experience was not spent going shoulder to shoulder with shoppers at the mall, but in the parking lot of Kate’s Kitchen at Providence Ministries for the Needy on Hamilton Street. There, she and several others looked through stacks of donated, second-hand clothing arranged on a tarp in the middle of the lot.

The clothing — shirts, pants, shoes, sweaters and even some jackets — were there for anyone in need, at no cost, and without question or judgment, said Kevin Joslyn, president of the For the Love of Good Foundation.

“We don’t turn anyone away,” he said. “We don’t care who you worship or who you love. If you’re cold and hungry we want to help you. Simple as that.”

Joslyn, a retired correctional officer with the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, founded the organization two years ago to help the homeless, and people he calls “struggling neighbors” — those on the margins who have a place to stay but not much else.

In the two years since the Foundation has been conducting the clothing giveaways, it has helped an estimated 3,700 people.

For the Love of Good partners with Kate’s Kitchen once a month.

Kate’s Kitchen provides food to people who need it. For the Love of Good spreads out its tarp in the parking lot to provide clothing to those who need that.

Often, there’s an overlap.

“They average 100 to 150 people a day, so that means we can potentially get 150 people coming over here,” he said Friday.

It’s common to see people go to the kitchen for food and then cross the parking lot to look through the clothing. Or vice versa.

The wiser members of the clientele check through the clothing first and then get food, he said, “Because if you wait until after the food, all the good stuff (in the foundation’s pile) may be gone.”

While talking with a reporter, a young man comes up to say he heard they have a pair of overalls. He says he needs a pair for his job but can’t afford them. Josyln leads him over to his trailer to show him the overalls, a brand-new donated pair.

But they are the wrong size. Joslyn shows him some work pants — but they do not fit either, and the man leaves empty handed.

Asked how he thinks the man heard about the overalls, Joslyn said word tends to spread through the neighborhood pretty quickly that the foundation is there and what sort of things are available.

By the trailer are a handful of brand-new sleeping bags, boxes of gloves and hats. ”If we see someone who says

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The sketch-style of Netflix’s ‘If Anything Happens I Love You’ is rapturous

Welcome to Thanks, I Love It, our series highlighting something onscreen we’re obsessed with this week. 



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If Anything Happens I Love You is a gutting animated film about loss. In 12 minutes, we see two parents living through the aftermath of their young child’s death, a small glimpse into a stretching ocean of roiling grief.

It is instantly affecting, opening on a scene of the parents sitting at opposite ends of a long table, picking at dinner. Their bodies are hunched and silent, drawn in a sketch-like style, while their thoughts and emotions play out combatively above them.

The sketch-like line art style feels like a connective tissue between the short film and reality. By seeing these people go through these motions, walk through their house, tap into these memories of their child, and simultaneously seeing the hand-drawn labor that went into creating their figures, it made them feel more tangible.



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Youngran Nho, animator and animation director of If Anything Happens I Love You, wove this style into the film to accentuate the emotions of the characters, she told Mashable.

“Because the film is really vulnerable and raw-feeling, I also wanted to make it look very raw and somehow unfinished, just like sketches,” she said.

It works so well on the parents and the daughter in their memories of her, instantly stirring emotions. The family’s cat, too, with its black form and warm, inquisitive demeanor has this added quality that made me connect with it as if it was one of my own cats and the inherent, depressing unknowing of what it’s able to process in its mind.

For an added dose of texture on the film, the backgrounds are comprised of watercolor on paper that’s been scanned in, giving it more of that raw feeling Nho said she was reaching for. The backgrounds themselves, largely empty and almost vacuous, bring a kind of emptiness that fills these grieving parents.

“I tried to imagine how they would feel,” Nho said. “I felt empty inside. I felt empty. I wanted to make the film with minimum background, minimum color, very empty. I think that represents how they feel.”

She juxtaposes these characters with their “shadows,” these cartoony, dark representatives of their emotions, inner dialogues, and souls. They make a strong contrast with the corporeal world.



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Nho was brought on to work on If Anything Happens I Love You while she was a student at CalArts, after the script was written. The writers and directors Michael Govier and Will McCormack reached out to Nho’s teacher looking for an animator and Nho was recommended. 

When Nho read the script, she said it reminded her of the animated short film Father and Daughter — her favorite animation — which won

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