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Abuses Hide in the Silence of Nondisparagement Agreements

Nondisparagement clauses are not limited to legal settlements. They are increasingly found in standard employment contracts in many industries, sometimes in a simple offer letter that helps to create a blanket of silence around a company. Their use has become particularly widespread in tech employment contracts, from venture investment firms and start-ups to the biggest companies in Silicon Valley, including Google. Photo Babak Nivi, left, a founder and board member of AngelList, in 2011 with his fellow co-founder, Naval Ravikant. Mr. Nivi has no role at the company and is…

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Twitter users slam new Madame Tussauds Beyonce figure

Beyonce, winner of Best Urban Contemporary Album for ‘Lemonade’ and Best Music Video for “Formation,” poses in the press room during The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images Madame Tussauds is under fire after it unveiled its new Beyonce wax figure at its New York museum.  Beyonce’ wax figure at @MadameTussauds is FIERCE! pic.twitter.com/7UDyi9VEWT — Joe (@CCFan007) July 18, 2017 Fans on Twitter called out Madame Tussauds, claiming they lightened the diva’s skin color and rendered her unrecognizable. The figure…

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Beyonce’s ‘Whitewashed’ Wax Figure Due to Bad Lighting, Says Madame Tussauds

Beyonce ‘Whitewashed’ Figure Just Overlit Says Madame Tussauds Exclusive Details Beyonce‘s controversial new wax figure — which looks a lot like “White Chicks” Bey — has the perfect complexion … when the lights are down low. That’s Madame Tussauds’ explanation for the freshly unveiled statue of Beyonce in their NYC museum. It’s come under fire because … well, there are a lot of reasons: – Fans think she looks more like Lindsay Lohan,– Or Mariah Carey– Or Kate Hudson– Or Maya Rudolph– Whoever she looks like, she’s white as hell  Madame…

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Fiction: This New York Love Story Subverts Its ‘Happily Ever After’

Photo Victor LaValle Credit Teddy Wolff THE CHANGELINGBy Victor LaValle431 pp. Spiegel & Grau. $28. “I think I hate those fairy tales,” an evil old man declares in Victor LaValle’s strange and wonderful new novel, “The Changeling.” “Not really the tales, but how they end. Three words that ruin everything. ‘Happily ever after.’” Everybody’s a critic, especially in New York City, where this bitter man lives and where virtually the entirety of LaValle’s story — which is a fairy tale — takes place. (The urban action is interrupted only by…

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Government Ethics Chief Urges Major Changes on His Way Out

A White House official dismissed the criticism, saying on Sunday that Mr. Shaub was simply promoting himself and had failed to do his job properly. Continue reading the main story “Mr. Schaub’s penchant for raising concerns on matters well outside his scope with the media before ever raising them with the White House — which happens to be his actual day job — is rather telling,” Lindsay E. Walters, a White House spokeswoman, said in a statement that misspelled Mr. Shaub’s name. “The truth is, Mr. Schaub is not interested…

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Art Review: Cool Heat: An Art Outlaw Who Still Simmers

When you move into life, you move into politics. In 1964, a military coup brought a right-wing junta to power in Brazil. Oiticica fiercely opposed it, though his politics didn’t fall along conventional left-right lines. His hatred of the government was absolute. But so was his rejection of dominant left-wing rhetoric that advocated a new cultural nationalism, a return to a mythical, precolonial “real” Brazil. Oiticica positioned himself outside both camps, in outsiderness itself. Continue reading the main story Being gay was probably a motivator. It put him outside whether…

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‘Bachelorette’ Contestant Peter Kraus Tells Rachel Lindsay He Might Not Propose

‘Bachelorette’ Contestant Peter Tells Rachel … I Won’t Propose If I’m Not Ready Rachel Lindsay got treated to a harsh truth on “The Bachelorette” from one of her favorite suitors … with him telling her he won’t propose if he isn’t ready. Fan fave contestant Peter Kraus got brutally honest with Rachel on Monday night’s episode — first telling her a super sad story about his last girlfriend, and then saying if he felt any doubt about proposing come game time … he would let her know. It’s a bold…

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Ben Affleck and ‘SNL’ Producer Lindsay Shookus On a Coffee Date

Ben Affleck & Lindsay Shookus I’m Totally Juiced on New GF Ben Affleck‘s looking more and more like he’s locking in ‘SNL’ producer Lindsay Shookus as his new gf … ’cause they had a coffee/juice date Monday morning. Ben and Lindsay grabbed Starbucks in Brentwood after apparently spending the weekend together. They reportedly had a dinner date Thursday night at Giorgio Baldi … one of Ben’s fave spots. We broke the story … Ben and Jen Garner officially filed for divorce earlier this year. We were told they were already seeing other…

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