Dear SociaLifeChicago family,
Happy holidays and I hope this week has been good to you. As we wrap up the year, I have been taking some time to reflect on 2017 and I wanted to share some of that with you. Many of you reading this don’t know me personally but I appreciate that through this newsletter and or website content, we can be a part of your day. When I started the journey to begin this website, I didn’t set out to create a media business or did I see it beyond a hobby although I felt something was missing in the media landscape of Chicago. From a one woman show to an evolving small team, the goal has always been to inform, entertain and engage. I think we’ve done ok with the first two but somehow failed to fully engage you all as I hoped. The goal is to work on that moving forward. This has been a very crazy, yet personally fruitful year for me. I know you don’t come here to know every move I make personally (it’s boring.biz) but I will try my best to share a bit more into my life as a black young professional woman, building a dream out of a dollar. That being said, I am headed on Christmas holiday starting next week and that will affect the delivery of Hotness in The News (HITN). We haven’t gotten to the baller status where I can just hand off the duties to someone else so please bear with me. Due to the time difference that will occur on my holiday, it will be hard to produce and deliver in a timely manner. For that period, HITN will be published on SociaLifeChicago.com daily and will resume delivery to your inboxes in the new year. Thank you in advance for your understanding and helping to share with your friends and colleagues.
Finally, my personal goal in 2018 is to really own this space that I’ve been lucky enough to build, engage with you all and make this media property a destination, a place where you can see pictures from some of Chicago’s best events, read celebrity news, get fashion inspo and the one I’m really excited about is how your career intersects with your lifestyle. I am always open to all feedback and comments bolaji@sociaLifeChicago.com.
HEADLINER – Dec. 8
Wikileaks. Wikileaks is facing three congressional probes for its role in the hacking scandal during the 2016 US presidential campaign. In a report issued in January, the CIA, the National Security Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Russian intelligence did the hacking, and the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence agency, sent hacked data to WikiLeaks via intermediaries. On top of that, a new CNN report published this morning says that President Trump and others in his organization were offered a decryption key and web address to view hacked documents during the 2016 presidential race. The revelation was made in an email given to congressional investigators looking into Russia’s role in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow…..Read more
• Bitcoins. Sooo late to the bitcoin party but its all anyone’s talking about this week and on Thursday, Bitcoin rocketed to a lifetime high well above $16,000. It then fell almost a fifth of its value in 10 hours, sparking fears the market may be heading for a price collapse. So what’s the big deal? Are we all going to get rich now? Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency, digital currency, that’s been shrouded in secrecy but more and more people are getting into it. To give you a breakdown of what it is, how to get involved.
• In Chicago news: Two tourists visiting Chicago claiming they were robbed at knifepoint early Thursday in the Loop have actually been arrested for making false claims. They claimed they were robbed of about $17,000 worth of items including a wedding ring valued at $12,000, a purse valued at $3,000, a Macbook worth $2,000, a $300 suitcase and an iPad mini worth $150. A body was found in a clothing donation box located in the Ravenswood/Uptown neighborhood after a fire was extinguished in the box. It is currently being treated as a death investigation.
• We have a Brexit divorce deal…finally. After back and forth negotiations, with Prime Minister May heading to Brussels earlier today, Britain and the European Union struck a divorce deal. According to Reuters, negotiators in London, Brussels and Dublin worked through the night before breaking an impasse over the status of the Irish border.
• Author J.K Rowling is defending the choice to cast Johnny Depp in the role of Gellert Grindelwald in the “Fantastic Beasts” movie series. Depp’d divorce from actress Amber Heard amid allegations of domestic abuse is at the center of the outrage. He will appear in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, due out in November 2018, is the sequel to 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Rowling said that the circumstances of Depp and Heard’s divorce are private, and that “must be respected.”
• Director Bryan Singer known for the X-Men franchise has been sued for allegedly raping a 17-year-old boy, 15 years ago in 2003. Singer made headlines earlier this week after being fired by Twentieth Century Fox for the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody after he went AWOL for three days last week when production was to resume after Thanksgiving, according to Deadline.
• The 2018 Pantone Color of the Year was announced Thursday and it is…“PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level.” The shade also makes you think of “the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now” as well as “the vast and limitless night sky.” In other fashion news, Nike announced the JW Anderson x Converse collaboration will drop Dec. 14 you can see the sneakers in the collection here. There are more staff cuts coming to Condé Nast as part of a companywide effort to shave $100 million in costs next year.
“Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it.”― Charles Swindoll
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