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“Uvariopsis dicaprio” — A ghost orchid that’s being named after Leonardo DiCaprio. He’s more of a Rose guy.

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Awards show season kicks off this weekend. But this year, it’s going to look different

Let me guess. The pandemic?

That’s one piece. With COVID-19 cases skyrocketing amid Omicron, awards shows across the entertainment industry have seen a series of disruptions. The Grammys — originally scheduled for Jan 31 in Los Angeles — have been indefinitely postponed. And this weekend, the Golden Globes are moving ahead without a red carpet. Or a live audience. Or a TV network to televise it.

If an awards show gives out awards but no one sees it…

Is it even relevant? Who’s to say. But on Sunday at 9pm ET, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) — the group behind the Golden Globes — is planning to give out awards for everything from film to TV. But it is *checks watch* two days from now and there’s still no plan for the awards to even be streamed online. It comes amid broader backlash against the HFPA over everything from finances to lack of diversity.

Walk me through it.

Last year, an LA Times piece gave a peek beneath the Golden Globes’ red curtain. It wasn’t pretty: the HFPA was allegedly paying members millions of dollars for simply serving on committees, raising eyebrows with the IRS. And exactly zero of those members were Black. The backlash was swift. Netflix, Amazon Studios, and WarnerMedia cut ties. More than 100 Hollywood PR firms accused the org of “discriminatory behavior.” And NBC — the HFPA’s longtime broadcast partner — pulled the plug on airing this year’s show. The HFPA has since made reforms, including adding non-white members. But many are saying, ‘too little, too late.’

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In a world where cable TV has to compete with everything from streaming services to social media, awards show viewership has been plummeting. Add in a global pandemic and a public that is increasingly frustrated with systemic racism…and you have the Golden Globes: an awards show without an audience.

PS: We went deep on the history of the Golden Globes — and what to expect with awards season — here

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Who’s laying down the law…

France. Yesterday, French regulators announced they’re fining Facebook and Google. The government found that the tech giants weren’t making it easy for users to decline cookies. Aka small tech files that help websites tailor their advertisements to you. It apparently takes several clicks to refuse all of the cookies on the sites. Now, the companies have to cough up $226 million (think: what Facebook makes in less than a day). And have three months to make it easier for users to decline them. Or they could face more fines.

The EU. Earlier this week, the bloc's ban against thousands of chemicals found in tattoo inks went into effect. The restriction was first approved in December 2020 but was delayed to give businesses time to find alternatives. The EU says these chemicals are linked to several health issues including cancer. But tattoo artists are feeling the sting. One artist compared the ban to "taking the flour from a bakery." Especially since alternatives aren’t easy to get hold of. And that the regulation is going to only hurt businesses already struggling to bounce back from the pandemic.

Who’s got updates…

The WHO. Yesterday, WHO officials said 'yup, Omicron's less severe than Delta.' And said Omicron shouldn't be considered "mild" — since it's leading to hospitalizations and deaths. It comes as the WHO saw a record 9.5 million COVID-19 cases last week (read: a 71% increase). The org also rang another alarm: vaccine inequity. And warned that unequal access to vaccines could lead to more variants down the road. See: Ihu.

Who got the pink slip…

Antonio Brown. Yesterday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially released the wide receiver. Days earlier, Brown walked off the field during a game — taking off his jersey and helmet in the process. He’s since said he was dealing with an ankle injury that he was being told to play through. And that he “didn’t quit” but was cut. The team is telling a different story, saying Brown didn’t raise any concerns about his injury. Talk about a fumble. 

What helps heal a broken heart…

Science. Hinge’s director of relationship science has some sage advice for anyone going through a breakup. Think: reframe the breakup, rediscover yourself, try something new, and take (some) time to move on. And remember that the heartache won’t last forever. 

What comes After Hours...

"Dawn FM."

How to Skimm Your Life Challenge

Name an experience that would bring you joy. Now put your money where your mouth is. Today’s How to Skimm Your Life Challenge, presented by Fidelity, centers around bringing the FUN into funds. Start a sinking fund for something joyful — a vacation, new clothes, new furniture. Whatever it is, it should make you happy. Ready, set, save. And get more saving tips from us here.

PS: Something else that’ll make you grin: getting our challenges texted to you every weekday throughout January. Sign up here, and then view all of our challenges here.

Cold-Weather Solves

In some places around the country, chilly temps are here to stay. And with them come lots of issues. Which we’ve got solutions for. If you’re someone who always feels cold, look no further than these winter essentials that’ll keep ya warm (like heated slippers and flannel sheets). If you’re constantly screaming “whyyy is everything so dry,” we’ve got tips, tricks, and product recs that’ll actually keep your skin moisturized. Consider your winter problems solved.

Skimm Picks

Here are today’s recs to help you live a smarter life…

1. A takeout alternative that’s just as stress-free. This meal kit brand makes having food at home much more exciting. ‘Cause you can choose from 50 weekly options. And they’re all delicious. PS: Skimm’rs get 16 free meals (plus three special gifts) in their first box.*

2. How to help your dog celebrate reset season. Because furry friends can stand to eat healthier, too. And this fresh, human-grade dog food is basically a ‘new year, new you’ diet for pups. Did we mention Skimm’rs get 50% off their first box? Delish.*

3. Our most popular products of last year, just in case ya missed it. 2021 has come to a close and the results are in: Skimm'rs (hey, that's you) love to shop. Check out these overall bestsellers and top picks in categories like home, under $25, and self-care.

4. Everything you need to create the ultimate at-home gym. We chatted with a fitness expert about which weights and accessories you should buy if you’re trying to level up your exercise situation. Beginners, welcome.

5. What to shop on Amazon this January. 2022 is here. Prep your home with kitchen essentials, pet products, and so much more. Psst...we also rounded up winter clothes and accessories to bundle up in.

*PS: This is a sponsored post.

Skimm'rs

We like to celebrate the wins, big and small. Let us know how your friends, neighbors, coworkers (and yes, even you) are making career moves, checking off goals, or making an impact in the community.

Getting Ziggy with it…Mindy M (CA). She is an art teacher at a middle school and has been helping students transition back to in-person learning. And to help with that, she enrolled her Great Dane Ziggy into therapy classes and brings the good doggo to class with her to help students. 

Lending a paw…Bethany M (WI). She started fostering dogs for a local rescue in late 2019. Things picked up during the pandemic. Since then, she’s housed more than 60 dogs and helped them find furever homes.

(Some) Birthdays…Katie Couric (NY), Megan Mairs (FL), Candace Arnold (IL), Madeline Tamagni (DC), Alan Alpert (CA), Fred Yerman (NY), Carly Cooke (NC), Allie Burton (GA), Ann Harrison (OK), Samara Carranza (OR), Julie Bollinger (CA), Shari Kenney (LA), Danielle Poulin (CT), Rebecca Weiner (IL), Maddie Rohr (MI)

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Skimm More

It’s been a minute (or twenty years) since we first heard “Wingardium Leviosa” on the big screen. Listen to this week’s ep of “Skimm This,” where we cover everything from the magical legacy of the Harry Potter franchise to President Biden’s beef with the meat industry. Mischief managed.

And if you’re looking for other smart ways to spend your time...

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