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Jews and Money. Asian Drivers. Polish IQ. CPT… that's racist! But where do these stereotypes come from? Comedian Mike Epps explores the backstories of this humor and how history and fact often distorts into a snide – but sometimes funny – shorthand.
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Nicole Richie brings her unfiltered sense of humor and unique perspective to life in a new series based on her irreverent twitter feed. The show follows the outspoken celebrity as she shares her perspective on style, parenting, relationships and her journey to adulthood.
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The story of punk rock singer Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! who came out as a woman in 2012, and other members of the trans community whose experiences are woefully underrepresented and misunderstood in the media.
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Travis: Now we have our own happy hours spa and lounge setup back stage we’ve got Dr. Drew back there to fill us in, so what’s the vive like it or happy hour bar, Drew?
Drew: Well, Lisa and Travis it’s starting to heat up David has mixed me a cocktail. Happy hour is in four so I have three lovely ladies that are getting ready for a very special beauty treatment.
Female: Wow you're in the fun zone guy.
Drew: I'm in the fun zone, when are you coming back and I’m here with my good friend Christine Heathman she’s back from GlyMed. And she’s doing very special beauty treatments today.
Drew: I'm going to watch and drink, is that okay. Cheers!
Christine: Oh, that’s perfect Dr. Warden, I'm going to be applying this mask which is going to be called our beer facial and benefits of this beer facial is that it takes the barley and the wheat.
Drew: This is Stephanie.
Christine: And the oat. This is going to actually communicate with the cells down into the basal layer and then it’s going to remove the micro thin damage layer of the skin, so that when we apply other products, that’s going to actually boost the efficacy of that treatment.
Drew: And Stephanie what was the issue that you have with your skin?
Stephanie: Well I'm a real busy mom and a wife. And my skin sometimes is very oily or very dry. And being so busy I just don’t know what to do you know with the regular regiment is on the daily basis.
Drew: Okay, well you look --
Stephanie: Sure look fabulous.
Drew: And so what is the key ingredient in this one, this is your beer facial correct?
Christine: Oat beta-glucan is one of the key ingredients and what this does is this will help to trigger the health of the immune cells. And as we know inflammation drives aging. And so with the oat beta-glucan that’s going to help to arrest.
Drew: Cancel the inflammation.
Christine: Absolutely, and then it will minimize lines and wrinkles. It will give -- it will improve your texture. It will also help to smooth out the skin and then keep it healthy for further reference.
Travis: Now, does the facial smell like happy hour?
Female: Does it smell like beer?
Christine: I don’t know it’s green beer.
Drew: It smells really good. Next we have Tamara here.
Christine: This is our chocolate facial and the chocolate facial, the main ingredient is the theobroma cacao and what this will do, chocolate we know is the food of the gods. Well this is a treatment of the gods because it actually helps to build up the skins hydration because it’s loaded with amino acids.
Drew: It smells like a chocolate cake?
Christine: It does, doesn’t it, I don’t--
Drew: You feel like a chocolate cake?
Tamara: I don’t know -- I taste like chocolate cake.
Christine: It’s like frosting here right here.
Drew: And what was your biggest issue with your skin?
Tamara: Turning 55 I’m hormonally challenged. I've got dry skin, wrinkles dark circles, brown spots and even though I --
Drew: Too much.
Tamara: Yeah, I’ve got it all. And I’m interested in finding out what's new out there and if I can look 30 again.
Christine: Well this is the benefit of the chocolate because what it is because it’s all loaded with amino acid it also helps to repair your barrier function of the skin. And increase the hydration and also battle the pigmentation and lines and the wrinkles that come along with menopausal challenges. So you’re going to find that this is going to be a perfect mask for you.
Female: So this is a great anti-aging mask?
Drew: It is, this is best suited for Tamara and for her age bracket wrinkles, brow spots that kind of thing and finally Roshet is with us today and what bothers you about your skin?
Roshet: Well I’ve never used makeup like foundation or anything but I found that as I’ve gotten older, issues regarding pigmentation and discoloration with my skin.
Drew: So here you have a pomegranate martini facial, correct?
Roshet: That sounds good.
Christine: Absolutely and that smells wonderful as well. But the benefits that come from using the pomegranate is that it is loaded with antioxidants as all of these masks are. And that’s the major issue in helping to battle aging. But the other benefit that we’re going to do is that the skin of color. The skin of color can be extremely sensitive and so when you're working with skin of color you want to use ingredients that are going to be more compatible and that are not going to irritate and one of the issues with skin of color is the pigmentary disorders. And so with using the pomegranate, the pomegranate’s benefits is going to reduce the inflammation that is triggered by the environmental assaults. How do you feel? How does that feel?
Roshet: It’s very refreshing.
Female: Does it smell like pomegranate?
Drew: The only thing you’re missing is this.
Travis: I think Drew is trying to get self-conscious because he is drinking alone.
Christine: I know.
Travis: So thank you so much for showing us those happy hour and dessert facials.