Steven Wise: Unlocking The Cage

The New York Times today features a powerful short-documentary about a visionary lawyer , Steven Wise, who will be both The New York Times Magazine’s cover story this Sunday, and the subject of a full-length feature film produced by The New York Times called “Unlocking The Cage. “They used to bark at me when I walked into the courtroom” says Wise.

Please take a look at the short film below, and leave a comment for the New York Times here.

How does a thing become a person? In December 2013, the lawyer Steven Wise showed the world how, with a little legal jujitsu, an animal can transition from a thing without rights to a person with legal protections. This Op-Doc video follows Mr. Wise on his path to filing the first-ever lawsuits in the United States demanding limited “personhood” rights for certain animals, on behalf of four captive chimpanzees in New York State. – The New York Times

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Peanut Butter Cups in 4 Steps

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Matcha, cinnamon, cracked pepper, salted and plain dark chocolate peanut butter cups in 4 steps:

  1. 1. Double-boil a bag of dark chocolate chips with a teaspoon of coconut oil added.
  2. 2. In a bowl, mix peanut butter with powdered sugar, vanilla and then form into 1.5″ disks in your palm.
  3. 3. Put one tablespoon of the melted chocolate into cupcake papers, then the PB disks, then cover with another tablespoon of chocolate.
  4. 4. Garnish with seasonings or leave plain, and refrigerate until hard. I used green-tea matcha powder, cinnamon, cracked black pepper, pink salt, and cayenne for the PB cups above.

TIPS:
• Try this recipe with any nut butter, and any toppings you can think of! Almond butter cup with dried blueberries? Cashew butter cup with cacao nibs? Sunflower butter cup with granola? Yes please.
Double-boil means put a dry pot with the choc. chips inside a bigger pot with hot water. This prevents the chocolate from burning or drying out.
• You can powder your own sugar, coconut sugar, maple sugar, or any granulated sweetener  but using a coffee-bean grinder or food processor.

What flavor combo will you try? Leave a comment below.

Searching for Spring

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PARSONS hosts “Real Rebels” Fashion Panel

I’m honored to be included in the upcoming panel on fashion rebels at Parson’s The New School for Design. The panel is moderated by designer John Bartlett and features Karina Kallio, Joshua Katcher, Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart and Stephanie Nicora Johns. Unfortunately, it’s not open to the public, but if you’re a student at Parsons or The New School, please come!

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THRIVE NATURAL CARE

I recently got to try out a new line of men’s grooming products that hits the nail on the head. Thrive is made with all plant-based ingredients sustainably sourced in Costa Rica. These are ingredients we’ve probably never heard of before, like Fierrillo Vine and Juanilama Herb – botanicals that have been used for centuries to control inflammation and infection and calm and soothe the skin. Thrive partners directly with small farmers in Costa Rica, going beyond conventional organic and fair trade models, using methods that restore the soil and empower the farmers. Their #ethicallyhandsome efforts need our support right now, so check out the Thrive Indiegogo Campaign!

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