Massive Purple mattress giveaway: Free luxury sleep accessories (and it’s not even Black Friday yet)

Purple is running an incredible fall sale, offering you free accessories to the tune of $183 when you buy selected mattresses. The free gift you get depends on your mattress choice, but the lowest value freebie bundle still comes to a cool $119 – a pretty sweet deal. 

If you choose The Purple Mattress, you’ll get some free Purple sheets thrown in, while the Purple Hybrid or Purple Hybrid Premier (which rival those on our best mattress roundup) come with free Purple sheets and a Plush Pillow. You’re sure to sleep beautifully knowing you’ve snapped up a bargain! 

Purple is also offering 10 per cent off bundle purchases – another great chance to save. Choose from bedding or seat cushion bundles and the discount will be applied at the checkout.

Not sure yet? For more top offers, see our Black Friday mattress deals post or, for Purple fans, we’ve even got a specific Purple mattress Black Friday deals guide. We’re here to make sure you never pay full price for a mattress again.

Purple mattress fall sale: Free Purple sleep accessories
Worth up to $183:
Don’t miss this brilliant offer, which will see you take home free luxury sleep accessories when you buy a Purple mattress. Get free sheets with The Purple Mattress (worth $119), or free sheets and a free Plush Pillow when you buy the Purple Hybrid or the Purple Hybrid Premier.

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Purple bundle sale: Save on bedding and seat cushion bundles
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You can choose from a range of bedding and seat cushion bundles at Purple and save 10 per cent on purchases. With bundles including a set of two pillows, or a duvet and sheet combo, there’s no reason to be sleeping in less than luxury.
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Purple says its mattress is ‘the bed that broke the internet’, and with good reason. With thousands of delighted reviews, the Purple mattress is something of a revelation. At the center of its design is The Purple Grid, which works to relieve pressure points on the body. The Purple range is is also built to be actively cooling – great news for those that get hot and bothered at night.

While the lowest-price Purple Mattress is the most affordable (but still super-comfy), the Hybrid Mattress range is where the true luxury lies. The Purple Hybrid Mattress has more layers and the Hybrid Premier upgrades even further, with a thicker grid. For more information, and our in-depth opinions on the range, see our Purple Mattress review. 

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‘Not Done’ Director on Connecting #MeToo, Time’s Up, Black Lives Matter for ‘Women Remaking America’ Documentary

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#MeToo. #TimesUp. Now #NotDone?

A new documentary from first-time director Sara Wolitzky, titled “Not Done: Women Remaking America,” looks back on the last few years of advancements in the women’s movement. Premiering on Oct. 27 on PBS, just days ahead of the 2020 presidential election, the project feels both perfectly timed and also like it may just be the start of another wave of the movement.

“We’re living through another of these major chapters of feminist organizing and people being back in the streets and huge shifts in public consciousness,” Wolitzky tells Variety. “It felt like a good moment, but in some ways we can only scratch the surface. There’s always a lot more, both in terms of what happens next but also even in terms of looking more closely at the stuff that’s just happened. There are definitely pieces [within ‘Not Done’] that we could have done a whole film on.”

“Not Done” is the first film release from Verizon’s Future Fund, a multi-million dollar company commitment to supporting new and emerging female talent in entertainment and tech. It explores the outcry of feminism over the last four years, from the 2016 election through the women’s marches that in many places turns into marches for equality and inclusion among multiple disenfranchised and underrepresented groups, to Alyssa Milano making Tarana Burke’s #MeToo movement go viral, the importance of Black Lives Matter being started by mothers and the start of Time’s Up. It features original interviews with everyone from African American Policy Forum co-founder and author Kimberlé Crenshaw, Black Lives Matter co-founders Patrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza, producers including Shonda Rhimes and Joey Soloway, activist and journalist Gloria Steinem and Time’s Up co-founder and CEO Tina Tchen.

But as apropos as it may seem, the time of its release was not entirely intentional. Wolitzky tells Variety that she began shooting her first interviews for the project in October 2019, and the plan was to release it in June. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, caused her to pause when she was “about 90% done with filming,” she recalls. But, as she and her team were spinning their wheels in editing, a racial reckoning was taking place in the real world, which added a layer of fresh relevance to the story arc she was creating.

“Black Lives Matter was always a part of the film and our interviews with Patrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza were some of the earliest ones that we did. We saw the founding of Black Lives Matter as being a part of that first wave and foundational moment to this new era of feminist organizing,” says Wolitzy. To “see, come June and the summer, this racial justice reckoning happen — and happen in a way that was in some ways an evolution in the direction of the principles that those women had started it with, wanting to be intersectional in that respect” we wanted to “be responsive to what was happening in

Rashmika Mandanna does airport style right & adds a pop of colour to her all black look with a plaid blazer

South beauty Rashmika Mandanna is of late grabbing all the attention on her airport style. The stunner recently slayed in a white jumpsuit at the airport and now, she is winning hearts with another such cool and classy look as she was clicked today at the Hyderabad airport. Be it athleisure or airport style, the Dear Comrade is upping her style statement with each passing day. The stunner was spotted today wearing all-black outfit paired with a classy plaid blazer and a hat.

 

Rashmika styled the glamorous daytime airport look with black boots and a handbag. She wore her natural tresses in a loose wavy style and completed the look with a mask for precautions amidst COVID-19 pandemic. Looking super stylish at the airport is the thing and clearly, Rashmika is killing it and how! Check out her latest airport look below and share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

It is a big Yay from us, what do you think? 



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Meanwhile, reports are doing rounds that Rashmika will commence Pushpa shoot with Allu Arjun in the coming days. The first schedule of the film will kickstart in Vizag in the first week of November. The film is directed by Sukumar. 

   

The Geetha Govindham actress will also be seen in Tamil film titled, Sulthan. The film marks her debut in Tamil film industry opposite actor Karthi. 

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Black women have been ‘forced to conform’ with their hair styles



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Lena Waithe feels Black women have been “forced to conform” with their hair styles.

The ‘Bad Hair’ star believes that Black women have changed their hairstyles or adapted them in order to “look palatable for their white coworkers” and says there has been unnecessary pressure on Black women to “straighten” their hair.

She said: “I think for a lot of Black women, particularly in corporate America, they have been forced to conform and to look palatable for their white coworkers. We’ve also had this sort of European beauty and what we were supposed to look like. There’s a lot of pressure on Black women to straighten their hair, even if they don’t want to.”

And the 36-year-old screenwriter, producer and actress insists her new horror satirical movie, which follows a woman who gets a weave so she can fit in at work, only for it to have a mind of its own, is not “anti-straight hair or natural hair”.

Speaking to Good Morning America, she added: “This is not anti-straight hair or natural hair, it’s more about having the freedom to wear your hair however you choose. Things like the Crown Act are a prime example of that. I think the movie is really all about not conforming to fit in but more about doing what makes sense for you and standing out.”

Meanwhile, Lena previously spoke of the importance of black LGBTQ+ representation.

She said: “It’s substantially significant and necessary. I think representation in all regards is so necessary, and right now, we’re fighting for so many different causes. Not just Black lives or Black male lives but Black trans lives, gay Black lives. I wanted to be clear Black women who are, I always say ‘masculine-presenting,’ we can also be soft. We can also be vulnerable. And we’re not all aggressive. I’m always fighting to be the best person I can be, partner I can be, friend I can be. And I think people don’t necessarily associate that with someone that walks through the world the way we do. And I was really happy that we got to just show a different side of us.”

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END Clothing’s Black Friday 2020 Sale Is Coming

END’s Black Friday 2020 sale is less than a month away, and we’re gearing up for a warrobe re-stock over here at Esquire.



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The END Clothing Black Friday 2020 sale is nearing. The deals are bound to be good: last year there was 20% off everything. Here’s what Esquire’s buying.

If Black Friday conjures up images of people fighting over supermarket TVs, think again. Since travelling across the pond from the US a few years back, the sales day has exploded, and now even luxury brands are getting involved. Having overtaken Boxing Day as the biggest retail event of the year, Black Friday is the best time to stock up on wardrobe essentials, and perfectly timed if you plan to kit yourself out in new party-wear ahead of the festive season.

But before you commit to camping out from 7am on Oxford Street, let us offer a smarter solution to Black Friday style shopping. The discounts are all the same online, which means you can bag them from the comfort of your sofa. It’s more convenient, obviously, but also easier to find the styles and sizes you actually want. No more passive-aggressively stock-piling in store.

Oh, and not to mention, the big elephant in the room (whisper it: pandemic) that prevents Londoners from making non-essential journeys. Wonder how that one will go down once 27 November rolls around…

Of course, Black Friday browsing is not quite as relaxing as we’ve made it sound: you will need to come prepared. Buzzy items sell out fast, so remain laser focused and don’t let glittery new-ins distract you from those essential items. Get your head around it now, so you’re less overwhelmed once push comes to shove, with our helpful guide to navigating the Black Friday 2020 sales like a pro.

When is END’s Black Friday 2020 sale?

Determined by Thanksgiving dates in the US, Black Friday always falls on the fourth weekend of November which, this year, is the 27th. Unlike flash tech deals, fashion sales are likely to last longer than one day, probably through the weekend and until midnight on Cyber Monday.

What to expect from END’s Black Friday sale:

Last year, END dropped a blanket discount of 20 per cent off everything on the site (beware: some brands were excluded, the usual culprits as you can imagine). Promotional codes are the best kind of deals, if you ask us, because there’s a chance to get new-season items at their cheapest.

The brand is a big fan of full-price promos, but it also has a decent clearance sale available pretty much all year round. On Black Friday, it’s even better – so if the 20 per cent reduction isn’t quite doing it for you, you’re bound to find bargains at up to 70 per cent off in there. Be warned: you need to be prepared to get down and dirty with a hefty scroll through countless sale pages. For now, though, this is

END Black Friday 2020 sale: What Discounts To Expect

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END’s Black Friday 2020 sale is less than a month away, and we’re gearing up for a warrobe re-stock over here at Esquire.

If Black Friday conjures up images of people fighting over supermarket TVs, think again. Since travelling across the pond from the US a few years back, the sales day has exploded, and now even luxury brands are getting involved. Having overtaken Boxing Day as the biggest retail event of the year, Black Friday is the best time to stock up on wardrobe essentials, and perfectly timed if you plan to kit yourself out in new party-wear ahead of the festive season.

But before you commit to camping out from 7am on Oxford Street, let us offer a smarter solution to Black Friday style shopping. The discounts are all the same online, which means you can bag them from the comfort of your sofa. It’s more convenient, obviously, but also easier to find the styles and sizes you actually want. No more passive-aggressively stock-piling in store.

Oh, and not to mention, the big elephant in the room (whisper it: pandemic) that prevents Londoners from making non-essential journeys. Wonder how that one will go down once 27 November rolls around…

Of course, Black Friday browsing is not quite as relaxing as we’ve made it sound: you will need to come prepared. Buzzy items sell out fast, so remain laser focused and don’t let glittery new-ins distract you from those essential items. Get your head around it now, so you’re less overwhelmed once push comes to shove, with our helpful guide to navigating the Black Friday 2020 sales like a pro.

When is END’s Black Friday 2020 sale?

Determined by Thanksgiving dates in the US, Black Friday always falls on the fourth weekend of November which, this year, is the 27th. Unlike flash tech deals, fashion sales are likely to last longer than one day, probably through the weekend and until midnight on Cyber Monday.

What to expect from END’s Black Friday sale:

Last year, END dropped a blanket discount of 20 per cent off everything on the site (beware: some brands were excluded, the usual culprits as you can imagine). Promotional codes are the best kind of deals, if you ask us, because there’s a chance to get new-season items at their cheapest.

The brand is a big fan of full-price promos, but it also has a decent clearance sale available pretty much all year round. On Black Friday, it’s even better – so if the 20 per cent reduction isn’t quite doing it for you, you’re bound to find bargains at up to 70 per cent off in there. Be warned: you need to be prepared to get down and dirty with a hefty scroll through countless sale pages. For now, though, this is the best of the e-tailers mid-season sale:

Five Tips for Navigating Black Friday Shopping During COVID-19

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Let’s face it: Shopping on Black Friday is never easy, but amidst the coronavirus pandemic, it can seem downright impossible. “The CDC has told us that it’s risky to be within six feet of other people, so you are taking a risk joining the crowds,” says online shopping expert Michelle Madhok, founder of deals site SheFinds. “Additionally, shops have been limiting the number of people allowed inside, so you may find yourself lined up around the block in inclement weather.”

Along with the obvious health risks of in-store Black Friday shopping during a global pandemic, Madhok says there’s also a good chance there will be merchandise shortages, too. “Just like we were short on toilet paper during COVID, back-to-school time found us short on desks to work from at home,” she explains. “Lots of people want Pelotons, new computers, and other things to safely live life at home, so if you plan on gifting any popular items plan ahead.”

Interested in hearing more advice about how to navigate Black Friday shopping during COVID-19? We asked Madhok to share her tips and this is what she had to say.

Related: Why Small Business Saturday Is the Most Important Day to Shop This Holiday Season

Shop online.

What’s the safest way to shop Black Friday sales during a pandemic? Madhok recommends shopping online. And if safety isn’t enough to sway you (though it should be), consider the prices. “Trends point toward more online sales this year, surpassing last year by about 40 percent, so that means more competition,” she explains. “Make sure you know what items you’re after and which stores sell them, then sign up for those store’s newsletters, apps, and social media ahead of time to make sure you don’t miss a deal.”

Double-check the sale dates.

If you thought Black Friday deals were limited to the Friday after Thanksgiving, Madhok says you’d be mistaken. “Know that Friday is not the only day to shop,” she says. “The week of Thanksgiving is full of deals such as Brown Thursday, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. Some stores are kicking off 2020 Holiday online sales as early as October, so double-check the sale dates before you plan to shop.”

Try curbside pickup.

Not into the idea of holiday shopping online but nervous about doing it in-stores? Madhok suggests taking advantage of various big box retailer’s curbside pickup opportunities. “Stores like Target and Lowe’s allow you to shop online for items, and then an associate will bring your purchases to your car,” she explains. “This way, shoppers can avoid crowds and still get their items faster than they’d ship.”

Shop the sale section.

Make sure you don’t limit your shopping opportunities by thinking that Black Friday deals are the only deals to be had, especially you’re in the market for a unique gift that you worry will be out of stock. To help increase the selection, Madhok recommends shopping for steals in a store’s sale section. “Look

Instagram changes nudity policy after controversy with Black, plus-size model

Following a three-month community campaign, The Guardian reports Instagram is changing its policy on female nudity. Starting this week, both Instagram and Facebook say they will allow “content where someone is simply hugging, cupping or holding their breasts.” The change comes after Black, plus-size and other marginalized communities accused the platform of discriminately applying its nudity rules to non-white women. 

In August, Instagram repeatedly deleted a series of photos of Nyome Nicholas-Williams that showed the Black plus-size model with her arms over her bare chest. Nicholas-Williams argued that Instagram censored her while simultaneously allowing similar photos of thin, white women to stay up on the platform with little or no penalty. “Millions of pictures of very naked, skinny white women can be found on Instagram every day,” she told The Guardian at the time. “But a fat black woman celebrating her body is banned? It was shocking to me. I feel like I’m being silenced.” Other Black, plus-size and marginalized creators found Instagram did the same with their photos, and the enforcement action led to a groundswell of online activism centered around the #IWantToSeeNyome hashtag.  

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How Black Beauty Brands Have Grown in 2020

This past summer after the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, massive protests swept the country as people demanded accountability for racism and police brutality. While millions of people turned up on the front lines at these demonstrations to outwardly voice their frustrations on the matter, millions more also used their power to support the Black community in other ways such as spending their money at Black-owned businesses.

A few months ago, it seemed like just about everyone was shouting from the rooftops about the importance of buying Black, even creating their own directories of Black businesses to buy from to support the Black Lives Matter movement. While the support has likely been appreciated by many Black business owners, it’s still important to note that supporting these businesses goes far beyond making one-off purchases; the key is to make sure you’re actually showing up for these companies by regularly buying from them, recommending their products to the people in your network, and even reviewing said products online.

We spoke to five Black beauty brand owners on the impact that the buy Black movement has had on their businesses since June and whether the outpouring of support they’ve received has been sustained. Read ahead to see their thoughts.

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Instagram has changed its policy on nudity and ‘breast-squeezing’ after a plus-size Black model campaigned against double standards on the platform



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  • Instagram has amended its rules around nudity following a campaign from a Black plus-sized model whose photos were taken down.
  • Nyome Nicholas-Williams started campaigning in August — she pointed out that her images were taken down but images of “very naked, skinny white women” remained on Instagram.
  • Instagram said Monday it had incorrectly applied its rules on “breast squeezing” to Nicholas-Williams’ images, and said it was adding some more nuance to those rules.
  • Instagram and Facebook will now allow any images where someone is “simply hugging, cupping or holding their breasts.”
  • It will still ban photos where people are grasping their breasts “in a grabbing motion with bent fingers or if there is a clear change in the shape of the breasts.”
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Instagram has added some nuance to its rules around what constitutes nudity, after being campaigned for three months by a model who said the platform was censoring her images.

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Nyome Nicholas-Williams, a plus-sized Black model from the UK, started campaigning in August after images of her from a photoshoot were repeatedly taken down.

She noted that while Instagram took down her images for allegedly breaking nudity rules, she saw lots of equivalently unclothed — or even more naked — images of thin, white women on the platform.

“Millions of pictures of very naked, skinny white women can be found on Instagram every day,” she told the Observer at the time. “But a fat black woman celebrating her body is banned? It was shocking to me. I feel like I’m being silenced.”

Her campaign became a hashtag, #IWantToSeeNyome, and Instagram has now responded with a policy change.

Instagram said Monday that after investigating, it found its policy on “breast squeezing” had been inappropriately applied to Nicholas-Williams’ images. “Hearing her feedback helped us understand where this policy was falling short, and how we could refine it,” an Instagram spokesperson told Business Insider. 

“With the new update, we’ll allow content where someone is simply hugging, cupping or holding their breasts. And, if there’s any doubt, we’ll ask that reviewers allow the content to stay up.

“We do have to draw the line somewhere so when people squeeze their breasts in a grabbing motion with bent fingers or if there is a clear change in the shape of the breasts, that content will still break our rules. This policy will apply across Instagram and Facebook,” the spokesperson said.

“This is a huge step and I am glad a dialogue has now been opened,” Nicholas-Williams said in a statement to the Observer. “I want to ensure that I am respected and allowed to use spaces like Instagram, as many other creators do, without the worry of being censored and silenced.”

Nicholas-Williams also welcomed the announcement in a post on her Instagram account. “Hopefully this policy change will bring an end to the