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Photographer Shows The Scary Side Of The “Addicted” Streets Of Philadelphia

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“If people were only interested in models or beautiful women, the world would be a dull place,” claims the photographer Jeffrey Stockbridge, who spent 5 years of his life documenting the lives of social outcasts living on Kensington Avenue in Philadelphia.

The avenue is infamous for drug abuse and prostitution and no one is hiding it – it’s all happening out in the open. At first, the photographer himself was intimidated by the neighborhood and its’ disturbing atmosphere, but the barriers disappeared when he started talking to the people he was scared of. Once he started taking pictures of them, the word got around and soon enough he had random strangers walking up asking him to take photos of them and to record their stories.

“Everybody wants a friend. A lot of people I meet, when was the last time somebody asked them how they were doing? I think it offers a release to be able to talk to someone. You feel like you’re important, like you’re not going to be forgotten. People want to be heard,” Stockbridge explains their need to share their private lives with an audience.

“When you have something so graphic to the wider community, you use beauty to communicate things that are not so beautiful,” the artist describes his approach to making these portraits. He wanted for each picture and interaction to paint the picture of the greater ills of society. The brutal honesty is inviting the viewer to understand and be more compassionate towards the marginalized communities.

Scroll down to see the powerful images and check out the blog to hear the audios of the interviewed people and to read more about the project.

More info: blog | Jeffrey Stockbridge | Kensington Blues book (h/t)

#1 The Twins Tic Tac And Tootsie

“We out here so we can get money so we has somewhere to rest our heads. We look out for each other. If I can’t get money, she gets it, and whatever money we get we share…We need quick money cause we need somewhere to sleep every day. I mean, trust me, we don’t want to be out here doing this. This is the last thing I want to do. But I do what I have to do to take care of my sister. Cause she’s all I got and I’m all she’s got.”

Image source: Jeffrey Stockbridge

#2 Al

Al lives in a house off Kensington Avenue without electricity or running water. He sometimes rents his upstairs bedroom to prostitutes in need of a private location for engaging in sex and drug use.

Image source: Jeffrey Stockbridge

#3 Sarah

“I’m 55 years old, I have a master’s degree in psychology, but after my husband, mother and father, died in a car accident two years ago, I lost my whole family, my career, one, my health, all in one go.”

Image source: Jeffrey Stockbridge

#4 Carroll

She told that she often sleeps on the streets during the day to protect herself at night.

Image source: Jeffrey Stockbridge

#5 Pat And Rachel

They still have children, whom they gave away to a special agency for their protection. “We gave the kids away, people say it’s a selfish act, but I think it’s the best I could do for their better future,” Rachel said.

Image source: Jeffrey Stockbridge

#6 Tanya

She is 25 years old, working in the sex industry since she was 18.

Image source: Jeffrey Stockbridge

#7 Bob

Image source: Jeffrey Stockbridge

#8 Jamie

“I’ve been raped, and, you know, almost killed really”

Image source: Jeffrey Stockbridge

#9 Carol

A local resident, at the time she was 41. Carol told the photographer that she had been doing heroin for 21 years and it became “the love of her life”.

Image source: Jeffrey Stockbridge

#10 Sarah And Dennis

The veins in Sarah’s arms were no good for injection, so she asked Dennis for the drug to be injected into her neck.

Image source: Jeffrey Stockbridge

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Middle East TV Personality Simobb KILLS IT AT THE OSCARS 2018

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Alarabiya News English Showbiz correspondent Simo Benbachir may not consider himself an #influencer, but there is no doubt his work has been influential. His lovable personality and genuine enthusiasm for fashion is evident in his work, but also his style choices. He is not the first and the only Moroccan journalist at Hollywood but he was the most fashionable Middle East TV Reporter @ The Oscars 2018 dressed by his buddy fashion designer : Moncef Moncef.

 

Sharp, chic and sophisticated; his style speaks to the modern day man.
From daytime- laid back casual to evening suit chic, Simobb has the rare ability to pull off any look that he likes. His fashion choices match his personality, vibrant in both spoken words and expression of style.

Several European magazines has ranked Simo Benbachir as the most popular Moroccan TV personality. He is one of the faces of Kastiani magazine and was described as “The Reporter of Star, The Star of Reporters”. In addition to that, the Version Homme magazine lists him among the most influential Moroccan Media personalities and he graces their cover page. In 2017, he received the Brukmer Press Honorary Award in Belgium.

 

He has to his many credits, the skill for making his interviewers relaxed to the point of being friendly with him and sharing their secrets. This is the major reason he is most sought-after. Many youngsters in Arab and Morocco look up to this hood-hollywood star for motivation.

Simo Benbachir & Mario Lopez


Simo Benbachir & Jason Kennedy from E!


Simo Benbachir & Giuliana Rancic from E!

Simo Benbachir & Caroline Ribeiro from ( TNT Brazil )

Keturah King from ( Arise News DSTV 416 )


Simo Benbachir & Viviane Geppert from ( Prosieben)


Simo Benbachir Interviewing Fayrouz Karawani

Simo Benbachir & his cameraman Brian Patamakanthin

Simo Benbachir & Raya Abirached from ( MBC Middle East )

Simo Benbachir & Ramzi Malouki ( Canal + France )

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Corporate Astrology: A whole new aspect of the Business of Stars…

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Celebrity astrologer Sundeep Kochar talks about how the faith of corporate sector in astrology has given birth to a new branch of reading the stars

You must have heard about people seeking astrologers’ advice regarding their personal issues. But did you know that major league industries and firms, too, seek astrologers’ advice? Well, you read that right. The faith of corporate sector in astrology has given birth to a new form of astrology – corporate astrology.

Though astrology has been more profusely used by the Bollywood stars before signing the contract of any new movie project, corporates in recent times also want to stay away from any risk in this intensely competitive world. “This is the chief reason why they have started looking for the guidance and the influence of the planets,” Dr Kochar stated without revealing any names from his clientele in both film fraternity & corporates.

“Seeking astrological advice before taking any important decision or embarking upon an important journey has been a tradition in India since the Vedic period. In ancient India, emperors used to have a council of astrologers. It was this council they consulted before bringing major policies into action or waging a war against their enemies,” pointed out Dr Sundeep Kochar.

He continued, “The big business houses which are thriving today are no less than emperors themselves. After all, they are ruling the markets worldwide. The way astrology used to be perceived has also undergone a transformation. It is now considered as a science, and this has contributed a lot in cementing business community’s belief in it.”

Celebrity astrologer Sundeep Kochar believes that special astrological positions present a set of unique opportunities to both individuals as well as corporate houses. Elaborating further, he said, “Mercury is the planet of finance and Venus is the planet of luxury. A favorable alignment of both these planets creates golden opportunities in business. These opportunities, if utilized properly, can not only safeguard the company’s existing portfolio, but can also optimize the future investments.”

Many Indian and international clients of Dr. Sundeep Kochar seek ‘Corporate Astrology’ not only for their partnerships, mergers and tie-ups, but also take inputs of astrology before hiring key people in their organization. “It looks like in the coming years the job applicant has to attach his horoscope along with the resume to set his stars aligned with the company,” Dr Kochar chuckled.

Dr Sundeep Kochar firmly believes and professes that there is no shortcut to success. According to him, astrology is just a tool which helps a person take on the most favorable path. However, the result of one’s endeavors solely depends upon the amount of hard work being poured in and taking right decision at the right time.

He was quick to remind a famous quote of J.P Morgan, “Anyone can become a millionaire, but to become a billionaire you need a good astrologer.”

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Katrina, Ranbir, Alia, Shahid: Who winks BEST? VOTE!

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Whose wink gets *your* vote?

When Priya Prakash Varrier winked in the song Manikya Malaraya Poovi from the Malayalam film Oru Adaar Love she wouldn’t have known it would get *so* monster.

The wink has gone superviral, and the WWW has been crushing on Priya.

We love her wink, decided to take a cue from that… and look at Bollywood.

Here’s looking at the cutest — and sexiest — winkers in Bollywood.

Who does it best? Tell us in the poll at the bottom!


Photograph: Kind courtesy Katrina Kaif/Instagram

Katrina’s goofy — and yet so sexy — wink.

 


Photograph: Kind courtesy Anushka Sharma/Instagram

Anushka’s expression goes with the slogan on her tee.

 


Photograph: Kind courtesy Shahid Kapoor/Instagram

Shahid chills with a wink.

 


Photograph: Kind courtesy Alia Bhatt/Instagram

Alia Bhatt gets impish.

 


Photograph: Kind courtesy Shraddha Kapoor/Instagram

Shraddha likes the cake and wants to eat it too!

 


Photograph: Sunny Leone in the Laila Main Laila song from Raees.

Sunny has mastered the wink.

 


Photograph: Vidya Balan in The Dirty Picture.

Vidya gets naughty.

 


Photograph: Deepika Padukone in Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela.

Deepika teaches you how to get the flirty wink right.

 


Photograph: Shah Rukh Khan in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

Can the Badshah of romance ever it wrong?

 


Photograph: Priyanka Chopra in Dostana.

PeeCee hots it up.

 


Photograph: Ranbir Kapoor in Jagga Jasoos.

Tease your friend with this wink.

 


Photograph: Kareena Kapoor Khan in the Fevicol Se song from Dabangg 2.

Kareena is sexy and she knows it.

 


Photograph: Jacqueline Fernandez in the Aa Toh Sahi Se song from Judwaa 2.

Being cute and naughty at the same time.

 


Photograph: Kind courtesy Varun Dhawan/Instagram

Varun’s winky selfie with Yami Gautam!

 


Photograph: Salman Khan in Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya.

Salman takes his chances in the ‘Who blinks first’ game…

 


Photograph: Kajol in Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya.

…And gets one in return from Kajol.

 


Photograph: Sonam Kapoor in Dolly Ki Doli.

Does Sonam get the wink right?

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