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Harry and Meghan ‘Hanging with LA Rich!’ Harry and Meghan live a ‘baller lifestyle, according to source

According to reports, the Duke and Duchess are living a happy life. Luxury since you stepped back as senior members the Royal Family Moving to North America According to a source, Harry is currently in North America. A “baller”, who doesn’t mind spending money and has been associated to a Crowd of tech billionaires.

The source stated that “He’s not in the showbiz lot like people would expect.”

“Rather than spending time in Adele or James Corden’s company, Harry and I would rather spend our time with them.” Meghan and the LA wealthy: Owners of large companies. Jet-set types can fly private planes.

“He spends his time in Malibu and Montecito.”

Harry began his executive job in March at Betterup, a Silicon Valley startup. It’s a coaching and mental-health firm.

The Duke and Duchess also signed multi-million-dollar deals with Spotify and Netflix.

But, Daniela Elser (royal commentator), writes for Australian news Outlet News.com.au: The Duke and Duchess Of Sussex “haven’t” Hollywood was set ablaze by your words.

According to previous estimates, the couple would have to pay approximately $ 5.9 million for security and their Montecito house.

However, even though you have some serious cash and are able to hang with some of the most prestigious people in the world, According to LA’s best, Harry is the most famous LA resident. He attends parties.

Eden Confidential was told by a royal source: “Harry told multiple people.” They want Lili to be christened at Windsor just like her. Brother.

“They will wait until the circumstances permit.”

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This post originally posted here Daily Express :: Royal Feed

New survey: Seven out of ten respondents think rich Norwegians pay too little tax

A total of 68% of those surveyed in a recent poll believe that the richest in Norway must pay more tax.

Only 21% answered “no” to the question of whether the rich should contribute more in taxes, the survey Sentio Research has conducted for Fagforbundet shows, according to the newspaper Børsen/Dagbladet.

Fagforbundet has also asked the respondents if they are concerned about increased differences between people in Norway. Here, 62% answered “yes,” while 31% answered “no,” and 6% “do not know.”

“This is a very strong signal that the people want change,” the Socialist Left Party leader Audun Lysbakken told the newspaper.

New direction after 2021 elections?

Norwegian parliament (Storting) representative Vetle Wang Soleim of the Conservative Party (H) says he agrees that this autumn’s election will be a directional choice.

“It is a choice between the current government that will continue to lower the tax level for people and companies for another four years, and a government based on the left that will increase taxes by anywhere between NOK 3 and 30 billion,” he said.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayFinance

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Love Island Instagram rich list as islanders 'get richer every year'

Love Island is set to return next with, with fans eagerly waiting to meet the new set of sexy singletons.

The new series starts on June 28 where the return of love in the sun and “I got a text” will captivate the UK over the summer.

And by now we have pretty much got the hang of how the series works.

Read more: Love Island introduces new mental health protocols to protect 2021 contestants

Some fall in love, some fall out with everyone, whilst others just end up making friends and can’t seem to find ‘the one’.

But not all hope is lost for those singletons who just can’t find the one – there is a hefty cheque for most Islanders when the show ends.

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A number of stars from the show are earning the big bucks, with some earning millions – a lot of which can come from sponsored Instagram posts.

Kem Cetinay went on to have a gig on This Morning, whilst the likes of Olivia Buckland and Molly-Mae Hague have landed major brand deals and launched their own clothing range.

Alex George, better known as Dr Alex, has been appointed a Youth Mental Health Ambassador by the Prime Minister.

The 2021 series includes a beauty queen, a semi-pro footballer and an inspiration PE teacher, who has become the show’s first ever disabled star.

And according to retailer Coffee Friend, the contestants are set to be the richest yet.

The average Islander’s Instagram following has grown 61% each summer – rising by more than 800,000 followers since Series 1 in 2015.

The average Islander in upcoming Series 7 is estimated to make £252,000 – more than the average house price in the UK – in their first year just from sponsored Instagram posts.

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Mollie-Mae Hague is the highest earning Love Islander on Instagram earning an estimated £20,600 per sponsored post, based on the latest social media figures.

Celebrity talent agent says: “For the contestants themselves it’s their time to shine and undoubtedly reap the rewards while possibly becoming the richest contestants yet as brands and live events get ready to pounce.”

Here is the Love Island rich list.

1. Molly-Mae Hague

Molly has 5.5million Instagram followers making an average of £20,600 per post.

Her annual income based on her average five posts a month would therefore be £1,236,000 – wow!

2. Tommy Fury

Tommy has 3.4million Instagram followers making an average of £14,200 per post.

His annual income based on an average of five posts a month is £852,000.

3. Dani Dyer

Dani Dyer

New mum Dani has 3.4million Instagram followers making an average of £14,000 per post.

Her annual income based on her average five posts a month is £840,000.

4. Maura Higgins

Maura Higgins

Maura has 3.2million Instagram followers making an average of £13,300 per post.

Her annual income based on her average five posts a month is £798,000.

5. Amber Gill

Amber Gill

Amber has 2.6million Instagram followers making an average of £11,300 per post.

Her annual income based on her average five posts a month is £678,000.

6. Olivia Bowen

Olivia Bowen

Olivia, who got married to fellow Islander Alex Bowen after the show, has 2.6million Instagram followers, making an average of £11,300 per post.

Her annual income based on her average five posts a month is £654,000.

7. Kem Cetinay

Kem Cetinay

Kem has 2.3million Instagram followers making an average of £10,300 per post.

His annual income based on an average of five posts a month is £618,000.

8. Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes

Chris has 2.1million Instagram followers making an average of £9,500 per post.

His annual income based on an average five posts a month is £570,000.

9. Jack Fincham

Jack Fincham

Jack has 2million Instagram followers making an average of £9,200 per post.

His annual income based on an average of five posts a month is £552,000.

10. Alex George

Dr Alex George

Alex has 1.9million Instagram followers making an average of £9,100 per post.

His annual income based on an average of five posts a month is £546,000.

Author: [email protected] (Lucy Marshall)
This post originally appeared on Hull Live – Celebs & TV

Review: Mundaun – A Rich, Sepia-Toned First-Person Horror Show

Take our advice: if you ever receive a suspiciously detail-light missive informing you that a loved one has passed away and urging you not to return to your home village, trust us on this one – just let it lie as advised. Let them lie, we suppose, because no good has ever come from going to a village, as recent horror games (and, let’s face it, real life) are a testament towards. It’s quite understandable, then, that we met Mundaun’s opening correspondence — informing its protagonist of his grandfather’s death — with quite some scepticism, which turned out to be well-founded.

See, Mundaun is a first-person horror game that sees you investigating the aforementioned suspicious death, returning to the titular village in order to investigate, which is exactly what we said not to do!! Said investigation takes the form of exploring, finding items, solving puzzles and occasionally poking a pitchfork at a screeching humanoid bale of hay. The usual, then.

The controls are fine – unobtrusive first-person controls precisely akin to those you’ve experienced a million times before. That’s no criticism, they’re just easy to get to grips with, meaning that you’ll never feel any kind of mechanical disconnection from the horrific proceedings.

And horrific they are, as no sooner have you parked up, switched off your Erasure tape and stepped out into Mundaun than you find yourself sucked into a painting and reliving the fire that supposedly killed your granddad; a man who, with hindsight, may have made some poor decisions in his time. You bear the brunt of the old man’s mistakes in the form of monstrous beekeepers who shoot their pollinating pugilists towards you. Great stuff, thanks gramps.

And all you’ve got to defend yourself is the aforementioned pitchfork – which is rubbish compared to Caleb’s one in Blood – and a similarly ineffectual rifle that you’ll pick up later in the game. Thankfully, Mundaun’s combat takes a back seat to an adventure game-esque feel that’s very effectively at bringing the fear.

There’s a laudable sense of variety to proceedings across its major maps, and even with a meaty seven-or-eight-hour time to completion we never found things samey or uninteresting. The mystery of Mundaun is well told and presented, and while there are some well-designed jumpscares it’s mostly concerned with drip-feeding a sense of palpable dread. A good, non-spoilery example (and believe me, we are trying not to spoil anything) is the mirror sequence you stumble into at the farmhouse. It’s one of the more unsettling setpieces — unsettlepieces? — we recall seeing in a long while, simply because while you know something’s going on, you don’t have a clue exactly what it is yet.

Despite combat being discouraged (you can beat the game without really fighting anything), you can upgrade your health, marksmanship and – ooer – sanity, an effect we’re loath to spoil but may seem familiar to fans of Eternal Darkness and Amnesia. Your next objective is always clear and you can track your clues through the in-game notebook. There are also optional objectives and hidden radio frequencies, for completists. It’s a full-featured title, not the walking simulator you might initially assume you’re in for, as we did. It isn’t a difficult game, nor does it ‘waste your time’ — there’s more to getting around than just travelling on foot — and Mundaun evidently really wants you to finish its story. You’re very unlikely to die if you have the wherewithal to run away when situations get hairy.

It pains us, to a point, to bring up the game’s visuals. They’re a strange, eerie sort of monochrome, sepia-tinged and evocative of pencil sketches that ably suggest the passage of time and arcane mystery. Theoretically this could be a striking and impressive style, but the Switch – particularly in handheld – absolutely murders it in places. There’s metric ton of ugly pop-in, it’s often easy to get turned around by how shimmery and samey things look, and we struggled to find pivotal items because they quite simply blended in with the scenery. It’s never enough to stop the game being enjoyable, but it’s definitely something of a mark against it.

Performance is fine, a steady 30fps throughout, and sound design is marvellous, with all dialogue being in the little-spoken language, Romansh. It’s a great way to make the player (well, the vast majority of players) feel like the outsider that they’ve come to be.

Conclusion

Hurt only by the Switch’s take on its visuals, Mundaun delivers above and beyond its appearances and offers a robust, constantly compelling adventure game. It isn’t particularly scary, but it is rich in atmosphere and hosts plenty of gameplay variety and good ideas. We found that it never compromised its tone or fell foul of any gameplay glitches, although as mentioned the visuals aren’t quite up to snuff. It’s a minor thing, though, as Mundaun should keep your attention from beginning to, well, one or more of its multiple endings.

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Love Island's rich list as stars set for life thanks to Instagram

It’s almost time for the long-awaited return of Love Island.

With the show just a couple of weeks on June 28, prospective Islanders could soon find themselves nabbing the heart of attractive singletons.

The contestants go on the show with the potential to find their soul mate, but along the way there is an insane amount of money that can be made with their instant new fame.

Some of the Islanders have disappeared, whilst others have made a fortune following their turn in the villa with brands lining up to offer stars endorsement deals and modelling contracts, The Mirror reports.

And one of the most important pivotal mediums for showcasing their profile and collaborating with brands is social media; contestants can revenue in their huge audience.

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Love Island’s Laura Whitmore will be back presenting the show

As well as finding love and fame, Islanders also see a boost to their social media following – with Instagram offering another form of revenue to those who snap up a huge audience.

And a large Instagram following can lead to the easiest money of all – with thousands of pounds being offered to stars of the small screen for single posts online.

Online betting agency TopRatedCasinos.ie have crunched some numbers to estimate just how much Love Island mega stars can earn via Instagram.

From star couples like Molly-Mae-Hague and Tommy Fury to surfer babe Lucie Donlan, the earning potential for Islanders can be huge once they are out of the villa.

Molly Mae and Tommy Fury

A spokesperson for TopRatedCasinos.ie explained that Molly-Mae Hague is the biggest earner of the crowd.

They explained: “After finishing in second place on season five of the show, she is estimated to earn a maximum of £12,943 for each sponsored Instagram post, thanks to her 5.5 million followers on the platform.”

While sport star lover Tommy Fury is the second highest earner.

They explained: “The second highest earning Islander is Tommy Fury, raking in a potential £8,123 for sponsored posts made on the app.

“As the boyfriend of Molly-Mae, and boasting a huge 3.4 million followers, this power couple are certainly making the most of their fame.”

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Love Island 2018 winner Dani Dyer is next on the list of highest earners after growing: “a massive 3.4 million followers and has the potential to earn £8,044 per sponsored post on Instagram.”

And 2019 contestant Maura Higgins is in fourth place: “[She] could earn up to £7,529 for each branded post.”

While 2019 winner Amber Gill is the fifth highest earning star, “raking in a predicted £6,117 per post” thanks to her 2.6 million followers.

1. Molly-Mae Hague

  • Net worth £5,540,000
  • Earnings per Instagram post, £12,943

2. Tommy Fury

  • Networth £3,475,000
  • Earnings per Instagram post £8,123

3. Dani Dyer

  • Networth £3,442,000
  • Earnings per Instagram post, £8,044

4. Maura Higgins

  • Networth £3,221,000
  • Earnings per Instagram post, £7,529

5. Amber Gill

  • Networth £2,617,000
  • Earnings per Instagram post, £6,117

6. Olivia Bowen

  • Networth £602,000
  • Earnings per Instagram post £6,082

7. Kem Cetinay

  • Networth £2,344,000
  • Earnings per Instagram post, £5,480

8. Chris Hughes

  • Networth £2,104,000
  • Earnings per Instagram post, £4,919

9. Jack Fincham

  • Networth £1,995,000
  • Earnings per Instagram post, £4,663

10. Alex George

  • Networth £1,975,000
  • Earnings per Instagram post £4,618

Author: [email protected] (Seamus Duff, Lucy Marshall)
This post originally appeared on Hull Live – Celebs & TV

Get Dirty Rich in Gold Rush: The Game on May 28

Summary

  • Gold Rush: The Game is coming to Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One on May 28.
  • A unique gold-mining experience using realistic machinery.
  • Including the leaderboards mode for competitive players.

Hello miners!

We at Code Horizon Inc. and Discovery Inc., are proud to announce that Gold Rush: The Game will be available on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S on May 28. This original gold-mining experience is based on Discovery Channel’s #1 show “Gold Rush.” On launch day, you will get access to all the playable content released so far (including DLC). The objective is: work hard, dig deep, explore the world, to become the wealthiest person in Alaska!

Gold Rush: The Game

So, what’s unique about Gold Rush: The Game? In short it’s a realistic, gold mining simulation game. Start with a simple bucket, hog pan and lease your first claim as you begin to mine gold. You will be able to sit behind the wheels of multiple, highly detailed vehicles (such as bulldozer, drill, front-end loader or excavator) and dig gold on one of four unique mining areas with fully deformable terrain.

If you are a competitive player, we have little something for you! Ranked mode (leaderboards) will pit you against other gold prospectors – who will come on top this time? One season typically lasts about a month in real life, so there’s plenty of time to compete. Each time we add unique buff or obstacle to make the experience more engaging e.g. discount on particular claim rental or increased breakdown rate for specific items. If you manage to get into Top 10, we have special in-game rewards, so what are you waiting for? Let’s mine some gold!

Gold Rush: The Game

Gold Rush: The Game is all about digging gold by using advanced machinery and taking care of your mining company. Get familiar with wash plant, gold nuggetator, or wave table. Manage water pressure and power system in order to help machines work properly. And don’t forget to hire some workers and let them grow your business!

So, what can you do with everything you’ve just dug? Smelt it! Visit local blacksmith and smelt all the gold you’ve found. Use collected magnetite to make process cheaper and faster. After that, you can sell it and start becoming the wealthiest miner in Heines – or even in Alaska!

Gold Rush: The Game

You can choose your own playstyle – either explore Alaska with easy mode on (everything costs $ 1) or try your luck in the hardest ranked mode, with globally shared leaderboards. Regardless of your calling, be sure to grab the game on May 28!

Work hard, dig deep – become a gold miner in Gold Rush: The Game!

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Make your gold mining dream come true – start with few spare bucks and work your way up to becoming a millionaire! Gold Rush: The Game is a gold mining simulator based on the smash-hit Discovery Channel series. Sit behind the wheel of multiple vehicles such as excavator, drill, front-end loader, bulldozer, and others. The whole gold mining operation depends on your steering skills! Experience the challenging life of a chief mechanic. Various parts of machines can break when least expected and cost you big time. Keep improving your gold mining business. Start with a simple bucket and hog pan, lease your first claim, and upgrade it to the next tiers as you begin to dig gold. Admire highly detailed vehicles and gold mining machines. Purchase new and more efficient wash plant parts to increase your earnings. Explore a big, detailed world with four unique gold mining claims with fully deformable terrain. Each fragment of the world contains a background story you can discover in your spare time. Let’s get digging!

Author: Kamila Przemysławska, PR Manager, Code Horizon
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire

Conor McGregor beats Messi, Ronaldo and Hamilton to top Forbes' sporting rich list

Conor McGregor is the world’s most highly-paid athletes. That’s the verdict of Forbes, whose annual list of the most highly-paid athletes in world sport has listed him at the top of the pile after a remarkable 12-month spell that saw his out-of-the-cage earnings dwarf his significant fight purse from his defeat to Dustin Poirier.
McGregor fought just once over the last 12 months, with his second-round TKO defeat to Poirier netting him a cool $ 22 million.

But his business ventures, including his sale of his stake in the hugely successful Proper No. Twelve Irish whiskey and his numerous endorsement and partnership deals, including with Draft Kings and Roots of Fight, amounted to a colossal $ 158 million.

It gave McGregor, whose total in-competition cage time over the past 12 months amounted to just seven minutes, 32 seconds, a total figure of $ 180 million for the past year.

Remarkably, McGregor’s out-of-the-cage earnings figure alone surpasses the earnings totals of each of the other stars on Forbes’ Top 10 list.

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The NFL was represented in the list, with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott earning a total of $ 107.5 million through his bumper contract with “America’s Team.”

Prescott earned a whopping $ 97.5 million, making him the highest on-the-field earner in the entire list. 

But his more modest $ 10 million in off-the-field earnings mean he sits at No. 4 in the rankings.

The split between sporting earnings and business earnings was noticeably different for NBA superstar Lebron James, whose $ 65 million in off-the-court earnings represented more than double his $ 31.5 million on-the-court earnings for a total figure of $ 96.5 million.

PSG ace Neymar came in sixth on the list, with total earnings of $ 95 million, but perhaps the most eye-catching earning differential came at No. 7, with tennis star Roger Federer banking $ 90 million for the year.

However, almost the entire figure came from off-the-court earnings, with $ 0.03 million coming through on-court winnings.

Formula 1 star Lewis Hamilton ($ 82 million) was listed eighth, while Super Bowl MVP and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady ($ 76 million) came in ninth.

The final name in the list, Brooklyn Nets basketball star Kevin Durant, took home $ 75 million.

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Gap between rich & poor growing ‘spectacularly’ as central banks continue to print – Max Keiser

Keiser Report hosts Max and Stacy look at how companies are starting to protect their balance sheets from the melting ice cube of excessive money printing.

As central banks continue to print, “asset holders are becoming fabulously rich, so the split between rich and poor is growing spectacularly,” says Max.

According to him, it’s abundantly obvious now that this money printing causes poverty, increases wealth and income gaps as well as unemployment, and the social misery that comes with it. “So, here’s Joe Biden, Clinton, neo-liberalism, ravaging trillions from the middle class, creating huge number of the newly poor,” Max says.

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Colt McCoy joined forces with rich UT-Austin alumni

Colt McCoy joined forces with rich UT-Austin alumni

Former Longhorn quarterback Colt McCoy, who recently signed with the Arizona Cardinals, was among a group of connected University of Texas at Austin donors who organized an effort last June to pressure university leaders to keep the alma mater song, “The Eyes of Texas,” according to new emails provided to The Texas Tribune.

Last month, the Tribune reported[2] that dozens of UT-Austin donors threatened to pull funds if the university got rid of the song, which has been the subject of student protests. After the story ran, UT-Austin President Jay Hartzell released a statement that said he received a “small number” of hateful emails about the issue and they “bear no influence on any aspect of our decision-making.”

Then, after the Tribune inquired about missing records, UT-Austin identified more than 550 additional emails that should have been provided in response to an open records request.

“The Eyes of Texas” became a flashpoint at the university this summer when athletes and other students urged the school to stop singing the song because it originated at a campus minstrel show in 1903, where students likely wore blackface and performed skits making fun of Black people. A recent report[3] commissioned by Hartzell determined the song was not “overtly racist,” though it was written in a racist setting.

The new emails reveal more powerful donors and alumni than were previously known who mobilized on the issue in June right after the student athletes went public with their demands. Many of the people who wrote or were included in the emails are graduates and supporters of UT-Austin’s McCombs School of Business, where Hartzell worked for nearly two decades, including as dean for the last four years.

They include two athletes inducted last year into the UT Athletics Hall of Honor, multiple multimillion-dollar donors and the past chair of the University of Texas Development Board, who told other donors in June that he would soon host the UT-Austin president at his Santa Fe home.

In addition to McCoy, the list of heavy hitters includes Bud Brigham, an oil tycoon who recently donated an undisclosed five-year gift to the school; Bill Stanley, a chemical engineer and entrepreneur who has donated at least $ 2 million; and Mickey Klein, an independent oil and gas producer and philanthropist, who has donated nearly $ 28 million to the university, according to documents included with the emails.

The emails also show that UT-Austin officials had at least two direct conversations with some of the donors to discuss their concerns about the brewing controversy, including one between a UT-Austin vice president and Stanley, who wrote in an email that the anti-song effort was being driven by “socialistic groups that are using the blacks as pawns.”

Within a few weeks of the donors reaching out, Hartzell announced on July 13 that UT-Austin would keep the song.

McCoy and Brigham were part of a large group email of Longhorn donors and fans who discussed the controversy among themselves on June 29. Other former Longhorn athletes, including former NFL player Jordan Shipley, were included in the group message.

“It’s not looking good,” Brigham wrote to the group about protests against the song. “[Athletic Director Chris Del Conte] was trying to manage the situation but without help it doesn’t sound like there is enough support for our perspective, at this point, to stop the movement.”

In a matter of hours, Brigham set up a conference call with McCoy and other alumni to update them on the situation and solicit potential solutions and ideas.

“We need some reasoned and courageous former black athletes to step up, that share our/your perspective, or it may be game over for the song,” Brigham wrote in another email directed at former athletes.

Brigham did not respond to requests for comment. The Tribune attempted to contact McCoy through UT-Austin, a family member and the Arizona Cardinals but he could not be reached for comment.

After the call with Brigham and McCoy, Scott Ingraham, another alumnus and brother of former UT-Austin football player Rick Ingraham, told the roughly 75 people on the email chain the consensus was to email Hartzell and Del Conte and urge them not to make an immediate decision. Rick Ingraham told the Tribune he did not join the conference call, but said he spoke with some Black former teammates about the issue and said they did not have an issue with the song.

Scott Ingraham also said in that email that the same group on the conference call also pitched a task force of “ideally 50% African American and 50% non-Black” Longhorn athletes from varying backgrounds to examine the song. Emails show Brigham suggested the task force should last a year and include a lawyer.

“A diverse group to illuminate the history and also the value of the song for ALL the stakeholders would be a healthy and beneficial process, as opposed to what is happening now with demands, or else,” Brigham wrote to Hartzell on June 29. In that email, Brigham said McCoy may suggest a similar task force to Del Conte.

In October, Hartzell announced a committee to “chronicle the full history of ‘The Eyes’ and recommend ways we can openly acknowledge, share and learn from it.” The committee included current and former athletes, historians, professors and students. The committee released a report last month concluding that while the song was written and performed in a racist setting, it had “no racist intent,” and the lyrics were not “overtly racist.”

J.B. Bird, a spokesperson for UT-Austin, said the university’s committee to study the song was not formed at the suggestion of donors. Hartzell declined to be interviewed for this story and his office referred the Tribune to his March 2 statement.[4] He did not answer questions about whether other donor conversations and threats to pull money influenced his thinking.

Scott Ingraham told the Tribune he had not intended for the email to be public. But he said he’s proud of Hartzell for organizing the task force and “for researching the history of The Eyes of Texas and affirming the song is about school pride, accountability and unity.”

The new emails also showed UT-Austin officials solicited feedback from donors who had concerns, including a meeting between Hartzell, Klein and his wife, Jeanne. In an email, officials said the purpose of the meeting was “to gain our guests’ perspective on the Eyes of Texas controversy.”

Mickey Klein had written a letter to the athletes urging them to reconsider their demand that the song go.

According to the Kleins, UT-Austin reached out to them to see what information or documents they had about the song’s origin.

Jeanne Klein is a granddaughter of Lewis Johnson, one of the students who believed the university needed a school song and who was in the quartet that performed “The Eyes of Texas” for the first time at a minstrel show.

Mickey Klein said in a phone interview with the Tribune that while minstrel shows are “disgusting,” he supports keeping the alma mater song and wants the university to get to a place where “everyone, Black [people], people of color are comfortable with the song.”

“This is not something that we can sweep under the rug, there has to be an open dialogue and discussion,” Mickey Klein said. “There have to be signs of good faith, which the University has started showing,” pointing to the recently erected statue of Julius Whittier, UT-Austin’s first Black football player, and the renaming of the Physics, Math and Astronomy Building, which used to be named after a UT-Austin professor who supported segregation.

Another UT-Austin official, Scott Rabenold, vice president of university development, spoke directly with Stanley, the chemical engineering department donor, and his sons about the letter Stanley sent about the song, according to the emails.

“This current, highly emotionalized and factually inaccurate movement is counterproductive, will generate more divisiveness and also destroy the progress made in integration up to now,” Stanley wrote in a letter in mid-June criticizing Hartzell’s leadership for meeting with the athletes, which was forwarded to Hartzell by donors nearly a dozen times. “It is being fomented by socialistic groups that are using the blacks as pawns. It is regrettable that the University has accepted this movement. If black athletes really want to improve the general situation for the black community, they should work within themselves.”

Stanley did not respond to requests for comment through his company. Hartzell declined to comment directly on Stanley’s email.

Rabenold’s meeting with Stanley was referenced in an email sent by prominent donor John Adams to other wealthy donors, including Harold and Bitsy Carter, who have a scholarship in their name in the McCombs school.

“After that conversation, [the Stanleys] appeared to be more understanding after knowing the process Jay [Hartzell] is using and why,” Adams wrote to other donors.

Adams, who has donated at least $ 7 million to the university according to a document included in the emails, defended Hartzell’s leadership on the issue while noting their close friendship.

“Jay…ha[s] stayed with us and [is] doing so again in two weeks at our home in Santa Fe,” Adams wrote. “He and I have talked at least twice recently. … He meets my requirements for trusting his decisions.”

Adams confirmed in an interview that Rabenold told him he had spoken with the Stanleys. He said he saw the letter sent multiple times and felt it did not accurately reflect the situation and Hartzell as a leader.

The latest emails from UT-Austin also included more examples of direct threats from donors over the song. Kenneth Aboussie, co-founder of Stonelake Capital Partners, was waiting to sign paperwork on a $ 1 million commitment until the university made a decision on the song. He said he would not donate if there were changes to the university song and traditions, according to a UT-Austin employee in university development who spoke with him and shared the details of their conversation with Hartzell via email. Aboussie did not respond to emails and calls seeking comment.

Another donor, whose name is redacted, said while the players’ other demands were valid, eliminating “The Eyes of Texas” was “totally unacceptable.”

“I have donated to the Engineering department every year since I graduated as well as most years to the Texas Exes,” the donor wrote. “Finally, a sizable portion of my estate is directed to the university in my will. All of this will unfortunately have to end.”

Hartzell has said the report released by UT-Austin earlier this month was meant to provide a “common set of facts,” but the controversy remains.

While university officials have insisted that no one will be forced to sing the song, two Longhorns football players told the Tribune[5] that athletics leaders said they must stay on the field for the song because their protests were upsetting donors and alumni.

On Monday, state and local NAACP chapter leaders, state lawmakers and UT-Austin students again shared their issues with the song at a press conference at the Capitol.

“It’s humiliating to be required to sit for the song or be in the presence,” said Gary Bledsoe, president of the Texas NAACP. “It’s not whether you have to sing or not, it’s humiliation that requires you to be there while others stand and sing and pay homage or honor to a racist song.”

The UT-Austin Black Presidents Leadership Council, a student group, recently gave the university a May 1 deadline to complete a list of other demands to improve the Black student experience on campus.

Last week, another UT-Austin professor released a second report examining the song’s history, offering a different interpretation[6]. He argued that the evidence shows the phrase “The Eyes of Texas” has a direct connection to a statement about General Robert E. Lee and the song was written explicitly for a minstrel show. UT-Austin officials said they stand by their report.

Despite the threats to pull funding, at least one donor, Robert Reeves, who is the chief technology officer of Liquibase, offered to make up the difference if alumni made good on those threats.

In a public post,[7] Reeves said that he supported the song as a student, but now is the time to listen to the Black students who are a part of the university just as any other graduate.

“I’m serious as a heart attack about mitigating any fundraising dips that occur because of alums that don’t share our thoughts on diversity and inclusion,” Reeves wrote to Hartzell in mid-June. “Though I do not think that will occur, you can count on me for donations and to personally rally the Longhorns that will support the 40 acres always.”

Disclosure: Mickey Klein, Texas Exes, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at Austin – McCombs School of Business and University of Texas at Austin – Texas Enterprise – McCombs School of Business have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here[8].

References

  1. ^ Sign up for The Brief (www.texastribune.org)
  2. ^ Last month, the Tribune reported (www.texastribune.org)
  3. ^ A recent report (www.texastribune.org)
  4. ^ his March 2 statement. (news.utexas.edu)
  5. ^ two Longhorns football players told the Tribune (www.texastribune.org)
  6. ^ offering a different interpretation (almartinezut.medium.com)
  7. ^ In a public post, (medium.com)
  8. ^ list of them here (www.texastribune.org)

Kate McGee