We already knew that the 2017 Grammy Awards was going to be a good show and ultimately be a showdown between Beyoncé and Adele. The two were facing off in four categories including Album and Record of the Year. While we expected memorable moments, we didn't predict how much excitement there would really be- even from the two singers themselves. In what proved to be a night to remember on many levels, from amazing performances to James Corden's enthusiastic job to the wins and losses, a number of things definitely stuck out from the incredible night. Here are a few. Adele Makes Lemonade It was a huge deal when Adele won Album of the Year for "25", her second time winning in that category. In doing so, she won all five awards she was nominated for- four of them requiring her to beat Beyoncé . As she took the stage, Adele paid tribute to Queen B saying, "All us artists adore you, You are our light. And the way that you make me and my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel is empowering, and you make them stand up for themselves. And I love you, I always have." This means that Beyoncé has never won Album of the Year and is actually 0-4 in that Grammy Category. This has caused major outrage from fans, claiming that it must be an issue of race because "Lemonade" deserved that win. Beyoncé's Showstopping Performance It took a minute to understand what we were seeing when she first took the stage and it seemed as if Beyoncé was having a costume change every second. She was portraying, a mother, Earth mother and Queen of all as she stroked her stomach and radiated power. And that moment when she leaned back in the chair had all of us holding our breaths in awe of her. When "Lemonade" won Best Urban Contemporary Album, Bey said, "It's important to me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty so they can grow up in a world where they look in the mirror, first through their own families—as well as the news, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the White House and the Grammys—and see themselves, and have no doubt that they're beautiful, intelligent and capable." And she definitely showed that in her performance. Blue Ivy Steals the Show Not only was the 5-year-old daughter of Beyoncé and Jay Z killing it in her pink tux and ruffly cravat that channeled Prince, but Blue Ivy turned into a scene stealer throughout the night. Everyone thought it was adorable as she cheered louder than anyone for Beyonce's performance, yelling "Yeah Mama!". She also wanted to join in on the fun as James Corden and a bunch of other celebrities did a "Carpool Karaoke" bit. We did see her get bored at one moment but even as she checked her cat purse during her mom's speech, fans loved her. Adele's Do-Over At last year's Grammys, Adele's performance had many technical difficulties and even though her opening of "Hello" went great, she was not having it during her tribute to George Michael. She stopped mid-performance unhappy with the sound. "I know it's live TV, I'm so sorry, I f--ked up, I can't do it again like last year,"…
February 9, 2017
The 10 Biggest Grammy Upsets Of All Time
When the 59th annual Grammy Awards happen on Sunday, we know who we are expecting to see winning the awards. However, the Grammys have a way of surprising us, giving us a shock or two. Here are the 10 biggest Grammy upsets of all time. Bon Iver Wins Best New Artist 2012 The biggest issue with this win was that Bon Iver was not really new. They had actually released their debut album in 20017. Even more surprising was that they beat big names like Nicki Minaj, The Band Perry, J.Cole and Skrillex. Everyone was shocked by the win. Beck Beats Beyoncé "Beyoncé" was a game changer when it was dropped as a surprise visual album in 2013. Fans felt like this was this time Beyoncé would win Album of the Year after losing for "I Am..Sasha Fierce". So Beck's win for "Morning Phase" really left everyone confused. "O Brother, Where Are Thou? " Grammy When U2 returned to their classics with "All That You Can't Leave Behind", the band seemed ready to walk away with their second Album of the Year in 2002. But the soundtrack for "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" swept in and won the award instead. Ray Charles Wins Grammy After Death No one would keep Ray Charles from being acknowledges for his duets album released two months after his death. But a lot of people were surprised when "Genius Loves Company" beat Alicia Keys' "The Diary of Alicia Keys", Usher's "Confessions" and Kanye's "The College Dropout." Herbie Hancock Beats Amy Winehouse and Kanye West When Jazz legend Herbie Hancock released an album reimagining the sons of Joni Mitchell with the help of Leonard Cohen, Tina Turner and Norah Jones, fans were blown away. Yet it still shocked them when he won Album of the Year of Amy's "Back to Black" and Kanye's "Graduation." Steely Dan's Shocking Win When Steely Dan won Album of the Year, it would have made sense for 1997's "Aja" and not 2000's "Two Against Nature." The jazz-pop duo took down two huge contenders- Radioheads "Kid A" and Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP". Best New Artist 2011 The fact that jazz singer Esperana Spalding was even nominated for Best New Artist in 2010 was a big deal. She somehow managed to beat Drake, Florence + the Machine, Justin Bieber and Mumford & Sons and became the first jazz artist to claim the award. Prince and Springsteen Can't Slow Down Lionel 1984 was a huge year for music and was shown in the Album of the Year nominees which included Tina Turner and Cyndi Lauper. But everyone really saw it as a race between "Purple Rain" and "Born in the U.S.A". Lionel Richie proved he "can't slow down" when his album of that name won. The Beatles' Second Snub The Beatles were already upset when "A Hard Day's Night" lost to "Mary Poppins" for Best Original Score for a Motion Picture or TV Show in 1965. And when their 1966 "Revolver" lost to Frank Sinatra's "A Man and His Music", they were truly robbed. Jethro Tull Rocks Harder Than Metallica It was not the fact that Metallica didn't win Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance in 1989 that upset people. If they had lost to AC/DC, Jane's Addiction or Iggy Pop, it would have been…
February 7, 2017
The Most Talked About Moments From The 2017 Super Bowl
The 2017 Super Bowl was more than full of entertainment. With over 72,000 people in attendance at the stadium in Houston, Texas, millions of viewers, incredible performers and all the fun commercials, the game brought plenty of excitement. It didn't matter if you were a Patriots or Falcons fan, everyone was excited. Here are some of the most talked about moments from the big game: "Hamilton"'s Schuyler Sisters Perform: The Schuyler sisters from the play's original cast were a hit with their Acapella performance of "America the Beautiful." Phillipa Soo, Rene Elise Goldsberry and Jasmine Cephas Jones sang in harmony and were met with huge applause. They had everyone talking when they added "and sisterhood" to the line, "And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea. Shaq and Simone: Even before the game started, these two athletes had the internet talking. 4'8" gymnast, Simone Biles, who was a hit in the 2016 Summer Olympics posted a picture of her face-to-torso interaction with 7'1" NBA legend, Shaq. People loved the picture of the height difference between the two. The Bush's Coin Toss: When the former President and First Lady came onto the field to make the official coin toss, the crowd gave them a standing ovation. George H.W. Bush is the oldest living president and has not been in the best health. The internet has already made a meme out of the fact that he didn't attend Trump's inaguration but made it to the Super Bowl. Telecom Twitter Fight: Usually we see celebrities fighting on Twitter but during the big game, it was cellphone companies causing the drama. Verizon didn't have a commercial during the big game but had no problem making fun of both Sprint's and T-Mobile's commecials. Sprint didn't hold back when they responded. Chrissy Teigen's Nip-Slip: Just when you thought Janet Jackson's nip-slip during her halftime show was the biggest to happen to the Super Bowl, Chrissy Teigen stepped in. The Model was caught in the press box with her husband, John Legend, and a lot of viewers noticed her nipple peaking out from her shirt. AirBnB's "We Accept" Commercial: The website created one of the most talked about commercials of the Super Bowl. In order to show their message of acceptance and a "world where anyone can belong," the commercial showed all different people of different races, beliefs and backgrounds. The words said, "We believe no matter who you are, where you're from, who you love or who you worship, we all belong. the world is more beautiful the more you accept." Lady Gaga's Amazing Halftime Show: Though no one would expect any less from her, Lady Gaga's halftime performance was way more than anyone imagined. From her building leap to her mic drop, Gaga gave viewers one of the best halftime shows in the history of the Super Bowl and people can't stop talking about it and the 300 drones she used. The Patriots Huge Comeback: After going into the second half down by three touchdowns, Tom Brady and the Patriots made a huge comeback. New England ended up winning in overtime, making Brady the most winning quarterback in the history of the Super Bowl and becoming one of the greatest comebacks in Super Bowl History. Tom Brady's #1 Fan- Gisele: No one…
February 6, 2017
Ivanka Trump Is Not The Only Celeb Whose Brand Was Dropped Due To Controversy
The future of Ivanka Trump's fashion empire may be at risk as retailers continue to remove her brand from their websites. This started happening when Trump continued to work with the White House alongside her father's controversial administration. It was announced last week that Nordstrom would no longer be carrying her brand in their stores or online and recently, Neiman Marcus has done the same. Neiman Marcus removed a dozen accessories and jewelry from their website. Her line also disappeared from the Belk's website over the weekend. Now it seems like Macy's may be the next to distance themselves from the first family. Consumers participating in the #GrabYourWallet movement have turned their focus primarily on retailers that are still carrying her brand. However, of all the companies to boycott her brand, Nordstrom is the only one to release an official statement about the matter. While it may seem as if the boycotts targeting Ivana are unique, as is turns out she's not the first celebrity entrepreneur to lose their distribution due to massive public outcry. After Martha Stewart's trial and conviction of insider trading, her television series was cancelled and she resigned from the board of directors of her brand in hopes that it could be saved. A few years later her home good brands has problems again when Macy's sued her line's parent company and JC Penny for violation of their exclusive contract with Stewart. This caused J.C. Penny to drop the line altogether instead of facing an expensive lawsuit and court time.Ivanka's own father had a similar experience as well. In 2015, when he was a candidate for President, Macy's stopped working with him. This happened after his controversial statement, "“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best… They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” Macy's CEO Terry Lundgrren said that they have no regrets about their choice and that they continue to stand by it. Before she was part of the famous "Today Show" duo, Kathie Lee Grifford was involved in a sweatshop scandal. In 1996, it was revealed that the dresses from her $300 million clothing line at Walmart was being sewn by Honduran child laborers. Three years later, two former employees from the brands El Salvador factory said they were fired after speaking up for workers' rights. They described 11-hour, six-day work weeks where they made minimum wage. Her line was disbanded and Gifford has since pledged her life to dismantling sweatshops. Paula Deen's brand also had some serious problems after the famous chef admitted to having used the N-word. Companies quickly dropped her extensive line of products when ranged from hams to cookbooks. Among those stores to drop her line were Sears, K-mart, J.C. Penny and Walgreen's. It was estimated that the fallout cost Deen millions of dollars in revenue, but she has since bounced back and has created her out clothing line.Ray Rice lost his endorsement deal with Nike after video footage showed up of him hitting his wife so hard that she lost consciousness. After he was dropped by the famous brand, Dick's Sporting Goods and Modell's pulled his jersey from their racks and stopped selling them all together. While there are still many stores that sell her brand, with the pressures of the consumers the number is expected to…
February 2, 2017
“Star Wars: Episode VIII” now has a title: The Last Jedi
The next chapter in the “Star Wars” film series has a menacing new title – “The Last Jedi.” Cameras started rolling last year on the eighth movie focusing on the Skywalker family, as writer-director Rian Johnson ironically used the working title “Space Bear.” Mostly false rumors spread concerning the potential real title ever since. On Monday the official title was announced, without any additional information from Lucas film. In a nutshell, the second movie in the trilogies generically tilts the balance of power toward the villains. While “The Empire Strikes Back” left our heroes in shreds, in a similar manner, “Attack of the Clones” ‘brutalized’ the Jedi and the disintegrating Republic. In any case, the newly-announced title poses an essential question: Just who is the Last Jedi? Once upon a time it used to be Luke Skywalker. However, people are inclined to believe that the ‘last Jedi’ could be Daisy Ridley’s Rey, who in “The Force Awakens” found her true self and channeled powers she never dreamed possible, by defeating Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) in single-combat and using the Force to Luke and Anakin Skywalker’s old lightsaber from the snow. Johnson explained there will be no lapse in time between “The Last Jedi” and “The Force Awakens”, the plot picking up where the previous movie left off: Rey standing before the self-exiled Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), prepared to start her Jedi training, after helping to deal a fiery blow to the First Order. Also, rumor has it, there will be a brand new planet, and a battle will occur between Luke, Rey and Kylo’s Knights of Ren. Additionally, most likely Star Wars fans will learn more about Rey’s origins and why Luke fled the Jedi Academy. Johnson also confirmed the backstory of Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron, the three protagonists, will be explored in all respects in the new episode. Rey will allegedly form a strong bond with Luke Skywalker: “It very much feels like what we all go through in adolescence, the dawning of this new chapter of our lives.” He also insinuated that family is “a huge part of especially Rey’s character, something that was a really powerful part of her setup and something I really wanted to dig into with this.” Some are inclined to think “The Last Jedi” suggests potential doom for Luke Skywalker. That may be plausible, but not necessarily. In any case, Yoda used to be a Jedi as well back when Luke was beginning his training as a new hope and mighty fighter against Vader and the Empire. The cast of episode VIII includes John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Driver, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o, Dohmnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, and the late Carrie Fisher, alongside new-comers such as Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran. The movie is produced by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, Johnson’s long-time collaborator Ram Bergman, and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski. “The Last Jedi” is scheduled to hit theaters on December 15th, 2017.
February 9, 2017
Justin Timberlake Reveals The Real Reason He Left ‘N Sync
Every band member has their own version as to what happened. If you ask the other members of 'N Sync- JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick- why Justin Timberlake left, they each could give you a different answer. But after 13 years, Justin Timberlake has finally opened up about his reasons. In the February 17th issue of The Hollywood Reporter, Timberlake said, "We were on a stadium tour, and I just felt like the whole thing was too big. It started as a fun snowball fight that was becoming an avalanche," the singer remembers. "And, also, I was growing out of it." He continues by saying that he felt like he cared more about the music than some of the other people in the group. "I felt like I had other music I wanted to make and that I needed to follow my heart" he explains. Since leaving the group, Timberlake has become a hugely celebrated solo artist, along with his Hollywood success. He has starred in "Friends With Benefits", "Alpha Dog", "The Social Network" and is set to star in the new Woody Allen project. When asked if he prefers one form over the other, Timberlake said he didn't. "I want to do both things.... But I'm just following my gut in the decisions that I make about what I'm going to do next. I'm mostly just glad this is all working out because I really can't do anything else." Timberlake is very excited about the new music he is making, claiming it is the music most connected to his roots. As he is from Memphis, you can expect to hear a more southern sound but Timberlake says it is also more modern. The most important thing for Timberlake right now is how his career will affect his family. He and wife Jessica Biel had their first child in 2014. Finding work-life balance after becoming a first-time father in the spring of 2014 was tough for him. Timberlake even claimed that at times it broke him down. When asked what he would do if Silas wanted to go into show business one day Timberlake responded, ""Would I want my child to follow my path?" the singer asked. "You know, I haven't been able to answer that question in my mind. If he wanted it bad enough, I suppose I could teach him a lot about what not to do."
February 8, 2017
“The People v OJ Simpson”: 9 Facts The Show Left Out
One of the best things about FX's "The People v OJ Simpson" is that it was so amazingly true to the real story- even down to the details. And the show didn't even include some of the strangest facts about Simpson's life and the case. Some of them did make it into ESPN's "OJ: Made in America." Here are nine details FX left out that you will want to know. 1. Marcia Clark Was Carrying A Gun Because of how high profile head prosecutor Marcia Clark became from the OJ Simpson case, detectives who were on the case convinced her to start carrying a gun. One time she even missed a flight because she forgot about her gun and had to fill out federal forms to carry it. 2. Johnnie Cochran: A Family Man x2 Now famous for the line "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit", lawyer Johnnie Cohran had two families in the 1970s. He actually managed to keep one hidden from the other. While living with his wife, Barbara, he also had a relationship with his secretary, Patty. Patty later changed her last name to Cochran. They traveled together, brought property and had a child together. He also had two daughters with Barbara. 3. OJ Was Jealous of Kato One of the key witnesses during the trial was a man named Kato Kaelin. The reason he was living with OJ is that he had formerly been a tenant in Nicole Brown Simpson's guest house. When Nicole moved into a new home, she wanted Kato to move in and help babysit the kids. Simpson didn't want Kato living under the same roof as his ex-wife. So he let him stay in his own home. 4. From Witness to Ghostwriter Screenwriter Pablo Fenjves testified about hearing Nicole Brown Simpson's dog cry when she was murdered. Later, he was the ghost-writer for OJ Simpson's book about the trial, "If I Did It." 5. Lance Ito and the State Supreme Court Supposedly, when Lance Ito was a prosecutor, he despised California's liberal Supreme Court so much. He took it to a new extreme when he had a custom vanity license plate made for his car, referring to them as "7 BOZOS." He drove around like that. 6. The Mark Fuhrman-Nicole Brown Simpson Rumor There were reports that Mark Fuhrman bragged to other officers about having sex with Nicole Brown Simpson and complimented her "boob job." Two detectives who were said to have heard the bragging later denied it. Johnnie Cochran repeatedly brought up the "boob job" talk in court on Sept. 1, 1995. 7. The Juror Who Gave The Salute Was An Ex-Black Panther The show actually did accurately show a juror giving OJ Simpson a black power salute. What it didn't include was that the juror, Lionel Cryer, was an actual former Black Panther. No one is sure how the prosecutors could have allowed for him to be left on the panel. 8. OJ's Son Vs. OJ Simpson's son, Jason, once took a bat to OJ's statue of himself and tried to smash it. Though it happened when he was young, the prosecution tried to make it out as if it was about the case. Jason said in a deposition that he wasn't mad at his dad. “I wanted a…
February 7, 2017
The 2017 Grammy Awards: Here’s What You Need To Know
Before it's time for Hollywood's most celebrated stars to face the music at the 2017 Grammy Awards, it's important to know a few things. The Grammys will celebrate their 59th year on Feb. 12. 2017 and the event will bring together artists of all genres to honor the best and the brightest in music as a whole. The event is taking place at LA's Staples Center and will be hosted by "The Late Late Show" host James Corden. As it fast approaches, many of your favorite artists are looking for another chance to call themselves Grammy winners, while others are just looking for a first time win. Demi Lovato is up for Best Pop Vocal Album for "Confident", against Adele, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Sia. Unlike all her competitors, this is the 24-year-old's first nomination. Though it's her first nod to date, she isn't the only one hoping to win her first Grammy. Though Arianna Grande has been nominated four times and Sia has been nominated eight, neither have won a statue yet. Justin Beiber had his first win in 2016 for Best Dance Recording for "Where Are Ü Now" and was nominated for four more awards this year, including Song of the Year and Album of the Year. Also up for Album of the Year is Rihanna, who has been a hit at the Grammys since her first nomination in 2008. She has been nominated for Record of the Year three times, including this year for "Work." She has won eight times so far but with nominations in eight categories this year, 2017 may be her most successful year to date. Her ex Drake has only won one time so far though he has been nominated 35 times in all, including this year's eight. This year his nominations include Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance and Record of the Year. The rapper is up against 21-time Grammy winner Kanye West, who is also nominated for Best Rap Song twice this year for "Famous" and "Ultralight Beam." 10-time Grammy winner Adele is up for the statue in five categories this year, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The songstress has won an award in every category she's been nominated for since the 2012 ceremony. However, she's up against Beyoncé in four categories. The songstress leads the pack of 2017 nominees with nine nominations. If she wins at least eight, the star will become the female artist with the most Grammy Award wins in history. While she already holds the record as the female artist with the most wins in one night, if she wins all nine of her nominations she will outrank Michael Jackson for the most Grammy Awards won in a single night by any artists ever. Who can you expect to see perform? Adele, John Legend, Bruno Mars, and Metallica are among the list. The Weeknd will be joined by Daft Punk and country stars Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban will be singing together. Though she recently announced her pregnancy and fans worried they would not be seeing her, Beyonce will be performing as well. Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl will join Best New Artist nominee Anderson Paak and rap group A Tribe Called Quest. The list is much longer…
February 6, 2017
How Fans Reacted To Beyonce’s Pregnancy Announcement
Beyonce announced that she is pregnant with twins on February 1st by posting a picture on Instagram and the internet freaked out. “We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. – The Carters,” she wrote. Queen Bee is no stranger to dropping bombshells on her fans. When she was pregnant with Blue Ivy, she announced the news during the MTV Video Music Awards in 2011 and that became the highlight of the whole evening. And of course, who could forget when she dropped "Lemonade"! This time, the singer did not disappoint as she did a pregnancy photoshoot for the announcement. She singer posed in a viel and lingerie surrounded by flowers. The internet spent lots of time analyzing the colors and arangement of everything in the picture. The morning after Beyonce posted the photo, it has recieved almost 8 million likes and 386,812 comments. Within minutes of the announcement, there were over 17,000 Tweets being sent per minute. Within 45 minutes there were more than half a million Tweets about the surprise news. The "Single Ladies" singer surpassed Selena Gomez’s pic with a coke bottle, which had gotten 6.3 million views, in just seven hours. Additionally, "Twins", "Beyonce", "Blue" and "Beyhive" were all trending. On the singer's official website she shared more photos from the photoshoot, including ones with Blue and various shots of her under water. All the photos had the caption, "I have three hearts," in a reference to her carrying twins. Many people noticed that her announcement was made on the first day of Black History Month and felt that the Power Couple had planned it that way. Others made reference to her former girl group, Destiny's Child and believed that if the twins are both girls then she will have her own girl group. Even business's took part in congratulating the famous singer. Popeyes Chicken tweeted, "She has TWO biscuits in the oven? We've got a lifetime membership to Popeyes for both of them!" After someone tweeted that her photos looked like a JCPenny photo studio, JCPenny tweeted ""Time for us to go...to the left, to the left. We (heart) Bey, we (heart) the hive, we (heart) you all. Keep the love on top." Among those to tweet about the news were some of Beyonce's famous friends. Model Chrissy Teigen tweeted, "But really. Congrats to my best friend Beyonce. I love you so much. Hive Forever." Rihanna tweeted, "So excited about this news!!! Congratulations to you @beyonce and my big bro Jay." In true Ellen-fashion, Ellen DeGeneres instagramed a picture with her face on the pregnancy announcement, with the caption, "Me too!" There's no word on what the power couple will name the twins, but there's a website called "Bey Bey Name" that could provide some ideas. Its a name generator that creates a name based on Blue Ivy's name. We will have to wait till mid-June-July to see the two newest members of the Carter family.
February 5, 2017
“SNL” Should Cast Only Women As Trump’s Cabinet
After Melissa McCarthy hilariously played White House press secretary Sean Spicer on "Saturday Night Live" last weekend, you can bet that President Donald Trump was upset. He was not necessarily upset at the portrayal but rather that Spicer was played by a woman. It bothered him so much because he "doesn't like his people to look weak" and felt a woman playing him did. Spicer himself felt that McCarthy could dial back the impression a little. As a result to Trump's reaction, people have been excitedly starting to call for more women to play the men in Trump's administration, hoping to further upset the president and his ego. A longtime critic of the president, Rosie O'Donnell, has already offered to play Trump Advisor Steve Bannon if Lorne Michaels asked her to. But why stop there? These comedians could be perfect if SNL did want an all-female Trump cabinet cast. Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer While no one expected to see it when watching SNL this past week, it was exactly what everyone wanted to see. McCarthy was so funny in her role as Spicer, her wig was perfect and the mannerisms were almost identical. You can expect that with the success of the sketch, you will probably see her reprise the role. Natalie Portman as Jared Kushner As Trump's son-in-law and closest advisor, Jared Kushner brings a lot to the role-including his Jewish roots. Israeli actress Natalie Portman could capture Kushner's good looks and the good Jewish boy mannerisms that make people want to give him a chance. Rosie O'Donnell as Steve Bannon The fact that Rosie and Trump already highly dislike each other would only make it worse if he saw her playing his trusted advisor Steve Bannon. Known for her humor and comedic timing, we can't help but feel as if this would be a great match. Rachel Dratch as Reince Priebus We already know how good Rachel Dratch is at throwing herself into any role as we saw from "SNL" and "30 Rock". We can only imagine how amazing she would be at playing White House Chief of Staff Reince Preibus. Betty White as Jeff Sessions Everyone loves Betty White so there could be nothing better than having her portray a man that is so controversial. If seeing Betty White play him makes Jeff Sessions dislike her, that will prove he doesn't like anything. Ellen DeGeneres as Mike Pence Vice President Mike Pence is very open about his anti-LGBT views and was very clear that was where he stood even from his days as the Indiana governor. Having the openly-gay DeGeneres play him would be so funny on many levels. Niecy Nash as Ben Carson Truthfully, we are not sure if there is anyone who can play Ben Carson like Jay Pharoah did. Yet the weirdly funny Neicy Nash could take the character in a great direction. She is skilled in the strange parts and could pull of Ben Carson well.
February 2, 2017
These 8 Men Own As Much Wealth As Half The World
It is impossible to believe but eight men in the world own as much wealth as the world's poorest 3.7 billion people combined. A new report from Oxfam has also revealed that the wealthiest 1% of the population together own more than the remaining 99% combined. Last year, their analysis found that the world’s 62 richest people collectively owned more than the world’s poorest 50%, but they received more accurate data on world wealth. The new data showed that the divide was even bigger than they could have possibly imagined. Collectively, the eight men are worth $426 billion, while the poorest 3.7 billion people in the world own $409 billion together. $409 billion means that each person is worth an average of $111 each. Several of the billionaires have pledged to give the majority of their wealth to charity, either before or after they die. So who are the richest eight? Bill Gates The Microsoft founder has a net worth of $84.2 billion. However, much of that money goes to good. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation keeps pushing to save lives in the developing world through efforts to eliminate polio, attack malaria and expand childhood vaccinations. It also focuses on K-12 education in the U.S. and improving the education system here. America's richest person for 23 years running, he stepped down as Microsoft's chairman in 2014. Amancio Ortega Amancio Ortega is the richest man in Europe and the wealthiest retailer in the world. Ortega co-founded Zara with his ex-wife but today he also owns Massimo Dutti and Pull&Bear- an empire which is called Inditex. He stepped down as chairman of Inditex in 2011 and has been putting his money into real estate investments all over the world. His net worth is currently $72.3 billion. Jeff Bezos Amazon's CEO and founder has a net worth of $70.3 billion. Bezos started in a Huge fund but quit to follow his idea of selling books online. Now Amazon sells nearly everything you could want and is the fastest company ever to reach $100 billion in annual sales. Bezos also has a company, Blue Origin, that is developing a reuseable rocket for space travel. Warren Buffett Warren Buffett ranked number two on the Forbes 400 for 15 years straight. Shares of his company Berkshire Hathaway remain near all-time highs.In July 2016 Buffett gave away nearly $2.9 billion in Berkshire stock to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and his family members' foundations. Buffett has an estimated net worth of $72.5 billion. Mark Zuckerberg The youngest and newest to join this list, Mark Zuckerberg has a net worth of $53.8 billion. The Facebook founder definitely was not expecting this when he developed the website at 19. He and his wife have promised to give away 99% of their Facebook stock over their lifetime to advance human potential. They also promised to spend $3 billion over the next decade to manage, cure and prevent all disease by the end of the century. Carlos Slim Helu The Mexican businessman took a hit after Trump's election, with his worth dropping by $5 billion just four days after the election. However, he still has a net worth of $48.4 billion. Helu owns a conglomerate called Grupo Carso and he is also the largest shareholder of "The New…
January 30, 2017
How a decade of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” has changed the reality-TV genre forever
Ten years ago, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” (KUWTK) started airing on the E! channel and, meanwhile, the Kardashian family paved the way to a whole new and original genre of reality television entertainment. Once E! Entertainment was in the process of broadcasting every moment of the Kardashians’ lives and lavish lifestyle, and millions of dollars were made in the meantime, fame itself wasn’t particularly a virtue. What we mean is, sitting around in that fabulous kitchen complaining about your siblings wasn’t specifically what a program was made up of. The phrase ‘famous for being famous’ had been used long before Kim Kardashian. The term is rooted in the 1960s, applied to the Hungarian-American socialite and actress Zsa Zsa Gabor. She’d been described as ‘human entertainment’ by journalist Neal Gabler. Based on this concept, producer Ryan Seacrest made famous the Kardashians, plucking them out from near-obscurity, back in 2007. He developed his idea on E!, following the pattern of the renowned show “The Osbournes.” Basically, being on TV was what made the Kardashian family famous. Cameras recording the Kardashians’ lives documented everything, from secluded experiences like offers of appearing on the cover of “Playboy” magazine, to your average family disputes. Then again, there was the issue of that leaked sex tape in 2007, thanks to which Kim Kardashian became even more famous. When dissecting this reality television show, one would think of socialite Paris Hilton’s “The Simple Life”, a show which had aired four years before KUWTK. You probably remember how Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton were supposed to leave behind their extravagant lifestyles, engaging in common tasks, such as waitressing and cleaning. With 181 original episodes of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”, which aired over twelve seasons so far, the show depicts how the members of this wealthy family reflect upon relationship breakdowns, pregnancy issues and the concept of sheer celebrity altogether. One thing’s certain: out of several shows that imitated KUWTK, these lacked the drama and charisma of the Kardashians clan. With an estimated net worth of $230 million, Kim Kardashian has been and remains the most successful, having raked her fortune with fragrances, a successful mobile phone app and several endorsements. According to Vanity Fair: "Kim Kardashian West is back to marketing her number-one product: herself." Therefore, that’s how she’s back in the limelight, after a 3-month absence following her controversial armed robbery which happened in Paris. The “Real Housewives” media franchise, on the other hand, hasn’t particularly sparked the same sensational allure as KUWTK. And that’s how Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and their half-sisters, Kendal and Kylie Jenner, became some of the most prolific people worldwide. Throughout the show, the Kardashians clan is in control of their story, using KUWTK as a means to broadcast real problems. From substance abuse and fertility issues, not to mention Caitlyn Jenner’s transition, this now-super-famous family still slays, ruling the format they pioneered ten years ago.
January 28, 2017
Taylor Swift’s Squad: What Will Happen?
After news broke that Selena Gomez and The Weekend were spotted in an intense lip lock in Santa Monica, there were many questions. Some people questioned if the realtionship was real or a publicity stunt. Others wondered when it started and how it happened. But the biggest question of all was what it meant for Taylor Swift's squad. Taylor Swift's squad has become notorious. The definition of #squadgoals, the group is made up of women who are talented, beatuiful and famous. The group did everything together- holidays, vacations, events- and of course, posted all about it on social media to remind you that no matter what, your squad will just never be as cool as theres. The core members of the group are Swift, Selena Gomez, Lorde, Karlie Kloss, Bella and Gigi Hadid, Lily Aldrige, Lily Donaldson, and Lena Dunham. However, depending on work schedules and relationship status, it can be an even bigger group. Now here is where the drama starts: The Weekend and Bell Hadid just got out of a very serious relationship. Based on this, Gomez is breaking the number one girl rule: Don't date your friends' exes. However, accourding to sources, Bella and Selena were more members of the same group and less friends with each other specifically. This could lead to very awkward future hangouts, no matter what anyone's intent was. Since the photos of the new couple leaked, there has been some negative reaction from the squad, including Bella unfollowing Selena on Instagram. While it is completely normal for Young Hollywood to "inter-date", it seems as if this latest rift was just too much for the squad. For a group that is very public about their friendship, there has been a lack of activity for some time. So what happened here? Did the squad just get too big? Was the constent need to be perfect too much for them? Maybe their busy schedules finally caught up to them? Or maybe the drama was just really too much for them. According to E!, the real reason for the breakup of the squad was simply the fact that they were not really anything to begin with. The public loved those friendships and we have created it into the big deal that it is today. There a good chance that this was just a group of women who enjoyed each other's company and occasionally found, for a certain time, themselves to be in the same vicinity and without plans. Why wouldn't they all want to spend Fourth of July at Taylor's seaside, Kennedian Rhode Island compound, complete with water slides and free matching swimsuits for all? Taylor Swift is known for her skills with the media and with social media and so it's not surprising that she would want to surround herself with as many strong and beautiful women in the public's eye as possible. The "squad" was beneficial for everyone involved, so why not play along? This would explain the ease with which Gomez was able to start dating The Weekend with no thought to Bella Haddid. Either way, the days of Taylor Swift's squad seems to be over, no matter the reason. Perhaps it's time for us to create our own #squadgoals.