Blink and you missed it
The normally social media reclusive rapper Jay Z jointed Instagram yesterday for the first time so that he could give a birthday shout out to the late Michael Jackson (who would’ve turned 57 years old yesterday on August 29). In honor of MJ‘s birthday, Jay shared a couple photos of the two of them back in the day, posing awkwardly. The caption that Jay shared with the photo suggested that his first Instagram post might be his last … which turned out to be true because after the post was online for about 14 hours, the entire Instagram account was deleted. Click below to see what you missed if you didn’t get the chance to see Jay Z‘s first/only Instagram post. More »
"Happy 2nd bday to my little maverick"
A while back I got to interview Josh Duhamel for an indie film he was starring in, and I remember he so giddy about becoming a father. I think Fergie was due in a few weeks, and you could hear it in his voice—he was super psyched about meeting the little one. Now, baby Axl‘s all grown up and rocking stunna shades and aviator jackets! Fergie just shared the cutest picture of him, in celebration of his 2nd birthday. Click inside for more!
Happy Birthday, "Gypsy Queen"
Madonna celebrated her 57th birthday yesterday with a private party attended by her close family and friends which was themed “Spanish Gypsy”. Madge dubbed herself the “Gypsy Queen” and asked that party attendees dress as gypsies for the affair (which means, apparently, a lot of eye liner and striped Brady Bunch pants). As you can see in the gallery presented here, Madonna and her friends shared photos from the soirée on Instagram and it looked like everyone got into the spirit of the party and had fun celebrating Her Madgesty. All of Madonna‘s children were in attendance as were her friends Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos, Andy Cohen and others. As a gift, she received a Bulldog puppy named Gypsy Rosa Lee so, yes, it would seem that Madonna enjoyed a very Happy Birthday, indeed. Check out the pics to see the fun and let’s send Madonna another round of Birthday Lurve today!
'A Wild Hare' is Born
Bugs Bunny, the cartoon rabbit who is the star of Warner Bros.‘s Loony Tunes cartoon series, turns 75 years old today. The beloved animated bunny made his debut on July 27, 1940 with the release of a cartoon titled A Wild Hare … and the world has never been the same since. His catchphrase, What’s Up, Doc?, has become a staple of pop culture and his impact on the world is absolutely immeasurable. And today, I have a confession. Considering how open I am about my love for all things Disney, it may come as a bit of a surprise to learn that it is Bugs Bunny — not Mickey Mouse — who is my all-time favorite cartoon character. As a child, I spent countless hours falling in love with Bugs Bunny and his animated friends from watching countless re-runs of the Loony Tunes cartoons on TV (Mickey Mouse and the Disney characters were occasional movie loves of mine, Bugs Bunny was an almost daily television love affair). It is remarkable but not at all surprising that Bugs Bunny would not only endure 75 years of “existence” but that he would thrive as one of the most important creations in modern history. More »
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It’s hard to believe but Prince George, the eldest child of Prince William and Kate Middleton — the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will turn 2 years old tomorrow (or today, if it’s already today in the UK … which I’m never sure about because Europe is always so far in the future to us here on the West Coast). His little sister, Princess Charlotte, has been getting all the attention lately — what with her being born and all — but now that the spotlight is off her for a minute, we can focus on the 2 year old prince. It seems like only yesterday that we heard that Wills and Kate were pregs with their first child and now, here we are, 2 years later and 2 babies. To celebrate George‘s birthday, the royal family has released an official new photo of the prince which was shot by famed photographer Mario Testino because, hello, this is how the royals do. Check out Prince George‘s super cute birthday photo below. More »
Grown Woman Status
I wish I could tell you what I did on my 18th birthday. There’s a 98% chance that I went to the movie theatre and had pizza, and thought about how awesome it was going to feel to stay out, like, 3 hours later than was typically allowed. I think for most of us, birthdays are a time to sing of ourselves and celebrate ourselves, Walt Whitman-style. But for the youngest Nobel Prize Winner, it’s a time to demand “books, not bullets” for the children of the world. I am, as always, in awe of Malala Yousafzai and today I’ll be thinking about how I can start adulting more like her. Click inside for more!
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ONE MILLION HEART EMOJIS!!!
From now until the end of the world, when you get up in the early mornin’, and you look at the calendar and see that it’s July 12, I hope you remember that it is the day of Trent Vanegas. Just like a prayer, Trent has taken us there over the years as we’ve celebrated everyone else’s business (which is his business). Whether he’s posting the most life-changing Throwback Thursday photos, doing the shutterbug, or just being a pop culture god (no really, he is a god)—Trent is always the hand that feeds us so much joy. He makes it so easy for us to justify our unending love for him, and every single day for the past billion years or so, he’s been like, “Here world, have a piece of me.” Because that’s how he rolls <3
Trent, my love. Anytime, anyplace, I will always be here for you—and I’ll always be one of your biggest fans. Happy Birthday boo!!!
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The Dirty 30
Altho the Supreme Court of the United States stole Shannon’s thunder a little bit by legalizing same-sex marriage here in the US, I’d like to take the time NOW to ask you to join me in celebrating her special day today. Our dear Shannon is on holiday this weekend for her Dirty 30 Birthday so, I’m hoping, she won’t be anywhere near a computer for a while to be distracted by the blog. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t send her all of the Birthday Lurve we can muster today. Shannon’s Facebook profile is a treasure trove of amazing photos of our Shannon, some of which I have collected in this gallery. I know you guys love her as much as I do so let’s wish her the Happiest Birthday ever with the hope of many, many more to come. I am also hoping our girl stays out of trouble while she’s on holiday this weekend … well, maybe she can get into a little trouble ;)
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Everyone was invited!
Last week the report going around was the Kanye West and his wife were planning to “shut down” the Disneyland Resort theme park in Anaheim, CA to throw a 2nd birthday party for their only child North West. As I blogged early yesterday, it would be impossible for Disneyland to be “shut down” for North‘s birthday party … and I was right. Kanye and the Mrs. did throw a birthday party for North West at Disneyland … but they did so in broad daylight, during regular operating hours, where anyone with an admission ticket could attend. The Wests (and their family and friends) invaded the Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks yesterday afternoon in celebration of Nori‘s birthday and as you can see in the gallery presented here, their activities were well documented on social media (Instagram, in particular). Click through and see some of the fun that Nori had at the Happiest Place on Earth yesterday … then click below to watch really fun video of Kanye West and his daughter trying to enjoy some daddy/daughter time on King Arthur’s Carousel inside Disneyland‘s Fantasyland. More »
2 years ago today, the world welcomed the first born, and thus far only begotten, child of Kanye West and his wife and today we are celebrating the 2nd birthday of little North West. Altho it seems like North has been with us always (unlike other celeb babies, Nori feels like she has been among us for much longer than a couple of years), she turns 2 years old today. We already know that the Wests are currently incubating baby number 2 but, for the time being, North is the only West child that we have to celebrate so … a-celebratin’ we will go. More »
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