It's all about Juneteenth
Oh, the 4th of July—you tricky, tricky holiday. I’ve said plenty of times before that growing up with parents who are also historians and professors of African and African-American history makes for an interesting experience. My mother, for example, was obsessed with the 4th of July fireworks and I have great memories of driving down to the Charles River (excuse me, Chaaahles Rivah) to watch them with her. And, at the same time, it was always made clear to me that this was not an Independence Day for black Americans, who were still enslaved at the time—even by some of the very writers and editors of the Declaration of Independence. So yes, yes, yesss to this statement Usher made over the weekend at the Essence Festival! Click inside for more!
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Two More Roosters in the Hen House
Yesterday we saw a few photos from Taylor Swift and boyfriend Calvin Harris‘s 4th of July Holiday House Party which is taking place this weekend at a country home in New England … and today we get to see more photos. Taylor‘s BFFs Ed Sheeran and Nick Jonas wanted in on the fun and made their way to Taylor‘s place to partake in the Independence Day celebration. A cake was made and eaten, fireworks were exploded and lots of bonding took place all over … Taylor really knows how to whoop it up with her friends and family. More »
The TV Guide
I spent most of my 4th of July yesterday celebrating my independence by laying on the couch playing video games on my phone while I watched TV. By late afternoon, I started to feel bummed out that I wasted the day so I got ready and decided to go out for a drive … and a Slurpee. I figured I’d go up to Griffith Observatory to watch the fireworks explode all over LA but pretty much everyone else had the same idea and, well, I decided to go back home. Right as I was about to park at home, Darion texted me and invited me over to watch the fireworks with him as we ate take-out sushi — that was an offer that I couldn’t refuse. More »
Taylor Swift and her boyfriend Calvin Harris have made their way out to her New England country home with a gaggle of her closest BFFs to celebrate the 4th of July weekend together and as you can see below, the couple have been doing an excellent job of sharing their fun with all the world on Instagram. It all got started when Calvin shared a photo of “his girl” grillin’ some meat on the BBQ. Then Taylor shared a really cute photo of her riding piggyback on her shirtless hunk of a man … and the fun just took off from there. Click below to see these fun 4th of July photos and see how Taylvin and their “Swan Squad” are celebrating the birth of our nation this Independence Day weekend. More »
The TV Guide
Last night, I met up with my friend Tamar for a night hike in Griffith Park so that we could pay a visit to the observatory to see a celestial event. The planets Venus and Jupiter aligned last night to look like a “twin star”, which is a feat that happens very rarely. We hiked up to the observatory at dusk so that we could see the planets as night set. After we spent some time admiring the view, I made my way home … where I was met with a surprise visit from my friend Jessie … who brought me a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup donut, right to my doorstep. Needless to say, I had a very nice night. More »
"Great day yesterday for Father's Day."
Yesterday was the first Father’s Day that Caitlyn Jenner shared with her family since she became Caitlyn Jenner and from the look and sound of things, it appears that Caitlyn and co. had an amazing day. As you can see below, Caitlyn spend the day with her children and their girlfriends and spouses (AND granddaughter North West) in the desert where they did a bit of off-roading together. It’s clear from all the happy faces, Kanye West‘s included, that Father’s Day this year was a very special one for the Jenners. See the fun family photo below and get a small taste of what Caitlyn‘s Father’s Day was like this year. More »
She deleted his photos off of INSTAGRAM!
It is with a very heavy heart that I pass along the RUMOR that Britney Spears and her boyfriend of 8 months, Charlie Ebersol, have broken up. At this point, only Us Weekly and TMZ are reporting the break-up (and TMZ‘s report seems to have been inspired by Us Weekly‘s original story) and neither of them have concrete proof that the couple are dunzo … but the fact that Britney deleted all of Charlie‘s photos from her official Instagram profile seems to not bode well for the health of their relationship. This past weekend, Britney traveled back home to Kentwood, LA to spend Father’s Day with her family and curiously, Charlie didn’t go with her. After past break-ups, Britney has retreated to Kentwood to be with her family so … it does feel like this may truly be the end of Spebersol :( More »
Mothers everywhere, if you ever find yourself totally exhausted and in desperate need of help (AKA if it’s a Thursday), and no friends, family members or babysitters are available to you, there is a solution. Put your kids’ hair in afropuffs and bring them to me. I will snatch that baby so fast and care for them while you recuperate because I have a special place in my heart for all children rocking afropuffs due to the first 3-4 years of my life, spent rocking afropuffs. Hence, I have just fallen in lurve with 2Chainz‘s youngest daughter and I hope she’s cool with that. Click inside for more!
I <3 Dad
Back in April, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake welcomed into the world their firstborn son Silas Randall. About a week after he was born, we got our first look at Silas when mama Jessica shared the first photo of her baby boy on social media. Today, in honor of Father’s Day here in the US, papa JT shares a new photo of Silas cradled lovingly in his daddy’s arms. It’s a cute ass photo, y’all. Have a look below. More »
The TV Guide
Back in April and in May, I professed my UNDYING love for a the mobile video game Marvel Contest of Champions and here comes the June installment of my continuing obsession with the game. LOL. I’m usually very proud of my nerdy geekdom but something about how obsessed I am with this game makes me none too proud to talk too much about the game. I play it every day. Like, multiple times a day. I’ve always like video games, as I may have made clear before, but there is something about this game that has kept me entertained since the first day I played it. BUT ANYWAYS, the point that I’m trying to get at is that I beat the game entirely, 100% yesterday … and I have to be honest and say that doing so had made me happier than I ever thought a video game could … haha, as sad as that may sound ;) More »