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Damn! Jennifer Lawrence’s Nude Photos Hit The Interwebs, Along With Dozens Of Others From A-List Celebrities

That Ish Cray Of-The-Day

Last night I noticed some buzz on my Twitter feed about celebrity nude photos being leaked and I was like, “Yeah, no way you’re getting me to click that link.” This morning, all I could say is, “Well, damn.” Once I saw that other legitimate celebrity news sites were reporting on it, I had to check it out. And, sure enough, there’s a whole set of nude photos of Academy Award-winner Jennifer Lawrence floating around. She was one of a slew of celebrities targeted this weekend in a massive nude photo leak. Click inside for more.

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Ferguson Police Officer Threatens To Kill Protestors, Resigns After Video Goes Viral

They call him 'Officer Go F- Yourself'

Michael Brown was laid to rest earlier this week, after being killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. It’s so important for us to continue thinking and talking about what happened to Brown and what’s happening in America and why things like this keep happening to unarmed black men. I’m writing to update you all about a couple of Ferguson police officers who have resigned after their foul, despicable behavior went public. One cop is being dubbed ‘Officer Go F- Yourself‘ in response to a video that went viral. Click inside for more.

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Zoe Saldana Confirms Her Pregnancy With An ALS #IceBucket Challenge Video

The official #BumpWatch can begin!

First off, let me just say that there have been a lot of articles going around about how the ALS #IceBucket challenge is being done incorrectly—or, you could say, it’s veered away from its origins. It’s kind of like that game telephone, where you whisper in someone’s ear, and then they whisper your whisper in someone’s ear, and by the time it gets around a circle of people, the message is different (some people are even calling for an end to the challenge). So I say that to say, this is an adorable video, even though there’s no actual ice in this #IceBucket. But it was a funny way for Zoe Saldana to confirm that she’s totally pregnant! So click inside for more!

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Watch: I, Too, Have Accepted The ALS #IceBucketChallenge

The Aussie Edition

It happened. First, I have to give a shouts-out to my BFF in Boston Karen, who was a part of the first wave of people to do the ALS #IceBucketChallenge. I honestly did not believe she was going to do it when she first told me about it. Karen is my friend whose hair is always flawless, whose nails are always perfect, and I was like, “There’s no way.” Well, she totally did it, because she is a gangsta (the flawless kind, apparently), and I was in shock for, like, two weeks. I totally did not do it, even though she challenged me because I am so lame. But then Trent put me on blast, and I knew I had to do it, so click inside for more AND GO HERE TO DONATE!

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#Ferguson And The Truth About Our American War Zone

Social Media At Its Best

This morning I wrote a piece about Twitter at its worst. The death of Robin Williams was and is a tragedy, and some (certainly not most) of the responses from social media are also a tragic reflection of the worst of our kind, and the worst things our technology has to offer. In light of another tragedy—the murder of Michael Brown an unarmed 18 year-old in Ferguson, Missouri by police—we can see social media at its best. A couple of years ago I interviewed the director of the Occupy Wall Street documentary #whilewewatch, and he spoke about being inspired by social media activism, which developed in direct response to the lack of real (and accurate) news coverage. I had a very similar conversation with Oscar-nominee Jehane Noujaim, who made a film about the Egyptian revolution. This happens every time there is organized protest that the authorities then turn into a “war zone.” Click inside for more.
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Horrifying, Discriminatory, Disgusting Casting Call For ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Is, Sadly, Not That Surprising

" You should be light-skinned. Beyonce is a prototype here."

You know. I wanted to have a nice, quiet Sunday afternoon with my family. I wanted to work hard, put my kids to bed early, and watch The Strain and maybe The Leftovers. That’s all I wanted. But, instead, I’m going to be raging for a little while because the casting call for women for the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton is SO EFFING PROBLEMATIC, I can’t even deal. Like, I cannot believe someone wrote this with a straight face in 2014. And people—likely, people of color—approved it and shared it with the world. Click inside for more.

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A Husband’s Hilarious Sexual Dissatisfaction Spreadsheet Goes Viral

That Ish Cray Of-The-Day

This may be one of my favorite internet stories ever… although nothing can compare to the cry-fest inspired by another Reddit thread earlier this week. Before you see this spreadsheet, let me just say that, at first, I wasn’t sure about how I was going to react to this story. I don’t know if any of you watched the season premiere of the new FX show Married, but I was editing a review on it and was disappointed to see that the series was presenting yet another trope-ish female character, which the writer dubs “The Tired Wife.” You know who she is—she works, takes care of the kids, and never ever wants to have sex ever. The good news is that my writer saw the second episode and told me that her character gets a little more depth, but the bad news is we’ve seen way too much of this archetype and it needs to stop (or at least get some nuance). So I present this story not to promote more of the Women Are Always Tired And Never Horny/Sexual movement, but just to see what you guys think of this sexual dissatisfaction spreadsheet, and much of the relationship advice that the wife is now getting online. Click inside for more!

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Must Watch: Dave Franco And Conan O’Brien Get Freaky On Tinder

They ACTUALLY Meet Up With Someone!
This is epic.

Ever since we saw that video of Conan O’Brien with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, I’ve been waiting for another one of his hilarious clips to make its way around the interwebs. Enter Conan O’Brien and Dave Franco on Tinder. You guys have to watch this—Conan making a Tinder profile is everything. The Tinder van (because they have a Tinder van) is everything. Peep the video for more!

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Here’s Your Morning Cry AKA My Favorite Internet Story Right Now

A grieving mother gets an amazing gift from Reddit users

As you all know, I’m the Assistant TV Editor over at Paste Magazine and I had a really interesting experience one day. One of my writers wrote this great piece on the Simpsons a while back and I’d emailed him to say that he was getting all of these hilarious comments on the article. He told me that he never reads comments, so I e-mailed him back and shares a few of them. I didn’t argue with him on the comments thing because, honestly, that’s an incredibly smart decision for people who write online. Literally, everywhere else that isn’t PITNB the comments can just suck LOL. As Selena Gomez just showed us, people get crazy online and so I was really happy to see this piece from The Atlantic, titled A Positive Example of the Internet Comforting a Grieving Stranger. Get ready for your morning cry.
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Watch: Fake ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Footage Hits The Internets, Is Still Really Cool

Amazing
Not real, Still awesome

The video above has been leaked online and it purports to be “footage” from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is no such thing … but, nonetheless, it’s damn cool video to watch. I don’t even know how people are able to put together videos like this so quickly but … I’m impressed. If JJ Abrams‘s Star Wars movie turns out even half as good as this fake video, then I think we’ll be in good shape. Enjoy.

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