Seven (Affordable) Funky Finds

Who says celebrities get to have all the fun? I have labored on the world wide web of random pretty ish for like 2.5 hours to find you guys a few cool things that you could probably actually buy, without even cashing in all that Facebook stock you just bought. Wink. But that’s how it works right? You cash in your stock? I dunno… At any rate, I implore you try one of these ridiculous, totally self-indulgent items. Trust me, I know you have better things to do with your hard-earned cash, but I’m learning that the occasional, non-bank-breaking purchase is more than  fun: it’s healthy. So here are a few items I thought might make you smile… even if you don’t buy them. Anyway, online window shopping is the new SWAG. Because we needed a new SWAG.
 
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Lauryn Hill Faces Federal Charges For Tax Evasion

Lauryn Hill was probably my first true idol – I LOVED her as a teenager. Today we have learned that the winner of eight Grammys, who is also largely considered the original face of the fusion of rap and soul (and my childhood friend), Lauryn Hill, is up for tax evasion. Reports out today are saying that Lauryn has been charged with failing to file income tax returns for several years with the IRS and is scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate on June 29th and could face a penalty of a year in prison and $100,000 fine on each charge. More »

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For The First Time EVER, All 5 ‘Star Trek’ Captains Photographed In One Place

In the 46 years that Star Trek has existed, in one form or another, there have been 5 captains at the helm of the Star Trek TV and Film franchise. Star Trek had James T. Kirk (played by William Shatner), Star Trek: The Next Generation had Jean-Luc Picard (played by Patrick Stewart), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine had Benjamin Sisko (played by Avery Brooks), Star Trek: Voyager had Kathryn Janeway (played by Kate Mulgrew) and Star Trek: Enterprise had Jonathan Archer (played by Scott Bakula). In all those 39 years, these 5 captains had never been photographed together in one place … until now. Last weekend, at Wizard World‘s Philadelphia Comic Con, all 5 Star Trek captains made an appearance together and were photographed together. And it is a beautiful sight. More »

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The Season 5 Cast Of ‘True Blood’ Covers ‘Entertainment Weekly’ Magazine

OK, so maybe not the entire cast of True Blood is featured on the cover of this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly but damn near all of them are … each, on their own individual cover. In celebration of the forthcoming season 5 premiere of True Blood on HBO this Sunday night, EW has published a whopping 11 different covers for this week’s issue. Sookie, Bill, Alcide, Lafayette and MORE! Click below to see all 11 covers of this week’s issue of Entertainment True Blood Weekly magazine. More »

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Watch: Kanye West Releases A Music Video For ‘Mercy’

It’s here! Kanye, Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2Chainz have debuted the video for their song Mercy, previously titled Lamborghini, Murci. Veteran director Nabil put in work on this one; he’s the director responsible for Kanye & Rihanna‘s Paranoid video, as well as Frank Ocean‘s Novacane. The all black and white video is visually striking, and– with little action really going down– the thrill of it may lie in the small details.
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Hologram Elvis Presley Will Become A Reality

It all started with the Hologram Tupac Shakur at the 2012 Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival back in April … then we learned that deceased artists like Michael Jackson, Lisa Left Eye Lopes, Selena Quintanilla and Freddie Murcury would all be resurrected in hologram form. Today, unsurprisingly, we learn that the folks who created the Hologram Tupac are going to work their magic to create a hologram version of Elvis Presley. Yep, it’s true … the Hologram Apocalypse is upon us. More »

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Watch: ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’ Profiles Michael Jackson’s Daughter Paris Katherine

Paris Jackson, the only begotten daughter of the late Michael Jackson, will be profiled on the next episode of Oprah Winfrey‘s new TV series Oprah’s Next Chapter and in a newly released preview clip, Paris talks to Oprah about her masked childhood. As you may recall, Michael Jackson never let his children been seen in public with him without being masked. Paris explains that as a young child, she used to be really confused by the mask-wearing but as she grew up, she understood the real reason why MJ wanted his children to be masked in public. Click below to watch the preview clip of Paris Jackson on the upcoming episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter. More »

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Target Is Selling Gay Pride T-Shirts In Support Of Marriage Equality

A couple of years ago information came to light that revealed that the Minnesota-based retailer Target donated $150,000. to an anti-gay politician. As a result, many people — me included — vowed never again to shop in Target stores until they stopped funding anti-gay initiatives. It turns out that Target has finally seen the light. The retailer is currently selling a line of Gay Pride t-shirts to raise money for the Family Equality Council, an organization working toward marriage equality in the State of Minnesota. Among the shirts offered for sale is one that was designed by Gwen Stefani (who, you may recall, launched her own line of children’s clothing for Target). Click below to see the Gay Pride shirts that are being sold at Target stores around the country. More »

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Happy Birthday Prince… and Michael Cera!

What a mash-up! I know what you’re thinking: Prince (the legend) and Michael Cera (the kid from Juno) have nothing in common besides their shared June 7th birthday and Shannon has no valid reason for squeezing them in a post together. Yeah, I thought that too as I wrote the title. But they have at least one thing common; both are beloved by PITNB bloggers respectively. Trent saw Prince 16 times in concert last year when the legend played a month’s worth of shows in LA. And I have seen Superbad at least 37 times. Don’t compare the two blogger’s taste in artistry (as I just did in my head). Just enjoy the birthday mash-up.

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Jewel Shows Off Her Newly Straightened Teeth

Jewel Kilcher posted a couple of photos on her official Twitter profile this week that make her look almost unrecognizable. In the photos, Jewel is rocking a pair of blue contacts and a set of perfectly straight teeth. It turns out that Jewel has been cast as June Carter in an upcoming Lifetime made for TV movie about the life of Johnny Cash tentatively titled Ring of Fire. Click below to see just how different Jewel looks with new eyes and new teeth. More »

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