Mindy Kaling’s Late Night celebrates individuality in a cutthroat industry—an empowering message for humor writers like me

Mindy Kaling’s Late Night celebrates individuality in a cutthroat industry—an empowering message for humor writers like me


Mindy Kaling’s <em>Late Night</em> celebrates individuality in a cutthroat industry—an empowering message for humor writers like me

I write jokes for a living. Well, I also write food reviews, local features, and technical content about cloud computing (I’m fun), but my income these days is about 65 percent jokes. As a humor writer with the ultimate goal of working in late-night TV, I was eager to check out Late Night, Mindy Kaling’s new comedy about a veteran late-night host (Emma Thompson) and her scrappy new writer’s room hire (Kaling). The comedy industry is slowly becoming more inclusive, but Late Night–an industry film penned by a woman–is long overdue. It didn’t disappoint.

Thompson is at the center of Late Night as Katherine Newbury, an extremely British late-night veteran clad in the most exquisite suits I’ve ever seen. Katherine has built a career on her dry, erudite humor and her personal motto: “Excellence without compromise.” She has decades in the business, a sumptuous sitting room packed with Emmys, and one serious problem: Despite her sharp humor and obvious influence, Katherine has become irrelevant. That’s due to a few things, most notably her all-white, all-male writer’s room that looks like a caucus of the Harvard Lampoon’s most ardent boat shoe devotees. Early on, Katherine’s stage manager, Brad (Denis O’Hare), tactfully suggests that the room is less than inclusive. “I don’t think you think you hate women,” he says lightly.

Enter Kaling’s character: Molly Patel, a Pennsylvania chemical plant quality control manager whose comedy experience is limited to the occasional quip sprinkled into her factory loudspeaker announcements. Katherine demands that Brad hire a woman, and Molly is simply the first one to show up for the interview. She gets the job, a fact that infuriates Katherine’s bro-centric writing staff. “I wish I was a woman of color so I could get a job with zero qualifications,” moans one of the writers. It’s a little on the nose, but it’s a complaint I’ve heard before from white colleagues who would rather bash diverse hiring practices than put in the work to make themselves more competitive candidates.

Molly fumbles her way into the room on her first day, dreamily quoting Yeats and toting boxes of cupcakes for her waspy coworkers–even sitting on an overturned trash can instead of asking for a chair. Despite her earnest nature, which Katherine describes as “hard to be around,” Molly quickly proves that she’s more than a diversity hire. With no one willing to teach her the rules of the room, Molly makes her own, injecting her own ideas into the tired, murky world of late-night. Molly’s perspective becomes even more valuable when network CEO Caroline Morton (Amy Ryan) announces her plan to replace Katherine with truly heinous dude comic Daniel Tennant (Ike Barinholtz). Faced with losing her show, Katherine accepts Molly’s advice to ditch her uppity tone and meet her audience on their level.

Like Molly, I’ve also been described as uncomfortably earnest.

I’m unmistakably Midwestern, with a penchant for consuming baked goods and “sneaking past” people who are in my way. However, that’s where my similarities with Molly end. I may be accommodating to a fault, but I’m also pretty gross. I write jokes about yeast infections and salami; I torment my partner with songs about butts. As a kid, I was often described as “too much,” wearing underpants on my head to get laughs at sleepovers. (If you didn’t wear underpants on your head at slumber parties you’re legally not allowed to submit late-night packets.)

Though I’ve found solace in the comedy community, I’m still occasionally besieged by anxiety when I think about my chosen field. I didn’t attend an Ivy League school, and despite increased diversity in the industry, things are still looking pretty rough. That’s why Late Night is such a delight. Yes, this industry is still incredibly nebulous, with social and professional norms that are sometimes impossible to interpret. Yes, writer’s rooms are still largely dominated by the Harvard Boat Shoe Coalition. But doors are opening. Some of my favorite writers–Ariel Dumas (The Late Show With Stephen Colbert), Karen Chee (Late Night with Seth Meyers) and Jaboukie Young-White (The Daily Show) to name a few–are skirting traditional joke formats and emphasizing kindness and vulnerability in the industry, making way for a whole new wave of diverse writers with unique stories to tell.

The rise of these writers affirms the core message of Late Night: The industry is craving diversity and authenticity.

While the film certainly speaks to the challenges of working in a white male-dominated field, it comes across less as a scrappy women’s story and more as a testament to individuality. By the end of the film, Katherine discovers that her motto–“excellence without compromise”–needs some reshaping. This is, of course, because excellence looks a little different for everyone, and the only way to make truly powerful satire—satire capable of telling important stories and tackling traditional power structures—is to include diverse perspectives. Whether that comes from a Pennsylvania chemical plant worker or a reformed underpants hat model like me, new perspectives move the industry forward.

And let’s be honest: If Emma Thompson can go from snaggletoothed childcare professional to fabulous platinum-coiffed late-night host, anything’s possible.

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Bachelor Nation’s Ashley Iaconetti Celebrates Her Bachelorette Party With New Kids On The Block

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The Tribeca Film Festival Celebrates ‘In Living Color,’ A Pioneer of Black Sketch Comedy

The Tribeca Film Festival celebrated the 25th anniversary of In Living Color, a pioneering comedy sketch show created by filmmaker Keenen Ivory Wayans in the 90s. The show, which spoofed celebrities, politicians, and cultural moments from 1990 – 1994 on Fox, featured stars like Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, and Damon Wayans.

On April 27, original members of the cast, including Ivory Wayans, his younger siblings Kim and Shawn Wayans, David Alan Grier, and Tommy Davidson, reunited for a panel conversation at the festival following an episode screening of the original show. When discussing the intent of the cutting-edge show, Keenen said “the intent was to include everybody. Everybody is going to laugh. It was all inclusive so we offended everyone…We wanted everybody to go, ‘Man that’s messed up, but that is funny as hell.’”

On the red carpet, Davidson said the Emmy Award-winning show helped paved the way for many of today’s popular sitcoms and comedies featuring black actors. “We’re in everything from sitcoms from Black-ish to Atlanta to every standup comic,” he told BLACK ENTERPRISE. “We’re a part of everything that’s happening because we’re a good nucleus that started the whole ball rolling.”

It also helped launch the careers of some of the biggest stars in comedy. “In Living Color was my comedy college,” Shawn Wayans told BE. “That’s where I learned everything from acting to writing to producing. Everything I know today was taught on that show.” Likewise, Kim Wayans said, “it was my first really big thing. In Living Color was my introduction to the world.”

At the time, they had no idea the show would become their launching pad to stardom and a staple in pop culture. “We were young. We were just kids ourselves so we weren’t really thinking big picture. Maybe Keenen thought about [the] big picture,” said Kim. “We were creating and just laughing. It was the time of our lives. We weren’t thinking much ahead of that,” added Shawn.

Nevertheless, Davidson says he cherishes the early days of the comedy hit, revealing that his most memorable moments on set happened during “our first season before we knew we were famous when we were doing it just for laughs and to pay our bills. That was the most magical time,” he said. “It gave us our blueprint. We created our own blueprint the first season and that just grew from there.”

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Good for Him! Eminem Celebrates 11 Years of Sobriety: ‘Still Not Afraid’ [Photo]

Eminem is continuing on his path of sobriety.

The 46-year-old rapper shared on social media that he’s celebrating 11 years sober with a photo of the medallion he received for his accomplishment.

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The medallion is stamped with the Roman numeral for eleven, “XI,” and the words “Unity,” “Service” and “Recovery.”

“11 years – still not afraid,” Eminem captioned the photo.

Last year, the rapper, who was born Marshall Mathers, also acknowledged the anniversary of his sobriety, sharing a photo to Instagram in between his headlining sets at Coachella.

“Celebrated my 10 years yesterday,” he wrote alongside the image, in which he held a medallion up to the camera.

Eminem previously revealed he had a near-death experience from an accidental overdose back in 2007 after his addiction got so bad that he was taking up to 20 pills a day.

The star opened up about his near-fatal overdose on Revival, his ninth studio album that was released in December 2017.

On the 18th track, titled “Castle” featuring Skylar Grey, Eminem writes letters to his 23-year-old daughter Hailie Jade, with the third verse talking about her 12th birthday and recalling how he overdosed on methadone and nearly died.

“Your dad’s at the end of his rope/ I’m sliding down a slippery slope/ Anyway, sweetie, I better go, I’m getting sleepy … Love, Dad, s—, I don’t know,” he raps.

Then on the 19th and final track of Revival, titled “Arose,” Eminem continues the narrative of “Castle” by speaking directly to his daughter again, this time as final apologies from his deathbed.

“Just heard they’re unplugging me/ And it’s your birthday/ Jade I’m missing your birthday/ Baby girl, I’m sorry,” he says.

However, the end of the verse is noticeably different: “I’m pledging to throw this methadone in the toilet” he says, referring to a new beginning.

Congrats to Em.

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McDonald’s Celebrates Black Excellence Through New ‘Black & Positively Golden ‘Campaign

McDonald’s USA rolled out its largest campaign in 16 years targeting African American consumers on Friday. The new campaign, titled “Black & Positively Golden,” aims to uplift black communities and inspire excellence through education, empowerment, and entrepreneurship. It also replaces the McDonald’s 365Black platform, which began in 2003.

The campaign launched in partnership with YWCA USA at a community event held at Leimert Park in Los Angeles. The event began with a panel of black corporate executives that discussed the messaging behind “Black & Positively Golden,” how it celebrates black excellence, and highlights stories of truth, power, and pride. The kickoff also featured the unveiling of a mural created by L.A.-based artist Enkone, an appearance by Insecure actress Yvonne Orji, and a live performance by multi-platinum recording artist Normani.

Beyond the launch event, McDonald’s has commenced a yearlong commitment to support the YWCA USA’s Women’s Empowerment 360 Program—an initiative designed to empower female entrepreneurs of color. The global food chain’s financial support will provide approximately 5,000 aspiring businesswomen around the country with an education curriculum and other tools needed for success.

According to Lizette Williams, Head of Cultural Engagement & Experiences, McDonald’s USA, the fast-food chain has been a pillar in communities of color by providing jobs, franchise opportunities, and scholarship funding. “The African American consumer, for McDonald’s, is critically important,” she told BLACK ENTERPRISE. “We’re a brand that’s accessible for everyone, but we’ve been there in the black community for 50 years. We’ve supported the black community through our work with HBCU scholarships,” in addition to supporting organizations like the YWCA and NAACP. “It continues to be at the very fabric of what the corporation and brand represent.”

Nicole Enearu, a franchisee who currently owns/operates a total of 18 McDonald’s restaurants with her family, told BE that the campaign “is really about shining a light on the positive things that are happening in the African American community and demonstrating McDonald’s ongoing commitment to our community.”

Enearu is just one of 300 African American McDonald’s franchisees in the U.S. who will help bring the campaign to life by providing economic opportunities to the neighborhoods they serve. “We maintain a commitment to our neighbors through various parts of our business—including scholarship partnerships with historically black colleges and universities, generational wealth-building with franchisee training and partnering with minority suppliers,” she said in a statement.

Terrence Burrell, the vice president and creative director of Burrell Communications Group, the firm that helped create the “Black & Positively Golden” campaign, says he hopes it will ultimately drown out negative news surrounding the black community. “We want that to be the narrative versus what we’re getting from the BBQ Beckys of the world and all of those moments that seem to go viral.”

In conjunction with the YWCA launch event, McDonald’s debuted the campaign with a 60-second television spot during the 50th NAACP Image Awards. “Black & Positively Golden” will also be featured in black-oriented media outlets and events throughout the year. Furthermore, McDonald’s says it will continue to provide scholarships for students attending HBCUs through its partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

“More than a campaign, we want to create a movement around positivity in black America,” said Williams.

Watch the “Black & Positively Golden” spot below.



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Saucony Celebrates Tokyo’s Nightlife with the Azura “Neo Tokyo”

A couple weeks ago, Saucony unveiled a line of original colorways for its Shadow 6000 silhouette. Now, the renowned athletic footwear brand is serving up a new spin on the popular Saucony Azura style. Specifically, Saucony has released a vibrant teal, red and neon version of the Azura known as the “Neo Tokyo.”

Saucony’s new Azura “Neo Tokyo” is billed as a wearable celebration of the Tokyo nightlife, with its bright, eye-catching tones used to emulate the same colors you might see on any given night will traversing that city’s busy, hectic streets. At its core, Saucony’s latest release is a commemoration of the bold and adventurous styling that makes Japan’s fashion scenes so unique, respected and appreciated, The release of the Azura “Neo Tokyo” also coincides with the 30th anniversary of the silhouette, adding to its value. For this shoe’s construction, synthetic, organic micro-suede and rip-stop mesh were used as its primary building blocks. Rounding out this presentation: an EVA midsole and triangular lugged outsole, both of which deliver optimal levels of function and form.

You can take a look at the new Saucony Azura “Neo Tokyo” above, and head on over to Sneaker Politics or the official Saucony website to purchase your own pair. The Saucony Azura “Neo Tokyo” currently retails for $ 85 USD.

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William H. Macy Celebrates 69th B-Day After Wife Felicity Huffman’s Arrest

William H. Macy Celebrates 69th Birthday After Wife Felicity Huffman Is Arrested Over College Admissions Scam
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A tough birthday. William H. Macy turned 69 on Wednesday, March 13, one day after his wife, Felicity Huffman, was arrested for her alleged involvement in a nationwide college admissions scam.

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While it is unclear how the Fargo star is celebrating his big day, he was busy showing support for Huffman, 56, just hours earlier. He showed up at the federal detention center in Los Angeles where the Georgia Rule actress was being held on Wednesday. He carried a briefcase and looked calm as he entered the building.

The Desperate Housewives alum was charged after allegedly making “a purported charitable contribution of $ 15,000 … to participate in the college entrance cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter,” Sofia, 18, according to documents obtained by ABC News.

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The papers also claim that Huffman “later made arrangements to pursue the scheme for a second time” to help her youngest daughter, 16-year-old Georgia’s admission process, but ultimately chose “not to do” so.

Additionally, court documents allege that Macy — referred to in the documents as “Huffman’s spouse” — participated in a consultation about the cheating scheme. He spoke to Us Weekly about his eldest daughter’s college application process earlier this month, admitting that they “talk about it a lot.”

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“We talk showbiz. My daughter, Sofia, the oldest, she’s in the tribe,” he said at the time. “She’s going to be an actor. She goes to LACHSA, the arts high school here, and we’re doing the college tour, and she’s looking at theater schools.”

In the same interview, Macy gushed over his wife of 21 years: “We’re complimentary, really complimentary. She’s a great mom. She’s kind of astounding. … I’m the luckiest guy on the planet.”

In addition to Huffman’s arrest, Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, along with dozens of other suspects, have been charged in the college admissions scam. Loughlin, 54, was taken into custody on Wednesday morning.

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Photo Coverage: King of Broadway! NYC Celebrates KING KONG With Street Naming!

This afternoon, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stopped by the Broadway Theatre to celebrate the new King of Broadway, King Kong After a special appearance at the curtain call, Mayor de Blasio joined the company outside for a ceremonial street re-naming.
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Kandi Burruss Celebrates Cynthia Bailey’s Birthday With Racy Pics And Funny Videos – Fans Call Kandi ‘The Hottest’

Cynthia Bailey just celebrated her 52nd birthday, and her fans and followers congratulated her all over social media. Her friends also marked this important event, and Kandi Burruss is one of them.

Kandi shared some pretty racy pics and a few funny videos featuring Cynthia on her Instagram account.

‘Happy Birthday to the hottest Housewife @cynthiabailey10!!!!! I hope you’re having an amazing day today. Everybody give her some bday love! 🎂🎉🎊’ Kandi captioned her post which includes a bunch of pics and videos.

Someone praised Kandi and said ‘Cynthia is cute and I love her. But just because she’s a model doesn’t make her the hottest. Actually, in my opinion, you are. Ask Todd. Lol. And I’m not shady or negative. My opinion. Love you both. But you would say that because you are a sweetie with class and style. Until somebody piss you off. Lol. Have a great day.’

Another person asked ‘Why do I feel like it’s always her birthday 😂😂 happy birthday @cynthiabailey10!’

Someone else gushed over Cynthia and said ‘I’m so proud of you @cynthiabailey10 happiness looks good on you 😊 Happy Beautiful Birthday 🎂

A person also wished all the best to Cynthia and said ‘Do your thang and bring what you bring Ms. Cynthia!!!! Joyous Birth Anniversary to you 52 and beyond!!!’

A supporter praised Cynthia calling her ‘fine:’ ‘@cynthiabailey10 is FINE🔥FINE🔥, just watching her makes me happy, beautiful lady inside and out, Happy Earthstrong day 50cent. Stay blessed bby. 😍❤❤❤

Cynthia’s fans have been flooding her social media to congratulate her and send their best wishes.

She shared a couple of pics to mark this important event, and she looks gorgeous for 52 years old.

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Kaiser Permanente Celebrates Employee Volunteerism With $10,000 Donation

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii is donating $ 10,000 to the Hawaii Health and Harm Reduction Center in recognition of the outstanding volunteer efforts of Nick Aiello, a QUEST Integration social worker at Kaiser Permanente Honolulu Medical Office. Aiello is the fifth of six employees being recognized for volunteer service as part of Kaiser Permanente’s 60th anniversary giving campaign. He is awarded with the opportunity to donate $ 10,000 to a nonprofit of his choice.

Aiello, a passionate advocate for the LGBTQ community, has volunteered at HHHRC (also known as the Life Foundation) for 13 years. Since 2006, he has served as team leader for the organization’s annual AIDS Walk, leading fundraising efforts, promoting participation, and increasing awareness of AIDS prevention and education. He served as a board member from 2010-2016, where he was instrumental in grant writing and program development efforts that led to the launch of the Kuaana Project, which addresses the social and medical needs of transgender individuals. Aiello also coordinated a partnership with Kaiser Permanente’s QUEST Integration department to improve access to services and support for members who are part of the LGBTQ population.

“As a Kaiser Permanente social worker and HHHRC volunteer, Nick has shown a tremendous amount of dedication to serving and improving the lives of Hawaii’s vulnerable populations,” said Dave Underriner, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Hawaii Region. “We’re pleased to support HHHRC’s efforts to promote health and wellness for Hawaii’s LGBTQ community through advocacy, prevention, and health education.”

Kaiser Permanente has a long history of giving back to Hawaii’s communities and supporting local nonprofits, schools and government initiatives through grants, sponsorships and volunteerism. From 2013 to 2017, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii contributed $ 3.4 million in grant funding to community organizations, government agencies and partners to promote health statewide. Every year, the organization brings together thousands of employees and their family members to participate in volunteer projects, including environmental restoration for Kaiser Permanente’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, campus beautification at Hawaii schools, and health screenings at the Special Olympics and other community events.


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AT&T ‘Dream In Black’ Black Future Month Celebrates Black Creators

The AT&T “Dream In Black” Black Future Month launches by celebrating people who are making history now while shaping the new future. Black Future Month highlights inspiring black creators including Queen Latifah, Keke Palmer, Reginae Carter, Terrence J, Phoebe Robinson, DeVon Franklin, Zendaya, Van Jones, Vic Mensa, Lena Waithe, Omari Hardwick, Jamil Smith, Angela Yee, Baron Davis, and a slew of others.

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Black History Month, a time when we reflect on the leaders of the past who helped pave the way for black excellence today. It’s thanks to these great people throughout history that this generation has more potential to accomplish their dreams than ever before,” Queen Latifah said in a statement to Black Enterprise. “The black community is facing a new generation of infinite possibilities, if you can dream it, you can do it.”



Week-over-week, they will roll out their futurists and the display will culminate on the 28th with the last futurist being selected by you in a competition-style. The organization invites everyone to connect with AT&T this month by posting a photo/video sharing history in the making by using #DreamInBlack for a chance to be honored as the Dream in Black 28 Future Maker.

“At AT&T, we come to work every day to make a difference in people’s lives. That’s why we’re so proud to join in the celebration of Black History Month. It recognizes an extraordinary legacy of helping others. Our Black Future Makers campaign honors the great trailblazers who inspired the next generation of leaders called ‘The Dream in Black 28,” stated John Donovan, CEO of AT&T Communications.

In addition to selecting key figures, other initiatives have been added to the celebration. The organization has also taken the liberty to highlight movie and television shows that African Americans should pay attention to as they are currently changing the scope of how we view ourselves on television. Shows include True Detective, black-ish, Empire, God Friended Me, American Soul, The Chi, Power, This is Us, 2 Dope Queens, and Greenleaf, to name a few.

Additionally, to help celebrate, AT&T has created the Exclusive Dream in Black gif pack and keyboard emojis that represent nothing less than black excellence. The gifs have already been released but, the emojis will be ready to hit our keyboards shortly.

“We also work hard to align our business practices with our values,” continued Donovan. “A good example is our Supplier Diversity program, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Through this effort, we’ve spent more than $ 158 billion with minority, woman, service-disabled veteran and LGBT businesses.

And we’re proud to see our employees stepping up to lead AT&T Believes campaigns in Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, and elsewhere. These initiatives show our company’s spirit of service and commitment to a better future for everyone.”

AT&T continues to support organizations like Black Girls Code by supplying them with financial resources that allow young black girls to continue to create and innovate. Their latest check was a capital infusion of $ 350,000, which was used to increase access to technology and entrepreneurship skill-building opportunities for underserved and underrepresented youths.

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AT THIS PERFORMANCE… Celebrates 1000th Performer At Green Room 42

Stephen DeAngeliscontinues his ongoing salute to Broadway and Off-Broadway Standbys, Understudies and Alternates with its next edition ofAT THIS PERFORMANCEto be held onMonday, February 4th atTheGreen Room 42,Green Fig, Fourth Floor,Yotel NYC, 570 Tenth Avenue at 42ndStreet, New York, NY 10036at 7 PM. On this very special evening, the series will reach the milestone of having celebrated the talents of over 1000 diffeent peformers in its history. Hosted by series Producing Artistic Director and Casting Director Stephen DeAngelis, the popular series allows performers to showcase their versatility and share anecdotes about their experiences.
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Miley Cyrus Celebrates Birthday With Liam, Family, After Wildfires Destroy Her Home

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One year older. Miley Cyrus, who recently lost the home she shared with fiancé Liam Hemsworth to California wildfires, celebrated her 26th birthday with the The Hunger Games star and several of her family members.

In a video posted to brother Trace Cyrus’ Instagram Stories on Thursday, November 22, the “Malibu” singer can be seen covering her face as father Billy Ray Cyrus presents her with a turquoise birthday cake.

Among those looking on are Trace, 29, mom Tish Cyrus, Hemsworth, 28, and sister Noah Cyrus, all of whom join in to sing her a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday.”

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Billy Ray, 57, shared a photo of the group on Instagram on Thursday. “Thankful for this moment,” he wrote. “My thoughts and prayers with so many hearts that need mended. Peace and love to all.”

Tish, 51, meanwhile, shared a flashback shot of herself on Instagram on Friday, November 23, with her middle daughter as a little girl. “Happy Birthday @mileycyrus. This is def gonna be your BEST year yet! Love you so so much… #26 #happybirthday#loveyou”

The Cyrus vs. Cyrus: Design & Conquer star also shared a newer photo of the pair from the celebration, writing, “Happy Birthday Mczzzzyyyyy.”

Noah, 18, also had a sweet message for her big sister on her big day. “Happy birthday lil girl,” the “Make Me (Cry)” singer wrote on a throwback photo of Miley holding her up on Friday. “I love you endless amounts!”

As for Hemsworth, he took to social media to gush over his love on Friday with an adorable Instagram tribute to the Grammy nominee.  “Happy birthday to my sweet girl,” he wrote on a photo of her hugging a puppy amid a room full of colorful balloons. “You’re more precious than ever. So thankful to have you in my life.”

One week earlier, the Australian actor shared a photo of what was left of the longtime couple’s Malibu home after fire had ravaged the area.

“It’s been a heartbreaking few days. This is what’s left of my house. Love,” he captioned a photo show of the destruction on November 13. “Many people in Malibu and surrounding areas in California have lost their homes also and my heart goes out to everyone who was affected by these fires.”

He continued, “I spent the day in Malibu yesterday and it was amazing to see the community pulling together to help each other out in any way they can. Malibu is a strong community and this event is only going to make it stronger. Thankful for the all the great local guys that helped keep smaller fires out around my property. I love u guys. I love you Malibu. Thank you to all the hero firefighters around California. It’s going to be a journey to rebuild. Stay strong all. To help/donate visit @malibufoundation and @happyhippiefdn.”

Miley’s older sister Brandi Cyrus exclusively opened up to Us Weekly about the loss of the couple’s house at Bumble and Moxy Hotel’s BumbleSpot #attheMoxy launch event in Chicago on November 15. “It, like, just doesn’t seem real,” she told Us. “And unfortunately, Miley is halfway across the world working right now, so for her, she’s probably feeling the worst of it because she feels so helpless from so far away.”

The “Your Favorite Things With Wells & Brandi” podcast cohost, 31, added, “They’re fortunate enough that they have another house to live in, so they’re trying to help raise money for all the people that don’t through the Malibu Foundation … it really is a special place.”

Other celebrities, including Robin Thicke and April Geary, Camille Grammer and Gerard Butler also lost their homes in the fires, which have left more than 80 dead and hundreds of thousands more displaced.

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Tokyo Toni Celebrates Granddaughter Dream Kardashian’s 2nd Birthday By Releasing Balloons in Front of Party City [Photos]

Tokyo Toni was determined to celebrate her granddaughter’s second birthday — despite not being allowed to see her.

Instead, Blac Chyna’s mom went down to her local Party City and bought a bouquet of balloons.

Most people would’ve just had balloons sent to the birthday girl, but not Toni. She decided to have a balloon-releasing ceremony in front of the Party City.

“Happy Birthday Dream! It’s your second birthday! Let’s hope this balloon gets to you,” Toni exclaimed in the video.

We just…don’t even know what to say here. Check out the video below.

 

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Tekashi69 Celebrates Daughter’s Birthday After Getting Probation in Child Sex Case

Tekashi69 is making the most of his new lease on life, celebrating his daughter’s birthday only hours after avoiding jail time in his child sex case. Tekashi is digging his newfound freedom … and thanking God for allowing him to be there for…

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