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Wiz Khalifa’s Rolling Papers 2 just dropped a few days ago so you know that Wiz was going to go hard in support of his latest baby.
Linking up with Problem for the clip to “Gin & Drugs,” Wiz sets up in front of a green screen which allows all kinds of crazy CGI action without ever leaving the soundstage.
Speaking of crazy CGI, Macklemore follows suit for his trippy visuals to the King Draino assisted clip to “How To Play The Flute” (pause) where he goes from a deity on a heavenly throne to Bob Ross with the paint brush.
Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from Brockhampton, Valee, and more.
WIZ KHALIFA FT. PROBLEM – “GIN & DRUGS”
MACKLEMORE FT. KING DRAINO – “HOW TO PLAY THE FLUTE”
…and many other lessons our Fashion and Celebrity Director, Josh Newis-Smith learnt from the ultimate girl crush – AND we do not use that term lightly!
Kate Hudson is the ultimate girl’s girl, or anyone’s girl for that matter. We kick start our interview by fan girling about Alicia Vikander, namely because I am dressed in a look inspired by the Oscar winner we christened, cowboy waiter, “god, she’s just so beautiful isn’t she,” Kate exclaims.
Reclining in the Covent Garden Hotel, just like her floor length red stripped Stella McCartney dress, Kate is a like a breath of fresh spring sunshine. With her blonde locks cut into the perfect pixie Kate is engaging as she is warm – the kinda gal you want to take to Soho immediately, do twenty shots with and talk to about EVERYTHING until the end of time.
Like many people who learnt much about love from early noughties rom-coms, my obsession started long before this rendezvous whilst watching her alongside Matthew McConaughey in How To Loose A Guy In 10 Days. It was also the movie where I realized I was 110 percent a certified homosexual, given Mr. M’s banging bod – just in case you needed or wanted to know.
The Your So Vein scene will go down in history as will THAT golden bias cut dress, but the Love Fern is no longer, “I definitely don’t still own the Love Fern,” Hudson woefully reminisces. We are here to help with your mourning process dear readers and can point you in the direction of some suitable support groups!
It isn’t all lolz a minute creating such iconic movies though, “It was so fun filming that movie – but all comedies are fun! Actually, funnily enough because they are so fun to watch people don’t realize how challenging they are to make. Imagine doing those same scenes over and over again whilst trying to maintain spontaneity and timing. It’s actually very draining because at the end of a twelve hour day you are exhausted and mentally drained.”
Just like a jolly good work out session then? “Yes! When I am doing dramatic work I feel like I have had the greatest therapy session of my life. I feel elated, I want to go out – I’ve been crying all day and I have got something off my chest.”
Hudson has long been one seriously over active actress and sits before me as quite the super hyphenate having set up her athelesiure wear line, Fabletics in 2013. But it’s still the exercise under the watchful eye of training supremos, Nicole Winhoffer that teaches her the most about herself, “working out has really taught me that I get the best results when I am not trying so hard. When I am too obsessive about reaching a certain goal I actually hold on to more emotions, more so than when I enjoy myself and let go.”
But come on hun, surely there are times you really can’t be assed to drag yourself out of bed and into that gym? “You know what my motivational motivational mantra varies from day to day,” Kate shares. “Some days nothing – there is no motivation needed. Now I have my company its an all encompassing motivator as I am surrounded by Fabletics all the time. Everywhere I go in my house is a Fablectics bag or a legging – so that’s the greatest motivator of all.”
She can be quite the Mrs. Motivator – just much better dressed than the Mr. Motivator counterpart – when it comes to her pals, confirming the suggestion with a trademark laugh, “friends are my favourite motivators though! You have to have a great group of girls around you – it just makes it much more fun. But I do exercise just for me, having a discipline makes me feel so good.” I take a moment to pause, imagine if Kate works out with her mother, Goldie Hawn! But the image is just too much sass for one to cope with, so I move on mentally.
Setting up a business in the heavily saturated sportswear market must present itself with serious challenges. However with a series of vibrant printed leggings and soft tonal two pieces that whilst being feminine, don’t sacrifice on the fierceness, Kate is going from strength to strength. The fashion equivalent of going up a dumb bell weight or too, if you will!
Embodying that much lauded term, ‘girl boss’ has itself has been quite the challenge for Kate too, “the hardest thing for women and the most difficult hurdle for women to jump over is confidence. You have to stop asking permission – you need to have the confidence to just go for it. It can be very challenging for women to do but once you get over that you realize that it was not that hard in the first place.”
Putting herself at the forefront of the conversation about her success has been equally challenging, “Women by nature don’t feel like we can own our success like men do. If someone says, ‘wow you are doing so well,’ you act embarrassed instead of saying, ‘yeah man, it’s been awesome. I am super proud about it and we are killing it!’”
The cultural shift in the supreme power of the female voice is equally having an effect on Hudson too, “society has placed roles for us for so long and it’s seen as ‘natural’ for women to be placed in more submissive or suppressed positions. Now there is a change in that by us talking bout that and actively changing the vocabulary we use to talk about ourselves after hundred of years of programming. We should no longer be apologetic and it’s ok for you to be proud of being your own boss and it’s ok to also say no too. It’s a new language that we are engraining into ourselves.” Kate is literally finger clicking good – or everything she says should come with a hair flick.
Her tips therefore for any budding businesswoman? Well that’s simple, “don’t be afraid to speak your mind, don’t worry about people liking you but be kind and listen, be curious and if you really believe in something you have to go with your gut.”
Speaking of speaking your mind, I can’t help but ask Kate – given her certified girl crush and fitness goals status – how the hell one should go about flirting up a storm on the tread mill with your long sought after gym crush?
“Well firstly I wouldn’t ever wear make-up to the gym,” Kate shares before leaning in with a mischievous look rippling across her Hollywood features. Pursing her lips, she continues, “Firstly you wait for them to have the guts to approach you – that is the kind of man you want. There are little things you can do to give him some singles, like simply look at him to initiate it if you need to!”
Easier said than done though when you are Kate Hudson right? “I am not a big fan of the chase – for me I like guys who have guts. Don’t waste your time, just go up to him and say, ‘you are really handsome, do you want to go out?’ He might say, ‘not at all,’ or he might say, ‘yeah!’ I am all for putting it out there and being yourself.”
Being true to oneself might just be the secret to Hudson’s Hollywood come business mogul success, then? “Well the truth is when you are in a relationship with anyone or even yourself that is the real deal – it’s the only way it’s going to work if you are truly yourself.” Amen, sister!
It’s one thing to say something like, “Many in legacy media love mass shootings” within the confines of CPAC, as NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch did on Thursday. It’s another to say it directly to a CNN host.
“I’m not saying you love the tragedy, but you love the ratings,” Loesch added in her CPAC address. “Crying white mothers are ratings gold.”
After thanking Loesch for attending CNN’s town hall earlier in the week, New Day host Alisyn Camerota gave her a withering look and asked, “Why would you make a statement like that?”
SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers from the Season 8, Episode 8 of The Walking Dead, entitled “How It’s Gotta Be.” Proceed with caution.
In last week’s episode of The Walking Dead, the show went deep (maybe a little too deep) into the mind of the show’s number one coward Eugene — which ended in him becoming a full Savior.
This week, Season 8 arrived at its mid-season finale with this latest episode entitled “How It’s Gotta Be.” This episode brought everything to a massive high as Daryl’s attack from last week put all the communities in grave danger, reversing all the progress Rick, Maggie, and Ezekiel made.
All the Colonies Are in Danger
Alexandria, Hilltop, and the Kingdom went under siege as Negan and his forces began to retaliate after the attack on Sanctuary. Thanks to Eugene, the Saviors escaped the walker hordes and each of Negan’s lieutenants decided to pay their colonies a friendly visit.
Maggie and her people were put under pressure by Simon while they were on the road. Simon and his men had Jerry hostage, demanding for Maggie’s cooperation. At the Kingdom, Ezekiel tried to hide from Gavin, who is searching thoroughly for him. Gavin eventually caught up to Ezekiel leaving the once king’s fate unknown. Later, Rick arrives back to Alexandria and finally came toe-to-toe with Negan in his own home. After a brutal brawl, Rick escaped the skirmish leaving Negan alone for the time being.
The damage has been done heavily to each of the colonies, so the question is: will the resistance be able to bounce back from this? Just how will Rick and his forces continue the fight? As of now, things don’t look so good and who knows if they’ll be able to recover.
Enid & Aaron Try to Reach out to Oceanside
After leaving the Hilltop, Aaron and Enid set out to Oceanside to try to convince them to join the fight. Instead of things going smoothly, it lead to Enid shooting Natania on accident because she thought a Savior got the jump on Aaron. This turn of events may have soured things a bit for the negotiations.
Oceanside could have proved to be the resistances trump card when things went wrong (which they already have). However, because of Enid’s rash actions, what could happen to both Aaron and herself? Could they still salvage a possible partnership even after what just happened?
Eugene Shows Remorse
After Eugene’s firm decision that he made to Father Gabriel — telling him he would never go along with rescuing Doctor Carson — he then decides to go back on his word. Eugene offered Gabriel and Carson a way out, which Gabriel thanked Eugene for doing the right thing. However, Eugene didn’t seem fully convinced about whether or not his actions could be considered “right.”
This seemed to come out of nowhere as it’s hard to figure out where Eugene truly stands. Has he truly become a Savior or was it too quick to judge him in the last episode? He did play a role in letting the Saviors escape, so that’s also something to take into account. Eugene still proves to be an enigma and it’ll be interesting to see what fate has in store for him.
Carl Is Bitten
Throughout this whole episode, Carl really pulled through by demonstrating heroic features and leadership abilities. As Negan came right up to Alexandria’s doorstep, Carl decided to take charge, using himself as a decoy as Daryl and the others escaped.
He and Negan then had a showdown where he told the Savior leader that he would offer himself as a sacrifice to stop the bloodshed from continuing. After the others break through Alexandria’s walls, Carl hides away which angered Negen, causing him to rain hellfire onto the town.
Unfortunately, Carl couldn’t escape unscathed as he revealed to his father and Michonne underneath the towns sewage system that he’s been bitten off-screen by a walker. This is a sad reveal as viewers were beginning to see the potential that Carl could have as a leader which could make him a more central character in the series if Rick were to pass on.
Though it may have ended with him in a bad state, it’s still an unknown if this bite will mark the end of the young hero. It’s possible that some other force could cause him to lose his life, perhaps even by Negan’s own hands.
Fans will just have to keep guessing as what will happen next, as The Walking Dead will be off for a while. After this mid-season finale, it’s safe to say that the series still hasn’t lost its touch by dropping a major shocker to keep viewers thoroughly engaged.
With sexual harassment being so prominent in the news, it’s been impossible to get through the weeks without addressing this important issue in some form. As these powerful conversations take over the internet, trending hashtags like #MeToo and #WhatConsentMeansToMe have become vessels empowering victims of sexual harassment, abuse, and assault to come forward. They’ve opened up an incredibly necessary space.
As a child and adolescent psychologist with a strong commitment to education, I provide a lot of workshops for parents.
Following this news cycle, I’ve made it my mission to address the topic of consent
It is my firm belief that, if we can teach our younger generations about consent, we can prevent sexual harassment, abuse, and assault. So how do we open this conversation? How do we address it? How do we empower our children and teach them they have the right to say no and be heard?
Look for opportunities to show your young child what consent looks like
A big myth regarding consent is that we think young children won’t understand what it means. As I tell parents, the key is teaching children about consent at their age-appropriate level. We might not be speaking to them directly about sexual consent, but we can teach them how to voice their discomfort. Teach your child how to say no — more importantly, allow your child to say no.
For example, respect your child’s wish to NOT greet your old acquaintance (whom your child has never met) with a kiss or a hug. Ask your child for permission to take their video or photo, and ask for permission before you post it online. This helps teach your child to voice their concerns about a situation that makes them feel uncomfortable.
A lot of parents confuse kindness with passivity. It is important to show children, especially our young ones, that being kind does not mean being a pushover. Being kind does not mean putting yourself in uncomfortable situations just to fit in.
Children should feel their voice matters, that they can use it to express their discomfort — and that belief partially starts with your parenting. If parents can use respect to show their children that their voice matters, then they will help build healthy self-esteem. Consequently, if children have healthy self-esteem, they won’t put others down or allow others to unfairly exert power over them.
As they grow older, speak to them about sexual consent in a direct and clear way
Some parents feel nervous about discussing topics like sexuality and consent with their kids. The truth is, not talking about them is often more harmful. Plus, refusing to talk about sexuality won’t diminish your child’s natural curiosity. When parents don’t offer this space to talk about sex and consent in a healthy way, children will go elsewhere for answers to their questions. Answers that — more often than not — will not be accurate or reliable.
When talking about consent, I’ve learned to break it down into four main points. It’s active, which means that it requires a clear yes or no. It’s based on equal power, which means that, if a person is under any type of influence (like drugs or alcohol) or has a superior status (like a boss or teacher), it becomes more difficult to consent. It’s a choice, which means that everyone should feel free (and not pressured) to say yes or no. And it’s a process, which means it is an ongoing conversation through every step of every sexual encounter.
I’ve previously written about how the news and celebrities can give us opportunities to open up this conversation with our children. Current events can be excellent conversation-starters, and we should use them to ask our children about their thoughts on consent.
Asking questions like, “What does consent look like to you? What does consent mean to you?” can help us assess the information children and teens already know.
So what do we have to clarify? And what do we have to address separately? It’s easier to open a conversation when we have a starting point.
Talking about consent is necessary at every age. It’s never easy, nor is it simple. But it’s necessary. There is a lot of unclear information on the internet, but it’s important to teach children that consent is not a grey area. It’s actually pretty straightforward. No means no, yes means yes, and anything that’s not a yes is not consent.
The sooner consent and sexuality are talked about, the better. They are part of human nature, but young children likely don’t understand them. It is parents’ responsibility to make their children feel comfortable enough to ask questions and openly communicate. Consent is not sexy, it’s mandatory.
“I believe our prophets come in many shapes or forms,” Jay Z said in the episode that aired Wednesday. “Sometimes our prophets come in the form of young undeveloped energy that will teach all us grown-ups how to love better and have more compassion.”
Jay was first touched by Browder’s story when he met the young man after he was released from Rikers Island. Unable to make the $ 3,000 bail and unwilling to take a plea deal for allegedly stealing a backpack, Browder had spent years behind bars waiting for a trial that never happened. He was abused by correctional officers and inmates, and spent nearly two years in solitary confinement. In 2013, the charges against him were dropped.
His sister Nicole Browder previously told The Huffington Post that her brother was consumed by paranoia and started fights with his family once he returned home. It was a serious change from Browder’s demeanor before his arrest, she said. In 2015, at just 22 years old, Browder died by suicide.
“What was done to him was a huge injustice, and I think people see his story and realize like, man, this is going on,” he told Democracy Now! earlier this year. “This is not like one case that happened. This is happening to a lot of people, you know, especially places where I come from ― inner boroughs and Marcy Projects and the Bronx and Brooklyn and all these places. So, it’s very important, his story.”