Here Is the Full, Confusing Saga of Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson’s Breakup

It was only last month that Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson were kicking it in their $16 million apartment surrounded by beanbags, baby pigs, and exactly zero forks. Now, however, both TMZ and People are reporting the couple has split after five months of dating—and four months of being engaged. Before you start listening to “Pete Davidson” on repeat in mourning, though, remember that Grande and Davidson haven’t confirmed this news yet; it’s possible they’re still together and just had a small argument about lollipops or something. Maybe Grande wanted Davidson to dye his hair back to brown and he said, “No, this platinum look is lit,” and that caused a brief tiff. We don’t know! All we know is breakup rumors are swirling.

But it’s a confusing timeline. Grande and Davidson were reportedly chummy as recent as Saturday (October 13), which makes this news all the more jarring. How did this couple go from gallivanting at furniture stores in fancy sweatpants to breaking up in such a short span? God is a woman, and she’s just as perplexed as we are. Here’s what we know so far:

September 29: Grande attends the premiere of Saturday Night Live. She was posting Instagram Stories backstage, according to Vanity Fair, and acting very much like she still dug Davidson and his penchant for the word “sick.”

October 9: Davidson covers up one of his Grande tattoos. Specifically, the “Dangerous Woman” bunny he had inked behind his ear. It seems he had a heart drawn over it instead, which is only a little bit ironic.

October 13: Grande is spotted backstage at Saturday Night Live again. Per The Daily Mail, they appeared so “in love.”

October 14: News breaks Grande and Davidson have split. Davidson deletes his Instagram, which isn’t all that surprising because he’s more hot-and-cold with that thing than I am with my gym membership. According to People, those close to Grande saw the split coming and deemed her relationship “too much too soon.” TMZ notes that the death of Grande’s ex-boyfriend Mac Miller might’ve been a “tipping point.” Us Weekly, however, contends the two just called their engagement off and are still working things out.

October 15: In a deflection attempt only theatre nerds and gay men will appreciate, Grande posts about her involvement in the Wicked 15th anniversary special—her first social media post since the breakup rumors kicked off.

And that’s it for now, people. Knowing Grande and Davidson, though, it’s only a matter of time before we receive another update—most likely in all lowercase letters.

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These Are the Most Searched Halloween Costumes for 2018, According to Google

For many, Halloween preparations are well underway. And if you wanted a temperature-check on what costumes are going to be all over your social feeds come October 31, Google has your back, releasing a list of the most searched Halloween costumes for 2018 (i.e. the ones you shouldn’t be surprised to see everywhere.)

Surprisingly, Google Trends’ findings revealed some fresh, surprising costume ideas that differed from those featured in reports from other platforms, such as Lyst and Pinterest. Still, plenty of longtime favorites managed to break the top 10 (like witch and rabbit), alongside more timely ideas (a princess reference to a recent wedding, perhaps?) You can find and play around with the full Frightgeist list online, with more information on where the costume is trending and how its popularity has changed over time.

Ahead, check out the top 10 most searched Halloween costumes for 2018, according to Google Trends. And for the procrastinators who haven’t yet started planning what they’re going to dress up as this year… There’s always Instagram.

10. Princess

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Royal fever is at an all-time high, it seems. And with two fairytale weddings this year alone, it might not come as a surprise that princesses are top of mind when it comes to Halloween dress-up.

9. Rabbit

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Regina George was onto something!

8. Pirate

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Yo-ho, yo-ho…

7. Superhero

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Whether you’re a warrior of Wakanda or Princess Diana of Themyscira, what better occasion than Halloween to channel your favorite superhero?

6. Harley Quinn

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… or, go the darker route, and embody Harley Quinn, who’s consistently listed among the most popular Halloween costumes.

5. Witch

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This is a classic Halloween costume, but one that feels particularly timely this year: Hocus Pocus turns 25! So go ahead and party like a Sanderson sister.

4. Dinosaur

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If you’re going to be a dinosaur for Halloween, you have to commit.

3. Unicorn

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Luckily, there’s more than enough beauty inspiration out there for this concept.

2. Spider-Man

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It appears that spidey senses are tingling across the country.

1. Fortnite

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Fortnite ranked among the most searched-for costumes in 43 states, according to Google. As the Frightgeist report put it: “There’s a frighteningly high chance you will see a Fortnite costume on Halloween this year.”

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Here’s Why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Child Might Not Be a Prince or Princess

Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis will be getting a new baby cousin next spring, courtesy of their uncle Prince Harry and aunt Meghan Markle, the palace announced Monday morning. But when the trio’s newest playmate arrives, he or she won’t have the same royal title as them. According to The Evening Standard, only children of the king or queen or male-lineage grandchildren of the king or queen are automatically born with the title of HRH prince or princess.

That rule, according to the Standard, was put in place by King George V in 1917, when he decreed, “The grandchildren of the sons of any such Sovereign in the direct male line (save only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall have and enjoy in all occasions the style and title enjoyed by the children of Dukes of these Our Realms.”

Technically, under that rule, Prince George was supposed to be the only one of Queen Elizabeth II’s great-grandchildren to bear that title, but before his birth, QE2 issued a Letters Patent that allowed all of Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s children to be princes and princesses. Therefore, per the Standard, the queen could issue another, similar decree affording Prince Harry’s kids the same privilege. If she doesn’t, they’ll simply inherit one of their father’s courtesy titles—the extraneous titles Queen Elizabeth gave him before his wedding day, alongside the Duke of Sussex moniker—like Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. Unfortunately, those titles will only pass on to Harry and Markle’s sons, while their daughters would simply carry the title of “Lady” before their names.

Whatever their formal royal titles, Markle and Prince Harry’s kids will share the royal family’s last name, Mountbatten-Windsor. In recent history, however, the royals have opted not to go by that mouthful of a surname in their day-to-day lives: Prince William and Prince Harry have both used the last name Wales, since their father is the Prince of Wales, and it was recently reported that Prince George goes by George Cambridge (again, in honor of his father’s title) at preschool. If they follow that tradition, Markle and Prince Harry’s offspring will likely use the last name Sussex.

Now that that’s all cleared up, all that’s left to do is start taking bets on what the royal baby-to-be’s first name will be.

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The Story Behind Susan Alexandra, Instagram’s Favorite Handbag Brand

Nothing captures the essence of Susan Korn’s accessories label, Susan Alexandra, like the designer’s favorite creation: the Merry bag.

“That’s M-E-R-R-Y,” Korn spells out for me over the phone. Named for her mother, the handmade bag is small—8 inches by 9 inches—and boxy, with a square base and two top handles. Its simple construction allows for its most striking quality to shine: rainbow-colored, crystalline beads stacked in neat, sparkling rows.

It’s a bag that’s nostalgic. A version wouldn’t be wildly out of place in your grandmother’s closet or inside a kid’s dress-up bin thanks to just the right amount of kitsch and delight—two concepts that have found their way into fashion at this moment

“I designed it just thinking of pure, unadulterated joy,” Korn tells me. “I was thinking of sprinkles on a birthday cake when you’re little, and I was thinking of Christmas lights, and I was thinking of different sequins.” In other words, the bag—and really, all of Korn’s bags—“has all these things that just make your heart skip a beat,” she says.

The brand has been well-known in fashion circles for some time—it’s sold at Opening Ceremony and on Shopbop.com—but a key celebrity placement introduced Merry to the masses.

Late last June, Gigi Hadid shared an Instagram of herself on a boat in Mykonos, her Merry bag perched in the foreground. The picture was, as Korn told me, a “milestone” for the brand, as it would be for any designer—Hadid currently has 43.6 million Instagram followers. The rest is social media history.

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Susan Alexandra Ma Cherie bag, $275, available at Moda Operandi

Demand for Susan Alexandra is high—there’s currently an online waiting list for the next re-stock of the Merry bag—but Korn promises the craftsmanship makes the wait worthwhile: Every product is made by hand; it takes up to six weeks for Korn and her small team to piece together the 1,500-odd beads it takes to make a single unit. Then, of course, there’s the unrivaled happiness of wearing something so unabashedly fun.


Before designing the boxy bags which have expanded from rainbow beads to include a bunch of quirky motifs, like fruit prints and cowhide, Korn worked in the jewelry space. She assisted New York-based jewelry Jill Platner for a few years, before leaving to launch her own jewelry business.

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Susan Alexandra Lisa bag, $265, available at Susan Alexandra

It was a practical starting point for a designer who worked from her Chinatown apartment: “We’re in New York, no one has a lot of space, and jewelry is small,” she explains. “It’s something that I could make from my bedroom and then eventually expand further through my apartment.”

Korn managed to pack a ton of personality into the tiny items, which she still sells on her website. All her pieces use color enthusiastically; some have a clear sense of humor (like the bracelet she made for one of the “major loves of her life,” painted with a miniature likeness of Curb Your Enthusiasm star Larry David.)

When her jewelry business began to pick up, around 2017, Korn found the room to grow Susan Alexandra. Enter: the beaded bags, which range from $50 to $385.

“I carry a purse every single day. It’s part of my uniform,” Korn says. Just because it’s a necessity, however, doesn’t mean it needs to look utilitarian. “I feel like everything in your life should have meaning and be special, and the bags are just my version of what a purse should be.”

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Susan Alexandra Ash bag, $360, available at Shopbop

It’s not just that the bags are sentimental—they’re a response to the world as Korn sees it. “I live in a city that is pretty dirty, pretty tough,” she says. “So, at the end of the day, I’ll be sitting on the subway and just look down at my purse and I just feel sort of a sense of delight and calm. It’s my personal antidote to such a strange time that we’re living in.”

Korn’s bags, then, are a little slice of childhood; they evoke the time when serious, “grown-up” issues weren’t on her radar. “They’re very simple and sweet,” Korn explains. “It sort of harkens to a simpler, sweeter time when we’re so inundated with all this dark fear and bleakness.”

Susan Alexandra’s brand of optimism has generational appeal, the designer says: “I’ll have people say that their grandma is obsessed, and that their little cousin is obsessed, so it really attracts people from all over the spectrum.”

“I think there’s just something very human about loving bright color and sparkle,” she says.

If the Gigi’s and Bella’s of Instagram keep buying up her whimsical bags, that’s fine with Korn. She’ll still consider it a personal highlight to sell her bags to anyone who finds joy in them, no matter their follower count.

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Designer Susan Korn.

“I think what’s most surreal is looking through my tagged photos and seeing women literally from all over the world […] just such interesting, varied, wonderful people wearing the bags,” she says. “As an artist and as a designer, your dream is to touch a lot of lives and touch a lot of people.”

Are Hashtags Like #MeToo and #BelieveWomen Hurting or Helping Survivors?

When friends and former colleagues started sharing #MeToo stories, or, in those first furtive days of virality simply dropped the hashtag and left the details opaque, it was palpable: Something was shifting right before our eyes and the power of women speaking, typing, screaming what had for generations mostly been whispered or not said at all, was weighty in the air.

The way we grappled with, identified and discussed sexual assault would never be the same, it seemed.

MeToo—the hashtag that took off after Alyssa Milano, using activist Tarana Burke’s decade-old campaign, put a pound sign in front of the rallying cry—prompted a tsunami of stories and a national intervention on sexual harassment and assault.

It was an eye-opener. Many women I know, myself included, began digging through moments that we’d waved off—the unwanted hands, the inappropriate boss, the ass-slap at work, the boys who’d been boys—and wondered how we’d become conditioned to accept it. Many men voiced surprise and shock at such pervasive harassment and assault. Women described groping , a constant flow of harassment, molestation and even rape. Powerful names started to emerge with accusations attached: Larry Nassar, Kevin Spacey, Roy Moore, Louis C.K., Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, Russell Simmons, Al Franken, Woody Allen (again), Mario Batali. “The Silence Breakers” were Time Magazine’s People of the Year. The language had changed. Posting #MeToo stories was a part of a national movement to decondition our society. Doing so was both brave and necessary.

But this necessity, unsurprisingly, came with a cost. Survivors gave a piece of themselves, their stories, in exchange for a movement that was supposed to create a wave of change. The burden, it seemed, was on women to free our culture of abuse and assault. Unfortunately, the burden was also on them to endure the very specific and unique abuse that survivors face when they come forward—the insidious shaming that puts the onus on victims instead of their attackers and aggressors.

A year later, in the same month as #MeToo’s internet anniversary, we find ourselves in more of the same. Now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed and sworn-in to serve on the highest court in the land despite the sexual assault allegations brought forth by three women, including Christine Blasey Ford, and a belligerent show of defense during his Senate Judiciary Committee hearings. Ford, who says the judge attacked her more than 30 years ago when they were in high school, has been mocked by the president for coming forward. She is unable to return home due to death threats. Women—and some men—reported mentally reliving their own attacks after Ford’s testimony, and took deeply personal umbrage at the suggestion that Ford’s delay in reporting somehow indicated she’d fabricated her story. And the vitriol against Ford is not unlike the kind those who shared their stories using the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport, experienced. It might be easy to wonder, is hashtag reporting to eradicate and illuminate our society’s ills all worth it?

Given the historical response to survivors of sexual assault, especially in the age of Twitter, I asked Karestan Chase Koenen, PhD, licensed psychologist and professor at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, what can prompt survivors to voice an incident they held inside, for years or decades. Often, there are spikes in reports “anytime there’s a really high-profile sexual assault case,” says Koenen. This was true during the Clarence Thomas hearings. It was true with Kavanaugh.

“Assault takes a person’s control and power away, and it should be in someone’s own power and control to tell their story.”

Moral obligation also has an incredible power to draw out the truth: Survivors tend to report after their attacker faces other allegations. Koenen herself went public with her own experience: “It was this public thing where I had a purpose for speaking out,” explains Koenen. “For some people, speaking out now has a purpose.”

Then there’s control: “Assault takes a person’s control and power away, and it should be in someone’s own power and control to tell their story, and I don’t think they’re under any obligation,” says Koenen. Your story, once on the internet, is always there, she warns. She’s known women whose new dates Googled them and knew about their assaults before their first dinner. Sharing the story, no matter how important, cedes some control over it and how it will later be revealed to others.

I certainly do not fault anyone for sharing their #MeToo or #WhyIDidntReport stories; it shows staggering courage. For some, it is empowering to finally say it. That shouldn’t get lost. But I worry about so many people who carried a gnawing hurt and fear around for years, who never wanted to speak the words. Early on, I didn’t pause to see how making a disclosure in such a public way also leaves one open to trolling and further harassment, or in Ford’s case, ongoing death treats. Such is the cost of the truth. I’m at once awed by the survivors’ courage, and mourn that this moment again required it of them—and repaid them with so much cruelty. There’s a burden in being a bearer of truth; there’s punishment meted out for telling it.

I wonder how Ford feels now. How ought outspoken survivors all feel, having aired indignities and pain publicly and across generations, to receive lip service from politicians, but ultimately see justice evaporate again?

There’s an unbearable lightness in telling a difficult truth, a freefall sense, a burden cast-off—perhaps traded eventually for new burdens—but in the moment of truth-telling, there’s power in choosing the words. We saw that astonishing power in Ford. She may not have been taken as seriously as she should have been by those seeking other forms of power for themselves, but she changed lives.

There are millions of stories still held in silence.

When truths are told for a higher good, one hopes the teller will be rewarded with seeing some justice. In a good, fair world, that’s how things would work. We don’t yet live in that good, fair world. But we do live in a country where now, the fight is more deeply shared. Losing a battle but ending up with more soldiers isn’t exactly a loss.

For a year, we’ve heard the tallies of the millions of dollars powerful men lose when their “scandals” surface. But I continue dwelling on what’s been sacrificed by so many women who exposed their hardest memories at the cost of waking up the rest of society, the cost of reliving and opening up stories—because the cost could be exponential a moment that never ends.

Unless, because of their courage, eventually, it does end.


Sarah Stankorb is a writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Vogue, Marie Claire, Longreads, Catapult, and Slate, among others. @sarahstankorb

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Meghan Markle’s Mom Released the Sweetest Statement About the Royal Baby News

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced on Monday (October 15) that they’re expecting their first child, and no one could be more thrilled than Markle’s mom, Doria Ragland. The social worker and yoga instructor is reportedly “very happy about this lovely news and is looking forward to welcoming her first grandchild,” a Kensington Palace spokesperson said, according to a tweet by HELLO!‘s royal editor, Emily Nash. Ragland will probably be hanging out soon with the royal baby as well: In August, an unnamed source told the Sunday Express that Ragland is reportedly moving to the U.K. so she can live closer to her daughter.

The royal family is also super stoked. The Telegraph reported that Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Camilla Bowles, Kate Middleton, and Prince William are all “delighted” for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, according to a palace spokesman.

It’s not clear what Thomas Markle, Meghan’s father, has to say about his royal grandbaby. According to a tweet by Rebecca English, the Daily Mail’s royal correspondent, “Kensington Palace declined to comment” on whether he’s even been told the news.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced on Monday, October 15, via Kensington Palace’s social media accounts that they’re expecting a baby next spring. “Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public,” the palace tweeted.

According to The Telegraph, an unnamed source says Markle and Prince Harry spilled the beans to family members during Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding on Friday (October 12).

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Did Meghan Markle’s Pregnancy Announcement Steal Princess Eugenie’s Thunder?

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry reportedly revealed their baby news to the royal family at an interesting time: during Princess Eugenie’s wedding.

Yes, according to the Daily Mail, before sharing their internet-shattering pregnancy news with the world on Monday morning (October 15), they told the rest of the royals at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s nuptials on Friday, October 12.

If this is true, let’s pause to give Markle and Prince Harry’s the benefit of the doubt, as far as their intentions go: The couple is about to kick off a two-week royal tour, so maybe they wanted to share the news before then. Also, the speculation about Markle’s pregnancy at Princess Eugenie’s wedding because she chose to wear a coat was out of control; perhaps she and Prince Harry just wanted to get ahead of the tabloid cycle.

Still, The Daily Mail reports that exactly one minute after Kensington Palace tweeted out the news of Prince Harry and Markle’s baby-to-be, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, tweeted a picture of herself at her daughter Eugenie’s wedding. Granted, the timing for this could just be coincidental, but that isn’t stopping people on Twitter from thinking Ferguson is feeling some type of way about Markle and Prince Harry’s announcement. Does she think Markle and Prince Harry’s announcement stole her daughter’s thunder?

“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” Kensington Palace announced Monday morning. “Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Reportedly Shared Their Baby News at Princess Eugenie’s Wedding

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry reportedly revealed their baby news to the royal family at an interesting time: Princess Eugenie’s wedding.

Yes: According to The Daily Mail, before sharing their exciting pregnancy news with the world on Monday morning (October 15), they told the rest of the royals at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s nuptials on Friday, October 12. The ceremony was already closely tied to Markle and Prince Harry because it took place at St. George’s Chapel, the sight of their May 19 ceremony, and British media outlets called it “#RoyalWedding2“.

If this is true, Markle and Prince Harry’s intentions probably weren’t bad. The couple is about to kick off a two-week royal tour, so maybe they wanted to share the news before then. Also, the speculation about Markle’s “baby bump” at Princess Eugenie’s wedding was out of control; perhaps she and Prince Harry just wanted to get ahead of the news.

The Daily Mail reports that exactly one minute after Kensington Palace tweeted out the news of Prince Harry and Markle’s baby-to-be, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, tweeted a picture of herself at her daughter Eugenie’s wedding. Granted, the timing for this could just be coincidental, but that isn’t stopping people on Twitter from thinking Ferguson is feeling some type of way about Markle and Prince Harry’s announcement.

“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” Kensington Palace announced Monday morning. “Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”

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Amandla Stenberg: ‘I Want to Express Myself as Authentically as I Can.’

The set of The Hate U Give could have been a somber, hushed place. After all, the movie (and the book on which it’s based) centers on the effects of police violence after a local cop kills a black teen. But what Amandla Stenberg, 20, remembers is the music. She and an almost all-black cast and extras, many of them heavily involved in grassroots efforts to support Black Lives Matter, would rap between takes, breaking into Kendrick Lamar anthems like “Alright.” (Sample lyrics: “Do you hear me, do you feel me? We gon’ be alright.”) People were able to be their full “authentic selves” on set, Amandla says, and that time between takes “was a celebration of our community and the ability we have to use our collective voice to stand up.”

Amandla tells me this over the phone at the end of August, the same week that I have to attend orientation at a new school. Before I dialed, I took a deep breath to calm a rush of nerves. We’re not so different, I thought—we’re both readers and writers, both activists. But Amandla has become a voice in social movements like Black Lives Matter, even as she promotes movies and poses for beautiful photo shoots (like this one). Sure, I founded #1000BlackGirlBooks to call for more diverse stories and once met Angie Thomas, who wrote the novel The Hate U Give, at a book festival. But when it comes down to it, I’m just starting high school, and Amandla was in The Hunger Games.

Amandla puts me at ease in an instant. As she says, it’s a skill black girls learn from birth: “We have a unique voice because we grow up with the ability to empathize. We constantly have to do the work of placing ourselves in other people’s shoes.” That can be a burden, but Amandla calls it a “superpower of empathy.” She reminds me that “the way that we talk, the way that we love, the way that we express ourselves, how we do our hair”—what makes us different also makes us special.

In The Hate U Give, Amandla plays Starr Carter, a 16-year-old who sees a police officer shoot and kill her childhood friend. Starr has to decide whether to serve as a formal witness, all while navigating her parallel lives, split between her mostly black neighborhood and her mostly white, wealthy prep school.

That divided universe reminds Amandla of her own childhood in Los Angeles, but while Starr feels alone in her experience at school, Amandla feels fortunate she had people who understood where she came from. “We became kind of like a band, like a little squad,” she tells me of her black friends. “We had to squad up in that environment in order to feel comfortable.” Those relationships meant she was never isolated in her experience or disempowered. “People did not understand where I lived, never went to my side of town. They didn’t really understand what it feels like to be black or how beautiful our black communities are,” she says.

Today, Amandla isn’t afraid to tell them. After all, she is the same Amandla Stenberg who came out on Snapchat at 17 and made the video “Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows,” which went viral. The video is pure Amandla—honest and personal but pointed about the issues, in this case about the harm that cultural appropriation can do. At the end, she asks, “What would America be like if we loved black people as much as we love black culture?”

The Hate U Give asks the same question. Amandla isn’t worried about the reviews or box office numbers; she cares about the lessons the story will teach audiences. “If we’ve done the job right, movies like The Hate U Give will be a tool in depicting that sort of cultural appropriation, why it’s insensitive, why it’s not cool.” What she wants most is for us, no matter who we are, to feel like we have the space we need to express ourselves.

Lately she’s made a bigger effort to follow her own advice. At red-carpet events she doesn’t stick to pastels. She wears burnt-orange suits and sleek dresses, her hair natural. “[Fashion] is just an inherent part of my job. It’s something that I love,” Amandla says. But when she started out—like Starr transitioning from hoodies to a fresh school uniform and Jordans—it seemed easier to be one person on the red carpet and a different person at home. That’s begun to change. “I am learning how to integrate,” she says. “I want to express myself as authentically as I can.”

Marley Dias, 13, is an activist and the founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, a movement to collect and distribute books with black female protagonists.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Relationship: A Complete Timeline

Prince Harry has never been a rule-following royal, and his relationship with Suits star Meghan Markle is no exception. The two have embarked on a whirlwind romance, going from a secret summer courtship to an engagement in what seemed like the blink of an eye. But the road to a royal wedding has no speed limit, and Markle and Harry cruised toward destination holy matrimony (with a few speed bumps along the way). And now, a new member of the royal family is on the way. Here’s an in-depth look at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s journey from what started as a TV crush to the second royal wedding.

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