Drake reportedly had his 34th birthday party in Los Angeles on October 23, and it was lavish AF. I’m just going to assume it was done safely, but the bash—per social media posts that ended up online—included sparklers, blue lighting, and a menu that has many fans puzzled.
To be fair, most of the alleged cuisine seemed pretty standard…for, ya know, rich people: fried calamari, a sushi platter, steak frites, grilled cauliflower, etc. But one item, the mac-n-cheese, has the internet shaken up. This isn’t your standard Kraft fare or even a fancier version of the dish, like lobster mac-n-cheese. No, Drake’s birthday mac-n-cheese seemingly included sun dried tomatoes, capers, raisins, and parsley. That’s right: raisins in mac-n-cheese. Have you ever heard of such a thing? Is this a delicacy only the 1% know about?
“Drake could have any meal in the world, but raisins IN mac & cheese lands on the birthday menu,” one fan tweeted.
This person wasn’t alone in their shock, awe, and…well, disgust. “drake stares into the middle distance as he eats leftover caper and raisin and sun-dried tomato mac and cheese over the sink,” one person tweeted. Someone else added, “.@drake did the mac and cheese have sun-dried tomato, capers and raisins or was there a mistake on the menu? We really need to know now. Also happy birthday.”
But a few people came to Drake’s defense. “Y’all really mad about Drake Mac and cheese with raisins well I like grapes and almonds in my chicken salad,” one person wrote. Point taken! If this is what Drake likes, who are we to judge? It was birthday, and all of us have weird food quirks.
Peep some more reactions to this culinary controversy, below:
There is one silver lining to this: If Drake’s guests did hate the mac-n-cheese, he had plenty to take home. Raisin mac-n-cheese for the next 10 days! We may not love to see it, but Drake does.
UPDATE: October 27, 2020— Clare Crawley has chimed in on the controversial strip dodgeball date from her season. When a Twitter user wrote to the current Bachelorette, “It’s awful you had the guys take off their clothes if The bachelor asked the women do the same things all heck would break loose. You were wrong. Juan Pablo should have had you strip,” she replied with this photo from Juan Pablo’s season in which his contestants did a topless photo shoot. It all but proves both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette have a history of sexualizing their contestants.
Someone pointed this fact out on Twitter, too, which Crawley then “liked.” “Hmmmm it’s almost like making contestants take their clothes off is a really tired production trick and wasn’t your idea at all,” reads the tweet. And that’s that on that!
This season of The Bachelorette was brewing with controversy before it even aired. Between the production shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic and the rumor that Clare Crawley was going to be replaced at some point by Tayshia Adams, this might actually be the most dramatic one yet.
Last night’s episode brought another moment that has Bachelor Nation talking on social media, and not necessarily for a good reason. Crawley took a set of suitors on a group date that involved playing dodgeball. Sounds harmless enough, right? But this game had a twist—it was strip dodgeball.
Fans were quick to point out that, had the roles been reversed, with women stripping down for a Bachelor, there would have been an outcry. “My friends are forcing me to watch The Bachelorette. During one part, the guys were forced to strip off playing strip dodgeball,” one fan tweeted. ”Could you even imagine if female contestants were forced to take their clothes off and run around? Like. The feminist screaming would never end.” Another wrote, “This dodgeball would not fly on The Bachelor; therefore, it should not fly on The Bachelorette. I do not like.”
Others criticized Crawley directly, especially after she said, “This is my game; these are my rules.”
“Imagine the outrage if Juan Pablo asked the girls to do strip dodgeball…and said, ‘Sorry girls: My game, my rules.’ Why does Clare get a pass? This is cringeworthy TV,” one person tweeted.
Reality Steve believes the blame lies elsewhere, however. “Any1 who is bitching about Clare & this date & choosing to ‘make’ them strip, I hope were also just as loud when Peter ‘made’ the women lingerie pillow fight each other,” he tweeted. “This date is ridiculous, they absolutely have a double standard, but it’s NOT on the lead. Blame the show.”
So what do we think next week’s controversy will be?
UPDATE: October 27, 2020—The Sanderson sisters just gave a preview of sorts of what’s to come when A Hocus Pocus Hulaween goes down on Friday, October 30. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy just reunited on Zoom a few days before the event to get out the vote…and cast a spell. Watch it for yourself, below:
This comes just a day after Midler told Good Day New Yorkthis about the sisters doing a Hocus Pocus sequel: “They want to make a movie; they’ve asked us if we were interested, and, of course, all of us said yes.” Ahhh!
UPDATE: October 19, 2020—Our 300-year wait is up. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy have reunited in their original Hocus Pocus costumes. “Your 3 fav witches—@sarahjessicaparker@kathynajimy & ME—are returning for 1 night only on 10/30 at 8p ET,” Bette Midler wrote on Instagram on October 18. Tickets for the one-hour virtual event, In Search of the Sanderson Sisters: A Hocus Pocus Hulaween Takeover, are available now for $10.
The benefit, in support of the New York Restoration Project, will also feature Glenn Close, Billy Crystal, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Debney, Samantha Diaz, Harry Guinness, Todrick Hall, Jennifer Hudson, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, Michael Kors, Adam Lambert, George Lopez, Alex Moffat, Vanessa Shaw, Martin Short, Sarah Silverman, John Stamos, Meryl Streep, Kenan Thompson, Sophie von Haselberg, and more.
Amy Coney Barrett has been confirmed to the Supreme Court by the Senate with eight days left before the election and about a month after she was nominated by President Trump, making her confirmation one of history’s fastest. The judge was voted through by a 52–48 Republican majority, with Susan Collins of Maine the only Republican to vote against her.
Barrett—a former Notre Dame law professor and the third Supreme Court justice appointed by Trump—has tipped the Supreme Court to a conservative majority, meaning a litany of issues including abortion rights, climate change, health care, and LGBTQ rights could shift dramatically for Americans for generations. At 48 years old, she’s set to become the youngest justice on the court.
Barrett was nominated in September by President Trump in the White House Rose Garden, the infamous super-spreader event during which the majority of attendees chose to forgo wearing masks and several—including the President and First Lady—contracted COVID-19.
Barrett lives in South Bend, Indiana, with her husband, a former federal prosecutor, and their seven children, two of which were adopted from Haiti.
“She was the plan all along,” a former senior administration official shared with CNN last month. “She’s the most distinguished and qualified by traditional measures. She has the strongest support among the legal conservatives who have dedicated their lives to the court. She will contribute most to the court’s jurisprudence in the years and decades to come.”
As Glamour previously reported, Barrett was a former clerk to the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Trump also nominated her for the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In that time, the Associated Press reported, Barrett has authored around 100 opinions and, as the AP noted, “several telling dissents in which Barrett displayed her clear and consistent conservative bent.”
In 2016, while still campaigning for the presidency, Trump promised to appoint “pro-life” judges if elected. Barrett, a devout Catholic, has referred to abortion as “always immoral.” She also believes that life begins at conception. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean she will overturn Roe v. Wade. At least not in its totality.
“I don’t think that abortion, or the right to abortion, would change. I think some of the restrictions would change,” Barrett said during a discussion at Jacksonville University in 2016. “States have imposed regulations on abortion clinics, and I think the question is ‘How much freedom the court is willing to let states have in regulating abortion?’”
So if you’re a morning person, pour yourself some coffee, then start your wash day. And if you’re a night owl? Settle down with a glass of wine, a full Netflix queue, and your detangling brush. Planning your natural hair care sessions based on the time of day that’s best for you will keep it a positive experience when you’re dealing with and discovering your curl pattern.
You still need regular trims and haircuts.
It seems obvious, but this isn’t something I’d considered before I decided I wanted to grow out my relaxer. But as I quickly learned from my deep dives on YouTube, experts all said the same thing, getting a trim every eight to 10 weeks will help keep your hair healthy as you’re growing it out.
“It’s really important to cut your split ends on a regular basis, especially in the first few years,” says Takisha Sturdivant-Drew, the stylist behind Kerry Washington’s immaculate curls. Hair grows an average of 1/4- to 1/2-inch per month, so getting the same amount trimmed off your processed ends will help you maintain your length while making room for your natural texture to come through.
You don’t have to do the Big Chop if you don’t want to.
We all love a drastic before-and-after hair transformation, but as you embark on your natural hair journey, remember that cutting off your processed ends isn’t your only choice. Affectionately known as the “Big Chop” in the natural hair community, some people choose to cut their relaxed or processed hair in one fell swoop, as opposed to “transitioning,” or growing your hair back inch by inch until you’re left with your curls in their 100% natural state.
It’s up to you which road you take, as long as you keep your new growth deeply moisturized. Remember, if you choose to transition your hair, your strands will essentially be two different textures. Opt for protein-rich and moisture-packed hair treatments that’ll protect your strands and prevent breakage. Wearing your hair in protective styles can also help mask the demarcation line of your new grow-out.
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The right tools will make all the difference.
Detangling brushes! Wide-tooth combs! Silk bonnets! You’re not imagining things—your bathroom counter space is shrinking. Arming yourself with the best tools possible at the onset of your natural hair journey will save you headaches (literally—good headbands are a must) down the line.
If you plan to manipulate your hair on a daily basis, a reliable detangling brush that doubles as a wide-tooth comb is crucial to getting started. You’ll be using it every single wash day. Just know that using it might feel different at first. One thing I really had to train myself on at the beginning of my journey was to make sure I was detangling from the bottom up—since with relaxed hair, I ran my brush through from top to bottom. Making this switch will help prevent breakage and single-strand knots that can crop up when the hair shafts are tangled during combing.
And when it comes to hair accessories, opt for all silk everything—silk pillowcases, bonnets, and scrunchies—to keep your hair from breaking and losing moisture.
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Cee Cee’s Closet
Glow By Daye Lavender Thai Satin Bonnet
Glow By Daye
Satin Silk Scrunchie
Experiment with protective styles—carefully.
“The goal with protective hairstyles is to minimize manipulation and keep your hair in a single state that won’t cause any further damage,” says Sturdivant-Drew. A protective style can be just about anything you can dream up that decreases the amount of manipulation your hair experiences: Fulani braids, box braids, faux locs, puffs, flat twists, wigs, they’re all fair game.
Since the beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency, First Lady Melania Trump has made headlines for spurning her own husband’s public displays of affection. You’d think he’d stop trying to hold her hand, but alas! Below, see a complete timeline of Melania Trump’s shadiest moves against Donald Trump. (Disclaimer: None of this takes away from her alleged complicity with the president’s most controversial stances and his administration, but rather mere observations.)
January 2017: The presidential inauguration quickly turned into a meme after Melania’s face drastically changed the second Donald stopped looking at her.
April 2017: A few months later, she had to physically remind her husband to place his hand over his heart during the National Anthem. Awkward.
May 2017: Then came the hand swats. The first—and still one of the most talked-about—happened when Melania and Donald visited Israel. As the president reached out to grab his wife’s hand, she clearly wasn’t having it and coldly swatted him away like a bug.
This was followed by Trump reaching for his wife’s hand while exiting Air Force One, which Melania deftly avoided by reaching up to adjust her hair, just in time.
February 2018: Melania may have found a fool-proof method for avoiding her husband’s hands when she wore a bright yellow coat draped over her shoulders rather than putting her arms through the sleeves. As she grips her handbag from within her colorful cocoon, Trump is unable to reach her.
April 2018: Appearing at a White House event with the President and First Lady of France, the Trumps kept it frosty. The commander-in-chief can be seen repeatedly trying to get his wife’s attention with his pinky finger while she stands resolutely stiff until she finally relents.
January 2020: Twist! Instead of FLOTUS rejecting POTUS, this time it’s the other way around. The First Couple stood holding hands in seeming peace before Trump was caught aggressively tossing his wife’s hand aside.
August 2020: Back to their old games. Perhaps this is how the Trumps show affection, through a cat-and-mouse-like dance of fingers and palms? Exiting Air Force One, Melania has her hands full–literally–gripping the rail with one hand and her handbag with the other.
As her husband tries to grab the handle of her bag and her hand, Melania deflects again and again to adjust her dress. Watch here.
As people across the globe begin to plan for an undoubtedly strange holiday season, the toughest feat of all remains: deciding on gifts for girlfriends. She loves you more than anything and would smile right to your face if you gave her the same box of chocolates for the fifth year in a row, but why not leave her shook with a present she actually wants? Like that one item she’s had on the back burner for months but hasn’t added to cart just yet, or something totally unexpected she didn’t even know she needed in the first place.
2020 has been a mixed bag of shock, confusion, and uncertainty, so make your love and adoration loud and clear with a thoughtful gift she’ll be forced to post on an Instagram Story captioned, “They did good.” Your well-deserved credit aside, these gifts for girlfriends will lay the warm and fuzzies on your lady to make her remember why she’s chosen to stay cooped up with you for seven months and counting.
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Check back here for updates on pregnant celebrities, expected babies, due dates, and so much more. (And checkherefor updates on when the little ones arrived.)
So many celebrities have announced in 2020 that they’re expecting babies. It started in January, when reports surfaced that Michelle Williams was engaged to Hamilton and Fosse/Verdon director Thomas Kail and expecting a child with him. And the announcements have kept rolling since then. We can’t wait to see who else announces they are expecting new little bundles of joy as the year goes on. For now, though, here are all the pregnant celebrities (and those who are expecting a baby by another route) that you’ll be hearing about in 2020. A big congratulations to all of them is in store.
In September 2020 it was announced that Keeping Up With the Kardashians was ending after 14 years and 20 seasons. Meanwhile, a 90 Day Fiancé spin-off series—The Other Way, which follows Americans moving to a foreign country in the name of love—was the most-watched show on cable that week.
Unlike Keeping Up With the Kardashians, 90 Day Fiancé and its many iterations is a beacon of the anti-aspirational. There are no glamorous vacations or diamond earrings lost here—the stars of this TLC series are average Americans, often with financial woes, fighting to make a long-distance relationship with someone from another country work. Compared to Keeping Up, it feels like an overcorrection: Fueled by our pursuit for something real—the cigarette pack in a bra, fighting with your mother-in-law kind of real—we’ve created a behemoth.
If you’re new to the sprawling world of 90 Day Fiancé, prepare yourself for a convoluted reality filled with family feuds, catfishing scams, and, sometimes, love. The first 90 Day Fiancédebuted in 2014 as a docuseries around the K-1 visa process, which allows Americans to bring their foreign partner to the United States as long as they marry within 90 days. The visa’s strict timeline worked in the show’s favor as a high-stakes element, and the show became a mega-hit. The second season premiered to 1.1. million same-day viewers, and that number has consistently continued to climb.
So, TLC turned it into a dynasty. Picking up on viewers’ hunger for this kind of content, the network broadened the scope of the couple’s stories. Now cameras follow pre-proposal relationships in Before the 90 Days, while Happily Ever After chronicles life after the nuptials. Some of the franchise’s most dynamic stars even get their own eponymous spin-offs. In just six years, one show has been spun into eleven—two of which are set to debut on Facebook Watch this month.
With so many options available, which rise to the top? I spoke with fans and watched hours of the spin-offs to settle on a definitive ranking of every 90 Day Fiancé show. See the list, below.
9.90 Day Fiancé: Self-Quarantine
Reality television is neither cerebral nor aspirational, for the most part. It’s escapism in its purest form…which is why most viewers didn’t need to watch how these dysfunctional families navigated the pandemic. Nearly everyone I asked cited this spin-off as last, with the occasional viewer offering some appreciation for Colt and Deb’s antics. Ultimately, though, living through a pandemic is bad enough—we don’t need to watch others suffer alongside us.
8.The Family Chantel
The Family Chantel‘s plotline rests on the never-ending feud between couple Pedro and Chantel’s families, but the drama has been stretched out so much that the characters aren’t believable anymore and are so alarmingly devoid of humor or self-awareness that I can’t root for anyone. Even fans who like the family agree this spin-off falls flat. Belle, who runs the Instagram account @90DayFanatic, sums it up nicely: “a poorly written script for a great family.”
7.B90/HEA Strikes Back
Preemptively, I rated this show at the bottom of my list…but once I watched, I was surprisingly charmed. Strikes Back features the stars of Before the 90 Days and Happily Ever After as they watch and react to their own episodes. While Pillow Talk (see below) allows you to feel like you’re indulging in trashy TV with some insider friends, Strikes Back delivers the juiciness of a reunion as the stars are forced to confront their mistakes, embarrassments, and horrible dance moves in real time.
Pillow Talk functions as an extension of the main shows and airs directly afterward. It features franchise stars watching and reacting to the current seasons of 90 Day Fiancé, Before the 90 Days, and Happily Ever After. I found in my research that audiences are split in terms of their affinity for it, hence the lower ranking. But if you’re craving a good TLC gossip session with friends, Pillow Talk will scratch that itch.
5.Darcey and Stacey
This spin-off features Darcey Silva, who first appeared on Before the 90 Days, and her twin sister, Stacey. The 40-somethings share a Connecticut McMansion, drive matching cars, and coordinate their plastic surgeries. Oh, and both have an affinity for eastern European men 20 years their junior. The first season of Darcey and Stacey spotlights Darcey’s budding romance with Georgi, a Bulgarian personal trainer, while Stacey prepares to marry her 26-year-old Albanian boyfriend, Florian (who, by the way, was recently caught cheating). While pathologically delusional, the twins are so earnest in their pursuit of a happy ending that you can’t help but love them.
What Now? began as a digital-only equivalent to Happily Ever After?, a series that updates audiences on memorable couples from past seasons. Four seasons in, the two shows are basically the same…so when you’re deciding which spin-off to watch, consider choosing based on which of the two features more of your favorite couples. Or, follow my lead and indulge in both.
3.Happily Ever After?
Happily Ever After? premiered in 2016 and follows couples from various 90 Day Fiancé seasons and offers audiences a glimpse into life after the wedding. Was Danielle really a pawn in Mohammed’s green card scam? What happened during Russ and Paola’s move to Miami? The answers lie within. The show also allows us to follow our favorite couples throughout their years-long journeys as they build families, file for divorce, or sometimes both.
2.The Other Way
The general consensus from friends and experts I talked to, including self-proclaimed 90 Day addict Ashley Ray, ranks The Other Way as a strong contender for the top spot. The newer spin-off flips the script and follows Americans as they move abroad to marry. Naturally, chaos ensues as these people grapple with culture shock and acclimate to their new life. Other couples confront other obstacles like different views on religion. Brittany, who moves to Jordan, for example, is reticent to convert to Islam for her fiancé. This new framework makes for previously uncharted drama on 90 Days.
1.Before the 90 Days
For 90 Day FiancéInstagrammer and superfan Hanekawa Dravon, Before the 90 Days tops the list. I agree. The show functions as a prequel series and typically sees the Americans travel abroad to spend time with their significant others, setting up a string of proposals. Without the stress of a wedding looming, audiences get more drama with fewer logistical struggles. And because the couples are still getting to know each other, “there is always a secret that comes out near the end of the season,” teases Dravon.
Rachel Ellison is a Brooklyn-based writer whose work has appeared in Repeller, Bustle, and The Guardian.
The 29-year-old announced she’s expecting her first child in the most modelesque way: a Vogue digital cover. “Surprise: @emrata is our digital cover star–and she has some big news to share,” Vogue captioned the gorgeous video revealing her pregnancy bump in a chic slip dress.
In a personal essay, Ratajkowski spoke candidly about her impending motherhood—and shared her views on revealing the baby’s gender. “When my husband and I tell friends that I’m pregnant, their first question after ‘Congratulations’ is almost always ‘Do you know what you want?’ We like to respond that we won’t know the gender until our child is 18 and that they’ll let us know then,” she wrote. “Everyone laughs at this. There is a truth to our line, though, one that hints at possibilities that are much more complex than whatever genitalia our child might be born with: the truth that we ultimately have no idea who—rather than what—is growing inside my belly. Who will this person be? What kind of person will we become parents to? How will they change our lives and who we are? This is a wondrous and terrifying concept, one that renders us both helpless and humbled.”
While admitting she always imagined having a daughter, Emily Ratajkowski shared that she’d “like the idea of forcing as few gender stereotypes on my child as possible.”
In her essay, Ratajkowski also explains why she’s averse to her husband saying, “We’re pregnant.” “While the sentiment is sweet, it’s not entirely true. I resent that his entire family’s DNA is inside of me but that my DNA is not inside him,” she says, later describing the “innately lonely” experience of pregnancy. “I am ultimately alone with my body in this experience. There is no one to feel it with me—the sharp muscular aches in my lower abdomen that come out of nowhere while I’m watching a movie or the painful heaviness of my breasts that now greets me first thing every morning. My husband has no physical symptoms in ‘our’ pregnancy, another reminder of how different a woman and man’s experience of life can be.”
You can read her full essay and see the gorgeous photoshoot here.