Everything We Know About the 2021 Inauguration, Including How to Watch

The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden will take place on Wednesday, January 20 in Washington D.C. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will also be sworn in that day too. All eyes will be on this event more than ever, especially after January 6’s Capitol riot that led to multiple arrests and five deaths. The Washington Post reported on January 13 that the Secret Service is launching a “massive security operation” to ensure the inauguration happens as safely as possible. Per NBC, extremists are planning even more violent attacks for the day, so the added security measures are vital. 

President Donald Trump announced on January 8 that he is not going to the inauguration, making him the first POTUS since the 1800s to skip his successor’s ceremony. Vice President Mike Pence will reportedly be there, though, in addition to all other living former presidents except Jimmy Carter. “President and Mrs. Carter will not travel to Washington for the inauguration but have sent their best wishes to President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris and look forward to a successful administration,” Deanna Congileo, a Carter Center spokesperson, said in a statement to CNN.

Normally, millions of Americans attend the inauguration in person, but because of the coronavirus and safety measures, Biden’s team is urging people to watch the festivities from home. If you plan on doing that, here’s everything you need to know. 

When and where is the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden? 

Wednesday, January 20 at the Capitol building. (The ceremony is still slated to happen there even in light of January 6’s riot.) Biden and Harris are expected to be sworn in around noon ET. Pre-inauguration commentary will start around 9:30 a.m. ET. 

How can you watch the inauguration? 

Major news networks, like ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, PBS, Telemundo, Univision, CNN, and MSNBC, will be streaming the inauguration. You can access most of these channels on streaming services like Hulu With Live TV and YouTube TV. The White House’s official website will also have a stream you can watch. 

What happens after the inauguration? 

A virtual parade is scheduled to happen that afternoon. “The parade will celebrate America’s heroes, highlight Americans from all walks of life in different states and regions, and reflect on the diversity, heritage, and resilience of the country as we begin a new American era,” reads a press release

In lieu of an inaugural ball, there will be a TV special, Celebrating America, happening January 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET across networks and streaming platforms, including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and MSNBC. The special will be hosted by Tom Hanks. 

Who is performing at the inauguration? 

Demi Lovato and Justin Timberlake will both perform during the Celebrating America special. “I’m SO honored to announce that I will be joining @JoeBiden & @KamalaHarris for their special event, Celebrating America, on January 20th at 8:30pm ET/PT,” Lovato tweeted. “I was left speechless when I was asked to perform! Tune in with various tv networks & live streaming services.” 

“I’m very excited,” Timberlake told the Today show. “So incredibly excited. What an honor.”

Can you attend the inauguration in person?

Public access is  limited. There will be “no public access to the Capitol grounds” on inauguration, according to NPR. The Washington Monument will also halt tours through January 24 due to “credible threats to visitors and park resources,” according to the National Park Service. So, in other words, stay home. 

We’ll update this post with more information about the inauguration as it comes in. 

The Way Serena Says Chuck’s Name on Gossip Girl Is Inexplicably Infuriating

My friend Connor is doing a Gossip Girl re-watch, and like any good Blair Waldorf stan, I asked him to send me copious updates. So far we’ve discussed the usual: Eric’s boyfriend (Jonathan) is a monster, Leighton Meester’s music deserves the world, the Lady Gaga episode is iconic. 

But one night last week he sent me a text that read, “I can’t stop thinking about the way Serena says…” followed by a voice note he recorded. 

That’s when a memory I’ve long had locked away came barreling out, fully on fire. 

“Chuck,” Connor said in his voice note, mimicking the mouth-full-of-marshmallows way Serena (or rather, actor Blake Lively) pronounces the GG antagonist’s name. 

My body tensed up. My jaw dropped. Every hair on me from head to toe stood at attention. Connor had just uttered one of the most nerve-racking sounds in aural history. A sound so potent, it fills me with rage—pure, unadulterated rage. 

That’s what Serena saying Chuck’s name on Gossip Girl does to me. It makes me so angry, and I don’t know why. 

Hear it in action at the 54-second mark: 

And in this scene, where she says his name twice in a row:

Watch a few Gossip Girl episodes and try tuning into Serena’s “Chuck” cadence. It’s annoying! Her pronunciation is deep and throaty, like, I don’t know, Darth Vader talking with a mouth full of spaghetti. The “ck” at the end lingers a little bit too long. The “uc” in the middle reminds me of a baritone singer reading a phonebook. Combined, these syllables in Serena’s voice—for whatever reason—make for a deeply unpleasant listening experience, in my opinion. I’m not saying the sound of her voice is irksome, just the way she says this specific word. 

HGTV Star Christina Anstead Got an Inspiring Tattoo Amid Divorce From Ant Anstead

HGTV star Christina Anstead unveiled a new tattoo on Instagram amid her divorce from Ant Anstead. (It’s unclear, though, if the split directly inspired this new ink.) 

The tattoo is a portion of the late Angelou’s collection of poetry, titled, And Still I Rise. The collection was published in 1978 and has become one of Angelou’s most popular works.

“’Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I’ll rise.’ Still I Rise -Maya Angelou,” she captioned the post. 

Christina has limited comments on her Instagram, possibly to deter negative remarks about her heavily reported split from Ant. The Christina on the Coast stars separated in September 2020 after less than two years of marriage, and Christina later filed for divorce in November 2020. “Ant and I have made the difficult decision to separate,” she explained in the announcement of their split. “We are grateful for each other and as always, our children will remain our priority. We appreciate your support and ask for privacy for us and our family as we navigate the future.”

In December, Ant told People that it was Christina’s decision to end their marriage. “It really hit me hard,” he explained. “If you ask anybody that knows me properly, they know that I give myself fully. I had so much love for her.” He added that their son, Hudson, 16 months, “filled” his heart and “really saved him” during the split. 

Christina Anstead is also mom to daughter Taylor, 10, and son Brayden, five, from her previous marriage to her former Flip or Flop co-star, Tarek El Moussa. Meanwhile, Ant is also father to daughter Amelie, 17, and son Archie, 14, who live in the U.K. with his ex-wife, Louise Anstead.

Martha Stewart Shut Down People Who Say She ‘Jumped the Line’ to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

Celebrities are beginning to face controversy after sharing their access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Martha Stewart posted an Instagram boomerang on January 12 of her receiving the treatment. The footage has garnered more than 600,000 views and some of her followers are accusing her of using her privilege in order to get vaccinated early.

“Why did you get the vaccine before frontline workers have gotten it?” one social media user asked. Another person wrote, “Strange, I am a teacher but cannot get vaccinated yet.” In response to commenters, she wrote in her caption, “To allay your concerns that I jumped the line know that I am in the approved age group for this batch of vaccines and I waited in line with others.”

She began her post, writing, “I was vaccinated today in a designated vaccine pod near the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai Downtown I am so proud of and grateful to the doctors, nurses and medical staff who are wading through the red tape and confusion of the distribution of these very important vaccines. I am excited to have received my dosage and look forward to the booster.”

Despite the backlash she’s received, there were also plenty of followers who defending that she received the vaccine. “Good way to set the example Martha! You’re the best,” one user wrote. Another pointed out that Stewart is 79 years old and clearly in need of the vaccine: “People, she’s exactly who they are trying to vaccinate right now in NY. Does anyone read the news!?”

Stewart received the vaccine at the New York City hospital. New York Governor Andrev Cuomo recently approved the vaccination for people in high-risk categories, which includes the elderly. “She probably could have gotten it a few weeks ago with her connections but waited her turn,” one fan pointed out. “Just unfollow her rather than leave nasty comments.”

We Finally Have a Trailer and Release Date for To All the Boys 3

By this point you’ve probably watched the sequel to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, on Netflix. Or maybe you’ve already sat through multiple viewings, which…fair. The films, based on the books by Jenny Han, have captured the hearts of so many since we first watched Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) and Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) fall in love.

The second film, however, brings some complications to the fairy-tale romance by way of John Ambrose McLaren, one of the other boys Lara Jean writes a love letter to in the first film. In fact, the two model U.N. pals end up volunteering together at a retirement home now that John Ambrose has moved back to town. Plus, Lara Jean is navigating a lot of firsts in her relationship with Peter, making her insecure and casting doubts on their future as a couple. But by the end of To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, all is well with our happy couple—thank goodness.

There’s no cliffhanger moment like the one at the end of the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, so we don’t yet have a teaser for the third movie—but it is definitely happening.

Here’s everything we know so far about To All the Boys: Always and Forever, Lara Jean.

The release date: The movie has already been filmed, but we don’t yet know when it will premiere. Since Han’s third book opens in the fall of Lara Jean’s senior year, some think we may get the final installment in August or September 2020.

The cast: Of course Condor and Centineo will be back as the stars—what would this movie even be without Lara Jean and Peter?

Condor reflected on her role after she wrapped filmed back in September. “I’ve been really struggling how to put into words my feelings towards this ending…words will never be able to describe my love for Lara Jean,” she wrote on Instagram. “Her family, her friends, Peter. Words will never be able to describe the long nights on set, where it would suddenly hit me, like a ton of bricks, that I was getting the honor of portraying a girl so fiercely determined in love, who represents strength in softness. Words will never be able to describe my gratitude to YOU, for loving her as much as I do.”

From the looks of the IMDB page, it appears that the rest of the Covey family, along with LJ’s friend turned rival, Gen, and her BFF, Christine, will all be back. Janel Parrish told Entertainment Tonight that the eldest Covey sister will get more screen time in part three. “You will see a lot more Margot in the third movie,” she said. “You get to see a lot of family time in the third movie, which I love. I think it’s one of my favorite parts of the film is the bond between the sisters because I’m so close with mine and my family, so I love that.”

Can ‘Covid Counseling’ Save Your Relationship?

Beasley warns that there are certain cases where these nicely packaged therapy quick-fixes definitely should not be used, like cases of pandemic cheating. “If there was infidelity, then there’s a breach in the attachment that absolutely cannot be fixed in an eight-hour block,” she says. “If we were ready to forgive our partners in eight hours, perhaps we wouldn’t need therapy.” (The Fuentes don’t enroll these couples in their intensives, they say. They speak to each couple beforehand and in cases of infidelity or domestic violence, recommend a different course of action.)

Despite the spike in coronavirus couples intensives hitting the market, many couples are opting for more traditional weekly therapy sessions via Zoom. John and Ava, for example, are doing bi-monthly sessions with Wiley, seeking help for their relationship issues that preceded the pandemic but are now magnified by 24/7 intimacy. “With our two-and-a-half-year-old daughter home since March and both of us working from home, it’s definitely heightened tension throughout the year,” John said. “A homework assignment that Dr. Wiley gave us is to just kiss and hug more,” Ava said. “We don’t leave the house to go to work. So we’re not kissing and hugging goodbye.”

Kerry Lusignan, a licensed mental health counselor and the founder of Northampton Couples Therapy, treats couples facing similar issues. “COVID is just a big domestic cesspool,” she said. “It’s not sexy to know what somebody’s doing 24/7. Novelty gets us going. And then you add to that children, and you’re homeschooling the kids and then you’re exhausted. It’s a mess.” She thinks COVID has caused people to rethink their relationships because they are also contemplating their mortality. “Couples start to think, ‘What the hell are we really doing if we could die tomorrow?’ And it’s like, ‘Wait, I’m not gonna do 20 more years with you,’” she says.

Ultimately, therapists say that the “don’t sweat the small stuff” mantra that sustains many healthy relationships is crumbling in the face of the pandemic. With COVID, the small stuff is no longer small: Choosing to eat outdoors instead of indoors could be the difference between life and death; squirting your palm with Purell after opening a door could save you from hospitalization; taking off your mask for a few minutes during a Trader Joe’s run for babka could turn you into a super spreader. It’s no wonder that over a third of couples in a recent study said they’d felt increasing stress in their marriage, or that a Kinsey Institute study found that frequency of sex is down. Divorce rates spiked early in the pandemic, but many have stuck it out, sometimes because they have literally nowhere else to go.

Women with children, like Ava, have arguably borne the brunt of the pandemic domestic shake-up. On top of the extra child-rearing duties that often fall on them, they’re also playing epidemiological hall monitor. “Women in cisgendered heterosexual couples are tending to be the ones who are like, ‘Hey, these are the CDC protocols. I want to follow these,’” says Lusignan.

The normalization of virtual sessions has made therapy significantly more accessible (though there’s still a glaring affordability issue for many). It’s also helped give therapists a new perspective on their clients. “It’s kind of given us a new window into their lives because we’re actually going into their home, essentially. So there is a more realistic view of what is really happening,” says Chelsea Fuentes. That’s not always comfortable; she’s seen partners throw phones and storm out during Zoom sessions. “In our office that happens rarely,” she says. Lusignan once had a client kick the laptop off the table mid-session.

For some, couples therapy during the pandemic has helped provide clarity that their relationship is over. Kurt* a 43-year-old man who I met in an online forum devoted to people in low-sex relationships, said he had spent 21 years in a low-sex relationship, sometimes going for six months without sex. And when they did manage to have sex, it felt like “duty” sex, he said. The added stresses of the pandemic finally drove him and his wife into therapy. Counseling helped reveal their differing attitudes towards sex. “She kept saying it was X reason [we weren’t having sex], and once that was taken care of it then became Y reason and then Z reason. All the while saying sex was important to her until the first couples session when she said it was never important,” he says. Couples counseling didn’t fix his relationship, but it did give him clarity. He plans on filing for divorce later this year.

But the experience for Ava and John was positive. “We’ve had more sex from the time that we’ve been working with Dr. Wiley than we probably did since our daughter’s birth,” Ava said, averaging about once a week. “It probably doesn’t sound like very much to most people,” she said, “but that is probably all I have the energy for.”

*Names have been changed for privacy.

Hallie Lieberman is a sex historian and journalist. She’s the author of Buzz: A Stimulating History of the Sex Toy and is currently working on a book about gigolos.

A Former Bachelorette Contestant Confirms He Attended the Rally That Led to the Capitol Riot

James Taylor, from JoJo Fletcher’s season of The Bachelorette, confirmed he attended the rally that led to the Capitol riot on January 6. 

“Big thanks to #TheBachelor family for supporting me during this time… from top to bottom,” he tweeted, adding that he “legally supported our president” by attending the rally. 

In his tweet, Taylor also included unverified claims—which we won’t publish here—that ABC “had his back” while he went to the rally. But a source close to the network told E!  what James said is “unequivocally false.” 

What happened at the Capitol after the rally was horrific. As Barack Obama said in a statement, “History will rightly remember today’s violence at the Capitol, incited by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation.” 

Fans of The Bachelorette immediately started criticizing Taylor for attending the rally, regardless of whether or not her participated in the violence. “Your actions and involvement are barbaric,” one person tweeted. 

Taylor has been a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump for a while now and even wrote on Twitter days before January 6 that he’d be attending the rally. 

“Who’s going to the #FightForTrump rally in D.C. in 2 days!?” he tweeted. “If you voted for a man named Donald J. Trump & don’t trust Dominion voting machines or ANY method of voting outside of in-person, ID-in-hand voting for that matter… be there Jan 6 to support @realDonaldTrump.”

It’s important to note Trump’s claims of voter fraud or that Democrats “stole” the 2020 election have been categorically disputed. The president’s Twitter account has been permanently suspended, with the social platform saying, “After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them—specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter—we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.” 

Sephora Announces a New Action Plan to Address Racial Bias in Retail

With the facts laid out, Sephora worked on developing a set of criteria and practices that specifically respond to them. “Sephora’s action plan is going to be focused on three core areas of our businesses: marketing and merchandising, retail experience and operations, and talent and inclusive workplaces,” says Yeh. To address racial bias on the sales floor, Sephora will require new training modules for all beauty advisors that “better defines what client engagement should look like and, frankly, what behaviors will not be tolerated,” says Yeh.

A new greeting system across all stores will also be implemented to “ensure a more consistent experience for all store visitors upon entry.” While 81% of retail employees recognize the importance of being able to service diverse shopper needs, the study found that only 27%—fewer than one in three—feel they can actually meet those needs. With more nuanced systems in place, covering things like voice inflections, the company is working to make sure shoppers feel welcomed and valued. 

Another huge shift will be in Sephora reducing the presence of in-store, third party security vendors, instead opting to work more with in-house specialists. To monitor progress, the company will make sure improved feedback mechanisms are easily accessible on the site and app, so that purchasers—and just as importantly, non-purchasers—can share their experiences. 

“As someone who has spent my career working at the intersection of justice and equity, I cay this is a big deal,” says Joshua Dubois, founder of Values Partnerships, a leading social impact agency that has spent the past two years working with Sephora on it’s programming centering around diversity, equity, and inclusion. “To make progress on tackling the racial bias that occurs in retail settings and to eventually get it right, that would be a substantial step forward in our long, national journey on race.” 

The work doesn’t stop there. Sephora’s action plan goes beyond customer relations. In addition to making sure its stores are an inclusive space for all shoppers, the chain will continue to build on its 15% pledge from last summer, through which the company committed to dedicating 15% of its shelf-space to Black-owned brands. “We are committed to doubling our assortment of Black-owned brands by the end of 2021,” says Artemis Patrick, EVP and Global Chief Merchandising Officer at Sephora. “And going forward, we have completely pivoted our Accelerate grant incubator program to focus on cultivating and growing Black-founded and -owned beauty brands.”

Given Sephora’s presence in the beauty community and being like a second home for skin care enthusiasts and lovers of all things makeup, the company’s dedication to improving its culture and striving to provide the best atmosphere for its clients is something all brands should take note of.

“With everything going on in the country today, from the summer of racial reconciliation to what’s happening in Washington D.C., this time is historic,” says Reign. “If we get this right we can look back and say that the retail experience for communities of color is fundamentally different than it was in the past. That will make people safer, happier, and ultimately able to live with more dignity and joy.”

Michella Oré is a beauty assistant at Glamour, Vogue, and Allure. Follow her on Instagram @michellaor.

Bruce Willis Was Reportedly Asked to Leave a Store for Not Wearing a Face Mask

Bruce Willis started trending on Twitter after photos surfaced of him entering and leaving a Los Angeles Rite-Aid without a mask. 

The actor owned up to the mistake, telling People on January 12 that it was “an error in judgment.” He then added, “Be safe out there everyone and let’s continue to mask up.”

Page Six reports the Die Hard actor was asked to leave the Rite Aid store after he “refused” to wear a mask. But of course, that hasn’t been verified. 

It should go without saying that masks are essential for helping to stop the spread of the coronavirus, which is still raging all across the country—and world. 

Los Angeles County in particular—where Willis was photographed without a mask—has over 930,000 coronavirus cases, according to People. The state of California has over 2 million cases. So, in other words, taking precautions like wearing a mask and social distancing are more vital than ever. 

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Bruce Willis isn’t the first celebrity to raise eyebrows for not wearing a mask in public. Several stars who attended the 2020 CMA Awards in November were photographed not social distancing or wearing masks, instead opting for a cumbersome mask-like cover they had to hold the entire time. 

“Am I the only person on here who is wondering why NOBODY in the audience socially distant of course are wearing masks at the CMA awards?!?!!!” one fan tweeted. 

Another added, “Wtf were they thinking? No masks, indoors – IDGAF if everyone tested ‘negative’ before the event. Rapid tests are garbage, and see The White House for how well relying on those tests works out.” 

 Of course, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Coronavirus vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are now rolling out. However, it’s unclear when they will be available to the general public. So for now, as Mr. Willis said in his statement, mask up. 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says She Thought She Was Going to Die During Capitol Riot

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took aim at GOP lawmakers and Capitol rioters during a candid, hour-long Instagram Live conversation on January 12. The Democratic congresswoman was in the Capitol building during the violent attack, which took place on  January 6 in Washington D.C., following a rally for President Donald Trump. She revealed in the video that she feared for her life after having a “close encounter” during the riot.

“I did not know if I was going to make it to the end of the day alive,” Ocasio-Cortez said. She explained that she was unsure if she could “disclose the full details” due to security issues, but she made it clear how dangerous the event was for members of Congress and the Capitol police. “Wednesday was an extremely traumatizing event,” she said. “And it was not an exaggeration to say that many members of the House were nearly assassinated.”

Republican Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley are being investigated for their possible involvement in the riot. “Ted Cruz, you do not belong in the United States Senate. Josh Hawley, you do not belong in the United States Senate, so get out,” Ocasio-Cortez continued in the live stream. She then took it one step further, telling all GOP lawmakers who voted to overturn the election that they “should resign.”

She added, “If any member of Congress so much as stutters to say that the Confederacy were traitors to the U.S., that the Confederacy is a legion of white supremacists…turn in your pin and get out.”

More than a million people have already viewed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s message. It’s too early to see if it will add pressure to lawmakers, but she was able to voice her message clearly to America, Trump included. “A lot of people have drank the poison of white supremacy and that’s what Donald Trump represents,” she said. “Just is. And if at this point you haven’t recognized that and you don’t see it, maybe you have a lot of work to do.”