Little Voice Review: This Sara Bareilles-Inspire Series Will Give You the Courage to Find Your Voice

Finding your voice amidst the noise of New York City is no easy task. Honestly, finding your voice anywhere as a twenty-something with big dreams is a challenge. That’s the message Little Voice, now streaming on AppleTV+, conveys through its main character, Bess King. As an aspiring singer, she struggles to muster up the courage to share her songs with the world. Pair that with a couple of poorly received performances, and you’re left with a young woman plagued with the fear that she might not have it—that undefinable something that separates the good from the great.

We meet Bess writing music in a storage facility (definitely a far cry from a studio). She’s interrupted by a cute filmmaker/potential love interest named Ethan who tells her that her song is “beautiful” and “special.” But, she insists, they’re just for her. “I think everybody doubts themselves, especially when you do work that is so vulnerable to you,” Brittany O’Grady, who plays Bess, tells Glamour. “That feeling of not feeling good enough is a very common thing to see.”

The Sara Bareilles-produced dramedy—which includes songs written by the Grammy-winning artist—is partially inspired by her own experiences in the industry. The title of the show is even based on Bareilles’ sophomore album, Little Voice. O’Brady admits that working with the singer was a huge part of her desire to join the show. “We all grew up listening to her music,” she says. “So that was really exciting.”

The magic of Little Voice is in part due to O’Grady’s authentic performance. She’s able to transcend a story about a singer to make it something even more relatable: a woman trying to find her place in the world. “I hope that the audience can feel validated in some certain shape or form, especially for people in their twenties,” O’Grady explains. “I hope they take away some sort of comfort, validation, maybe even an uplifting distraction. Maybe peace of mind or just feeling like they can identify with the story or the characters.”

By the end of the pilot, Bess turns on a lamp that lights up her lyrics: “I don’t know anything…yet.” It gives a glimmer of hope that her musical journey isn’t over. And when it comes to singing, Bess and O’Grady have something in common. “I guess this was my calling,” she says.

Little Voice is now available on AppleTV+.

Paulina Jayne Isaac is a writer and editor based in New Jersey. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @paulinajayne15

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith’s Relationship: A Complete Timeline

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith have been married for over 20 years, which is no easy feat for a couple—famous or not. A decade into their marriage, Smith appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and spoke about his relationship with his wife. After noting that they had been married 10 years, DeGeneres joked, “It’s like dog years when you’re married here. That’s like 50 years, right?”

Whether that’s true or not, their relationship has definitely stood the test of time. They’ve weathered rumors of breakups, affairs, and that they’re in open relationship and stood by each other the whole time. While no relationship is perfect, the Smiths do seem to show us all how to make love last. But to fully appreciate their relationship, it’s necessary to go back and look at where they started.

Here’s a full breakdown of Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith’s relationship timeline.

1994-1995

What’s the best way to meet in Hollywood? On a set, of course. Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith are no exception. The couple met after Pinkett Smith auditioned to play her now husband’s girlfriend on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (talk about foreshadowing). She didn’t get the part, and Smith was married to Sheree Zampino at the time, who is his son Trey’s mother. Still, there was a connection between the two.

After his split with Zampino, Smith called Pinkett Smith and asked, “Are you seeing anybody?” She said no and he replied, “Cool. You’re seeing me now.”

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1997

Following two years of dating, the couple tied the knot on New Year’s Eve. Pinkett Smith was pregnant with their first child, Jaden, at the time. After the private ceremony, the newlyweds headed to Miami for a three-day honeymoon in Miami. They then flew to Washington D.C. to film Enemy of the State together. What a dream job!

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1998

Jaden Smith was born on July 8, 1998. Since his birth, he’s proven to have a knack for acting like his parents; in 2006, he appeared in his dad’s movie The Pursuit of Happyness as his son.

Will and Jada Pinkett Smith Say They Broke Up Before Her Relationship With August Alsina

Jada Pinkett Smith just had the red table turned on her in a new candid conversation with her husband of 23 years, Will Smith.

Rumors of a so-called “open marriage” between the two resurfaced earlier this June when musician August Alsina claimed on The Breakfast Club that Will Smith gave him “his blessing” to have a relationship with Girls’ Trip actor. “I totally gave myself to that relationship for years of my life, and I truly and really, really deeply love and have a ton of love for her,” Alsina said in the interview.

Despite Pinkett Smith’s reps initially denying Alsina’s claim, the Smiths sat down for a one-on-one episode of Jada’s Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk to set the record straight. In an episode titled, “Jada Brings Herself to the Table,” the host admits to having an “entanglement” with Alsina, but reveals that she and Will were actually broken up at the time. “It got to the point where you gotta say something,” Will said at the start of the show.

According to both Will and Jada, their friendship with Alsina began when they helped him through an undisclosed health issue. Then, about four and a half years ago, the couple decided to separate. “I was done with your ass,” Will said with a laugh. “Marriages have that though.” 

“We broke up. At that point in time, it was indefinite. From there, as time went on, I got into a different kind of entanglement with August,” Jada clarified, before setting the record straight that no permission was granted by her husband. “One thing I want to get clear about and clean out one of the things that’s kind of swirling about you giving permission, which the only person that can give permission in that particular circumstance is myself.” 

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After Will gently pressed her to elaborate, Jada continued by confirming that she and Alsina had a relationship. “I was in a lot of pain and I was very broken. In the process of the relationship, I realized that you can’t find happiness outside of yourself,” she said. “Luckily enough, you and I were going through a process of healing in a much different manner. I would say that we did everything we could to get away from each other only to realize that wasn’t possible.”

Will and Jada Pinkett Smith Say They Had Broken Up Before Her Relationship With August Alsina

Jada Pinkett Smith just had the red table turned on her in a new candid conversation with her husband of 23 years, Will Smith.

Rumors of a so-called “open marriage” between the two resurfaced earlier this June, when musician August Alsina claimed on The Breakfast Club that Will Smith gave him “his blessing” to have a relationship with Girls Trip actor. “I totally gave myself to that relationship for years of my life, and I truly and really, really deeply love and have a ton of love for her,” Alsina said in the interview.

Despite Pinkett Smith’s reps initially denying Alsina’s claim, the Smiths sat down for a one-on-one episode of Jada’s Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk to set the record straight. In an episode titled “Jada Brings Herself to the Table,” the host admits to having an “entanglement” with Alsina, but reveals that she and Will were actually broken up at the time. “It got to the point where you gotta say something,” Will said at the start of the show.

According to both Will and Jada, their friendship with Alsina began when they helped him through an undisclosed health issue. Then, years ago, the couple decided to separate. “I was done with your ass,” Will said with a laugh. “Marriages have that though.” 

“We broke up. At that point in time, it was indefinite. From there, as time went on, I got into a different kind of entanglement with August,” Jada clarified, before setting the record straight that no permission was granted by her husband. “One thing I want to get clear about and clean out one of the things that’s kind of swirling about you giving permission, which the only person that can give permission in that particular circumstance is myself.” 

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After Will gently pressed her to elaborate, Jada continued by confirming that she and Alsina had a relationship. “I was in a lot of pain and I was very broken. In the process of the relationship, I realized that you can’t find happiness outside of yourself,” she said. “Luckily enough, you and I were going through a process of healing in a much different manner. I would say that we did everything we could to get away from each other only to realize that wasn’t possible.”

“I just wanted to feel good. It had been so long since I felt good and it was really a joy to help heal somebody,” she continued. “I think it has a lot to do with my codependency, which I had to learn how to break in the cycle. I think that whole process with Aug really showed me that and taught me that and I’m really grateful for that lesson.”

Madewell Sale 2020: 11 Summer Essentials to Buy Now

You bored? Same, but thankfully, the Madewell sale is here to provide a sound distraction. Summer is in full swing, but with limited places to go and no clear answer on when travel will be a thing again, you may be apprehensive to invest in your summer wardrobe—but that’s where Madewell’s The Big Deal comes in. The retailer known for elevated basics and damn good denim has tons of summer styles, from dreamy sundresses to strappy sandals—and the deals are too good to pass up.

The limited-time summer event, which offers fresh seasonal styles for every occasion, is bringing prime pickings for summer at extra sunshine-y price points. Quality jeans, tie-dye tees, floral dresses, and layering pieces are all in the mix, many of which you can easily bring with you into fall. If your plans for the rest of summer are one big question mark at the moment, the sale is here to provide versatile staples that will remain relevant once autumn is on the horizon. From lightweight jackets to blazers (remember those?) and cardigans, there’s an array of transitional pieces that will make moving into the next season a breeze. 

With a long list of sale items available for an extra 30% off at checkout with code GIANT (which, yes, it really is) through July 13, this is quite the shopping rabbit hole—so we pulled some of the best deals available. Start out by shopping the standout picks from the Madewell sale below, then embark on the gold mine that is the The Big Deal for even more must-have pieces. FYI: You’ll be hard-pressed to choose just one, so don’t say we didn’t warn you!

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Best Anastasia Beverly Hills Products 2020 Reviews

Eyebrows have become a fixation in the past few years, but they weren’t always acknowledged as something that can make a profound difference in your look. Then along came Anastasia Soare. The “queen of eyebrows” and founder of Anastasia Beverly Hills got her start shaping brows at her Beverly Hills salon in 1997, and revolutionized the industry with her Golden Ratio shaping method. Three years later, she launched one of the first comprehensive brow lines, and in 2014 turned it into a full color cosmetics line. 

The brand quickly became an influencer favorite thanks to its mix of cutting-edge colors and classic glamour. And now, it’s one of the top-selling brands at Ulta and Sephora—which is probably why our beauty editors are constantly being asked if the line is worth it. The short answer? Yes, especially when it comes to the brow products. But there’s also a lot else to love, too.

We had Glamour editors—ranging from makeup fanatics to those who prefer a more low-key vibe—put the entire line to the test. Read on for the Anastasia Beverly Hills products that are truly worth the money. Get ready to add to cart.

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Chrissy Teigen and More Celebs Join Goya Boycott After CEO Praises Donald Trump

Chrissy Teigen is the latest to join the Goya boycott after its CEO praised President Trump.

On July 9, Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue gave a speech at the White House to announce plans to donate one million pounds of food to food banks across the U.S. in honor of Trump signing the Hispanic Prosperity Initiative executive order. However, he faced swift backlash for saying “we’re all truly blessed to have a leader like President Trump.”

Video of the speech quickly made the rounds on social media, with many consumers upset that “America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company” would support a president who has called Mexicans rapists, puts immigrant children in cages, and continues to attempt to dismantle DACA

“We’re all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump who is a builder,” Unanue said. “And so we have an incredible builder. And we pray. We pray for our leadership, our president, and we pray for our country, that we will continue to prosper and to grow.”

The latest to join the #BoycottGaya movement? Cravings author Chrissy Teigen and more celebrities. “FUUUUUUUCK,” Teigen tweeted on July 10. “A shame. Don’t care how good the beans taste though. Bye bye.”

“The next step republicans will do (mark my words, they did this with my equinox tweets as well) is say you aren’t supporting the workers if you boycott,” Teigen continued. “You ARE. They should never feel they have to work for someone who agrees Mexicans are ‘vile’ ‘rapists’ – FUCK this guy. Support the workers by empowering them to be stronger than this absolute bastard. I will personally do what I can to financially ensure these farms can carry on without them.”

In another reply, Teigen added, “You think they’re going under? I see a new Karen every day spouting off in a Trader Joe’s who will gleefully buy the beans. Don’t worry about fucking GOYA.”

“We learned to bake bread in this pandemic, we can learn to make our own adobo con pimienta,” Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of Hamilton chimed in. “Bye.”

Here are just a few more:

The Goya CEO has not backed down from his position, at least going by a July 10 interview on Fox & Friends. “So, you’re allowed to talk good or to praise one president, but you’re not allowed to aid in economic and educational prosperity? And you make a positive comment and all of a sudden, it is not acceptable,” Unanue said, describing the pushback as “suppression of speech.”

To Make P-Valley, Katori Hall Spent 6 Years Talking to Exotic Dancers. This Is What She Learned.

That’s why it was so enlightening for me to watch these women on stage as I started my research for Pussy Valley. Dancing wasn’t about taking their clothes off. It was about putting together an amazing theatrical experience—they looked like superheroes flying around in the air. It felt like I was at Cirque du Soleil, not a strip club. Those images tattooed themselves on my mind. I saw strength, flexibility, and athleticism swirling around a metal pole. I was so inspired I started taking classes to get my twerk right. It sounds great in theory, but I fell off of the pole and got so dizzy I had to run out of the class. I was so nauseous, but it was an entry point: I was able to experience firsthand just how hard pole dancing is. These women make it look easy.

Hall on the set of STARZ’s P-Valley.

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In 2015, after six years of asking questions and making visits to more than 40 clubs across the country, I debuted a three-hour theater production of Pussy Valley in Minneapolis. At the time, my goal was to honor the struggles of these women. Eventually, though, I realized I wanted to see more. I wanted to explore life outside the club and meet the other people in their stories. I started developing what a TV series of the play could look like.

That took four years. Most people would have walked away from this odyssey, but I was so dedicated to telling these stories. I knew I was going to stick this out and see it to the end. I pitched P-Valley to a lot of streaming services and networks in Los Angeles, but I went with STARZ because it was important that I felt supported, both as a female showrunner and female showrunner of color. They were really into my vision of an unapologetic, honest, raw, in-depth exploration of strip club life.

When I started my career, I never could have dreamed that I’d do a TV show dedicated to the world of exotic dancing. But I’m also not surprised, because I walk in the world as a woman who loves women, who respects women, and who always wants to use her work to honor them. My mission statement in life as an artist is to continue providing nuanced portrayals of myself, whether it’s in theater or TV or film. I’m a young Black woman, and I’m dedicated to seeing other young Black women reflected in the mirror.

To Make ‘P-Valley,’ Katori Hall Spent Six Years Talking to Exotic Dancers. This Is What She Learned

That’s why it was so enlightening for me to watch these women onstage as I started my research for Pussy Valley. Dancing wasn’t about taking their clothes off. It was about putting together an amazing theatrical experience—they looked like superheroes flying around in the air. It felt like I was at Cirque du Soleil, not a strip club. Those images tattooed themselves on my mind. I saw strength, flexibility, and athleticism swirling around a metal pole. I was so inspired I started taking classes to get my twerk right. It sounds great in theory, but I fell off the pole and got so dizzy I had to run out of the class. I was so nauseous, but it was an entry point: I was able to experience firsthand just how hard pole dancing is. These women make it look easy.

Hall on the set of Starz’s P-Valley

Tina Rowden/STARZ Entertainment

In 2015, after six years of asking questions and making visits to more than 40 clubs across the country, I debuted a three-hour theater production of Pussy Valley in Minneapolis. At the time my goal was to honor the struggles of these women. Eventually, though, I realized I wanted to see more. I wanted to explore life outside the club and meet the other people in their stories. I started developing what a TV series of the play could look like.

That took four years. Most people would have walked away from this odyssey, but I was so dedicated to telling these stories. I knew I was going to stick this out and see it to the end. I pitched P-Valley to a lot of streaming services and networks in Los Angeles, but I went with Starz because it was important that I felt supported, both as a female showrunner and female showrunner of color. They were really into my vision of an unapologetic, honest, raw, in-depth exploration of strip club life.

When I started my career, I never could have dreamed that I’d do a TV show dedicated to the world of exotic dancing. But I’m also not surprised, because I walk in the world as a woman who loves women, who respects women, and who always wants to use her work to honor them. My mission statement in life as an artist is to continue providing nuanced portrayals of myself, whether it’s in theater or TV or film. I’m a young Black woman, and I’m dedicated to seeing other young Black women reflected in the mirror.

SHEIN Apologizes for Selling Swastika Necklace—But People Aren’t Buying It

“To our dear community,” the statement began alongside a crying emoji. “We made a gigantic mistake by selling a product that’s hurtful and offensive to many of you, and we’re so, so sorry.”

The brand then claimed it listed “a Buddhist swastika necklace,” though the statement recognizes “there’s simply no excuse for our lack of sensitivity in doing so.” The item was allegedly removed as soon as SHEIN “discovered” the mistake.

“The Buddhist symbol has stood for spirituality and good fortune for more than a thousand years, and has a different design than the Nazi swastika which stands for hate,” the statement continued. “But frankly, that doesn’t matter because we should’ve been more considerate of the symbol’s hurtful connotations to so many people around the world and we didn’t.” So…nobody thought about what the necklace would look like if it was simply flipped around? 

“The only thing we can do is profusely apologize and reassure you that we’re making major internal changes so this doesn’t happen again,” the statement continued, promising to establish a review board to approve products before they’re sold. “We will also cease the sale of any religious items on our site.”

“We know we have a lot of work to do to deserve the love and support you’ve shown us these last few years,” the apology concludes. “But please believe that we in no way support or condone racial, cultural and religious prejudice or hatred. We love all of you and hope you stay with us.”

As you can imagine, many had thoughts on this statement—which has garnered over 6,000 replies so far on Instagram alone, with many in the comments pointing out that the company could donate the profits from the necklace to anti-defamation organizations or Jewish charities. 

I’ll just leave these Twitter responses here…