Parks and Recreation's Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) is famous for many things, like making waffles the official fifth food group, a seething hatred of libraries, and her eternal optimism. One of the best, though, has to be Galentine's Day. It falls on February 13 and it involves "ladies celebrating ladies" over brunch. Who needs roses and chocolates when you've got sisterhood and mimosas?
So I couldn't help but wonder: if I had eight seats to fill at my Celebrity Galentine's Day brunch table, what fabulous ladies will occupy them? After far too much soul-searching, here are my final answers.
When Justin Timberlake waded into a snow-dusted field replete with charging horses, a pristine creek and sun-drenched wheat to announce that his new album, Man Of The Woods, would honor his home state of Tennessee, we could almost hear the banjos, fiddles, and washboards. And people had plenty of offered various temperatures of hot takes at the idea of the white superstar who spent decades making traditionally black music only to seemingly backtrack to country after a few foot-in-mouth kerfuffles.
Yet as he dropped a new single and corresponding video every week leading up to the full album release on Feb. 2, they have included anything but. Until now. On Thursday, JT dropped the enthralling and country-lite “Say Something” featuring country star Chris Stapleton.
Dear Justin Timberlake,
As a proud stan for 17 years, I feel like we have the kind of relationship in which we can be honest with each other. I mean, I stuck with you during the Britney Spears years, the cornrows and the decades-long hellatuses between albums. I traveled to NYC for the release of your first solo album and I saw you on your last tour FIVE times in two different states. Sometimes I worry that I'm on some sort of list.
But I can't worry about that when reports are swirling that you are close to becoming the official half-time act for the 2018 Super Bowl.
Please understand when I say the following:
There’s nothing better than strong women tapping into their power. We’ve seen it with Shonda Rhimes causally mentioning how she owns Thursday nights (and with her move to Netflix, she’ll soon own the remaining six). We’ve seen it with Serena Williams both owning her greatness on the court and embracing her black girl magic (soon to be black girl motherhood) outside of the court. We’ve seen it with the revolutionary release of Beyonce’s Lemonade–a love letter to black womanhood and a stunning memoir to forgiveness.
This does not include Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do”—an incongruously peppy single from her upcoming new album, reputation, that aims for scalding pettiness but lands on blandly pitiful.
Hollywood attracts some of the most incredibly talented, stupidly beautiful and ethnically diverse artists on the planet. This variety of culture should be always be celebrated in every way possible.
Unlike some publications that use flimsy excuses to compile lists of solely white celebrities, Small Screen Girl vows to appreciate the flawless contributions of Hollywood as a whole, not just its white counterparts that uphold one standard of pretty.
If these stunners aren’t on your beauty radar, you may want to drop the ancient “science” and grab an Uber to the nearest LensCrafters.
Here’s are SSG's Most Beautiful Celebrites of Color...
Did you know that an estimated 15% of people who receive flowers on Valentine's Day sent them to themselves? No shade, but honestly thought that they number would be a lot higher because there is literally an app for that. Apparently, being married, having a significant other or really good friends is enough for the other 364 days of the year, but on Valentine's Day, that love must be publicly validated.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with being your own valentine. This Small Screen Girl, lover of rom-coms and hopeless romantic, buys herself flowers all the time. However, if you don't want people to know that you sent yourself that stunningly overpriced bouquet of roses, you will need an alias. Hollywood is positively packed with BAE material, and is the best place to start for inspiration.
Here are 12 celebrities who would make the perfect (imaginary) Valentine.
I’m glad I’m not Jay Z.
Though I would commit felonies for access to his half-billions, I don’t envy the husband who has to buy a gift befitting of Sasha Fierce’s 35th birthday. Or the man whose alleged infidelities inspired Beyonce’s instantly iconic Lemonade visual album.
Break out the sequins, confetti cannons, and bizarre mash-ups, because the 58th Annual Grammy Awards are back tonight at 7/8c! Lady Gaga, Adele and Taylor Swift and more are all slated to take the stage and probably a few golden gramophones. Grammy performances traditionally are tweetable mix of swagger, sexiness and sangin’. Let’s take a look back at some of the most unforgettable Grammy performances from P!nk, Michael Jackson and more...
The head-scratching collaboration of Coldplay and Beyonce released the music video for "Hymn For The Weekend" on Friday, and it broke the internet in all the wrong ways. The admittedly captivating video features frontman Chris Martin exploring the beauty of India and the band rocking out with locals while being pelted with color powders used in the Indian celebration of Holi. Queen B appears in interwoven vignettes as a Bollywood star dancing in front of wall of flowers in traditional Indian attire and with henna and headpieces.
The video's premise, especially Beyonce's attire and choreography, instantly sparked an online debate of whether or not Coldplay and Beyonce appropriated Indian culture.
Cultural appropriation is essentially a dominant culture "borrowing" customs, attire and histories from minorities often for profit, according to RaceRelations.About.com. A modern day example would be Miley Cyrus co-opting the twerk at her infamous 2013 VMA performance--a dance that was popular in the '90s party scene long before she was born and has centuries old roots in West African culture.
The social media response to the video was instant, decisive and incredibly varied...
'The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air's' Aunt Viv Flawlessly Reads Jada PInkett-SMith's Call for Oscar BoyCott
If you ever wondered what happened to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s original Aunt Viv, “blactress” Janet Hubert took to Facebook on Monday mostly to respond to Jada Pinkett- Smith’s announcement that she is boycotting this year’s Academy Awards, but also to shed even more light on her mysterious disappearance from the popular ‘90s sitcom.
Let’s start from the beginning, shall we? Early Monday, Jada—Will Smith’s wife—announced that her and her husband were boycotting the Oscars after Will failed to be nominated for his work in the NFL drama “Concussion” Last week's Oscar nominations all but shut out actors, writers and directors of color from the main categories, despite several strong contenders (Creed, Straight Outta Compton, Beasts Of No Nation etc.) that garnered resounding praise from both critics and fans. More on that here.
“Maybe it is time that we pull back our resources and we put them back into our communities, into our programs, and we make programs for ourselves that acknowledge us in ways that we see fit, that are just as good as the so-called 'mainstream' ones,” Jada proposed in the video. “Begging for acknowledgement…diminishes dignity and diminishes power. We are a dignified people and we are powerful. Let’s not forget it.” No word if the Smith family millions will be funding such efforts.
Janet Hubert—who since being fired from The Fresh Prince in 1993 has done gotten mostly guest-starring roles on sitcoms save for extended runs on soap operas—posted an immediate and response in an instantly-viral Facebook video of her own. And she read Jada for filth with an effortlessness that probably has all Real Housewives taking notes.