If you’re even the most lax consumer of entertainment, odds are you’ve seen Mahershala Ali's flawlessness on your big or small screen at least once. His gorgeousness, charisma, insane talents, and love of fashion is more than enough to make this now two-time SAG Award winner this week's #MCM. He’s been mine for more since his breakout role in USA's The 4400 (2004-2007).
For all the preparation that goes into Christmas, it's insane that it just lasts two days. If you're anything like me, you're definitely not ready to let go for the yuletide cheer. And what better way to do that than to check in on your favorite Instagram-lovin' celebrities?
Here's how stars from Jennifer Lopez, Chrissy Teigen, Jussie Smollet and more did the holidays with flare, glam and luxury...
It's one thing to dress up as a ghoulish monster or your favorite TV character for Halloween, it's a whole other thing to embody them mind, body and soul. And yet that's what Kelly Clarkson did this Halloween with her scary-good cover of Sia's "Chandelier" in a live Facebook video on Sunday.
Drake should be shook.
On Sunday, Oscar-winning actress, Vogue cover model and Hollywood's most daring fashionista Lupita Nyong'o took to Instagram to share a new skill: freestyling. The video commemorated Nyong'o surpassing over three million followers on Instagram.
While on the currently press tour for Disney's Queen of Katwe, MC Nyong'o dropped bars about how fly she is. "Speak four languages, doing deals in Spanish/Hit 'em with the autograph and poof I vanish!" she raps while stunning in a black and white dress and shades.
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.
Let me preface this by saying that I try not to get too political on my blog, but it's hard not to get swept up in the pomp and circumstance and not to mention the actual history made at the DNC this week when Hillary Clinton accepted the nomination for President of the United States, becoming the first woman to ever do so. Just a little glass ceiling shattering going on here. Kind of a big deal.
But I digress. This might not be something you say every day, but I do: Thank God for Twitter...and that block button.
Throughout this dumpster fire of an election, the social media platform can be a cathartic place to vent frustrations, unload with humor and find that you’re not alone.
It’s also cluttered with so many clever, hilarious contributors that often leave me in awe of their rapid-fire wit. When I was sprawled on the couch watching the Democratic National Convention this week, and was finally introduced to a Hillary Clinton’s pick for Vice President, a sweet, salt-of-the-earth man named Sen. Tim Kaine, who speaks Spanish and is folksier than your dad eating apple pie in a cornfield on the Fourth Of July, I immediately flocked to Twitter to join in the brilliant and shockingly kind welcome to the political spotlight. And they didn't disappoint, believe me.
Here are some of the brilliant and hilarious tweets about the new potential VP.
It may seem like the country is in a horrifying tailspin after last week's sickening displays of police brutality with the killings of Alton Sterling (July 5) in Baton Rogue, Philando Castile (July 6) in Minnesota, and the sniper-style massacre of Dallas police officers at an otherwise peaceful anti-police brutality protest (July 7). The shootings left five police officers dead, and injured seven more as well as two civilians, according to HuffingtonPost.com.
Even worse, the heavily-armed and violent police response to otherwise peaceful demonstrations across the America, particularly in Baton Rogue where Sterling was killed, echoes Ferguson’s disastrous protests following Michael Brown's murder in 2014.
Well-known and beloved Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson was one of over 100 people arrested in Baton Rogue late Sunday night after documenting police provocation.
BLM supporters across the country flooded the Baton Rouge Police Department with calls in effort to get McKesson and others released. He was eventually freed on Sunday afternoon.
As we all try to process how such injustices are happening in America, Black Twitter has managed to find joy in every victory, and celebrated DeRay’s release with the #DerayHasBeenReleasedParty hashtag. It was filled with brilliant humor, carefree joy and the ever-present wokeness. It even caught the eye of Queen Sugar and Selma director, Ava DuVernay.
Here are the some of the highlights of the #DerayHasBeenReleasedParty hashtag:
In the wake of the Orlando's horrific mass shooting, it’s been difficult to continue regular life, which includes diving face-first into entertainment and fangirling about it here. When my personal life gets difficult, I seek refuge in the universes of my favorite shows, however, with a tragedy so devastating, doing so can feel selfish.
While it’s important to stay woke, protecting your own mental and emotional health is also vital.
Thankfully, a newly redheaded Christina Aguilera reminds me that entertainment, especially music, can be healing and cathartic when she took her website on Thursday night to announce that her new single, “Change,” will be dedicated to the victims of Orlando, and proceeds from all American downloads will be donated to the victims’ families through The National Compassion Fund.
She writes: “The horrific tragedy that occurred in Orlando continues to weigh heavily on my mind. I am sending so much love and so many prayers to the victims and their families. Like so many, I want to help be part of the change this world needs to make it a beautiful inclusive place where humanity can love each other freely and passionately.
We live in a time of diversity, in a time of endless possibilities, in a time where expression of oneself is something to be celebrated. And I am left wondering how people filled with so much love could be taken by so much hate…We all have the choice to spread love, encourage individuality and make a difference to others – we are all in this together, as one, united in love.”
Written by Aguilera and Fancy Hagood, Flo Reutter, the ballad resonates with full body goosies and maybe a few tears. It is a sonic, visceral and healing representation of our helplessness, our grief, and our hope. "Change," with its deeply personal lyrics, simple production, and powerful vocals, is Aguilera’s “Man In The Mirror.”
Utilizing her legendarily soulful voice, Xtina sings: “Who you love or the color of your skin/ Or the place that you were born and grew up in / Shouldn’t decide how you will be treated / 'Cause we’re all the same when everybody’s breathing / Waiting for a change to set us free / Waiting for the day when you can be you and I can be me / Waiting for hope to come around / Waiting for the day when hate is lost and love is found.”
She also shared a lyrical video, which features pictures from Christina’s childhood.
Watch below, and don’t forget to buy from iTunes. You can also donate directly to The National Compassion Fund.
On Tuesday, we reached another significant milestone in the the infuriating, soul-crushing, “is this shit really happening in 2016?” hellscape that is the current presidential election: Hillary Rodham Clinton is now the official Democratic nominee.
It is the first time in our nation's 240-year history a woman has been the official nominee of a major party in a presidential election.
Some are celebrating. Others are burning pants suit effigies. The rest are rapt with an overwhelming sense of meh. While HRC is nowhere near the dumpster fire-levels of suckage that is Donald Trump’s platform of racism, sexism, homophobia, and general sliminess, she’s lightyears away from a dream presidential candidate, especially if you reveled in the "Yes We Can" optimism of President Obama's previous elections.
At this point, I’d sooner vote for Francis J. Underwood. But these are the cards we’ve been dealt, and the least crappy hand has to be played.
So how do outraged Americans cope? By venting on social media, of course!
Twitter user Mad Black Thot capitalized on her democratic depression by creating the hashtag #GirlIGuessImWithHer, and Black Twitter took it from there. The inventive hashtag quickly exploded into a hilarious and bleak catharsis on our collective political purgatory and being forced to back the less diabolical candidate.
Here are the best #GirlIGuessImWithHer tweets:
A landmark event just shocked the world—something rarer than a lunar eclipse, a volcanic eruption or Michael Bay producing a decent movie.
Music icon and The Voice judge Christina Aguilera has ditched her trademark platinum blonde for a sultry red! Always one to make an entrance, Xtina debuted her fiery locks at "Hillary Clinton: She’s With Us Fundraiser Concert" on Monday, where she performed, and on Instagram.
The fabulous new shade still capitalizes on her beloved old Hollywood aesthetic, and the result is Jessica Rabbit 1940s Pin-Up Slayage with a modern edge.
Aguilera was taking insane risks with fashion when Lady Gaga and Nick Minaj were still in grade school, but she hasn't made a such drastic hair change since dyeing it black in 2003. Hopefully, like Xtina, this shade is here to stay!
Check out some of Xtina's fiercest hair moments below! What do you think of her new 'do?