Alicia Keys And Boyz II Men Perform Grammys Tribute To Kobe Bryant

Alicia Keys kicked off tonight by honoring Bryant’s memory

Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest basketball players in NBA history who played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died today at age 41 in a helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others. Tributes poured in from around the globe and were on clear display during the 62nd annual Grammys, which are happening at Staples Center where Bryant played with the Lakers.

Recording Academy’s interim CEO and board chair, Harvey Mason Jr., asked for a moment of silence to honor Bryant before the show aired. “Since we are in his house I would ask you to join me in a moment of silence,” Mason said. Then, Lizzo took the stage to kick off the awards show, saying, “Tonight is for Kobe. I’m crying because I love you.”

Finally, host Alicia Keys came on stage to honor the legend, saying, “To be honest with you, we’re all feeling crazy sadness right now because earlier today Los Angeles, America, and the whole wide world lost a hero. Right now, Kobe and his daughter Gianna and all of those that have been tragically lost today are in our spirit. They’re in our hearts. They’re in our prayers. They’re in this building and I would like to ask everybody to take a moment and just hold them inside of you,” she said. “And we’re literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built.”

Keys and Boyz II Men then performed an a cappella version of “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” and there couldn’t have been a dry eye in the audience or for anyone watching. It was a powerful reminder of all the world lost and to hold on tight to those you love in your life because tomorrow is promised to no one.

Bryant’s retired numbers were lit up in the Staples Center and many will likely offer their condolences to Bryant’s family — especially to wife, Vanessa, and his three daughters left behind.

Keys continued her opening by saying, “We never imagined in a million years we’d have to start a show like this.” She then went on to talk to the crowd, reminding them about the power of music. “I know that it’s the most healing thing in the world,” Keys said. “So let us get some healing going on right now.”

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We’re likely to see a lot of amazing performances tonight, but the mood will remain somber for those watching and everyone in Los Angeles who grew up watching Bryant and the Lakers.

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Grammys 2020 Trending Red Carpet Looks

The red carpet looks everyone’s talking about from the 2020 Grammys

The music industry’s finest are pouring onto the red carpet tonight for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. The musicians and celebrities did not disappoint in the fashion department — here are all the best looks we’ve seen so far.

While many stars opted out of interviews because of the news of Kobe Bryant and his daughter’s deaths, they all walked the red carpet, giving fans a peek at their incredible fashions. The Jonas Brothers came in looking amazing as always, as did their wives Priyanka Chopra, Sophie Turner, and Danielle Jonas. Obviously, the women stunned because, well, they are stunning, but the brothers’ suits were on fire.

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Of course, Lizzo was a gorgeous angel from heaven who blessed us with her presence, wearing all white Versace from head to toe looking as amazing as ever.

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Rosalia, who is up for Best Latin, Urban, or Alternative Album and Best New Artist of the year also slayed, and if anyone tried to mess with her, her nails came to play.

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Ariana Grande made a grand entrance in an oversized Giambattista Valli blue dress layers and layers of tulle and ruffles — reportedly reaching some 20 feet in diameter — and her hair tied in a sleek ponytail.

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Of course, no red carpet would be complete without Billy Porter, who looked like he was born for this moment. Y’all he wore a blue glitter unitard and diamond chandelier hat and I’m not sure anyone, ever, could pull this off but him.

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One of our all-time faves and resident glamour girl/asskicker Jameela Jamil looked insanely gorgeous in a blue tiered dress, supporting boyfriend James Blake.

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Apparently, Blake didn’t win tonight and she shared an adorable pic of the two obviously handling the news well. “He didn’t win. We both took it really well,” she said on Twitter, telling him, “you were and are always my winner.”

The Voice coaches and power couple Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani rocked the red carpet, looking as happy as ever.

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And who can make a list of Grammys best dressed without Lil Nas X who is up for best music video for the song “Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus. Not everyone can pull off head-to-toe pink, but clearly, he can.

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It’s anyone’s guess who will take home the Grammys tonight but it’s clear everyone who entered Staples Center came there to make a statement.

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Lizzo Looks Like A Glamorous Angel On The Grammys Red Carpet

Lizzo is slaying the Grammys red carpet like she slays everything else

Everyone needed a small bright spot at the Grammys after today’s horrific news about the death of Koby Bryant and his daughter, GiGi, and Lizzo gave it to us. The singer, who has eight nominations tonight, came to the Grammys red carpet ready to slay.

The “Truth Hurts” singer was wearing a Versace white sleeveless high-leg slit gown with a shawl and matching purse. Her hair flowed and she donned a diamond necklace and earrings. This is the singer’s first time attending the Grammys.

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Lizzo is nominated for Record of the Year (“Truth Hurts”), Album of the Year (Cuz I Love You Deluxe), Song of the Year (“Truth Hurts”), Best New Artist, Best Pop Solo Performance (“Truth Hurts”), Best R&B Performance (“Exactly How I Feel”), Best Traditional R&B Performance (“Jerome”), and Best Urban Contemporary Album (Cuz I Love You (Deluxe). You know, because she’s a queen.

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She looked like Hollywood royalty entering the Los Angeles Staples Center and it’s anyone’s guess what she’ll change into for her performance tonight.

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Earlier this month, she was also nominated for Entertainer of the Year at the 2020 NCAAP Image Awards, alongside Billy Porter, Angela Basset, Regina King, and Tyler Perry which will air on BET Networks on Feb. 22.

This past year has been a rollercoaster for the body positive singer. She admitted to Rolling Stone that she had an emotional breakdown while touring in the spring of 2018, and began therapy soon after. “That was really scary,” she said. “But being vulnerable with someone I didn’t know, then learning how to be vulnerable with people that I do know, gave me the courage to be vulnerable as a vocalist.”

When Lizzo isn’t earning nominations or selling out shows, she’s reminding all of us to just keep hustling. The singer shared two photos of herself, along with a poignant message. “On the left was when I worked for liberty taxes, as a sign spinner,” Lizzo wrote above the side-by-side. “On the right is my @nbcsnl debut. Don’t stop.. we need you. Your time is coming.” She finished the inspirational post with, “2020 is yours for the taking.”

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No matter what the outcome tonight, Lizzo will be a winner. She’s given us songs to sing, a celebrity to look up to, and is a role model for confidence, love, and positivity. We’re pretty sure her star is going to be shining for many years to come.

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Mom Builds Mini Target and Starbucks In Her Daughter’s Playroom

Mom creates lifelike mini Target and Starbucks playroom for her daughter

An extremely cool and project-savvy DIY mom is going viral for building her daughter a mini Target playroom complete with its own tiny Starbucks. Renee Doby-Becht of Milwaukee, Wisconsin said that her daughter Ariah likes to play pretend grocery store, but not just any grocery store: Target. So when Doby-Becht set out to create the dream playroom, she knew she had to model it after her daughter’s favorite store.

As a belated Christmas gift for her daughter, Doby-Becht enlisted her sister Brigette Doby — a graphic designer — and family friend Robert Mueller to help her create a tiny Target inside her home.

“I wanted to do something different for Christmas this year,” Doby-Becht wrote in a Facebook post that now has almost ten thousand shares. “We created Target using the Melissa and Doug shopping center and Starbucks using Ariah’s cube storage unit in her playroom. Robby added wood and cheap flooring to the storage unit and I painted the rest. I will say it is very nice to have a graphic designer as a sister because Brigette really helped a lot with this project. She designed the Starbucks menus, made all the logos, price tags and sale signs and even taught me how to use the cricut machine! Mrs. C also made her Starbucks apron which I wasn’t expecting at all but I’m totally in love with!”

The attention to detail is wild. There are tiny clearance signs, a cafe table outside the “Starbucks,” and a pint-sized shopping cart that looks just like the real thing.

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Doby-Becht’s sister Brigette used her graphic design skills to replace a generic kid’s room coffee shop set with Starbucks logos and Doby-Becht created faux mini frappuccinos that she says she made with “plastic cups, paint, caulk & puffy paint.”

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We are in awe of this woman and her family’s ingenuity, but Doby-Becht told Good Morning America that the project helped her as she’s been going through a divorce.

“It was just a bad time in my life…I just felt amazing doing something for her…and that gave me joy,” Doby-Becht shared while adding that now “[Ariah] tells her little friends, ‘Come see my playroom. I have Target in my playroom!'”

“I’m happy with how it turned out and even happier that Ariah loves it,” she wrote in the Facebook post, while joking that “I’m probably more excited about it than her.”

We don’t know what Doby-Becht does for a living or if she’s looking for a career change, but the woman is a playroom DIY master. Get her an HGTV show stat!

 

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Why ‘The Golden Girls’ Stands The Test Of Time

When you hear the words, thank you for being a friend,” there’s only one thing you think of. Four sassy women old enough to be your grandma living in Miami. That’s right, you’re thinking of The Golden Girls. The show, which premiered in 1985, is a huge part of our social consciousness — and for good reason. In addition to being incredibly entertaining, The Golden Girls was groundbreaking. That’s precisely why it’s still so popular now, almost 35 years after its premiere.

There aren’t too many subjects The Golden Girls didn’t touch on during their seven seasons — from ageism to marriage equality to AIDS. Back in the late-’80s/early-’90s, many of these subjects weren’t societally acceptable to talk about. Not too many shows were brave enough to go there, let alone sitcoms. Even by today’s standards, most sitcoms aren’t tackling the same heavy issues Dorothy and crew were taking on way back when. The writers weren’t afraid to “go there,” and that’s one of the many reasons the show still stands the test of time.

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Of course, one of the most inspiring things the show does is prove that women over 50 are still kicking ass. In a world where youth is the focus and standard, they buck the norm. Each one of them is proof that women don’t have an expiration date — we are more than just our age. They’re out there living their best lives and giving zero fucks about what others think.

Never before had we seen older women who were still sexually active. And not just sexually active, but sexually voracious. The Golden Girls are sexual beings — giving us hope that you don’t shrivel up when you reach middle age. They’re unapologetic in their sexuality, and they never seem to compromise their desires. Blanche is the most perfect example of this, but they all get it in there. Even Sophia, who is an actual octogenarian, has boyfriends and briefly remarries. Their slut shaming of Blanche can get heavy handed, but it’s all in jest at the end of the day.

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The Golden Girls never shies away from social issues either. Yes, it’s a sitcom and therefore light and funny. However, they were able to blend the comedy with the serious realities people were facing at the time. These social issues are never presented as a “very special episode” either; they’re simply part of the storyline.

Several episodes on the show feature LGBTQ characters — most notably, Blanche’s younger brother Clayton. Not only does he come out as gay, he also marries his partner. This is something Blanche can’t wrap her head around. “I can accept the fact that he’s gay,” she says to Sophia, “but why does he have to slip a ring on his finger so the whole world will know?” Shockingly, Sophia is the one who makes Blanche realize she’s being totally ignorant.

Dorothy’s brother Phil, who we never see, bucks gender norms. Phil isn’t gay — he’s married with several children. He just likes wearing women’s clothing, especially lingerie. Even though this has been happening his entire life, when he dies, Sophia finally confronts her true feelings about it. She asks his widow why she never stopped “the dress thing,” as if being married could rid him of his desire. Rose helps her realize that Phil’s preferences weren’t something to be ashamed, but were just what made Phil who he was.

The Golden Girls is surprisingly progressive. Their treatment of LGBTQ+ people is probably why the show is so popular within the community. We queers love us some Golden Girls. At a time when the gay community was under intense scrutiny, the show never treated the community as “other.” The LGBTQ characters were simply people. Shows today don’t get it quite as right as the Golden Girls.

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This is especially true when talking about the AIDS crisis. The United States government was barely acknowledging it as a real thing, but The Golden Girls took it head on. It was most prominently featured in an episode where Rose has to have an AIDS test years after a blood transfusion. “I’m a good person,” Rose declares in a moment of self pity. “AIDS is not a bad person’s disease, Rose,” Blanche counters. At a time when there was so much misinformation, such a simple statement made a huge impact.

Since it’s a show about older women, ageism is something The Golden Girls deals with several times. More than once, Rose face ageism while searching for a job. When her dead husband’s pension runs out, no one will hire her because she’s a woman over 50. She goes to see a TV consumer reporter about taking on her age discrimination case, only to face discrimination when she asks if she can apply for an assistant job.

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There are so many other topics The Golden Girls focuses on. Teenage pregnancy (both through Dorothy and another character), homelessness, prescription pill addiction, suicide, sexual harassment, and elder abuse, to name a few. Then there’s the complexity of adult/child relationships and friendship. As much as they may have their spats, there’s no doubt of how much they love each other. You can tell these women are willing to die for each other. It’s hard to successfully capture the nuance of such close friendships, but they do it so well.

Television and the world have come a long way in 35 years, but The Golden Girls still feels as relevant as ever. Perhaps that’s why it’s never gone out of syndication. The four women on the show taught an entire generation what growing older can look like. It taught us how to be the friends who turn into family. Now it’s teaching a new generation the same thing. I’m grateful to live in a world where Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia exist.

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‘The Bachelor:’ Is Alayah Really There For The Wrong Reasons?

Plus, Bachelor Nation Queen Demi Burnett returns to the mansion!

After last week and #champagnegate, Bachelor Nation could have used a break from the eyeroll-inducing drama that’s been dominating Peter’s season so far. Alas, on this week’s episode, that was not meant to be.

While the third episode of the season featured a one-on-one, a group date, and the return of Bachelor Nation’s queen, Demi Burnett, there were basically just three stars of the entire episode: Peter, of course; Victoria P., who got the one-on-one date to a country bar at the episode’s start; and Alayah, who was the winner of the pillow fight tournament at the group date (AKA one of the cringiest dates in the show’s history, and that is saying something).

But before all of that, there was Alayah seeming pretty drunk in the mansion kitchen, bragging about how people think she’s innocent and squeaky clean because she’s a pageant girl, but she’s actually “nasty.” Suffice it to say some of the other women didn’t love hearing that. Never mind that humans contain multitudes and can adjust their actions based on the environment and company they’re in. There were a fair amount of women who heard what Alayah said and assumed it meant she’s fake. This is The Bachelor, after all.

 

At the pool party before the rose ceremony, Peter pretty much spent his time making his way around and asking everyone about Alayah, and they didn’t have a lot of good to say after that wine-fueled kitchen incident that got their collective undies in a bunch. Even though when Peter previously asked if anyone thought Alayah was fake during the group date, the room stayed completely silent.

Just a sampling of the things the women said at the pool party: “Do I think she acts a different way in front of the cameras? Yes,” “I feel like you’re not getting a genuine version. You’re getting the version that’s the most perfect,” and “Alayah is manipulative, she’s fake, she thinks this is a game.” Oof.

But it was Victoria P., who was on her one-on-one during the kitchen incident and missed it, who dealt the death blow. During her alone time with Peter, she told him Alayah asked producers to lie to him about their past relationship. She also told Peter that Alayah has been talking about “all the opportunities that come after this, even if you’re not her husband,” AKA Instagram sponsorship deals and a career as an influencer — something many a Bachelor contestant is seeking when they come on the show.

What’s particularly strange about this backstabbing is that Alayah and Victoria P. competed together in Miss USA last year, and by all accounts seemed to be friends coming into the season. They even had some Instagram pics together (which have since been deleted, and after this episode, that’s not that surprising). Considering how willing Victoria P. was to shit talk her supposed friend to advance on the show, is it really Alayah who is there for the wrong reasons?

Only time will tell, because although Alayah didn’t receive a rose at tonight’s ceremony, the teaser for next week’s episode hints that we haven’t actually seen the last of her. Will Alayah return to the game somehow? Hopefully next week we’ll find out when the gang heads to Cleveland, Ohio, their first destination of the season.

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‘National Treasure 3’ Is Reportedly In The Works, Thanks To Disney

After 13 long years, Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer will reportedly finally move forward with ‘National Treasure 3’

Sixteen years ago, our lives were changed: Jon Turteltaub’s National Treasure hit theaters, and never were we ever so invested in the Declaration of Independence than when we watched Nicolas Cage’s character Benjamin Franklin Gates embark on an extreme treasure hunt for the document.

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Though the film received mixed reviews from critics, the film was a hit at the box office, grossing nearly $350 million worldwide. Three years later, the sequel arrived in theaters, making even more money worldwide: a whopping $457 million. But, that’s where the story of the amateur cryptologist ended ⁠— until now, that is.

According to Variety, Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer are finally moving ahead with a third National Treasure movie ⁠— and we, for one, couldn’t be more excited. Writing the script is Bad Boys for Life screenwriter Chris Bremner; and Bruckheimer, who produced the first two films, will reportedly return to produce the third.

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This isn’t the first time Disney has toyed around with the idea of creating National Treasure 3, though. The film was first discussed by Disney chief Bob Iger at the annual shareholders meetings in 2016 and was later addressed last year.

“I know that Jerry Bruckheimer who produced National Treasure 1 and 2 would like to make a third movie, and I know that discussions about that film have gone on, probably since 2016, with our studio, but I know that they have not greenlit such a film,” Iger said last year. Iger added that “they have talked about a number of different possibilities both on the creative side” and that, from a timing perspective, he didn’t have anything to announce ⁠— though he did add that Bruckheimer’s passion for the franchise remained “pretty strong.” “We love those first two films, too,” Iger said, “but we’re not quite there yet.”

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In 2018, Turteltaub explained to Collider why Disney initially didn’t move forward with a third National Treasure film ⁠— and it has everything to do with money.

“When National Treasure first got made, there was a lot more money to go around. Everybody got paid nicely. The problem with getting the third one made isn’t the people who are getting paid saying, “I’m not doing it unless you pay me a lot!” It’s really that Disney feels they have other films they want to make that they think will make them more money,” Turteltaub said, adding that he thought Disney was wrong. “I think they’re right about the movies they’re making; they’re obviously doing a really good job at making great films. I just think this would be one of them, and they don’t quite realize how much the internet is begging for a third National Treasure.”

Ain’t that the truth. When the recent National Treasure 3 news hit the interview, people on Twitter were more than excited. They freaked.

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In addition to Cage, the National Treasure franchise also stars Justin Bartha, Jon Voigt, and Diane Kruger. And we can only hope they’ll also return for National Treasure 3.

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Lizzo Opens Up About Mental Health After Jillian Michaels’ Comments About Her Body

Lizzo responds after Jillian Michaels makes comments about her body and health

Lizzo has been one of the most powerful forces in the body positive movement. A woman who dares to love her body as ferociously as Lizzo does is a thing to be celebrated, and yet, former The Biggest Loser personal trainer Jillian Michaels jumped into the discourse, souring it with her reductive approach to bodies and making assumptions about Lizzo’s size and physical health. Without naming Jillian specifically, Lizzo got on Instagram Live and got real about her mental health and how she feels about everyone’s “opinions.”

Jillian made her career by yelling at women until they lost weight. Hers is not an opinion any of us are particularly interested in hearing right now, and yet Buzzfeed News interviewed her about the body positive movement and instead of applauding the work Lizzo has done to create space for women of all sizes to love themselves, Jillian did the exact opposite.

“But why are we celebrating her body? Why does it matter? That’s what I’m saying. Like, why aren’t we celebrating her music? Cuz, it isn’t gonna be awesome if she gets diabetes,” Jillian said.

Jillian even added: “I love her music, my kid loves her music, but there’s never a moment when I’m like, ‘I’m so glad she’s overweight.’”

Many chimed in on Twitter to explain why Jillian’s rhetoric is so harmful.

“Equating fat with automatically being unhealthy & slim with being healthy is inaccurate & incredibly dangerous. Fat people deserve to exist without the pressure to change their size or *health.* Fat people don’t need to desire to change their bodies to be deserving of dignity,” one Twitter user wrote.

Without specifically name-checking Jillian or addressing the situation head-on, Lizzo seemingly clapped back with a blissful Instagram caption that said: “This is my life. I have done nothing wrong. I forgive myself for thinking I was wrong in the first place. I deserve to be happy.”

A few hours later, Lizzo got on Instagram Live and got real about the effect that certain social media conversations are having on her mental health.

“I be waking up feeling bad as hell, I be waking up in my feelings,” Lizzo shared in the Instagram Live (as excerpted by Buzzfeed). “And I know that my mental [health], my emotional health, and my social health already affects me in positive and negative ways. But you add the internet to that shit, boy; the internet will have you depressed as fuck.”

Again, she’s not talking about Jillian directly, but it’s no secret that it’s top of mind, which is especially clear later in the IG Live when Lizzo discussed people being “full of shit.”

“Everybody got their opinions [and] like their assholes, it’s just full of shit,” Lizzo stated. “And I think I care more about facts than opinions. I care more about my perspectives than other people’s perspectives.”

Moving forward, Lizzo says she’s done with Twitter and reading comments about herself online, “…I shut that off and I’m actually significantly happier.”

 

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Amy Schumer Shares IVF Bruises And Her Cell # For Fans To Give Her Advice

Amy Schumer is undergoing IVF and asking fans for advice

Amy Schumer is the most relatable of relatable celebrity moms. She’s always incredibly open about all things pregnancy, postpartum, and motherhood, and her most recent parenting journey is no exception. She just revealed that she’s undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) to give her baby son Gene a sibling, and the process is so overwhelming that she’s reaching out to fans for advice by sharing her personal phone number.

Yup, she did it. Amy Schumer really shared her cell number so people who have gone through IVF can call her. “I’m a week into IVF and feeling really run down and emotional,” she writes. “If anyone went through it and if you have any advice or wouldn’t mind sharing your experience with me please do. My number is in my bio.”

Her number really is in her bio if you want to take a peek and throw her a text (not publishing it here in case she ever wants it a mystery again). Schumer shares that they’re freezing her eggs and “figuring out what to do to give Gene a sibling.”

Phew. This is all a lot to take in, y’all. First of all, one of our most beloved celeb moms is sharing openly that she’s trying to have another adorable baby, which, YAY. But also, she’s being extremely candid with a topic that some women prefer not to open up about. Going through fertility treatments can be very draining and difficult, as evidenced by Schumer’s plea for advice. Science has noted that very fact, as fertility treatments can be financially stressful, medication side effects are uncertain, and outcomes are not guaranteed. The whole thing can be a big ball of stress and worry, which is probably why Schumer is wanting to connect with people who have been there — even if it means truly putting herself out there by sharing her personal number with the internet.

This is far from the first time that Schumer has opened up about a difficult aspect of pregnancy or motherhood, making other moms feel less alone in the process. She was frank in her feelings about stopping breastfeeding and let the whole world know exactly how awful hyperemesis gravidarum can be.

She also spoke out about her choice to have a c-section without really speaking at all — she simply shared a shot of a medical form that asked the reason for her surgical birth. Schumer wrote “my choice.”

Schumer’s IVF post, injection bruises and all, is just one more instance of her making the struggles of so many women known. In life, it can be really hard to bring up these topics and reach out for help when you need it. This famous mom using her huge platform is doing so many moms a favor while also helping herself. If you think you have advice for her or you’ve been there and just want to lend a shoulder to cry on, hit her up. It sounds like she could use it.

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A Harry Potter Flagship Store Is Coming To NYC This Year

Harry Potter flagship store to open in New York City this summer

The world’s first official Harry Potter flagship store is opening Summer 2020 in New York City. Currently, if you want to “experience” the wizarding world IRL, you have to go to Universal Studios in Orlando or Los Angeles, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London, or one of the Harry Potter And The Cursed Child productions, and all of those cost a lot of money just to get inside the door. Now, you can get the full wizarding world experience at a retail store for free.

Located at 935 Broadway in the Flatiron District in Manhattan, the new retail experience is popping up inside an old Restoration Hardware store and will span three floors and over 20,000 square feet. And it won’t just shill Potter products, the flagship store will reportedly have “interactive experiences” and of course, instant social media street cred. #WizardingWorld #HarryPotterFlagship

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“This will be the largest dedicated Harry Potter store in the world and will become a must-visit fan destination where Harry Potter enthusiasts can engage with interactive experiences and numerous photo opportunities as they step into the magic,” Sarah Roots, SVP Worldwide Tours and Retail, Warner Bros said in a statement.

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Unlike the Cursed Child play in Time’s Square, which basically looks like a theme park ride, the concept art for the flagship store is shockingly subdued, save for the gold dragon over the doorway. Not surprisingly, a Manhattan Community Board has taken offense with the shop’s “eccentric” exterior as the new flagship store is in the bougie Flatiron district, but hopefully, Warner Bros. will move forward with the plans as designed because us Potter heads demand the full wizarding world vibe!

“We are very excited to be opening in New York. It’s the ideal city in which to launch with so many dedicated Wizarding World fans, a cutting-edge retail environment and a community that embraces innovative experiences,” the statement continued.

Warner Bros. also added in the statement that the giant retail shop “will house the largest collection of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts products in the world under one roof with everything from personalised robes and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans to a brand-new range of house wands with a design exclusive to the New York location.”

Speaking as someone who went to London literally to do the Harry Potter studio tour, this is very exciting news.

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