When I’m Running

My brain doesn’t shut up. Seriously, it’s nonstop.

Did you remember to take your online econ quiz? What are you gonna wear for Anna’s birthday party? Why did One Direction have to break up? When are you gonna call your mom? Don’t forget to send Kiera that dog meme. Your hair looks weird. You have, like, ten journalism assignments due this week, and a midterm. Also, we’re staying up all night tonight analyzing how efficiently the boy you have a crush on runs his social media.

Nothing has ever seemed to work to quiet down my stupidly active mind. I’ve laid in yoga classes, trying desperately to meditate and center myself, but I’m pretty positive my chakras have never been aligned, ever. I’ve tried listening to sensory music, but the sound of ocean waves or a rainforest thunderstorm gives me even more anxiety. I’ve tried abstaining from coffee and acidic foods. I’ve tried not playing on my phone at least a half-hour before bed.

But even though people had tried to convince me that exercise could be a good way to chill out, I never really tried it. I thought they were lying; that this was their sneaky way of telling me I should probably lose weight. I also hated exercise, and was so out of shape that the idea of getting on a workout machine was enough to send me into an hour-long shame spiral anyway. Running the mile in school was always the uncontested Worst Day of the Semester, and while I played field hockey for three years, I ended up quitting when my coach backhandedly remarked that I wasn’t “cut out” for the varsity team.

Admittedly, I’ve been a pretty chunky monkey my whole life: I’ve always carried around extra weight, and I’ve always eaten whatever I wanted, in whatever quantity. After leaving the field hockey team my senior year of high school, I did little-to-no regular physical activity and the weight packed on. I ate Chipotle burritos, like, three days a week. Food has always been my main source of comfort: I always need to feel uncomfortably full.

For most of my life I’ve wondered if I see myself differently than other people do. My struggles with my weight have been constant. Before, it was a pretty regular thought: you are bigger. In second grade, in the girls’ bathroom, my best friend Taylor told me she was “small” and I was “medium.” She sucked in her stomach to expose her ribs through her shirt, while my bones were hidden beneath layers of baby fat. I remember realizing that “medium” was a lightly veiled insult, a gentle way of saying what she really thought: large. Although I think about this moment every day, I have never told anyone about it. Even writing it now — letting go of a secret I’ve held onto for years, the moment I realized my body was more than just mine — makes me nervous.

But these struggles were undeniably most intense during this time of complacency. For a while, I had resigned myself to my fatness – my life mantra that summer was “If you’re going to be fat, just be fat,” and I didn’t really hold back when it came to calories. After moving to New York for school, and quickly realizing I did not want to be in New York for school, I found comfort in double-stuffed Oreos and Milk Bar soft serve.

But food wasn’t healing me in the same way it had in the past. I’m very self-critical and hated the way I looked — and even more, I hated that I felt so horrible about myself. I also found that my anxieties about being in a strange, scary place couldn’t be fixed by cookies, so I reluctantly tried to find an alternative form of coping. So, my freshman year of college, I began my “fitness journey.”

I would be lying if I said I knew exactly where to start. My mom had tried to introduce me to interval running in high school, but I was resistant, because running scared me. I guess I turned to this very method of running for that exact reason: because everything else in life was scaring me, and it was a less scary, scary thing. I started doing an interval run on the treadmill, going six miles per hour (a.k.a. slow AF), stopping after 15 minutes to breathe deeply and try to hold back the vomit that creeped up my throat.

Amazingly, despite my lack of endurance, I was resilient. I never gave up. I kept going. I threw myself into exercise unlike anything I had ever done before. I cancelled plans with friends to get in gym time. I stopped eating Oreos entirely.

But I quickly realized my newfound love was about way more than dropping weight. I found solace in the routine of becoming healthy. The more I dove into this project of self-care, the more I began to realize that being at school in New York City was wrong for me, and maybe even unhealthy. I still didn’t want to confront this reality, though, so as I considered what to do about the next four years of my life — and my emotions were yanked all over the place — I took control of something more concrete: my fitness and wellness.

My favorite part of running, though, is what it does for my brain. It doesn’t shut up – it probably never will – but for three miles, or six miles, or 13.1 miles, my thoughts organize. They make sense, and they don’t stress me out or scare me. When I’m running, I can’t ignore what’s happening in my mind. I can think things through, and come to conclusions, and the physical and mental activity is married in this different, beautiful way. When my anxiety yanks me by my hair and makes my stomach hurt, I go for a run, and it calms me down right away. It’s the healthiest coping mechanism I’ve ever encountered. Essentially, I’m not running away from my problems. I’m running right into them.

When I ran at school, I pictured myself at a different one, in a different life. There, I was happy. I was wearing a Free People dress and had longer hair, and lots of friends, and I didn’t feel so alone. Running was the primary component of this whole new lifestyle. I looked forward to the 30 minutes I spent on the treadmill, because it allowed me to escape my nervousness about the future.

I ended up leaving New York at the end of my first semester. I moved back home and went to community college, and then, I ran to outrun the sadness that was threatening to swallow me whole. I hated being home. I hated my life, I hated transferring, I hated everything and everyone.

But I loved running. I could mourn the death of my New York dream on the treadmill. I could imagine a better life in Missouri in the fall. I would sometimes cry while an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians played on the TV as I ran, feeling an emotional catharsis in my stride.

Ultimately, running has made me a better student, a better friend, a better person. It has helped me grow. It helps me fight the war that’s constantly going on between my brain and me. To this day, when I can’t stop worrying about an econ quiz or how many times my crush tweets in a day, I lace up my Brooks running shoes and go as far as my legs can take me. I’m just happier that way.

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What Do Zayn Malik, Prince, Michelle Obama, And Tupac All Have In Common?

In true post–boy band Renaissance man fashion, Zayn Malik has announced a spring 2017 capsule collection with Versus Versace. This has been a big month for Versace news: Beyond Malik, Michelle Obama wore a rose-gold chainmail dress to the White House State Dinner. In November, Rizzoli will release a glossy coffee table book celebrating Donatella Versace’s decades at the helm of this illustrious brand, and the third season of American Crime Story will be an unauthorized depiction of Gianni Versace’s 1997 murder.

Pop stars have been wearing the brand since the ’90s, when artists like Madonna, Tupac, and Jennifer Lopez stared right into the Medusa logo and didn’t turn to stone. Last year Rihanna performed her single “Bitch Better Have My Money” at the iHeartRadio Awards in a bright green, fluffy fur Versace coat, paired with matching thigh-high boots and green Versace shades. The whole outfit — literal, excessive, and greedy for attention in the best possible sense — felt like a throwback to the opulence of Bad Boy Records, when The Notorious B.I.G. would create one of the era’s most indelible images in a pair of Versace sunglasses. Madonna has worked with Versace for the last 20 years (most recently, she appeared in advertisements for their S/S 2015 line), and the looks she’s worn have ranged from Old Hollywood glamour to high-powered businesswoman, a current of showy sexuality a common link in all of them. “Iconic” does not even begin to describe the effect a Versace look can have: Jennifer Lopez’s chiffon Versace gown on the 2000 Grammys red carpet, for example, is responsible for the invention of Google Image Search.

Whether on the runway, in artist collaborations, or on advertisements, Versace gets noticed; more to the point, it demands your full fucking attention. Without resorting to words, Versace uses every opportunity to express its opinions on politics, race, and sexuality. Tupac was rap’s mainstream political consciousness when he wore a shimmering gold suit to walk their 1996 runway show. In 1995, Prince was deep into a feud with Warner Bros. Records, fighting to keep a constant flow of his music available to his fans. Even while pushing back against major companies, Prince aligned himself with Versace when he appeared in their ads, showing that he considered them a brand that embraced and respected his artistic choices.

Many of these ongoing relationships are reflective of Gianni Versace’s own ideas. In 1990, he said: “I am not interested in the past, except as the road to the future. I am never nostalgic. I want to understand my time; I want to be a designer for my time. I love the music, the art, the movies of today. I want my clothes to express all of this.”

When Versace decides to get into bed with an artist, it does so strategically. It wants people who are perceived as too bold, too brash, too much. These are the kinds of artists with personalities too big for most brands, and Versace plays on that — the implicit understanding is that these artists are strong enough to speak for themselves, and aren’t leaning on Versace for a look in lieu of an identity. Versace becomes a reflection of the artist’s personal taste, rather than a replacement for it. That’s why in the New York Times announcement of Zayn’s collaboration, the singer is described as having a “bad boy reputation.” Zayn’s career, in contrast to other former Versace collaborators, has been relatively tame. But the idea of working with artists who suggest some kind of danger is a Versace staple.

Zayn’s last notable fashion line was the merch for his tour, which followed the trend of ’80s metal band tees — cute, but by no means a good indicator of what his work with Versace will be like. The metal-plated arms he wore to this year’s Met Gala were Versace, so perhaps that’s what we should expect: accessories of a not-so-distant future. Despite the amount of public spotlight placed on Zayn, he’s revealed little about his personality, choosing instead to focus on qualities such as “mysterious” and “hot face.” His Versus collection could be anything. We went back into the Versace vault to look at previous collaborations as a hint of what might be to come.

  • Prince was, to put it mildly, selective: Everything he did had to fit his signature high standards. Versace was one of the few brands that met his approval. He appeared in a 1995 Versace advertisement wearing a gold chainmail top, and created a soundtrack for their 1995 Atelier runway show. As of this writing, the rare remaining recordings sell for $4,000. Sexually provocative and aesthetically exacting, Prince’s style was not one easily replicated or imitated, but partnering with such a well-known label made the singer slightly more approachable, even as he remained in his own realm. After he died, Donatella played previously unreleased Prince songs at her F/W 2017 Menswear RTW show, saying, “I wanted to express my love and admiration for my friend who I miss so much. Celebrating him and his music at my menswear show seemed like the best way.”

  • When Tupac Shakur walked down Versace’s Men’s F/W 1996 RTW runway in a gold suit, he and Gianni were legitimizing rap’s long history of appropriating the high-fashion labels that typically wouldn’t target or seek black youth as customers. Numerous rappers were embracing Versace around this time — like The Notorious B.I.G., Puff Daddy, and Xscape — and by casting Tupac, Versace was showing that it wanted to work with black artists that would traditionally have little place within fashion. In 1998, Puff Daddy would launch Sean John, and in 2004 he would win the CFDA Award for Menswear Designer of the Year; today, Kanye West is aggressively courting the high-end fashion world with Yeezy. This confluence of rappers and high-end ready-to-wear can all be traced back to the moment when Tupac walked a Versace runway.

  • The dominant trend of the ’90s was at odds with the traditional idea of a glamorous rock star — thanks, post-grunge. But by the late ’90s musicians were returning to champagne tastes in their wardrobes, and one of the decade’s best moments was Courtney Love modeling for Versace in 1998. Love was coming off an awards show campaign for her performance in The People vs. Larry Flynt, and was trying to fit conventional Hollywood ideas of leading-lady beauty on her own terms. Versace offered the perfect balance: sexual rather than sexy, obvious rather than subtle.

  • In 2013, M.I.A. collaborated with Versus on a line that deliberately referenced knockoffs and imitations of Versace, coyly playing on bootlegs as a source of inspiration. In her work, M.I.A. was also highly referential in her samples — likewise, her influence on Versus was a deliberate dig at the way high fashion and streetwear are seen in opposition rather than reflections of the same ideals. Versace didn’t include its logo on the items, relying instead on the existing knowledge its brand had bought them, and trusted that consumers would recognize a Versace item when they saw it. M.I.A. put her name on them instead.

  • The Atlanta trio Migos released “Versace” in 2013, and when Drake remixed the song it moved from a Southern hit into a full-fledged pop masterpiece. Proving that Medusa isn’t the only Greek myth Versace likes to reference, the brand looked into the pool of its own reflection when it used the song to close its S/S 2014 runway show.

    Narcissistic? Sure. But it wasn’t cynical: Versace recognizes both the connection it has to the rap community, and the impact its very name has when spoken — or sung — by the right person. Versace has always run its fans and supporters right through its runways, and it always will.

Zayn Malik Will Finally Bring His Cheekbones To Versace Billboards

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Trump’s Unreality Show

We’ve all been freaking out, with justification, over Donald Trump’s dalliance with rejecting the results of the election. But as bad as that is, it’s not the worst thing Trump has done. Rather, Trump’s refusal to commit to the peaceful transition of power is just a function of his larger attack — his systematic dismantling of our shared reality.

“Trump undermines reality” sounds almost like a joke, a final attempt to stretch our capacity for hyperbole in a season where hyperbole has proven insufficient to describe events. But it’s no joke. The hallucinatory quality of this campaign threatens to distort our vision forever, whether or not Trump wins on Election Day.

Almost from the beginning of his presidential run, Trump’s outrageous lies forced the media to choose sides in an unprecedented fashion. His falsehoods were too obvious to write off as just another point of view. Reporters found it harder to engage in the “on the one hand/on the other hand” style of reporting (a.k.a. “false equivalence”). Anyone with internet access could turn up footage of Trump saying something he said he didn’t say, or doing something he said he didn’t do. Journalists could not report on his statements without also rebutting them, lest they seem unhinged themselves. The Revolt of the Cable News Chyrons was born. The New York Times came to use the word “lies” to describe actual, you know, lies. (Why they didn’t feel they could do this prior to Trump is an investigation for another time.)

At first this seemed like a good thing for democracy. Dispense with the notion every story has two sides, I thought to myself, and stand up for reporting the truth! But I fear my excitement about newly engaged reporting was shortsighted. Because Trump has been the only candidate to warrant such extreme refutations, the media’s reporting on him has come off as one-sided. This is the price that Hillary Clinton has paid for being a conventional politician, for sticking to spin and nuance rather than bold disregard for history: To casual observers, it just looks like the press has taken her side.

Trump’s truculent deceitfulness is a devious innovation on how one traditionally “works the refs”: Rather than argue each individual call with the hopes that one or two eventually break your way, you just flout all the rules you can. The refs stay so busy administering penalties on one side that their inability to police the opposing players’ minor infractions looks like favoritism, even to those who aren’t fans of either team. Thus the outcome of the game is tainted; even if most people agree Team Clinton deserved to win, Monday morning quarterbacks will insist the game get an asterisk. Even worse, no one — not the fans of either team, nor the unaffiliated — will trust the refs quite like they used to.

That’s how we arrived at this election’s most startling statistic: In a Pew Research survey this month, 81 percent of those polled said that “most supporters of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump” don’t just “disagree over plans and policies, but also cannot agree on ‘basic facts.’” I imagine this is one of the few polls Trump wouldn’t disparage as “rigged”; this poll, as with the ones he selectively publicizes, is helpful to him. While it doesn’t show he’s ahead, it does reaffirm his view of the world — the very idea that facts are up for dispute is how his lies flourish.

Step back for a second and you may realize that the question pollsters asked is itself problematic. “Facts” aren’t actually things you agree or disagree on. One doesn’t “disagree” with laws of Newtonian physics, for instance. Gravity will always pull you down, and to treat arguments to the contrary as simply another point of view allows doubt to exist where there is absolutely no room for it. If gravity’s direction were just a theory, some people would insist it’s safe to jump off the roof… which isn’t a bad metaphor for Trump voters, now that I think about it. Just as apt in that metaphor: the culpability of anyone who ignored the whole gravity “debate,” or simply said, “I don’t trust either side.”

The difference between gravity and political news is, of course, that you can personally test the laws of physics. The vast majority of us can’t gather firsthand knowledge about Trump’s taxes or the exact nature of Clinton Foundation donors’ influence in the State Department. And so our discussion of “basic facts” necessarily becomes a discussion of how we find out about those facts: the media.

Thus healthy skepticism has curdled into outright nihilism. “False equivalence” has given way to belief in “equivalent falseness.” Gallup has found that trust in the media is at a 20-year low. As you might expect, the drop in faith is led by conservatives (whom Fox News has been preaching bias to for — huh, weird coincidence — 20 years): Only 14 percent of Republicans trust the media. Perhaps less predictable is the age gap in media agnosticism; among people aged 18 to 49, only 26 percent trust the media, compared to 38 percent of those 50 and older. And 70 percent of political independents say they don’t believe what the media says, either.

But just because you don’t believe what “the media” is telling you about the world doesn’t mean you don’t believe anything about the world. I think people feel like saying they don’t trust “either side” or they don’t trust “the media” is somehow akin to being one of those political independents. But mistrust is not a philosophically neutral position — it’s a declaration of faith in the idea of not trusting institutions. Indeed, since 2000 Gallup has found a generalized downward trend in trust in all our major institutions, from organized religion, to public schools, to the Supreme Court, to banks. And there’s one specific candidate out there benefiting from suspicion of these institutions and distrust in our very system of government. Spoiler alert: It’s the one who’s losing.

That Trump benefits from this global distrust is one reason we can’t hew too closely to our sports metaphor about how repeated, flagrant fouls discredit the refs. In the comparatively rational world of professional sports, it’s counterproductive to completely undermine the league — you’d lose your audience. Hell, you’d lose your players. But that’s exactly what Trump is doing when it comes to politics. And in the real world, “the rules don’t matter” quickly becomes “there are no rules.”

Nihilism breeds a lack of regard for consequences, and we’ve already seen how adroitly Trump massages disgust with “the system” into actual acts of sabotage and violence. The folks who say “I hope we can start a coup … There’s going to be a lot of bloodshed” if Clinton wins are just the most terrifying new version of this response.

Is any of this an argument for trusting the media? Not exactly. But we have to stop the erosion of faith that develops when questioning how facts are reported somehow becomes questioning the existence of facts themselves. There are practical methods for becoming a sophisticated consumer of news media, for parsing out nuggets of information and analysis from the swirl of arguments. National Public Radio has produced guides specifically regarding breaking news and election polling.

You can go ahead and ask why you should believe them, but I think you’ll find that their advice is procedural and not partisan, and applicable to almost any information environment: Gather multiple sources, mainly. Beware of news that creates a sense of drama. Be wary of information gathered primarily via the internet. Learn the track record of your sources.

A couple of additional suggestions from me: Seek out sources that you don’t agree with, just to understand exactly what “the other side” is saying (you may even find a perspective you hadn’t thought of). Also: Find out how your source handles corrections and other errors. Value transparency and responsiveness.

This election has become a referendum on the very nature of reality — on whether or not there is a reality. You can’t stay undecided. I had a friend in college who liked to mock the overly cynical by observing, “It’s easy to say you don’t believe in anything — until someone throws a rock at your head.” That’s another metaphor that’s particularly appropriate to this election year. Indeed, at this rate, one worries it won’t remain a metaphor for long.

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Bella Swan’s Wedding Gown Is Going Up For Sale In A Massive Twilight Auction

This November marks eight years since Twilight first hit theaters (feel old yet?), and fans will be able to celebrate by owning a literal piece (or two or 200) of the film franchise.

Prop Store and Summit Entertainment have teamed up for a two-day auction during which more than 900 props, costumes, and set pieces from all five Twilight films will go up for sale.

The bounty includes costumes worn by Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, and pretty much every other character in the Twilight universe. Bella’s (Stewart) Carolina Herrera-designed wedding gown? Yep, it’s there, along with her engagement ring and charm bracelet. Other notable items include Jacob Black’s (Lautner) badass motorcycle, Edward’s (Cullen) journal, and an invitation to Bella and Edward’s wedding.

The massive Twilight auction will be held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on November 19 and 20, but don’t worry — you can also place bids over the phone or online. Bidding is already open, and you can preview all of the items up for the sale on the auction’s website.

Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/2946952/bella-swan-wedding-gown-twilight-auction/

Lady Gaga And Her Dad Got Matching Joanne Tattoos

Between the release of her fifth studio album, her dazzling SNL performance, and her sweet NYC homecoming, Lady Gaga’s had quite the whirlwind week. And what better way to continue the fun than by getting a brand new tattoo to add to her collection?

On Monday (October 24), Gaga proudly showed off her latest ink: the name “Joanne” written in cursive on her forearm. Besides being the title of her new album, Joanne is the name of her late aunt who passed away at age 19 after battling lupus.

“Got Joanne tattooed on my arm in her actual signature,” Gaga captioned the pic. “My dad got one too. With an angel on his shoulder.”

Earlier in the day, Lady Gaga appeared on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show, where she spoke more about her late aunt, saying she was like a “goddess” in her family.

“We talked about her all the time,” she said, adding that framed photos of Joanne were all around her house as a child. “For me, she was like my guardian angel or spirit guide.”


Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/2946960/lady-gaga-dad-matching-joanne-tattoos/

Teen Mom OG Family Matters: Matt Reunites With His Son After A Decade

Matt’s children were unintentionally thrust into the spotlight after Amber‘s ex Gary brought up claims about the alleged number of offspring the Bostonian fathered. And during tonight’s Teen Mom OG episode, viewer’s met Matt’s son Christopher — the first time one of his kids has been featured on the long-running series.

A bit of context about the family reunion: The 25-year-old South Dakota native called his dad and revealed he was arguing with his girlfriend non-stop, while adding that he was trying to stay sober but that the fighting wasn’t helping with this effort. Matt wanted to help — and stated that he would buy Chris a ticket to join him and Amber in Los Angeles for an upcoming televised interview with Dr. Drew. Chris graciously accepted the nice offer and, following the cordial phone conversation, Matt opened up about his relationship with his boy.

“We talk a lot, but I haven’t seen him in a while,” Matt revealed to Amber and Teen Mom OG co-executive producer Kiki, while adding that Chris had recently gone to the press (while under the influence of drugs) bashing his father with the hopes that he would be compensated for the information. “I could have done a better job keeping in contact, and I own that.”

From there, Christopher joined the engaged couple in the City of Angels and he was met by a warm reception. The trio then launched into a candid discussion about the past.

“I think people think too much into the situation, like when it comes to me and you,” Chris told Matt (as seen in the clip above). “You were never awful at all,” he elaborated, adding his regret about going to the press.

What is in store for Matt and Chris’ as they spend time together — and how will their relationship evolve from here? Be sure to keep following their journey every Monday on Teen Mom OG at 9/8c.

Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/2944200/teen-mom-og-matt-son-christopher-reunion-amber/

Ryan Gosling Was This Close To Joining The Cast Of Gilmore Girls

And to think, Ryan Gosling could’ve been one of the many brooding teenagers to win over the heart of Rory Gilmore.

On October 21, at the Gilmore Girls Fan Festival — a one-night event held in a town in Connecticut that’s basically the IRL Stars Hollow — a conversation with the casting pros behind the modern cult classic revealed that Gosling not only was brought in to read for a small part on the series, but completely and totally bombed his audition.


“I rolled my eyes because he was late, and he was blond,” said Jami Rudofsky, Gilmore Girls’ casting director, of Gosling’s initial tryout. She went on to recall how he was up for a “football character” on the show, and that when he came back for a proper audition, he failed to wow the casting couch: “Everyone was like, ‘Really, Jami?’”

The timeline as to when this audition took place isn’t clear, but it’s crazy to think that Gosling’s big break could’ve come from a quick scene at Stars Hollow High before The Notebook secured his heartthrob status in 2004.

Ah well. Things clearly turned out just fine for him, and both Gosling and Gilmore Girls are set to have a great fall: The reboot of the series hits Netflix on November 25, and Gosling’s La La Land has kicked Oscar chatter into high gear before its theatrical release on December 2.


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Drake Goes After Kid Cudi In One Of Four New Songs

Drake celebrated his 30th birthday a few hours early by dropping four new tracks on OVO Sound Radio.

Three of the new songs tease a forthcoming full-length playlist project called More Life, which Drake says will arrive this December. “Fake Love,” “Two Birds One Stone,” and “Sneakin'” (featuring 21 Savage) all premiered last night (October 23) as our first glimpse of More Life. Drake also shared his new remix of “Wanna Know” by London rapper Dave.

“Sneakin” and “Fake Love” have both been released as standalone tracks on iTunes and streaming services. On “Two Birds One Stone,” which can currently be heard on the most recent episode of OVO Sound Radio, Drake appears to go after Kid Cudi: “You were the man on the moon / Now you just go through your phases / Life of the hangry and famous.”

Kid Cudi’s 2009 debut album is called Man on the Moon: The End of Day, and he recently went after Drake and Kanye West in a series of tweets about the music business. Kanye addressed the call-out at his recent concerts, ultimately deciding to patch things up with Cudi. Drake, it seems, has been less quick to forgive. And less quick to stop using the word “hangry.”

Drake May Not Perform Again Until 2017

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We Finally Know Who Negan Killed On The Walking Dead And We’re Devastated

After several months waiting for the season seven premiere of The Walking Dead, we finally know the identity of Negan’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) victim, revealed after a long, painful buildup.

The Season 6 finale, which aired in April, left us with the mother of all cliffhangers: As punishment for killing members of the Saviors, Negan brutally murders one of the show’s main characters with his barbed-wire bat, Lucille. The victim was left a mystery. Since then, the internet’s been breaking down the episode’s final scene like the Zapruder film, looking for clues. Now we know.

Many, many spoilers below. You’ve been warned.


It wasn’t one victim; it was two: Rest in peace, Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Glenn (Steven Yeun).

With the rest of group watching and crying in horror, Negan beat Abraham over the head with Lucille, giving Abraham time for one last insult before he was left a bloody pulp. Afterward, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) promises to kill Negan, and when Daryl (Norman Reedus) takes a swing at him, Negan turns his attention to Glenn, dooming him to the same fate. Glenn’s last words: “Maggie, I’ll find you.

It was brutal. And horrifying. It might be the grossest thing I’ve ever seen on television.

It also took forever to get there; the reveal didn’t happen until roughly 20 minutes through the episode, after AMC had managed to slip a couple ad breaks in first. On Twitter, viewers joked about how long the show could stretch things out.

Of course, it didn’t end there. After Glenn and Abraham are killed, the show teases another one of the comic’s more notorious storylines: Rick losing his hand. In the comics, it’s The Governor who takes it, so we’re long overdue. However, it’s Carl (Chandler Riggs) who briefly looks like he will suffer that fate when Negan puts a tourniquet on Carl’s arm, draws a line, and demands Rick cut it off. Rick pleads with Negan, offering to take the punishment himself, and Carl, ever the soldier, tells his dad to do it. But Negan, satisfied with having broken Rick, spares the hands of both Grimes boys and finally leaves with the rest of the Saviors — and Daryl, whom he throws into the back of the van and threatens to send back to Rick in pieces. Basically, this is now Negan’s show.

Fans have anticipated Negan’s arrival (and the inevitable violence that came with him) since the first appearance of the Saviors in 2015, and the show has teased the big moment for years. And the cast did everything in its power, via making the press rounds, to get fans prepared before the premiere. Reedus told the New York Daily News, “Bring a blankie, hold the hand of someone you care about. It’s a heavy episode.” Executive producer Greg Nicotero told Indiewire, “Grab a box of Kleenex when you watch it and understand that everything happens for a reason.”

Based on the tributes to Glenn and Abraham online (and on a 90-minute Talking Dead), it’s safe to say Walking Dead fans are sad. But viewers have yet to see the reason for it all.

Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/2946510/the-walking-dead-negan-kills-spoilers/

What Does Lady Gaga Have To Do With Kanye West Boycotting The Grammys?

Kanye West has been a passionate supporter of Frank Ocean, and a hugely vocal fan of Blonde, in particular. Since news broke that Ocean’s two 2016 albums, Blonde and Endless, are ineligible for consideration for this year’s Grammy Awards, West’s been doing some thinking on the matter.

And he is pissed. By his logic, if the Grammys can change — or bend — the rules for anyone, they can bend them for Frank. If they don’t? He’s not going.

At the Oakland stop on the Saint Pablo Tour, West took a moment to get real with the crowd, as he often does, except this time talk of collaborations and copycats wasn’t of interest. He focused on the Grammys and how the Recording Academy allegedly makes exceptions for some of their rules, using Lady Gaga‘s 2010 Grammy performance as an example.

“[Gaga] wasn’t nominated for Best New Artist, right?” he begins. “But they wanted her to perform at the show; they wanted her to open. So the Grammys secretly changed something about the nominations in order to nominate her, in order for her to perform in the show. Now, Frank Ocean, on the other hand, is very vocal that his album wasn’t nominated for the Grammys, right? Since he’s vocal, no one wants to say nothing about it. No one wants to do nothing about it. And I’m saying this to y’all, because a lot of people try to make a scene, like, ‘I’m so self-centered.’ But the album I listened to the most this year is Frank Ocean’s album. And I’ll tell you this right now: If his album’s not nominated in no categories, I’m not showing up to the Grammys.”


Some background, because this is complicated — and Kanye has a point. Gaga’s debut album, The Fame, earned her five nominations at the Grammy Awards in 2010, which is where she performed with Elton John at the start of the ceremony and took home Grammys for Best Dance Recording (for “Poker Face,”) and Best Electronic/Dance Album. The Fame was released in the United States on October 28, 2008, and then re-issued as The Fame Monster in 2009, with eight additional songs brought into its mix. The Fame Monster wound up getting nominated at the 2011 Grammys. Her lack of a Best New Artist nomination in 2010 forced the Recording Academy to go back to the drawing board on those eligibility rules, too.

Basically, the Grammys made it a priority to honor Gaga’s work, and that lone nomination at the 2009 Grammys that kept her from a Best New Artist nomination in 2010, which prompted a revision of the eligibility criteria for the Best New Artist category. To sum up West’s commentary: The Grammys made an exception for Gaga based on her rise in popularity and the undeniable might of The Fame, and Ocean should get the same consideration. Boos rang out in the arena towards the end of his speech. “As artists, we gotta come together to fight the bullshit they been throwing us with. All we need is a fair shot. Let the album lose. Let whoever win or lose.”

CORRECTION (10/23/16, 4:45 p.m. ET): The Fame was released on October 28, 2008 in the United States; the previously cited date was for the Canadian release of the album. This update has been made in the text above.


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