Despite the fact that she must self-quarantine and practice social distancing like the rest of us, J.K. Rowling hasn’t been complacent. The author recently gifted teachers with the open license to post videos of themselves reading Harry Potter books to their students. Such videos, however, can only be posted through a secure school network or a closed educational platform. Regardless of the red tape, it’s still a nice gesture on Rowling’s part.
What actually dissuaded me from doing it was, my comic book geek friends talked me out of it. Because I had an idea that Larry Fishburne would be the perfect guy to play Luke Cage. I’m talking about King of New York-era Larry Fishburne. I told him about it. But all my friends were like, ‘No, no, no, man, it’s gotta be Wesley Snipes.’ And I go, ‘Well look, I like Wesley Snipes, but I mean, Larry Fishburne is practically Marlon Brando. I mean, I think Fish is the man.’ And they were like, Yeah, but he’d have to get in shape in a big way. Snipes is that way already.’ And I go, ‘Well fuck that, man, that’s not that important, alright.’ I go, ‘Fuck you, you ruined the whole damn thing.’
Get ready for a massive, completely unforgettable benefit concert special, thanks in part to Lady Gaga.
Global Citizen — the organization behind recent Together At Home video webcast performances featuring Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Chris Martin, Niall Horan, and more — has teamed up with the World Health Organization to announce a huge telecast. It’s called One World: Together At Home, and it’ll support health care workers during the global coronavirus epidemic when it kicks off on April 18.
Spanning across ViacomCBS Networks, ABC, NBC, iHeartMedia and Bell Media, it’s also going to feature a huge lineup of artists curated by Gaga herself, including Billie Eilish, Lizzo, J Balvin, Maluma, and more.
One World: Together At Home will be “in celebration and support of healthcare workers, broadcast to feature real experiences from doctors, nurses and families around the world,” according to the WHO’s website. The massive event will benefit the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and will see the huge broadcast hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, and Jimmy Kimmel in an epic display of cooperation and solidarity.
Gaga, who recently revealed that she raised $35 million in the past week for the WHO, curated the huge lineup of artists that also includes Alanis Morissette, John Legend, Finneas, Burna Boy, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, and more. Celebs like Priyanka Chopra Jones, Idris Elba, and Kerry Washington are also set to make appearances.
“The World Health Organization is committed to defeating the coronavirus pandemic with science and public health measures, and supporting the health workers who are on the front lines of the response,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO’s Director-General, in a statement. “We may have to be apart physically for a little while, but we can still come together virtually to enjoy great music. The One World: Together at Home concert represents a powerful show of solidarity against a common threat.”
If you can’t tune in to one of the channels or networks above, you’ll be able to catch it on digital platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Tidal, Twitter, Twitch, YouTube, and more. You can find information about where to see and possibly contribute to the cause over on Global Citizen’s official Together At Home page.
A few years ago I decided I’d had enough with shaving my legs and wanted to try leg waxing. Shaving is one of the more tedious body-grooming tasks if you choose to do so, and there’s so much to be annoyed about, from the occasional skin irritation to the fact that—surprise—you’ve got to repeat the process the very next day if you want to be silky smooth (having thick hair is a blessing in most cases, but not so much when you don’t want it on your legs). I blocked off extra time with the woman I see for my bikini waxes, and off I went, never looking back…until I realized how much money I was spending.
At my local salon, a half-leg wax runs me about $40. Go every three weeks and you’re looking at an annual investment of around $680—not cheap. While I was pleased with the way regular appointments made my hair grow in thinner, I decided to start saving. Armed with a few detailed tutorials on how to wax your legs at home and a DIY waxing kit bought on Amazon, I took matters into my own hands. A few months after I bit the bullet, things have been both messy and good. It definitely requires a time commitment, and I’ve never had a result as perfect as what I got from the pros, but I am happy to be saving the cash.
All that said, there are few lessons I’ve had to learn the hard way. Here’s what I wish I had known about how to wax your legs at home.
Tips Before You Start Waxing
Don’t jump straight to DIY’ing.
I typically grimaced a bit at the salon but have actually found my DIY method to be less painful. Granted, I’ve been waxing for longer, so the hair isn’t as thick as it was my first trip in. I’m happy with my decision to take waxing into my own bathroom, but I’d suggest anyone start with a professional—or at least study up on the right techniques. You’ll get to see how things are done, and you’ll be dealing with slightly less stubborn hair when you step into the driver’s seat.
Look for a solution that will be easy to wash off.
One perk of doing leg waxing at-home is I have more control over the formula. Beata Chyla, lead esthetician at Bliss, recommends considering your skin type and waxing needs when shopping. “You can keep both strip and hard wax at home, but strip wax is mostly used on larger parts of the body, whereas hard wax is gentler and can be used on facial hair, bikini, or armpits,” she says. “The Bliss Poetic Waxing Kit is my favorite because it’s very easy to use.”
I personally love the Nair Wax Kit because it’s so easy to clean—warm water and soap does the trick. I hop in the shower after I’m done, and any spots that land on my bathroom sink or on the applicator are gone with a soapy swipe.
Buy extra strips.
When using a roll-on wax, you’re going to need more strips than you think. The kit I use comes with 10 strips, which doesn’t cover the entire area. I’ve occasionally rinsed the strips with sudsy water and reused them in a pinch (thanks, Amazon reviewers!), but I recommend stocking up ahead of time.
Make sure your leg hair is the right length.
Too short, and the wax won’t be able to grab on to the hair. Too long, and it’s going to hurt a lot more. “Prior to waxing, the length of your leg hair should be at least 1/4 inch long,” says Chyla. An easy way to remember this is to time your at-home waxes about a month apart, just like you would for salon appointments. “Usually wax should last from three to four weeks, but everyone’s rate of re-growth can vary,” she says.
According to Harper’s Bazaar Australia, experts suggest the turquoise and diamond brooch was chosen because of the color’s correlation with love, protection, and emotional balance, while “enhancing leadership powers.” The piece apparently belonged to her royal highness’s grandmother, Queen Mary.
Per Town & Country, the brooch was gifted to Queen Mary on the day of her wedding in 1893 by the Duke of York, the future King George V. The publication suggests Queen Elizabeth II could have chosen the turquoise pin to “link” herself to her grandmother, who helped support the king during the First World War.
“I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time,” the queen said in a televised address to the nation on Sunday. “A time of disruption in the life of our country; a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all.”
“Together we are tackling this disease, and I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it. I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge,” she added before thanking essential workers on the front lines and those practicing self-isolation and social distancing at home.
“We can take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return,” she concluded. “We will be with our friends again. We will be with our families again. We will meet again.”
No matter what message Queen Elizabeth II hoped to send with her choice of jewels, people from all over the world were impacted by her encouraging words, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, reportedly.
According to a source with Harpers Bazaar, the two “were both moved” by the address. “They described it as not just a demonstration of experienced leadership, but also warmth, reassurance, and comfort,” the source added.
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
Miss England 2019 is hanging up her crown (for now) to focus on the coronavirus pandemic.
24-year-old Bhasha Mukherjee was a junior doctor specializing in respiratory medicine before competing in the Miss World pageant on behalf of England in December 2019. Although continuing her work at the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincolnshire, after taking home her Miss England sash, she had planned to put her medical career on hold to travel the world for various humanitarian efforts after her latest competition. However, four weeks into her ambassadorship in India on behalf of Coventry Mercia Lions Club, where she donated stationery to schools and gave money to a home for abandoned girls, news broke that COVID-19 was spreading rapidly back home in the United Kingdom.
After Mukherjee started receiving messages from former colleagues about the worsening situation at her hospital, she knew she had to pick up where she had left off. She told CNN she felt she needed to be more hands-on during the pandemic. “When you are doing all this humanitarian work abroad, you’re still expected to put the crown on, get ready…look pretty,” But, she said. “I wanted to come back home. I wanted to come and go straight to work.”
“I felt a sense of this is what I’d got this degree for and what better time to be part of this particular sector than now,” she added. “It was incredible the way the whole world was celebrating all key workers, and I wanted to be one of those, and I knew I could help,” she said.
On April 5, Queen Elizabeth II made a rare address to the British public, thanking first responders for their tireless work responding to COVID-19.
“I want to thank everyone on the NHS front line, as well as care workers and those carrying out essential roles who selflessly continue their day-to-day duties outside the home in support of us all,” she said. “I’m sure the nation will join me in ensuring you that what you do is appreciated and every hour of your hard work brings us closer to a return to more normal times.”
She finished her speech with a hopeful message. “We can take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return,” she said. “We will be with our friends again. We will be with our families again. We will meet again.”
On Wednesday, April 6, Mukherjee returned to England but still has to self-isolate for about two weeks before she can return to work as a doctor at the Pilgrim Hospital, where it’s all hands on deck, according to the pageant queen.
“There’s no better time for me to be Miss England and helping England at a time of need,” she said.
Picking the best Disney movies is a lot like choosing your favorite ice cream flavor: It’s difficult, and there really is no wrong answer. After all, there’s a reason why these films have endured for so many years—why it doesn’t matter if you were born in 1960 or 2000, you still had a formative screening of Cinderella. Disney movies are the closest thing we have to magic, and their effects transcend gender and generation. They still move you, whether you’re 5 or 45, and they’re constantly evolving.
More advanced technology has blessed us with even more visually dazzling Disney films: Pixar creations like Finding Nemo and Toy Story. But even with more razzle-dazzle, the crux of the best disney movies is always the same: Each one centers on the intense desire to be one’s true self, to find love, and to find home.
I think these 31 movies, below are the best examples of exactly that. (This list is randomly ranked.)
The Terrifying Eye Scene: During a flashback, Travis (D.B. Sweeney) remembers the events of the alien abduction where the extraterrestrials poke, prod, and probe the human as they run a series of tests. After wrapping Travis in some type of skin-like material and inserting tubes, the aliens placed a clamp over his eye, pour a milky liquid on it, and then pull down a large needle towards his eye.
Katy Perry is having a baby girl, and she better be ready for some tough love.
The singer recently posted an adorable post of her fiancé, Orlando Bloom, covered in some sort of pink frosting with the caption, “It’s a girl.” I’m not really into gender/sex reveals (gender is a social construct, people!), but it’s always nice to see expecting parents show their excitement. Still, life is not going to be all sugar and frosting for Perry’s little one.
During the Sunday, April 5 episode of American Idol, judge Perry broke down why she’s going to be a good mom: It’s because she’s a “tough bitch.” This happened after 17-year-old Kimmy Gabriela made it through to the top 20 of American Idol by the skin of her teeth. (She performed “You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore” during part two of the top 40 leg of the competition.)
“To be honest with you, I don’t remember you every single time you’ve been on that stage,” Perry told her before breaking the news that she’d made it through to the next round. “How is that? Because you have one of the best voices on this competition. It’s not enough just to be a good singer. It’s not. I’m sorry.” Still, Gabriela made it through with a promise to “dig deeper.”
As the happy performer walked away, Perry got candid with co-judges Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan about what she’ll be like as a mom. “I’m the toughest bitch,” she said. “I’m gonna be a good mom. My kids are always gonna get it straight.”
While watching the broadcast, Perry posted the clip on her own Instagram. “West coast, are you watching me hone my maternal instincts on #AmericanIdol right now? 😬,” she wrote in the caption.
Katy Perry, of course, is not the only one sharing her excitement over her pregnancy on Instagram. Bloom, who shares a 9-year-old son with ex-wife Miranda Kerr, recently posted a sweet photo of Perry’s baby bump along with some clever wordplay.
“My babies blooming ❤️,” he wrote. Clearly, he’s got his dad jokes on lock.
The most recent Purge movie, 2018’s The First Purge, wound the clock back to, as the title indicates, depict the origins of the Purge event. Rather than usher in the holiday across all of the United States at once, the first Purge was conducted only in Staten Island as an isolated experiment. Thus far, The First Purge is the highest-grossing Purge movie, collecting around $137 million worldwide off a $13 million budget.