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Gift Guide: For The Person Who Can’t Leave The House Without Consulting Their Horoscope

We all have one — someone in our lives who can’t meet someone new without asking their sign (and their rising sign and their moon sign, too, would be helpful!) or whose most clever retort during an argument is to say, “Ugh, you’re being such a stubborn Taurus right now.” I am that person in my own life, actually! So to you I offer these astrology-related gifts for your most horoscope-obsessed loved ones…

Jay Z Outfits LeBron James & New Jersey Nets Players In “I Can’t Breathe” Shirts

  • Awesome. The NBA players are the latest professional athletes to show their support for the family of Eric Garner, who was choked to death by a police officer. (Side note: I can’t get over how weeeeeeee Jay looks next to these huge basketball players.) [Vanity Fair]
  • Kate Hudson has called off her engagement to Muse frontman Matt Bellamy. The couple has a three-year-old son named Bingham. [People]
  • And she may already be rebounding with Derek Hough? [Us Weekly]
  • Stephanie Moseley, a star on VH1′s “Hit the Floor,” and her husband, the rapper Earl Hayes, died Monday in a suspected murder-suicide. [People]
  • And according to TMZ, Hayes was on the phone with Floyd Mayweather at the time the shooting occurred [TMZ] Keep reading »

John Legend & Chrissy Teigen Send Food Trucks To Feed Protestors

  • Ahh, here’s a reason to maintain our faith in humanity — John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen had food trucks deliver food to protestors marching in support of #BlackLivesMatter in NYC this weekend. Awesome! [Raw Story]
  • Reggie Bush and other NFL players wore shirts with “I CAN’T BREATHE” written on them, in tribute to Eric Garner, the Black father of six who was choked to death by a police officer in New York. Last week, a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict the officer, despite there being video footage of Garner’s death. [The Guardian] Keep reading »

Complete Piece Of Shit “Journalist” Releases Unconfirmed Name Of UVA Rape Victim “Jackie”

Sigh. Here is your daily reminder that human beings can be really, really horrible. Charles C. Johnson (above), a former writer for the conservative Daily Caller and founder of GotNews, published what he claims sources told him is the real name of “Jackie,” the woman featured in Rolling Stone‘s controversial UVA rape article. On Friday, Rolling Stone kinda-sorta retracted the article citing “inconsistencies” in Jackie’s story. Johnson of course doesn’t care that while Jackie’s story allegedly contains inconsistencies (which should have been better reported and fact-checked by Rolling Stone), that does not mean she’s lying about being gang raped by a group of UVA fraternity members. (Rolling Stone edited their letter from the editor and removed the line about their trust in Jackie being “misplaced,” but failed to note the change.) Internet trolls are already ruthless in their treatment of women who have the courage to come forward with allegations of sexual assault; the very fact that Jackie’s story may be in question has made her an easy target for misogynists desperate to beat the drum that women frequently lie about being raped (they don’t). Like those repulsive menaces at 4chan, who are apparently planning on tracking down “Jackie” and releasing personal details about her life. Keep reading »

Strange Fruit PR To Pick New Name After Being Told (Again) That Their Current One Refers To The Bodies Of Lynched Black People

Strange Fruit PR Moves To Pick New Name After Being Told (Again) That Their Current One Refers To Lynched Black Bodies

Google the term “Strange Fruit” and the first result is the Wikipedia page for the infamous Billie Holiday song, originally written as a poem by Abel Meeropol, about the lynching of Black Americans. “Strange fruit” literally refers to Black bodies hanging from trees. This is a fact that seemingly went over the heads of Ali Slutsky and Mary Mickel (above), the (white!) gals behind the two-year-old Austin-based “hospitality” firm Strange Fruit PR, whose Twitter bio completely seriously asks, “Are you a strange fruit?” Or it did up until today, when the Twitter feed, as well as the company’s entire internet presence, disappeared after they were called out about the offensiveness of their name. They also released a statement of apology, but I’ll get to that in a minute. Keep reading »

Weekend Worksheet: See “Wild,” Listen To VÉRITÉ & Roast Some Parsnips

Got some free time this weekend? Here are some suggestions for how to spend it… Keep reading »

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