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Rihanna On Chris Brown: “He Needed Help”

On Abused Women
Facts about Rihanna and other abused women. Read More »
Rihanna's Forgiveness
Collaborating? Rihanna takes her forgiveness of Chris Brown too far. Read More »
Chris Brown's Abuse
On why our culture must take domestic violence more seriously. Read More »
MORNING QUICKIES
"Who's going to help him?"
  • In an interview airing this Sunday on OWN, Rihanna opens up to Oprah about her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown’s assault on her in 2009 and how difficult it was for her to process. “I lost my best friend. Everything I knew switched in a night and I couldn’t control that,” Rihanna says in the preview above. She continues that one of the hardest things about the aftermath of the assault and their breakup was watching Brown get demonized in the media. “I just felt like he made that mistake because he needed help,” she says. “Who’s going to help him? Nobody is going to say ‘He needs help.’ Everybody is going to say ‘He’s a monster’ without looking at the source. I was more concerned about him.” [TMZ] Keep reading »

Pimp’s List Of 10 Rules Is The Most Depressing Thing Ever

Red Umbrella Project
The Red Umbrella Project helps sex workers write their truth. Read More »
Backpage.com Sued
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Teen girls sue Backpage.com over sexual exploitation. Read More »
Sex Work Past
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Is it OK for an elementary school teacher to have been a stripper? Read More »
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Not that I was under any illusions that pimps were good people as a general demographic, but this just makes me want to take a bath after reading it. On Monday, Long Island police raided the home of an alleged pimp named Steve McDaniel and came across a handwritten list called “Rules 2 Da Game of Hoez!!!” Keep reading »

Kanye Served Papers For Kim’s Divorce In A Nordstrom’s Box

Kim And Kanye
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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have formed an axis of evil. Read More »
Kim's Butt
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Kris Humphries is supposedly claiming that Kim's booty is fake. Read More »
Kardashian Divorce
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It was 72 whole days of wedded bliss! Read More »
  • Kanye West was served with a subpoena for Kim Kardashian’s divorce trial in a Nordstrom’s box. Poor Yeezy. He thought he was getting a pair of shoes and it was really papers from Kris Humphries. [Celebrity Cafe]
  • How does the advice in Helen Gurley Brown’s 1962 book Sex and the Single Girl hold up today? [Nerve]
  • This One Direction cover of Oasis’ song “Wonderwall” ain’t half bad. [Gurl]
  • Rachel Zoe’s baby son and a puppy?! Too cute for words. [Socialite Life]
  • Olympian medalist Mo Farah running away from things is our new favorite Tumblr! [The FW] Keep reading »

Remembering Julia Child

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  • Today would have been the 100th birthday of chef extraordinaire Julia Child, who some of us remember from her cookbooks, some of us remember from her TV shows, and some of us just know from Julie & Julia. Today, in her memory, treat yourself to a little butter! [Bitch Magazine]
  • Florida politician Rep. Cliff Stearns, who has made it his mission to attack Planned Parenthood, lost the Republican primary in his district … to a veterarian … with no political experience. If that isn’t the constituents speaking loud and clear, I don’t know what is. [Mother Jones]
  • An abortion provider speaks out on what is really at stake this election season. [Feministing] Keep reading »

“Downton Abbey” Season Three Trailer Leaks Online

"Downton" S3 Spoilers
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Get your "Downton Abbey" season three spoilers right here! Read More »
Sybil Paper Dolls
No, we don't have a problem. We just love our Sybil Crawley paper dolls. Read More »
Sex Lessons From Downton
What the show taught us about the birds and the bees. Read More »
Trailer Park
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"Downton Abbey"'s Season Three Trailer!

Quick! Watch the leaked “Downton Abbey” season three trailer! Before it gets yanked offline! In case it gets pulled before you can watch it, here’s quick sort of spoiler-y summary, after the jump! Keep reading »

Jodie Foster Stands Up For Kristen Stewart In Moving Daily Beast Piece

Kristen Apologizes
K-Stew apologizes for cheating. Read More »
Kristen Has A Sadz
Kristen Stewart has reported stopped showering post-scandal. Read More »
Rob Moves Out
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Robert Pattinson moves out amidst Kristen Stewart cheating scandal. Read More »
Defending K-Stew
She did a bad, bad thing, but didn't we all at 22? Read More »

I’ve said it before and I will say it again: if I were a young actor today I would quit before I started. If I had to grow up in this media culture, I don’t think I could survive it emotionally. I would only hope that someone who loved me, really loved me, would put their arm around me and lead me away to safety. …

In 2001 I spent five months with Kristen Stewart on the set of “Panic Room” mostly holed up in a space the size of a Manhattan closet. We talked and laughed for hours, sharing spontaneous mysteries and venting our boredom. I grew to love that kid. She turned 11 during our shoot and on her birthday I organized a mariachi band to serenade her at the taco bar while she blew out her candles. She begrudgingly danced around a sombrero with me but soon rushed off to a basketball game with the grip and electric departments. Her mother and I watched her jump around after the ball, hooting with every team basket. “She doesn’t want to be an actor when she grows up, does she?” I asked. Her mom sighed. “Yes … unfortunately.” We both smiled and shrugged with an ambivalence born from experience. “Can’t you talk her out of it?” I offered. “Oh, I’ve tried. She loves it. She just loves it.” More sighs.

– Jodie Foster penned an absolutely beautiful essay on The Daily Beast about acting, celebrity, and juggling vulnerability in one’s craft with impenetrability in one’s personal life. The essay is about Kristen Stewart’s hell-hole of a life right now, of course. But Foster does not address the cheating scandal head-on; instead, she asks readers to remember “a salary for a given on-screen performance does not include the right to invade anyone’s privacy, to destroy someone’s sense of self.” Not only am I impressed with Jodie Foster’s writing chops, but I find it touching that she’s written a piece standing up for a younger actress — and reminding us all we’re just human beings. [The Daily Beast] [Photo: Getty]

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