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    Shay Mitchell stars in one of television's hottest shows, regularly updates her YouTube channel and has a book (that she co-wrote with her bestie) coming out. Somewhere in between, she posed for the cover of Seventeen's latest issue.

    The "Pretty Little Liars" actress sports a fresh face and perfect mani on the magazine's August cover and opens up in her interview about avoiding relationship drama and growing up a "hippie child." She addressed the future of "Pretty Little Liars" (of course) and admitted she's pretty curious about how the show will end. In the meantime, she offered her own ideal ending. (Hint: It's kind of perfect.)

    Seventeen’s August issue hits stands on July 7. Scroll down to see Shay's cover and head over to Seventeen.com for more.

    On her dream "Pretty Little Liars" ending: "In my fantasy world, the girls are all happy running around in a flower field with no cell phones -- although I don’t think that’s really going to happen. I’m very curious myself!"

    On why she loves being naked around the house: "I was a hippie child. I find the human body so beautiful. But it’s not like I’m running naked down the street! I’m in my own house, and I always have a bathrobe really close to me because if there were an earthquake, I’d have to be able to run out with something."

    On relationship drama: "I have friends who like that drama. I’m not one of those people. If you’re a suitable, positive partner, then great, I’d love to add you to my life. But I don’t need anybody to feel complete. I don’t need to be with somebody just to not be alone."

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    "I realized that I could put her body into positions and she could hold them and all of the positions were beautiful."




    Tuesday morning, the American Ballet Theatre stopped delaying the inevitable and finally appointed Misty Copeland a principal ballerina. The first black principal in ABT’s 75-year history, Copeland is also a bonafide cultural icon -- a Time cover star with more than a half a million followers on Instagram. As Copeland’s famously varied fans could tell you, the 32-year-old is a true anomaly: neither white nor lanky, but blessed with a physically extraordinary body deemed by short-sighted gatekeepers early in her career as unfit for ballet.






    The challenges started early for Copeland. Much of her childhood played out in a two-room motel suite with five siblings and a single mom in San Pedro, California. She also came dauntingly late to ballet: she was 13, an age when most future stars have been training half their lives, when a ballet teacher coaxed the shy, watchful girl down from the bleachers at the Boys & Girls Club of San Pedro to join a class unfolding in the gym. That teacher was Cindy Bradley, a soft-spoken former company dancer who would go on to play an intimate and complex role in Copeland’s life, even raising the dancer in her home for a time amidst an ugly custody battle.

    We rang Bradley at her studio, where she continues to teach ballet. In between conversations with students, she told us what it feels like when a teacher’s wildest dreams come true.

    Here is a blast from the past - Capezio ad when Misty was a spokesperson circa 2002: ENJOY!

    Posted by Misty Copeland on Thursday, August 26, 2010





    What has today been like?
    The phone keeps ringing! It’s just incredible.

    What was it that led you to persuade Misty to join your class that day, nearly two decades ago?
    The fact that she was watching so intently and that she seemed very shy. I knew she had to be asked. She wouldn’t come down without being asked. She was 13, and she was just tiny.

    Did you see something in her immediately?
    When she came down, she took the barre and we started class and I realized that I could put her body into positions and she could hold them and all of the positions were beautiful. I knew immediately that she was extremely gifted.

    Was it her build, or some innate ability?
    It was the lines. I would take her leg and pull it out, extend it, and then take her foot and point it and say, "Ok, hold that." She was able to make beautiful lines from the beginning. She just had all the makings of a beautiful dancer.

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    Where dancers typically master the art of standing en pointe over the course of several years, Copeland -- seen here at age 14 -- took just three months, according to Bradley.


    And no training.
    She was on her drill team at middle school, but that was it.

    You’ve said before that you were struck with a vision of a possible future for the little girl in front of you. Does today’s news come close to what you saw in your mind on that basketball court?
    I think at the time, I was seeing her potential of what she could do as a dancer. I also knew that she could possibly be in a position of being a role model. But all of this took the incredible hard work -- continuous hard work -- by Misty. I knew she was going to do great dancing, but this is just almost too impossible to even dream of.

    Do you see her young self when you watch her dance today?
    Absolutely. We actually just got back from New York City where we saw her do "Swan Lake." When I look into her eyes, she is still that sweet girl. That heart that we fell in love with is still there, that I think the world has fallen in love with. They’ve fallen in love with Misty, not just her dancing.

    “I will forever fight, performing like it’s my last show.” #lifeinmotion

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    Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are getting divorced after 10 years of marriage and three children together. True love is unfortunately, really dead.

    As you curl up with two pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream tonight and rent out "Daredevil," please project this in the background to remind you that no couple in Hollywood ever stays together. Well, almost never.

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Katy Perry is caught in a property dispute between a group of elderly nuns and the Los Angeles Archdiocese over who owns a hilltop convent overlooking Hollywood. The singer is named in a recent lawsuit over the scenic property in the Los Feliz neighborhood.


    The dispute centers on who is authorized to sell the convent. The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary say the building is theirs, and they've sold it to a local restaurateur, Dana Hollister, who has already moved in.


    In a June 19 lawsuit, the archdiocese claims it is responsible for selling the property, and plans a $14.5 million deal with another buyer. The defendants in the suit say that buyer is Perry. A spokeswoman for the entertainer did not respond to inquiries from The Associated Press.


    The archdiocese released a statement Monday saying it has taken legal action to prevent Hollister from assuming control of the property, claiming the sale was unauthorized. A spokeswoman for the archdiocese declined to name its proposed buyer.


    Hollister's attorney, Randy Snyder, says the dispute has nothing to do with Perry, but rather is a battle between the diocese and the nuns.

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    Misty Copeland, American Ballet Theatre's first African-American female principal dancer in the company’s 75-year history, spoke about her career on Tuesday at Lincoln Center. Amid the overwhelming response to her historic appointment, she was adamant that she isn't an "overnight sensation."

    Having struggled with self-doubt as a young ballerina, she strives to encourage aspiring dancers to envision a brighter future. "You have to have believe in yourself. Before anyone else, you really have to believe that you're good enough, you're worthy and know that it's not easy," Copeland said. "You have to put in the work, but you also have to allow yourself to dream."

    Copeland, 32, joined ABT as a member of the corps de ballet, in 2001, and was later appointed a soloist, in 2007. The show-stopping ballerina most recently starred as Odette/Odile in "Swan Lake" at the Met.

    "I am so honored, so extremely honored to be a principal dancer," she said, "and so proud of my fellow dancers who were also promoted today: Stella Abrera, who's been with the company longer than I have, who represents what ABT stands for -- the hard work and the sacrifice. Cassie Trenary was promoted to soloist, and Skylar Brandt, Arron Scott and Thomas Forster. It's an exciting day for all of us."

    Copeland recalled a particularly significant moment of trepidation when she first arrived in the corps de ballet at ABT. "When I looked around and saw that I was the only one in a company of 80 dancers," she said, referring to the fact that she was the only black dancer in the company. "I had to remind myself that ABT was my dream company and that I would be giving up had I left."

    She doesn't shy away from talking about the lack of diversity within the international ballet community. And she embraces her position at the forefront of change.

    "I think I would have had a completely different path had there been more [African-American dancers] before me. Maybe I wouldn't have worked as hard. I don't know," Copeland said. "I didn't know that there would a future for an African-American woman to make it to this level. At the same time, it made me so hungry to push through, to carry the next generation. It's not me up here, it's everyone that came before me that got me to this position, and all the little girls that can see themselves through me."

    Copeland's peers, instructors and critics often remind her that the success she's found is well-deserved. Though, she adds, she still faces intense scrutiny.

    "I go into ballet class every morning. I work my butt off eight hours a day because I know that I have to deliver when I get on stage," she said. "I have to go out there every night and perform live and prove myself, maybe more so than other dancers, because people are assuming, 'Why is she getting this attention, is it really based on her dancing?'"

    With the celebrated promotion, Copeland anticipates some changes in her life. "I think that the work load will now be a little bit less," she said. "It will allow me to focus on these major roles. At the same time, every single time you go on stage you're being looked at, so you can't hide behind the other swans anymore."

    Asked about the next step, the the ballet star began to cry as she contemplated a dream fulfilled. "It just sounds so surreal to hear those words. No, this is it. My dream had been ABT since I was 13," Copeland said. "To be a principal dancer is reaching those heights, and now I feel like I can breathe. But [principal dancer] David Hallberg told me this morning, 'The hard work is just now starting.' And I love a challenge."



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    Chrissy Teigen isn't about to let something like Instagram's community guidelines keep her from posting yet another topless photo.


    The 29-year-old model had NSFW photos removed from her Instagram account, much to her disappointment. On Monday, she tweeted: 





    Of course, it was only a temporary setback for Teigen, who was game to push the boundaries of just how much nudity Instagram is cool with.  


    On Tuesday, she shared a topless photo with her 2.5 million followers that featured a very strategically placed bottle of hairspray. 



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    Jim Carrey took to Twitter to speak out against California's new law mandating school vaccinations. 


    On Monday, state lawmakers passed the bill striking down California's personal belief exemption for immunizations with a 24-14 vote, The Associated Press reported. Children must be vaccinated by kindergarten and seventh grade. Those with medical exemptions can go unvaccinated, but personal belief exemptions will not be accepted.


    Carrey posted series of tweets that advanced the notion that vaccines contain mercury in the form of thimerosal. (The Centers for Disease Control states that vaccines distributed in the U.S. do not contain thimerosal, which was "removed or reduced to trace amounts" as a precaution between 1999 and 2001 in all childhood vaccines, other than some flu vaccines.)





























    Carrey's ex, Jenny McCarthy, has been at the center of the anti-vaccine debate since a 2009 Time magazine interview during which she discussed her views on a possible link between vaccines and autism.  McCarthy's 13-year-old son, Evan, was diagnosed with autism in 2005. Last year, she said she is not anti-vaccine, but rather wants the public to demand safety. 


    The CDC has conducted multiple studies that have failed to demonstrate a link between autism and vaccinations.  


    Democratic state senators Richard Pan of Sacramento and Ben Allen of Santa Monica introduced the legislation in California after an outbreak of measles at Disneyland last year spread to more than 100 people, per AP. Parents who do not want to vaccinate their kids can try to get medical exemptions or homeschool them. 

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    "Musicians play their instruments," Michael Fassbender says as Steve Jobs in the new trailer for Danny Boyle's biopic. "I play the orchestra."


    While the first trailer for "Steve Jobs" only teased the film, the new full trailer gives an extended look at Fassbender portraying the former Apple CEO. We see Seth Rogen's Steve Wozniak questioning his Apple co-founder, Katherine Waterson as Jobs’ ex-girlfriend, Chrisann Brennan, Kate Winslet as former marketing chief of Macintosh Joanna Hoffman and Jeff Daniels as former Apple CEO John Sculley.


    The film follows three major product launches for Apple leading up to the unveiling of what Fassbender's Jobs introduces as the "warm, friendly and inviting" iMac. "Steve Jobs" opens Oct. 9.


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    Two days after his opening performance at this year’s annual BET Awards, Kendrick Lamar unleashed the video for his “Alright."

    Produced by Pharrell Williams, "Alright" is the third single off Lamar's latest album "To Pimp A Butterfly." The provocative seven-minute clip, directed by Colin Tilley, confronts police brutality in America with evocative imagery shot in black and white.

    In one scene, a police officer shoots a fleeing man in the back.



    Another is a powerful simulation of a rapper being shot off of a light pole by a patrol man.



    Tilley, the director, described the concept and the process of making the video with MTV News
    . “It basically shows the state of everything that’s going on in the world right now,” he said. “It’s also showing how one man can basically spread positivity through all of the madness that’s going on and how everything is gonna be alright.”

    Check out Kendrick Lamar’s video “Alright” in the clip above.






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    Diplo does not know anything about Selena Gomez's love life.  


    Gomez appeared on New Zealand's "The Edge Afternoons" radio show Tuesday and talked about her relationship with Zedd, who she dated earlier this year, and responded claims by Diplo that their romance was phony. Dilpo went on Radio.com in early June and said they were faking it.


    "I’m actually not enemies with Zedd by any means," he said, after criticizing the 22-year-old's latest album. "I just think that he came from such a cool place, and now he’s been pegged as a money-maker for a major label to do EDM, which to me isn’t even a genre. But they’ve pegged him for that, they’ve marketed him, even the fake relationship with Selena Gomez, all the things to sell records took away from the music." 


    The "Good for You" singer brushed it off as a joke, but questioned why Diplo would have any input on -- or knowledge about -- her personal life. 


    "He said that was a joke!" Gomez said. "He said that was a joke cause I talked to him. First off, it's very interesting that Diplo would think he knew about my personal life, but he doesn't. I adore Anton [Zedd] a lot and I definitely had a thing with him, which was nice." 


    The 22-year-old sparked more dating rumors Monday when she stepped out for ice cream with Gigi Hadid's ex, Cody Simpson. 


    Oh, to be young, famous and single.  


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    Zookeepers, museum employees, librarians and even Chris Pratt himself have been hilariously recreating the actor's famous raptor-training scene from "Jurassic World." Pratt may have just found the best reenactment to date.

    The actor shared an amazing photo of a toddler asserting his Owen Grady-esque authority over a trio of toy dinosaurs. "Thank you to the parents of this little one," Pratt wrote in the caption. "You've made my day. Oh man! I'm crying laughing."

    Thank you to the parents of this little one. You've made my day. Oh man! I'm crying laughing.

    Posted by Chris Pratt on Tuesday, June 30, 2015




    For reference, here is the original still from the movie:

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    Pratt clearly isn't the only one who loved the photo, which has itself spawned some incredible reinterpretations.

    A star is born.

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     Kim Kardashian is Rolling Stone's July cover girl and inside the pages, the never not candid star tackles everything from feminism to the dealing with her brother Rob to her infamous sex tape.


    Kardashian is smart enough to recognize that her 2007 sex tape with ex-boyfriend Ray J introduced her to the world, but it was an experience she was already somewhat familiar with since it was a 2004 sex tape that cemented her one-time BFF Paris Hilton as a tabloid fixture. 


    But the girls didn't bond over the shared experience, Kardashian told Rolling Stone


    "I don't think she was that happy. We didn't really talk about it. I probably would have thought, 'Oh, my gosh, let me give her advice,' but we had no communication," the 34-year-old told the magazine. "But our friendship had fizzled before that." 


    Fizzled seems to be a bit of an understatement given some of the remarks Hilton would go on to make about the reality star. Though, the two now seem to recognize that a truce, or at least the illusion of a fondness for each other, is beneficial at least where throwback photos are concerned.  


    Still, Hilton and Kardashian continue to have plenty in common. They both maintain they had nothing to do with the release of their tapes, but Kardashian doesn't really care anymore. 


    "We're in major confidentiality, so I can't talk about it," Kardashian said of whoever leaked the tape, adding that she doesn't really think about the millions of people who have seen it over the years. "I thought about it for a long time. But when I get over something, I get over it." 


     For more with Kim Kardashian, head over to Rolling Stone. 



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    Thirty seconds, seven dance moves and one talented heartthrob.

    Actor Channing Tatum will grace the cover of Vanity Fair's August issue, and naturally, the magazine asked the star to show off some of his fancy footwork. In half a minute, we get to see some running man, hula and even a few Madge-worthy seconds of voguing.


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    He's a bit more clothed than he is in some of his scenes in the newly released "Magic Mike XXL," but all is not lost. The outlet's Rich Cohen asked Tatum if he'd ever consider hopping up on stage to strip again, "not in a film, not as a joke, but for real."

    “I wouldn’t mind going out there and doing it one more time. Or maybe twice," Tatum said. "But, you know, every time I’ve put on a thong and am getting ready to walk onstage again, I’m like, ‘Why do I want to do this?’ It’s very uncomfortable to be in a thong in front of a thousand people.”

    You can take a look at Vanity Fair's entire cover story, with photographs shot by Annie Leibovitz, here.

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    "That must be so hard," ""She's so beautiful, and she's so happy," "Honestly, queen."

    These are a few responses from these teens in The Fine Bros newest viral reaction video: "TEENS REACT TO CAITLYN JENNER"

    The video features 11 teens ages 15 to 19 talking about Caitlyn Jenner's recent transition to live as her authentic self. Their reactions and perspectives reflect a broad range of thoughts and emotions often involved in discussions around the topic.

    While watching the clips from Jenner's 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer, several of the teen viewers send messages of support: "Good for her!," says 19-year-old Josh, while 18-year-old Morgan admits she "cried" when she saw the interview the first time.

    While they all say they were aware of Caitlyn Jenner's story prior to being brought into the Fine Bros studio, some still have questions. "So he [sic] would be considered transgender, right?" asked Labib, 18, about Jenner. Sixteen-year-old Josh earnestly struggled with pronouns at one point: "Him? Her? She? Him?...I don't know."

    Each participant came into the room with a different level of knowledge and familiarity, some fumbling with a definition of "transgender" when asked, while another, 18-year-old Jeordy, says she has transgender friends.

    None of the teens featured in the video are transgender, and while some struggled with the concept of being assigned the wrong gender at birth, they all expressed empathy and support for those who experience it and choose to transition. Those who admitted that they couldn't imagine feeling that way seemed to believe in an individual being able to exercise his or her freedoms.

    The Fine Bros have been making quite a name for themselves with their reaction vid series, which feature select age groups reacting to a range number of political events and cultural phenomenons (see: Elders React to Snapchat, Kids React to Old Computers, and Teens React to Cigarette Commercials).

    This video is one of the Fine Bros more substantive in terms of topic matter, and made all the more valuable by the unfiltered, candid reactions of these teens, as well as their willingness to tackle the difficult questions and nuanced thoughts that come up during this discussion. That a mainstream, fun-loving production group like the Fine Bros chose Caitlyn as their newest reaction video subject is telling of the importance of these discussions about LGBT issues, particularly for young people.

    Watch these teens in their efforts to sort through Jenner's gender identity, the public's perception of transgender people, and answer how they think having a friend or family member transition to another gender identity would affect their relationship with that person.

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    A non-Duggar family molestation victim is preparing to file a civil suit against Josh Duggar, sources tell In Touch magazine exclusively in the new issue on newsstands today.

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    All hail Queen Bey, Pride and marriage equality! 


    Beyonce celebrated LGBT pride and SCOTUS's historical ruling for same-sex marriage with a  17-second remake of her "7/11" video complete with rainbow flags and some killer dance moves.


    "Love always wins!" she wrote. 


    Yes, it does. 


     


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    Who better to take romance advice from than the man behind all of your favorite love stories?

    John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns (among other great books), is, at this point, essentially a teen love life guru. In the past, Green has dolled out relationship advice to Seventeen magazine, and has taken to his YouTube channel, VlogBrothers -- which he runs with his brother, Hank -- to discuss his own teenage romance struggles and help others get through theirs.

    Now the author offers answers to some fans' questions about love and life in a recent Q&A in the August issue of Seventeen Magazine. Check out what he had to say!

    NOTE: Seventeen’s August issue hits stands on July 7. Scroll down to see snippets of John Green's love life advice and head over to Seventeen.com for more.

    What is a surefire way to know if someone likes you?
    (Mariah, 16, West, Orange, NJ)


    I hate to say this but you have to use your words. In my experience, the best thing to do is just ask, "Do you like me?" That's how my wife and I got together. It can be awkward and uncomfortable and it's not easy. If you don't want to say it so directly, you can do something like ask them out for coffee.


    My crush at school is kind of nerdy. I'm nervous my friends will tease me if we start dating. How should I handle it?
    (Rachel, 17, Miami, FL)

    If you like somebody, then go for it. If your friends are good friends, they will come to accept that person and see their great qualities, too. One of the things I love about being a nerd is that I get to be unironically enthusiastic. I don't have to be embarrassed by my passions and interests, and I think that's a really good quality in a romantic partner.


    (btw, definitely not the first time John's given advice on "Nerd Love")

    What do guys really think about girls that make the first move?
    Sarah, 18, East Greenbush, NY

    You get to see that she's the kind of person who confident enough and interested enough in you to make the first move — and that's pretty cool. Any guy who thinks it's inappropiate for the girl to ask him out is probably not the kind of guy you want to be dating anyway. When I was in high school, I was always psyched if a girl asked me out. Whether it worked out or not, it always showed a little bit of moxie.


    I'm stuck in the "hooking up" stage with this guy, but it's so up and down. How do I deal?
    (Brittany, 21, Charleston, SC)

    It depends on what you want. There is nothing wrong with doing that unless it's not what you're looking for. The most important thing is not to feel used and not to feel obligated to do stuff with someone who you don't think is interested in you the same way. If you want more emotional intimacy then your partner is willing to provide, then it's probably best to go different ways.






    Check out Seventeen's August issue (with covergirl Shay Mitchell!) for more of John's love life advice!

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    Jon Hamm: he's the guy who bought the world a Coke, and also the only other person on TV who spells "Jon" correctly. That other properly-spelled Jon is "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, who was graced by Hamm's presence on Tuesday night.


    The "Mad Men" star showed up on "The Daily Show" to pay tribute to the host before he passes the torch to Trevor Noah in September. After complimenting Stewart's talented voice, Hamm presented a montage of all of the host's musical moments. Enjoy two minutes of Stewart singing and spoofing everything from the Beastie Boys to "Baby Got Back" to "The Sound of Music" soundtrack.


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    More than two weeks after Donald Trump characterized Mexican immigrants to the U.S. as "rapists" and criminals, the backlash from the Latino community and from various businesses is still growing.

    International superstar Shakira and department-store chain Macy’s are the latest to chime in on Trump's incendiary remarks, which he delivered in June while announcing his intention to seek the Republican presidential nomination.

    The Colombian singer posted her reaction in both Spanish and English to her 32 million Twitter followers Tuesday night. She also posted her thoughts on Facebook, where she has more than 101 million followers worldwide.

    Shakira, who lives in Barcelona, Spain, with her boyfriend and their two sons, denounced Trump’s words as an attack on the United States’ legacy of diversity.







    During Trump's announcement of his candidacy on June 16, the business mogul cited Mexican immigrants as one of the ills plaguing the United States.

    "The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems," Trump said in that speech. "When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

    Macy’s on Wednesday became the latest company to sever its business relationship with Trump, announcing that it “stands for diversity and inclusion” and that it will phase out Trump's menswear collection.

    Trump responded with a statement of his own, saying that in fact, he, not Macy’s, had decided to end the relationship, because his "principles are far more important." He also accused both Macy’s and NBC -- which cut ties with Trump earlier this week over the immigration remarks -- of benefiting from “illegal immigration.”

    "Clearly, NBC and Macy's support illegal immigration, which is totally detrimental to the fabric of our once great country,” Trump's statement read. “Both Macy's and NBC totally caved at the first sight of potential difficulty with special interest groups who are nothing more than professional agitators, who are not looking out for the people they purport to represent, but only for themselves. It is people like this that are actually running our country because our leaders are weak and ineffective."

    Trump has stood by his comments about Mexican immigrants, telling Fox News' Bill O'Reilly on Tuesday that the remarks were "totally accurate." And while some of his business relationships have crumbled, he doesn't seem to be suffering politically, having placed second in a CNN poll released this week.

    Colombian reggaeton star J Balvin was one of the first to take a stand against the mogul by canceling a scheduled performance at the Miss USA beauty pageant, which, like the Miss Universe pageant, is partly owned by Trump.

    Latino stars Roselyn Sanchez and Cristian de la Fuente, who were expected co-host the Spanish telecast on Univision, also pulled out of the event.

    Televisa, Mexico’s largest television network, and former Miss Universe Lupita Jones also announced they would not be sending a contestant to this year’s Miss Universe pageant. In the past, Jones and Televisa have organized pageants where a representative of Mexico is chosen for the Miss Universe contest.

    Latino celebrities in the U.S. have also spoken out against Trump. Mexican-American rapper Becky G wrote and recorded the song "We Are Mexico," and the Ricky Martin Foundation decided to relocate its golf tournament, which it had initially planned to host at the Trump International Golf Club in Río Grande, Puerto Rico.

    In a tweet on June 25, Martin himself denounced Trump’s comments.

    “A lot of hatred and ignorance in your heart,” the singer wrote, adding the business mogul’s handle and the hashtag #LatinosUnidos, or Latinos United.

    Univision, the country’s leading Spanish-language network, delivered the first major blow to Trump on June 25 when it announced that it would not broadcast the Miss USA pageant. Trump has since filed a $500 million lawsuit against the network, which Univision reviewed and described as "both factually false and legally ridiculous."

    More recently, NBCUniversal, which owns Telemundo and has been the home of Trump’s show “The Apprentice” since 2004, also announced that it would dissolve its business relationship with the candidate. The network has refused to air both the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants.

    Later, Cheryl Burke of "Dancing with the Stars" and Thomas Roberts of MSNBC both said they would no longer be hosting the Miss USA pageant.

    As of Wednesday afternoon, the event has no hosts and no network on which to appear. Nevertheless, the Miss Universe Organization posted a statement on its website Tuesday saying the pageant will still be held on July 12 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as originally scheduled.

    "We are disheartened by recent events but the show will go on," the organization said in its statement, adding that the Miss Universe Organization was "built on a foundation of inclusion and continues to be a celebration of diversity and of all cultures."

    The statement also noted that the pageant will have six Latina contestants, four of whom are of Mexican descent.

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    Tim McGraw is sharing the stage with some honorary stars this summer.

    The country singer is giving away a mortgage-free house to a veteran at each of the remaining stops on his 2015 tour, Business Insider reported. “[These are] people who have given us security for a lot of years,” McGraw said in a promotional video for his initiative. “And we’re able to do that back for them a little bit, in a small way.”

    Since 2012, McGraw, along with Chase Bank and the military nonprofit Operation Homefront, has helped provide more than 100 homes to veterans and their families, according to the singer’s website. So far on his “Shotgun Rider 2015 Tour,” which began June 5, McGraw has given away six houses. He plans to award 30 more homes on the tour until it concludes in September.

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    “I can honestly say that I got as much -- or more -- out of the experience than the veterans who received the new homes and assistance,” McGraw said in a statement. “These families made an incredible mark on me, and I’m more grateful than I’ve ever been for the sacrifices they make every day to serve our country.”

    For McGraw, giving back to the military is a particular personal cause. On his 2012 “Brothers of the Sun” tour, he gave away 25 homes to wounded or needy military service members, the Associated Press reported. "My sister's a veteran, my uncle's a veteran, my grandfather was a veteran, one of my best friends is a veteran," he said in an interview. "I've known people my whole life who are in service to America. And I think in my position to be able to do something like that is probably the ultimate thing.”

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