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    This past weekend, 23-year-old rising pop star Charli XCX played a thrilling, energetic set at Chicago's Lollapalooza -- but not everyone was loving it.

    Many music critics writing about the set from Ms. XCX -- born Charlotte Aitchison -- took issue with Aitchison's songwriting and performance style, including a Chicago Tribune writer who called her music "witless."

    Her tongue-in-cheek "playing" of a giant inflatable guitar and telling the crowd they could join her chant of "pussy pussy / power power" "even if you have a dick" clearly struck a particularly sour note in the eyes of some critics. (Despite the fact that, the following day, mediaoutletsuniversallycelebrateda set practically identical in composition at the Osheaga festival in Montreal.)

    Perhaps the strangest review came from the RedEye, where one of the free paper's critics wrote the following:

    "She was not the most ladylike of performers either, constantly gyrating her hips and even exclaiming, "My fly keeps coming undone." Classy..."


    While it's completely fair for a music critic to express a negative opinion about an artist's performance at a festival -- it's pretty much their job, after all -- such criticism verges into murkier waters when it enforces gender stereotypes and expectations, particularly, in this case, the suggestion that female artists should be "classy" and "ladylike."

    Such criticisms also downplay the Brit artist's impressive credentials. Though Charli XCX is relatively new to the mainstream pop world but has already had a hand in some of the biggest hits of the past two years, co-writing and contributing vocals on both Icona Pop's ubiquitous "I Love It" and 2014's song of the summer "Fancy," plus her own "Boom Clap."

    And she's also an impressive live performer. Accompanied by her all-female backing band on Saturday, Aitchison played an energetic and thrilling show in front of a relatively large crowd braving direct sunlight on a hot, humid afternoon. Her set ranged from the aforementioned mega-hits to less-recognized tracks from "Sucker," her latest release, and even a deep cut, "Grins," off her full-length debut, 2013's "True Romance."

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    Charli XCX performs at Lollapalooza at Grant Park on Saturday, August 1, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois.(Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP)


    The fact that Aitchison only pulled one track from her debut album during a nearly hour-long festival set speaks to how deep her well of practically flawless pop music actually is. And the crowd appeared to be loving it despite issues with the volume of Aitchison's vocals, which several other acts at the same stage over the weekend were also impacted by.

    Of course, sexism continues to be a major issue in the music industry. Female artists are dramatically underrepresented in the lineups of major music festivals in the U.S. and, as Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk described earlier this year, music journalists have a knack for downplaying the role that female artists play within their own music. And in 2013, Canadian singer Grimes posted a lengthy essay to Tumblr discussing the litany of ways she has encountered sexism in her career, echoing the sentiments of many other female artists who have expressed similar concerns.

    Female artists, particularly the purveyors of pop music, are continually defined within parameters that are practically impossible to satisfy: Not too sexy but not too prudish, not too aggressive but not too meek, not too serious or smart but not too fun or "dumb." It sets them up to "fail" and encourages them to direct their frustration toward other female artists or stop making music altogether.

    So, while Aitchison has probably grown accustomed to such criticisms -- she's been singing professionally since she was a teen, after all -- it doesn't mean that they should continue to be OKed by copyeditors and published for all to see.

    After all, the biggest victims of such sexist and stifling critiques being tolerated are the young women reading them who might be discouraged to pursue their own musical ambitions due to the realization that their music will never be taken as seriously as a man's, as well as all of us who could be denied hearing whatever musical creations those young women might one day dream up.

    And that makes us all suckers.

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    Last week, the Internet pretty much exploded when a photo of Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence -- two of the coolest ladies in Hollywood -- riding a jet ski together surfaced. 


    The "Trainwreck" star shared the photo on her Instagram page with the simple caption, "JLaw #maniac." You may remember it:



    A photo posted by @amyschumer on



    On last night's episode of "The Daily Show," the comedian explained to host Jon Stewart exactly how the two stars ended up together before admitting JLaw is "the last person you want to be next to" in photos. 


    Schumer told Stewart that she takes an annual trip with her friends from high school. But for this year's vacation (which was in the Hamptons), Schumer also invited "The Hunger Games" star, who she's become friends with, to join. 


    "I was like, 'Oh, we're going on a boat tomorrow. You should come.' It was kind of a hypothetical," she said. "And she [Lawrence] was like, 'I think I'm coming!'" 


    The party-filled weekend was (luckily for us) memorialized in photos, which Schumer didn't seem too pleased about. 


    "It was a complete viral thing. It's my picture next to Jennifer Lawrence. It's the last person you want to be next to. In all the pictures we took of us, I look like her coach," she told Stewart jokingly, as photos of the women flashed on screen. "I look like I'm telling her to take a knee ... I just look like I'm coaching her."


    Watch the Schumer's whole interview to see for yourself.




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    Alexander Skarsgård took to the red carpet for the premiere of his new film "The Diary of a Teenage Girl" on Monday night in San Francisco dressed in drag. And he fully committed. 


    The 38-year-old actor wore a bright gold '70s-inspired sequin gown with spaghetti straps and a cinched waist. He paired the glam frock with a silver clutch and a blond wig so voluminous even Dolly Parton would be jealous. 


    The former "True Blood" star also wore a full face of makeup, complete with false lashes and expertly contoured cheekbones. He posed for some photos with his co-star Bel Powley, executive producer Jorma Taccone and director Marielle Heller.




    The "Battleship" star once dressed in drag before for his role as Geert in the 2006 film "Kill Your Darlings," though Monday's look was much more glamorous.  


    According to E! and Us Weekly, Skarsgård didn't provide a reason for his outfit choice, but both sites noted it may have been a nod to the actor's co-star Joshua Grannell (a drag performer who goes by Peaches Christ), who plays a crossdresser in the film.


    Vanity Fair mentioned that he was dressed in drag because the Castro District in San Francisco, where Peaches Christ is a well-known performer, held a drag show party before the film premiered. Skarsgård simply chose to stay in his outfit following the party. 


    And we must say, he rocked the sh*t out of those sequins. 


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    The upcoming biopic "Straight Outta Compton" gives viewers an intimate look into the rise of '90s rap group N.W.A. and the beginnings of Dr. Dre's influential music career. But the movie avoids one area of Dre's dark past.


    As Gawker points out, in an attempt to humanize the notorious group, the film fails to mention Dr. Dre's assault of hip-hop journalist Dee Barnes -- a beating that N.W.A. members MC Ren and Eazy-E said she "deserved."


    In a conversation with HuffPost Live on Monday, VIBE magazine's Editor-in-Chief Datwon Thomas said the incident, which occurred in 1991 after ex-member Ice Cube was featured on Barnes' show "Pump It Up," should not be lost in history.


    "It's a moment that needs to be documented because it shows that this man [Dre] doesn't have just shiny spots on his resume. He has those dark moments," Thomas told host Marc Lamont Hill.


    While Thomas said that Dre has spoken about the issue when pressed, the opportunities to do so are few and far between.


    "It is something that he had to answer for and I think he does step up and try to talk about it when addressed. But it's hard to address him about it because he doesn't do interviews like that," he said. "It was amazing to hear him talk about the Suge Knight incident on set with The Hollywood Reporter. He just said it was an unfortunate incident. It's just hard to get those really deep answers to those questions that you want from Dre. It's really tough."


    Watch the full HuffPost Live conversation about Dr. Dre's latest project here.


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    It's not "Almost Paradise" anymore -- "Bachelor in Paradise" has finally arrived, and in abundance. The first week's episodes, three hours in total, offered all the laughter, tears, making out and backstabbing we could possibly hope for.


    In this week's "Here To Make Friends" podcast, hosts Claire Fallon, Culture Writer, and Emma Gray, Senior Women's Editor, recap episodes 1 and 2 of "Bachelor in Paradise" Season 2. We'll discuss paradise's apparent crab infestation, all the Ashley I. tears, the cult of Jared and the definition of "old lady." 




    Plus, Maxwell Strachan, "Bachelor" fan and HuffPost Senior Entertainment and Sports Editor, joins to give us his "Bachelor in Paradise" premiere commentary:


    Do people love "The Bachelor," "The Bachelorette" and "Bachelor in Paradise," or do they love to hate it? It's unclear. But here at "Here To Make Friends," we both love and love to hate them -- and we love to snarkily dissect each episode in vivid detail.




     


    This week's best "Bachelor In Paradise" tweets...


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    Kermit and Miss Piggy have definitely broken up, and the porcine star is 100 percent fine with that. She's got a new show this fall, and at a press appearance, she was focused on the positive


    “This will be great for moi’s stardom,” she said during an ABC panel at the Television Critics Association press tour. 


    Kermit and Miss Piggy were at the TCAs to promote ABC's fall comedy “The Muppets,” which is set behind-the-scenes at a late-night talk show, “Up Late with Miss Piggy,” where Kermit serves as the executive producer.


    At the panel, Kermit and Miss Piggy didn’t go into details about their breakup, but she did say, “Dating moi is like flying close to the sun.”


    Kermit is now dating someone who works in marketing at ABC, and his new girlfriend is also a pig. The producers hinted that Miss Piggy will be threatened by Kermit’s relationship with Kermit’s new pignifcant other.


    However, Miss Piggy insists that it’s better that their relationship ended. Her single status will drive even more coverage of her life, and she said she looks forward to the tabloids speculating on “who she’s going to get caught snogging.”


    Never a pig with self-esteem problems, she also took credit for inspiring a lot of actresses who came up after her.


    “They’ve all modeled themselves after moi.”


    But what’s her secret to never aging? Well, she just decided one day not to ever get any older. “Moi is timeless … You should try it one day. Just look in the mirror and say, ‘I’m done with this aging thing.’”


    Executive producers Bill Prady (of “The Big Bang Theory”) and Bob Kushell confirmed that the show, which premieres Sept. 22, will be a workplace comedy, but guests like Imagine Dragons and Reese Witherspoon have already been booked, and other famous stars will be visiting Miss Piggy's show, as well. 


    Prady said that it’s complicated to shoot the many puppets that make up "The Muppets" cast — the show's shot in the style of “The Office” or “Modern Family,” but given that the stars are made of felt, it takes a fair bit of planning to get everything right. 


    It’s more challenging than it looks to go “into this amazing world and getting it to look haphazard and casual and getting the documentary shots that are dirty and messy and catching things you’re not supposed to catch,” Prady said.


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    Not even split pants can keep Lenny Kravitz from shredding. 


    Kravitz was performing in Stockholm, Sweden, Monday when he bent down and split his leather pants. The 51-year-old, who wasn't wearing any underwear, didn't seem too worried. He got right back up and kept on playing. 



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     He did a quick wardrobe change before finishing the show. 


    "The producer stepped up and said that they had 'some problems on stage,'" an audience member told Sweden's The Local. "A bit later Kravitz came out wearing other trousers. He said, 'Sorry, I ripped my trousers.'”


    Lenny Kravitz, giving literal meaning to "Rock out with your c**k out."


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    CORRESPONDENTS, ASSEMBLE! 


    It's almost tough to comprehend all the talent that has made its way through the halls of "The Daily Show." 


    Lucky for you, the good folks at Digg have assembled a video of all the now famous personalities to come out of the show, from their first appearances ever to present gigs.


    So, you see? It'll be okay to say goodbye to "Daily Show"-mode Jon Stewart later this week. This isn't the last we'll see of him. 


     


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    Kelly Osbourne's attempt to take a shot at Donald Trump's recent anti-Latino remarks went off the rails Tuesday during an appearance as a guest host on "The View." 


    As the co-hosts dished on the Republican presidential candidate's hot-button comments about immigration, co-host Rosie Perez noted that many Latinos in the U.S. agree "that the immigration problem is a problem and it does need to be addressed and it does need to be fixed."


    Perez added that Trump making "those racist comments" doesn't help. That's when Osbourne made a quip that fell flat. 


    "If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?" Osbourne said.


    After a notable awkward silence (and one gasp of shock), Perez challenged Osbourne's comment while the other co-hosts tried to clarify Osbourne's point.  


    "Oh, I didn't mean it like that, come on," Osbourne said. "No, I would never mean it like that."  


    In a statement to The Huffington Post, Osbourne said through her representative:

     


    I want to start by saying I ALWAYS take responsibility for my actions. In this particular case I will take responsibility for my poor choice of words but I will not apologize for being a racist as I am NOT.  I whole-hearted f**ked up today.  I don’t want to bulls**t anyone with lame excuses. Although, I was stopped mid-sentence by Rosie and couldn’t finish my point I will not let Rosie take responsibility for my words. I should have known better as I was on The View and it was live. I’ve learned a very valuable lesson. It is my hope that this situation will open up a conversation about immigration and the Latin community as a whole.  By the way I clean my own f**king toilets.


    The women made nice by the end of the show, with Perez apologizing to Osbourne for "being overly sensitive" and Osbourne telling Perez her apology was unnecessary and that she "had every right" to be upset. 


    "No, Kelly Osbourne is on our side and I was sensitive," Perez said. "My disdain should go to only Donald Trump, so I'm sorry, darling."


    "No, you don't have to apologize to me," Osbourne said. "I love you, Rosie."


    Perez went on to extend an olive branch to Osbourne via Twitter: 





    But despite Perez and Osbourne coming to an understanding, not everyone on social media was so willing to give the "Project Runway Junior" judge a pass for her remark.








    Osbourne has stepped in it before with racially insensitive remarks. During the Academy Awards, the former "Fashion Police" star and her co-host Guiliana Rancic were roundly criticized for comments made about the locs hairstyle of singer-actress Zendaya Coleman. 


    Osbourne insisted that she never made comments about Coleman -- only Rancic did -- but the ensuing controversy prompted her to ultimately quit the E! fashion program. 


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    Brooke Hogan has taken to her father Hulk Hogan's defense, but sadly, she's going about it in the wrong way.


    The 27-year-old star told Entertainment Tonight that she's standing by her father following his racist comments revealed in a recently leaked tape. "He's so nice to everybody," Hogan said of her father, who reportedly used the n-word multiple times in a tape leaked by Gawker. "He doesn't talk like that, which is what was so strange about it."


    The former reality star said her father was in "the lowest point in his life" when he said the racial slurs in the tape, which was shot in 2006 and posted six years later. But Hogan continued to defend her father's language by noting that he's friends with people of color. "My dad's best friends with Mr. T, he's best friends with Dennis Rodman," she said, "he's not racist." Just because Hulk Hogan is buddies with Mr. T doesn't mean he can go around saying the n-word in an inflammatory manner. 




    But even worse, Brooke Hogan trivialized the offensive nature of her father's words even further by comparing them to her own experiences with prejudice. "This is something that we have to put a stop to everyday," she told ET, "because I'll be honest with you, I've had a black guy call me a honkey, and I've also been told that white people smell like bologna. I don't take offense to it, I just laughed at it."


    Sorry, Brooke, but that's definitely not the same thing. One person being able to brush off an offensive slur with a laugh doesn't mean all other experiences of being targeted by racism are invalid.


    If Brooke Hogan really wanted help "put a stop" to racism, she should admit that her father was initially in the wrong, just as he did when he apologized following the leak. In a statement last month, the wrestler said, "It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it." 


    Hogan's comments to ET follow Kelly Osbourne's racist comment on "The View" on Tuesday regarding Donald Trump. Osbourne later apologized for her failed insult, but perhaps both women should take a seat when it comes to racial issues.


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    The sixth season of "Pretty Little Liars" has, hands down, been the scariest one yet. We've seen enough creepy porcelain dolls to last us a lifetime, we watched Maddie Ziegler perform a dark, twisted dance routine in Spencer's dreams, and the liars were trapped in a freaking doll house and tortured for two weeks. Oh, and let's not forget A performed surgery on them so he could implant tracking devices into their necks. 


    But while the show may come off as straight-up terrifying to viewers (like us) at home, things on set are a little different, as Lucy Hale (Aria Montgomery) can attest. 


    "I’m always blown away by our set decorators and props and everything, because you walk on set, and it’s pretty creepy, everything’s really dark, but on the flip side of that, it’s such a light-hearted cast," Hale explained to The Huffington Post over the phone. "We're always having such a great time."


    She continued, "I used to get freaked out, but six years in, I guess I've just gotten used to it. I would agree though, this season is definitely a bit edgier, a bit scarier and I'm glad it translates."


    For the past six seasons, Hale has been part of what might be the most complicated friend circle in TV history, but there's no drama off-screen. 


    "I think I knew right from the beginning, when I met the girls, these weren’t just ordinary actors and ordinary people. These were people I was going to have great chemistry with and I knew we were on this journey together. And I think that’s what’s brought us all even closer," she said. 


    And, like a real family, Hale noted they've "celebrated birthdays together, we’ve experienced loss together ... We really are like a family. I would do anything for all of them." 


    Lucky for Hale (and us), "Pretty Little Liars" has been renewed for a seventh season, which means she'll get to hang out with her TV BFFs for a little while longer. And as we already know, after the midseason finale, the girls will finally be done with high school (though maybe not the drama that comes with it). 


    So what can we expect for Aria, Emily, Spencer and Hannah? 


    "I’m not sure if I can say how significant the time jump is, but they’ve definitely grown up a lot and they’ve definitely experienced some sort of normalcy. They’ve gone to college and they have jobs now and they have these [new] relationships," Hale explained. 


    But don't hold your breath for a happy ending just yet.


    "Of course, events occur that bring them back to Rosewood, and they’re thrown into this whirlwind again," she continued. "But we just started the time jump so I don't even know what to expect."


    "I think next season, for sure, we’ve got to top ourselves in pleasing the audience and giving them all the answers they’ve been sticking around for for so long."


    The Season 6 summer finale of "Pretty Little Liars" will air on ABC Family on Aug. 11 at 8 p.m.  




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    If you’re going to sweep Gina Rodriguez off her feet, you’re going to need a hand -- or two.


    The “Jane the Virgin” star was the celebrity guest on Monday’s episode of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” playing alongside the show’s improv veterans Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Jeff Davis. But things got particularly out of hand when Stiles, Rodriguez and Mochrie’s hands were placed in a luxury hotel for a romantic rendezvous.


    In the skit titled “Helping Hands,” Stiles popped some bubbly and fed threw the actress handfuls of grapes as she tried to keep up with the antics.


    Earlier in the episode, the 31-year-old star challenged Brady and Davis to sing about her character Jane, reimagining her not as a virgin but as an organic corn farmer. The skit even inspired the actress to do a little bit of freestyle rapping.


    Watch the "Helping Hands" segment above and check out the full episode on The CW.


     


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    In case you missed it, on Monday, Lenny Kravitz was doing what he does best -- rocking out during a show in Stockholm, Sweden -- when his leather pants ripped and he flashed the crowd.  In total rock star fashion, he really didn't care.  


    And he kept on not caring even as news of his wardrobe malfunction went viral on Tuesday. The 51-year-old seemed pretty unfazed by the whole thing, judging by the text he tweeted from Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler:





    #Penisgate, indeed.


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    It's rounding 6 on a Friday and we're deflated by the week when my coworker, Flossie*, brings up the trailer to Ricki and the Flash.

    In a scene when Meryl Streep, an aging rock star, is performing at her daughter's wedding, Flossie points to the guitarist by her side and asks: 'Is that the 'Jesse's Girl' guy?"

    "You mean Rick Springfield, Floss." I clarify, a slight whiff of defense. "The man that could have been my father."

    It's an alternate universe exaggeration -- but Rick Springfield and my mom dated for 5 years after she befriended him in an acting class. In fact, the two were set to play the leads in a 1981 horror film together but he dropped out when they split up.

    Who stepped in to replace him?

    The man that did, in fact, become my father.

    ***

    The horror film in question is Scared to Death --- a title I find apt as my catalyst in that I've spent a good 65 percent of my life in acute anxiety, and I stave that off from killing me by a pretty dedicated mental health regime.

    There are, just guesstimating, 25 VHS copies left in this world, but the movie can be found on the Internet if one digs deep. As can, Google reveals, film stills of my thoroughly divorced parents open mouth kissing. These I send to my brother and sister-in-law with subject line: "Ew" and attach the Ricki and the Flash trailer. "Should we email for premiere tix?"

    While he may have been influenced at the time, my father once sited "S.T.D" (heh) as the beginning of the end. While artistic careers are what both of them wanted, worked towards and planned for -- neither of them work in creative fields anymore.

    Both dreamers and deeply expressive people, they instilled in me a somewhat conflicted hunger for the creative life.

    **

    A Rick Springfield Wiki read through reveals to me he has and continues to have a more extensive career than I was aware, and always in the arts.

    But a peppering of his creative and pop cultural doings:

    He's recorded 17 studio albums, 2 top 10
    He continues to write, record and tour
    He won a Grammy.
    He knew my Grammy.
    He had a Saturday morning TV cartoon, for which he wrote all the songs.
    He's been on Broadway.
    He was on General Hospital.
    He's on True Detective.
    He's kissed Streep, possibly with tongue.
    He has a popular cruise that is him themed.
    He's written 2 books.

    But can he cook?

    The last time I saw Rick myself, who remains a Davidson family friend, was in 2009 in Chatsworth, California in the stockroom- turned-green room of a Barnes and Noble. He was promoting an album of children's lullabies.

    To me, it could have been backstage on the School's Out tour.

    **

    I'm also aware Rick has had a long struggle with depression. He speaks of it publicly, and while he's had a myriad of successes, his career has been, to quote the late F. Mercury, no bed of roses. No pleasure cruise.

    This he detailed in his autobiography Late, Late At Night. After describing his teenage suicide attempt, he writes later about the battling voices in his head:

    There is another voice in my head as well. And this one isn't quite so gung-ho for me to wake up and aim higher. I know him as the Darkness, and he is the voice of my lifelong depression. While the guy with the microphone is encouraging me to get off my ass and do something, the Darkness is whispering a sentiment that is altogether different. "What's the point, Sport?"


    The link between creativity and mental illness is a long one, and the doubt and struggle he speaks of certainly hits home. I myself have contended with depression, substance abuse, and a variety of other mental debacles. Any of those things have the habit of feeling like an impossible hindrance to creative pursuits, as can, on the flip-side, the energy it takes to maintain health and sanity. It can all make doubt loom very large.

    So what is it about Rick, for example, that made his career continue on, despite his demons, to have such consistent creative output after all these years?

    I decide to ask the man himself. I get his email address from mom to ask for a chat, to which he kindly replies, "when's good for you?"

    **

    AK: What keeps you going despite your doubts and struggle with depression?

    RS: I've had a lot of doubts about myself and always have... I think every artist does. Truly, my most positive trait is that I am bullheaded persistent.

    I've heard this so many times-- talent won't win... the only thing that wins is persistence. If my life has shown me one thing, it's that. Even when faith in yourself fades.

    There is this saying, something like 'the road to success is littered with geniuses.. .who gave up too soon...and the mountain top is filled with numb-nuts who didn't know when to quit.

    AK: And you haven't given up on creating.

    ... I guess you make giving up not an option. The only time I thought maybe this music thing is not working out, that maybe I will try something else, is when I first got into acting.
    I was over in America, hadn't made any money. Had 3 failed albums, I split up with managers. I was very, very lonely and a stranger in a strange land--- and then I went to acting class where I met your mom and your uncle Doug.

    And that changed my life ...because I needed family at that point. It was a saving grace for me, and it was offered to me only because I stuck it out.

    AK: What's success to you?

    RS: Reaching goals you set, though, that's a pretty nebulous kind of a thing... but I'm a supporter of setting up really clear goals. For me it's doing something I like, creating something, and having an audience there to accept it. A lot of my self worth comes from achieving stuff. Getting a song on the radio, being on TV, those are the wins for me, and to have done it despite (all the difficulties). But I can feel successful when I finish a song that could go nowhere... just seeing something through to the end.

    AK: Did having commercial success change your attitude towards your work?

    RS: It didn't change my attitude towards my art... but I guess success had an effect in that I felt I had to prove myself... now that I was on the map so to speak. Critics weren't very kind to me in the beginning. They thought I was a teen idol. So after writing 300 crappy songs, I realized I could say something personal...That's the power of writing, what you bring to it personally.

    AK: Do you still think it's the most worthwhile thing you can do?

    RS: I think art can heal people, unite people. I can't count the number of times a song has made me feel better, in a way that nothing else makes it feel better...it just hits you in a spot that nothing else does.

    AK: How did the opportunity for Ricki and the Flash come about?

    RS: I was not the first person on the list. There are a lot of actors who can play the guitar, believe it or not. Again, though, just sticking in there, I'm still always working on things, making music, and performing -- and I guess it showed, that after all these years I continued to do the work.
    But it's not like you get a part and then you're golden... I've gone in for things after that and fallen on my face.

    But I'm in the game. And I'm staying in there.

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    Donald Trump continues to be behind every "foot in the mouth" moment taking over the internet these days. This time around, however, Kelly Osbourne might have given him a run for his money.

    On Tuesday's episode of ABC's talk show The View, Osbourne, who ironically left her co-hosting position on E!'s Fashion Police after one of her fellow co-hosts, Giuliana Rancic, made insensitive comments about singer Zendaya's cornrows at the 2015 Oscars, said during a discussion of Trump's lead in the polls: "If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilets, Donald Trump?"

    Osbourne's words came after Rosie Perez mentioned that:

    There are a lot of Latinos here in this country that do agree that the immigration problem is a problem and it does need to be addressed and it does need fixed. But, making those comments, those racist comments, do not help.


    While it can be argued that Osborne's comments did not come with cruel intentions, the example she used, quite frankly, was cruel. As soon as the morning telecast was over, Twitter was overflowed with tweets that featured the hashtag #QueridaKellyOsbourne ("Dear Kelly Osbourne") and referred to her as racist.

    But while her statement stereotyped Latinos, is it fair to say her statement was racially fueled?

    Racism and stereotyping are two different things. And while we might want to voice our opinions when incidents like these happen, is it's import to educate ourselves about what the issues really are and how should they be approached.

    Implying that Latinos clean toilets is a stereotype. Stereotyping is the action of referring to certain groups or people of those groups by generalized assumptions from sources like the media or our history.

    Racism is when someone intents to show hatred or dislike toward someone because of the color of their skin or their race.

    I myself am one with of the biggest advocates for Latin@ rights (I invite you to look at my past Huffington Post blog posts) -- but I don't agree on bullying someone for one comment that did not come out in the best way possible.

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    "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Kim Richards was allegedly homeless and living out of her car before her shoplifting arrest this week. 


    TMZ reported Richards stayed with family and friends after leaving rehab last month, but apparently has been homeless and living out of her car. The site previously claimed she lost her rental house in the Valley due to financial issues. People magazine reported she was living with her sister, Kathy Hilton, and kept her belongings in storage before her rehab stint. 


    The reality star and child actress, who appeared in "Nanny and the Professor" and "Escape To Witch Mountain," was arrested Sunday for shoplifting. She was stopped by security at a Target in Southern California Sunday night after leaving the store with three carts of merchandise, one of which was filled with $600 worth of toys that she did not pay for, according to Entertainment Tonight. Her bail was set at $5,000 and she was released the next day.  




    "I couldn't imagine Kim stealing or shoplifting anything. She is a giver," her ex-husband Monty Brinson told ET. "I am in complete shock. Guaranteed this must be some kind of mistake, and the facts will come out soon. She was arrested for shoplifting toys in a cart, but this was a clear misunderstanding. This was not alcohol- or drug-related."


    Richards was arrested back in April at the Beverly Hills Hotel and was charged with trespassing, resisting arrest, battery on a police officer and public intoxication after an incident at the hotel's Polo Lounge.


    Richards' struggles with sobriety were documented during Season 5 of "RHOBH." She lashed out at her co-star and sister, Kyle Richards, as well as other cast mates who were worried she had relapsed. At the time, she denied the claims. 


    On Wednesday, Kyle Richards posted a quote on Instagram about thinking twice before passing judgement on others. 



    A representative for Kim was not immediately available for comment at time of publication.


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    After Kelly Osbourne's ill-considered portrayal of Latinos as toilet bowl cleaners on Tuesday's episode of "The View," the host issued what many considered to be a non-apology for her comments that only further infuriated parts of the community. 


    The 30-year-old star was a guest host on the talk show when the conversation turned to Donald Trump’s anti-Latino remarks in June. Osbourne then took a shot at the Republican presidential candidate that ultimately backfired.


    "If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?" Osbourne said.


    Latinos online, however, were less forgiving. In a statement to The Huffington Post, which she later posted on her Facebook,  Osbourne said she would not apologize for being racist, but admitted she’d made a mistake.  



    I want to start by saying I ALWAYS take responsibility for my actions. In this particular case I will take responsibility for my poor choice of words but I will not apologize for being a racist as I am NOT. I whole-hearted f**ked up today.  I don’t want to bulls**t anyone with lame excuses. Although, I was stopped mid-sentence by Rosie and couldn’t finish my point I will not let Rosie take responsibility for my words. I should have known better as I was on The View and it was live. I’ve learned a very valuable lesson. It is my hope that this situation will open up a conversation about immigration and the Latin community as a whole.  By the way I clean my own f**king toilets.



     


    Colorlines news editor Aura Bogado started #QueridaKellyObsourne, which used the Spanish word for “dear” in contempt, to point out Osbourne's non-apology. The hashtag quickly went viral, allowing many on Twitter to address the British star and vent their frustration with her comments. 





    In a statement to The Huffington Post, Bogado said she put a lot of thought in crafting the hashtag, and employing a word in both Spanish and Portuguese since language is “so often negatively entangled in conversations about Latinos and immigration.”


    The editor also said the word “querida” was ideal because of its versatility.


    “In Spanish as well as Portuguese, ‘querida’ can be used with love or contempt, and I'd venture to say most people responded with the latter,” Bogado continued. “Either way, the idea was to communicate to Osbourne, and put the ball in her court. Not surprisingly, she has yet to respond to the thousands of people who've written to her with this hashtag.”


    Despite originating the viral hashtag, Bogado said very few outlets have attributed it to her -- something she feels speaks to the larger problem of visibility for Latinos and women online.


    “What's been intriguing for me to watch is the way my work has been largely rendered invisible by the media writing about the hashtag,” Bogado said in her statement.


    The irony is that the hashtag itself is a commentary against invisibility -- specifically against making latinas invisible,” she added. “I use the word intrigue because, since I have a platform both on and off Twitter, I'm not necessarily mad about it. But it does point to the fact that media have a difficult time recognizing women's work, and in this case, a latina's digital work in particular."


    Many Latinos, however, did recognize Bogado's work and #QueridaKellyOsbourne quickly went viral. Take a look at some of the hashtag's best tweets below: 




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    If Cara Delevingne's and Kate Mara's experiences are any indication, sitting through press junket interviews can get pretty repetitive, not to mention ridiculously sexist.


    Stars are often asked the same questions hundreds of times, and, as was the case for Delevingne, called out for not being lively enough in their answers. Additionally, female celebrities are often subjected to questions about their outfits and bodies, while their male counterparts get to answer questions about the films or projects they're promoting. 


    In a new Funny or Die video, Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg (stars of the upcoming "American Ultra"), tackle everything that's wrong with the typical press interview by flipping the script on each other. Instead of being interviewed by a network reporter, the co-stars interview each other, and to make things more interesting, they ask each other questions generally delegated to the opposite sex. The result is a hilarious commentary on the state of media junkets today. 


    "Is this now how these things usually go for you?" Stewart said after her co-star became visibly flustered when asked if he was "seeing anyone at the moment." 


    "No, I'm normally asked if I'm the class clown," Eisenberg answers, to which KStew quips, "Aw, that sounds so easy and fun. God, I would love that."


    Watching Eisenberg struggle to come up with the name of his favorite designer and show off his nail-bitten fingers on the mani cam is pretty funny, but it also further cements just how much crap the women of Hollywood have to put up with from the press. 


    Watch the video to see for yourself. 


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    We know that we shouldn't continue to be surprised about celebrity divorces, and most of the time, we're not. Take Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, for example -- much as we (okay, Em: She's the Us Weekly reader of the two of us) enjoyed the sweet photos of their "date afternoons" drinking smoothies together or pushing their kids on the swings at the local park, that marriage seemed like a ticking time bomb, given Affleck's fondness for booze, gambling and other women. But Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale? That separation hurts!

    From the outside, at least, they seemed to have it all -- a true marriage of equals that still had passion and sweetness after all these years (and all those kids). We loved that Stefani still talked about how hot her husband was, decades into their relationship, and we loved that dry-witted Brit Rossdale joked about how to "have it all" in a marriage. As he said on The Howard Stern Show recently: "

    [Reporters] say to me, 'You're doing this, you've got a new record...'How do you guys find time for each other?' And I said, 'We don't, that's why we've been together so long.' I was f--king around, that's funny to me. Where I'm from, that's funny. And it was funny, for about a week, and then it's like, 'oh...interesting.' So it's just me and my big mouth.


    Passion, humor and a marriage of equals who professed massive respect for each other's work and hotness -- if they can't make it work, then who can? Next you'll be telling us the Obamas' marriage is on the rocks. (Please. No.)

    So to help us all through this difficult time -- and any future difficult times to come -- we have prepared a guide to the five stages of grief when it comes to mourning a celebrity marriage.

    1. Denial


    This first stage of grief helps us to survive the loss.  Life makes no sense. We are in a state of shock and denial. We go numb. Denial helps us to pace our feelings of grief -- it is nature's way of letting in only as much grief as we can handle. Common thoughts in this stage:
    1) The magazine must have got it wrong. I'm canceling my Twitter!
    2) Maybe they just need some time apart to realize how much they miss each other.
    3) Even if they divorce, it doesn't have to be over. Elizabeth Taylor remarried her ex!

    2. Anger


    Anger is a necessary stage of the healing process. Be willing to feel your anger, even though it may seem endless. The more you truly feel it, the more it will begin to dissipate and the more you will heal. Common thoughts in this stage:
    1) Do you know how often I defended your marriage to the doubting masses? I even Tweeted about you!
    2) Why would you tell Cosmopolitan magazine how in love you were just a few months ago? That made me fall more in love with your marriage, and you knew that would happen!
    3) Oh, so NOW you want privacy, so you can heal? What about MY healing process, huh?!

    3. Bargaining


    This is when you will do anything if only the couple will spare you the grief of separating. Guilt is often bargaining's companion. The "if onlys" cause us to find fault in ourselves and what we think we could have done differently. We remain in the past, trying to negotiate our way out of the hurt. Common bargains attempted during this stage include:
    1) I promise to never again read Star magazine or any other crappy publication that publishes nasty rumors about your marriage being on the rocks when it's not. I'll stick to Us Weekly! I promise!
    2) I'll buy your new album instead of downloading it for free! I'll buy it twice, and I'll make all my friends buy it too!
    3) If Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner got back together, would you consider a reconciliation then? What about if Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake decided to start over?

    4. Depression


    Empty feelings present themselves, and grief enters on a deeper level, deeper than we ever imagined. This depressive stage feels as though it will last forever, when a loss fully settles in your soul. Common thoughts during this stage include:
    1) I'll never Tweet again.
    2) What's the point in even watching TV?
    3) If they can't make love work, then love is a fallacy and we should all give up trying. 

    5. Acceptance


    Acceptance is often confused with the notion of being okay with what happened. This is not the case. You will probably never feel "okay" with this celebrity divorce. Instead, this stage is about accepting the reality that the celebrity marriage is over, and that this new reality is permanent. Common thoughts during this stage, as we learn to live with the divorce, include:
    1) Perhaps their careers will now blossom separately. Heartbreak is good material, after all.
    2) What celebrity marriage could possibly survive in the spotlight for that long?
    3) At least we still have the Obamas. And the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise.


    Still need comforting?
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    In the middle of a summer full of celebrity splits -- Gwen and Gavin, Ben and Jen, Blake and Miranda, and most tragically, Kermit and Miss Piggy -- comes reports of a blossoming young romance that could make us believe in love again. 


     Sources are whispering to Us Weekly that Gigi Hadid played matchmaker for Kendall Jenner and set her up with boyfriend Joe Jonas' younger brother Nick.  The magazine's sources have given us incredible insight into their burgeoning romance, explaining that they're getting to know each other via text, but it's not like they had to work on it because "they had a flirty chemistry from the start." 


    If we're being real though (and if the two are actually dating), we're not sure it's destined to be everlasting love since Nick just split from his girlfriend of two years, Olivia Culpo, in June. But, one of the magazine's insiders says, "He absolutely thinks she’s hot," and you know, that's important. 


    Don't expect to see the couple hitting the red carpet together just yet, though. "When they're ready and it turns official, we’ll start seeing photos," another source added. 


    The Huffington Post has reached out to reps for Jenner and Jonas, who have yet to respond at this time. 


     


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