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Listen up, brands: This real hot girl summer sh*t isn’t for you

Texas native and femcee Megan Thee Stallion is setting everything ablaze. Known for her raw and seductive bars, her early viral freestyles left her audience wide-eyed and craving for more of “Thee Stallion.” A play on the southern slang used to describe tall, fine women, “stallion” references Megan’s stacked physique and 5’10” height. Women everywhere have started calling themselves stallions, and even ponies if they’re not quite tall enough for the first label. Known as the Houston Hottie, Megan also calls her fans Hotties and Hot Girls—a fanbase that grew due to the skills and slick talk exhibited on her 2018 EP, Tina Snow, after signing with 300 Entertainment. Tina Snow is Megan’s blonde bob-wearing pimp alter ego, a different character from the persona we’re seeing this summer: Hot Girl Meg.

Hot Girl Meg embodies what it means to be confident and carefree. Her identity is clearly present on Thee Stallion’s latest summer release, Fever, with Megan only spitting lyrics about “real hot girl shit,” which essentially means doing what you want and being in your bag—and maybe in the bag of the guy you’re dating, too. The popularity of the Hot Girl persona has fueled Megan’s concept of a Hot Girl Summer, something that everyone on social media is dying to have—even corporations looking to market their latest products.

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Because of the 2019 XXL Freshman‘s authenticity and seamless—maybe even unintentional—marketing skills, Megan Thee Stallion has coined the phrases “Hot Girl Summer,” as well as “Drive The Boat,” which refers to the act of liquor being poured into your mouth. Hot Girl Summer has especially become valuable to major brands, from Wendy’s to Maybelline all wanting to be part of (or cash in on) the fiery season she created. It seems that when summer kicked off on June 21st, so did the official corporate co-optation of Hot Girl Summer. Brands everywhere are finding ways to capitalize off of the buzz, whether its through social media, email blasts, or articles produced by non-diverse writing staff. It is also embarrassingly evident that a lot of these brands don’t even understand the concept.

Not “summah” https://t.co/QzMwU00RT8

— HOT GIRL MEG (@theestallion) July 10, 2019

Hotties worldwide began tweeting at Megan when they received an email blast from fast fashion retailer Forever 21 with the subject line, “Feelin’ Hot Girl SUMMAH.” Even Megan was confused by the spelling, but aside from that inaccuracy, the message screamed, “Someone behind the screen is trying too hard.” The usage didn’t even really make any sense, since the blazing expression is not quite a feeling, but a time. On July 9th, makeup and cosmetics brand Maybelline tweeted out, “Summer 19 in three words: hot girl summer. PERIODT! How’s your hot girl summer going?”—throwing together trending terms all birthed by thriving Black women in rap, while still struggling to produce a more inclusive range of foundation shades for that exact demographic.

Summer 19 in three words: hot girl summer. PERIODT!

How’s your hot girl summer going?

— Maybelline New York (@Maybelline) July 10, 2019

The next day, Fenty Beauty—the brainchild of business guru and singer Rihanna—followed up with a clapback and retweeted Thee Stallion’s past statement about using Fenty foundation. “Some of y’all needed a refresher on the ACTUAL Hot Girl Summer makeup routine so we thought we’d run it back for y’all one time,” the tweet read—and I couldn’t have agreed more urgently.

Many fans insisted the “Cash Shit” rapper cash in on the phrase and file for a trademark before Forever 21 and Fashion Nova—known for capitalizing and stealing from smaller (often Black) fashion brands—start producing crop tops and biker shorts featuring the term.

That phenomena sadly isn’t new, though, as trending words coined by Black people—”Fleek,” “Bye Felisha,” and “Sis”—are consistently repackaged and spit out by companies to serve other communities. But Thee Stallion’s fan base isn’t willing to let that happen.

Black women: Please don’t steal, repackage then profit off our cultural contributions

Society: YOURE OVER REACTING! *while sporting “boxer braids”, in their streetwear(that was birthed from urbanwear), sporting gold nameplates/bamboos, while using fleek/sis every other sentence* pic.twitter.com/lT6YSP29Mp

— Shelby Ivey Christie (@bronze_bombSHEL) July 1, 2019

Some Hotties even begged for Megan to make the co-optation stop, and the rapper assured her followers that a trademark for the idiom is indeed in progress, and that the Hot Girl Summer would continue despite cries from Hotties who feel their flame being put out by appropriation and more.

Yes mam it’s been in the process https://t.co/ZQfZbZNqhK

— HOT GIRL MEG (@theestallion) July 11, 2019

I’m reminded of how Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B rose to fame with her rawness and catchphrases like “Okurrr,” which landed her a Super Bowl Halftime Pepsi commercial filled with endless tongue rolling. The “Press” rapper even went so far as to file for a trademark for the phrase, but she was ultimately denied due to it being considered a commonplace term birthed in the drag community. Many rappers have branded themselves with catchphrases and ad libs, such as City Girl’s “Periodt,” as well as the terms City Girls and City Boys for fans who want do do nothing more than twerk, have fun, and swipe their Visas.

Since its popularity has grown, Hot Girl Summer has taken on many definitions, but Meg has stepped in countless times to remind everyone, especially the ladies, that this summer is about them.

In an interview with The Root at the BET Awards, Hot Girl Meg said, “It’s essentially about women [and men] being unapologetically them. Just having a good ass time, hyping up your friends, doing you and not giving a damn what nobody got to say about it.” She reaffirmed her stance that this global movement is not a competition between the sexes (if it was, though, the ladies would be winning) and that even women who are boo’d up can still have a Hot Girl Summer.

Megan Thee Stallion Gives Us the 'Hot Girl Summer' Starter Kit - YouTube

So if you are still wondering how you can participate in Thee Stallion’s Hot Girl Summer, here are a few tips: First and foremost, keep streaming Fever, then live unapologetically, be the life of the party, throw your head back to have a little cognac poured in your mouth, secure the bag (whatever that looks like for you), and even rap about your pu**y if you want. Now that’s real hot girl shit.

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From exploring polyamory to holding off on casual sex, this is my summer of love

Sure, dating can be fun. It can also be stressful, confusing, heartbreaking, weird, and…boring. But we still do it, and we want to know how you do it, too. In our series “Adventures in Dating,” one writer documents their love life for three months, and we get a peek into every part of their experience—the fun and the frustrating. Starting us off is N.Y.C.-based sex writer Shelby Sells, who will be telling us all about her summer. (Catch up with Shelby’s summer journey in her first pieces for the series here and here.)

Hot girl summer is in full effect. I got off all the dating apps (the anxiety wasn’t worth it) and was curious to see where that decision would lead me. If you don’t have the honor and privilege of living in New York City, I feel obligated to describe what summer is like here. There is an undeniable sexual energy—everyone is hot and sweaty and wearing next to nothing. The streets are packed. Usually, after surviving seven months of winter, we’re all grateful to be outside, soaking up the sun, and getting our flirt on.

Everyone gains a little confidence in the summer. Soon, I was surprised to find myself being asked out by a colleague I used to make out with. We met at Art Basel (classic), bonded over how much we both like butts (lol), and maintained a close friendship over the years. He’s currently in an open and polyamorous relationship—something I’ve always been curious about but never experienced myself.

I realized that this is the third person who has tried to date me while in a poly relationship. Polyamory is the practice of having multiple relationships; loving multiple people at once. This ethical non-monogamous approach to dating is quite popular nowadays, and the difference between an open relationship and a polyamorous one usually has to do with sex, communication, and the boundaries outside the primary relationship.

An open relationship is usually one where two people are in a committed partnership but seek to sexually explore outside of the relationship. I often hear of “don’t ask, don’t tell” agreements where each person in the couple is allowed to hook up with other people, but neither of them wants to know about it. Kind of like, “What you do on your time is none of my business.” Polyamory has the intention of dating other people openly and honestly with a lot of communication involved.

Each relationship that practices ethical non-monogamy creates its own boundaries for a relationship. There is no right or wrong way to practice this type of commitment as long as both partners continue to feel respected and loved. Most of the people I choose to date have no interest in opening up the relationship. It’s refreshing to meet people who are non-traditional in their approach to love.

My colleague and I went on a classic dinner-and-a-movie date. I was dying to see Midsommar, which turned out to be a film about breaking up with your significant other (lol). Before the movie, we filled up on Italian food at a restaurant where he’d made a reservation—a huge turn on for me. I guess that just goes to show how little it takes to impress me in this current dating climate. It’s so sad you have to laugh.

Over dinner, we discussed poly relationships. He said the thought of monogamy made (and these are his words) his “dick soft.” I mean, I get it. Monogamy is not for everyone. Fuck the social constructs that confine us to only one particular way of loving. The nuclear family narrative just isn’t realistic anymore. I do personally believe you can be in love with multiple people, and if you get the chance to be with both of them respectfully, why the hell wouldn’t you?

After the movie, we “broke into” a friend’s apartment building and sat on the rooftop. We talked about how crazy the movie was (you have to see Midsommar if you enjoy trippy visuals and anxiety) and then made out with the city lights surrounding us.

It had all the makings of an indie romance film—until his girlfriend called and they cooed gushy lovebird sentiments to each other for approximately 15 minutes.

No shade, being in love is the coolest thing ever, and I didn’t feel jealous when I listened to them play-argue about who missed the other more. But I have to say (again, excuse the language) that it definitely made my theoretical dick soft. If anything, it made me miss being in love and having that best-friends-best-lovers type of connection. Plus, mouthing “I’m sorry” every few minutes to me while on the phone definitely doesn’t get me in the mood for more.

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New hair, who dis? #knuckleheadsgang

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My love language is pretty traditional, which I think shocks some people who might expect something more alternative from me. When I fall for someone, I fall hard. You know the song “I Only Have Eyes For You” by The Flamingos? That pretty much sums it up. I usually date multiple people at once when I’m single, but once my heart is settled, it’s a wrap for anyone who isn’t my boo. Who knows, though? I’m open to anything with the right partner.

Speaking of alternative relationships, I have a sex partner who I’ve been with for almost 10 years (when we’re both single respectfully). Usually, in dating dry spells like these, I have no problem hitting him up. That t goes both ways, and it’s a cherished bond. My longest romantic relationship was three years, and it’s strange to think that I’ve been having sex with this person for three times that amount. And I’ve had mixed feelings about this relationship recently. I’m all for sustainable sex (i.e. I’ve had sexual partnerships with a select few over the years), but there’s a part of me that wonders if these types of relationships are truly serving me. If I consistently go back to, and spend my time with, these same people, am I allowing myself room to grow? To see what else is out there that could potentially fulfill all of my desires?

As far as casual sex goes, I don’t think I’m currently in a place where I can (emotionally) handle the responsibility that accompanies it. Casual sex isn’t for everyone. I have a lot of friends who struggle with getting attached, which is natural. On the other hand, casual sex works for some people. It has definitely worked for me, but it’s not what I need right now.

Let’s be honest: What I really want is a romantic partner.

I know that distracting myself with (potentially fun) fuck buddies will not serve me. I made the decision to abstain from hooking up with anyone that I wouldn’t want to be romantically involved with. Right now, that’s what works for me.

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Art imitates life

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Feeling alone, but not hopeless, I spent the next week or so basking in self-love and honoring my relationship with myself. I’ve been going to yoga every other day, eating a balanced diet, and drinking a ton of water (this heat!!). I also got my nails done and went for a massage. I deep cleaned my apartment and bought a new plant friend who hangs over my window. I was feeling great, and very confident in my decision-making.

Then, out of nowhere, my crush responded to one of my stories on IG.

We’ve never DM’d but have followed each other for years. I swear, Instagram is the only dating app (besides Twitter) that people need. It’s definitely my favorite one. He doesn’t live here, but he is visiting New York for work and asked to spend time with me. Whatever that entails…I (we) will find out soon. Until next time.

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This is your perfect job, according to your zodiac sign

Choosing a career is no easy feat, especially since there’s so much out there. It can be hard to narrow down this abundant selection as you work to find what works for you (literally). To help with this challenge, you could always look to the stars for a bit of career advice—after all, they’re always there for you.

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At your core, you’re a humanitarian who tends to care more about others than you care about yourself. That’s why you’d specifically thrive in a social service-related career, maybe even as a therapist or counselor. Since you are an especially good listener who also has the skills that make for a great leader, you’d do well in a setting where you work to help others find peace and achieve their goals.

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Your artistic sensibilities have guided you from the beginning, so why stop now? When looking for a career path that speaks to your soul, the arts are likely to call you, which is great—because there are so many artistic paths to choose from. Though, since you work well with others and also have musical sensibilities, you should consider the career of a musician. In fact, with your compassion, music therapy may be the perfect career path for you.

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As a natural-born leader, you most likely wouldn’t be happy in any position where you’re not the boss. With your determination and passion, you would definitely be able to handle creating your own business. Becoming an entrepreneur would allow you to use your energy to motivate others, which you make sure a job gets done as it should. Because you love a challenge, you don’t see entrepreneurship as scary and intimidating—you see it as an obstacle that can be conquered with hard work.

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Honestly, thanks to your reliability and patience, you’re likely to do well in whatever career you choose. Yet, since you crave stability, any ole career won’t do. You want a career that will help pay the bills—but you mustn’t ignore your creative inclinations. With this in mind, you should look to be the manager of a design firm. Or simply find ways to make stable careers (such banking or real estate) more artistic. After all, you have it in you to persevere no matter what you choose to do.

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When it comes to your career, you’re probably plagued by indecisiveness—that’s because you have dueling personality traits: You’re serious, yet up for a good time; thoughtful, yet ready to communicate; and adaptable, yet restless. Essentially, you need a career that constantly changes like your diverse disposition. Fields like journalism, consulting, and even directing would be perfect for you—since there’s always something different happening, on a day-by-day basis.

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Your empathy is a powerful, beautiful part of who you are. It allows you to connect with and care for others, which is why you’d do great in a setting where you can use your nurturing side. As a nurse, a teacher, or even a human right’s lawyer, you would be spectacular. Yet, at the same time, you have to make sure that you’re able to control your empathy. Sometimes, you get too involved and sentimental, which could hurt you in a career where you’d have to deal with obstacles and disappointments. As long as you remember to keep your head (and empathy) above water, you’ll be golden.

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Just like a lion in the wild, you get an A+ for expressing yourself. At times, you can be a bit dramatic—which is awesome, since you could easily transfer that energy to a career based on performing, artistry, or writing. For the most part, you’d be a great actor because you’re not afraid to be the star of the show or admired for all of your hard work. After all, you put your heart and soul into everything you do—and a performance would be no exception.

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Analyzing little details others may not notice is your strong suit, but so is staying organized and remaining practical in the face of chaos. In other words: You would be a top-notch accountant. However, if math isn’t your strong suit, you should definitely consider the career path of a manager, engineer, or even a doctor. As long as your left brain gets a workout on a regular basis, you will be one happy camper.

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You are a team player, through and through. This is especially because you’re excellent at sharing with others, working in harmony, and using your diplomacy to make sure things run smoothly. That’s exactly why you’d be a picture-perfect lawyer, judge, or mediator. At first, your indecisiveness may prevent you from wanting to try out such a career—but your dedication to justice will prevail in the end.

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When you take into account that you’re both resourceful and trustworthy, one would think that you’d be great in the legal or law enforcement fields—and you would be, if you can get your emotions under control. While being emotional is a beautiful, human thing, it may be hard for you to embrace a job that requires you to put your emotions on the back burner. But that’s not a problem, since you could always take on a career that allows you to connect with your emotions—such as something in the psychology or social work realms.

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Freedom is extremely important to you, especially when you consider your impulsive nature. To keep yourself happy in your career, it’s important that you do something that will allow you to be adventurous. With your generosity, you’d be great as a motivational speaker who travels the globe. Or, you could try being a travel guide or writer, which would be wonderful since your enthusiasm for adventure tends to be contagious.

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It’s not always easy for you to embrace your sensitive side, especially since you’re known for your serious nature. This tends to work in your favor since this allows people to focus on the fact that you are a practical, responsible person with the ability to be a phenomenal manager. As long as you work to not let your pessimistic sensibilities get the best of you, you could thrive in a position of power. While you could be a manager of any kind, you should also consider being a politician or business owner.

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Katy Perry hopes others can learn from her Taylor Swift feud

After years of being sworn enemies, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift have officially made peace at last and are baking each other cookies to prove it. If there was any shred of doubt that these two have ended their beef, Perry even appeared in the “You Need to Calm Down” music video—dressed as the burger to Swift’s fries. Now, Perry has shared how she and Swift reconciled, and she also hopes that others can learn from their feud.

On July 17th, the “Never Really Over” singer called in to The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Australia’s KIIS 106.5. While on the air, she explained how she and Swift had reached their newfound understanding, starting with the time she sent Swift a literal olive branch before Swift’s Reputation World Tour. Perry said that she had included an apology along with the symbolic offering, noting that “I just thought she was about to embark on something new and big and needed the support.”

“Truly it was as I was finishing mine [her tour] I realized how much we have in common and maybe there’s only five other people in the world that can have the same type of conversations and understand where we’re coming from and that we should celebrate our commonality, our friendship, and to be able to be there for each other,” Perry said.

She recalled that after the olive branch gesture, she apologized to Swift at a party. Later, they started talking again, and Swift baked cookies for Perry, which were apparently “delicious.” The rest, as they say, is history.

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But Perry also reflected on the impact that her feud with Swift had on others. She said that if Swift hadn’t been so receptive, she would have let it go anyway.

“I think that both her and I, we have influence to young people and especially young girls who are in this type of situation day in and day out at school,” she said.
“It’s amazing that we’ve had this opportunity to change and I just hope that other people can learn from it, too,” she added.

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All’s well that ends well. We’re glad that Swift and Perry have made up, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that we’ll see a collab from these two in the future.

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Gossip Girl is officially getting a reboot, and we’re ready to go back to the Upper East Side

When Gossip Girl aired in the late aughts, it made teen viewers secretly wish they could be like Serena van der Woodsen or Blair Waldorf. And since the series ended in 2012, there has been a lot of buzz about a potential Gossip Girl reboot, leaving fans wondering when—and if—they’ll be able to return to Nightingale-Bamford School. Now we can say with confidence that a Gossip Girl reboot is officially happening.

Deadline reports that WarnerMedia has ordered 10 episodes of the Gossip Girl reboot, which will be available on the company’s streaming service, HBO Max.

But don’t expect Serena and Blair to be the centers of attention. According to Deadline, the reboot is set “eight years after the original website went dark” and focuses on a new group of teens attending one of New York’s elite private high schools. It’s unclear if any of the original cast will be returning.

Joshua Safran, who was the showrunner and creator of the original Gossip Girl, will write the new version of the show. And like the original series before it, the reboot will be based on the series of books by Cecily von Ziegesar. Entertainment Weekly also notes that Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, who also helped to create the original, will executive produce the new series.

With all this in mind, it sounds like the reboot will have just as much juicy drama as the show we obsessed over as teens. And, to be honest, we’re definitely freaking out.

omg. Omg. OMGGG!!!!! #GossipGirl IS GETTING A REBOOT!!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/FmZ4OmZOA8

— Elise Gremli (@Egremli05) July 17, 2019

Me: ugh all these reboots I cannot—

Them: gossip girl is getting rebooted

Me: pic.twitter.com/YRZDBiiEYP

— Patrice Caldwell (@whimsicallyours) July 17, 2019

Safran told The Hollywood Reporter that he, Schwartz, and Savage had been toying with the idea for a while.

“Then the stars aligned and we had availability to jump, and Warners, obviously, it’s something they’re very passionate about,” he explained. “It seemed like the best time and way to do it.”

He added that the reboot would be an “extension” of the original, describing it as “a new look at this particular society in New York.” He also noted that the new show would examine social media’s effects on society.

We just have one question: Will Kristen Bell reprise her iconic voice role? We’ll have to wait until HBO Max’s 2020 launch to find out. After all these years, we still love Gossip Girl. XOXO.

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7 relationship deal breakers that only make sense to millennials

As long as there have been cheaters, liars, and people who don’t believe in taking baths, there have been relationship deal-breakers.

However, shifts in technology and social norms have given millennials a set of modern relationship deal-breakers that are unique to our generation. From being inept at texting to opposing political views, here are the frustrating relationship behaviors that have some millennials saying, “byeeeee.”

1. Seriously in debt


Yes, being buried in debt is often a deal-breaker no matter what your generation. But apparently it’s especially important for millennials. A recent study claimed that 21% of millennials considered a large-amount of a debt a firm relationship deal-breaker.

2. No acknowledgement on social media


Social platforms like Facebook and Instagram were made for sharing blissful pics of your love life. If your relationship has reached a milestone, and the person you’re with doesn’t post about it—or make any mention of you whatsoever on their social media accounts—it can make a millennial suspicious and question their partner’s motives. Regardless of the reason, not acknowledging a relationship on social media can be the downfall for some couples.

3. Refusing to adult

You know the type. They are working on the next big app, but, meanwhile, they are still living in their parents’ spare room, perpetually broke. At first, you admire their ambition and their ability to subsist off of Taco Bell, but, eventually, it gets old. Even if you, like a lot of millennials, don’t care about home ownership or the trappings of so-called adulthood, it’s still nice to be taken out to dinner once in a while, and that requires a job and some extra cash. Neither of which a Peter Pan ever has.

4. Still on Tinder


When you become an official item, both parties should delete any profiles off of Tinder, Bumble, or any other dating app. When a millennial in a serious coupling doesn’t do this and offers an excuse like he or she forgot or “just likes to look,” that can be enough to end the relationship.

5. Not woke


In an era of protests and celebrity politicians, finding out that your paramour voted for the opposite political party than you did in the last election can be a major turn-off for some millennials. According to new research, 47% of Millennials would not date someone with whom they didn’t share the same political beliefs.

6. Spending all their time at their side hustle

Despite their reputation, millennials are one of the most hard-working generations alive, and while workaholism isn’t a new phenomenon, millennials have put a new spin on it. Now, it’s not enough to work a 50+ hour week at one job. Many 20- and 30-somethings have a 9 to 5 and a side hustle, which leaves very little time for a relationship, as the people who date them come to find out.

7. Bad texting habits


Baby boomers relied on letters and phone calls to communicate with their baes, while Generation X had pagers and AOL email. Millennials mainly rely on text for all dating communication. However, despite texts being so vital to communication, there are still people who think they can get away with one-word answers, or worse, just replying with a vague emoji. And let’s not forget the types who take days to reply to a yes or no question. For some millennials, this is a #dealbreaker.

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Billy Porter is making history as the first openly gay black man nominated for lead actor in a drama at the Emmy’s

Pose’s Billy Porter is making history at the 2019 Emmy Awards. Porter, 49-years-old, received an Emmy nomination in the outstanding lead actor in a drama series category for his starring role as ball emcee Pray Tell—and he is the first openly gay black man to receive the honor.

“My breath is taken away,” Porter told PEOPLE on Tuesday of his first Emmy nod. “I’m so thrilled. It’s an amazing feeling.”

Now in its second season, Ryan Murphy’s Pose—which also received a nod for outstanding drama series—tells the story of the predominately LGBTQ ballroom community in New York City in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, focusing on their fights for equality, against HIV/AIDS, and for the night’s fiercest looks.

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“I feel really blessed to have lived long enough to see this day, to see the world transform in this way, where our story gets to be told on this level with this kind of juice behind it, Ryan Murphy behind it,” Porter says. “It’s really life-altering.”

Despite working for three decades in show business, Porter feels his first Emmy acknowledgment came at the perfect moment. “Everything happens when it’s supposed to happen,” the Pittsburgh native says. “We’re always right where we’re supposed to be, and I would never have been ready before now.”

The Tony and Grammy winner says his “gayness” used to handicap him in his industry.

“I’ve been in this business for 30 years,” recalls Porter, who’s celebrating his Emmy nomination on vacation in Provincetown, Massachusetts. “My outness was always considered a liability for me and that has turned around. In my life in the business, having that flamboyant ability, very often that’s where you’re pigeonholed, that’s where you’re sort of put in a box. I’m glad to be out of that box. I’m glad that Pray Tell gets to be a really three-dimensional human being.”
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Pray Tell learned about his HIV positive diagnosis in Season 1, and Porter has seen people fight the disease since he came to N.Y.C. in the ‘80s. But the Broadway star believes there’s a reason why he lived through the epidemic.

“I came out in 1985, ’86, around that time, and went straight to the front lines to fight for our lives. This is why I’m here,” Porter says. “I lived for a reason. I lived to be able to tell the story on the other side, to be able to remind people that were human beings. We’re real people and it’s not about acceptance and it’s not about tolerance, it’s about demanding respect for our humanity. Stop putting our humanity up for legislation and treat us like we’re human beings. That’s all that I care about. And that’s what this show gets to do. It’s really remarkable.”

Pose airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FX. The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards will air September 22nd at 8 p.m. ET at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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We found the drugstore BB cream that is better than most foundations

The drugstore BB cream that is better than most foundations?! That is a BOLD statement. Hear me out.

I have very uneven skin. I have acne scars, freckles and sun damage, which is usually a foundation nightmare. When I try to get color matched at Sephora they always give me the most highly pigmented cream foundations that they then layer with concealer, a pressed powder, contour, and blush—and it still never quite looks like my skin color.  And then I discovered NYX’s BB cream.

YES, NYX! The beloved brand of #makeupobsessed teens the world over! The company famous for making cheaper versions of cosmetic department products. The brand that is shockingly amazing despite its low price-point.

NYX Cosmetics

When I bought this $13 tube of BB cream from Target I was expecting to use this exclusively for running errands and other occasions where I don’t have to look that good. I was expecting typical BB Cream bullshit, namely, a very subtle tint that only looks good on people with an already flawless skin tone.

But boy was I wrong!

This BB cream has become my new go-to foundation. Day, night, whatever. The coverage is unexpectedly great.

It has a dewy finish that you can mattify with powder, or leave as is for full J.Lo glow. It doesn’t contain SPF or any of the other benefits of most BB creams but that’s okay, because I wear moisturizer and SPF under it anyway. The downside is that it only comes in three colors, but it does do that typical BB cream thing where the color subtly adjusts once it touches your skin. For reference, I’ve used other pricier BB and CC creams before, like this one by Smashbox, which is $42 and I swear all it did was make my skin a little bit orange.

Pro tip: You must apply it like a foundation, meaning, with a beauty blender or a brush.

If you try to apply it with your hands like you would a lotion or a typical BB cream, it will just spread all over your face and give you no coverage. I squirt about two dollops onto my hand and apply it with a beauty blender.

Madison Vanderberg, HelloGiggles

Here I am without makeup on, with the BB cream only (I’m wearing color “nude”), and after adding the rest of my makeup application (concealer, translucent powder, contour powder, blush, mascara, gloss, brows).

Madison Vanderberg, HelloGiggles

It gives a subtle but pigmented coverage that I think is perfect for everyday wear. I’m wearing a full face in the final image and I don’t think I look that caked on, right? My mom once said that I looked “lit from within.” I swear to god she said that.

I literally buy this BB cream in bulk and have been using it for over a year. Try it out and let us know what you think!

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Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie have questions for Leonardo DiCaprio about *that* Titanic scene

More than 20 years after Titanic hit theaters, we’re still debating whether or not Jack Dawson’s death was justified. After all, it sure seems like Jack and Rose both could have fit on the door that helped them escape from the ship’s wreckage. We diehard ’90s cinema fans may never get an official answer to that question, but that hasn’t stopped us from trying. And apparently, we’re not the only ones who take issue with the way Titanic ends. Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie recently tried to get Leonardo DiCaprio himself to weigh in on the issue. Stars, they’re just like us!

Pitt, Robbie, and DiCaprio currently star together in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and on July 15th, the three costars sat down for an interview with MTV News. Interviewer Josh Horowitz took it upon himself to probe into the Titanic issue, asking, “Could Jack have fit on that door at the end of Titanic?” Robbie at least seemed to think so.

“Oh my gosh, I thought it,” Robbie told Horowitz. “I remember bawling my eyes out when I was a girl.”
“Could you, could you have squeezed in there?” Pitt asked DiCaprio. “You could’ve, couldn’t you.”

DiCaprio kept a poker face throughout his castmates’ prodding, saying simply, “No comment.”

We asked @LeoDiCaprio if he could have fit on the door at the end of #Titanic, and his #OnceUponATimeInHollywood co-stars @MargotRobbie and Brad Pitt seemed to think so pic.twitter.com/nsOMZpXhFz

— MTV NEWS (@MTVNEWS) July 15, 2019

But DiCaprio’s neutral reply didn’t stop Robbie from asking if he had suggested making the door smaller to help the scene seem more plausible. DiCaprio’s response?

“Like I said, I have no comment.”

Twitter, on the other hand, was full of comments.

While some insisted that the door was big enough for two, others argued that it wouldn’t stay afloat with both Jack and Rose on top.

He could have fit on the door, There was room for two of that door. pic.twitter.com/BHUXbfoKlf

— Olivia Sissom (@SissomOlivia) July 15, 2019

I already litigated the matter of whether or not there was room on that door for Jack. See my pinned tweet from years ago. There was plenty of room and buoyancy. Leo knows this and that's why he said no comment. This matter is closed.

— roxane gay (@rgay) July 17, 2019

no one:
absolutely no one:
josh horowitz: so could've jack fit on that door at the end of titanic?
leonardo dicaprio: pic.twitter.com/sVUg8trYw3

— Why are you mad? When you can be glaad. (@katieskrsgard) July 15, 2019

Science already answered this and yes he died for nothing lolhttps://t.co/2gxb0uKoaD

— zangmaster (@TheZangmaster) July 16, 2019

Technically Rose almost died without Jack on the door. So if he had gotten on it would have sunk more exposing them both to more water making the chance of death via hypothermia even more likely. So you could say, him not getting on kept it afloat just enough to save Rose.

— Its the LightningMan (@LightningManTB) July 16, 2019

It wasn’t space that was the issue it was buoyancy. Myth busters proved it

— Den (@Den06212280) July 16, 2019

It looks like this movie controversy will continue to haunt us. For now, though, we definitely have our theories.

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Science says that petting your dog or cat can relieve stress in minutes, so start loving on your furry friends

Feeling stressed? Time to pet your pooch or play with your kitty. Using stressed college students as test subjects, researchers at Washington State University have found new evidence that petting dogs and playing with cats can be much more beneficial for the human psyche than once thought. Their findings, published in the journal AERA Open earlier this month, have concluded that public programs where pets are used as a stress reliever (like those at universities) are successful at getting people to be much calmer—in as little as ten minutes.

“Just ten minutes can have a significant impact,” said Patricia Pendry, an associate professor working in WSU’s Department of Human Development, in a press release. “Students in our study that interacted with cats and dogs had a significant reduction in cortisol, a major stress hormone.”

The study, which is the first that was conducted in a real-life situation rather than in a laboratory setting, divided nearly 250 college students into four groups. The first group was allowed to pet and play with cats and dogs in a small group for ten minutes—but the second group was told to observe other people petting the animals while they waited in line to do so. The third group was simply shown slideshows of the same animals, while the fourth group had to wait all on their own; they were told to wait for ten minutes without phones or any other stimuli, but were instructed that they would play with pets soon.

Researchers collected multiple salivary cortisol samples from each of the study’s participants, with the first being collected in the morning after they woke up.

After comparing samples among the groups and within the timeline of the day’s experiments, the researchers found that the students who had the chance to play with the animals directly had significantly less cortisol in their saliva afterward.

These results remained true even if the students had very high—or very low—cortisol levels to begin with, the study notes.

“We already knew that students enjoy interacting with animals, and it helps them experience more positive emotions,” Pendry said. “What we wanted to learn was whether this exposure would help students reduce their stress in a less subjective way. And it did, which is exciting, because the reduction of stress hormones may, over time, have significant benefits for physical and mental health.” Her team is continuing their work on the topic by conducting a four-week-long animal-assisted stress prevention program while recording their findings, and researchers say that recent study results support their initial findings thus far.

So, if you’re super stressed, snuggle up with your pet and chances are, you’ll feel better soon.

This article originally appeared on Cookinglight.com

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