Debby Ryan is saying her final goodbye to friend and late actor Cameron Boyce, with whom she worked for four seasons on the Disney Channel series Jessie.
On Tuesday, the actress posted a video on Instagram that showcased a dedication table in Boyce’s honor.
“This effervescent soul attracted art, respect, poetry, kindness, community— what a gift to be brought together today in a deeply bittersweet celebration of a life we were so fortunate to intersect with,” the Insatiable star, 26, wrote in the caption. “His mom told me, ‘He is our compass.’ And it’s showing, as all directions have pointed to love and light and togetherness. We love you Cameron. Thank you for what you’ve given us, and continue to give us.”
In the video, the table held old photos of Boyce, his artwork and a Los Angeles Laker’s denim jacket and shirt. Friends and family were encouraged to write down their fondest memories of the late actor to share with the Boyce family.
Boyce died suddenly on July 6 after suffering a seizure in his sleep due to epilepsy.
Last week, Ryan wrote a touching tribute to her friend on Instagram.
“This ripped me up. I keep trying and I can’t make anything make sense,” she wrote in the post, which included throwback photos from the Jessie set. “He was blameless, and relentlessly joyful; he was good. Through and through, Cam is good, in all ways and to all people. And the most alive.”
Ryan said that even though she is “so confused and devastated and angry,” those emotions don’t represent the positive attitude Boyce was known for in his life.
“But that isn’t very Cam. He’d cast any shade of sadness or darkness in colors of positivity; he couldn’t help himself but to always leave you smiling, or laughing, or dancing,” she wrote. “So sincere, kid Truth. He was good.”
Ryan continued to say that her “heart is with his parents” Victor and Libby, who she said are “full of grace,” and Boyce’s “wonderful sister Maya.”
“An unimaginable sorrow,” she said, before going on to express her gratitude for their Jessie “family, with whom to uniquely grieve our guy.”
“There are beautiful connections and beams of light, ever present, truly the fingerprints of Cam still around and showing up in the midst of this. I love him so much. Forever,” she continued.
Boyce‘s family has launched a charitable foundation titled the Cameron Boyce Foundation. The charity’s aim is to provide “young people artistic and creative outlets as alternatives to violence and negativity and uses resources and philanthropy for positive change in the world.”
“I’ve named the concept Wielding Peace. It will be a collection of images that feature people from all walks of life (celebrities, victims of gun violence, common supporters) wielding ‘guns.’ The catch is, the ‘guns’ that we’re using as props will be items that signify unity and peace,” Boyce described the project, according to his rep.
Boyce added, “Household items such as musical instruments, cameras, food, sporting equipment, beauty products, articles of clothing… anything that might inspire someone creatively as well as make a strong statement with the sentiment that we need to choose a different weapon.”
“We have every intention of bringing the campaign to fruition in the near future,” his rep said. “It is the duty of all who cared for and loved him to uphold his legacy and continue to strive to be better humans so that we too, may one day leave behind something far greater than ourselves.”
“THIS is what racism looks like,” Rep. Ayanna Pressley wrote on Twitter on Sunday, just hours after President Donald Trump set #RacistInChief trending by telling Pressley and three other women of color in Congress, all of them Democrats, to “go back” to the countries they “originally came from.”
Detroit-born Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American Muslim woman in Congress, struck a unifying tone: “That young girl that maybe looks like me and may have heard the President say this — I just want her to know that she belongs.”
I grew up in San Antonio, Texas, where the population is predominantly Mexican-American, like me. But I went to a public school where it was mostly white, and I often felt like I didn’t belong. In sixth grade I was hosting a slumber party, and one of my friends told me I was “a good Mexican. The good kind.”
I remember feeling embarrassed but I didn’t know why.
Today, as a crime reporter at PEOPLE magazine, I often post my work on Twitter. Not long ago I got a reply to one of my stories. Excited, I opened it: It said I should go back where I came from. Those words, which I’ve heard so often, are always a shock. My first thought is — back home to Texas? But that’s not what they mean. It’s not ever what they mean. Someone who doesn’t know me wants to hurt me. Words hurt. They’re meant to.
I am a proud first-generation Mexican-American. I have done everything to be successful in this country, my country. I earned multiple degrees and have a career I love. Yet every day, I see images of children in cages. I hear chants about building a wall and speaking English. All of this is directed at people who look like me. We have the same color skin, the same type of hair. I recognize their accents and the foods they eat. The only difference is I was born here.
From the day Donald Trump descended that escalator four years ago, his words have emboldened many in my country to tell me I’m not welcome. I walk through the streets, I travel for my job, I enter restaurants and stores, and I always wonder:
“Emmy nominated @sophiet I’m so incredibly proud of you,” he captioned a photo of the couple.
Turner, 23, received an outstanding supporting actress in a drama series nomination for her role as Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones. The actress was cast as the eldest Stark sister when she was 13 years old and played the character in all eight seasons of the show.
For far too long, the fashion industry has failed to reflect the size diversity of real world women, catering only to a select few body types. In recent years, though, celebs like Ashley Graham and Lizzo have encouraged a shift toward brands embracing all shapes and sizes, in hopes of giving every woman the opportunity to express herself through her style.
Amazon’s fashion markdowns for Prime Day 2019 reflect this much-needed shift. The two-day-long deal has featured tons of cute, size-inclusive clothing options for some seriously amazing prices. Lucky for us, it’s still going on — Prime members have until midnight PT tonight to shop all the most fashionable deals. (But take note: In order to see the discount, you’ll need to select your size first.) Below, we’ve rounded up the cutest size-inclusive clothing available, with sizes spanning from XS to 5X. If you’re ready to shop but don’t have a Prime account, create yours or sign up for a 30-day free trial here.
Forget everything you thought you knew about jeggings: These comfy, figure-hugging pants have the look of real denim minus the usual cardboard stiff feeling of new jeans. Available in dark and medium washes in sizes ranging from 0X to 5X, there are infinite ways to style each pair.
Buy It! Symbidium Women’s Plus-Size Easy Fit Jean Legging, $22.49 (orig. $29.99), amazon.com
This ridiculously versatile tee could be dressed up or down in a pinch. Its ruffle accents add just enough flair to make it work for a night out, but it would also look great with a simple pair of high-waisted jeans (even the ones we mention above!). You can get it in sizes XS through 3X, and you’re sure to love at least one of its 10 colorways.
Kissmilk Front Split Cloak Sleeve Floral Pattern Coat
We’ll never pass up a chance to rave about a great cape jacket, and this floral embroidered style certainly makes the cut. Available in sizes 14 to 22, its breezy silhouette makes it the perfect layering piece for a summer night.
Nuonita Women’s Round Neck Floral Print Dress with Pockets
Nuonita had us at pockets — we have no doubt that this floral sundress is as functional as it is fashionable. Each of its four marked-down colorways, including navy blue, wine red, and light pink, brings something different to the table, but the dress’s size range of 14 to 24 is wonderfully consistent across the board.
You can’t go wrong with a classic cotton tank, and this Lands’ End option is proof. Its shoulder-grazing cut is way more elegant than its now-$12.99 price tag may reflect. The top is currently in stock in 10 solid hues, like Hedge Green and the Pantone-esque Coral Fusion, in sizes 1 through 3X.
Buy It! Lands’ End Women’s Plus Size Cotton Tank Top, $12.99 (orig. $25.95), amazon.com
“We were really just too overwhelmed and stress and exhausted, mentally, and Luca had a hard time seeing me go through everything with all the injections,” she said in a new YouTube video. “So we decided to just take a break from it all.”
Victoria admitted that they had their fingers crossed that the reduced stress would help them conceive naturally, even after the months of infertility.
“We were hoping, like everyone says that as soon as you stop trying, it’ll happen,” she said. “Which is NOT always the case. It was not the case for us. I know that probably a lot of you are hoping to have a happy announcement in this video, which there’s not. It’s okay.”
Victoria said that before stopping the IUI process, she also tried a few different things that she had read about in infertility support groups. She stopped taking her thyroid medication to see if that made a difference, along with increasing her vitamin D levels with supplements and trying a gluten-free and dairy-free diet. But unfortunately, none of those changes helped her to get pregnant.
She also asked her doctors to check on her progesterone level — one of the main hormones that goes to work at the beginning of pregnancies — and to see if she has an MTHFR gene mutation, which prevents the body from converting folic acid to folate, another important part of early pregnancy.
Victoria learned that she does have low progesterone, and had the MTHFR gene mutation, though her doctor does not believe that it had any impact on her inability to conceive. But the experience taught Victoria that she needs to stand up for her health.
“You have to be your own biggest advocate,” she said. “I will never ever discount the hard work that doctors have to do, but some things slip through the cracks and sometimes not every single box gets checked off it’s not their fault at the end of the day it is on us it’s on you to take control of your body of your situation of your life and you have to check off all of those boxes you just be aggressive and ask questions and take notes.”
After their trials and errors, and their break from IUI, Victoria and Ferretti decided that it was time to take the next step and try in vitro fertilization, or IVF, which requires more hormone injections and an egg retrieval, which will be tougher on Victoria.
“It’s been 19 months now that we’ve been trying to conceive,” she said, tearing up. “I know that I’m young, I know that I have time, I know that we don’t need to be in a rush, but I’m just kind of tapped out on the two week wait and the mental and emotional ups and downs, so we decided that we are starting IVF this month.”
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With the time needed for egg retrieval and creating the embryos that will eventually be implanted into Victoria’s uterus, they likely won’t have any news until the fall, she said.
“I know it’s gonna be physically, mentally and emotionally really hard on me but I am up for the challenge,” she said.
“Most things happen for a reason. We don’t know that reason yet, but we have faith that we will find out some day.”
Editor’s note: This PEOPLE cover story was originally published on Aug. 1, 2016. Tuesday marked the 20th anniversary since the death of the former first son known simply as JFK Jr.
When the small plane John F. Kennedy Jr. was piloting plunged into the Atlantic on July 16, 1999, killing him at age 38 along with his wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, 33, and her sister, Lauren Bessette, 34, the world mourned yet another tragedy in a family that often seemed cursed. His friends mourned something more: the loss of a man who was warmer, funnier and far more complex than the public knew.
His image “was this ‘John John’ cartoon,” says former Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow. “It was not him at all.”
Hoping to set the record straight, some of his closest confidants participated in a TV documentary, I Am JFK Jr., and opened up to PEOPLE.
“When you watch the film, you can’t help but think, ‘What if?'” says its director, Derik Murray. John’s friends wonder that too, but mostly they value the many ways he enriched their lives.
“It’s nice to remember how great he was,” says financier Chris Oberbeck, a former housemate, “and to share it.”
John told me, “One thing I remember — that’s not just something impressed on me by my mother or the photos — is my father used to hide candy in his desk in the Oval Office, and I would crawl around in there looking for it.”
—former Clinton aide and CNN contributor Paul Begala
John brought his father’s leather chair from the Oval Office to our fraternity house. Sometimes he’d swivel around and joke about who he’d have in his Administration. He’d say, “Oberbeck, you might be an aide” — and then he’d start laughing. He had this thing of who would be where in his administration — it was a running joke.
His father’s assassination colors everything. One day I was walking with John and my son, who was then 3, and I said, “He’s exactly the same age you were when your father was killed.” And John said, “You never get over it.”
—Andover classmate Sasha Chermayeff
A RELUCTANT HUNK
Anything about him being a sex symbol made him so uncomfortable. I remember I was interviewing for an assistant to be my backup. I told John, “You should meet the girls too,” and he said, “Every time they walk in here, they look like they’re going to throw up. It’s too embarrassing! You make the decision.”
He came to our Austin office around 1996, and he wanted to fax something. He asked for a hand, and this woman looks up and there’s John F. Kennedy Jr. in her file room. I kid you not, she hyperventilated. People had to come help her.
A MAN OF THE PEOPLE …
John took the subway all the time. If someone came up to him, he would often say hello, there was no irritation.
—Brian Steel, former assistant district attorney, now CNBC executive vice president
… WITH FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES
He had a flirtation with Madonna — they saw each other a few times. She teased him and she was irreverent, and he liked it. Then it kind of faded, but they stayed friendly.
I was working in the White House when the Monica Lewinsky scandal was going on. I had a fax machine, which very few people had the number to. It starts kicking in, and there’s no cover sheet, just a page — it was John. It just said, “Dear Mr. President, I sat under that desk — there’s barely room for a 3-year-old, much less a 21-year-old intern. Cheers, J.K.” Typical John. I showed the President, and he laughed his butt off.
BRAINS AND BRAWN — BUT NO COORDINATION
I think he was slightly misunderstood because he was such a sweetheart — people think anybody that’s been through so much and they’re still this happy-go-lucky person must be kind of a dummy. The one thing I would want is for people to see that John was a really serious, hard-hitting thinker who would have done great things.
People need to know what kind of fabulous man he was. I was his housemate , and yes, he was messy, yes, he was a little bit of a klutz, but it was a joy living with him. People would come, we would have dinner, discuss politics, everything from nuclear disarmament to civil rights.
John was fast and strong. He worked out a lot — he was a good worker-outer. He was really good at Frisbee … but in football? He was no Lynn Swann.
JOHN AND CAROLYN
He was enchanted with her — body and soul — from the minute he met her . He struggled with her inability to cope with the public nature of their life. But he never wavered in his commitment to helping her.
They had a really intense passion that manifested in loving each other but also in unbelievable fights. I don’t think it was an easy relationship. You’ve got this electricity and this magnetic attraction that was so powerful. It certainly wasn’t boring.
In that last year of his life, there was some distance emotionally that hadn’t been there before. When you’re no longer blinded by the beauty and the love and the lust, when you start to feel like you’re really getting to know the person, it gets intense. He had a really intense period of questioning whether or not they could make their marriage work. Children, no children, maybe he was ready, maybe she wasn’t. She was a very complex woman, but they were deeply connected. What was going to happen, we’ll never know.
EYE ON THE PRESIDENCY?
Once we were in a meeting with Sen. Al D’Amato, who said John should run for mayor of New York City. After we left, I asked him, “Would you ever run for mayor?” and he said no. I asked him why, and he said, “Well, Rosie, how many mayors do you know that become President?”
By July of 1999 he had concluded he would focus on running for governor of New York in 2003. Had the stars aligned, I’m pretty convinced that’s what he would have pursued.
—Brown classmate Gary Ginsberg, now a Time Warner senior executive
AN ANGUISHED FINAL SUMMER
John’s cousin Anthony Radziwill had cancer for 10 years. They just kept cutting him open and taking the tumors out. By the summer of 1999 they knew they couldn’t do any more surgeries. One day John said to me, “I don’t know if I’m going to survive Anthony’s death,” and he started to cry in his office. I’d never seen him break down, ever. It was so heartbreaking.
A MONTH LATER, JOHN WAS GONE
I gave him his first flying lessons. About two weeks before he died, I said, “You now have just enough hours to be overconfident. You need to learn to be prepared for different visual conditions. The important thing is, if you can’t see the horizon, don’t look for it.”
—longtime friend John Perry Barlow
On July 16, JFK Jr.’s plane went down. Investigators believe the crash was caused by “spatial disorientation” — and that the haze had obscured the horizon. John once told me, “Everybody expects me to be a great man, but plenty of great men were not particularly great at home. Even my father was no model. I think it would be a more interesting challenge to be a good man.” He was so good. Extraordinary, hilarious, kind. John’s friends want him to be remembered because he was the best man we ever knew.
Fans praised Lil Nas X when he came out during Pride, but his collaborator Young Thug says in a new interview the star should have kept his sexual orientation private.
“I feel like he probably shouldn’t have told the world,” Young Thug said in a recent interview on hip-hop YouTube channel No Jumper. “He shouldn’t have told the world because it’s like, these days, motherf—ers just, it’s just all judgment. Like, motherf—ers just judging. It ain’t even about the music no more. Once you found out he was gay, everybody, soon as the song come on now, everybody, like, ‘This gay ass n—.’ N—s don’t even care to listen to the song no more.”
“I just feel like, he young, and it’s like backlash can come behind anything,” he continued. “So it’s like, it wasn’t a bad idea, and it was most definitely the best time to do it, during Pride. That was the best time to do it, that was a G’s move. But it’s like, he young, so I know what he going to be dealing with, with it in his mind, I dealt with this s— before. I know what he going to be dealing with. So that’s why I was like, f—, he should have never said that, he should have never told them.”
Lil Nas X hasn’t acknowledged Young Thug’s comments online, but he previously told BBC America, “I used to be that person being negative. I’m not angry or anything , because I understand how they just want that reaction.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Young Thug said he thought Lil Nas X was a great new rapper, especially from his same hometown of Atlanta.
“I don’t judge no new, no new. Pump, him or nobody,” Young Thug said. “I don’t give a f— what they rap about, they don’t got to make sense, they don’t got to rap about the struggle. Nothing to me. I just adore, I just adore what they’re thinking.”
The interview came back to Lil Nas X’s sexuality after Young Thug claimed, “You can’t say nothing about a gay person now. Back then, every song you’d say something about a gay n—. Now you can’t.” In 2016, Young Thug posed wearing a dress on the cover of his mixtape JEFFERY.
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Lil Nas X just logged a 15th straight week at No. 1 for “Old Town Road,” which he originally remixed with Billy Ray Cyrus. The new remix, which he released July 12, also features viral yodeling singer Mason Ramsey. If the song remains at No. 1 for a 16th week, it ties the record for most weeks spent at No. 1.
Young Thug also talked about his remix, which wasn’t out at the time of the interview, and again praised Lil Nas X’s music.
“He already showed me the most respect by saying that I inspired him,” Young Thug said. “So I don’t even care like, I ain’t even caring to get in his way. I want him to get a trillion dollars, I want him to get more money than me.”