And Just Like That: Check Out the Full Cast (So Far) For the Sex and the City Reboot

By | June 10, 2021

The HBO Max revival of Sex and the City, officially titled And Just Like That…, is set to begin production this summer, and it’ll be bringing some of your favorite characters back to TV several years since we first saw them! The big news, of course, is that one of the original quartet of stars will not be returning: Kim Cattrall, who played Samantha Jones and who famously has not had great relationships with her former SATC costars, will be sitting this one out.

However, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis are all slated to return, along with other old familiar faces and new characters. So far, only a few people have been confirmed as part of the cast — check them out here, then speculate away at who else might put in an appearance!

15 Books to Read If The Soulmate Equation Is Your Favorite Book of 2021

By | June 10, 2021

Modern romance novels are my weakness — seriously, I’m addicted to the drama, anticipation, flirting, sex, and happily ever afters — and Christina Lauren’s novels never fail to delight. Made up of writer duo/best friends Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, Christina Lauren are bestselling authors of 27 books and recently released the uplifting The Soulmate Equation, which stayed in my head days after reading it.

Despite what every love story would have you believe, Jessica Davis and Dr. River Pena’s meeting in a coffee shop is not a meet cute. She works freelance statistics (and gossips with best friend Fizzy), and River comes in every day at 8:24 a.m. to order an Americano, grumble at everyone, and leave. So when Jess submits her DNA to matchmaking company GeneticAlly and is matched with one of its founders, she is definitely not happy it turns out to be grumpy coffee-shop guy. Surely, he can’t be her soulmate, right?

After falling in love with these characters, I understand if you need a moment before you’re ready to dive back in to another book. When you are, check out these 15 amazing contemporary romance books to read next.

Willow Smith Wants Black Women to Embrace Their Love of Punk Rock After Being “Bullied” Herself

By | June 9, 2021

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 02: In this image released on October 2, Willow Smith attends Rihanna's Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2 presented by Amazon Prime Video at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California; and broadcast on October 2, 2020. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2 Presented by Amazon Prime Video)

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Willow Smith grew up in the music scene. Her dad, Will Smith, got his start as the “Fresh Prince,” and her mom, Jada Pinkett Smith, was the lead vocalist for metal band Wicked Wisdom in the early ’00s. But despite the diversity of her parents’ experience, Willow still felt ostracized from the punk-rock community growing up. She recently sat down with Alexis White of Straight Line Stitch for V magazine to talk about their shared experience of navigating the rock world as Black women.

Willow released her track “Transparent Soul” featuring Travis Barker of Blink-182 back in April. The song has become a viral TikTok track and brought in over two million views on YouTube, but Willow told White her experience in the industry hasn’t been easy. “Being a Black woman in the metal crowd is very, very different on top of the pressures that the music industry puts on you,” Willow explained. “Now, it’s like an added pressure of the metal culture, the metal world, and just rock in general. I used to get bullied in school for listening to Paramore and My Chemical Romance.”

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This exclusion or intimidation of Black women in metal music is far from new. As Willow recalled, her mom used to receive “death threats” and “people would say violent things” when she was on stage. “I’ve always wanted to do this type of music and always been so afraid to do so . . . because I saw the hate and verbal abuse that my mom had to go through, that stuck with me.”

“You’re not alone. You’re not the only Black girl who wishes she could flip her hair to the side, and wear black eyeliner, you know what I mean?”

Now, the 20-year-old musician is overcoming her fear and making the genre more inclusive. “Just through the music that I’m putting out right now and the representation that I can bring to the mix, I just hope that the Black girls who are listening to my music and listening to this album see that there’s more of us out there,” Willow said. “It’s a real thing, you’re not alone. You’re not the only Black girl who wishes she could flip her hair to the side, and wear black eyeliner, you know what I mean?”

Willow’s album is coming out soon and will feature musical guests including her idol and “pop punk queen” Avril Lavigne. A tour is also on the horizon. Willow has dreams of going even grungier with her music, but that’s still to come. “I’m going to go wherever the music is, but I love pop-punk a lot. But, where my heart lies, is metal. At some point, that’s definitely going to happen.”

Get Your Walkman Ready! Cruel Summer Has an Excellent ’90s Soundtrack

By | June 9, 2021

Set in 1993, 1994, and 1995, Freeform’s Cruel Summer delightfully delivers when it comes to the nostalgia factor. In addition to chunky platform shoes and grungy plaid fits, the thrilling series brings us back to the ’90s with an incredible soundtrack for the pop-rock inclined. From The Cranberries’ “Zombie” to Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You,” the music definitely captures the show’s stew of emotions, which range from unadulterated teen angst to fluffy puppy love as Jeanette Turner’s story unfolds. So get your headphones ready, and pretend that you’re headbanging to your Walkman — we’ve rounded up all of the songs from Cruel Summer in one convenient place ahead!

Elizabeth Olsen Confirms WandaVision Isn’t Getting a Season 2, but There Is Good News

By | June 9, 2021

WandaVision premiered on Disney+ on Jan. 15, and we were instantly hooked. The episodes are packed with just the right amount of nostalgia and mystery as Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) live out a real-life sitcom in the seemingly perfect town of Westview. Following the wild finale, we were curious to know if the series would have a second season, but unfortunately, it seems like that isn’t the case.

During a chat with Kaley Cuoco for Variety‘s Actors on Actors video series, Olsen confirmed that the show won’t have a second season. “It’s definitely a limited series,” she said. The good news is that this isn’t the last we’ll see of Wanda. The series is meant to lead straight to the upcoming MCU film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which will star Olsen as Wanda. However, with Marvel, nothing is ever set in stone, as she added, “I mean, I’m saying that. I don’t know. I mean, with Marvel, you can never say no.”

While we likely won’t get a follow-up of WandaVison, there are still plenty of new Marvel series to look forward to, including the recently released Loki, which is already in talks for a second season. As Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige pointed out, “The fun of the MCU is obviously all the crossover we can do between series, between films. So it will vary based on the story. Sometimes it will go into a season 2, sometimes it will go into a feature and back into a series.”