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Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton Are Officially Married!

By | July 6, 2021

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton have officially tied the knot! According to People, the couple wed at Blake’s Tishomingo ranch in Oklahoma on Saturday. Gwen and Blake previously sparked marriage rumors after Gwen was spotted in Santa Monica on June 12 wearing a diamond wedding band alongside her engagement ring. The “Let Me Reintroduce Myself” singer also recently had an intimate bridal shower with her family and friends.

Gwen and Blake first met as coaches on The Voice in 2015 and struck up a romance following their respective divorces from Gavin Rossdale and Miranda Lambert. Gwen also shares three children with Gavin, 15-year-old Kingston, 12-year-old Zuma, and 7-year-old Apollo. In October 2020, Blake popped the question at their ranch in Oklahoma, and they’ve been going strong ever since. Ahead, see photos of what appears to be Gwen’s sparkly new wedding band.

Why Dan Levy Won’t Celebrate Canada Day: “I Was Re-educated on My Place as a Canadian Settler”

By | July 2, 2021

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On May 29, the remains of 215 Indigenous children were found at Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia. Last week, Cowessess First Nation uncovered 751 additional unmarked graves, most of which are also believed to belong to indigenous children, at Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan. More than 150,000 indigenous children were forcibly removed from their homes from the early 1800s up until the 1990s to attend these “residential schools.” Once they were in the institutions, the children were given new names, forbidden from speaking their native languages, and made to convert to Christianity. The discovery of these unmarked graves paints a dark and long-concealed picture of Canada’s history of abuses against the country’s indigenous populations.

“I encourage all Canadian settlers, myself included, to not celebrate Canada Day, but rather re-educate yourselves on the real history of Canada by taking this course.”

In an effort to encourage Canadian residents to educate themselves on their country’s history this July 1, aka Canada Day, Dan Levy shared his experience taking part in a virtual Indigenous studies course taught by the faculty of native studies at the University of Alberta last summer. “Over 12 weeks, I was re-educated on the history of Canada,” he said in a video on Instagram on Thursday. “I was re-educated on my place as a Canadian settler, my context, my privilege. And this Canada Day, with everything unfolding in the news, I encourage all Canadian settlers, myself included, to not celebrate Canada Day, but rather re-educate yourselves on the real history of Canada by taking this course.”

The 12-week class, currently taught by Dr. Tracy Bear and Dr. Paul Gareau, explores both Indigenous histories and Canada’s contemporary issues that Indigenous people face, with a focus on “national and local Indigenous-settler relations.” “Topics for the 12 lessons include the fur trade and other exchange relationships, land claims and environmental impacts, legal systems and rights, political conflicts and alliances, Indigenous political activism, and contemporary Indigenous life, art and its expressions,” the website reads.

For Dan, the class was an opportunity to engage in “meaningful, insightful, and transformational conversations about the lessons of the week.”

“I highly, highly, highly encourage all Canadian settlers to take this course to better understand your place within the country, to better understand your privilege, and to, hopefully, strengthen your ties of allyship and advocacy,” he urged. “Education is the key to being of better service to people.”

In an interview with The Guardian, Sol Mamakwa, a lawmaker from Kingfisher Lake First Nation, said Canada Day should be seen as a day of mourning for all those children who never made it home, not a day of celebration. “I don’t think people really understand how much Indigenous people were forced to pay to this country,” he said. “Our spirituality was taken away. Our way of life, our languages and our families were taken away. With the remains we continue to find, people are beginning to see that Indigenous people paid in full – with their lives.”

Watch Dan’s full video below, and enroll for free in the Indigenous Canada course, which is subtitled in nine different languages, here.

Kanye West and Irina Shayk’s Relationship Timeline Proves That Timing Is Truly Everything

By | June 10, 2021

It looks like there’s a new celebrity couple on the horizon! Rumors of a romance between Kanye West and Irina Shayk have been swirling for quite some time now, but they were officially kicked into high gear when they were spotted vacationing in France earlier this week. The pair reportedly spent a few nights at Villa La Coste, where they were photographed taking in the sights together. According to E! News, Kanye and Irina “have been seeing each other for several weeks.” “Kanye has been flying in and out of New York to be with her,” a source said.

While Kanye and Irina’s romance may be new, the two have actually known each other for over a decade. Not only did the model once star in one of Kanye’s music videos, but she also walked the runway during one of his Yeezy shows. “Kanye and Irina connected recently when they were both in New York City. They met up one night and had chemistry and hit it off,” the insider added. Kanye was famously married to Kim Kardashian for six years before she filed for divorce in January. They have four children together: 7-year-old North, 5-year-old Saint, 3-year-old Chicago, and 2-year-old Psalm. Irina, on the other hand, previously dated Bradley Cooper from 2015 to 2019, and they share a 4-year-old daughter named Lea De Seine.

If you’re curious how Irina and Kanye’s newfound romance came to be, journey through their relationship timeline ahead.

The Line of Succession to the British Throne Has More People Than You May Have Thought

By | June 6, 2021

The line of succession to the British throne has seen several changes over the past years as more and more royal babies are welcomed into the family. Now, with the recent birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby girl, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, the line is shifting yet again. Though the couple stepped down from their roles as senior royals last year, their children will continue to be in the line of succession. So, just where do Harry and his kids fit into the line of succession? Take a look at the current roster for one of the most important jobs in the world.

  1. Prince Charles: At 70 years old, Charles will be the oldest heir to accede to the British throne. There is also debate of whether Charles will become King Charles III or take on the regnal name of King George VII.
  2. Prince William: As the firstborn of the queen’s firstborn, William stands to inherit the throne after his father. There stands the small possibility that Charles decides he doesn’t want to take on the responsibility of the Commonwealth, and William would take over almost immediately.
  3. Prince George: It may be hard to picture now, but one day, the spunky prince will rule all of England.
  4. Princess Charlotte: As a spare heir to the throne, Charlotte will act as a support to her big brother until he has a family of his own. Charlotte also makes history as the first female royal not to lose her spot in line for the throne to a male heir.
  5. Prince Louis: The young prince is fifth in line, taking over the post from his uncle Harry.
  6. Prince Harry: With the birth of Prince Louis, Harry became sixth in line for the throne.
  7. Archie Mountbatten-Windsor: Baby Archie, the first child of Harry and Meghan Markle, is seventh in line for the throne.
  8. Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor: Harry and Meghan’s daughter Lili is now eighth in line behind her big brother.
  9. Prince Andrew: With the birth of baby Lili, the queen’s second-born son has also moved down in line.
  10. Princess Beatrice: The Duke of York’s older daughter, whom he shares with ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, is next in line.
  11. Princess Eugenie: Beatrice’s younger sister is positioned after her.
  12. August Brooksbank: Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s son, who was born in February 2021, is in line behind Eugenie.
  13. Prince Edward: The Earl of Wessex is the last born to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, but due to the Act of Settlement 1701 (which was amended in 2013), Edward was able to displace his older sister, Princess Anne, in line for the throne. Because of the updated Succession to the Crown Act, Princess Charlotte’s place in line wasn’t affected, even though her younger sibling is a boy.
  14. Viscount Severn: James, Viscount Severn, is the only son of Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie. Because he was born in 2009 – the Act applies to those born after October 2011 – he was able to cut in line ahead of his older sister, Louise.
  15. The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor: The teenager, whom you may remember as a bridesmaid in Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, is in line for the throne after her younger brother.
  16. Princess Anne: As the queen’s second child, Anne was third in line for the throne at the time of her birth – but being a girl meant that both of the princess royal’s younger brothers, Andrew and Edward, would later surpass her in the succession line.
  17. Peter Phillips: Princess Anne’s son is in line ahead of his younger sister, Zara.
  18. Savannah Phillips: Peter’s 6-year-old daughter, Savannah, is next in line.
  19. Isla Phillips: Five-year-old Isla follows her sister, Savannah.
  20. Zara Tindall: Zara Tindall (née Phillips), who is Princess Anne’s only daughter and is married to former English rugby player Mike Tindall, is next in line.
  21. Mia Tindall: Zara and Mike’s daughter, who they welcomed in January 2014, is next in line behind her mother.
  22. Lena Tindall: The couple’s second daughter, who they welcomed in June 2018, follows Mia in line.
  23. Lucas Tindall: Rounding out the list, Zara and Mike’s son is 23rd in line.

Here’s Why Queen Elizabeth Went by “Lilibet” in Her Youth, and Why She Likely Doesn’t Today

By | June 6, 2021

Queen Elizabeth II is known worldwide by her royal title, but for many years, her family called her by a much more casual nickname. The moniker “Lilibet” was used affectionately throughout the queen’s circle, and years later, her grandson Prince Harry used the name for his own daughter with Meghan Markle. But how did Queen Elizabeth II adopt such a unique nickname? Well, it all traces back to her childhood.

As a young girl, then-Princess Elizabeth had difficulty pronouncing her own name. Thus, “Lilibet” was created. Her father, King George VI, used to say, “Lilibet is my pride. Margaret is my joy.” In her early days as an acting royal, she would sign her personal correspondence with the name as well. She once wrote a letter to her grandmother Queen Mary that read, “Darling Granny. Thank you very much for the lovely doll’s house. I do love it, and I have unpacked the dining room and the hall. Love from Lilibet xxx.” The affectionate nickname was later used by the queen’s husband, Prince Philip, over the course of their marriage.

Eventually, however, royal critics speculate that the queen stopped using the nickname following Prince Philip’s death earlier this year. During Philip’s funeral in April, she left a note on his casket signed, “Lilibet.” He was the last member of the royal family who would call her such, since their children have other special names for her. But even if the queen does not use the nickname regularly in her own life anymore, Harry and Meghan ensured the legacy will live on with their baby girl. The royal family’s love for “Lilibet” continues in another generation.