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Everything We Know So Far About Kelly Clarkson’s Divorce From Brandon Blackstock

By | December 1, 2020

After nearly seven years of marriage, Kelly Clarkson filed for divorce from Brandon Blackstock this past June. The couple wed in 2013, and they have two children together, 6-year-old daughter River Rose and 4-year-old son Remington Alexander. Since their split, details have slowly started unfolding, with Kelly recently opening up about their separation on Tuesday’s episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show. “I’m obviously going through one right now. It’s horrible. There are so many hard parts. The hardest for me is the kids. That’s the hardest for me,” Kelly candidly revealed on her show. It was also announced this week that Kelly was awarded primary physical custody of their kids. As new details continue to emerge, keep reading to see everything we know so far about Kelly and Brandon’s divorce.

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  • Kelly files for divorce. On June 4, the 38-year-old singer filed for divorce from the 43-year-old music manager after almost seven years of marriage. In court documents obtained by People, Kelly cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for their split and listed their separation date as “TBD.”
  • Kelly says she didn’t see the split coming. During the season two premiere of The Kelly Clarkson Show in September, Kelly opened up about her divorce. “I’m so glad I can still connect with all of you in my studio because, as you probably know, 2020 has brought a lot of change also to my personal life. Definitely didn’t see anything coming that came,” she said. “What I’m dealing with is hard because it involves more than just my heart, it involves a lot of little hearts. We have four kids. Divorce is never easy. We’re both from divorced families, so we know the best thing here is to protect our children and their little hearts.” She assured her audience that she was OK, but she preferred to keep details private for the sake of their kids.
  • Kelly is awarded primary physical custody of River Rose and Remington Alexander. “The Court finds that under the circumstances present in this case, the interest in providing stability and continuity for the minor children weighs in favor of Petitioner having primary custody,” court documents stated, referring to Kelly. With the doc adding that “the level of conflict between the parents has increased,” because “the parties have a difficult time co-parenting due to issues of trust between them.”
  • Brandon seeks spousal and child support. According to People, the music manager is seeking $436,000 in monthly spousal and child support. “Brandon’s been equally unreasonable in his requests for child and spousal support, as well as attorney fees. Kelly’s offered to pay for all the kids’ expenses, but Brandon seems to think he is entitled to and needs $301,000 in spousal support and $135,000 in child support per month,” a source told the publication. “Additionally, he’s already asked for $2 million for attorney fees when he’s the one driving up the cost of the divorce with seven attorneys just representing him alone.”
  • Kelly gets candid about her divorce once again. During a December episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show, the host discussed her divorce with author Glennon Doyle and Alicia Keys. “I’m obviously going through one right now,” she said, referencing the split. “It’s horrible. There are so many hard parts. The hardest for me is the kids. That’s the hardest for me.”

This Comedian’s Impression of Margaret Thatcher on The Crown Is Royally Funny

By | November 25, 2020

The cast of The Crown knows how to make us do a double take when it comes to playing the members of the royal family, but actress and comedian Lisa Beasley’s spot-on impersonation of Margaret Thatcher (portrayed by Gillian Anderson) puts a hilarious spin on one of the show’s most stoic characters. The impression is an admirable replication of Anderson’s voice and cadence on the show, creating a gravelly tone that lands somewhere between a member of high society and Lord Voldemort. In particular, Beasley nails Thatcher’s demeanor when Queen Elizabeth II officially names her prime minister, but the dialogue is where things start to go off script.

“I am Margaret Thatcher,” Beasley says in a raspy voice before poking fun at Thatcher’s time in office, specifically her decision to eliminate the countrywide free milk program for school children over the age of 7 in 1971. As she’s speaking, Beasley is careful to keep her face stiff and unyielding, expertly mimicking Anderson’s performance and giving us all a good laugh. Check out Beasley’s full impression ahead, as well as comedian Kieran Hodgson’s charming impressions of The Crown cast here.

Small Axe: The True Story of Darcus Howe’s Impact on the UK’s Black Power Movement

By | November 22, 2020

The first episode of Steve McQueen’s anthology film series Small Axe officially premiered on Nov. 20, and we’re already enthralled. The series is a collection of five original movies that explore the Black experience in the United Kingdom from the 1960s through the 1980s. The debut film, titled Mangrove, details the trial of nine Black activists who were charged with inciting riots in 1970. The accusation occurred after they protested police harassment of customers at The Mangrove, a Caribbean restaurant in Notting Hill where Black intellectuals and creatives often socialized.

One of the key figures and defendants in the trial was Darcus Howe (played by Malachi Kirby), who chose to represent himself. Born Leighton Rhett Radford Howe, the Trinidad native moved to London at the age of 18 after attending Queen’s Royal College with the intent to become a lawyer. However, after experiencing racism in Britain in the early 1960s, he moved back to Trinidad and decided to pursue journalism instead. Throughout the decade, Howe played an influential role in the Black Power movement in both the United States and the Caribbean, meeting with activists such as Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael.

Howe returned to London in 1970, joined the British Black Panthers, and organized the Mangrove demonstration with Trinidadian physician and research scientist Althea Jones-LeCointe (portrayed by Letitia Wright in Small Axe). The march took place on Aug. 9, 1970, after the police raided the restaurant 12 times within 18 months, searching for drugs and never finding any. The protest remained peaceful until police intervention sparked violence, which led to the arrests of Howe and Jones-LeCointe, along with seven others: Barbara Beese, Rupert Boyce, Frank Crichlow, Rhodan Gordon, Anthony Innis, Rothwell Kentish and Godfrey Millett. The defendants were on trial for 55 days and were eventually acquitted after evincing racism within the Metropolitan Police.

Three years after the trial, Howe helped launch the Race Today Collective – a branch of the Institute of Race Relations, which studied and analyzed international race relations. He served as an editor of the organization’s magazine, Race Today, from 1973 to 1985, spotlighting global social justice issues, notably the New Cross house fire, in which 13 Black people from ages 14 to 22 died in a suspected racist attack. The publication helped organize a demonstration that united over 20,000 people who marched through London. Howe also had a career in broadcasting and filmmaking.

Howe, who had seven children, died in April 2017 after a 10-year battle with prostate cancer. According to biographer Robin Bunce, he “died peacefully in his sleep” at his Streatham home, where he lived with his wife, Leila Hassan, whom he married in 1989.

Dear Latinx Celebrities: You Don’t Need to be Anti-Black to Be Pro-Latinx

By | November 21, 2020

Eva Longoria joined the growing list of Latinx celebrities called out for anti-Blackness after undermining the vital role Black women voters and community leaders played in the presidential election during an MSNBC interview. Despite Black women having a 20 percent higher voting rate for Biden, even turning Georgia blue for the first time in nearly 30 years thanks to former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, Longoria called Latinas “the real heroines” of the Democrats’ win. The Desperate Housewives actress was met with immediate backlash on social media from users who believed her statements to be anti-Black – and they weren’t wrong.

“The announcement of Black milestones in the industry is often followed by Latinx celebrities reducing those advances to a mere stepping stone.”

There’s a troubling pattern in Hollywood; the announcement of Black milestones in the industry is often followed by Latinx celebrities reducing those advances to a mere stepping stone. The spirit of the argument for Latinx representation then becomes “why them and not us?” instead of “yay for them, now time for us.” Adding insult to injury, these comments regularly overlook or blatantly ignore the accomplishments of Black creatives that also identify as Latino.

Jane the Virgin‘s Gina Rodriguez has become notorious for this, falsely claiming that Black actresses are paid more than Latina actresses in 2018, and calling out Marvel for lack of Latino representation after Black Panther‘s 2017 announcement, disregarding Zoe Saldana and Rosario Dawson’s leading roles within the franchise. Comedian John Leguizamo made similar comments this summer, quoting an L.A. Times article detailing the high number of Emmy nominations for Black entertainers with “why can’t we Latinx have a piece of the pie?”

Dascha Polanco (Orange is the New Black), who was recently criticized for using a gif of a topless African woman for a celebratory post-election tweet, responded to Leguizamo’s Emmys tweet by saying, “If Its only us speaking up on it, no one cares. It’s the silence from those that fight for equality but only their equality. Diversity but Diverse enough to include thyself That mentality of ‘As long as I’m good; I don’t see a damn thing.'” This rhetoric is meant to highlight industry failings on behalf of the Latinx community, but only division and blame is produced by directly linking Black progress to Latinx stagnation.

While artists from all marginalized communities undoubtedly deserve increased equity and opportunity, each accomplishment for respective demographics should not set off a rush for the presumed last slice of diversity pie. This reoccurring battle between POC stars for the representation spotlight plays into a white supremacist system that habitually pits communities of color against each other, and more often than not, exposes a deeply embedded presence of anti-Blackness.

Within the Latino community, a history of anti-Blackness dates back to the Spanish colonialization of Latino America where a caste system structured by race viewed Black people as bottom tier. Casta paintings, 18th century lineage guides that prejudicially depicted racial mixing, even warned that bearing children with a Black person would lead to subpar, ill-mannered children. Similar to how white supremacy is still alive and thriving, anti-Black sentiment is still present in the Latino community and is most discernible in the hesitation to wholly accept Afro-Latinos as Latinos, and thus, Afro-Latino wins as Latino wins.

Longoria’s decision to crown Latina voters as heroines and render her earlier celebration of Black women voters as a second place consolation prize stems from a false notion that there has to be a winner. Black and brown communities face similar racially-rooted barriers to success in entertainment and the nation as a whole, and it is imperative to recognize that their struggles and experiences are not one of the same. And even though a win for the Black community does not always equal a win for the Latino community, it should never be seen as a loss.

Sidelined communities have been conditioned to treat diversity and representation as a revolving door in which one has to wait their turn to cross the barrier. Though this view was born out of the uphill battle to make change, it prevents people of color from infiltrating spaces together. The instinct to jump into the door when there’s an opening comes at the expense of cramming a community who desperately fought for their space into a corner. Anti-Black may seem a harsh label for celebrities whose only intentions are to raise awareness for their community. However, harsh is the nature of a centuries-long fight for fairness, and any action that serves to detract or redirect focus from continued Black success, no matter the reason, is by definition anti-Black.

So instead of playing into the white supremacist’s game of a revolving door, stepping over one another to reach the inner circle, activists of color need to instead address the biases in their own communities that prevent them from dismantling the door altogether.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Princess Diana’s Sister, Sarah Spencer

By | November 18, 2020

Even before The Crown introduces Princess Diana, we meet Sarah Spencer, Diana’s older sister, who actually dated Prince Charles before Diana did. Once the action moves to follow Charles and Diana’s doomed marriage, however, Sarah pretty much disappears into the background. This is actually accurate to what happened in real life! While Diana went on to a life in the brightest spotlight of all, Sarah lived a pretty “normal” life for a member of the British aristocracy.

As The Crown shows, Sarah – who, six years older than Diana, was more of a contemporary to Prince Charles – briefly dated the prince in the late ’70s, bonding over their shared country hobbies like horseback riding and polo. That’s how Charles and Diana actually first met (although probably not, as The Crown suggests, while Diana was in a fairy costume for a school play). “I introduced them. I’m Cupid!” Sarah joked to The Guardian after the royal engagement was announced in 1981.

Charles and Sarah’s romance ended abruptly after her conversation with a pair of journalists was leaked. According to one of the journalists, writing for The Mirror years later, she outright said she wouldn’t marry Charles “if he were the dustman or the King of England.” Charles was angry by her indiscretion and broke things off, and, within a couple of years, was dating her sister Diana.

Sarah, for her part, also moved on pretty quickly and without much drama. She began dating Neil Edmund McCorquodale, the son of British Olympian Alastair McCorquodale, and they married in 1980. Since he has no title of his own, she retained her “Lady” title as the daughter of an earl. They have three children: Emily (born 1983), George (born 1984), and Celia (born 1989). When Celia got married in 2018, she briefly grabbed headlines for wearing the Spencer tiara (the same one Diana wore at her wedding). Lady Sarah has seemingly stayed close to both her nephews, especially Prince Harry. She and her family were present at his wedding in 2018, and she and her siblings were mentioned in the birth announcement of Harry and Meghan’s son, Archie.

To see more pictures of Lady Sarah over the years, click through the gallery ahead!