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

By | June 9, 2021

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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.”

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.”

Whew! Let’s Break Down That Wild Season 5 Finale of Lucifer, Shall We?

By | May 29, 2021

Whoa, part two of season five of Lucifer was definitely worth the wait. In just eight episodes, the fantasy series was able to pack in more twists and turns than we imagined possible, and now we’re left with more questions than we started the season with. And how about that season finale? Wild! If you’re still processing what happened, allow us to break down that final episode, because it was truly a lot to handle.

Does Chloe Die?

By the time we get to the season five finale of Lucifer, Michael and Lucifer are ready to battle it out for God’s throne at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Lucifer is joined by Chloe, Maze, and Amenadiel, while Michael brings his not-so-angelic army of supporters to back him up. At first, it seems like everything is going according to plan and Lucifer is winning the fight, but as it intensifies, Chloe gets caught in the crossfire while retrieving the key to the Flaming Sword and Michael stabs her to death.

In her final moments, Lucifer runs to Chloe’s aide and apologizes to her, saying, “This is all my fault,” as he begins sobbing. “Lucifer, we make our own choices. I chose to be here,” Chloe responds before assuring him that she’s made peace with her guilt over Dan’s death. “And Dan – what happened to Dan is . . . is not my fault and this is not your fault. It’s not your fault. I love you.” Shortly after, we see Lucifer fly up to heaven to save Chloe, even though he’s well aware that he’s been banished and will die if he even tries to go to heaven.

Meanwhile, in heaven, we see Chloe having a peaceful picnic with her dad before she’s reunited with Lucifer, who has come to rescue her back to Earth. “It’s not your time. You need to come back,” he tells her. After Chloe agrees to return to Earth with him, Lucifer informs her that there’s not enough power left in his ring for both of them to return, so she’ll have to go alone. Lucifer is finally able to tell Chloe that he loves her as he transfers his ring onto her finger and he disintegrates. Chloe is then shown back on Earth, fighting for her life once again as she battles it out once more with Michael. Only this time, she has the Flaming Sword on her side and she’s able to defeat Michael for good.

Does Lucifer Die?

As for Lucifer, we’re initially led to believe that he dies in heaven after he gives his ring to Chloe, but we can’t have a show named Lucifer without the titular character, right? As Chloe is fighting Michael, Lucifer reappears on Earth with a pair of white angel wings and is able to stop Chloe from killing Michael. In turn, Chloe hands the key to the Flaming Sword over to Lucifer, who uses the weapon to cut off Michael’s black wings. “No more killing,” he tells him. “In my time here on Earth, I’ve learned everyone deserves a second chance – even me. Even you, Michael.” Chloe then asks Lucifer how it’s possible for him to be back on Earth, to which he simply replies, “I don’t know.”

Who Wins the Celestial War For God’s Throne?

In that moment, it’s made clear who has won the celestial war: Lucifer. We still don’t know how Lucifer was able to return to Earth and what’ll happen next now that he is God, but we’re sure to find out when Lucifer returns for its sixth and final season.

Paul Rudd Might’ve Missed the Friends Reunion, but His Camcorder Moment Is Forever

By | May 28, 2021

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While the Friends reunion was a delightful tribute to fans in every way, one cast member was noticeably missing from HBO Max’s special: Paul Rudd‘s Mike Hannigan, or shall we say Crap Bag, who played Phoebe’s boyfriend and later, husband, in the last two seasons of the show. Sadly, Rudd wasn’t able to make it to the reunion due to the “incredibly difficult” timing of the filming, particularly during a pandemic, but that didn’t stop fans from honoring him and his character.

At the end of reunion, as the cast and crew reflected on the show’s extremely emotional last day of filming, shots of the set and surrounding crowd were weaved into the segment. That’s when eagle-eyed fans noticed that in the crowd watching as the gang did their final bow was Rudd crouching over with his camcorder, looking like a proud dad. Apparently, Rudd made this a thing before Regina George’s mom ever appeared on the scene. While Rudd unfortunately didn’t make an appearance in present day, his sweet cameo from the past reminded fans how much we loved Mike, the unofficial seventh friend.

Back in 2004, just weeks after filming wrapped for the show, Rudd stopped by Late Night With Conan O’Brien to discuss the finale. He admitted it was “really strange” because he wasn’t one of the group, but he was honored to be included. (I mean, that smile as he watched them bow just says it all.) “There was a lot of crying and even during the read-through and during the taping,” Rudd said at the time. “It felt as if I absolutely shouldn’t be there. I felt like I was watching someone bathe. It just wasn’t right.”

So being the stand-up guy he is, he stepped aside and filmed the final bow for the cast to remember forever. To the people who edited the Friends reunion, we say thank you for sharing that glorious moment.

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Jason Derulo and Jena Frumes Are Expecting Their First Child Together

By | March 29, 2021

Congratulations are in order for Jason Derulo and Jena Frumes! On March 28, the couple announced they’re expecting their first baby. “Couldn’t be more excited for this new chapter in our life,” Jason wrote on Instagram, along with a beachy video montage of the couple. Jena shared a similar photo with the caption, “Mom & Dad.”

According to People, Jason and Jena met at the gym right before the coronavirus pandemic sent the country into lockdown. They started dating shortly after and frequently pop up on each other’s social media, including TikTok, where Jason has over 44 million followers. We’re so excited for this growing family and can’t wait to meet their baby soon.

Here’s the Exact Moment Netflix Drops New TV Episodes

By | March 20, 2021

Over the last few years, Netflix’s original series have taken the TV world by storm, racking up social media buzz, awards, and countless fans. On the day each new season of an original series is set to drop, the show is available in its entirety at 3 a.m. ET/midnight PT. Why is that?

The company has never officially commented on the release time, but what makes the most sense is that it goes by the clock in the time zone where the company is headquartered. Netflix’s company headquarters are in a suburb of San Francisco, with another office located in Los Angeles. So the streaming service drops its original series during the first minute in that time zone on their respective release dates (which tend to be Fridays or, more recently, Wednesdays).

So, for example, Last Chance U: Basketball season one dropped on March 10 at midnight PT – and it released at the same instant worldwide. Not the same time on the clock, the same moment. So a show that drops at midnight in Los Angeles is released at 3 a.m. in New York, 8 a.m. in London, and 4 p.m. in Tokyo.

Every once in a while Netflix changes things up, like when season three of House of Cards dropped at 3 a.m. PT/6 a.m. ET. But most of the time, the company sticks with a midnight PT release.

One thing people have wondered about is if it’s possible to trick Netflix into thinking you’re in a different time zone and therefore watch shows early. It’s not, because making Netflix think you’re in a different place doesn’t actually help you watch shows early. If the company releases the shows all at once worldwide, having the service think you’re in England when you’re really in the United States doesn’t help you – the show you’re looking for will still drop at 8 a.m. London time, which is always going to be 3 a.m. ET or midnight PT. This would only be possible if Netflix released shows at the same time on the clock in every time zone, i.e. midnight ET and midnight PT. In that case, if you lived in California, you might be able to trick Netflix into thinking you’re on the East Coast and therefore get to watch a new season at 9 p.m. PT.

Even that hypothetical scenario might not be possible anymore, because Netflix has been cracking down on the use of proxy servers. A few years ago, some users were employing proxy servers to change their IP addresses in order for Netflix to think they were in a different country for purposes of watching content blocked in their own countries. Netflix announced in January 2016 that it was cracking down on this practice, in addition to trying to negotiate deals so that all of its content is available in all countries.

Either way, since shows are released simultaneously all around the world, it doesn’t matter. We all have to wait until the same moment, whether it be the middle of the night for East Coasters or dinnertime for Australians, to start watching our favorite new releases.

– Additional reporting by Lauren Harano and Maggie Panos