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Michelle Obama Is Concerned About the Racism Daughters Sasha and Malia May Experience

By | May 9, 2021

Michelle Obama says Black parents in America have fear in their hearts. After Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd, the former first lady sat down with CBS‘s Gayle King to talk about her feelings following the verdict and the worry she feels for her own daughters, Malia and Sasha, today. “We can’t sort of say, ‘Great, that happened, let’s move on,'” Michelle explained. “I know that people in the Black community don’t feel that way, because many of us still live in fear as we go to the grocery store or worry about walking our dogs or allowing our children to get a license.”

She noted that this fear extends to parenting 22-year-old Malia and 19-year-old Sasha. “They’re driving, but every time they get in a car by themselves, I worry about what assumption is being made by somebody who doesn’t know everything about them: The fact that they are good students and polite girls, but maybe they’re playing their music a little loud. Maybe somebody sees the back of their head and makes an assumption,” she continued. “The innocent act of getting a license puts fear in our hearts. So I think we have to talk about it more and we have to ask our fellow citizens to listen a bit more and to believe us and to know that we don’t want to be out there marching.”

Her sentiments are an extension of a similar message she shared last June, shortly after George Floyd’s death. “Race and racism is a reality that so many of us grow up learning to just deal with,” she wrote on Instagram. “But if we ever hope to move past it, it can’t just be on people of color to deal with it. It’s up to all of us – Black, white, everyone – no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out.” Watch her full CBS This Morning interview, above.

Greetings, Kate! Bridgerton’s New Leading Lady Makes Her Debut in First Season 2 Set Photos

By | May 2, 2021

Introducing, Kate Sharma! On April 30, Bridgerton‘s new love interest was spotted for the first time as the Netflix show gears up for season two. Kate, played by Sex Education‘s Simone Ashley, joins Sir Anthony, played by Jonathan Bailey, in the stands at the races. It appears the game of love isn’t the only thing afoot for these characters.

These on-set photos come shortly after Regé-Jean Page announced he will not be returning to the Shondaland series for season two. Bridgerton‘s next installment will shift focus from Daphne and Simon to Kate and Anthony’s romance, based on Julia Quinn’s novel The Viscount Who Loved Me. We’ll certainly miss the Duke of Hastings, but these behind-the-scenes pictures put us in the mood to read more of Lady Whistledown’s musings. Season two can’t come soon enough!

Can’t Wait For Bridgerton Season 3? Here’s What Happens in Benedict’s Book

By | April 15, 2021

With Bridgerton‘s renewal for seasons three and four, it’s official that we’ll be getting a season based on An Offer from a Gentleman, the third book in Julia Quinn’s series of novels and the story of Benedict, the second brother, finding his true love. Of course, it’s very likely that the TV version of the season will be a little different from the books, with more subplots for supporting characters and more depth to Benedict, since the show doesn’t focus quite as exclusively on two characters at a time. Still, if you’re curious to find out what to expect in season three, read on for some major spoilers from An Offer from a Gentleman!

Meet Sophie Beckett, The Ton’s Cinderella

The heroine of this book is another new character, Sophie Beckett, who is the illegitimate daughter of the Earl of Penwood. She’s fully aware of her parentage, and the Earl takes her in as his “ward.” Unfortunately for Sophie, the Earl marries Araminta, a “wicked stepmother” if ever there was one, who has two awful daughters too. When the Earl dies, his will includes a loophole: Araminta will receive a much larger allowance if she allows Sophie to stay until she turns 20.

We all know how this story goes. Sophie gets to stay, but as a full-fledged Cinderella, forced to become a servant to her stepmother and stepsisters. One night, though, she manages to sneak into Lady Bridgerton’s famous masquerade ball. There, with her identity hidden, she meets Benedict Bridgerton, and they’re instantly smitten with each other. Of course, things aren’t as simple as that.

Two Years Later

It’s been two years since the ball, and Benedict has sworn he will only marry when he finds his mystery woman from the ball again. Meanwhile, Sophie has been kicked out by her stepmother, who figured out that she attended the ball and gained a Bridgerton’s attention. Sophie is forced to work as a maid, and she meets Benedict again when he rescues her from the unwanted advances of her employer’s son. He helps get her a different job – working for his mother – and feels a connection with her instantly, but he doesn’t realize that she’s the woman from the ball.

As the story progresses, Benedict and Sophie find themselves drawn together more and more, as the rest of the Bridgertons grow very fond of Sophie as well. Benedict is absolutely attracted to her, but he can’t let go of his vow to only marry the masked woman from the ball. Between wanting to keep that vow and the fact that she’s a servant at the time (and thus not a suitable match), Benedict decides to ask Sophie to be his mistress instead. It goes about as well as you’d expect. Being illegitimate herself, Sophie absolutely has no interest in having children who will bear the same stigma, even though her feelings for Benedict are growing even stronger.

How Does An Offer from a Gentleman End?

Disinterested in any of the “suitable” women suggested to him as a bride, Benedict finally admits to himself that, if he could, he’d probably marry Sophie. When he hints at his dilemma to his mother (without directly mentioning Sophie), Violet promises him that she would never be angry at him if he chose to marry someone of a different social class. Still thinking about this conversation, he runs into the rest of his family playing a hide-and-seek game with Sophie. When he sees her blindfolded, he finally realizes that she’s the masked woman from the ball, and she confesses her identity and her backstory.

Benedict is angry and Sophie decides to resign and leave the household. As she leaves, though, Sophie’s stepmother accosts her, accuses her of being a thief, and has her hauled off to jail. When the Bridgertons find out via a report by Lady Whistledown, they head off to rescue her from jail, where Araminta is there taunting her. Between the Bridgertons’ arrival and a surprising moment of support from one of her stepsisters, Posy, Sophie is proven innocent – and Posy even reveals that the earl had left a dowry for Sophie that Araminta has kept for herself instead.

Violet calmly threatens Araminta with ruination unless she agrees not to stand in the way of Sophie and Benedict. She also invites Posy to stay with them as long as she’d like, in order to keep her from Araminta’s wrath. Sophie returns home with Benedict, where he has a bath drawn for her and they get a head start on their upcoming wedding night. They get married, and, in the epilogue seven years later, we learn that Sophie is pregnant with their fourth child. And, in the very last moments, Lady Whistledown – still unidentified – thinks to herself that she’s tired of being Whistledown and vows to be herself from then on.

Barack Obama Reflects on Meeting Prince Philip For the First Time in Heartfelt Tribute

By | April 10, 2021

On the morning of April 9, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh died at age 99, The Royal Family confirmed. Former president Barack Obama posted a tribute to the late royal on Instagram just hours after his death was announced, reflecting on his legacy as Queen Elizabeth II’s husband and his impact as a British noble for more than half a century. “When we first met His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, he and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II had already been on the world stage for more than half a century – welcoming leaders like Churchill and Kennedy; Mandela and Gorbachev,” Obama wrote. “As two Americans unaccustomed to palaces and pomp, we didn’t know what to expect.”

The former president explained that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were gracious hosts who put them at ease immediately and gave them a sense of comfort. “Prince Philip in particular was kind and warm, with a sharp wit and unfailing good humor,” he continued. “It was our first introduction to the man behind the title, and in the years since, our admiration for him has only grown. We will miss him dearly . . . At the Queen’s side or trailing the customary two steps behind, Prince Philip showed the world what it meant to be a supportive husband to a powerful woman.” Obama went on to list Prince Philip’s achievements as a member of the Royal Navy and a combatant in World War II.

“As the world mourns his loss, we send our warmest wishes and deepest sympathies to the Queen, their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; and everyone who knew and loved this remarkable man.”

4 Major Sony Movies We Have to Look Forward to on Netflix in 2022

By | April 9, 2021

We’re only a few months into the year, but Netflix already has big things in store for 2022. On Thursday, the streaming giant announced that all movies released by Sony Pictures will stream exclusively on Netflix after their theatrical releases beginning next year. This, of course, will include Tom Holland‘s Uncharted and Bullet Train starring Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, and Lady Gaga. The same applies to future sequels like Venom, Jumanji, Bad Boys, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The length of the deal still remains unclear, but the good news is that we’ll have plenty of movies to keep us entertained. Keep reading to see what other Sony films will be hitting Netflix in 2022.