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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.

Just When Exactly Was the Friends Reunion Filmed, Anyway?

By | May 22, 2021

After seemingly endless delays, the Friends reunion is finally here! Debuting this month on HBO Max, the special will reunite the original cast of the iconic sitcom, finally together after several delays in filming. The main cause of the delay is pretty simple: the COVID-19 pandemic kicked in last year just before the originally planned filming dates. So when did they end up filming after all?

According to TMZ, the reunion was shot in early April, spanning about three days of filming on the Warner Bros. studio lot. The filming apparently took place across indoor and outdoor sets, including some of the iconic sets from the original show. TMZ also reported that a live audience participated in some of the filming, but instead of allowing the general public on set, the audience consisted of pre-screened, COVID-tested union actors who were hired as extras for the shoot.

It’s been a long road to get the Friends reunion to finally happen, with a full year of delays between the original, planned shoot and when the production was ultimately able to get up and running. Deadline reported that the original plan was to film in March 2020, then pushed to May in hopes of being ready for HBO Max’s May 27 launch date, then pushed back again indefinitely as the pandemic stretched on with no clear end in sight and no safe way to film.

“You know what? This has also given us more time to make it even more exciting and more fun than it would have been,” Jennifer Aniston told Deadline after the 2020 postponements. “So I choose to see it as the glass is half-full that it got postponed. Look, we’re not going anywhere. You’re never going to get rid of Friends, sorry. You’re stuck with us for life.”

The reunion will, ironically (or intentionally), arrive exactly one year after its hoped-for previous date, on May 27 of this year. All six of the original stars will be there, although the exact content is still a little bit mysterious. We know they’ll be playing some trivia, revisiting old episodes, and sharing anecdotes about the original series. The special will also feature a ton of guest stars, including David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Lady Gaga, Elliott Gould, Kit Harington, Larry Hankin, Mindy Kaling, Thomas Lennon, Christina Pickles, Tom Selleck, James Michael Tyler, Maggie Wheeler, Reese Witherspoon, and Malala Yousafzai.

The Most Emotional Revelations From Prince Harry and Oprah’s The Me You Can’t See

By | May 21, 2021

Prince Harry is continuing to shine a light on the importance of mental health. After much anticipation, his new series with Oprah, The Me You Can’t See, has finally premiered on Apple TV+, and it features very open and profound discussions surrounding mental health. In addition to Harry and Oprah sharing their own personal journeys and struggles, the duo also tapped a handful of guests like Lady Gaga, Glenn Close, and DeMar DeRozan to share their experiences. Oh, and in case you were wondering, Meghan Markle and Archie also make appearances.

“We are born into different lives, brought up in different environments, and as a result are exposed to different experiences. But our shared experience is that we are all human,” Harry previously said in a statement. “The majority of us carry some form of unresolved trauma, loss, or grief, which feels – and is – very personal. Yet the last year has shown us that we are all in this together, and my hope is that this series will show there is power in vulnerability, connection in empathy, and strength in honesty.” Ahead, check out the most emotional revelations from the five-episode series.

A Black Lady Sketch Show Should Be 1 of Many Sketch Shows by Black Women

By | May 13, 2021

If you haven’t seen the one-of-a-kind, comedic genius that is A Black Lady Sketch Show, I’m afraid you’re missing out. If you have heard of the show, you’re probably aware that the Black-women-led sketch series is paving the way for Black women in comedy in more ways than one. But did you know there’s a deeper meaning and intention behind the show’s name? On the press tour for A Black Lady Sketch Show, the show’s creator Robin Thede, actress/writer/comedian extraordinaire, who also stars in the show, repeatedly pointed out that she decided to name the show A Black Lady Sketch Show instead of The Black Lady Sketch Show because she hopes the series is the first of many sketch shows that center Black women, not the only.

“There is so much more space for us,” Thede said in an IG Live promoting the second season of the show, which premiered on April 23. “It’s not The Black Lady Sketch Show. It’s just a Black lady sketch show. We’re just one. I want there to be 10 Black lady sketch shows.”

“It’s just a Black lady sketch show. We’re just one. I want there to be 10 Black lady sketch shows.” – Robin Thede

I, for one, second that. After the critical acclaim and popular success of the show, I was left asking myself, “When is Hollywood going to start green-lighting some more Black lady sketch shows?!” In hindsight, that might’ve been a case of wishful thinking. The reality is change happens very slowly in Hollywood, but the gatekeepers need to stop operating from a place of scarcity when it comes to widespread diversity in film and television, especially when it comes to Black women comedians, entertainers, and writers. There’s this pervasive idea within studios and networks that there can be only one Black woman in a room or one Black TV show on air at a time, and we as audiences have been trained to accept and expect that. Luckily, HBO has become a major platform for Black storytellers and creators. Still, I fear that Thede’s A Black Lady Sketch Show will be the only for the foreseeable future.

By no means has the road been an easy one for Black women in the comedy space, much less in sketch comedy. During Chappelle’s Show‘s three-season run from 2003 to 2006 and Key & Peele‘s five-season run starting in 2012 – both on Comedy Central – there were no sketch comedy shows that centered Black women’s voices and unique brand of comedy. Standup comedian Amy Schumer’s sketch comedy show, Inside Amy Schumer, was on Comedy Central at the same time as Key & Peele, but as could be expected, the comedy focused on the perspectives and experiences of white women, since Schumer was the show’s star. When actress and comedian Sasheer Zamata joined the cast of variety sketch show Saturday Night Live in 2014, she was the first Black woman on the cast since Maya Rudolph’s exit in 2007. That means SNL, a show that’s supposed to tap into the pop cultural zeitgeist, went a whole seven years without a Black woman in its main cast.

Long story short, A Black Lady Sketch Show is filling in a major gap that’s been left wide open for decades in its representation of Black women on screen and behind the scenes. The beauty of a groundbreaking show like A Black Lady Sketch Show is that Black women get to see themselves as silly, weird, and playful. I mean, where else are you going to see a bit about aliens literally stealing your dance moves at the club or a sketch that uses ball culture to make fun of the appearance of dads at the cookout, exhaustion, or awkwardness? Or see Thede rock a beard or, in the latest season, a wig that gives her a wild receding hairline?

On top of that, we get to see Black women make fun of themselves without being the butt of jokes that are laughing at them and not with them. Every time Thede’s character Dr. Haddassah Olayinka Ali-Youngman makes an appearance as a hotep Black lady who is so far on the spectrum of “wokeness” that she is really talking nonsense, my stomach aches from laughing so hard. In the latest season, a focus group of Black women from various backgrounds critique one insignificant frame of a show. The sketch itself comedically critiques Black women’s high expectations for representation on television, and it’s so hilarious because it’s so accurate! TV and movies tend to take Black women quite seriously. Don’t get me wrong – Black actresses have more than delivered in their dramatic roles, but that’s not all Black women can do.

Even more important, A Black Lady Sketch Show not only provides so many opportunities to the actresses but also Black women comedy writers, directors, and producers who otherwise might not get a chance to flex their talent with a platform like HBO. The writers room for the first season was all Black women: Lauren Ashley Smith, Ashley Nicole Black, Akilah Green, Holly Walker, Brittani Nichols, and Amber Ruffin (who now has her own late-night show.) Dime Davis, who directed the first season, was the first (you read that right) Black woman to receive an Emmy nomination for outstanding directing for a variety series. The entire show was nominated for outstanding variety sketch series as well. It’s just that good.

There’s only so much one show can do because the Black experience is as varied as it is vast. A Black Lady Sketch Show may be the first of its kind, but hopefully it won’t end up the only of its kind. I’ll be waiting for 10 more Black lady sketch shows, but in the meantime, I’ll continue tuning in every Friday at 11 p.m. to catch each unapologetically Black and hilarious episode.

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.