Judy Blume is currently in Toronto promoting her new book In The Unlikely Event. Duana wrote about it a few weeks ago – click here and click here for a refresher. This is exciting. Actually, it’s the MOST exciting. And I know many of you understand. I know many of you feel the same way: that she saved us, didn’t she? I was an awkward Chinese kid living through my parents’ divorce and finding new reasons to hate myself every day, like many of you when you were growing up, and Judy’s books were always there, not necessarily to explain or to fix it, but to tell you that you should keep trying to figure it out, that she trusted that you would figure it out.
As of this post, I just finished the first (for etalk) of two interviews with Judy Blume. She’ll be live on The Social later today. In case there was any doubt, I want you to know: She’s everything you imagine/want/hope her to be. She’s thoughtful. She’s honest. She’s smarter than all the people in the room. But most importantly, she’s so, SO kind. I’ve only spent 20 minutes with her – so far – and already I can feel her kindness, her empathy. And you would have to be next level kind, next level GOOD, to have had this effect on so many of us. As Duana said in her review of In The Unlikely Event, Judy Blume helped us to be adults. Is still helping us in adulthood.
Today, and every day, I love Judy Blume.
Yours in gossip,
Younger, faster, stronger? Most of the time, I guess.
But if you watched the BET Awards last night and the tribute to Janet Jackson, that choreography not only still holds up, it’s a challenge for the new generation. And the drop-step-walk from Rhythm Nation will never, ever, ever not look good. So, no, that is definitely not the end. Janet is back. And she more than made up for the excessive amount of Chris Brown during the show.
Smokey Robinson did too. First Smokey lectured the audience about being too far up their own asses and to stop being so spoiled. “So don’t be so full of yourselves.” And this happened right after Diddy introduced him after bigging himself up first. Then Smokey performed and I almost got pregnant. Like, if I had any interest in having a baby, Smokey would have made that happen.
More BET Awards coverage to come.
Yours in gossip,
Have you been following this on Twitter? If not, do a search for #AskELJames. E.L. James, the author of Fifty Shades Of Grey, decided to participate in a Twitter chat today, I guess to promote the new book, Grey, and, well… That’s kind of Twitter is for, isn’t it? Here’s a sample: Will you be rewriting the book from Stephenie Meyer's point of view next time? #AskELJames Full Story
Rihanna’s BET attitude (Dlisted)
Sofia Vergara, bridesmaid (TooFab)
A lot of people think this was mean. I really enjoyed it. (The Superficial)
Mimi and a teddy (Hollywood Tuna)
Channing Tatum and thong. Go. (Pop Sugar)
The next year for Cameron Diaz (OK!)
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Jennifer Lawrence was photographed today in a cropped top in NYC. Is that what happens when 20-something sweethearts move to New York? Crop tops? Like Taylor Swift before her, Jennifer is looking for an apartment. Like I said last week, I hope they take turns hosting book club. Like we’ve seen with Taylor, every time Jennifer leaves to go anywhere it’s a pap situation. Full Story
It’s not like I expected greatness from Ted 2, but I did have some expectation that it would be amusing, at least. Ted was surprisingly funny, and though it had plenty of signature Seth MacFarlane poop humor, it also had a nice little story about friendship at its center, and more jokes landed than didn’t. Full Story
Shia LaBeouf freestyle rapping, have you seen the video yet? If no, please enjoy. If yes, please enjoy again. I’ve enjoyed it several times already: He raps at the speed of a turtle but still. When he’s not plagiarising and, you know, punching people, I can’t help it. Full Story
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We had Tori Kelly as a guest on The Social at Disneyland a few weeks ago. Such a warm soul! Thanks for celebrating #TheSocialatDisney with us! Repost from @torikelly -- Catch me on @thesocialctv today! Such sweet + lovely ladies. Full Story
Twitter (thanks Nat!) tells me that Bradley Cooper was in Paris last week with Irina Shayk. They’ve not been papped together since those rumours came out that she was one of Sepp Blatter’s lovers. just ate the best meal of my life, tried escargot, and sat across from bradley cooper and irina shayk — Carina Merhi (@CarinaMerhi) June 25, 2015 Full Story
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Let’s talk first about Kelly Rowland’s dress. The feathers. The fashion feathers that just won’t die. Normally we see the feathers on the skirt. And this was fun and fresh…back in 2005. Now? Kaley Cuoco has access to feathers. This is when it’s time to give up on feathers. Full Story
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You might be tired of Taylor Swift’s friend-collecting but she’s not tired of showing you how many more friends she’s collected. Taylor performed in London this weekend. And once again she had her model crew with her: Cara Delevingne, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Martha Hunt, her best friend Karlie Kloss… And now Serena Williams, 20-time Grand Slam champion, has joined the Swift Squad. Full Story