Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Dear Gossips, 

We had the most vibrant guest on The Social yesterday and I’m now totally f-cking obsessed with her. Her name is Sisonke Msimang. Sisonke was born in exile in Zambia in the 70s. Her father was a freedom fighter working with the ANC. Her family moved around a lot when she was young and she’s lived in so many different places, including Canada, she’s written a book, Always Another Country, on “the notion of home and reflections on what belonging means”. She identifies as a feminist, as an activist, and as a supporter of the smaller story. Because ordinary people also experience history and are too often the unseen victims of inequality, and we arguably are the ones for whom change matters most. 

Sisonke is in a relationship with a white man, as am I, and Kathleen too. And once in a while, we’ll all get random comments from people who are all like, what right do you have to talk about representation and inclusion and pride of culture when you’re in love with a white dude? So I asked her how she deals with it. And she gave me a joke that is so good, I promised her I was stealing it. 

“White privilege is so great I had to marry it.”  

She basically blew the roof off our studio, we went so crazy for that response. And then: 

“But my white privilege can’t follow me around everywhere. And when he’s not with me, I’m still black.”

Obviously there’s a serious answer to the question and she goes into it in her book, writing that “(my husband) has taught me that love is not based on sameness and difference. I have learned to hold us close and that means shrugging at attempts to define us in ways that diminish what we have gone through and who we are to each other simply because others are curious about my blackness and his whiteness”, but my point here is to tell you that she is a talent that you will be hearing so much more about. That she is an important emerging storyteller whose work will, hopefully, be as known and as appreciated as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who she namechecked at the beginning of her TED Talk a couple of years ago (see below). This is, also, the point that both Sisonke and Chimamanda have been trying to make – that multiple stories from multiple storytellers should be heard. 

Always Another Country will be released next week in North America and the UK. It’s a powerful, tender, and gorgeous read. Sisonke Msimang is a force. 

Yours in gossip,


Monday, September 24, 2018

Dear Gossips,

Today is Mid-Autumn Festival or Harvest Moon Festival, one of the most important holidays of the lunar calendar, which is commonly observed in East Asia, and known in Chinese culture as Chinese Thanksgiving. This is why you may have seen moon cakes everywhere.  Read Full Intro

Ryan & Timmy in San Sebastian

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 24, 2018 20:02:39 September 24, 2018 20:02:39
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Ryan Gosling and Timothee Chalamet are both at the San Sebastian Film Festival promoting First Man and Beautiful Boy. Let’s start with Ryan. Because he’s serving us a selection of interesting looks. Ryan wore a red leather jacket when he arrived. Today, with Claire Foy at the photo call, it was a blue jacket with a yellow and black printed sweater. Full Story

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Get to know Chloe Zhao

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 24, 2018 18:10:48 September 24, 2018 18:10:48
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Here’s a name you’re going to start hearing: Chloe Zhao. She’s a director and she just booked a Marvel gig, The Eternals. Things to know about Chloe Zhao: She’s Chinese, she’s 36 (joining Ryan Coogler as people who make you feel bad about your accomplishments at your age), she was in the running for the Black Widow movie, and she had a film come out this year, The Rider, that is one of those slide-under-the-radar indie releases everyone raves about at the end of the year. Full Story

Smutty Social Media, September 24, 2018

Maria Posted by Maria at September 24, 2018 17:24:38 September 24, 2018 17:24:38

My Best Friend’s Wedding is still such a good watch and one of the movies I’d actually like to see rebooted, with Julia (not her character’s name, but she is always Julia) getting married this time. Kimmy and Michael are definitely divorced, right? I mean there was no way that marriage was going to work. Full Story

Tom Cruise at dinner

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 24, 2018 17:08:32 September 24, 2018 17:08:32

Tom Cruise hasn’t spent a lot of time in LA the last few years. He’s in London a lot, especially when he’s shooting, or in Florida, close to Scientology HQ. Which is why we don’t really associate him with Los Angeles and Hollywood anymore. Not the way we associate so many others. Full Story

Party City Joker

Sarah Posted by Sarah at September 24, 2018 14:04:06 September 24, 2018 14:04:06

On Friday director Todd Phillips released a camera test of Joaquin Phoenix in his Joker makeup and it is certainly a look. My first thought was that he looks like Pogo the Clown, aka John Wayne Gacy. My second thought was that he sort of looks like the mask Heath Ledger’s Joker wore in the bank robbery scene Full Story

Gwyneth’s wedding and anniversary

Lainey Posted by Lainey at September 24, 2018 13:16:06 September 24, 2018 13:16:06
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Gwyneth Paltrow is celebrating the 10th anniversary of goop tomorrow, marking the day she first sent out the goop newsletter, from London, where she was based at the time, by opening her first pop-up in Notting Hill. Full Story