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RIP Rob Ford: Here Are Some Of His Best Moments

Rob Ford has passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 46 years old.
 

The former Toronto mayor had his ups and definitely his downs, and from a brief statement from his family, Ford “spent his life serving the citizens of Toronto.”
 
Ford was diagnosed with pleomorphic liposarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of soft tissue cancer, two years ago and has been fighting it ever since. While people may remember Ford for many different reasons, the positive thing here is that he will be remembered.
 
Here we’ve gathered a few of his best moments.
 

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He was an international sensation and was even on Jimmy Kimmel:

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And John Stewart got to talking about him:

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RIP Rob Ford.
 
He leaves behind his wife Renata, his two children Stephanie and Douglas, his mother Diane, his brothers Doug and Randy, and sister Kathy.
 

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T.I. Is DEFINITELY Against Donald Trump

It all started when T.I. sent an explicit message on Instagram denouncing what Donald Trump stands for. T.I., also known as Clifford Harris, feels that Trump is a danger to the black community and he’s making a strong stand to oppose Trump. Let’s not forget that Trump is the one who says he will kill the families of alleged terrorists and will prevent people from entering the country simply because of their religion.
 


 
Here’s T.I.’s message to Donald Trump:
 

 

TMZ caught up with T.I. recently and the rapper elaborated on his stance. He feels that Trump is using his money and influence to fuel hate against black people. He compares the way Trump is acting to that of an organized crime boss.
 
As for anyone who supports Trump and likes T.I.’s music? Well, he doesn’t want your money so you can keep it. According to him, there’s some things more important than money.
 
Looks like this is one of them!
 
 

 

Featured image via tmz
 

 

Man Pleads Guilty To “The Fappening” Hacks

Remember that time when celebrity nudes and videos were spreading across the Internet like wildfire? Well, one of the people responsible for The Fappening, Ryan Collins, is reported to have pleaded guilty after being busted by the feds.
 

Collins, a 36-year old male from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was arrested and charged on Tuesday for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. He is facing a 5-year prison sentence for pleading guilty to a count of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information. He illegally obtained usernames and corresponding passwords by sending fake emails while posing as Apple and Google to get people to input their login credentials, a practice known as phishing. He did this between November 2012 and September 2014, and once he had that, he had access to their accounts.
 
Big name celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Kate Upton, Kim Kardashian, and Rihanna, fell victim to the scheme, but Collins was not actually charged with leaking or uploading the stolen nude photos and videos, nor was there any evidence to support this. There’s said to be over 100 victims in total and at least 18 of them being famous.
 
It appears that Collins took a plea deal, and while he faces up to 5-years in prison, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is recommending a sentence of 18 months as part of the deal.
 
The Fappening, a combination of the words fap (slang for masturbation) and happening, was one of the biggest things to hit the Internet in 2014. More than 500 private celebrity photos were shared and distributed online during this time.
 

Featured image via businessinsider (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP), nbcnews (Scott Roth / AP), dailymail.co.uk (XPOSURE)
 

 

Here’s Your Dancing With The Stars Season 22 Cast!

With Season 22 set to premiere on ABC on Monday, March 21st, everyone’s been wondering who’s going to be on this iteration of Dancing With The Stars?
 

Well, that list has been officially released as DWTS made the announcement on Tuesday on Good Morning America.
 
Fuller House’s Jodie Sweetin, Mischa Barton of The O.C. fame, and Good Morning America’s very own chief meterologist Ginger Zee will headline the latest season and will join TV personality Geraldo Rivera and Kim Fields from The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
 
Here are the full list of celebrities and athletes that will be competing for the mirrorball trophy with their professional dance partners:
 
Marla Maples/Tony Dovolani
Mischa Barton/Artem Chigvintsev
Antonio Brown/Sharna Burgess
Doug Flutie/Karina Smirnoff
Wanya Morris/Lindsay Arnold
Paige VanZant/Mark Ballas
Von Miller/Witney Carson
Geraldo Rivera/Edyta Sliwinska
Kim Fields/Sasha Farber
Ginger Zee/Val Chmerkovskiy
Jodie Sweetin/Keo Motsepe
Nyle DiMarco/Peta Murgatroyd
 
Len Goodman, the head judge who sat out season 21, will be making his return while Julianne Hough will be out. Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli will be familiar faces for viewers.
 
Who’s your favorite pair? Let us know!
 

Featured image via news.unl.edu, hollywoodreporter (AP Images/Invision) and chicagotribune (Evan Agostini / Invision)

 

 

Nancy Reagan Has Passed Away At The Age Of 94

The former first lady had seen her health deteriorate in the past few years, and on Sunday, March 6th, Nancy Reagan passed away due to congestive heart failure. She was at her Bel-Air home at the time.
 
Nancy Davis Reagan was born on July 6, 1921, in Flushing, New York City, New York and went on to become an actress in Hollywood. As fate would have it, she had the same name as another actress who was blacklisted by the industry. While struggling to find work, Nancy contacted the president of the Screen Actors Guild, who was Ronald Reagan at the time, to see if he could help. The attraction was immediately apparent and the pair eventually started dating and were married on March 4, 1952.
 

As her husband started rising on the political podium, Nancy began garnering a reputation for being “snobbish.” When Ronald became California’s governor, she stated that the governor’s mansion was a “fire trap” and moved the family to an exclusive suburb in Sacramento instead. When Ronald started serving as President in 1981, Nancy’s lavish reputation followed her. It seemed like her first priority was to upgrade the White House. Although private funds were raised for this initiative, it didn’t help that this was taking place when many Americans were suffering to due a recession.
 
In 1982, however, she started to amend her image by raising awareness and educating the public about drug abuse. Her “Just Say No” campaign eventually led to the “National Crusade for a Drug Free America” act which was signed into law by President Reagan in October 1986.
 
She was 94 when she died and she will be laid to rest next to her husband at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.
 

Featured image via abcnews.go.com (The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation)
 

 

Knife Found At Former O.J. Simpson Estate

WHOA.
 
This story has all the twists and turns that could have come straight from a movie.
 

Apparently, when Simpson’s former estate in Brentwood, California, was being demolished in the 1990s, a construction worker found a buried folding buck knife. After the discovery, the worker took the knife to an LAPD officer who was on the street at the time. As it turns out, the LAPD officer only worked in the traffic division, was off-duty at the time, and was working security for a movie.
 
Just within the last month though, the same cop who is now retired, contacted a friend working in the LAPD’s Robbery Homicide Division to get the Departmental Record number from the OJ Simpson case which he planned to engrave on a frame to house said knife.
 
What the friend did instead was notify his superiors. Once they got wind of this information, the department demanded that the knife be turned over, which he did.
 
The knife is being tested for forensics.
 
This story is juicy only because of the renewed interest in the Simpson trial thanks to the recent launch of the FX series “American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson.”
 
While we wait for the results of such tests, the fact remains that O.J. Simpson was found not guilty for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. The case is still open, but a Fifth Amendment protection called double jeopardy, will protect Simpson from being tried twice for the same offense.
 

 

Cut It Out! Fuller House Renewed For Season 2!

Less than one week after the spin-off/revival of the the late 80s/early 90s TV show launched on Netflix, the announcement was made on Twitter that Season 2 of Fuller House will make its way back to the popular streaming service:
 


 
While reviews of the show have been mixed at best, there’s no way to tell how successful it is – only because Netflix won’t divulge those numbers to the public. However, seeing how quickly the show was renewed for another season should give us an idea of how many people tuned in. Plus, let’s not forget how much social media coverage this thing got.
 

If we’re making comparisons here, Fuller House fared much better than how HBO is doing with Vinyl, which got little to no buzz at all.
 
When speaking to Variety, show creator Jeff Franklin knew that there was a big following of the original series, but networks kept passing up the opportunity for a continuation. Netflix stepped up and fans couldn’t be happier!
 
With another season set to air, maybe this time one of the Olsen twins can make a cameo?
 
Have you seen Fuller House yet? Let us know what you think!
 

 

Leonardo DiCaprio Finally Won His First Oscar

It took six nominations, but Leonardo DiCaprio finally got his hands on that elusive Oscar. At the 88th Academy Awards on Sunday night, DiCaprio beat out Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs), Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), and Matt Damon (The Martian), to take home his first Academy Award – 22 years after his first nomination. The 41-year old actor put himself through the ringer in The Revenant, eating raw bison meat, crawling inside a dead buffalo to stay warm, and who could forget that bear scene?
 

In 1994, DiCaprio was nominated for his supporting role What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. He lost to Tommy Lee Jones that year for his role in The Fugitive. He was nominated for best actor in The Aviator in 2005, in 2007 for Blood Diamond, and in 2014 for The Wolf of Wall Street. He also got nominated as a producer when The Wolf of Wall Street was up for the Best Motion Picture of the Year award.
 
When he went to receive his award, he was met with a standing ovation from the crowd as everyone in the audience knew that he was deserving. If you missed it, he also gave one hell of an acceptance speech!
 

 

Congrats Leo, it’s been a long time coming!
 

 

A Ravishing Gigi Hadid Update

Gigi Hadid is one of the most successful and well-loved models of her generation and with the amazing lifestyle that girls of her kind lead, there is always bound to be a lot of news with her name in it. Well, we sure have quite a few interesting stories for you.
 
For starters, let’s talk about Gigi’s love life, which is going great thanks to an eventful and freshly new relationship with another popular and young celebrity, former member of One Direction, Zayn Malik. Now, a fresh image from the young and beautiful pair has got everyone talking!
 

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While the Pillowtalk music video released in January was enough evidence of the chemistry that existed between Gigi and Zayn, this particular shot that Zayn shared on his official Instagram account showed that the chemistry wasn’t just restricted to professional shoots. Although Zayn has refrained from adding a caption to the photograph, the image itself did all the talking.
 

Of course, the action isn’t simply restricted to this 20-year old supermodel’s personal life as her professional life is also going places.
 
On the modeling front, a repeat gig with CR Fashion Book meant that she is the first model in the history of the magazine to feature on one of its covers for a second time. Editor Carine Roitfeld decided that Gigi was indeed still the fresh face that she wanted to grace Issue 8 of her magazine, and here was the 20-year old Gigi doing what she does best! Wearing a hot black corset and a Stars and Stripes bow Gigi sure transformed the cover into hot property.
 
While this cover of Gigi’s created waves among her fans, the cover of Vogue China irked some fans into raging the all too familiar battle against the photoshopping of their favorite idols. This particular shoot had Gigi showing off her tummy on the March cover of Vogue’s Chinese edition and while her toned stomach was certainly a treat to look at, it sure looked odd with all of the Victoria’s Secret model’s trademark moles missing.
 

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Fans were quick to point out the difference between this cover and the one for Love magazine, which had the model showing off all her moles.
 

new @thelovemagazine cover ⚡️

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This wasn’t the first time that a magazine cover had chosen to polish off Gigi’s moles from her body either.
 

And here's the version where I'm wearing mostly Chanel N°5 😉 lol @vogueparis

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Even so, notwithstanding these minor controversies, Gigi sure has a lot going for her and her time on Lip Sync Battle reflected just how much of a hot celebrity she is. Dressed to kill in a black latex jumpsuit, Gigi set the stage on fire with a perfect rendition of the Backstreet Boys’ Larger Than Life. Of course, the fact that two of the group’s members, AJ McLean and Nick Carter rocked the onstage party with her made things even better!
 
With Gigi’s career at an all-time high, it isn’t too hard to believe that others in her family are taking up modeling as a profession too. We all know how the gorgeous Bella Hadid has done, but now, it turns out that Gigi’s younger brother Anwar Hadid is also a stunner who has landed his first major gig.
 
The youngster, just 16-years old, has signed up with IMG Models and has certainly upped his modeling game after a couple of important campaigns with Rockstar Denim and Nylon magazine. While Anwar just can’t stop telling the world how his elder sisters are an inspiration, the President of IMG, David Cunningham, announced the arrival of the agency’s latest hunk with an Instagram post of the hot male model captioned “Anwar. Get ready.”
 

Anwar. Get ready. @anwarhadid @imgmodels #IMGstars

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With everything on the up-and-up, the professional side as well as family front, we sure hope to see more of the ravishing Gigi Hadid. And of course we’ll bring you all the hottest stories surrounding this gorgeous model!
 

Featured image via dailymail.co.uk
 

 

Emma Watson Plans A Reading Sabbatical

Emma Watson is today one of the most prolific and headstrong actresses and activists of her generation and apart from being a part of the creative world, first through the Harry Potter franchise and then through her other works, she’s been a star in the world of global causes too.
 
In a recent conversation – and quite an interesting one at that – Watson revealed to Paper Magazine’s Girl Crush segment through an interesting interview with bell hooks, the American author, activist and feminist, quite a few aspects of her life as well as her plans for the future. In fact, Watson even shared her immediate plan of taking a year off from acting so that she can concentrate on a couple of things with some renewed vigor and commitment.
 
So what are the factors that will now be a standard fare in Emma Watson’s life for the next twelve months? Reading! That and also increasing her activities related to feminism, something that has made Watson’s name a global name today.
 
Moreover, her plans to indulge in both these activities are completely justified too as she realizes that her first activity, reading, will directly help her with her aims in the segment of feminism and related social causes.
 
“My own personal task is to read a book a week, and also to read a book a month as part of my book club. I almost thought about going and doing a year of gender studies, then I realized that I was learning so much by being on the ground and just speaking with people and doing my reading,” she said.
 

In the 25 years that Watson has been on the planet, she has pretty much achieved way more than most people do in a lifetime, but that hasn’t slowed down the young lady in any way, and this was evident in her freewheeling conversation with hooks.
 
A particularly staunch supporter of the feminist cause, fans always used to wonder why a successful actress would jump into this section of social causes when even seasoned activists are still confused as to where the fight for equality begins and ends.
 
And to think, the first time that Watson used the term was when she was only nine! “When I was 9, I think, during my first-ever Harry Potter conference, I said I was a ‘bit of a feminist’! Ha! I think I was scared to go the full hog. I was scared I didn’t understand what it meant. I obviously did. I was just so bemused by all the chatter around the idea,” she revealed.
 
Of course, Watson’s association with the biggest character of her acting career yet had to be part of the conversation, considering that the actress has often spoke how the role of Hermione was partly an extension of her own personality as well.
 
“At first, I was really trying to say, ‘I’m not like Hermione. I’m into fashion and I’m much cooler than she is,’ and then I came to a place of acceptance. Actually, we do have a lot in common. There are obviously differences, but there are a lot of ways that I’m very similar. And I stopped fighting that!” she said.
 
She also shared how reading was more than just a simple learning experience for her and how it even helped her understand the cause she supported as an activist. “My understanding that has allowed me to feel so much more accepting and loving of myself as a woman, it came through reading,” said Watson.
 
Well, we’re sure we will see an even more enthusiastic Emma Watson – thanks to all that voracious reading and activism – emerge during this sabbatical that the charming 25-year old has planned for herself, although her fans will surely miss her on the big screen!
 

Featured image via abc13 (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)

 

 

Kanye West: Is Yeezy’s Ego Overstepping The Limits?

Kanye West is an eccentric, egotistical artist and we all know that, and people have probably already accepted it. However, over the last couple of weeks or so, Kanye has probably overstepped even those lines by more than a few yards and we’re beginning to wonder whether everything is alright with the man the world knows as Yeezy.
 
For starters, the statement that West has made regarding his debts has been a bit of a shocker. Last week, West went into self-pity mode – at least on the financial end – and literally asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to help him out with some money, and even requested his fans to coerce Zuckerberg into sharing some of his moolah. He had Larry Page on the list too, apart from promising just about everyone who would care to read that he would be giving the world some “dope sh*t” in return.
 
Here’s a roundup of the tweets aimed at Zuckerberg in particular.
 
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After that plea, West and West’s fans wanted Zuckerberg to respond, only he didn’t. The closest the social media mogul came to acknowledging West’s request was to ‘like’ a post by one user Steven Grimm. “Dear Kanye West: If you’re going to ask the CEO of Facebook for a billion dollars, maybe don’t do it on Twitter,” said the post.
 
Of course, this isn’t the only bit of news that West has been making. In another salvo fired at Taylor West, without any direct provocation whatsoever, the rap artist and producer called Swift a “fake a**”. This anger could have been in response to Swift’s Grammy speech where she responded to Kanye’s lines in Famous, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that bitch famous.”
 

“I want to say to all the young women out there. There are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame,” said Swift while picking up the Album of the Year Grammy.
 
Then on SNL, West went on a rant backstage on SNL allegedly over changes being made to the design of his set – without this approval. The rant itself is loaded with expletives and here too, West’s ego goes into overdrive.
 
“By 50 percent. Stanley Kubrick, Apostle Paul, Picasso… f**king Picasso and Escobar. By 50 percent, more influential than any other human being. Don’t f**k with me. Don’t f**k with me. Don’t f**k with me. By 50 percent, dead or alive, by 50 percent for the next thousand years. Stanley Kubrick. Ye.”
 
Then there was the picking up of random names while comparing himself to the best in two generations, and this time, it was Stephen Curry and Michael Jordan’s names that made it to West’s Twitter account.
 
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“I’ve seen a lot of his crazy outlandish tweets, especially in the past month, and then when I saw my name cross through his fingertips, that was kind of funny and honoring at the same time. But then also very weird that he put me in the same conversation as Michael and Kanye,” said Curry when he was asked what he thought of West’s mention of his name.
 
And then, Curry spoke of a meme that was a result of Yeezy’s self-comparison to Jordan and Curry, and even said he would love to blow it up!
 


 
Well, whether Curry goes through with his plan and blows up this meme of Yeezy or not, it sure looks like West’s ego definitely gone out of control.
 
While these stories sound a little more crazy to us mortals, Kanye West really needs to keep it in check.
 

Featured image via news.asiaone.com (AFP)
 

 

Manny Pacquiao Gets Slammed Over LGBT Views

Manny Pacquiao may have been a great opponent in the ring for most professional boxers during his illustrious career, but now, at the cusp of a career in Filipino politics at the Senate level, he definitely seems to have made a lot of enemies with one wrong move – this one going worldwide too.
 
In an interview with TV5, a local television channel in the Philippines, Pacquiao brought out his Bible beliefs and began preaching about gay marriage, and the words he used were surely not some you would expect from a man of his stature.
 
Downright comparing members of the LGBT community to animals, Pacquiao came under fire from several fronts and has since apologized for how his comments were received – not actually apologizing about what he said. Whether the apology is accepted, well, that’ll be tough.
 

“It’s common sense. Do you see animals mating with the same sex? Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female. If men mate with men and women mate with women they are worse than animals,” Pacquiao stated in the interview, sounding downright cruel. Understandably, the eight-time world boxing champion’s choice of words was criticized severely.
 
The reactions were swift, and came in from all angles, both from within the Philippines as well as from around the world, considering that Pacquiao is indeed an international celebrity in his own right.
 
Boy Abunda, a local television show host even took up the issue on his Tonight with Boy Abunda show, directly addressing Pacquiao over his statements. “I am not begging Manny Pacquiao for dignity, I am not begging you for respect. I am not begging you for my humanity, because you do not own my humanity. That is mine, that’s my birthright,” said Boy.
 
Boy even quoted the Pope’s words – “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” – considering that Pacquiao was giving his entire tirade the religious angle.
 
At first, Pacquiao remained defiant, quoting the Bible to justify his comments. “I’m not condemning anyone, but I’m just telling the truth of what the Bible says – Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men,” he wrote on his Instagram page.
 


 
Well, thanks to loads of condemnation coming his way, his stance soon changed, and Pacquiao then posted a video on his Instagram and Twitter accounts with an apology.
 
“I’m sorry for everyone who got hurt due to my comparison of gay people to animals. It was my mistake. Please forgive me for those who I’ve hurt,” Pacquiao says in the video. He did stick to his line of thought though, only apologizing for his choice of words, not his beliefs. “But this does not change my position against same sex marriage. That’s what I believe. My only mistake is comparing gay people to animals,” he said.
 
“I still stand on my belief that I’m against same sex marriage because of what the Bible says, but I’m not condemning LGBT. I love you all with the love of the Lord. God Bless you all and I’m praying for you,” Pacquiao ends his caption next to one of his videos.
 


 
Considering that Pacquiao, a House of Representatives member – and a rather absent one at that thanks to his boxing schedule – is running for the Senate soon, we’re sure he would like this issue to pass, and preferably sooner rather than later.