Let’s be honest, when Trevor Noah made the move to America his career went from 0 to 100 real quick. He now a household name in comedy all over the world. So much so that an Australian artist created a mural of Trevor Noah using nothing but Rubik’s Cubes in honor of the comedian.
Trevor Noah saw the post on Instagram and immediately shared the work of art thanking the artist known as Giovanni Contardi.
The honeymoon stage of Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson’s relationship has arrived, and it’s arrived in the form of minimal household decoration. So minimal, in fact, that we could argue it borders on dorm-room chic.
The couple recently moved into an incredibly, incredibly fancy apartment in the Chelsea neighbourhood of New York City, which is estimated to cost around $16 million. Let us reiterate incredible for a moment — the apartment reportedly measures more than 4,000 square feet, has five bedrooms and four and a half baths, an IMAX theatre, a sauna, a private spa, and a pool. (Yes, this would be considered their “starter” home.) But you know what the duo hasn’t bought for their swanky new nest yet? Anything of substance, really.
In a new interview with GQ, Davidson admitted he’s still in shock that he’s living in such a sprawling apartment with his new fiancée (who purchased the swanky digs herself). His contribution to the household, he joked, is that he keeps the refrigerator stocked, although he realizes he and Ari could indeed step it up when it comes to decoration. “She’s really sweet. She’s like, ‘This is our house,’ and I’m like, ‘You’re very nice for saying that. Thank you for letting me stay here,’” he told the magazine. “She’s like, ‘We’re getting married!’ And I’m like, ‘I know, thank you for letting me stay here.’ It’s like, we have six bean bags, but we have no forks — you know what I mean? We’re learning how to be adults. We’re having a really fun time.”
Yeah, we’d argue owning utensils is one of the fundamental tenants of a household. And plates. And cups. And a few bowls. But they’re trying! Ari even joked about having “no furniture, one speaker, and red vines” when the couple moved in together two months ago. But many trips to Restoration Hardware have ensued since. That gets an “A” for effort from us.
News of the singer’s ailing health broke on Monday, August 13, when WDIV morning anchor Evrod Cassimy, a close friend to Franklin, reported she was “gravely ill.” “BREAKING NEWS: I am so saddened to report that the Queen of Soul and my good friend, Aretha Franklin is gravely ill,” he tweeted early Monday. “I spoke with her family members this morning. She is asking for your prayers at this time. I’ll have more details as I’m allowed to release.”
In a separate on-air report, Cassimy expanded: “Right now Aretha’s asking people here in the city of Detroit, where she calls home, to pray for her. As for her condition her—her illness—right now, we’re asked not to release that information.”
Franklin was born on March 25, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee. Her father, C. L. Franklin, was a very famous pastor and civil rights activist who moved the family to Detroit when she was 2 years old. In 1956, Franklin released her first album, Songs of Faith, kicking off a six-decade reign of soul music. By the end of the 1960s, Franklin was known as the Queen of Soul: a title that’s stayed with her throughout her illustrious career.
Franklin has 18 Grammy Awards and 44 nominations. She’s been a staple on the charts, too, with two number-one hits on Billboard‘s Hot 100 (including “Respect”) and 17 top-10 hits.
In February 2017, Franklin announced she was retiring after over 60 years in the music business. “I am retiring this year,” she told WDIV Local 4 in Detroit at the time. “I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it.” Her last performance was in November 2017 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Several musicians took to Twitter shortly after Cassimy reported on Franklin’s health to express their love.
My prayers are with Aretha Franklin & her family during this difficult time LOOK BELOW @ what I tweeted at the top of the year we MUST CELEBRATE the Living Legends while they are here to see it. So many have given us decades of Timeless music… https://t.co/VVacLxcMSI
Let’s be honest, South African is known for producing some of the most beautiful women in the world. From our gorgeous skin, curves people pay for and not to mention our diverse selection of women. But when one of the most famous fashion designers in the entire world compliments you, that’s kind of a big deal.
This is exactly what happened to our home-grown beauty Minnie Dlamini. We can only imagine how she felt when she got a mention from Stefano Gabbana, one half of the fashion powerhouse Dolce & Gabbana calling her a beauty.
She shared the screenshot to her Twitter feed expressing her happiness.
In her 60 years on this planet—yes, it really has been that long, on Thursday—Madonna has left her mark on every facet of culture, from, most obviously, music to film, fashion, and beauty. It’s hard to imagine a world without Madonna because it would likely look so different. While her trendsetting is mostly confined to conversations about her music and style—what other celebrities could you recognize purely by the silhouette of a bra, or by inconspicuous rubber bracelets—Madonna has also shaped culture at large, probably in ways, you didn’t recognize as bearing her mark. In celebration of her 60th birthday, take a look below the many cultural trends we have her to thank for. As she once famously said, “People think they will wake up one day and I’ll be gone. But I’m never going away.”
The Pop x Art Crossover
Well before pop stars were referred to as artists, and before Jay-Z was aping Marina Abramovic, Madonna bridged the worlds of pop music and fine art. As a New Yorker in the 80’s, Madonna was a fixture in art circles, palling around with the likes of Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and of course Jean-Michel Basquiat, who she dated from 1982 to ’84. “I remember getting up in the middle of the night and he wouldn’t be in bed lying next to me; he’d be standing, painting, at four in the morning, this close to the canvas, in a trance,” she said of their relationship. “I was blown away by that, that he worked when he felt moved.” Plus, she often borrowed from artists in her own work, like the images of Marilyn Minter and Guy Bourdin that turned up in her music videos and stage sets. It’s impossible to think that an album like Lady Gaga’s Art Pop would exist without Madonna.
Before pop stars like Rihanna were fixtures at fashion shows, on the runway, and on fashion magazines, Madonna forged that frontier. While David Bowie famously collaborated with Kansai Yamamoto, Madonna was the first to make collaborations between pop artists and designers routine. That started with her iconic cone bra collaboration with Jean Paul Gaultier. Shortly after, Madonna was handpicked by Anna Wintour for the Vogue editor-in-chief’s first cover with a celebrity, which Wintour later described when defending the Kanye West and Kim Kardashian cover as something that “was considered completely controversial at the time, too.” “It’s such a long time ago probably no one remembers, but she was a very controversial figure,” Wintour said. “Now she’s part of the establishment.” Years later, in 1995, Madonna made appearing in fashion campaigns the norm when she starred in a campaign for Versace that the brand later recreated with Lady Gaga.
If there never was Madonna, there might not be artists like Charli XCX and, in a more mainstream capacity, Taylor Swift. Well before pop artists were taken seriously enough for adults to confidently call themselves fans, Madonna was creating a new era in the genre. She normalized the idea that pop stars could and should write their own songs. She alone introduced the idea of authenticity in pop music. And, she pushed back in an industry where pop stars were once simply cogs in a machine.
Celeb Skincare Lines
Madonna might not have been the first celebrity to release a skincare line (see: Jessica Alba’s Honest Beauty and Miranda Kerr’s Kora Organics), but she raised the bar for quality with MDNA. As her longtime dermatologist Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, who collaborated on the creation of the line, explained, “The products represent the most thorough, meticulous, advanced and different skincare experience—luxurious formulations that leave your skin feeling and smelling great, and cutting-edge technologies to help deliver the ingredients.” Madonna later shared her feelings about it, telling Jimmy Fallon, “I didn’t come here as a pop icon goddess. I came here as an aesthetician to rewrite the declaration of skindependence. Can I have a drum roll? Thank you. We do not discriminate with the skincare line. It’s for everyone. Old people. I’m going to bring humanity together with the MDNA skin care line.”
Sure, Madonna didn’t invent Instagram—but she did put in motion the guiding principle behind it: That we are all curators of our own lives. With her 1992 Sex book, Madonna presented the idea of not only self-branding but of presenting a unified aesthetic through photos as your personal brand. Hers was shot by Steven Meisel and Fabien Baron and featured celebrities like Naomi Campbell and Isabella Rossellini. It’s no surprise that Madonna excels at Instagram today.
One year before MTV changed the course of TV history with the premiere of Real World, Madonna released her own version of reality TV: Madonna: Truth or Dare. The documentary was an instant hit, becoming the highest-grossing documentary until 2002’s Bowling for Columbine. It also shows Madonna at her most emotionally vulnerable with confessional-style interviews. Aside from laying the groundwork for reality TV, the project also made tour films a norm.
Thanks to her Truth or Dare documentary, Madonna helped to create the idea of monocultural—now known as viral—moments. After the film came out, she referenced it in a proto-viral cameo in Wayne’s World that was soundtracked by her 1990 hit “Justify My Love”—the controversial video for which was also a proto-viral moment. If that doesn’t convince you that Madonna set the tone for the modern internet, just look to her 1995 infamous sit-down with Courtney Love at the Video Music Awards, or at the same awards show in 2003, the kiss (with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera) seen around the world.
One of the reasons Madonna has aged so gracefully is that she’s been such a proponent of health consciousness. She was an early adopter of yoga, specifically Ashtanga yoga, and an early adopter of macrobiotic, vegetarian diet. She was also largely responsible for the Kabbalah trend in the late 90’s, which really took hold in the early aughts. Remember how those red bracelets were once fashion statements?
Age Inclusivity in Pop
Before Madonna, pop artists had a shelf life. Madonna has raised the age cut-off with every new decade she approaches, though. It’s in part thanks to her that 40s are the new 30s, 50s are the new 40s, 60s are the new 50s, and so on. As she eloquently put it when she turned 57, in a caption on Instagram: “Shut up jealous b—-es! I hope you are as fun-loving and adventurous as me when you’re my age!!!! Hahahhahaha let’s see.”
There must be something in the water in Hollywood. From Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson to Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin, you can’t move in Tinseltown for celebrities getting engaged right now. The latest couple set to wed? Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas.
A source told PEOPLE that the duo got engaged while they were in London for Priyanka’s 36th birthday – just two months after they started dating.
On to the important things, we’ve finally been given a glimpse at the all-important ring! Priyanka’s friend Raveena Tandon unveiled the ring with a selfie on her Instagram account. Damn…
Imagine winning R100 000 from a celeb who probably uses that as small change? Amazing right? Well, this is exactly what fans of Bonang Matheba thought they could win but it seems it was too good to be true. An SMS has been making the rounds stating that you could stand a chance to win R100k with Queen B and she caught wind of this.
In order to keep the peace and set the record straight Bonang took a screenshot and posted it on Twitter stating that this was definitely a scam and people should not fall for it.
But if you remember this is not the first time this has happened, back in July a similar situation took place where she again had to let the people know that people were using her name for their own personal gain.
She shared a post and captioned it, “If I was giving away money, you’d know. Lol.”