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Jennifer Hudson just became the fifth woman in history to win the EGOT

The Tony Awards were held last night in New York, and one of the big headlines from the show is about Jennifer Hudson. J-Hud just completed her EGOT!! J-Hud produced A Strange Loop, which won the Tony for Best Musical. That COUNTS. It really does! Whoopi Goldberg’s EGOT includes a Daytime Emmy, but it still counts. Jennifer is now the seventeenth person in history to complete an EGOT. She’s only the fifth woman to do it. For her big night, J-Hud chose this lowkey Pamella Roland dress. I mean… she looks fine. She must have been trying to look quieter.

More photos from the show… Paris Jackson and Prince Jackson were there to highlight MJ: The Musical.

Uzo Aduba in Cong Tri. One of my favorite looks of the show, she looked so beautiful and the fabric is so interesting.

Cynthia Erivo in Giambattista Valli. Kind of over-the-top but I like it. It was different for the Tony Awards.

Julianne Hough in Pamella Roland. Kind of a snooze, right? She’s capable of wearing some interesting things but this isn’t it.

Lea Michele in Cong Tri. Can’t believe she had the audacity to show her face at the Tonys! It sounded like she terrorized multiple Broadway shows and Broadway stars. She was there to perform with the original Spring Awakening cast.

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Julianne Hough on goals: ‘We go so far, like I’m gonna lose 50 lbs in 2 months’

Julianne Hough and Nina Dobrev have a joint interview with E! promoting their wine line together along with some of their sponsorships. It’s a fun, superficial interview. At one point Julianne suggests that she came up with the idea for athleisure before it became popular. They also talk about setting and achieving goals and having friends who support and uplift you. You can tell that Julianne and Nina are close and that they have a good time together. You can also tell they’re similar to each other in good and bad ways. I’m not going to elaborate except to say that I would find them annoying in anything but small doses. Here’s some of what they said and you can read more on E!’s site. The feature is about setting goals for the New Year.

E!: What are your goals for 2022?

JH: Oh my goodness. I have a bunch. I usually set goals two or three weeks in advance. I have one-year goals. I have like six-month goals. I have three-year goals and five-year goals. I’ve done a lot of work over the last three or four years on developing my companies.

E!: A lot of us focus on health and fitness going into a new year. What are some items we may need to help jumpstart those goals?

ND: Well, no matter where I go or where I am I always bring workout clothes. There are so many great athleisure brands now, like Alo, that you can wear it just in life and you can also wear it to workout and you feel cute. When you feel cute, you want to work out.

JH: I love Lululemon. I love all of the things. It’s so funny, when I was 19 I had this idea about fashionable activewear that you could just wear all the time and then five years later “athleisure” because an actually word in the dictionary. That was the concept I had in my head this whole time. I just love that you can wear these clothes all day long.

E!: You’re both so busy. What are some tips for staying on top of your goals for the new year and everything else you already have going on?

JH: I think it’s about finding goals that are attainable. I think sometimes we go so far, like ‘I’m gonna lose 50 pounds in two months.’ And that’s just not possible. It’s easier to reach your goals when you try to do it in a sustainable way. Creating goals that are achievable is the way to go because you can really celebrate your victories daily versus something that feels like it’s impossible to reach.

Setting goals is about connecting to what you want to feel and the emotion that you’re wanting to experience rather than the actual thing you’re achieving. A lot of people talk about health and wellness. So if I want to get healthy, instead of saying ‘I want to get healthy,’ ask yourself about the feeling you want to experience by being healthy. Specifically, you may want to feel energized or feel light, or just have less brain fog and feel clear headed. I believe that connecting with those feelings you’ll get from reaching your goals instead of just solely focusing on something you want to do is the big difference in setting and achieving your goals.

ND: Another big one is surrounding yourself with good people and people that you want to succeed with, people that stimulate you, and people that will push you to make sure that you are reaching your goals. They say that the first five people that you’re the closest with are a reflection of you. And if you’re surrounding yourself around people that are unmotivated and lazy, who aren’t goal oriented, it’ll be really hard for you to stay on track as well. That’s why a big priority for me is hanging with Julianne.

[From E! Online]

I make lists and set numbers I want to hit, but I don’t really set time-sensitive goals like Julianne. Maybe I should. My goals are more open-ended I guess. Julianne’s explanation of goal-setting is standard “law of attraction” type thinking. Feel the wish fulfilled, live in the end, that type of thing. I’ve gone down a YouTube rabbit hole on that and have mixed feelings about it. Some of the advice is very good in that you shouldn’t wait until you’ve met your goal to feel good. If your basic needs are met you can have the same feelings you would get from having more money or love – you don’t have to wait and pine for it and that can be counter productive. It disregards Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs though and can blame people for being in situations they have little control over. Also, I doubt Julianne Hough has ever had more than ten pounds to lose. Ditto for Nina, and no shame on that but they have the perspective of young very fit women.

Their wine went public. Good for them!

Also I didn’t like Love Hard! It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great either.

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‘The Activist,’ with Usher, Priyanka Chopra & Julianne Hough, sounds dystopian

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Late last week, the news came out that there was a new show called The Activist, hosted by Usher, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Julianne Hough and run by the group Global Citizen. It was billed as a competition series and sounds like The Voice meets Black Mirror. There are six activists to be paired with the three co-hosts and to compete in challenges. It sounds like some will be eliminated before a finale that takes place at the G20 summit, where the winner will be whoever raises the most money. It’s a five week show that begins airing on October 22 on CBS and Paramount . Read this and tell it doesn’t sound suspect as hell.

Activists go head-to-head in challenges to promote their causes, with their success measured via online engagement, social metrics, and hosts’ input. The three teams have one ultimate goal: to create impactful movements that amplify their message, drive action, and advance them to the G20 Summit in Rome, Italy. There, they will meet with world leaders in the hope of securing funding and awareness for their causes. The team that receives the largest commitment is celebrated as the overall winner at the finale, which will also feature musical performances by some of the world’s most passionate artists.

“The Activist is a first-of-its-kind competition series that will inspire real change, as the series progresses from the United States to Rome for the Activists’ final challenge at the G20,” said Hugh Evans, CEO and co-founder of Global Citizen. “The audience will see the Activists’ passion and commitment for their causes tested as they petition world leaders to take urgent action to resolve the interconnected crises we face.”

[From Deadline]

The response online was swift and accurate. Many people noted how performative and dystopian this sounded, particularly because these causes could be helped so much more by direct donations instead of a competition show with paid celebrity talent. There are so many other ways to use celebrities to raise awareness of causes, particularly by having them get involved directly and by making a show about that.

A 22 year-old British climate activist, Clover Hogan, described her experience trying out for this show. It just sounds awful. She was asked to do several takes until she cried from frustration. She wasn’t even told that it was a competition show until the end of the interview! Thankfully she decided not to participate. Here’s what Clover wrote about that. I’m condensing her tweets, which you can read in full here:

Earlier this year I was approached to appear on this show #TheActivist. I was contacted by someone “looking for passionate activists who are actively engaged in making an impact in the areas of environment, health, education, and reducing world hunger.” I took a call with them.

They spoke about bringing activists together to solve global challenges. Yet every question I asked received an evasive answer – what’s the purpose? How are they finding activists? Is it about collaboration? How are they platforming folks who have been historically excluded?

I wish I’d taken the evasiveness for the giant red flag it was. But this person kept emphasising what a brilliant opportunity it would be to put eco-anxiety on the agenda, & said my Q’s would be answered on another call. So, I agreed to an interview with a producer from the show.

The “interview” was the worst I’ve ever experienced. When asked about my background, I mentioned growing up in nature, feeling heartbroken when I discovered documentaries, choosing to become an environmentalist at 11, moving to Indonesia, working with grassroots communities…

Afterward, this dude looked irritated. He said I sounded like a robot, talking from a script. He asked me to do it over, this time with more emotion, and gave me pointers of “what the producers want to see.” We repeated this several times; until I burst into tears.

I’d done what he wanted, apparently. I felt humiliated. The only explanation I have for not hanging up then and there is gaslighting. I kept thinking, ‘Perhaps I’m just being dramatic. This is showbiz, right? He’s just trying to help me communicate better. I chose to be here.’

After the tears, he asked me about our work at Force of Nature I lit up at the chance to talk about our research, programmes for youth, the urgency of the mental health crisis. He cut me off toward the end – it was too complicated. I needed to “talk like an American.”

At the end, he revealed that this would be a competition show with activists going against each other for resources. I remember thinking I was in a Black Mirror episode. When the call ended, I cried & called my mum. The whole time, I was made to feel as if I was failing a test.

The weeks following, I tried to block the experience from my mind… only to receive an email that I’d been successful (yay me) w/ an invitation to meet the whole production team. I politely declined. & declined again, when told to reconsider as “this is such a huge opportunity”.

[From Twitter]

Again, they didn’t even tell her the purpose of the show until after making her go through all that! Clover ended by saying that these producers weren’t interested in the issues and “only wanted a story manufactured for Hollywood.” If this is the experience of an activist who tried out for this, I can only imagine how exploitative this show is going to be.

Global Citizen has heard about the criticism and they’re not backing down. This show is probably in the can already anyway. They’ve issued a response and it’s defensive:

“The Activist spotlights individuals who’ve made it their life’s work to change the world for the better, as well as the incredible and often challenging work they do on the ground in their communities This is not a reality show to trivialize activism. On the contrary, our aim is to support activists everywhere, show the ingenuity and dedication they put into their work, and amplify their causes to an even wider audience.”

[From update on Deadline]

This is a competition among activists for “media engagement” and “awareness” and the title implies that only one can win. This is some Hunger Games sh-t and I can’t believe it’s going to air.

they gonna be like “in my hands i have one photo, AIDS or Women’s Equality”

— you (@bidetboii) September 9, 2021

i read the description. are you telling me these two aren’t the hosts for #theactivist

— Molly they/them ? (@mollydillon57) September 9, 2021

In less than 5 minutes I’ve learned that the first known “activist” for the show is a woman CEO of a company that’s “swiping out hunger” via charity (students w/extra meal swipes giving to students without). Her company makes $500k, she makes $84k from it, & got $63k in PPP loans

— Tamanisha J John (@TamanishaJohn) September 11, 2021

In less than 5 minutes I’ve learned that the first known “activist” for the show is a woman CEO of a company that’s “swiping out hunger” via charity (students w/extra meal swipes giving to students without). Her company makes $500k, she makes $84k from it, & got $63k in PPP loans

— Tamanisha J John (@TamanishaJohn) September 11, 2021

This Julianne Hough? Yea…aight

— CHIN? (@chinremoval) September 9, 2021

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Julianne Hough’s niece claims Aunt Julianne hooked up with Leonardo DiCaprio

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Julianne Hough apparently has a teenaged niece named Star. I’ll spare you the details of how Page Six combed through this girl’s social media accounts to find evidence of the familial connection, suffice to say that Julianne and Star are related and it does seem to be an aunt/niece relationship. Star is a TikToker and she has no respect!!! Star decided to spill some details about her auntie’s sexual history and no one involved wants this information out there. Apparently, Julianne Hough banged Leonardo DiCaprio at some point and she told her niece that Leo was bad in bed. OMG.

He may be “The Wolf of Wall Street,” but he’s a real dog in bed. Hollywood lothario Leonardo DiCaprio’s lovemaking skills were called into question on TikTok when the niece of one of his alleged conquests revealed he was lousy in the sack.

“My aunt has slept with Leonardo DiCaprio,” Julianne Hough’s teen niece Star claimed on the social media app earlier this month. “Apparently, he’s not good in bed, though.”

The youngster called the romantic talents of the legendary head of the “P—y Posse” into question in response to a video challenge that called for relatives of famous celebs to speak up. She also name-dropped a few other stars she’s met through her famous aunt and uncle, Derek Hough, including Nina Dobrev, Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder. In the clip — which has now been deleted — Julianne’s niece said the former “Dancing With the Stars” judge also “knows Ben Barnes.”

While Julianne, 32, and DiCaprio, 46, have never publicly confirmed they hooked up, a 2013 Star magazine article claims the famous pair were once spotted getting “cozy” at Coachella.

“They flirted up a storm,” a spy told the publication at the time. “They were putting their hands all over each other. At one point he whispered something in her ear and gave her a quick kiss on the cheek.” The insider added, “They were so into each other, they ignored everyone else around them.”

Julianne’s niece insisted she was “not lying” at the top of her video, adding, “You can look it up.”

[From Page Six]

Julianne Hough is 32 years old right now, which would have made her 25 years old in the spring of 2013. Which is Leo’s age cut-off, or is that only for official girlfriends? Official girlfriends get dumped on or around their 25th birthdays. But maybe he has one-night-stands with 25 year-olds or 26-year-olds, in a pinch. Plus, Julianne definitely looks like his type – blonde, pretty, great figure, kind of interchangeable with several of his model girlfriends over the years. What I’m saying is that I believe Leo and Julianne might have had a brief hookup. And I believe he’s bad in bed. What I can’t believe – what I don’t want to believe – is that Julianne told her niece about it and the niece put it on TikTok! Whew, Aunt Julianne was probably screaming down the phone, “take that down!”

Julianne Hough attends The 2nd Annual Girl Up Girlhero Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, October 13th, 2019


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Amber Rose Felt Body Shamed on Dancing with the Stars


Check out the story from E! News:

Amber Rose has a bone to pick with none other than Julianne Hough. E! News has the exclusive clip from Amber’s next episode of’s Loveline With Amber Rose where the co-host dishes on a recent experience with the blonde judge that rubbed her the wrong way. Amber’s fellow host Dr. Chris Donaghue mentioned that he felt Julianne’s criticisms of Amber’s dance were unfair, to which she replied, “Last night was like, they did the commentary, and I, it was a point in the dance where I had to lift my leg up and Maks [Chmerkovskiy] dipped me & [Julianne] said, ‘Oh, I’m uncomfortable,’ and instantly I felt, I did feel body shamed.”

Amber added, “You know, all the beautiful professional dancers that are on Dancing With the Stars, I mean they dress very sexy and they do the splits and they grind up on these guys and they look absolutely stunning and get a standing ovation. And me, and my body, my hips, my ass, my breasts made her uncomfortable.”

Meanwhile, Julianne tells E! News exclusively, “To be clear, that was a produced package, not live coverage and they can put those sound bites anywhere. My ‘uncomfortable’ comment was about the fact that I felt like I wanted more out of the performance – when someone is doing a hot, sexy dance like that without the right amount of energy that is required, it can be uncomfortable to watch. Trust me I’m ALL for a sexy booty dance!! We all know that!! And any kind of body shaming goes against everything I believe in.”


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Ashley Graham in Michael Kors at the CFDAs: gorgeous or tragic?


More photos from the CFDAs, which were pretty well-attended. And what’s shocking is that the attendees weren’t just the same old models – look at Ashley Graham, who is pretty much the It Model of 2016. Ashley has been everywhere this year, and I’m so happy that she got an invite to the CFDAs. Is it too much to hope that Anna Wintour would actually dare to use Ashley in a Vogue editorial? Ashley’s dress here is Michael Kors and she looks great.


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley also wore Michael Kors and she looks like a game show hostess. Literally, I think Vanna White has worn this.


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“John Travolta has some odd requests when he’s staying at hotels” links


John Travolta’s hotel rider: he will only be massaged by men & he brings his own sheets to hotels. Also, aluminum foil on the windows. [The Blemish]
Ew, Zac Efron looks so ‘roidy in this photo. [Wonderwall]
Michelle Monaghan in satin polka dots… meh. [Go Fug Yourself]
Ava DuVernay got a job and it involves fashion! [LaineyGossip]
Is Axl Rose joining AC/DC? [Dlisted]
Julianne Hough looks different to me. Her brows, maybe? [Moe Jackson]
Brooks Ayers claims he’s really & truly sick. [Reality Tea]
Rhonda Rousey looks nice here. [Popoholic]
Does Kim Kardashian have a Turkish body double? [Starcasm]
Miley Cyrus celebrates the 10th anniversary of Hannah Montana. [Socialite Life]
An essay from a woman who regrets motherhood. [XOJane]
James Franco talks about his college classes. [OMG Blog]

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