Not My Job: Country Star Wynonna Gets Quizzed On Other Judds

Singer Wynonna Judd of Wynonna &amp The Big Noise performs at the CMA Festival in Nashville, Tenn., in 2015.

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Wynonna does not just sing nation music — she’s lived it. She grew up poor, married a guy named Cactus and says she’s gone “from an outhouse to the White Residence.”

Given that Wynonna is a member of the popular Judd household, we’ve invited her to play a game known as “A Judd by any other name evening nevertheless smell as sweet.” 3 questions about other Judds (or Juds).

Click the listen hyperlink above to see how she does.


And now the game exactly where we ask silly concerns of significant people. It’s known as Not My Job. So Wynonna does not just sing country music, she lived it. She grew up dirt poor, she’s tangled with the law and she’s married to a guy named Cactus. And she likes to say…

WYNONNA JUDD: I tangled with the law?

SAGAL: You did. Did you not keep in mind that?

JUDD: And the law won.


SAGAL: Well, yeah. We do – as she likes to say, she went from an outhouse to the White Home. We do not know if getting with us is going further on that journey or backwards to exactly where she came, but we’re delighted to welcome Wynonna to WAIT WAIT… Never Tell ME. How are you?


SAGAL: Sadly, our radio audience can’t see you, but you are a remarkable presence. You walked onto the stage like the queen of England hunting upon her subjects. Have been you constantly like that when you were a young woman?

JUDD: Yes.

SAGAL: You, like, walked into a room and, like, this is my room.

JUDD: Yes, I – swift story – I changed my name to Wynonna when I was 12, and I’d also told my mother at 18 due to the fact I made her famous at – when I was 18. Elvis was 18 when he signed with the identical label, so I had her get in touch with me Shelvis (ph).


SAGAL: Shelvis?

JUDD: That’s what you do.

SAGAL: Wait a minute.

JUDD: So, yeah.

SAGAL: So why’d you all – let’s go back. Why did you change your name at the age of…

JUDD: Since I can. This is America.


SAGAL: (Laughter).

JUDD: Simply because I could, honestly. I loved the song “Route 66” and the music that I listened to increasing up was big band and I just love Flagstaff, Ariz., do not overlook Winona, which is the story of my life. So Wynonna just was a name like Xena. It just – I necessary a name, men and women.

SAGAL: Yeah. When you Google – I don’t know if you know this – but if you Google you, you get these fantastic photographs from the ’80s. And you had some incredible hair.

JUDD: Bon Juddi (ph).

SAGAL: Oh, it was remarkable. It was – how long did that take to get your hair that…

JUDD: The greater the hair, the closer to heaven.

SAGAL: Yeah.


JUDD: Duh.

SAGAL: Now, you are – and you just correct me when I am wrong but don’t hit me…

JUDD: Oh, I will.

SAGAL: …’Cause I’m going to make some errors.


SAGAL: So your 1st big musical act was The Judds, you and your mom, correct?

JUDD: The artist formerly recognized as The Judds, yeah.

SAGAL: The artist formerly identified as The Judds.

JUDD: Listen, I’ve been performing my complete life. We lived in Appalachia – absolutely nothing to do, no Tv, no telephone. I was forced to listen to NPR against my will.


JUDD: I am quite significant.

SAGAL: This is hilarious ’cause I actually wanted to hear one particular of these wonderful, like, you know, Loretta Lynn stories of deprivation.

JUDD: No, no.

SAGAL: You happen to be like, there we have been, up in the hollow, nothing at all but NPR.


PETER GROSZ: That sounds, like, way worse than anything that Loretta Lynn…

SAGAL: Some days there was no dinner, so we had to listen to the initial hour of All Things Regarded more than once more.


SAGAL: So I have to ask, I know some teenage girls. I know some teenage girls’ moms. How did you and your mom get along touring all those years collectively?

JUDD: Subsequent question.

SAGAL: Truly?


JUDD: It was my dream growing up, but I never expected to be on a bus with her for ten years. But it – that’s not funny.


JUDD: Everybody constantly laughs when I say that.

SAGAL: That you were in a band with your mom for 18 years?

JUDD: Yeah.

SAGAL: It is fairly funny to believe of ’cause what – you know, we all watched “The Partridge Family members” growing up and that seemed quite good.

JUDD: Oh, that’s a bunch of crap.


SAGAL: 1 of the factors we located out about you – I assume you know this and enjoy this – is that you are one thing of an icon in the drag planet.

JUDD: Wow.

SAGAL: Is that correct?


JUDD: Yeah, you know you’ve created it when – real quick story, I never know how much time we have.

GROSZ: Oh, go.

JUDD: Guy came up to me in an airport and he mentioned, my girlfriend went as you, I imply, for Halloween. I went, OK, this is going to be great. And he goes, no, no, no, it was horrible. And I stated, what? And he goes, properly, I told her, you are black. That’s when you know you have made it – when a black drag queen goes as you as – for Halloween.

GROSZ: (Laughter).

SAGAL: That’s…


JUDD: That is a accurate story.

SAGAL: Yeah.

GROSZ: That’s crossover appeal.

JUDD: That is when you know. I really like everything, I actually do. I’ll show up at something. I’ve just learned – I’ve accomplished…

SAGAL: All correct.

JUDD: …Bar mitzvahs.

SAGAL: You have accomplished bar mitzvahs?

JUDD: Yeah, nun conventions, Harley rallies, yeah.

SAGAL: Wait a minute, I…

JUDD: Hell’s Angels.

SAGAL: Go back, go back, go back. So little Courtney Berkowitz (ph)…

JUDD: Yeah.

SAGAL: …Is being bar mitzvahed.

JUDD: Yep.

SAGAL: And at the reception…

JUDD: (Singing) Grandpa, tell me about the good old days. Oy.

SAGAL: I would like to hear you do Hava Nagila if you don’t forget it.

JUDD: (Laughter) I don’t even know what that implies.

SAGAL: (Laughter) Oh, it really is all proper. I am just going to devote a minute feeling really terrible at my – about my bar mitzvah.


SAGAL: Well, Wynonna, we have invited you right here to play a game we’re calling…

BILL KURTIS: A Judd by any other name may well nevertheless smell as sweet.

SAGAL: You are part of the most popular Judd family members in America, if not the globe, so we believed we would ask you about some of the other Judds out there. Answer 3 Judd-associated queries correctly and you’ll win our prize for a single of our listeners – Carl Kasell’s voice on their voicemail. Bill, who is Wynonna playing for?

KURTIS: Marti Fulton of Nashville, Tenn.


SAGAL: Prepared to do this?

JUDD: (Gasping).

SAGAL: All correct, right here is your first question. Keith Judd – he made news for taking almost half the vote in the West Virginia Democratic main against President Barack Obama in 2012.

JUDD: They have politics in West Virginia?

SAGAL: They do, they do.


SAGAL: This was – now, it was remarkable that Mr. Judd took nearly half the vote of the Democrats against Barack Obama in 2012. Why? A – Keith Judd is a fictional character from the Tv show the “Gilmore Girls” B – he ran from inside a prison in Texas exactly where he was serving 14 years for extortion or C – he is only three years old.

JUDD: I was hoping it would be, like, a dog or one thing. But, yeah, I’m going to go with the kid just since it sounds ridiculous.

SAGAL: No. No, I am afraid, in fact, he was running from inside a prison in Texas.

JUDD: I was going to pick that a single, crap. What does that tell you about politics that you can run from inside prison? Really?

SAGAL: Yeah. Apparently this is what this guy does for a hobby.

JUDD: Oh, my gosh.

SAGAL: He finds states you can register as a non-resident and he registers as a politician.

JUDD: Oh, I am sorry I did not win that ’cause I was going to go with that, but that sounded too…

SAGAL: Nicely, you have two a lot more probabilities. You two a lot more probabilities. As it turns out, second query, there is a definition for jud in the Urban Dictionary. According to them, what is a jud? A – anybody or anything that flouts standard norms of behavior or look B – a smooth, romantic move involving tripping your date so you can catch her or C – a sandwich in which a piece of bread is held in between two pieces of meat.


JUDD: I am going to say it really is A, but I want it to be C.


SAGAL: Are you going to go with A? Effectively, then you’re appropriate. Of course, that’s what a jud is.


SAGAL: A jud is a rebel. A jud doesn’t fit in. A jud does what it desires. But final query – if you get this right, you win it. Here we go. Hang on a second, I got to…

GROSZ: Stare into the light. Are you going to sneeze?

SAGAL: (Sneezing).

JUDD: Kikapa (ph).

SAGAL: Thank you.

GROSZ: Bless your heart.

JUDD: Chutzpah.


JUDD: That is the only word I know.

SAGAL: That is a very good one particular. That is a good a single for you to know.

GROSZ: That is really – misusing chutzpah in such a public and exciting way was a fantastic example of chutzpah.


GROSZ: That was aces.

SAGAL: We have 1 more query for you, Wynonna. Jud Buechler was his name. Jud Buechler was an NBA player. He played on the Chicago Bulls, great teams in the ’90s, with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. But Jud Buechler holds an NBA record himself. What is that record? A – the only individual foul committed with a jock strap B – most shots that missed the backboard completely and struck fans in the face or head or C – he played the most minutes in the most games with no truly doing something.

JUDD: I feel it’s C.

SAGAL: You consider it really is C, and you’re correct.


SAGAL: Jud Buechler is the NBA record holder with most minutes played without having any points, assists, rebounds or any other actual achievements on the court.


SAGAL: Bill, how did Wynonna do on our quiz?

KURTIS: She got two correct out of three, and that is a huge win for us.

SAGAL: (Unintelligible).

JUDD: Listen, I’ve won – I’ve had a very good life. I’ve carried out it all twice, and this is far more entertaining, really.


SAGAL: I agree with you. Wynonna is a five-time Grammy winner, 1 half of the legendary duo The Judds. Her most recent album is “Wynonna And The Massive Noise.” Wynonna, thank you so a lot for getting with us on WAIT WAIT… Do not Tell ME. Give it up for Wynonna.


JUDD: (Singing) I want to speak when I got the inclination. I want to move when I got the locomotion. I am going to do just what it requires to hold this smile on my face.

SAGAL: In just a minute, you have your chance to finish your 108-year lengthy limerick losing streak. Contact 1-888-WAIT-WAIT to join us on the air. We’ll be back in a minute with much more of WAIT WAIT… Do not Inform ME from NPR.

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Vince Staples Practically Gets Run Over, Like, 50 Times In GTA’s New Video

Fresh off releasing his stellar EP Prima Donna, Vince Staples has teamed up with Miami DJ duo GTA for the fresh, kinetic collab “Little Bit of This.”

The track’s music video dropped right now (September 15), and I’m imagining the initial pitch meeting for it went anything like this: “How about we abandon Vince Staples in the middle of nowhere and have a bunch of old vehicles furiously zoom about him so fans will completely fear for his life and wellbeing???”

Indeed, poor Vince is smack in the middle of the action, searching admirably calm although at least a dozen black BMWs kick up dust and rip donuts about him. But no matter — the Extended Beach rapper is also busy spitting rapid-fire verses to notice. It is chaotic, confident, but at least it is controlled chaos.

“A Tiny Bit of This” seems on GTA’s debut album, Great Occasions Ahead, which arrives October 7 and also features Tinashe and Tunji Ige.


Not My Job: Actor Andre Royo Gets Quizzed On Quinoa



Andre Royo speaks on a panel at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Aug. 3, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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Actor Andre Royo was so good at playing an addict on HBO’s The Wire that actual customers on the street employed to offer you him drugs. Now that he’s playing a lawyer on Fox’s Empire, we assume individuals walk up to him and supply him $ 300 an hour, correct?

Anyway. Considering that Royo starred in The Wire — a Tv show more beloved to NPR listeners than their own youngsters — we’ve invited him to play a game known as “I maintain my Wire DVD set proper subsequent to my Neko Case albums.” Three queries about three other factors NPR listeners won’t shut up about.



And now the game where folks who’ve come a extended way to get where they are go back just a couple of feet before receiving on their way once again. It really is named Not My Job. So actor Andre Royo was so excellent at playing a strung-out junkie on HBO’s “The Wire” that real drug users on the street utilised to offer him their stash. Because he’s now playing a lawyer on Fox’s show “Empire,” we assume folks stroll up to him and supply him $ 300 an hour. Andre Royo, welcome to WAIT WAIT… Do not Inform ME.

ANDRE ROYO: Thank you really a lot for getting me. And I’m…


ROYO: I’ve just got to say I am so much more high-priced than $ 300…

SAGAL: Really?

ROYO: …Just to let you know, yes.

SAGAL: Due to the fact I’ve been watching the show this week, and I was questioning – so tell me about your character who has the remarkable name Thursday Rawlings.

ROYO: Properly, you know, Thirsty Rawlings is a proud magna cum laude from the University of Guam, where he got his law degree.


ROYO: And he’s the kind of lawyer that, you know, will defend you in the courtroom or defend you in the courtyard. You know he has your back.

SAGAL: Correct. When we meet him, if I don’t forget correctly, in the quite 1st episode in which you appear in, he, if I’m not mistaken, blackmails a judge with images of him in a compromising predicament and hires folks to beat somebody up so as to steal something from them, which is…

ROYO: There is no evidence of that. There is no evidence of that to be true, so, you know…

SAGAL: That is excellent lawyering.

ROYO: (Laughter).

SAGAL: So “Empire” is this amazingly bigger-than-life show about this record empire and the individuals who run it. And what’s fascinating to me is, like, you played Bubbles on “The Wire,” which was realism. You know, it is was…

ROYO: Yeah.

SAGAL: …Absolutely so gritty.

ROYO: Yes.

SAGAL: And now you happen to be performing this huge issue. Is your approach diverse as an actor?

ROYO: My method is not diverse. It is the audience’s strategy to me that becomes different. You know, one show is about realism and the other show is about, you know, pure entertainment. Some people want to give Bubbles a hug and some individuals want to slap the hell out of Thirsty.


SAGAL: So you were in all 5 seasons of “The Wire,” playing Bubbles. It’s an amazing overall performance. How several men and women come up to you and congratulate you, Andre Royo, for getting clean?

ROYO: (Laughter) A lot – a lot of individuals give me lots of hugs and tell me to maintain it clean, you know, do not go back.


SAGAL: And I know it’s a worry for every actor to be typecast. Have been you getting largely calls to go out and play other drug addicts and people with that kind of problem?

ROYO: I was. But, you know, you have got to don’t forget, I was typecast unemployed for a extended time.


PETER GROSZ: Cast is the critical portion of typecast.

ROYO: That’s precisely correct.

SAGAL: Yes, specifically.

ROYO: Precisely.

SAGAL: Please typecast me. So do the actors on “Empire” have as a lot entertaining as I believe you do obtaining to, like, chew that scenery the way that you guys do?

ROYO: Much more, far more – I mean, when you know there is a paycheck following that, it’s a lot more enjoyable. It is a lot far more fun than you can ever think about.

SAGAL: Yeah. It’s also enjoyable due to the fact the folks who love the show, one of the things they love is Cookies. She’s the female lead of course. This, you know…

ROYO: Yes.

SAGAL: …Queen Lear character, and she’s dressed amazingly.

ROYO: Yes.

SAGAL: Every 30 seconds, she shows up in an additional outfit. You are the only other character in that show who dresses as properly as she does.

ROYO: You know what? I take that as a compliment. Thank you really a lot. We had to genuinely discover a color that no one would ever wear a full suit of it, and that is the 1st 1 I place on.


ROYO: Yes.

SAGAL: So I’ve heard you’d say your individual style is distinct from Thirsty’s?

ROYO: Effectively, a small bit far more fitted, yes. But, you know, I love colors. I like really going outdoors the box. But, you know, I would say that when I put on one thing, I want it to fit me. That is all.

SAGAL: Genuinely it is wonderful that your difficulty with Thirsty Rawling’s suits is they are not flattering sufficient.


SAGAL: Not the truth that they’re, like, fluorescent pink.

ROYO: Yeah, no, no, I like the colour. I like the colour. I just wanted to, you know, show off the physique a small bit, you know?

SAGAL: I understand.


SAGAL: You had a even though – you talked about receiving cast – you had a whilst just before you had been creating your living as an actor. I am assuming you have been performing all sorts of jobs. Every actor I know did. What have been some of the ones you did?

ROYO: You know, I did the regular ones that – you know, like waiting tables. I did building for a lengthy time. I think the final one particular that I had prior to I figured out I better do anything was operating in the Challenging Rock Cafe bathroom, generating positive people wash their hands and give them a cigarette on the way out.

SAGAL: Wait a minute, you have been one particular of these guys in the bathrooms?

ROYO: Yeah, I was working at the Tough Rock Cafe bathroom in New York. And I had the tuxedo on and spraying you with perfume or cologne on the way out, yes.


ROYO: I was somewhat of a psychiatrist, you know? I met some folks – you know, were on dates – I would tell them what to say and what not to say. And it happened all the time. Do I appear great? You appear great. Wash your hands.


ROYO: She doesn’t like it when you chew with your mouth open, yes.

GROSZ: I could see that although. I could that they stroll into the bathroom, and they are like oh God, I am obtaining such – oh, a distinguished gentleman in a tuxedo. I will ask him what he thinks. You are really productive, sir. You’re wearing a tuxedo.

ROYO: Yeah, that is right.

MARINA FRANKLIN: I did it all the time as nicely. I…

SAGAL: You do what?

FRANKLIN: I go into the bathroom, there’s usually a woman in the bathroom – not all the time in my life – but when it takes place…

SAGAL: Yeah.

FRANKLIN: And I ask her how my hair looks, and it’s excellent. It’s a excellent way…

ROYO: That’s right.


ROYO: That is correct. Listen, when there is nobody in the bathroom, we’re outside peeking at you all, looking at how you happen to be undertaking on your date. And then when we see you coming in, we run back into the bathroom and, you know, give you a grade.

SAGAL: Yeah, genuinely?

ROYO: Precisely. I give my small – at times I give them income – like, you need to have a tiny cash.


SAGAL: Well, Andre Royo, what a pleasure to speak to you. We have asked you here to play a game we’re calling…

BILL KURTIS: I Hold My Full “Wire” DVD Set Appropriate Next To My Neko Case Albums.

ROYO: (Laughter).

SAGAL: So you starred in “The Wire,” a Tv show far more beloved to NPR listeners than their own kids, and the explanation why all of us feel that we understand what life is really like in the mean streets of the inner city. So we’re going to ask you three queries about 3 other factors that NPR listeners will not shut up about.


SAGAL: If you get two appropriate, you will win our prize for one of our listeners – Carl Kasell’s voice on their answering machine. Bill, who is Andre Royo playing for?

KURTIS: Judith Allard of Pensacola, Fla.

SAGAL: OK, ready to play?

ROYO: I got you, Judith. I got you, child.

SAGAL: All right…


SAGAL: 1 factor NPR listeners will not shut up about is quinoa. In reality, they like it so significantly, which of these occurred? A, in 2011, American demand for the grain quinoa got so high it single-handedly saved the Bolivian quinoa farming market, B, in 2008, the name quinoa ultimately unseated Brooklyn at the best of the baby names list or C, in response to listener focus group in 2010, NPR launched the new show Quinoa Hour that almost bankrupted our firm.


ROYO: OK, I am going to say what happened was A. I can’t say it simply because it was really lengthy. But I’m going to say A.

SAGAL: It was – it was a lengthy thing.

ROYO: The lengthy one, yes.

SAGAL: But you are right – what happened was…

ROYO: That’s proper, infant.


SAGAL: …The American obsession with eating quinoa raised all these Bolivian peasant farmers out of poverty, extremely very good. Now…

ROYO: Thank you. At the SAT test school – test guy – I often knew the extended ones were generally appropriate.

SAGAL: That is true, that’s a very good explanation.



FRANKLIN: Wow, that is impressive.

SAGAL: No wonder everyone gets…

GROSZ: I want to retake my SATs.


SAGAL: All right, second question – NPR listeners certain love their hybrid vehicles. Some people take that enjoy a tiny bit far and one – some folks have produced which of these? A, a hybrid hybrid hybrid, which has a gas engine, an electric engine, a bicycle crank and sails for windy days…


SAGAL: …B, the Pimpus, a completely tricked-out low-rider Prius with 20-inch rims, custom exhaust and a four,400-watt stereo system or C, a Prius school bus so the children of Marin County, Calif., can go to college with a clear conscience.

ROYO: Oh, oh, I’ve got to go with B, Pimp my ride. I imply…

SAGAL: You’re correct, the Pimpus.


SAGAL: Pimp your Prius…


SAGAL: It was created – Pimpus, created by some automobile customizers in Sweden, and we’re assuming Swedish babes dig it.

ROYO: I adore it. My Yaris proper now I’ve got a fish tank in there. I know what they are speaking about.

SAGAL: You have a fish tank in your Yaris?

ROYO: Yeah, I’ve got a little beta fish in my Yaris, in the trunk.


GROSZ: That is my favored sentence that is ever been mentioned on this show, by the way.


SAGAL: That is great. Do you, Andre Royo, drive around LA in a Toyota Yaris with a beta fish in the trunk?

ROYO: You know that sounds attractive. Even when you mentioned it, you knew it sounded sexy.

SAGAL: It really is extremely sexy.


SAGAL: All right, you have one more query. Public radio listeners adore TED talks. There’s even an NPR show which is just folks speaking about TED talks.


SAGAL: But which of these, Andre, was a genuine TED speak? A, How To Tie Your Shoes, B, Why Mayonnaise Will Save The World, or C, Seethe, Plot, Strike – The Three Steps To Revenge.

ROYO: Oh, I’m going to have to say B, mayonnaise ’cause it saved my life a lot of times in the ghetto.


FRANKLIN: That’s appropriate, mayonnaise sandwiches.

SAGAL: All proper, no, I adore understanding that. I did not know that was a point. I am glad you mentioned that. But the answer was in truth How To Tie Your Footwear. It was a talk given in February 2005. But I’m telling you, I made up the mayonnaise issue, but Andre, you are ready to give the TED talk about mayonnaise saving your life.

ROYO: Yes, I’ll do that talk. We do it every single day over right here (laughter).


SAGAL: Bill, how did Andre Royo do on our quiz?

KURTIS: Did we find out a lot from Andre tonight? Whoa.


KURTIS: Two out of three, you are a winner, Andre.

ROYO: All correct.

SAGAL: Congratulations…

ROYO: Thank you.

SAGAL: …That’s incredible.


SAGAL: Andre Royo starred as Bubbles on HBO’s “The Wire.” You can at the moment see him on “Empire” as Thirsty Rawlings and on Amazon’s “Hand Of God.” Andre Royo, what a pleasure to talk to you. Thanks for joining us on WAIT WAIT… Do not Inform ME.

ROYO: Thank you very significantly. OK, take care.

SAGAL: Bye-bye.

ROYO: Bye-bye.


THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA: (Singing) If you stroll by means of the garden, you much better watch your back.

SAGAL: In just a minute, Bill barks I do with in the Listener Limerick Challenge. Call 1-888-WAIT-WAIT to join us on the air. We’ll be back in a minute with more of WAIT WAIT… Don’t Tell ME from NPR.

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Zendaya Gets Genuine About Cultural Appropriation: ‘You Cannot Inform Someone Not To Be Upset About It’

Zendaya isn’t right here for your cultural appropriation, and in a new interview with Popsugar, she opens up about why it’s such a issue.

“If some thing feels private to your culture or to your background,” the megastar stated, “then you take that personally and you feel impacted by it. You can’t tell an individual not to be upset about it.”

She’s speaking from expertise. Last year, Zendaya wore locs to the Oscars. She looked completely spectacular, but Fashion Police host and E! News correspondent Giuliana Rancic stated, “I really feel like she smells like patchouli oil … and possibly weed.”

Zendaya promptly fired back with a powerful response to Rancic’s “outrageously offensive” comment.

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Now a year later, she’s content to break down the meaning of cultural appropriation.

“Well, initial of all, braids are not new,” Zendaya stated when asked about celebrities like Kylie Jenner wearing cornrows. “Black ladies have been wearing braids for a very lengthy time. … It became new and fresh and entertaining, since it was on a person else other than a black woman. You know what I mean? So that is the frustration. That is where the culture appropriation element comes into play.”

She also shouted out Amandla Stenberg, who has spoken out about the identical issue.

“She [Amandla] wished society loved black people as a lot as they love black culture. That’s the truth,” Zendaya continued. “The credit gets taken away from us when we make certain statements or when we do certain factors. That is the frustration. Folks want to be around for the positives and the factors that we bring as far as culture, but they don’t want to be around when we have problems or when we’re acquiring shot in the streets. You know what I’m saying? You have to be there for the entire expertise. You cannot just choose when you want to be a part of our culture.” 🙌

Study Zendaya’s full interview with Popsugar right here.

I in no way fed my Neopets.



Tom Hardy Gets Gritty And (Practically) Naked In First ‘Taboo’ Trailer

This weekend, Tom Hardy will vie for an Oscar for his function as the morally bankrupt fur trapper/murderer John Fitzgerald in The Revenant. It’s exactly the kind of role Hardy excels at: a brooding menace who always seems to be one particular step ahead of his enemies.

Unsurprisingly, Hardy’s character in the upcoming FX mini-series Taboo looks equally as harmful. Set in 1814, the story follows James Keziah Delaney (Hardy), a shipping heir who “has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed,” according to a synopsis from Variety. He returns to London to take more than his not too long ago deceased father’s organization, only to find that his pops was apparently in cahoots with some shady AF characters.

In the very first official trailer, we get a glimpse at the ensuing drama, which involves a lot of intense threats, a pig’s head on a stick, Hardy roaming the woods in a skimpy loincloth, and his chilling delivery of the line “I am a really dangerous man to know.” DAMN, MAN.

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Taboo is executive developed by Hardy, Ridley Scott, and Stephen Knight, and is primarily based on an original notion by Hardy and his father, Chips Hardy. The eight-episode series is anticipated to premiere in 2017.

Figaro Gets a Divorce, Millennium Centre, Cardiff — ‘A rollercoaster’

David Stout and Marie Arnet in ‘Figaro Gets a Divorce’. Photo: Richard Hubert Smith©Richard Hubert Smith

David Stout and Marie Arnet in ‘Figaro Gets a Divorce’. Photo: Richard Hubert Smith

Hollywood does well by sequels, so why not opera? Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro positively invite a successor, not least due to the fact Beaumarchais himself left a third play in his trilogy prepared for adaptation. Milhaud tried it, Corigliano borrowed some of the characters, but their operas have not caught on.

Enter composer Elena Langer and librettist David Pountney with Figaro Gets a Divorce. Welsh National Opera is enterprisingly offering the three operas in tandem, so audiences can comply with the story in sequence. That may possibly not support, even though. The new situation is intentionally disruptive, transporting plot and characters to a new era of experiences.

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Pountney has dropped Figaro and company down in the 1930s (like Ŏdön von Horváth’s play just before him). How will they survive in a globe more Brecht than Beaumarchais? The Almaviva household have turn into migrants fleeing a rightwing coup, apparently in Latin America to judge from the dance music. The Count degenerates into a compulsive gambler. Cherubino is a cross-dressing barman, known as “the Cherub”, in a casino. It is hard to keep up with it all. The tone veers from surrealism to revue, existentialist angst to romantic comedy. No wonder the characters finish up masquerading as inmates in a lunatic asylum.

The most successful creation is a new character far from the original, a sinister manipulator of people referred to as The Major, sinuously delineated in Langer’s music and brilliantly sung by Alan Oke. The cast is powerful, particularly on the male side, with Mark Stone as the Count and David Stout as Figaro. Andrew Watts is vocally seductive as the doubly transvestite Cherubino. Elizabeth Watts and Marie Arnet perform challenging as the emotionally overwrought Countess and Susanna.

It is outstanding that Langer’s music manages to preserve pace with the stylistic somersaults of the plot, but it does. Tango, pantomime, impending doom, youthful romance: she brings all to life, employing a modest-sized orchestra, vividly conducted by Justin Brown. In the end, though, it is all as well much. Mozart’s genius was to develop men and women on stage we really feel we know. On this rollercoaster of an opera these much-loved close friends get lost from sight.

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‘Ned’s Declassified’ Gets A Internet Series Spin-Off, Thanks To Ned Bigby Himself

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For 3 years, Ned Bigby (Devon Werkheiser) from “Ned’s Declassified College Survival Guide” gave us guidelines for surviving the emotional roller coaster that is middle school. We learned how to manage “bullies, insane teachers and gross college lunches,” and even found out what to do if a rogue weasel breaks into college.

But what about after middle school? The show ended before Ned and his buddies started high college, so we had to manage that obstacle all on our own. And for these who went to college? Same deal. Thankfully, Werkheiser is breathing new life into “Ned’s Declassified” with a brand new internet series called “Devon’s Life Survival Guide.”

With the very first two episodes launching Monday (Jan. 25), previous and present fans of the show can ultimately add a lot more Ned Bigby tips to their arsenal. “It feels like it’s been a lengthy time coming, but I lastly became conscious of it, maybe in September of 2015,” Werkheiser told MTV News on the phone.

The 24-year-old actor and musician said he kept receiving requests about undertaking a higher college or college survival guide, so he decided to revamp his YouTube channel for the series, making it “about universal life lessons and stuff that we’re all going via.”

The constructive responses from fans during his Reddit AMA and from “Ned’s Declassified” articles written for MTV News also helped inspire Werkheiser to produce the series. A huge part of what created the Nickelodeon show such a massive hit was its general message to young audiences. Werkheiser describes the heart of the show as, “No matter who you are, nonetheless weird you are or quote-on-quote cool you are, or what ever, it is OK to be who you are. We’re all in this together and we’re gonna get by way of this.”


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New episodes will debut every Monday on YouTube, with videos lasting three-10 minutes each, depending on the subject. Werkheiser will divide the episodes up into seasons, aiming for 25 episodes in Season 1.

Werkheiser desires to use the beginning of the series to focus on having a conversation with the audience and developing a neighborhood in the videos’ comments sections. He does plan on bringing some of his former cast members on the show, but not proper away. “I wanted to make confident I could develop a foundation of me undertaking it on my personal to begin, but I completely strategy on seeing how I can incorporate the old ’Ned’s’ cast and other people as well,” he mentioned. “I’m quite excited to see how this point grows and evolves.

“If I can assist even one kid watching it get via one thing a little a lot more gracefully, a tiny smoother, with a tiny more adore, then that actually excites me and then I know I’m doing something great in the planet,” he added.

Sounds like Werkheiser truly is the sweet, caring, funny Ned Bigby we all know and adore. Like they say, life imitates art.

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Nick Jonas Gets Undressed In This ‘Scream Queens’ 1st Appear

Sure, the ladies of “Scream Queens” are fierce, fabulous and one hundred percent ***flawless, but the fellas are quite outstanding, as well.

But we do not need to have to tell you that. Let the guys of “Scream Queens” (which premieres tonight!) — aka the “Scream Kings” — tell you all about their scene-stealing characters in this hilarious behind-the-scenes video, which MTV News is premiering beneath. And as an added bonus: Nick Jonas has partially undressed himself for this momentous occasion. We are so #blessed:

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Chad (Glen Powell) and Boone (Jonas) belong to the ~prestigious/grossly pretentious~ fraternity, the Dickie Dollar Scholars. Closer than most greatest bros, Chad and Boone share some fairly intimate scenes togethers. But just so we’re clear, if Nick Jonas wants to spoon you in the middle of the evening, YOU DO IT. #Hugs.

Meanwhile, Pete (Diego Boneta) is the handsome outsider of the group. He’s over Greek Life and is now laser-focused on solving a grisly string on murders on campus.

We want we were much more concerned about the Red Devil killer, but tbh, we can’t be bothered to care when Nick Jonas is on screen.


Jesse Eisenberg&#039s New Book Gets Seriously Absurd (And A Small Severe)



Jesse Eisenberg's plays include The Spoils and The Revisionist.

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If you have ever observed Jesse Eisenberg’s byline in The New Yorker or on McSweeney’s World wide web Tendency and thought, “Wait, that Jesse Eisenberg?” — the answer is yes.

Eisenberg, greatest-identified as an Oscar-nominated actor, is also a writer — the author of several plays and, now, a collection of comedy writing known as Bream Gives Me Hiccups.

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The collection’s title comes from a series of faux-restaurant testimonials that open the book, which Eisenberg 1st wrote for McSweeney’s. The critiques — both funny and poignant — are written from the point of view of a young boy whose divorced mother drags him to fancy dinners on her ex-husband’s dime.

Many of the other pieces are heavy with dialogue, like short comedy sketches. “A Post Gender Normative Man Tries to Choose Up a Lady at a Bar” and its gender-flipped counterpart, for instance, consist completely of one particular-sided (and persistent) conversation.

“Some of these stories I’ve performed,” Eisenberg tells NPR’s Arun Rath. “They’re as enjoyable to carry out as they are for me to write.”

And, as Rath and Eisenberg talk about, the collection will also be produced into a Netflix series.

Click on the audio hyperlink above to hear the full conversation.

Interview Highlights

Hear Eisenberg study an excerpt from the Bream Offers Me Hiccups audiobook.

On his theory of what makes issues funny

I start out, with each and every play I’ve written, with all the stories in here, to create the funniest issue I can think of and then it becomes emotional, I guess. Possibly simply because that is how you are educated as an actor. When you are acting in anything, even if it is a comedy, you’re supposed to uncover the emotional truth in it.

So even when I am in a comedy, you finish up trying to uncover … what’s driving a character and it typically has something to do with one thing that is not that funny. And, of course, the juxtaposition of funny context and critical individual dealing with funny context is what makes it funny.

On his story featuring Alexander Graham Bell’s early telephone calls

When I was younger — I was possibly about 10 years old — I heard a joke on Comedy Central which I thought was the funniest thing. [It] was something along the lines of, the comedian said “I set my cell phone ring tone to Beethoven’s Ninth [Symphony],” due to the fact, at the time, cell telephone ring tones had just come out, and a single of the options was a low-cost, MIDI file of Beethoven’s Ninth. And he said, “I wonder if Beethoven, when sitting around writing his ninth [symphony] thought it’s going to play in 500 years and someone’s going to go, ‘Oh Jesus, it really is my mom.’ “

And … so when I was reading about Alexander Graham Bell’s very first phone get in touch with I believed how funny it is that now, we not only take the technologies for granted, but we kind of resent it when somebody calls us, simply because it really is such a burden now compared to the ease with which we can communicate otherwise. So I believed it would be funny to see how rapidly that could possibly devolve. So it is not the first phone call that devolves into boredom, it is the third.

On the inspiration for a piece at the intersection of basketball and conflict resolution

I always believed, how do men and women go to basketball games who are used to conflict resolution when they’re standing with 14,000 other individuals who are screaming for conflict? And what would that person have been like in the Coliseum?

I always feel about that because my dad is such a sweet and peaceful academic, and I usually consider what would my dad have been like? He wouldn’t have been capable to fit in with the Coliseum and the gladiators. What would he have done? There should have been people like that and we by no means hear about that!

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