Monthly Archives: August 2017

‘Arrested Development’ Star Alia Shawkat Comes Out As Bisexual

Alia Shawkat opened up about her sexuality in a candid new interview. 

The ?Arrested Development? star told Out magazine that she identifies as bisexual, and will star in a queer-themed film that she also co-wrote later this year. 

?I was a tomboy growing up, and I remember my mom asking me when I was 10, ?Are you attracted to boys or girls?? I said ?I don?t know,?? Shawkat said. ?Now I consider myself bisexual, and I think balancing my male and female energies has been a big part of me growing as an actor.?

Shawkat?s wildly addictive TBS series, ?Search Party,? doesn?t shy away from LGBTQ themes, and enjoyed a sizable queer following when it debuted last fall. Her upcoming project, ?Duck Butter,? goes a step further by featuring a same-sex couple as its protagonists. The 28-year-old said the film was written with a heterosexual couple in mind, but she and the creative team opted to make it about two women instead. ?I love that it was written for a man and a woman, but we couldn?t find the right guy, so now it happens to star two women [as lovers],? she said. 

The actress, who hits the big screen Friday in ?Paint It Black? opposite Alfred Molina, said growing up in Los Angeles and ?being exposed to lots of gay artists? helped shape her identity as a performer. The current political climate, she said, has inspired her to be more outspoken. 

?As a woman, an Arab-American, and a member of the LGBTQ community, I have to use whatever voice I have,? she explained. ?There?s no more delicacy in being quiet.? 

Read the full Out magazine interview here

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It Only Took These Moms 5 Minutes To Hilariously Sum Up Swimsuit Season

Millions of people online are loving two moms? take on the highs and lows ? OK, mainly lows ? of swimsuit season.

Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley, the creators behind the web series ?#IMomSoHard,? released a video on Thursday in which they tackle the pressures of putting on a swimsuit and offer some encouraging advice to fellow mothers.

In the hilarious video, which has been viewed more than 5 million times in 24 hours, the moms laugh along with each other as they model ?unreasonable? swimsuits with various cutouts and designs. Throughout the funny fashion show, they insist it?d be difficult to discipline their kids while wearing the swimsuits and demonstrate how impractical they are for picking up toys and chasing children at the beach. 

All humor aside, Hensley and Smedley reminded their fans to forget about the pressures and put on the swimsuit they like and have fun. 

?Nobody thinks that they look perfect ever,? Smedley said. ?Let?s just all go to the beach.?

Hensley also explained how she?ll pass on that mentality to her daughter.

?I want my daughter to love her life and to love herself and she?s not going to do it because I tell her to do it,? she said. ?She?s going to do it because I teach her to do it.?

The HuffPost Parents newsletter, So You Want To Raise A Feminist, offers the latest stories and news in progressive parenting.   

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Barack Obama’s Best Wardrobe Staple Has Been Hiding In His Closet This Whole Time

In a twist that should come as a surprise to no one, it turns out Barack Obama?s stellar sense of style ? the one he?s been unknowingly using to tug at our heart strings for months ? has been waiting to emerge for quite some time. 

A new story in People Magazine about the Obamas? lives since leaving the White House offers revelations about the former president?s seemingly recent passion for fashion, including one of his more buzzed about staples: The brown leather jacket. As it turns out, there?s nothing new about it at all.  

?He?s had that jacket for quite some time,? Anita Decker Breckinridge, Obama?s chief of staff told the mag. ?He really likes that jacket. People think he looks good in the jacket. He?s had it for a long time. I just don?t think he?s had the opportunity to wear it. When does the President ever get to go out in his leather jacket? It?s not something we see.?

It?s true that Obama has really taken the bull by the well-dressed horns in the past few months, whether in bomber jackets or unbuttoned shirts. But with this new development, we can?t help but picture the former president staring longingly at the jacket during his tenure in office, waiting for the glorious day he?d get to wear it freely while still looking like (and being) a total boss. 

Anyone else excited to see what sartorial blessings Obama is sure to bestow upon us this summer?

Head to People to see the entire story. 

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24 Inspiring College Grads Who Exemplify Black Excellence

With graduation season comes black excellence.

Black graduates have worked tirelessly toward obtaining degrees that will help them make a positive impact on the world, and that deserves to be celebrated.

HuffPost Black Voices is highlighting 24 inspiring black graduates, some whose stories we came across and some who submitted their photos with our #BVBlackGrads campaign. 

Check out their photos below and give them a round of applause.

Continue the celebration of black graduates using the hashtag #BVBlackGrad on Twitter and Instagram.

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Fox News Personalities Praise Roger Ailes After His Death

Media personalities who worked with Fox News co-founder Roger Ailes reacted to news of his death on Thursday with an outpouring of condolences and praise. 

Ailes, 77, was the CEO and chairman of the network before he was pushed out last year following multiple sexual harassment allegations.

His wife, Elizabeth Ailes, confirmed Thursday morning that he had died. In a statement, she praised him as a loving husband and father, a loyal friend and a patriot.

Fox News host Sean Hannity also spoke of Ailes? patriotism, sharing his condolences in more than dozen tweets and issuing a warning to Ailes? ?enemies.?

Hannity also called Ailes a ?second father.?

?In 1996 he took a huge risk on an inexperienced, young, local radio talk show host in Atlanta,? Hannity wrote on Twitter. ?He saw something in me and many others he hired that we never saw in ourselves, and he forever changed the trajectory of thousands of [people?s] lives.?

Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of Fox News and parent company 21st Century Fox, called Ailes a ?brilliant broadcaster? who ?played a huge role in shaping America?s media over the last thirty years.?

?Roger was a great patriot who never ceased fighting for his beliefs,? Murdoch said in a statement.

Others called Ailes a ?genius? and heralded his achievements at Fox News, which he helped start in 1996 and turned into the top cable news network. 

Others in the media shared condolences for Ailes, as well as criticism.

Matt Drudge, founder of influential conservative media site the Drudge Report, broke the news of Ailes? death on Twitter. Then he shared his respects and recounted recently spending a ?magical day? with the newsman. 

Rick Folbaum, an anchor for CBS?s local news station in Miami who previously worked for Fox News, reflected on Alies and the sexual harassment scandal that dominated the past year.

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