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Are Beyoncé Fans Bullying Jay-Z’s Suspected Mistresses?

It felt like the internet exploded over the weekend when Beyoncé's visual album, Lemonade, aired on HBO.  The singer, who is known for being fiercely private, seemed to blow her private life wide open while seemingly implying that her marriage to Jay-Z had suffered as a result of his infidelity. Honestly, I sat there and watched the whole thing and I'm not sure I took a single breath the entire time.  While a few people claimed boredom, the majority of viewers were absolutely riveted. One group of particularly devoted Beyoncé fans, whom are collectively known as the Beyhive, paid special attention to one particular lyric that seemed to confuse and intrigue everyone. Queen Bey seemingly referred to one of her husband's mistresses as "Becky with the good hair." Of course, no one actually went looking for a woman named Becky but they did wonder about the identity of this "other woman." Rachel Roy In the past, there had been rumors of Jay-Z possibly having an affair with Rachel Roy, the ex-wife of his former partner, Damon Dash.  The long-standing professional relationship broke down so suddenly and quickly that many assumed there must have been a reason and all clues pointed to Roy, a woman who has made a name for herself as a celebrity fashion designer. Right after the special aired, Roy didn't help matters by posting an image of herself to Instagram with the caption: "Good hair don't care, but we will take good lighting, for selfies, or self truths, always. Live in the light #nodramaqueens." Surely, she could not have expected to post such a cryptic message without eliciting a response from the public? Well, if she was looking for attention, she got it but it was far from positive. Not only did she delete the post but she's also gone on the defensive against, what she feels, has been vicious attacks and bullying from the Beyhive.
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Divorce Left Coldplay’s Chris Martin Depressed for a Year

Ending a marriage is an emotional decision for anyone, even celebrities. A big part of the struggle is accepting the fact that something that you once thought held so much promise is now over or ending and it can feel like a massive failure. It's usually far more complicated than that but, when you get down to the very basics, most people who have gone through a split spend time wondering what went wrong and whether it was their own fault. Coldplay is one of the most successful bands in the world and lead singer, Chris Martin, has passionately performed some of the most heartwrenching songs for fans around the world. It must have been difficult, therefore, for him to continue on while he was going through such a rough period in his own life. When he first married actress, Gwyneth Paltrow, some people were surprised by the romance but, after they welcomed their children, Apple and Moses, and found another couple (Jay-Z and Beyoncé) to hang out with, they just seemed like any other couple. It almost felt like, as soon as we all got comfortable with this union, it was ending. Maybe that's how Martin felt too since he recently revealed that the "conscious uncoupling" left him in a state of depression for a year. Meaningful Poem In the aftermath of their announcement, Martin struggled to find happiness. Again, this isn't unusual for recently divorced men and women. In an effort to regain some equilibrium, he threw himself into literature of all kinds. From a psychotherapeutic manual written by Viktor Frankl to Holocaust memoir, Man's Search for Meaning, Martin scoured for something that would make sense in the midst of his grief. He came across a poem titled The Guest House which was written by 13th century Persian poet, Rumi. It made an impact.
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Wentworth Miller Proves That Body Shaming Happens to Men Too

Right now, there's a huge movement going on to promote inclusiveness and body positivity among women. Actresses such as Melissa McCarthy, Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham have been very outspoken about the unfair pressure actresses face in the industry. This pressure, of course, is echoed through the halls of virtually every high school and workplace in America. Whether it's postpartum weight loss, the celebration of different body types or the common struggles of humans trying to maintain a healthy weight, more and more people are speaking out against the unrealistic expectations that have been placed on women... but what about men? There was a time when Wentworth Miller was on millions of television screens across the country on a weekly basis. Fox had an almost instant hit with Prison Break and he was a big reason for the show's success. Today, he's a little older and, perhaps, a little wiser due to some personal struggles brought on by a rarely discussed issue - male body shaming. Hurtful Memes To be clear, the criticism women face does seem to be a bit more widespread but that does not negate or minimize what men experience. In a recent open letter, the current star of Legends of Tomorrow shared what it was like to deal with fan backlash after he put on a few pounds. On his official Facebook page, he shared a meme that features an old picture from his leaner days alongside an image of him at his heaviest. The caption reads: "When you break out of prison and find out about McDonald's monopoly ..."
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Mackenzie Phillips Reflects on Revealing Incestuous Relationship

Mackenzie Phillips may have come from a famous family but she made a name for herself as an actress on shows like One Day at a Time but she was also well known for being the daughter of Mamas and the Papas musician, John Phillips.  It seemed like this successful young woman was a member of Hollywood royalty but seven years ago, revelations in her 2009 memoir, High on Arrival, shook that idyllic image to the core. Shocking Allegations In her tell-all book, Phillips claimed that she carried on a long-term incestuous relationship with her father. The 49-year-old said that, on the eve of her marriage to Rolling Stones entourage member, Jeff Sessler, she and her father had sex. Of that night back in 1979, she wrote: "On the eve of my wedding, my father showed up, determined to stop it. I had tons of pills, and Dad had tons of everything too. Eventually I passed out on Dad's bed.  My father was not a man with boundaries. He was full of love, and he was sick with drugs. I woke up that night from a blackout to find myself having sex with my own father. Had this happened before? I didn't know. All I can say is it was the first time I was aware of it." Within a year, the 20-year-0ld lost her job on One Day at a Time due to her drug abuse and she says that, by then, her sexual relationship with her father had become consensual and would continue for a decade.  With her life spinning out of control, she went to rehab for the first time.
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Why “Star Wars” Fans Need to Stop Hurting Jake Lloyd

I was born just as the very first Star Wars movie was about to leave theaters. According to legend, my much older brother snuck me in to a viewing despite the fact that I was a newborn. Maybe that's why I've loved the franchise my entire life. Unlike most fans my age, I can technically claim that I have "seen" all of the movies in theaters! When Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was announced, I was almost beside myself with excitement. It had been a long time since Return of the Jedi had left theaters and, really, I never thought that we'd get another trilogy. As soon as tickets went on sale, I snatched up a pair and, on opening night, I soaked up the electricity in that room filled with fellow enthusiasts. I sat and watched the screen with wonder and for the entire walk home, my companion and I excitedly chatted about what we'd seen and theorized about the future. I had two small children already and we talked about how impressive it was for a little boy as young as Jake Lloyd to take on such a huge role in such a huge movie. The pressure must have been unimaginable, we said, and we praised him for being able to act and interact with characters and environments that weren't really there during filming. He had a green screen, some puppets, at best, but he wasn't really piloting a pod racer or using The Force. What a clever boy, we mused! "Bad Actor" It was shocking, therefore, to learn that so many had panned his performance. I'm not sure what they were expecting but the criticism was harsh and unrelenting. Here we had a child who may not have even heard of Star Wars before being cast in the film. Surely, most people understood that a 10-year-old was not going to understand and connect with those films in the same way as someone who had seen each of them multiple times as an adult, right? It didn't seem to matter. The little boy who bravely brought Anakin Skywalker to life was uniformly labelled a "bad actor" and was summarily thrown to the Hollywood wolves.
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Melissa McCarthy Joins “Plus Size” Label Debate

When you think of the original Hollywood bombshells of yesteryear, they were often buxom, voluptuous women known for their big curves. In recent years, it seems that the exact opposite is more desirable. Sure, there were women decades ago whose slender physiques could never match those of Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield but, at least, they weren’t being encouraged to change their bodies in a way that was unhealthy. You would think that Karen Carpenter’s death, more than 30 years ago, would serve as a cautionary tale but it hasn’t. The young woman with the velvety voice died at just 32 years of age due to heart failure associated with anorexia nervosa. Yet, the media continues to embrace and perpetrate ideals that are unrealistic (or downright dangerous) for women to attain and maintain. It’s a sad time when a woman, famous or not, gives birth and is immediately being asked when she will get her pre-baby body back. The focus is not on her safe recovery from pregnancy and childbirth, nor is it on her bonding with her newborn. Instead, celebrities like Kim Kardashian have been known to go into hiding until they have lost enough weight to be seen out in public again. Something needs to change and, fortunately, women are beginning to speak out. When Glamour chose to include Amy Schumer in a “plus size” geared issue sponsored by Lane Bryant, the comedienne immediately took issue. No, she did not take offense by the suggestion that she wasn’t thin but, rather, pointed to the fact that, at a size 6, she hates the idea that young girls might see her body type and consider it “plus size.” Even most stores consider a size 12 and up to fall into that category so, she’s right - the implication is irresponsible.
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Car Accident, Injury Left Tracy Morgan Suicidal

Most of us know Tracy Morgan best from his years on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. He has dedicated his adult life to making people laugh so fans must be saddened but, not necessarily surprised, to hear that he recently battled with suicidal thoughts. Car Accident On June 7, 2014, Morgan, fellow comedian, James McNair, and other passengers in a chartered limousine was involved in a serious accident when they were struck by a Walmart tractor-trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike. Tragically, McNair lost his life. When news struck, Morgan fans feared for the worst but were encouraged by the reports that h could potentially survive the wreck. It wasn’t until months later that we all learned the full extent of his injuries. He fought hard to overcome a broken leg, nose, ribs, and severe brain trauma. It took him more than a week to regain consciousness but, when he did, it was clear that there was a long road ahead of him. Physical Recovery For months after the accident, the Emmy-nominated was confined to a wheelchair. As other parts of his body healed, Morgan focused on learning to walk again and he recently told Entertainment Tonight that he relied on an unlikely helper - his 2-year-old daughter, Maven.
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Former LAPD Sergeant Accuses Elton John of Sexual Battery, Harassment

Elton John is a living legend in many ways and has entertained millions with his music for decades. He also has been very committed to certain charities and causes and is well known for his efforts to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS. Unfortunately, his name is also being associated with something less savory. Sexual Allegations Former Los Angeles Police Department Sergeant and Medal of Valor recipient, Jeffrey Wenninger, worked as an off-duty security guard for John for many years. Their long-standing professional relationship seems to have soured and law enforcement officer has taken action against the singer. In a recently filed lawsuit, Wenninger alleges that John inappropriately touched him on multiple occasions from 2002-2014. He also claims that the artist made sexually suggestive comments and that things got much worse in terms of “frequency and intensity after 2010.” An attorney for Elton John’s Rocket Entertainment group responded by saying: "This baseless lawsuit is brought by a disgruntled former security officer seeking to extract an undeserved payment. These claims are patently untrue and contradicted by numerous previous statements made by this plaintiff. We will not give into his latest abuse of the legal system.”
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