Friday, July 3, 2015

10 Beyoncé GIFs that Communicate Your July Fourth Problems

It’s America’s 239th birthday and it’s time to feed your friends with charcoal laced everything and beer. If all goes as planned, it should be an excellent time. But at any good old American get together, there could be the occasional annoyance, so we have Beyoncé’s words for ten of them. With all due respect to American heroes like Harriet Tubman, Dorothea Dix, and Rosa Parks, Beyoncé was the only one who sang “Proud to Be An American,” in a crisp eggshell suit. Because of this, today we’re saluting Bey’s ego and her ability to sum up how we feel about the errors in judgment people might make at your fourth of July fete this year. Jumping right in with the cue.

1. When you double fist two corns on the cob because the only food group you’ve known since “bikini season” was declared has been kale, and it’s a holiday.
2. When you crop your friend out of the picture because they’re carrying a koozy, wearing flesh tattoos, wearing ironic American flag jorts, or doing some otherwise incriminating thing because you’re protective of your friends.
3. When someone starts talking about how patriotism doesn’t mean blindly accepting every one of America’s moves and you tune it out to stare absently at your sparkler.
4. When your phone sucks and you miss the ultimate opportunity to upload a PERFECT video of exploding fireworks at the ideal time so you consider changing cell services.
5. When someone hands you a thing that wasn’t grilled and you’re like nah.
6. When you’re a few Micheladas deep and you decide that your dreams about a chance encounter with Jason Biggs might interest people.
7. When someone in the squad suggests you all go to a ticketed boat party rave they heard about because it will probably be low-key and you almost consider it.
8. When people say “no bun” with their bean burger and then they later decide they would in fact like a bun and you’re out of them because they sit on a throne of delusions.
9. When a little girl cuts you in line for the ice cream truck.
10. When it’s getting too late in your late 20s, and you want everyone to stop singing the words to “Pony.”
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Bobbi Kristina Brown Update: Photo Of Whitney Houston’s Daughter At Hospice Care Reportedly Emerges

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TMZ reported late Thursday that a photo of Bobbi Kristina Brown in her death bed was being shopped by someone. The 22-year-old daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston is reportedly spending her last days at a hospice care in Georgia where she was moved last week. Getty Images/Vittorio Zunino Celotto
A photo of Bobbi Kristina Brown lying in her bed at the hospice care in Georgia has emerged, TMZ reported late Thursday. The news comes after reports surfaced that the 22-year-old’s family is making preparations for her funeral.
In the photo, a woman -- believed to be a family member, is seen “hovering” over Bobbi Kristina, TMZreported, adding that sources said that the picture was taken by “an extended family member.” The photo is now being allegedly sold to some magazines by an unidentified person. 
Bobbi Kristina’s family is facing a difficult time as hope for the only daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston fades.
The family is in the process of picking out a burial plot in a Westfield, New Jersey cemetery -- the same one where Whitney was buried more than three years ago, a report from Extra claimed. A source had suggested that Bobbi Kristina’s body “could be placed atop Whitney’s coffin,” allowing the two to be “together into eternity.”
Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her Atlanta home on Jan. 31. She was placed in a medically-induced coma and has shown no signs of improvement since. Her family placed her in a hospice care last week after her condition deteriorated despite receiving treatment at several medical facilities.
A criminal investigation into the incident is currently underway while a lawsuit has also been filed against her boyfriend Nick Gordon alleging that he had abused her girlfriend and stolen money from her.
On Wednesday, Bobbi Kristina’s friend Alex Reid revealed that she was upset about her relationship with Gordon.
"She was sobbing. Nick had hit her and she was scared," Reid told E! News while recalling his conversation with Bobbi Kristina. "She was very upset. She didn't know what to do. It was as if, she didn't have anyone else to turn to. It was heartbreaking.

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25 Unmistakable Signs He's in Love With You

25 Unmistakable Signs He's in Love With You
Do you believe him when he says it? (Photo: Arthur Belebeau)
Some signs of true love are subtle. Others? Well, they all but hit you over the head with obviousness. If you’re blissfully happy and searching for signs that your guy is hooked on you too, these 25 signs will make it crystal clear.
1. He actually listens when you give him a 20-minute-long play-by-play of a dramatic situation with your work frenemy.
2. He doesn’t suggest you go brush your teeth before he kisses you good morning.
3. He initiates cuddling that doesn’t lead to sex.
4. He’s introduced you to all his friends—and when you met them, they already knew where you work and that you love Swedish fish.
5. He’s introduced you to his parents (or wants to).
6. He texts you just to say “Good morning” or “I’m thinking about you.”
7. He never misses the chance to tell you “Good night,” even if he’s out with the guys.
8. He’s prone to saying corny, eye-roll-inducing things such as, “You have the most beautiful smile.”
Related: 6 Things Men Never Notice During Sex 
9. He puts you first. Think: accepting the invite to your friend’s engagement party on the night his favorite team is playing—without so much as a mention of it.
10. He’s equal parts proud and ever-so-slightly jealous when another man hits on you.
11. Forget talking about tomorrow, he’ll say things like, “Next summer, we should…” and doesn’t hesitate to put plans on the books for months in advance.
12. He gives you the remote more often than he hogs it.
13. He saves the last bite of any delicious meal just for you.
14. He asks to sign the cards you send to your mother.
15. When you’re in bed with killer cramps, he runs to the drugstore for tampons and painkillers.
16. All it takes is a single smile aimed in his direction, and this man can’t stay mad at you.
17. Whether he’s prepping for a big meeting or simply picking out his tie, he likes to get your opinion.

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Transgender Rights, Bangladesh Style

On March 30, Labannya Hijra became a Bangladeshi hero. Witnessing the murder by Islamist radicals of the secular blogger Oyasiqur Rhaman on a street in Dhaka, she grabbed at the fleeing assailants. Her courageous intervention led to the arrest of two men, who later confessed to the killing.
The most striking part of the story, though, was that Labannya Hijra actually is a hijra, the South Asian term for biological males who identify as women. (Hijras take the group’s name as part of their own; hence Labannya Hijra.) So, as Labannya was lauded for her bravery, she also raised the question of whether members of this transgender community could be treated as active, equal citizens of Bangladesh.
Estimates of the number of hijras range from 10,000 to half a million (out of Bangladesh’s population of about 157 million). In 2013, the government granted “third gender” status to hijras. After Labannya’s heroic act, the government announced plans to recruit hijras as traffic police — a move widely welcomed. And last week, the central bank instructed financial institutions to spend a portion of their corporate social responsibility funds on the transgender community.
It appears that, like Caitlyn Jenner, Labannya has become a symbol of our shifting attitudes to what we regard as normative in the realms of sexuality and identity.
In a number of South Asian countries, hijras are now referred to as members of a third gender. Over the past decade, Nepal, India and Pakistan, as well as Bangladesh, have all granted them legal status. In Bangladesh, this means they may identify their gender as “hijra” in national documents like passports and ID cards.

The concept of a third gender goes back at least as far as the third century A.D., with Hindu, Buddhist and Jain texts all including debates on sexuality and gender definitions. References to a third gender crop up sporadically throughout the historical record, until the 18th century, when colonial laws criminalized all sexual acts between men and cast relationships into a rigidly binary gendered form.
Their “thirdness” alludes simultaneously to the social exclusion hijras still face and to their ability to transcend the traditional binary confines of gender. In ethnographic terms, hijras exemplify the sometimes surprising cultural accommodations made by otherwise traditional societies in South Asia.
If this all sounds very progressive, thirdness must also be seen in the light of what it restricts, as well as what it permits. The hijra community is tightknit and hierarchical, with its own rules of kinship and power. When Labannya made her first public statement, she could only do so with the blessing of her mentor, Sapna Hijra — a figure who is somewhere between a symbolic parent and a spiritual leader in the hijra commune to which Labannya belongs.
It would be almost impossible for someone like Labannya to remain within her village of origin or with her biological family. While the hijra can be “out” in Bangladeshi society, it is only within the confines of a segregated community that is largely defined by poverty, abuse and the sex trade.
Bangladesh’s government has also recently refused to repeal the laws, inherited from our colonial past, that criminalize homosexuality. (Similar laws still stand in India, too.) Apart from the fact that gay men and women who are not transgender are subject to these archaic laws, this means that while hijras are allowed to be members of a third gender, it is illegal for them, too, to have relationships with other members of their sex.
In a progressive parallel universe, hijras could be seen as an authentic South Asian expression of the fluidity of sexuality and gender identity. In this ideal world, they would challenge not only our binary notions of sexuality but also many assumptions about our otherwise rigid-seeming society.
But the Bangladeshi hijra refuses to comfortably fit into this framework, because she is not just defined by her hijra status but by all the cultural, social, political and economic frameworks in which she has to live.
Most likely born a boy (though a small number of hijras may be biologically intersex), she will have chosen, along the way, to identify as a woman. She will almost certainly have been abandoned by, or be estranged from, her family. And she is very likely to be a prostitute or beggar. As a result, she is also very likely to be involved with criminal gangs who control where and how she lives, whom she sleeps with, and whether or not she will ever be able to have children.
In a broader sense, an acceptance of the hijra identity doesn’t preclude rigid notions of masculinity and femininity from dominating in Bangladesh. Men and women are still expected to fit into tightly defined gender categories that determine their access to a host of opportunities, from education to health care. And there is still a deeply embedded and rarely challenged culture of homophobia across the social spectrum.
It is important to bear all of this in mind when we think about Labannya and other members of the hijra community. We may celebrate her new status as a full-fledged citizen of Bangladesh, and we must hope that her visibility as the defender of Mr. Rhaman — and perhaps soon as an official member of the traffic police — will alter her status. But it would be premature, to say the least, to pronounce the troubles of the hijras over.
Labannya might remind us again, here, of America’s Ms. Jenner. As we celebrate one exceptional individual, we must also press harder for the social and legal transformations that would grant broader rights for the whole panoply of sexual and gender identities: gay, hetero, trans, cis, “third” or otherwise.

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Miley Cyrus Makes Out With Victoria's Secret Model Stella Maxwell and It's Pretty Intense

Miley Cyrus obviously isn't shy about packing on the PDA with her new love, Victoria's Secret model Stella Maxwell!
The 22-year-old "Wrecking Ball" singer and the 24-year-old stunner have been showing off their relationship on social media for the past few months, but the pair took it to the next level on Tuesday, when they were spotted getting hot and heavy on the Hollywood set of an upcoming music video.
Wearing a sparkly gold minidress and over-the-knee black boots, Miley embraced Stella while making out, and at one point, it appears her hand wanders down Stella's pants.
WATCH: Meet Miley Cyrus' New Love, Stella Maxwell
Miley Cyrus Makes Out With Victoria's Secret Model Stella Maxwell and It's Pretty Intense
Stella, who originally hails from New Zealand, recently told Vmagazine that the two met through Miley's close friend/assistant Cheyne Thomas, and have been hanging out since March. Miley split with her ex, Patrick Schwarzenegger, in April.

Miley revealed she told her mother, Tish Cyrus, that she started having romantic feelings towards women at 14 years old in a candid interview with Paper magazine last month.

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Little Girl Behind Viral Breakup 'Ding Ding Ding' Text Just as Sassy as You'd Expect

Little Girl Behind Viral Breakup 'Ding Ding Ding' Text Just as Sassy as You'd Expect

Meet Katie Nickens, the sassiest 11-year-old in the Southwest, whose hilarious breakup texts with her now ex-boyfriend Joey have been seen around the world after her older sister tweeted screenshots of the amusing conversation.
“It was crazy. I got like 1,000 followers overnight when I woke up,” Madi Nickens, 17, told ABC News of the shocking response online.
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Katie’s “quick-witted,” as her mother describes her, response to catching Joey at the park with another girl named Natalie is one of the funniest things to hit the Internet this summer.
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“Ding ding ding!,” Katie texted Joey in what would become of the best breakup burns ever. “Oh what was that, oh yeah the elevator, cause your not on my level!!!”
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And with that, Katie became a rock star. Her sister’s tweet with the caption “HAHAHAHAH oh my god my sisters ‘official break up’ with her bf” has been retweeted 15,000 times and favorited 22,000 times since she posted it on June 29.
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“When I first found out, Madi came into my room and she was like, ‘you’re famous,’ and I was so confused,” Katie, of Plano, Texas, recalled. “I was mad for a little bit but then I saw how many retweets and favorites it had and then I was like, ‘Wowwww.’”
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And Katie is sticking to her guns about the breakup, encouraging other girls to be strong enough to do the same.
“You can stand up to boys,” she explained. “Just speak your mind.”
Apparently Joey never responded to the now famous elevator line, but Katie says she's perfectly fine with that.
“It feels pretty good,” she said. “He had nothing to come back with.”
Katie’s mom, Tammy Nickens, says her feisty daughter doesn’t fall too far from the tree.
“Yes, we do have a quick witted one. She gets that from her dad,” Tammy quipped, adding however, “She did get in a bit of trouble with some of the language (Screw You).”
Their mom isn’t thrilled with this entire situation, but nonetheless, “It has been a great lesson for my girls to see though just how fast something can go viral, and how far it could go,” she said. “Who would have ever thought that this would be nationwide - much less worldwide.”
And just for the record, Katie says she and Natalie are now good friends.

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