August 5, 2020

Sometimes, when a couple finally gets together you say to yourself “yes!”  That’s how I’ve always felt about Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriquez, and that was definitely my reaction when I read that the bawdy Girls Trip Star, 40, was now officially dating Common, 48.

It turns out they actually met through the dating app Bumble where they were paired up to advertise the site, so they appear in a bunch of cute dating ads together. They were also snapped at a Black Lives Matter protest rally in Los Angeles with Megan Thee Stallion.

Haddish made th...

August 4, 2020

Yes, you read that right.

According to a recent article in Gizmodo, vibrator apps on cell phones are being used to almost excess to get people off (and not off the phone).

The articles states that per Apptopia, since March, the month when the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic started locking the world down, the top 10 vibrator apps worldwide have averaged 1.1 million monthly new downloads globally on iOS and Android. In July, these apps saw at least 1.6 million downloads. A 171% increase over the previous five months, which recorded an average of 4...

July 31, 2020

I vaguely remember that Mattel released a Barbie for President when I was a young mom (Barbie’s first presidential run was in 1992, after Geraldine Ferraro ran for VP in 1984). I really wasn’t aware that since then, the toy company had tried to make politics playful for young girls with additional Barbies running for president in 2000, 2004 and 2008.  

This year they have gone beyond Barbie as a presidential candidate.  In 2020 in addition to running for office, various Barbies run the campaign, raise funds and just plain vote.  I find...

July 29, 2020

Image taken from Martha Stewart's Instagram

This story goes under the strange pandemic bedfellows category.

After 78 year-old Martha Stewart posted a sexy selfie in her pool that went viral (and she did look hot), former late night host and author Chelsea Handler responded with her own poolside selfie as an homage to Stewart, which she captioned, "I’m here to take @marthastewart48’s swimming lesson.” She added, "If I look this good at 78 I better still have a pool to show myself off in."

Martha quickly responded with, "Dear Chelsea, I’m so hap...

July 25, 2020

Images taken from New York Times

I saw an article about Susie Bright on my twitter feed with a NYTimes.com link and I thought that they had interviewed her. So you can imagine my surprise, and glee, when I read that Susie, 62, and Jon Bailiff, 61, had quietly tied the knot on July 14th (Bastille Day) after 32 years of togetherness.

I had been reading Susie since I was in my 20s when she was one of the founders of On Our Backs, a lesbian feminist radical magazine that was one of the first sex positive places anywhere in the feminist movement....

July 24, 2020

In a surprise move, Crown Media, which owns the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Cards, announced that veteran media maven Wonya Lucas will be the new CEO and President of its Hallmark Networks division.

This has been a year of flux for the media company that is known for its mainly white romance movies set in suburban America (but filmed in Canada).  The channel received a lot of flak for its initial rejection of a Zola ad featuring a lesbian couple, as well as its Hanukah movies last year that were essentially Christmas movies with Jewish foo...

July 23, 2020

Depending on your age, you probably remember when Video Killed the Radio Star. Now, in the age of online streaming, is history repeating itself? You might think that the most popular songs on the radio match the most popular songs streamed on Spotify. Alas, between July 16 and July 17, not a single tune appeared in the Top 10 of both.  Moreover, just 13 of the Top 50 songs streamed on Spotify July 17 made the radio’s Top 50 list on July 16.  According to Topdata.com, in the past, on average, the songs that appear on the radio's top 50 list...

July 20, 2020

To mark International Non-Binary People’s day on July 14th, the state of Maine started issuing birth certificates with non-binary gender markers.  People in Maine can now get a birth certificate issued with an “X” instead of an “M” or “F” as their gender.

In addition to parents choosing to declare newborns non-binary, adults and emancipated minors can apply for a non-binary marker on their birth certificate by submitting an application and “an individual notarized affirmation that the change is made to align the record with their gender iden...

July 19, 2020

Images taken from website here

Who amongst us hasn’t fantasied about owning a spectacular mansion in Scotland that looks like a castle?  Or at least having a holiday in one? Well, here’s the story of a mansion that was auctioned off Scotland, and the bid for it started at $1.

The mansion--called The Elms–in Arbroath, Scotland is a two-story French gothic building that needs a lot of work, but is awesome. According to the listing by in the National Property Auctions, it’s a “fantastic opportunity for a builder/developer to purchase,” because i...

July 18, 2020

No, that is not the title a new romance novel, but I think it should be.

Princess Beatrice, daughter of Prince Andrew and Fergie, decided to buck tradition and marry her hot Italian millionaire fiancé in All Saints Chapel on Friday morning.  People Magazine commented that she really wanted her grandmother, the Queen of England, to be there, and Queen Elizabeth was getting ready to head out to her summer home.

But some of us think that she was also concerned that her father may not be able to walk her down the aisle in a few months, if Ghislai...

July 17, 2020

To pick us up from our Coronavirus doldrums, the Hallmark Channel announced that they would be featuring 40 new Christmas movies this season.  Although they have repeatedly expressed a desire to be more diverse (there were two movies featuring nonwhite characters and two “Hanukah” movies last year), fans and foes of the channel have expressed dismay that there doesn’t yet appear to be a movie featuring an LGBTQ couple in the mix.

George Zaralidis, vice president of network program publicity at Crown Media Family Networks, which owns the Hall...

July 14, 2020

Image taken from The Independent UK

I love stories like this, and I am sure they used to happen a lot more often when we all lived in small towns and everyone knew everyone. But they are rare today.

According to a report in The Independent UK newspaper, James Barsby and Amy Gaffney were born five and a half hours apart at Queen’s Park Hospital, Blackburn in Lancashire in 1995.

The couple, both of whom are twins, grew up in Clitheroe and attended the same school together too growing up. They were distant acquaintances until they were 10, when t...

July 10, 2020

Palm Springs, the new Andy Samberg movie that was just released today on Hulu (but I was lucky enough to see it in a drive-in yesterday night!) is the metaphor we need right now, but didn’t even know it.

This is a rom-com about a pair of less-than-desirable paramours who are stuck in an infinite time loop that resets whenever they fall asleep (or die) and brings them back to the morning of a wedding in the desert of Palm Springs. It is invariably compared to Groundhog Day, the Bill Murray/Remis masterpiece that we all have watched every year...

July 6, 2020

image taken from Danielle Shoffman on Facebook 

I never played wedding with my Barbies when I was a kid (my Barbie was a spy torturing GI Joe), but if I did the possibility of two decked out brides would have entertained me for hours.

Well, during this time of endless lockdown, two little girls arranged an elaborate wedding for the Barbie dolls, and their special media savvy Mom, Danielle Shoffman, did a photoshoot which she shared with the world.

The girls created an entire wedding story with hair and make up prep shots, dress fittings and ev...

July 4, 2020

It’s a weird Fourth of July this year. For most of us, there are no gatherings, no BBQ’s, not even fireworks. Disney Plus has given us the gift of Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton to remind us of what we once were only a few years ago.

But there’s another film we should also be watching. Magnolia Pictures released the documentary on the life of Rep. John Lewis, Good Trouble, on July 3rd, and it’s riveting in a low key way that I didn’t expect. In case you were unaware, John Lewis is the 80 year-old Congressman from Georgia who is the only survi...

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