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Halle Berry Walks Us Through Her History-Making Iconic Outfits For VOGUE’s “Life In Looks”

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Halle Berry Walks Us Through Her History-Making Iconic Outfits For VOGUE’s “Life In Looks”

Did you know Halle Berry won Miss Ohio and Miss Teen America and Miss USA pageants wearing her prom dress?

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Halle Berry is the latest celebrity to take a walk down memory lane for VOGUE Magazine’s “Life In Looks” video series. In the 11-minute clip, Halle talks about 12 looks via photos prepared by VOGUE. Some are historic moments, like her 2002 Academy Awards win for ‘Monster’s Ball,’ which she reveals she believes was intended to be a full circle moment for Dorothy Dandridge, who was previously nominated for an Oscar but didn’t win during her lifetime. Berry also shares that she believes she and Dandridge were deeply connected, and that she felt that when she tried on one of Dandridge’s dresses and a pair of her shoes and discovered neither needed alterations and actually fit her perfectly.

Halle also discussed covering her body in talcum powder to wear the bright orange latex outfit from her film ‘B.A.P.S’ and described how she initially cut her hair off to set herself apart from other Black actresses in the 90’s because she felt that casting directors were really just selecting actresses at random from a pool of options that was nearly identical.

We also loved her memories about becoming a Bond girl and appearing on the cover of VOGUE for the first time.

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We honestly learned SO much! What did you think of Halle’s “Life In Looks?” Which look was your favorite?

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‘Yellowjackets’ Season 2: Everything We Know So Far

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‘Yellowjackets’ is the new show everyone is obsessing over. The Showtime series will be back for season 2. From the cast to the plot to who could play adult Lottie, here are all the latest updates.

Our world revolves around Yellowjackets now. We don’t make the rules. The Showtime drama series has become an overnight sensation, and after that epic finale, fans are anxious for season 2.

Although there are a number of mysteries within the show — including what really happened out there in the wilderness — there’s a lot we already know about the highly-anticipated second season. Thankfully, we won’t have to wait too long for more. HollywoodLife has rounded up all the key updates about Yellowjackets season 2.

Christina Ricci, Juliette Lewis, Tawny Cypress, and Melanie Lynskey of ‘Yellowjackets.’ (Showtime)

Will There Be A ‘Yellowjackets’ Season 2?

Yes, Yellowjackets will return for season 2. Showtime renewed the series in December 2021, while the show was in the midst of its first season. Yellowjackets was already critically acclaimed with a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes, and its audience continued to grow. The show became Showtime’s second-most streamed series in the network’s history.

Yellowjackets has been an unadulterated sensation for Showtime,” Gary Levine, president of entertainment for Showtime Networks, said in a statement. “We are overwhelmed by both the acclaim and the audience response to our series, including several ‘Best of 2021’ lists, a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes, and snowballing viewership. Clearly, there is a hunger for originality and audacity, and our incredible showrunners Ashley, Bart, and Jonathan, along with their pitch-perfect cast, have delivered that and so much more. I can’t wait to see the surprises they have in store for us in season two.”

Showrunners Jonathan Lisco, Ashley Lyle, and Bart Nickerson also released a statement about season 2: “We are beyond grateful for the incredible support we’ve received for this show — both from Gary Levine, Jana Winograde, David Nevins, Amy Israel, Dave Binegar, and the rest of the fantastic Showtime team, and from our growing team of ‘Citizen Detectives’ at home. We can’t wait to continue telling this story with our amazing cast and crew. The saga continues!”

‘Yellowjackets’ Season 2 Release Date

Yellowjackets doesn’t have a set-in-stone release date at the moment, but Levine told Vulture that Showtime is “working towards a premiere at the end of 2022. He hopes that Yellowjackets will stay on an “annual cycle. I think our audiences deserve that, and I also think that when you have a show that has this kind of a momentum, you don’t want to let it dissolve.”

Season 2 filming has not started yet. When HollywoodLife spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Samantha Hanratty, who plays teen Misty, she did not know when production would begin. “I literally have not heard from anybody…  I am so out of the loop right now, and I’m really hoping to get into the loop because I want to know everything. I don’t think anybody has really heard anything yet. I really would love to know when we start filming and where we start filming. If we’re going to move up our lives, I want to know where we’re going. Are we going back to Canada? I don’t know. So I want to know as much as everybody else does. I think I know very little to none though, about this upcoming season. I know a little bit about where Misty is kind of heading, which is cool because I needed to know that for where her mindset was. I’m like, ‘Does she believe in this supernatural stuff going on or not?” And I got a more of an elaborate answer than I was expecting, so I was pretty excited about that.”

What Happened In Season 1

Yellowjackets follows a high school soccer team on their way to the 1996 national championships. Their plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness, and the surviving members are left stranded. Many passengers, including the team’s head coach, die in the crash. Ben, the assistant coach, has his leg partially amputated by Misty after a piece of the plane lands on top of him.

The survivors begin their fight to stay alive and have no idea that Misty destroyed the black box that could have helped the outside world locate them. They stumble upon a cabin and an abandoned plane in the middle of the woods. There’s also a strange symbol that begins to show up. Roles are established amongst the group, with Natalie and Travis becoming hunters because they know how to use a rifle. Laura Lee believes she can fly the plane after studying the manual, but she dies a fiery death when the plane explodes in mid-air.

 

Taissa decides to make a go of trying to find help. She brings along a few members of the crew, including her girlfriend Van. Van is brutally attacked by a wolf but manages to survive after some gnarly stitches. Lottie’s authority amongst the group begins to rise as she feels there’s a dark energy in the woods. Shauna discovers she’s pregnant with Jeff’s baby, and Jackie discovers the shocking news after reading Shauna’s journals.

The penultimate episode is a trip — literally — after the group is accidentally poisoned with mushrooms Misty meant to use on Coach Ben. Travis and Jackie have sex before Shauna, Lottie, and others attack Travis and nearly kill him. Natalie stops Shauna before she slits Travis’ throat. The finale ends with Jackie’s death. Jackie and Shauna got into a fight the night before, and Jackie decides to sleep outside. The next morning, Shauna sees that it snowed and realizes Jackie fell asleep and died out there. While still searching for Javi, who ran off, Travis tells Natalie that he loves her.

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Ella Purnell as Jackie. (Showtime)

In the present day, the survivors are still trying to grapple with what happened 25 years before. Natalie is fresh out of rehab, while Taissa is running for state senate. Shauna is married to Jeff and has a teenage daughter. Misty works at a nursing home.

Natalie, Taissa, Shauna, and Misty receive a postcard with the wilderness symbol on it. When Natalie and Misty go searching for Travis, they discover him dead in a barn. While it appears he killed himself, Natalie is convinced he was murdered. Shauna begins an affair with a younger man, but she ends up killing him when she believes he is blackmailing her. Turns out, her own husband was blackmailing her and others to help save his business.

The final moments of the finale feature Natalie being kidnapped by a group wearing necklaces that feature the symbol from the wilderness. The woman she asked to find out who emptied Travis’ bank account calls and leaves a message asking who Lottie Matthews is. Taissa wins the state senate race as her wife Simone discovers Taissa’s secret shrine that includes the head and heart of the family dog that went missing.

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Some of the survivors with the Antler Queen in the flash-forward scene. (Showtime)

In the very first episode of the series, there is a flash-forward to the middle of winter while the team is still stuck in the woods. A young woman dies after falling into a trap and is later sliced open. The next scene shows survivors eating what appears to be the woman. There is an “Antler Queen” surrounded by 6 others. The only person’s face we’ve seen is Misty’s so far.

‘Yellowjackets’ Cast & Crew

The entire cast is expected to return for season 2 of Yellowjackets. The adult cast includes Melanie Lynskey as Shauna, Tawny Cypress as Taissa, Juliette Lewis as Natalie, Christina Ricci as Misty, and Warren Kole as Jeff.

The teenage cast features Sophie Nélisse as Shauna, Jasmin Savoy Brown as Taissa, Sophie Thatcher as Natalie, Samantha Hanratty as Samantha, Liv Hewson as Van, Courtney Eaton as Lottie, Steven Krueger as Ben, Kevin Alves as Travis, Keeya King as Akilah, and Alexa Barajas as Mari.

Since Jackie dies in the finale, Ella Purnell is not expected to return as a series regular. Nélisse told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY that Jackie was “only supposed to be in the first season.” However, Nickerson revealed to TVLine that Jackie will likely be seen again in the future.

“We definitely have an idea for a way to continue to use her, and she’ll certainly be a presence, probably throughout the run of the show at least,” he said. “The gravity of her character will be felt throughout the constellation, no matter what. And we would love to specifically use her for a few things that we have cooking.”

‘Yellowjackets’ Season 2 Plot

The first season ended with winter arriving, so the stakes will only get higher. Nickerson revealed to THR that the show was pitched as a “five-season idea.”

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Kevin Alves and Sophie Thatcher as Travis and Natalie. (Showtime)

Lyle also noted in an interview with ELLE that the showrunners have an “endpoint” for the series. “We know what we want to be building toward. As writers, we have to be flexible, especially now that we have this incredible writing staff and you have all these beautiful brains coming together to think about the paces that we can put these characters through. But we do have an endpoint, and we have tent poles along the way of things we know we want to happen. To some extent, the question is just, if we have an idea of how we get there, can we find a better idea?” Following the finale, the showrunners teased to Variety that “we haven’t met all the survivors yet in 2021.”

Nélisse revealed that she thinks Shauna will be wrecked over Jackie’s death moving forward. “I think she’s going to have a really hard time afterward because even though things were going sour with Jackie, I don’t think they’ve even ever really had such a big fight before,” she told HollywoodLife. “So for it leading to her death, I think she’s just going to put all of the pressure on her shoulders. She’s going to be even slightly traumatized probably afterward. We’ll see in season 2 what they write, but I feel like she might even go numb and just go into full-on survival mode and just be emotionless for a while.”

Who Will Play Adult Lottie?

Adult Lottie will be seen in season 2, that is for certain. Fans have tossed out names like Maggie Q, Sandrine Holt, Morena Baccarin, and Olivia Munn as possible candidates. The showrunners confirmed that they already have ideas about who could play the older version of Lottie.

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Courtney Eaton as teen Lottie. (Showtime)

“I can’t really reveal who they are, but yes, we’ve had some really fun, vivid discussions about who could play adult Lottie. I can’t really tell you much more about Lottie in 2021, because I feel like that might kind of spoil the story that we’re marinating on,” they told Variety.

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Kindness Counts: Kevin Gates Reveals He Was Ready To Take His Own Life Before A Fan Stopped Him ‘You All We Got’

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Kindness Counts: Kevin Gates Reveals He Was Ready To Take His Own Life Before A Fan Stopped Him ‘You All We Got’

Kevin Gates reveals he was suicidal during the pandemic and actually made the decision to take his own life but on the way to end it all, a chance encounter changed his mind.

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The Big Facts Podcast with DJ Scream, Big Bank, and Baby Jade has crept up to become one of the premiere podcasts out right now. Every interview is raw and uncut and sometimes, it’s “too real” for the popular public.

The guests that go on their show always feel comfortable as they are having a conversation with hosts that understand them in a way no other media platform or personalities will, especially their Southern guests.

In their latest episode, Kevin Gates opened up about mental health in a way that was so real and so raw it will help more people than he will ever know. Kevin revealed on the podcast he made the decision to end his life, but before doing so, he went to the gym where a chance encounter with a fan changed his mind.

“December 10th through the 12th was the hardest for me [last] year,” said Gates. “See, I don’t do the, ‘Man, I’m bout to kill myself!’ I don’t want no attention. I don’t do no horse-playing, that’s horse-playing. I was gon’ – you know, the way of the samurai. Just smash myself because I was to the point I ain’t wanna live no more.”

According to the rapper, he was unhappy and felt as though he was only being “tolerated” and not “celebrated” as a provider.

 

“I had a raw letter that I wrote about everything,” Gates continued while discussing writing a letter to do his daughter about his suicidal thoughts. “I was just saying, I don’t regret nobody I ever stepped on. If I did, your momma ain’t raise you right. I wrote about how I’ve been in love before and had my heart broken. How the first woman to ever break my heart was my mother, and the only woman to ever love me was my grandmother.

 

Things took a turn for Gates however during a chance encounter at his gym.

After I did that, I went in the gym, worked out, took a shower, put all my jewellery on. I looked at myself in the mirror and said, ‘It’s time to stand on that business. Ain’t no more talking.’ So I was like, ‘Yeah, let’s go get it done.’”

 

“White boy walked up on me, kinda big, I see him in there a lot. He said, ‘Can I approach you?’ He like, ‘Man, your music the only thing that make this crazy world make sense.’ I was like, ‘Man, the world’s a cruel place. Trust me, I know.’ He was like, ‘Man, I was worried about you because you had disconnected your Instagram and your Twitter. The world needs you because your music done kept me from committing suicide so many times.’

I say, ‘Listen, I swear to God, right now I’m bout to go push my s**t off. You the only one I’m telling.’ You know what that dude do? He cried and he grabbed me and he said, ‘If you do that, so many people gonna take their own life ’cause you all we got.’ This shows you how God works through people. I said, ‘You know what? I guess I’ll stick around a while.’”

As he said in the interview, it is wild how God will use other people to reach you and show you what you might not be able to see on your own. Hopefully, Kevin and the fan were able to get a workout in after that encounter.

We are all thankful that the fan was there that day to change his mind and keep him with us.

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The case for an inquiry into Canada’s treatment of First Nations children

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People contribute to a hand painting during the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Ottawa on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Cindy Blackstock: ‘Canada continues to treat First Nations people as if they are not worth the money by providing deficient public services on reserves and choosing to not implement solutions’

Cindy Blackstock, a member of the Gitxsan First Nation, is the executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and a professor at McGill University.

I really don’t like inquiries. They often amount to a lot of political show and not much action. But today I am making an exception—mostly out of profound desperation. We need a public inquiry into the departments of Justice and Indigenous Services Canada to stop their repeated abuses against First Nations children. In the wake of residential schools and tearful apologies from federal politicians and officials, Canada continues to treat First Nations people as if they are not worth the money by providing deficient public services on reserves and choosing to not implement solutions. The ongoing choices made by these two departments—and collateral departments, to ignore solutions to properly fix its inequitable First Nations public services and other injustices is literally costing the Canadian public tens of billions of dollars and costing First Nations children their childhoods and, in some cases, their lives.

Just earlier this month, three First Nations children died in a house fire at Sandy Lake First Nation. Community officials connect the deaths to woefully insufficient fire and emergency services, saying that “a lack of adequate water lines and infrastructure prevented the use of fire hydrants” to put out the fire. The lack of adequate resources and infrastructure on First Nations reserves is not news to Canada; the federal government has known about this problem for years and chose not to fix it. When stories of the injustices hit the media, Canada does sometimes act, but often in just a perfunctory way to defuse public pressure. Consider a recent Department of Justice’s news conference announcing $332,270 to support the families of over 4,000 murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls. That is about 83 cents per victim.

RELATED: Cindy Blackstock: A relentless champion for Indigenous children’s rights

The cost of this chronic negligence came into stark relief this past month when the government finally admitted that its ongoing discrimination towards First Nations children required $40 billion to compensate victims and fix inequalities in federally funded First Nations child welfare services. This federal announcement was not voluntary. It came after 15 years of litigation by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations, over 30 government losses in Canadian courts and significant public pressure. All of this was necessary to fix a problem that would have only cost hundreds of millions to fix back in 2000 when the federal government agreed its under-funding of First Nations child welfare was driving more First Nations children into child welfare than during residential schools. Instead of fixing the problem then, even though it had a surplus budget, the government chose to kick the problem downstream, and now the receipts have come due, and Canada has to pay. But First Nations children have already paid with their childhoods.

Half of the $40 billion will compensate First Nations children and families victimized by Canada’s apartheid public services; many of them are still children. Nearly 60,000 First Nations children (that is more than the populations of New Westminster, B.C., or Fredericton, N.B.) were removed from their homes since 2006 because Canada’s deficient public services denied families the chance to recover from the multi-generational harms of residential schools. Other children were denied public services because they were First Nations. Undisputed evidence shows that the government denied a four-year-old girl in palliative care respiratory equipment, capped the number of catheters and feeding tubes, and denied basic educational and respite supports for special needs children.

Even after Canada was ordered to cease its discriminatory conduct in 2016, it continued its wrongdoing. Over 20 non-compliance and procedural orders were required to get to the $40-billion announcement. During this time, First Nations children continued to go into foster care at record rates because service providers did not have the funding needed to keep families together, and at least three children died because Ottawa defied legal orders and failed to provide mental health supports.

This whole matter of the government’s choice to not do better for First Nations children when it knows better needs to be “ventilated” in a public inquiry. That is what Peter Henderson Bryce, Canada’s health inspector for the Indian Department, called for in his 1922 booklet called A National Crime. It was part of his repeated attempts to save the lives of “Indian” children in residential schools who were dying at a rate of 25 per cent per year from tuberculosis fuelled by Ottawa’s unequal health care funding for “Indians” and terrible health practices in the institutions, which he first reported on in 1907. Canadian media covering the story in 1907 characterized the government’s behaviour as “Absolute Inattention to the Bare Necessities of Health” and reported that “Indians are dying like flies.” In 1908, lawyer Samuel Hume Blake famously noted that, “[i]n doing nothing to obviate the preventable causes of death,” the Indian Department brings itself “within unpleasant nearness to the charge of manslaughter.”

When the images of the unmarked graves ignited a public outcry this past summer, I found myself wondering: how many of those children would have been saved had Canada listened to the people of that period? And how many children could be saved if Canada stopped fighting First Nations children in court and complied with the legal orders to stop its discriminatory conduct now?

Political claims that Canada has “done more than any other government,” is “making good first steps and is committed to reconciliation” are an affront to the suffering of First Nations children and families who continue to be treated as if they are not worth the money.

Once implemented, the $40 billion in support will help families, but it will not end all the inequalities in public services on reserves. To ensure Canada ends its repeated offences against First Nations children, we need a public inquiry into Canada’s continued failure to provide equitable infrastructure and services, and we need a public and comprehensive plan to fix the discrimination across the board. As Sandy Lake First Nations Chief Delores Kakegamic asserted after the tragedy in her community earlier this month: “We should have the same level of support as anyone else in Canada. Lives are at stake.”

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