T Lo’s Weekend Pop Culture Homework

Posted on April 27, 2018

Kittens, we’re pretty wiped out, but before we dash off to a weekend of debauchery and shocking behavior, here are some tidbits of pop culture in order to keep you plugged into the scene until we can rouse ourselves back to work on Monday. Enjoy!


“Monáe’s family members all share different versions of the same story: She was born to be a star, and she made that clear as soon as she gained motor skills. There was that time she got escorted out of church for insisting on singing Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” in the middle of the service.”

Janelle Monáe Frees Herself by Brittany Spanos for Rolling Stone


“I’d just like to remind everybody that there is no catfight. I have never uttered an unkind, unsupportive, unfriendly word, so I would love to redefine it. I also want to remind everybody that there were four women on the set and I spent equal time with all of them, so this was not a set with two women who didn’t get along. I’ve always held Kim’s work in high regard and always appreciative of her contributions. If she chooses not to do the third movie, there’s not a lot I can do to change her mind and we must respect it. That’s the only thing I’ve ever said about it, you know?”

Sarah Jessica Parker on Sex and the City Friendships: ‘There Is No Catfight, There’s Never Been a Catfight’ by Hunter Harris at Vulture


“Inside were 2,924 color slides, pictures made in parks across New York City’s five boroughs late in the summer of 1978. No one had looked at them for 40 years.”

Scenes Unseen: The Summer of ’78 by Jim Dwyer at the New York Times


“He was a master musician, intelligent and resourceful, honored in all echelons of the jazz world, whether cabaret, bebop or avant-garde. Yet Dorough, especially late in life, knew what really rang bells with the people who attended his live gigs, and he never failed to give them a taste from the “Schoolhouse Rock” songbook.”

‘Schoolhouse Rock”s Bob Dorough was even cooler than you think by Gene Seymour at CNN


ABBA said “it was like time had stood still and that we had only been away on a short holiday. An extremely joyous experience!”

“I Still Have Faith In You” is due to be performed by the group’s holograms in a December TV special broadcast by the BBC and NBC. There was no word on when the second track will be released.

ABBA Reunites, Records First New Music in 35 Years at The Hollywood Reporter


Over the past 50 years, Susan Seaforth Hayes and Bill Hayes have seen their Days of Our Lives characters, Julie and Doug, get married, divorced, married again, divorced again and married again. But in real life, the couple, who met on the NBC soap, have been steadfast in their relationship (they wed in 1974) and in their careers, still working on the show (which pulls in 2.3 million viewers).

‘Days of Our Lives’ Super Couple Reflect on 50 Years of Soap Stardom by Rebecca Ford at The Hollywood Reporter


“One assault is enough to derail a victim’s career, to destroy a life, even. But to do the reverse — to hold an assailant accountable — it appears that one is never enough. One is just the beginning. It takes one after another after another, risking and hoping and usually failing, passing the fight from one to the next like some kind of burning baton.”

The triumphant sisterhood of the Cosby survivors by Jessica Goldstein at ThinkProgress


“I think where we’re in a moment in time where we realized that there are a lot of secrets in [the entertainment] industry and it is our obligation to look really closely at all these circumstances, understand them, and be really intolerant of exploitation.”

What happened to Allison Mack? by Sandra Gonzalez at CNN


And finally, the Royal baby has a name, but it’s not “Barack Odinson,” as we’d hoped:

[Photo Credit: Matt Jones/Rolling Stone Magazine]

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