T LOunge for March 15th, 2021

Posted on March 15, 2021

The Prospect Hollywood Bar and Lounge – Los Angeles, USA


Wakey-wakey, kittens! Today’s LOunge is bold, bright, sunny and totally L.A., in celebration of last night’s successfully pulled-off Grammy Awards and this morning’s impending Oscar nominations. As you might imagine, that combination of events is keeping your manly hosts rather frantic this morning, although we are once again grateful to the content gods for their blessings.

Today is MONDAY. All damn day.

As we said, we’re off to rustle up some wild content and tame it for you, but until then, please avail yourself of our Buffet of Distractions, including the piece we stayed up late to write for Cosmopolitan. The coffee’s kicking in now, so we’ll be off. Chat amongst thyselves!


The 18 Best- and Worst-Dressed Celebs at the 2021 Grammys
Tom + Lorenzo spill the tea. Find out who rocked the red carpet—and who didn’t.

“Some were chic, some were tacky, some were incomprehensible, and some were just plain not-good, darlings. It has to be said,” writes Tom and Lorenzo.


The Incredible, Indelible Legacy of Sylvia Hunt
Despite decades of success, Hunt has become one of the Caribbean’s cultural hidden figures, a multitalented pioneer who deserves far more recognition.

In my homeland from 1962 until 1991, there was only one channel available: TTT, or Trinidad and Tobago Television. There was no flipping around to choose what to watch, and everyone watched the same things, unless you were rich enough to have a satellite dish. The television superstars of my childhood were of local origin, with foreign programs (mostly reruns) interspersed between.
Most shows were made by Trinis for Trinis. In the 1980s, Hazel Ward-Redman hosted Twelve and Under and another program called Teen Talent, where contestants competed for a trip to Disneyland in Orlando, Florida. On Scouting for Talent, Holly Betaudier showcased the singing and dancing skills of courageous locals. “Uncle” Ian Ali hosted Rikki Tikki, a weekday program for children. And on Monday afternoons before the nightly news, there was At Home with Sylvia Hunt, a cooking show that celebrated local cuisine.


Queen Elizabeth II Shares a Sweet Throwback Photo for Mother’s Day in the U.K.
The beautiful picture of the queen and her mother was taken in 1940.

March 14 is Mother’s Day in the United Kingdom, and the royal family has been marking the occasion with some adorable Instagram posts.
Kate Middleton and Prince William shared that their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, all made Mother’s Day cards for their late grandmother, Princess Diana. Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II shared an adorable throwback photo taken with her mom, the Queen Mother.
The caption said, “To all Mums everywhere, we wish you a very special Mother’s Day. #MotheringSunday.” The photo was taken in April 1940 at the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park.


Artist Hunt Slonem Brings a Vibrant Menagerie of Birds and Bunnies to Bergdorf Goodman
Just in time for Easter, the iconic painter launches a new Hop Up Shop.

Slonem created a line of luxe accessories and home decor—everything from napkins and trinket boxes to bedsheets, cereal bowls, and throw pillows—featuring his signature rabbits, birds, and butterflies (and the occasional portrait of Abraham Lincoln). And for those who have always coveted a Hunt Slonem original but couldn’t afford the price tag, each piece costs much less than a painting.
Just in time for Easter, Slonem’s bunny-filled “Hop Up Shop” opens at Bergdorf Goodman in the 7th floor Loft space and on BG.com as well as in specialty stores and galleries throughout the country. Here, the artist speaks a bit about the collection, but also his love of nature, how the pandemic has impacted his painting process, and why he finds Queen Elizabeth so fascinating.


Clint Ramos is the Man Behind the Most Talked About Set on Broadway
The designer is nominated for two Tony Awards for his work on Slave Play and The Rose Tattoo.

You have seen Clint Ramos’s work. You may have even spotted yourself in it. Ramos, Tony winner, and this season a double Tony nominee, created the set for Jeremy O. Harris’s Slave Play, the much talked about and dissected mirrors, the Rihanna lyrics manifested on stage, all of it. He also designed the costumes for the revival of The Rose Tattoo starring Marisa Tomei, a wardrobe that allowed her character’s immigrant status to be highlighted in a way it never had before. He also teachers theater and costume design at Fordham College, and is a lover of theater and a champion of a new and better Broadway. Is this the ultimate example of creative multitasking? Possibly. But for Ramos, all his work—the set design, the costumes, the teaching, the activism—fuels one unified purpose. To tell the stories, all of them.


Princess Charlotte, Prince George, and Prince Louis Make Cards for Princess Diana
The Cambridge kids are celebrating Mother’s Day by remembering their late grandmother.

“Dear Granny Diana,” wrote Prince George. “Happy happy mothers day. I love you very much and think of you always, sending lots of love from George xxxxx.”
Princess Charlotte’s letter featured a rainbow colored heart and stickers of flowers, butterflies, and a dancing mouse. “Dear Granny Diana,” she wrote. “I am thinking of you on Mother’s Day. I love you very much. Papa is missing you. Lots of Love Charlotte xxxxxxxxx”
Prince Louis’s card featured a heart and stickers of a rabbit and frog, birds, and several bugs.


The Charming Billie Eilish
In the last year, Billie Eilish scored five Grammys, went multiplatinum eight times, released the new Bond theme, and had to cancel a world tour. Then, she turned 19.

The muchness of Eilish’s online presence is overwhelming and kaleidoscopic, her own posts and performances spawning fan accounts and compilation videos and ecstatic reaction videos and memes, so many memes, refractions of Billie Eilish ad infinitum. There is the Baader-Meinhof effect too; once you are aware of Eilish, she really is everywhere. She’s trending on Twitter, her emotive face shows up in a group text, her beautiful voice Dopplers out of a passing car. In the four short years since she signed with Darkroom\u002FInterscope Records, she has risen to mind-boggling stardom: Her 49-show Where Do We Go? arena tour, which had just kicked off in March and would have run through September had it not been for the pandemic, sold out days after tickets went on sale. In October, when we first speak, her music video for the deliciously delinquent pop-trap tune “Bad Guy” hits a billion views; a couple weeks later, she drops “Therefore I Am,” a single from her forthcoming album, and it’s watched 12 million times in the first 24 hours. And she isn’t yet 19.


Alison Brie On Her ‘Fashion Inspiration’Husband Dave Franco, ‘Mad Men’ Outfits And ‘GLOW’
The Promising Young Woman star is asked…. anything by fans.

Alison Brie’s roles are as memorable as they are adored.
From Community’s overachiever Annie, to Mad Men’s sharp Trudy, to GLOW’s underdog Ruth, Brie has been a steady presence on our TV screens for more than a decade in a variety of roles that solidify her acting prowess.
With a string of films under her belt too (The Disaster Artist, How To Be Single, The Five Year Engagement), Brie is back in the Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated Promising Young Woman, the feature length directorial debut from Emerald Fennell, starring Carey Mulligan as Cassie, a woman seeking revenge on behalf of her dead friend Nina by avowing to teach any man who blurs the line of consent a lesson.


We Should All Be Angry About The Narrative Around Sarah Everard’s Tragic Disappearance
The disappearance of 33-year-old Sarah Everard on 3 March provoked a tidal wave of advice on how women can stay safe. But this overlooks the fact that women are attacked regardless of the effort they’ve made to avoid harm, argues Sophie Wilkinson.

As every British woman knows by heart right now, Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old marketing manager, began walking back from a friend’s house but never made it home. A Metropolitan Police officer has been arrested on suspicion of kidnap and murder and a woman has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. Meanwhile, human remains have been discovered miles away in Kent.
While Sarah’s family deserve their privacy, she’s become a public figurehead for a movement she had no choice in being part of. She falls into a pattern, like Céline Figard, Sally Anne Bowman, Joanna Yeates, Milly Dowler and Alice Gross, of three-dimensional humans brutally reduced to a byword for another generation of British women’s and girls’ biggest fears.


CBS’ ‘The Talk’ Taking Short Hiatus Amid Investigation of Sharon Osbourne’s Racism Comments
The network is probing the explosive debate from last week when Osbourne asked co-host Sheryl Underwood to “educate” her on why remarks made by Piers Morgan, who she previously defended, were racist.
CBS’ The Talk is taking a brief hiatus from live shows after the network launched a review stemming from last Wednesday’s heated debate between Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood.


Jodie Comer’s Long and Winding Road to Self-Confidence
In her humble way, the actress opens up about the virtues of finding comfort in your own skin.

“The pandemic has taught me how much I took for granted before. You know, even the small things. I’ve always thought I practiced gratitude, but now it’s the little everyday things that we often took for granted. We always thought certain things would be there, but we are more conscious now—I think I have become more aware of these things. Another thing it’s taught me: baking a cake every weekend is the best. I like to make a cake each weekend, then have a slice of that cake every day of the following weeknights. I think the biggest lesson the pandemic taught me is just realizing all the wonderful kinds of things we have to experience with friends and family, and when that was taken away, I was like ‘Wow, okay.’ It just made me aware.”


The Bachelor’s messy, uneven, and long-overdue reckoning with racism, explained
Recent controversy has forced host Chris Harrison to step back from the franchise and sparked a broader conversation about its problems with race.

The Bachelor franchise — after years of casting racist contestants and refusing to confront its problems with representation — is finally facing a cultural reckoning over these very issues.
The current season of the long-running reality TV series, which features the show’s first Black Bachelor, Matt James, was supposed to mark a long-overdue step forward. But in recent weeks, the controversy that has consumed it speaks to how much more The Bachelor (and its sister series The Bachelorette) still has to do to address its handling of race.


A Lesson in Resilience from Ancient Dates
How 2,000-year-old date palm seeds were brought back to life, with recipes to make at home

What does an ancient date taste like? Scientists recently found out.
Closely connected to the history of human migrations, the first cultivated varieties of Phoenix dactylifera, commonly known as the date palm, are thought to have originated around Mesopotamia and the Upper Arabian Gulf some 6,000 to 6,700 years ago. In ancient Rome, dates were the premier sweetener as there was no chocolate or sugar. They were used in appetizers, main courses, and desserts.






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