–Cardi B’s first Elle cover happens to be its most important. She doesn’t waste it either, using the interview to call out male rappers for not talking about Breonna Taylor (“She was young. She looked like she was listening to your music. She looked like she was your fan. You should stick up for her”), and criticize Trump (“Those people that he caters [to], he’s not going to do anything for them. It’s not like Republicans are getting better housing. It’s not like Republicans are getting better benefits. They’re not. He’s not doing anything for anybody”). She also addresses her controversial marriage to Offset (“I do know that my relationship has a lot of drama and everything. But there’s a lot of love, there’s a lot of passion, there’s a lot of trust, there’s a big friendship. It’s always us against the world”).
-In her new Cosmo cover story, Joey King reveals that it wasn’t easy pretending to be in love with Jacob Elordi for Kissing Booth 2 – who she split from in real life. “No one’s thinking to themselves, That was easy, because it wasn’t. I’m sure people will analyze every movement and every detail. And you know what? Let them. But at the end of the day, I was just thrilled to be Elle Evans again…What’s the most, um, correct way to go about this? Elle Evans needs her Noah Flynn, and whatever that means for my personal life, I’ll do anything to make sure the story of my character who I care about so much is complete.”
-In her Health cover story, Hilary Swank talks about returning to Hollywood after taking a five year break to care for her dad.
–Beyoncé made a fan’s day by surprising her with a sweet phone call.
-I don’t believe any numbers/ratings put out by streaming companies, but a third party analyst claims Hamilton got blockbuster views.
–Stephen “tWitch” Boss, the house DJ on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, made a supportive (I think?) comment about working for her, saying “We can’t speak too much legally about it, but I’ll say this, there’s been love. Obviously there’s some things to address, but from my standpoint and from countless others, there’s been love.”
-Former castmates and friends toast Eugene Levy while he tries not to tear up in this video.
-If I had to guess which new movie is actually going to make it into theatres in two weeks, it wouldn’t be New Mutants, which has suffered multiple delays in the past two years.
–Kanye West met with Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner last week — and TMZ is saying that Kim knew nothing about it.
-This is a fantastic NYT profile on Canadian singer Kathleen Edwards and why she stepped away from the music industry for so long.
–Viola Davis didn’t actually purchase the former South Carolina plantation where she was born 55 years ago — her caption meant she owns the “story” not the house.
-This is a pretty great list of the 100 best TV characters of the 21st century. Love seeing Tami Taylor, Tom Wambsgans, Arabella, Forrest MacNeil, Elizabeth Jennings, Paper Boi, and Blair Waldorf make the top 20.
–Roxane Gay is adapting her graphic novel for the big screen. Give her all the moneys!
–John Leguizamo coaches the first chess team from an inner city to win the U.S. National Chess Championship in the trailer for Critical Thinking.