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What you need to know about COVID-19: September 24, 2020
It’s a crazy time in the world; we’re in the middle of a global pandemic, a fight for justice and equality, AND a new season of Dating Around dropped on Netflix. I haven’t taken off my sweatpants in months, I don’t remember how to put on eyeliner, and I committed so fully to eating my weight in baked goods that I invested in a KitchenAid mixer. While I’m still not leaving my house, things have been happening in Hollywood.
Matt James will be the next Bachelor
After 18 years and 40 seasons we are finally getting our first Black bachelor. The 28-year old is originally from North Carolina but currently resides in New York City (even more currently he is quarantining with bachelor-famous bestie Tyler Cameron in Florida). Matt is a 6’5 real estate broker and founder of ABC Food Tours, a charity that takes kids from underserved communities out for food and fitness events. Matt enjoys biking, running and has a strong faith – what am I his Tinder profile?
Stassi Schroeder and others fired from Vanderpump Rules
After racist behavior from Stassi’s past resurfaced, she along with three other castmates, were fired from reality television show Vanderpump Rules. Stassi actually revealed one of the stories that led to her dismissal on her own podcast, broadcasting that she had wrongfully called the cops on Black castmate Faith Stowers. Stassi was subsequently fired from the show, has been dropped by sponsors, and has had her podcast removed. Does this mean they’re looking to fill spots? Because I’ve spent most of this pandemic practicing and my wine drinking and silly arguments are at their best!
Dave Chappelle dropped a new special
Netflix released a Dave Chappelle special that isn’t a traditional comedy set as the subject is deathly serious. Chappelle talks about police brutality, the death of Kobe Bryant, and his own experience and that of his great-grandfathers. The special is less than 30-minutes long – exactly the length of time it takes my pizza delivery to arrive.
A virtual celebrity-filled commencement address
YouTube hosted a virtual graduation ceremony, Dear Class of 2020, featuring words from Beyoncé, Barack and Michelle Obama, Alicia Keys, Lizzo, and many others. I’d wear a shapeless polyester gown for Beyoncé any day.
BTS donated 1 million dollars to Black Lives Matter
BTS is the biggest Korean pop group in the world and obviously the most generous as they recently donated 1one million dollars to Black Lives Matter.
Celebrities handed their social media accounts over to Black activists
In an effort to amplify Black voices, many celebrities joined in a #ShareTheMicNow event where they handed over their social media account to Black activists. Kourtney Kardashian, Julia Roberts, Hilary Swank, Katie Couric, Chelsea Handler and many others participated so we got to hear from leaders like Monique Melton, Elaine Welteroth, Tarana Burke, Austin Channing Brown and so many others. This is why I’m averaging five hours of daily screen time.
The world is very heavy right now and so am I because I can’t stop eating cookies. Hopefully the momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement continues and we see justice and the necessary change.
Keely Turner takes a look at pop culture through the eyes of a PEI girl with a big city attitude. Keely lives in Toronto, working as a fitness trainer and writer, with her husband and beagle. You can find her on Instagram @KeelyMTurner