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16Jun

Howard Stern speaks out after 1993 blackface video resurfaces: ‘I evolved and changed’ – National

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WARNING: This story contains explicit language.

Howard Stern has addressed a resurfaced video that shows him in blackface and using the N-word multiple times.

The video, from a New Year’s Eve special in 1993, was resurfaced by Donald Trump Jr., who retweeted the clip, originally posted by filmmaker Tariq Nasheed.

“Yikes!” Trump Jr. tweeted on June 12. “NSFW: Howard Stern says N-word too many times during awful blackface impression that should have Libs yelling ‘CANCEL!’”

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Stern addressed the skit on Monday, which features the late Sherman Hemsley and shows Stern in blackface pretending to be Ted Danson, who was dating Whoopi Goldberg at the time.

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“The s–t I did was f–king crazy. I’ll be the first to admit,” Stern said on his SiriusXM radio show.

“I won’t go back and watch those old shows; it’s like, ‘Who is that guy?’ But that was my shtick. That’s what I did, and I own it,” he said. “I don’t think I got embraced by Nazi groups and hate groups. They seemed to think I was against them, too. Everybody had a bone to pick with me.






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“It was something in me, a drive you wouldn’t believe. As a young man, I wanted to succeed on the radio and I wanted to go f–king crazy,” the 66-year-old radio host said. “Emotionally, it was costing me a lot. The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) was after me, the right wing was after me, I had the Ku Klux Klan after me, threatening my life. All kinds of crazy stories.”

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Stern revealed he was “fined millions of dollars” by the government “for sex” and “not for race.”

“I was fined millions of dollars by the federal government, for sex. Not for race, because if you talked about race, they never cared,” Stern recalled.

“Look, that was the show. I went into therapy and said, ‘What is this? Do I always have to be the guy pulling my pants down? Can I find a way to do the show where I can be a lot happier?’ Over the years, I did change the show. A lot of people who did like that humour, where I was completely pulling my pants off, those people are pissed off at me now. They think I’m a sellout and I’m not doing a good show anymore. I got soft.”

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Stern said he realized he “can’t be insane completely 24 hours a day” if he was going to have a successful marriage and family.

“I have to figure out a better way to communicate. So I evolved and changed,” he said.

The radio host said that he wouldn’t make the same mistakes again.

“I was able to change my approach, able to change my life and change how I communicated,” Stern said. “If I had to do it all over again, would I lampoon Ted Danson, a white guy in blackface? Yeah, I was lampooning him and saying: ‘I’m going to shine a light on this.’ But would I go about it the same way now? Probably not. Not probably, I wouldn’t.

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“At the same point, I will say, it f–king distresses me that Donald Trump Jr. and Donald (Trump) themselves won’t go into psychotherapy and change,” he said. “Why not change the way you’re approaching things because wearing a mask is not a bad thing. Telling people the actual size of the crowd at your inauguration is OK.”






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Stern continued: “Attacking me during the coronavirus and Black Lives Matter is absolutely f–king crazy, concentrating on me. You want to concentrate on me and bully me and expose me, with all the TV shows I’ve done? They’re all out there. There’s nothing new here. We all know. I was the craziest motherf–ker on radio. There will never be another show crazier than mine. There will never be another show, ever, that was as f–king wacky as my show.”

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Stern called out U.S. President Donald Trump and said: “If you solve the pandemic, then we can go and review all my old shows.”

“Am I a bad guy? I don’t think so,” he added. “Donald Trump didn’t think so. He was on my show 27 times.”

Stern and Trump Jr. have been going back and forth at each other since the coronavirus pandemic began.

In May, Stern referred to Trump as a celebrity wannabe who secretly hates his followers, and Stern sarcastically responded to Trump Jr.’s criticism of him for his comments.

“I can’t argue with him; that kid is such a success,” Stern said of Trump Jr. “He is such a wit, he is such a genius. He would have made a fortune if he wasn’t under his father’s thumb. Game over. You can’t argue with a genius like that.”

Trump Jr. compared Stern to Hillary Clinton while on SiriusXM’s Jim and Sam Show, where he referenced Clinton calling his dad’s followers “deplorables.”

“It’s sort of disappointing,” Trump Jr. said of Stern. “I mean, I would think at least the sort of original Howard, I imagine most of those blue-collar people that he now hates since he became Hollywood Howard would’ve probably been pretty big Trump supporters.”

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He continued: “He’s acting like Hillary. What probably cost her some of the election was calling half the country ‘deplorables’ for wanting to support someone who was going to get things done for them.”




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20Jan

The biggest lawsuits filed by the royal family — from planted cameras to leaked nudes

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In October, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle launched a lawsuit against U.K. newspaper the Mail on Sunday and its parent company, Associated Newspapers.

The royals claim the paper committed a misuse of private information, infringement of copyright and breach of the Data Protection Act 2018 when it printed a private letter reportedly written by Meghan to her estranged father, Thomas Markle.

Shortly after, Prince Harry launched another formal legal claim against two other U.K. tabloids over alleged phone hacking.

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“Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences — a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son,” Prince Harry said in an official statement published to the Sussexes’ website in 2019.

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It continues: “There comes a point when the only thing to do is to stand up to this behaviour, because it destroys people and destroys lives. Put simply, it is bullying, which scares and silences people. We all know this isn’t acceptable, at any level. We won’t and can’t believe in a world where there is no accountability for this.”






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The question in these lawsuits, said Vancouver lawyer Rose Keith, is whether Meghan Markle had a “reasonable expectation of privacy” when she wrote that letter to her father.

“Our understanding of privacy and our experience of privacy has changed from 20 years ago, [because of platfirns like] social media,” said Keith.

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Keith admits the U.K. processes are different than those in Canada, but she predicts a number of factors would affect the outcome of the suit, regardless of location.

“One of them is whether the person [Meghan was communicating with] is in a position of trust,” she said. “If I were communicating with my parents, I would have an expectation of privacy in that situation.”

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Were this the argument made by Harry and Meghan’s legal counsel, the defense may argue that “[Meghan] would have no expectation of privacy in those circumstances because she’s estranged from her father,” said Keith.

Meghan Markle’s status as a public figure of interest could also come into play.

In law, there are two different standards: an objective standard and a subjective standard. The former is the reasonable person in that person’s circumstances, and the latter is the person’s personal feelings on things.

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Prince Harry and Meghan drop royal duties and HRH titles

“If you’re a public figure, what objectively do you think a reasonable person would expect in terms of privacy?” said Keith. “I still think that Meghan, in writing to her father, would have an expectation of privacy, but I don’t know all the factors.”


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Although the subject matter of these lawsuits is certainly unique, this isn’t the first time members of the royal family have made legal claims against media and other corporations.

“There is a history of members of royal families around the world being involved in court actions against certain parts of the media, said Edward J.T. Wang, a Vancouver-based lawyer and royal commentator.

Other lawsuits filed by royalty

In 1993, the U.K. tabloid the Daily Mirror published photographs of the late Princess Diana exercising at a gym, taken on a hidden camera.

“The Daily Mirror apologized, paid £200,000 to charity and £1,000,000 towards the Princess’s legal fees,” said Wang. “The gym owner refused to settle but finally did a week before the trial was going to begin [in 1995].”

In 2004, Her Royal Highness the Princess of Hanover (born Her Serene Highness Princess Caroline of Monaco) obtained a judgement from the European Court of Human Rights condemning the German Constitutional Court for allowing publication of certain pictures.






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Prince Harry, Meghan won’t use HRH titles, will no longer be working members of royal family

“The European Court said there had been no ‘legitimate interest’ in the princess’s private life and that there was a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights,” said Wang.

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In 2012, the French magazine Closer and the Italian magazine Chi published photographs of Kate Middleton sun-bathing topless while on vacation in France at a chateau privately owned by then-Viscount Linley (now the Earl of Snowdon).

“In September [of the same year], the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge filed criminal complaints in France for invasion of privacy,” Wang said. “This led to a trial and the conviction of six people related to the magazines, as well as fines of €100,000 against the magazine Closer, and €45,000 each against the owner of the magazine and the editor.”

The royal family’s evolving relationship with the media

For a long time, before the advent of social media and the 24/7 news cycle, the royal family was able to make “quiet arrangements” with the press, said royal historian Carolyn Harris.

The U.K. media would be willing to avoid certain topics in exchange for privileged access to royal events.

One example is the abdication crisis of 1936, when the British press kept quiet about King Edward VIII’s relationship with American socialite Wallis Simpson.

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“That is, until it became a constitutional crisis with the abdication,” said Harris. “In contrast, the American press was much more willing to cover the story of this growing relationship. In some ways, Canadians knew about this before the British did.”

Now, news spreads to all corners of the globe so quickly that the royal family lacks leverage, making it more difficult to keep private matters out of the hands of the media.

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“Some previous means which the royal family used to manage the press simply do not work in the modern day, as was possible in the past,” Harris said.






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Harris wonders if it was the first ever royal family documentary — initiated by Prince Philip and filmed in 1969 — that was a turning point for the monarchy.

“The question now is whether the 1969 royal family documentary was simply in keeping with the times, making the royal family more relevant, or whether they opened the door to further invasive press coverage in the future,” she said.

“The documentary is now seen as rather embarrassing; it’s not shown in public.”

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Now, Harris thinks it will be very difficult for members of the royal family to maintain their privacy, “simply by how quickly news stories and photographs travel once they appear on the internet,” she said.

“It can be very difficult to ensure that they could get photos to disappear [once they’re on the internet], a challenge that William and Catherine faced in their lawsuit relating to events in the south of France early in their marriage.”

It will be much more difficult for new generations of the royal family to control what’s printed about them, said Harris — something Harry and Meghan know all too well.

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18Jan

The most ‘out-there’ Oscars red carpet fashion of all time – National

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You may have forgotten who took home the Academy Award for best actor in 2001, but you probably remember Björk’s swan dress.

The Oscars have had no shortage of out-there looks over the years, from Cher’s bedazzled two-piece ensembles to Geena Davis’ ruffled mini dress.

Ahead of the 92nd Academy Awards on Feb. 9, we took a trip down red carpet memory lane. Here are some of the most memorable — and outrageous — Oscars outfits of all time.

Demi Moore, 1989

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Arriving at the awards show with then-husband Bruce Willis, Moore wore black spandex bicycle shorts and a textured corset that she styled herself.

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To add an element of formality to the look, Moore attached a half-skirt made out of metallic floral fabric. Despite it being the ’80s when workout shorts were all the rage, the actor’s outfit made many worst-dressed lists.

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Vogue, however, fondly looked back on Moore’s DIY ensemble in 2018, calling it “enticing in many ways.”

Cher, 1986

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Whoever sat behind Cher at the Oscars in 1986 likely had an obstructed view, but this sequin outfit and feathered headdress is one of the star’s most iconic looks.

Designed by renowned fashion and costume designer Bob Mackie, the performer wore the one-of-a-kind outfit to present the award for Best Supporting Actor.

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Cher often wore Mackie’s creations to the Academy Awards; in 1973 she wore a yellow embellished two-piece and continued to sport his designs throughout the ’80s, including in 1988 when she won an Oscar for Moonstruck.

Faith Hill, 2002

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The country singer brought a lot of colour to the red carpet at the 74th Academy Awards.

Wearing Versace, Hill’s rainbow gown looked like a prom dress gone wrong. Its tablecloth-esque fabric was so form-fitting it must have been hard for Hill to just breathe.

Björk, 2001

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Who could forget the swan dress? Icelandic artist Björk turned heads at the 2001 Oscars when she arrived in a nude bodysuit under a feathered swan wrapped around her neck. She even stopped to “lay” eggs on the red carpet.

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The dress was designed by Macedonian designer Marjan Pejoski, who has since dressed other celebrities, like Katy Perry.

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Björk’s look is so iconic that it was included in a MoMA exhibit and has inspired endless pop culture references. At the Emmy Awards the same year, Ellen DeGeneres wore a swan dress knock-off, and Kevin James did the same at the 2002 People’s Choice Awards.

When hosting the Oscars in 2006, Jon Stewart even joked about the dress and said Björk wasn’t in attendance because she had been shot by Dick Cheney, referencing his infamous hunting accident.

Billy Bob Thornton, 1997

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A real mix of formal and casual attire, Thornton came to the 69th annual Academy Awards dressed in a three-piece suit and ZZ Top baseball hat.



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He took home an Oscar that year for his film Sling Blade wearing a ribbon around his neck as a tie. At least it was less controversial than a blood vial.

Cher, 1974

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This list could be comprised of only Cher’s Oscars outfits, but this two-piece ensemble is one of her most revealing looks.

Designed by her go-to Bob Mackie, the superstar wore a sheer, patterned skirt with a matching barely-there halter top that exposed her midriff. In the same floral fabric, Cher sported a scarf/necklace hybrid tied around her neck.

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Purple and blue eyeshadow (and nails) finished the look.

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Geena Davis, 1992

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Even though it was the ’90s — a decade when many fashion crimes were committed — Davis’ Oscars look was just plain bad.

Nominated for her role in Thelma and Louise, Davis arrived at the awards show in a ruffled minidress complete with satin gloves that nearly reached her armpits. To highlight the dress’ train, Davis wore contrasting black sheer tights and pointed black shoes.

Created by costume designers Ruth Meyers and Bill Hargate, the dress looked like a wedding gown that had gone through a paper shredder.

Whoopi Goldberg, 1993

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Between the neon green and purple satin, Goldberg brought a lot of personality to the 1993 Academy Awards.

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The actor and comedian wore a patterned jumpsuit underneath a cape-like skirt and collared jacket. To complete the look, Goldberg sported matching shoes. At least she was committed.

Gwyneth Paltrow, 2002

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Before she was convincing women to put jade eggs inside their vaginas, Paltrow went bra-less in an Alexander McQueen sheer gown at the 2002 Academy Awards.

Between the smoky eye makeup, side braid, and overall attempt to be gothic chic, Paltrow perfectly embodied the mood of the early 2000s.

Sally Kirkland, 2007

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… an Oscars dress?

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Kirkland really failed to take off with this caped sheer getup at the 2007 Academy Awards. The actor claimed it was made by her Kabbalah teacher and called the look “a rabbi and a reverend,” whatever that means.

Celine Dion, 1999

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This outfit is tame compared to some of the others Dion has worn, but it still caused a stir back in 1990. The Canadian superstar wore a Dior satin suit jacket backwards, paired with an oversized fedora and bedazzled sunglasses.

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While she wasn’t the first celebrity to play with “menswear,” Dion was an early adopter of suits over dresses on the red carpet.

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Lady Gaga, 2015

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Known for her out-there outfits (who could forget her 2010 meat dress?! Or showing up at an awards show in an egg?!), Lady Gaga looked like she went straight from scrubbing dishes to the Oscars with her red leather gloves — which became the subject of many memes. (It was later speculated that she wore the gloves to cover her new engagement ring.)

The artist paired the oversized gloves with a custom Azzedine Alaïa gown for the red carpet and changed outfits for her on-stage performance.

Gaga’s white dress took two weeks to make and required a team of 25 people, Vogue reported.

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Pharrell likes hats but he doesn’t like pants.

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At the 2014 Oscars, the musician wore the top half of a suit with skater shorts. Pharrell has gone on to repeat this offensive look at other award shows and public events, including the 2019 Oscars where he wore camo shorts.

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14Jan

British tabloids were ruthless to Meghan Markle — will Canadian media learn from their mistakes? – National

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have spoken openly about the ruthless, exploitative and dangerous nature of the British press.

The couple has even sued British tabloids over their “continual misrepresentations,” and Markle admitted she’s struggled with the intense media scrutiny since marrying into the Royal Family.

“I never thought that this would be easy, but I thought it would be fair,” she said in a recent documentary.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently revealed their plan to step away from senior royal duties and split their time between Canada and the U.K. as they work to become financially independent.

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But will Canadian reporters better respect their privacy and cover them in a different way than the U.K. press has? According to experts, the country’s media landscape is likely a factor in why the royal couple picked Canada.

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“[Canada] is a completely different environment, and that is possibly something that Meghan observed when she lived here before,” said Janice Neil, chair of the school of journalism at Ryerson University. Neil previously worked as a reporter in the U.K.

There’s a huge portion of the U.K. media industry that’s based on “salacious gossip,” Neil said, and Canada doesn’t have that to the same degree.

“[The country] has shockingly learned nothing from a couple decades of criticism … starting with how [they chased] Princess Diana,” she said.

Markle and Prince Harry’s relationship with the U.K. press

Prince Harry has a notoriously strained relationship with the press, as his mother, Princess Diana, died in a car crash after being chased by paparazzi.

The prince has said he feared “history repeating itself.”

“I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces,” he said.






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Queen confirms Harry and Meghan will live part-time in Canada

What’s more, Markle has experienced racism in the U.K. as a biracial member of the Royal Family.

In a recent Washington Post op-ed, author Yomi Adegoke wrote that British tabloids were “committed not to news but the distortion of [Markle’s] image” in their coverage.

“British racism is often coy and coded, but when it comes to Meghan there was no need to read between the lines,” Adegoke wrote.

“The hate was in the headlines, which referred to the Los Angeles neighbourhood where she grew up as ‘gang-scarred‘ and her role editing a racially diverse edition of Vogue as ‘divisive.’”



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The Daily Show host Trevor Noah even pointed out the racism Markle endured in the British press on Monday, comparing headlines about Kate Middleton and Markle.

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Noah gave the example of when Middleton was reportedly “gifted” avocados during pregnancy to “cure” morning sickness, while Markle’s avocado habit was linked to “human rights abuse and drought.”

Canada is more progressive than the U.K. when it comes to race, said journalist and human rights advocate Amira Elghawaby, but the country still has some work to do.

Elghawaby said there is still potential for racist coverage of Markle, as many Canadian newsrooms do not reflect the diversity of the country.

“They won’t be fully immune from that here in Canada, but it certainly won’t be as toxic as the culture in the U.K.,” she said.

A chance for Canadian media to prove itself

With Markle and Prince Harry living in Canada, it will take time to see how local outlets cover their day-to-day lives.

Neil believes “tight news budgets” at major Canadian news organizations could allow Markle and Harry to live a more private life.

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“If you start having people covering the royals … what are they not going to cover [instead]?” she said.

“Already, many provinces in this country don’t have reporters at the provincial legislature — and many cities don’t have city reporters.”

Elghawaby said it is tough to predict how people will treat the couple — especially Markle — on social media. She pointed to other women of colour in public positions, including former governors general of Canada Michaelle Jean and Adrienne Clarkson.

“They were not exposed to such racism as Meghan has been experiencing, and they were representatives of the Crown,” Elghawaby said. “But those women were there before social media, and things are evolving. It’s not like it can’t become toxic on social media.”

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Elghawaby also wonders if the couple’s move could prompt the creation of new Canadian tabloids.

She said that because media is a business, a growing interest in Markle and Prince Harry could open up new revenue opportunities.

“If it becomes apparent that doing stories about the couple brings more clicks… the question becomes will media in Canada start shifting? Or will we see the emergence of new media businesses emerging to cover the couple?” she said.

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Still, it is important Canadian media treats Markle with respect and does not engage in racist coverage.

“Many people are in denial in this country about how racism plays a daily role in many communities,” Elghawaby said.

“There is a little bit of blindness to the reality of racism here.”


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9Jan

What’s next for the monarchy after Prince Harry, Meghan Markle ‘step back’ from royal duties – National

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced Wednesday they will “step back” from their duties as senior members of the Royal Family.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took to Instagram to share the news, writing: “After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution.”

The move is largely without precedent, and now, royal watchers around the world are waiting with bated breath to see what this move will actually mean for their family and the monarchy at large.

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Carolyn Harris, a royal historian and author in Toronto, is waiting to see how the Queen responds to the announcement in the days and weeks to come.

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In a statement from Buckingham Palace released shortly after Harry and Markle’s, the palace said: “Discussions with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”

For this reason, it’s unclear to Harris whether the Queen actually knew the statement was coming.






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“The Royal Family would’ve been aware of Harry and Meghan’s discontent with their current public role and their difficulties with the British press, [and] they may well have known that the couple intended to spend more time abroad in the coming years,” she said.

“The formal announcement may have come as a surprise as Buckingham Palace is making clear that discussions of Harry and Meghan’s future roles are still in their early stages.”

There have been other members of the Royal Family who have stepped away from royal duties in the past.

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“When Princess Patricia of Connaught married Alexander Ramsay, she stopped using the title of Princess and became Lady Patricia Ramsay,” said Harris.

“She also gave up most royal duties, devoted her time to her art and her family. She retained a few public engagements related to her charities and military patronages, visiting Canada for the 50th anniversary of her regiment, Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry.”

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Although the announcement may have come as a shock, Harris believes the Queen will — eventually — let her grandson “find his own path.”






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‘Any longer and I would’ve been burnt out’: Former aide to the Queen shares difficulties of job

“In the past, Prince William has praised his grandmother … for allowing him to find his own path,” she said. “The Queen has allowed her children and grandchildren a great deal of freedom to make their own decisions.”



This is in stark contrast to the monarchs who came before Queen Elizabeth II. “Queen Victoria … expected to carefully manage the lives of descendants, right down to the names and marriages of her grandchildren,” said Harris.

Below, Harris comments on other ways this decision by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could affect their family and the Royal Family more broadly.

The public may see less of Meghan and Harry, and even less of Archie

Per their statement, the Duke and Duchess intend to “engage with the public on their own terms,” said Harris.

To Harris, this means undertaking charitable patronages and Harry’s work as a Commonwealth youth ambassador “without assuming the additional royal duties expected of a senior member of the Royal Family.”

Examples of such senior royal duties include attending state dinners or undertaking diplomatic visits on behalf of the British government.

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Unfortunately, with fewer senior members of the Royal Family undertaking public engagements, this will mean an “increased workload for the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge,” said Harris.

Markle and Harry’s son, Archie, will have an “interesting life” that includes “periods of relative privacy away from the public eye and travel in Canada and the United States,” said Harris.

“Harry and Meghan have made clear that they intend to raise him with an appreciation for royal tradition, so he will also spend time in the United Kingdom … with his royal relatives.”

‘Financial independence’ is yet to be defined

To Harris, Markle and Harry’s commitment to become financially “independent” likely means they will not draw from the Sovereign Grant, “funding by the revenues from the Crown Estates that goes into the treasury.”

“Prince Harry has inherited money of his own from both his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales and his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother,” Harris said.

Harris speculates that Markle may have also accumulated savings during her career as an actor.

“It remains to be seen if Harry and Meghan will continue to receive support from Prince Charles’s private funds from the Duchy of Cornwall or the Queen’s private funds from the Duchy of Lancaster,” said Harris.

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Heightened tension among members of the Royal Family

With Markle and Harry bowing out of senior duties, Harris foresees a more “streamlined” monarchy within the United Kingdom.

“During Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, the monarch’s extended family have undertaken royal duties. The Queen’s cousins, as well as her children, were involved in public engagements,” she said.

“Going forward, a smaller number of members of the Royal Family will undertake public duties with a strong focus on those directly in line to the throne — the Prince of Wales (Prince Philip) and the Duke of Cambridge (Prince William) — and their immediate families. As a result, there will be fewer Commonwealth tours and a more streamlined monarchy within the United Kingdom.”

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For these reasons, Harris speculates Harry and Markle’s departure could escalate tensions already present within the Royal Family.

“There are already fewer senior members of the Royal Family undertaking public duties than in the past: the Queen’s cousins have grown older and reduced their public duties, Prince Philip has retired from public life [and] Prince Andrew also stepped away from royal duties following a disastrous interview regarding his unsuitable friendships and scandalous private life,” she said.

“There may have been an expectation that both William and Harry would assume an increased schedule of royal duties in these circumstances. Instead, Harry is making clear that he will not assume a full schedule of royal duties and will engage with the public on his own terms.”

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6Jan

Golden Globes 2020 after-parties: All the best celebrity looks – National

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Many celebrities sported daring looks at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.

Between Jennifer Lopez’s oversized bow gown and Gwyneth Paltrow’s sheer dress, there was no shortage of head-turning outfits. Held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., stars like Billy Porter, sporting a white suit with a feathered train, came dressed to impress.

(For a full list of our best- and worst-dressed celebs, click here.)

READ MORE: Full list of Golden Globes 2020 winners

But some Golden Globe attendees did an outfit change for their after-parties, while other stars came out just for the post-award celebrations.

Here are some of our favourite celebrity looks from the Golden Globe after-parties.

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4Jan

From Nazi uniforms to topless photos, the Royal Family’s biggest scandals – National

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The Royal Family has made headlines for decades, long before the fast pace of the internet.

While some of their biggest controversies happened decades ago, others — like Prince Andrew’s sex assault allegations — are more recent.

In no particular order, here are some of the biggest scandals the Royal Family has faced in recent history.

King Edward gives up the throne

One of the biggest moments in recent British royal history, King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in 1936 so he could marry his lover, American socialite Wallis Simpson.

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Simpson had previously been married and divorced, which put their relationship under scrutiny. The Church of England, which Edward was the head as king, did not allow divorcees to remarry if their ex-spouse was still alive. (These rules only changed in 2002.)

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In order for Edward to wed Simpson, he had to step down from his role as king. His brother, George VI, took on the title.

Princess Margaret’s relationship with Peter Townsend

Queen Elizabeth‘s younger sister was romantically linked to Captain Peter Townsend, who was married when they first met.

Townsend was Princess Margaret’s father’s equerry and was close to the Royal Family. In 1952, Townsend divorced his wife and asked Princess Margaret’s hand in marriage.






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Royal Family issues statement on release of Prince Philip from hospital

In 1953 at the Queen’s Coronation Day, the princess was caught picking off a piece of fluff from Townsend’s jacket, which fueled rumours that the two were romantically involved.

Since Townsend was divorced, if Princess Margaret was to marry him, she would have been stripped of her royal title as parliament and the Church of England would not consent to her marriage. She decided not to wed Townsend and married photographer Antony Armstrong Jones in 1960 instead, whom she later divorced.

Prince Harry wears a Nazi costume

In 2005, the second son of Prince Charles sported a Nazi uniform to a costume party. Prince Harry apologized for his behaviour after a British tabloid printed a photograph of him drinking and smoking in the outfit.

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In a statement at the time, the then 20-year-old prince said: “I am very sorry if I caused any offense or embarrassment to anyone. It was a poor choice of costume and I apologize.”

Prince Andrew’s sexual assault allegations

Prince Andrew spent much of 2019 in the headlines.

An American woman named Virginia Roberts Giuffre says she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew multiple times when she was just 17 years old.

Giuffre says she was sex trafficked by convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who died by suicide in August 2019. She alleges Epstein forced her to have sex with the prince in 2001 at the home of British socialite and friend of Prince Andrew’s Ghislaine Maxwell.



Prince Andrew denies these allegations.






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Prince Andrew retreats from public life amid Epstein saga

Prince Andrew stepped down from royal duties in November 2019 just days after he spoke with the BBC about his friendship with Epstein.

“It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein [have] become a major disruption to my family’s work and the valuable work going on in the many organizations and charities that I am proud to support,” the 59-year-old said in a statement.

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Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ affairs and subsequent divorce

Queen Elizabeth’s eldest son married Princess Diana in 1981.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles had their two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, in 1982 and 1984, respectively.

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Prince Charles reportedly started an affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, whom he dated before his marriage, around 1986, according to reports. Princess Diana reportedly had affairs, too, most notably with her bodyguard Barry Mannakee in 1985, and military man James Hewitt the following year.

In 1992, an intimate phone call between Prince Charles and Parker Bowles was leaked to the press, later known as “Camillagate.” Tabloids published transcripts of the deeply personal conversation, causing great embarrassment to the family.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles split in 1992.






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Trudeau meets with Prince Charles during NATO trip in U.K.

In 1994, Prince Charles admitted he cheated on Princess Diana in a TV documentary. The following year, Princess Diana infamously told the BBC that there were “three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”

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Princess Diana died after being injured in a car accident in Paris in 1997.

Prince Charles and Parker Bowles married in 2005.

Prince Harry spends a day in rehab

After reportedly admitting to experimenting with cannabis and alcohol, a then 16-year-old Prince Harry was sent to drug rehabilitation clinic for a day by his father.

Per reports, Prince Charles arranged for his teen son to visit Featherstone Lodge, a detox centre for people dealing with drug addiction, in south London. The visit was not reportedly for treatment, but instead an attempt to show Prince Harry the dangers of drugs.

Kate Middleton’s topless photos

While vacationing in France, paparazzi took photos of a topless Duchess of Cambridge suntanning in 2012.

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French, Italian and Irish outlets published the photographs, and the Royal Family swiftly took legal action for what they called a “grotesque” breach of privacy.

In 2017, a judge ordered French magazine Closer to pay 100,000 euros in damages for publishing the photos. Two staff members were fined an additional 90,000 euros to pay to Kate Middleton and Prince William.

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Prince Harry naked in Las Vegas

Photos of a naked Prince Harry surfaced in 2012 after a “wild” trip to Las Vegas. Prince Harry, who was then 27, was photographed playing a reported game of “strip billiards” with friends in his VIP suite.






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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry celebrate Christmas in Canada

TMZ published the nude shots, as did British tabloid The Sun.

Sarah Ferguson’s bribery scandal

Sarah Ferguson, the ex-wife of Prince Andrew, was caught demanding money from an undercover journalist posing as a businessman in exchange for access to the prince.

Now-defunct tabloid News of the World secretly filmed Ferguson in 2010 promising access to Prince Andrew after the payment was sent to her bank account. Ferguson and Prince Andrew divorced in 1996.

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“That opens up everything you would ever wish for. I can open any door you want, and I will for you,” she told the undercover reporter. “Look after me and he’ll look after you … you’ll get it back tenfold.”

Ferguson, the mother of Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, publicly apologized after the news broke.

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“I very deeply regret the situation and the embarrassment caused,” she said.

“It is true that my financial situation is under stress, however, that is no excuse for a serious lapse in judgment and I am very sorry that this has happened.”

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24Dec

The Queen admits to ‘bumpy’ year in annual Christmas speech – National

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In her annual Christmas speech, Queen Elizabeth II will acknowledge that both Britain and her family have had a “bumpy” time this year.

Released excerpts of the Queen’s speech, which was pre-recorded and will be broadcast on Christmas Day, nod to the difficulties of 2019. It was recorded before the monarch’s husband, Prince Philip, was hospitalized in London on Dec. 20 as a precautionary measure.

Buckingham Palace released the clips on Christmas Eve. The Queen’s speech reflects on the past year and shares wishes for the year ahead.

READ MORE: From babies to scandal, the Royal Family’s biggest moments of 2019

“The path, of course, is not always smooth and may, at times this year, have felt quite bumpy, but small steps can make a world of difference,” the Queen said while talking about the need for reconciliation and forgiveness.

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She is thought to be referring both to Britain’s tortuous path out of the European Union, which led to a lengthy political stalemate broken only earlier this month when voters gave the pro-Brexit Conservative Party a comfortable majority in Parliament, and to the Royal Family’s setbacks.

This year has no doubt been challenging for the Royal Family.

The Queen’s second son, Prince Andrew, stepped down from his royal duties after a disastrous BBC interview in which he defended his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and denied having sex with a woman named Virginia Roberts Giuffre.






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Prince Philip leaves hospital in time for Christmas

Giuffre says she was trafficked by Epstein and forced to have sex with the prince in 2001 when she was only 17. Prince Andrew denies these allegations.



The family has also endured a public rift between Prince William and Prince Harry.

The Duke of Sussex is celebrating Christmas with wife Meghan Markle and son Archie in Canada this year rather than spending the holidays at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate — a long-standing royal tradition.

Kensington Palace also released a photo from the Queen’s speech on Instagram. In the picture, Queen Elizabeth II is sitting at a desk with framed photos around her.

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Commenters were quick to point out that Prince Harry, Markle and Archie were absent from the photo collection. The family was featured on the Queen’s table in her 2018 Christmas speech.

READ MORE: Buckingham Palace releases photos of Royal Family members making Christmas dessert

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex released their own Christmas card on Monday, featuring a seven-month-old Archie up close to the camera.

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4Dec

T.I.’s hymen remarks spark NY bill to ban virginity tests – National

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New York could bar doctors from performing so-called virginity tests under legislation prompted by rapper T.I.’s controversial remarks that he has a gynecologist check his daughter’s hymen annually.

Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages said Tuesday the bill she submitted last month would prohibit medical professionals from performing or supervising such examinations, though it’s unclear how common they are in the U.S. New York would also consider it sexual assault when such tests are performed outside of a medical setting.

“It’s medically unnecessary,” the Democrat said. “It’s often painful, humiliating, traumatic. All in all, it’s a form of violence against women.”

READ MORE: T.I. makes sure his daughter’s hymen is ‘intact,’ experts say that’s problematic

Her bill has attracted support from three Democratic lawmakers, and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration officials called the practice “disturbing.” Solages said no other states have such bans.

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The World Health Organization, U.N. Women and the U.N. Human Rights office called for the end of the tests worldwide last year. They said the testing often involves inspecting the hymen or inserting fingers into the vagina.

T.I., also known as Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr., drew criticism when he said in a November episode of the podcast Ladies like Us that he asked a gynecologist to check his teenage daughter’s hymen shortly after her birthday each year. She is now 18.

“I put a sticky note on the door: ‘Gyno. Tomorrow. 9:30,’” the rapper said.

After his comments prompted backlash on social media, he told Jada Pinkett Smith on the Facebook interview show Red Table Talk he’d been exaggerating and that “he was never in any exam room.”






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OBGYN sits down with Global News to educate people on the hymen

Phone and email messages were left with T.I.’s publicist Tuesday.

Experts say such testing is painful and that there’s no evidence such testing shows whether a woman or girl has had vaginal intercourse.

“There is no test that can tell you whether someone had intercourse, whether consensually or non-consensually,” said Ranit Mishori, a professor of family medicine at Georgetown University and senior medical adviser for Physicians for Human Rights.



Mishori said there’s a mistaken belief that you can tell whether someone’s had vaginal intercourse from a tear in a hymen, which can also tear from tampons or physical activity.

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Some women lack a hymen, a membrane that partly covers vaginas which can also change as a girl matures due to hormonal changes.

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“It’s of course not only impossible to tell for sure, but also a violation of woman’s rights,” said retired obstetrician-gynecologist Jaana Rehnstorm, who is the founder and president of gender equality non-profit The Kota Alliance.

Such testing stems from cultural concerns about a woman’s “purity” or “marriageability,” Mishori said.

“If a women is not a ‘virgin,’ her prospects of being married, her prospects of securing a family, her prospects of being thought of as an upstanding citizen can go down the drain,” she said.

“These are very sexist ideas about women and sexuality.”


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But criminalizing the practice is “misguided,” Mishori said.






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Rapper T.I. says he makes sure his daughter’s hymen is ‘intact’

“I think the solution is we have to think about education, we have to think about changing social norms,” she said.

“We have to think about breaking down stigma and educating not only the patients in front of us but the family members and community members.”

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“I think unfortunately, if you ban it or if you criminalize it, it will drive it underground,” she said.

Such examinations have been documented in at least 20 countries. The extent to which they are performed in the U.S. is unclear, though Mishori said that physicians have shared anecdotes of patients and parents requesting such testing.

“This happens in different communities — not just migrant or immigrant communities, but also maybe very, very religious communities,” she said.

READ MORE: T.I. defends controversial comments about his daughter’s hymen

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists President Ted Anderson has said the organization does not have guidance on so-called virginity testing.

“As a medical organization, ACOG releases guidance on medically indicated and valid procedures,” he said in a statement.

Solages called the practice “barbaric,” saying it is based on the idea that women are men’s property. She said just one instance, such as T.I.’s, of such an examination happening is enough for a ban.

“Whether he was being serious or he was being sarcastic, he brought to the limelight that this is happening in the U.S.,” she said.




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28Oct

Black actors frustrated with lack of Hollywood stylists who can do their hair – National

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Tiffany Haddish recalls leaving the set of a big-budget movie in tears in search of someone who could properly do her hair. Lorraine Toussaint blithely recounts the times her tresses have been damaged by stylists inexperienced with managing Black hair. And Tia Mowry-Hardrict recalls breaking down on set after seeing what was done to her locks.



“It’s mind-blowing to me that we still have to — meaning Black actresses — have to fight to have Black hairdressers on set for us. There was one time in particular I was doing this movie and, my God, I was the lead. And after this person did my hair, I cried. I was like, ‘I cannot go out there looking like this,’” said Mowry-Hardrict, star of the Netflix sitcom Family Reunion.

“I just don’t understand why you have to fight to get someone to understand the importance of that.”

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From Oscar winners to stars on the rise, many African-American actresses have similar stories about hair struggles in Hollywood. In an industry known for its glamour and beauty, some say the lack of diversity behind the scenes has led to challenging situations for women of colour.

READ MORE: Moms furious over strangers touching Black children’s hair — ‘It’s awkward and uncomfortable’

While Black hair comes in different textures, it is generally defined by its curls ranging from wavy to very tight coils. For years, racism and segregation typically dictated that Black people exclusively worked on Black hair. Today, that tradition remains as many non-Black stylists, for the most part, have not learned how to successfully work with African-American hair.

Halle Berry exploded on the Hollywood scene in the early 1990s with a short, pixie hairstyle that would become her signature. Others heavily copied the style, but the Oscar-winner didn’t set out to start a trend — it was a result of previous experiences with some Hollywood stylists.


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“That’s why I had short hair,” laughed the actress. ”(Maintaining) it was easy. I think as people of colour, especially in the business, we haven’t always had people that know how to manage our hair. Those days are different now — that’s when I started.”

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Others say the lack of Hollywood stylists able to properly manage their hair remains a problem.

“I can relate to that 100 per cent,” said Sierra Capri, the 20-year-old star of On My Block, Netflix’s most-binged original show of 2018. Capri, who says she’s multi-racial but identifies as Black, said it’s a relief when an actress finds a stylist who understands Black hair.






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“We want to look and feel good and we want to feel our best,” she said.

“If we feel that we have someone that understands us and understands what we want and what we need, then we’re gonna feel great and we can do what we came to do.”


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Queen Latifah said she encountered stylists who didn’t know what to do with her hair, particularly early in her career.

“It’s not because their heart wasn’t in the right place — they just didn’t have the skillset to do Black hair,” said Latifah, who recently worked with Proctor & Gamble to form The Queen Collective to promote racial and gender equality in filmmaking.

“As African-Americans, we have all different shapes, sizes, colours, textures, and you got to be able to work with that. We are always in a position to be able to work with what white people do. That’s just how it’s been, but it has to be reversed. It has to be some respect over here and figuring out what to do with our hair. So we just really need to add more people to the industry.”

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Queen Latifah said she encountered stylists who didn’t know what to do with her hair. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

To work in a wide range of entertainment areas, from films to talk shows, hairstylists must be in a union. Local 706 is the union for hairstylists in Los Angeles; Local 798 is based in New York. Joining a union requires a licence and experience on a production.

Local 706 doesn’t keep records on the race and ethnicity of its stylists but is aware of the frustrations and is trying to find solutions. Randy Sayer, the business representative for Local 706, hopes that changes in the industry do take place. Sayer says the union has no control over which stylists are hired for a production, that decision belongs to producers, studios and other employers.

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“I agree with every woman of colour or every actor who says ‘we need more.’ I want to be the person who’s helping us achieve that.”


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Legendary hairstylist Robert Stevenson, who was honoured by 706 last year with a lifetime achievement award, says it’s hard for anyone to join the union, regardless of ethnicity: “It’s no joke.”

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The Emmy-winner began his career in the 1960s when he says the government forced Hollywood to hire people of colour for all entertainment unions. He was the first Black male hairstylist the union accepted.

Stevenson, who’s styled stars like Angela Bassett, Viola Davis, Samuel L. Jackson and Eddie Murphy, said with more opportunities for Black actors, unions are playing catch up.

“When I came in, we didn’t have many Black actresses. I mean, Pam Grier was like one of the biggest stars,” Stevenson said. “But now it’s changed so much. There’s so many more Black actresses. And the few Black hairstylists that are in (the union) are working, so (the actresses) can’t seem to get who they want. But Viola Davis can get whatever she wants.”

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And while it’s true that the Oscar, Tony and Emmy award winner may be able to get whoever she wants, Davis has been vocal about her past hair chronicles. As recently as May, she said she would no longer work with stylists who don’t respect the craft of styling Black hair.

It’s deeper than “just someone not being able to do your hair,” said DeWanda Wise, who starred in Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It and is currently in post-production for Sony’s comedy-drama Fatherhood, along with Kevin Hart. “It’s people touching this texture with a certain level of trepidation and disgust.”

Andrea Pezzillo, a celebrity stylist who has groomed a wide range of clients such as Jhene Aiko, Chanel Iman, Jeff Bridges and Omari Hardwick, understands why many Black actresses are wary of white hair stylists.

“I always say this: it could take five years to grow your hair, and it could take one flat iron to break it all off,” said the Los Angeles-based Pezzillo, who is white.

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Pezzillo says she began styling women of colour after attending beauty school and becoming close with an Eritrean classmate. They’d often braid and explore each other’s hair, and eventually, a Black instructor took Pezzillo under her wing.

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“When I started doing African-American hair, I didn’t look at it different. I just looked at it like hair,” she said. “I was never intimidated and I learned through my mistakes.”

However, actresses say white stylists like Pezzillo who are proficient with many hair textures are few and far between.

“I would be a lie if I said it hasn’t been a problem. And it’s been tough-going for many years,” Toussaint said.

“Our hair is way more complicated,” the veteran actress explained. “If I’ve been told I have a not-Black hair person, the first question I say is, “Can they do a ’press-and-curl?” If you can do a press-and-curl, we can work together. If you don’t know what a press-and-curl is, we’ve got to start from scratch. But it is a challenge.”

Lorraine Toussaint recounts the times her tresses have been damaged by stylists inexperienced with managing Black hair. Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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Haddish said when she shot the movie Keanu, there was no one on set who could braid the cornrows she sported in the film.

“So then I had to go outside of the movie to find people in New Orleans to braid my hair,” she said.

“And I cried about it because it was a lot of extra time, and I could have been resting or learning my lines or just making sure I was on point.”


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Sanaa Lathan says she’s worn wigs to protect her tresses.

“I’ve worked in London, I’ve worked all over the world and sometimes you don’t know if you’re going to have somebody who’s familiar with Black hair,” she said.

For Mowry-Hardrict, it’s about more than just making an actress feel prepared for her job.

“If your hair is all over the place, it will be noticed,” she said.

“When you have someone look at you on television, you want to make sure that you are represented in the correct way,” the former Sister, Sister actress said. “Our hair is really important. So we got to represent, and we need someone who knows how to help us represent.”

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