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Grammy Award winner Natalie Cole speaks at the National...

In honor of the life of Natalie Cole, the fallen singer’s friends and family gathered to celebrate the star Monday morning. The funeral, lasting about three hours, was full of love and high praise of the artist. Celebrities including Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Kurt Carr all had wonderful things to say about the legend. Her family released a statement saying, “Natalie fought a fierce, courageous battle, dying how she lived … with dignity, strength and honor. Our beloved mother and sister will be greatly missed and remain UNFORGETTABLE in our hearts forever.” [PEOPLE]

Pt 1: “Be who you needed when you were younger”. About a year ago, I saw this photo while casually scrolling through my Instagram one morning. I’m not one for inspirational quotes, particularly ones attributed to “Mx Anonymous”- something mean in me rebukes the pithiness of proverbs, choosing to judge them as trite instead of possibly-generally-wise, resonant, or helpful. And in the case of the good ol’ Anonymous kind, I felt that there was something to be said for the missing context. Who wrote or said the damn words? Why? And to/for who in particular? Nonetheless, I screen-capped the picture and saved it. It struck me for some reason, finding itself likeable enough to join the ranks of the “favorites” album on my phone. I’d see it there almost daily, a small version of it next to my other “favorites”; I’d see it every time I checked into the gym, pulled up a picture of my insurance cards, my driver’s license…. Important Documents. And over the course of about-a-year, it became clear why the inspirational photo had called out to me. As a young boy, I knew I wanted to be an actor. I knew I wanted to be a lot of things! I thought I wanted to be a painter, a soccer player, a stegosaurus… But the acting thing stuck. It was around that age that I also knew, however abstractly, that I was different from some of the other boys in my grade. Over time, this abstract “knowing” grew and articulated itself through a painful gestation marked by feelings of despair and alienation, ending in a climax of saying three words out loud: “I am gay”. I said them to myself at first, to see how they felt. They rang true, and I hated myself for them. I was twelve. It would take me a few years before I could repeat them to anyone else, in the meantime turning the phrase over and over in my mouth until I felt comfortable and sure enough to let the words pour out again, this time to my family…

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Teen Wolf’s Charlie Carver came out to fans in a touching five-part letter on Instagram. He began the series of posts with, “be who you needed when you were younger,” and continues the heartfelt message by inspiring others to embrace and love themselves. Read the rest of the posts here. [PopSugar]

Britain commemorates Rock legend David Bowie in London

Carnegie Hall announced it’s original tribute event for David Bowie, “The Music of David Bowie” has been changed to a memorial concert. [Vulture]

The Beverly Hills City Council And Playboy Enterprises, Inc. Celebrates The Return Of Playboy Headquarters

Hugh Hefner‘s infamous Playboy Mansion has gone on the market for a record $200 million. The mansion, which is almost 20,000 square feet, currently holds the title for most expensive home for sale in the U.S. [Forbes]

People's Choice Awards 2016 - Backstage And Audience

Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell recently revealed she is the new official face of Bioré cosmetics. The actress has been known to flaunt her perfect skin and chic style on Instagram so this position is a perfect fit for her. [PEOPLE]

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