Extra Extra: Here’s What You Missed from the Week of January 7, 2018

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We get it. We can barely keep up with the onslaught of information ourselves. That being said, it’s our mission to keep readers in the know, which is why we’ve combed through it all, distilled it to its essence, and dispensed it into easily digestible tidbits. Want to be the most knowledgeable culture savant in your group of friends? Then check back every Sunday for what you’ve missed in the world of celebrities and fashion.


Erin Jackson's Astonishing Athleticism

After just four months on the ice, Erin Jackson became the first black woman on the U.S. Olympic long-track speed-skating team, a timeline that has shocked even veteran athletes. With 15 years experience of in inline skating, she wasn’t arriving at the sport cold – no pun intended – but her first time on the ice still represented a challenge.

Jackson quickly adapted, much to the astonishment of teammates like Brittany Bowe, who told Sports Illustrated, “She’s improving dramatically every time she steps on that ice. She’s at a point now where she can make those huge gains, so to see that two races in a row out here when the pressure is the highest is really promising for her and the sprint program for Team USA.” Talk about inspiring!


Time's Up Set to Take Over the Golden Globes

After a year of explosive revelations concerning the top-down sexual misconduct towards women, the question remains: will any change come of it? Fed up with the status quo, hundreds of women in Hollywood have banded together to launch Time’s Up, the GoFundMe page of which has nearly reached its $16 million legal defense fund goal. The fund provides monetary aid to the victims of sexual misconduct during their ongoing legal battles.

Since the problem is universal, it came as no surprise when 700,000 female farmworkers came forward in unity with the Time’s Up movement. Meanwhile, major stars like Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, and Jessica Chastain have been spearheading the movement. In fact, the red-carpet glitterati will eschew sparkling gowns at the Golden Globes in favor of all-black ensembles and matching pins to signify their solidarity with Time’s Up.


Logan Paul Comes Under Fire for Racial Insensitivity

While you and I may not have heard of some of YouTube’s biggest stars, a whole generation of young people consider them to be major celebrity figureheads. Logan Paul, along with his brother Jake Paul, runs one of YouTube’s most successful channels – one that boasts over 15 million subscribers. The duo are rather unimaginative “bro” caricatures who perform elaborate pranks for legions of young, impressionable fans.

Their most recent video, however, came under fire for filming and laughing at the dead body of a young man in Japan’s Aokigahara forest, which is known for its high rate of suicides. While the Pauls’ asinine reaction to stumbling across an apparent suicide victim inspired a vicious backlash on the internet, the entirety of their trip to Japan was soon revealed – the two took every opportunity to showcase their cultural insensitivity by “pranking” Japanese vendors and passersby while openly mocking their culture.


Michael Wolff’s Book Tears Into Trump

Without a doubt, the biggest news story of the week are the explosive revelations contained in Michael Wolff’s new book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Following the insane level of access to the White House and its staff given to the author, the book unveils a government in chaos as it attempts to handle one of the most unpredictable presidents in history, even revealing that Donald Trump – and those around him – was actually banking on Hillary Clinton’s victory.

When excerpts from Fire and Fury emerged, Trump issued Wolff a cease-and-desist, which is a strange measure as it all but assures that the public would flock to the book release. In fact, the publisher decided to move the release date up four days to Friday, and it instantly sold out on shelves everywhere. In typical Trump fashion, he took to Twitter to denounce the author and brag about the size of his intelligence and mental stability, claiming that he is a genius – a “very stable genius at that!”

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