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Luke Perry Passes Away at 52
Luke Perry, who was best known for playing the scruffy loner Dylan McKay on the popular series Beverly Hills, 90210, tragically passed away last week after suffering a major stroke at the age of 52. Regarded as a kind and compassionate figure who eschewed the trappings of fame, the actor was remembered fondly by his peers and fans alike. He leaves behind two children, Jack (21) and Sophie (18), as well as fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer.
Jennifer Lopez Says Yes
After the outward display of support for each other, the blending of their families, and loved-up public appearances together, it seemed inevitable that Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez were headed to the altar. While on vacation over the weekend, A-Rod finally popped the question after two years of dating with a massive diamond engagement ring. And with her saying yes, J.Lo will soon be J-Rod, should she take his last name.
'Leaving Neverland' Taints Michael Jackson's Legacy
In the wake of HBO’s two-part docuseries Leaving Neverland, in which James Safechuck and Wade Robson detail alleged abuse by Michael Jackson, social media is rife with emotional responses. On one side, there are many that believe the docuseries to be damning evidence that impeaches the King of Pop’s reputation, while others believe it to be a smear campaign.
However, Jackson was accused multiple times of child molestation during his lifetime, and even settled out of court in one case while stranding trial and being found innocent in another. The fact that these allegations continue to plague him even after his death – at the very least – gives one pause.
Queen Elizabeth II Joins Social Media
43 years after sending her first e-mail, Queen Elizabeth II has joined social media by posting for the very first time on Instagram. She took the opportunity to relate a story about a letter that was dated from 1843 and sent to her great-great-grandfather, Prince Albert. It was discovered from the Royal Archives.
The letter was written by Charles Babbage, informing Prince Albert about an “analytical engine” that he had invented. It was upon this engine that the first computer programs were created by Ada Lovelace, a daughter of Lord Byron. Leave it to Queen Elizabeth II to provide real substance with her first Instagram post rather than, say, a selfie.
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R. Kelly Denies All During Explosive Interview
The world watched R. Kelly do everything from swear and pound his chest to jump out of his chair and scream into the camera during his first interview since he was charged with sexually assaulting four women. Through it all, interviewer and co-host of CBS This Morning Gayle King didn’t even flinch, choosing not to interrupt his outbursts. The R&B singer denied all sex-abuse allegations, angrily saying, “Quit playing! I didn’t do this stuff! This is not me! I’m fighting for my f*cking life!”
Days after this volatile interview, Kelly was released from prison after the $161,000 he owed in child support was paid – though who actually paid this amount remains unknown. On his way out, he stopped briefly to speak with reporters, telling them, “I promise you, we’re going to straighten all this stuff out.” Watch snippets of the interview here.
Rimowa Launches in Dubai
Rimowa recently announced the opening of its first Dubai location inside ‘Fashion Avenue’ at The Dubai Mall. The bright, modern space that serves as the luxury travel brand’s boutique space hosts its entire luggage collection, including the ‘Original’, ‘Classic’, ‘Essential’, and ‘Hybrid’ lines.
In addition to all of these offerings, Rimowa offers the exclusive ‘Dubai City Sticker Set’, which was created specifically for the opening of the new location. Included in the set are five vinyl stickers designed by Helsinki-based artist, Antti Kalevi. The ‘Dubai City Sticker Set’ can be purchased here on the website and in the Dubai outlet.
Calvin Klein Closes Luxury Business
After Raf Simons exited Calvin Klein, everyone wondered who his replacement would be. And the surprising answer to that question is: no one. Instead, Calvin Klein has chosen to completely shutter all avenues of its luxury business: ready-to-wear, Calvin Klein 205W39NYC, and Calvin Klein by Appointment. Rather than market high-end offerings, Calvin Klein will reinvigorate focus on its mid-market products, like denim and underwear, which are already the most lucrative category for the brand.
Facebook Cracks Down on the Anti-Vaccination Movement
While Facebook has done little to curb the infestation of “fake news” on social media in terms of politics, it has started to crack down on misinformation being spread by the anti-vaxxer movement. The faction of people who believe that vaccinations are the cause behind autism – an absurd correlation that has been continuously and routinely debunked by scientific evidence – has been growing at an alarming rate thanks to social media.
However, those who choose not to vaccinate their children are now causing disease epidemics in various locations around the world, which had long thought to be eradicated. For example, there have already been measles outbreaks in Madagascar, New Zealand, the Philippines, and the United States at levels not seen since 1992. The debate continues.