Black Actors Won All Four Guest Star Emmy Awards for the First Time

The 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony won’t be happening for another week, but four actors have already made history. They are Tiffany Haddish, Ron Cephas Jones, Samira Wiley, and Katt Williams, who swept the four guest actor categories during the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday. In addition to this being all four actors’ first Emmy wins, according to CNN, this marks the first time all four awards have been won by black actors.

The best guest actor and actress in a comedy series awards went to Katt Williams for his role as Uncle Willie in Atlanta and Tiffany Haddish for her Saturday Night Live episode last November, respectively, according to Complex. Meanwhile, the corresponding drama awards went to Samira Wiley for her performance as Moira in The Handmaid’s Tale and Ron Cephas Jones as William in This Is Us, according to Deadline.

“I’d like to thank my higher power because without her I wouldn’t be here,” Wiley said during her acceptance speech, according to Deadline. She also thanked her wife, Lauren Morelli, who “every day shows me what real passion is for your work and every hour gives me a reason to bring it,” and gave a shout-out to costar Elisabeth Moss, a.k.a. “the most amazing scene partner a girl could ask for.”

Meanwhile, Cephas Jones thanked his daughter, agent, and This Is Us cast in his acceptance speech, as well as This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman “for giving me the opportunity and being in the room where it happens,” per Deadline. “God bless my mother,” he added. “I know you’re looking down on me.” According to Deadline, backstage, he talked about researching the works of August Wilson and James Baldwin to inspire his performance as William, whom he described as a “flawed man with a checkered past.” “It would have been difficult,” he said when asked if a character like William could have existed “years ago,” according to Deadline. “We are moving forward and moving ahead.”

According to Deadline, neither Haddish nor Williams were present to pick up their awards.

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Meryl Streep’s Facial Reactions at the U.S. Open Have Spawned the Best Memes

Meryl Streep’s Oscar-winning face has just created a whole new batch of memes. After becoming immortalized in the hallowed halls of meme history for cheering on Debbie Reynolds at the 2015 SAG Awards (a moment she recreated at the 2018 Oscars), not to mention the countless Miranda Priestly GIFs that rule Twitter with an impeccably-manicured fist, the iconic actress has once again spawned another meme—this time from the U.S. Open.

According to Time, it all went down during the men’s final on Sunday between Novak Djokovic and Juan Martín del Potro. The cameras zoomed in on Streep’s face during their super-intense match, and the results are absolutely priceless. ESPN and SB Nation described it best: Gasping with the suspense of it all, hands pressed against her cheeks, she was pretty much the IRL embodiment of the scream emoji (😱). Naturally, the Internet couldn’t get enough, and it pretty much took over Twitter for the duration of the match. (According to HuffPost, Streep soon became aware of herself becoming a meme in real time, and cracked open a cold one just for the cameras.)

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Below, here are some of the best memes created from Streep’s reactions:

Remarkably, this isn’t the only Streep meme from this year, or even over the past month. Back in August, a picture from the Big Little Lies season two set took the internet by storm. Truly a work of art, it features Reese Witherspoon (in character as Madeline Martha Mackenzie) tossing a massive ice cream cone at Streep (who’s playing Perry’s mother). Oh, Meryl. Never stop.

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Here Are All the Details on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s First Royal Tour

In just over a month, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will embark on their very first royal tour together, and now we have all the exact dates and stops on their trip. Kensington Palace announced the details early Monday morning with a set of tweets and a post on the royal family’s official website, revealing that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be visiting Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga, and New Zealand from October 16 to October 31.

“The programme across these four Commonwealth countries will focus on youth leadership, environmental and conservation efforts – including the dedication of several new Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy projects – and the recovery and rehabilitation of servicemen and women through the Invictus Games Sydney 2018,” the post reads.

Based on the itinerary, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will start in Sydney, Australia, where they’ll reportedly stay in a super fancy, Infinity pool-and-wine-cellar-stocked mega-mansion called the Villa del Mare four days before the start of the Invictus Games, which opens October 20. From there, they’ll hit Fraser Island in Australia, before leaving for Suva, Fiji. Then, on October 25, they’ll visit Nadi, Fiji and Nuku’alofa, Tonga, before visiting Sydney again on the 26th after concluding the Tongan leg of their tour. They’ll wrap things up in New Zealand, with stops in Wellington, Abel Tasman, Auckland, and Rotorua.

According to Kensington Palace, more details will be announced in “due course.”

The full dates and stops are below.

Tuesday 16th October: Sydney, Australia

Wednesday 17th October: Dubbo, Australia

Thursday 18th October: Melbourne, Australia

Friday 19th October: Sydney, Australia

Saturday 20th October: Sydney, Australia

Sunday 21st October: Sydney, Australia

Monday 22nd October: Fraser Island, Australia

Tuesday 23rd October: Suva, Fiji

Wednesday 24th October: Suva, Fiji

Thursday 25th October: Nadi, Fiji and Nuku’alofa, Tonga

Friday 26th October: Nuku’alofa, Tonga and Sydney, Australia

Saturday 27th October: Sydney, Australia

Sunday 28th October: Wellington, New Zealand

Monday 29th October: Wellington and Abel Tasman, New Zealand

Tuesday 30th October: Auckland, New Zealand

Wednesday 31st October: Rotorua, New Zealand

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At the U.S. Open, Serena Williams Demanded the Apology All Black Women Deserve

When Naomi Osaka was in the third grade, she chose the subject of her class report carefully, settling on her idol before coloring her paper. It was Serena Williams, already a powerful force in the tennis world, already the type of athlete Osaka dreamed of being. And on Saturday, the world watched as the young woman finally faced off with Williams in the 2018 U.S. Open Finals. It was a full-circle moment—when Osaka was just a toddler, Williams was taking home her first Grand Slam title in 1999.

More than being a special moment between two women who love the game, it was also a rare show of diversity in the exclusive, male-dominated world of tennis. The world would watch a young Japanese-Haitian-American woman take on a black woman from Compton who rose up the ranks to be one of the sport’s fiercest competitors. It is what dreams are made of; the moments that fill women of color with pride because we know just how unique and improbable they can be.

Instead, what we witnessed were the insidious prongs of sexism and racism: How the world often doles out injustice and insult on women of color, expecting them to accept it gracefully, and when they don’t, chastise them for the rage they instigated.

That’s exactly what happened. Osaka’s win was overshadowed with guilt and anger after Williams was given a controversial series of game code violations. First, a warning because chair umpire Carlos Ramos believed coach Patrick Mouratoglou was in violation of secretly coaching Williams. As an athlete who has never called for on-court coaching or used dishonest measures to win, Williams took offense. “I don’t cheat to win,” she told Ramos. “I’d rather lose.” Understandably angry that her character and integrity had been called into question, Williams received a point penalty for smashing her racket. The game penalty came as a result of Williams calling Ramos “a thief” for the point penalty. (As watchers of the sport have pointed out, this was much less than what men of the sport have shouted out from the court). Sure, tensions were high. Here was Williams, after coming back to the game ranked lower, having literally fought for her life post-childbirth, being accused of cheating. What came next wasn’t a meltdown. It wasn’t “un-serene.” It was simply what anyone being unfairly accused would do.

“You owe me an apology,” she repeated, her finger pointed at the man who ruined both Williams’ comeback and Osaka’s introduction to the U.S. Open. And he did. Ramos exerted his power in an otherwise straight-forward match because he could. And when he couldn’t get his way…when he couldn’t take the heat Williams was giving him, he took the game (and Osaka’s win) away.

The fragility of the male ego does not have room for any woman—much less a Black woman—demanding an apology. Nevertheless, Williams persisted in her pursuit of one. She is tired, and rightfully so. From the moment the world was introduced to Serena Williams the tennis star, her existence on the court has been met with the disapproval that only racism and sexism can allow. Refusing to abandon her beaded hair style, Williams didn’t conform to the right kind of black girl for tennis. As she continued to dominate the sport, she has been subjected to unwarranted drug testing. Her body remains the subject of scrutiny, so much so that officials changed dress code policies around her, despite Williams’ health concerns that warrant specific attire. And what could only be viewed as the peak of sexism, Williams returned to the game only to be ranked lower due to childbirth.

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Every attempt is made to discredit her success and minimize her legacy. For years, it seemed that tennis wanted Williams to simply be grateful for her space in the room. How dare she demand to be treated equally? After all, she gets to play and, for someone like her, that should be enough.

Black women knew why Serena was angry. We know all too well what it means for someone else’s [perceived] errors to be made our own. We know what it is like for our passionate responses to be read as antagonistic. Even U.S. Open commentators defended and chastised her at the same time, suggesting her tone was inappropriate and that the umpire should have reprimanded her “like a child” to get her to calm down. If Williams, a black woman of considerable wealth and status, experiences this without reprieve, those with fewer resources are left completely unprotected. When she told the umpire, “you owe me an apology,” it was for all of us.

Black women deserve apologies for every time our self-advocacy was viewed as threatening and antagonistic. We deserve apologies for all the times we expressed ourselves and were told we could have said it differently. We deserve apologies when we were not believed and the worst was assumed of us. We deserve apologies for consistently telling this country what was in its political best interest and being ignored. Black women are owed apologies for our daily navigation of spaces that require us to be anxiously preoccupied with how our actions could be viewed by others.

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Serena Williams comforts Naomi Osaka after the 20 year old’s U.S. Open win.

Apologies matter. They signal that the offender recognizes their actions were wrong and caused harm. Yet, an apology isn’t the final step. Corrective and restorative actions must be taken. The match may be over, but tennis must reckon with the deeply sexist and racist politics that were at play. Williams deserves better treatment all around and she’s demanding it.

In her post match interview, Williams said “I’m here, fighting for women’s rights and for women’s equality and for all kinds of stuff … Maybe it didn’t work out for me, but it’s going to work out for the next person.” And the fight is a necessary. We saw this no more clearly than when Naomi Osaka tearfully apologized for winning. Girls and women of color are taught to apologize for the space they take up in this world. They are to be invisible and, when they are noticed, it is their fault. But the apology wasn’t on Osaka to deliver. Systems that believe women of color cannot be victims are the only guilty parties.

Though it will not erase what was stolen from them in this moment (and how Williams, like so many black women before her, was made fixer of the moment when she publicly celebrated a tearful Osaka post-match), I hope these two professionals get another chance to face each other on the court. And I hope the moment is beyond what Naomi thought possible in the third grade, a moment in which tennis recognizes what an honor it is that Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka choose to play this game, when they could have taken their magic anywhere else.

As Gillian B. White writes for The Atlantic: “Being the best may not be enough to take home the Grand Slam trophy, but Williams is winning at something much more consequential.” For challenging the status quo in that way, Williams will always be a winner in the eyes of women of color, who too are owed apologies from society.

We’re waiting.


Candice Benbow is a writer and the creator of The Lemonade Syllabus, whose work focuses on faith, feminism and pop culture.

Miss Michigan Called Out the Flint Water Crisis During the Miss America Pageant

Last night, Nia Franklin of New York was crowned the latest Miss America, but it is Miss Michigan, Emily Sioma, who is making headlines thanks to her short introduction during the broadcast.

Instead of using the moment to highlight her achievements or qualifications—she graduated with a degree in women’s studies and works to support survivors of sexual violence—Sioma instead chose to call attention to the continuing water crisis in Flint, MI. “From the state with 84% of the United States’ fresh water but none for its residents to drink, I am Miss Michigan Emily Sioma,” she said.

The city’s water problems have been ongoing since 2014 when it was found that the water in the city’s pipes was contaminated with high levels of lead and other toxins.

Social media users were quick to praise Sioma for her bold move with one writing this was “clearly not your mother’s Miss America pageant.”

Another said, “Been rolling my eyes all weekend that Miss America is still a thing but MISS MICHIGAN FOR PRESIDENT.”

This is surely the type of positive attention that the Miss America organization is looking for as it continues to rebrand and attempts to focus more on the intellect of its contestants. Back in June, board of trustees chairwoman Gretchen Carlson announced that the pageant would no longer include its famous swimsuit competition. “We are no longer a pageant,” Carlson told Good Morning America at the time. “We are a competition. We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance. That’s huge.”

“Who doesn’t want to be empowered, learn leadership skills, and pay for college and be able to show the world who you are as a person from the inside of your soul,” she continued. “That’s what we’re judging them on now.”

While Sioma didn’t even make the final 15 in the competition, her message was most definitely heard.

John Legend Just Achieved EGOT Status—So Chrissy Teigen Obviously Roasted Him

Chrissy Teigen loves to roast John Legend. She’s been doing it for years now. The Cravings author never misses an opportunity to throw some (playful) shade at her singer husband—and last night’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards was no exception. At the ceremony, Legend scooped up a trophy for his producing work on Jesus Chris Superstar Live in Concert—making him the youngest person and first black man to achieve EGOT status—which is an incredible feat. Obviously, Teigen was proud and posted accordingly on social media. “EGOT GOATS,” she captioned over a photo of Legend and his JCS teammates Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

She also put this sweet pic on Instagram and wrote, “My incredible man. What a surreal life.”

But it wasn’t before long that the roasting kicked in. Shortly after her nice congratulatory posts, Teigen uploaded a video to Instagram of Legend placing his Emmy on a shelf. That’s all well and good, but she captioned it, “And I say hey, what a wonderful kind of day,” a.k.a lyrics to the Arthur theme song.

Context: It’s been a long-running joke on the Internet that Legend looks like Arthur, something Teigen herself has indulged many, many times.

Seriously: Many times.

Teigen wrapped up her EGOT commentary with this video of Legend making pancakes in honor of his win. “What are you doing?” Teigen asks in the video. “Making EGOT pancakes,” he replies. “You got pancakes?” she says back, jokingly. And this is why the Internet is obsessed with them.

Everyone’s super jazzed about Legend’s EGOT status, too. Below are just some of the many celebrities who’ve congratulated him on social media.

Welcome to the EGOT Club, John! Hope those pancakes were bomb.

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Penn Badgley Is Way Creepier Than Dan Humphrey On His New Show *You*

It’s hard to forget when Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley) was revealed as Gossip Girl‘s titular blogger in 2012—mostly because it made zero sense. Dan routinely sat and read Gossip Girl multiple times in his room by himself. Gnarly rumors concerning him and his inner circle ended up on the site. He’d even act genuinely shocked when Gossip Girl pulled her tricks. So was all of this…pretend? The entire bombshell, ultimately, made Dan creepier in the eyes of the viewers. He went from Lonely Boy to Stealthy Stalker Who Duped Everyone all in the course of one episode—and pop culture has never been the same.

But if you thought Dan Humphrey was creepy, wait until you see Badgley’s new character in Lifetime’s fall series You, which premieres Sunday night (September 9). He plays Joe Goldberg, a bookstore clerk who falls madly in love with a customer named Guinevere Beck (Beck for short, played by Elizabeth Lail). “Madly in love” is a nice way of saying Joe becomes full-on, Fatal Attraction-level obsessed with Beck. Without giving away too many specific details, here’s a hodgepodge of absolutely bonkers things Joe does only days after learning Beck’s name:

  1. Tracks down her address and watches her through her large bay windows. (What he watches—and does—specifically is insane, and you’ll have to tune in to find out.)

  2. Follows Beck and her friends to a birthday dinner and eavesdrops on their conversations.

  3. Breaks into Beck’s house to skulk around and learn more about her. He also steals her underwear.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Joe takes cyber-stalking to new, terrifying heights—and what’s worse is he thinks there’s something chivalrous about it. The entire first episode is told through Joe’s POV and, in his mind, his gross invasions of privacy are perfectly justifiable. In the first scene of the pilot, for example, Joe assumes that Beck wearing loud bracelets to the bookstore implies she wants his attention. When she declines his help to reach for a book on a high shelf and does it herself, he thinks it’s because she wants to show off her body.

And the wildest assumption of all: Joe thinks Beck paying for her book with a credit card means she wants him to know her name. These are all totally innocuous things that Joe takes as pointed signals toward him—a dangerous thing men do all the time to women that can lead to harassment, assault, or, in Beck’s case, stalking. It’s a pretty on-the-nose commentary for our current political climate.

But let’s scale back a bit. This is a Lifetime show, and while You does make some important statements, it’s largely just an unabashedly—and unapologetically—over-the-top series that will audibly make you shriek. I certainly did. Seriously: Some of the things Joe does in the pilot episode—all in the pursuit of winning over Beck—will literally make you say, “What the fuck?”

Shay Mitchell also stars on You, and she’s deliciously campy in her first big role since Pretty Little Liars. She plays Peach, a relative of J.D. Salinger (???) whose opulent lifestyle and rich-bitch attitude is super fun to watch. She’s a good friend of Beck’s who routinely offers her money as a form of protection. Peach seems a little too invested in her friend off the bat, though, so there’s a good chance she may also turn into a Joe Goldberg-level obsessive. Of course, we’ll have to wait and see on that front.

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Overall, You is definitely worth a watch this fall, if only because it’s so ridiculous (in the best way possible). Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars were pretty outrageous shows on their own, so imagine if they aired on Lifetime: a network known for shock-and-awe programming. That, my friends, is You—and it’s about to be your next obsession. Just make sure it’s a healthy one.

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Celebrities Rally Behind Serena Williams After Umpire Issues ‘Sexist’ Penalty at the U.S. Open

The U.S. Open on Saturday (September 8) took an emotional turn for Serena Williams, who was accused of cheating by chair umpire Carlos Ramos. You can read a rundown of what happened here, but the abridged version is this: Ramos alleged Williams was receiving coaching during the game, which isn’t allowed. Williams denied this and broke her racket in frustration. This resulted in Ramos issuing Williams a point penalty, putting her opponent, Naomi Osaka, just a few serves away from winning the Grand Slam. Williams called Ramos a “thief,” which resulted in another violation for “verbal abuse.” Osaka ultimately ended up winning the tournament.

In the aftermath, celebrities and other fans of Williams showed an outpouring of support for the tennis great after what she and others have called the ‘sexist’ penalties. To be clear, people aren’t necessarily upset that Williams lost the match; in fact, the icon said herself in a post-match press conference she doesn’t know if she would’ve defeated Osaka had the point penalty not happened.

Scroll through for some of the most supportive social media posts celebs and other high-profile women have put up to show their solidarity with Williams.

Alicia Keys

“.@serenawilliams You are THE epitome of grace and prowess!!!,” she posted on Twitter. “You are an inspiration to all of us. Your purpose to be a leader and a light is a gift to the world!! We love you and thank you for sharing your greatness and spirit ! Congratulations Queen!!! 🔥🔥👏🏽👏🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽✨✨”

Nicki Minaj

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Alicia Keys

Sallie Krawcheck

Janelle Monáe

Ellen DeGeneres

Roxane Gay

Shonda Rimes

Hayley Wickenheiser

Reese Witherspoon

Billie Jean King

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Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Re-created Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Engagement Pic

Priyanka Chopra and Meghan Markle are good friends—and if you’ve checked the Internet some time in the last year, then you probably know this. It’s not a recent thing, either: The Quantico actress and duchess of Sussex have been close for years (they even attended Hamilton together—the ultimate sign of friendship). Chopra’s opened up about her bond with Markle a few times, at one point defending her to Wendy Williams after the host called her “Prince Harry’s girlfriend.” Simply put, they’re tight!

Chopra attended Markle and Prince Harry’s royal wedding back in May, but a lot has happened since then. Chopra is now engaged to Nick Jonas, and the two are currently taking New York Fashion Week by storm. The couple stopped by the Ralph Lauren fiftieth anniversary event on Friday (September 7) and looked ridiculously hot, obviously. That’s nothing new—but what might surprise you is a photo the two of them took inside the event.

Chopra and Jonas posed for a couple’s shot taken by Alexi Lubomirski, and the image looks almost exactly like Prince Harry and Markle’s engagement photo. That’s not a coincidence, either: Lubomirski, if you forget, also did the royal couple’s engagement shoot.

Check out Chopra and Jonas’ photo for yourself, below:

And then compare it to Prince Harry and Markle’s iconic shot. See the resemblance?

The pose! The hand-holding! It’s all seemingly an homage to the Markle and Prince Harry. Excuse me while I hang both of these photos up in my living room.

“Meghan, standing shoulder to shoulder with Harry, will be a princess for the people,” Chopra wrote about her friend in Time magazine a few months back, also adding, “Meghan is an important influencer in a world that needs strong public figures to respect and look up to.” It looks like her influence also translates to engagement pics—and we’re definitely not mad about it.

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The Best Spring 2019 Street Style From New York Fashion Week 2018

The end-of-summer humidity clearly isn’t enough to discourage New York Fashion Week goers from pulling out their most eye-grabbing, runway-inspired outfits. Outside the shows, the crowds expertly mixed summery colors and prints with just-dropped Fall 2018 pieces and trends, like corduroy, suiting, and animal prints (weather be damned.) The result is a master class in taking a maximalist approach to transitional dressing: stretching your warm-weather wardrobe for as long as possible by peppering in those autumnal additions you’ve been oh-so-patiently waiting to break out. Check out some of the very best street style from the Spring 2019 season to inspire your outfits for the remainder of summer and all the way through the fall, ahead.

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