This Is the Woman Most Americans Are Hoping to See on the New $10 Bill

No, it's not Beyonce

Of the women being considered to replace Alexander Hamilton on the redesigned $10 bill, Eleanor Roosevelt is the favorite by far with more than one in four Americans favoring her over the other contenders.

The former first lady came in first place with 27% of the 1,249 votes counted in a McClatchy Marist poll that was released on Wednesday. Harriet Tubman and Sacagawea followed at second and third place, with 17% and 13% of the vote, respectively.

Martha Washington’s portrait was printed on money in the 19th century, but this will be the first time that a female figure is featured on U.S. currency in over a century. The new $10 bill will appropriately be released in 2020, the 100th anniversary celebration of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

After Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced the decision to replace Hamilton with a woman, the Treasury created a social media campaign dubbed #TheNew10 so that everyone could weigh in with their opinion. Aside from those named in the poll, suggestions included Rosa Parks and Amelia Earhart.

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Watch Tina Fey’s ***Flawless Beyoncé Lip Sync

Joined by fellow co-stars Tituss Burgess and Jane Krakowski

We woke up like this: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt breakout star Tituss Burgess posted an Instagram video on Tuesday night of himself, Kimmy co-star Jane Krakowski and show co-creator Tina Fey lip-syncing to Beyoncé’s “***Flawless.” It’s pretty great.

I love @beyonce #nofilter #jetlife #unbreakle #netflix #janegetontwitter #tinaiknowyouwon't #peenonoir

A video posted by Tituss Burgess (@titusssawthis) on

The trio attended the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday to talk about season 2 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. “I would hate to ruin that in season two,” Fey told press on Tuesday about the Netflix show (which started its life as an NBC project). “I don’t think you’ll see any cursing or nudity. I think it does give us license to play with time and culture – or to potentially offend an advertiser or the NFL.”

Fey has long been a social media holdout, and in a now-deleted 2013 video explained why. “Most people are so f–king boring that they should up, and you should have to get a license,” she said of Twitter. “And I’m volunteering to be in charge of the licenses. […] Go write it in a journal and mail it to your grandma. Do you understand how boring this would be, if I were tweeting this?”

Good thing Burgess went with Instagram.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Beyoncé Inspired the Design of This Skyscraper

The proposed Premier Tower was inspired by Beyoncé's "Ghost" video.

If you like it then you should have built a tower after it

Beyoncé’s influence has already been felt in the music business, and now she’s leaving her mark on…architecture? Yup: the singer was an inspiration for a new skyscraper that’s been given planning approval in Melbourne, Australia, according to Dezeen. Specifically, the architectural firm Elenberg Fraser says the curved design of the Premier Tower, which will house 660 apartments and a 160-room hotel, pays homage to Bey’s “Ghost” music video.

Here’s an excerpt from the official description of what might be the most ***flawless building in the world:

The complex form – a vertical cantilever – is actually the most effective way to redistribute the building’s mass, giving the best results in terms of structural dispersion, frequency oscillation and wind requirements. Art and science? You betcha. For those more on the art than science side, we will reveal that the form does pay homage to something more aesthetic – we’re going to trust you’ve seen the music video for Beyoncé’s Ghost.

See more mock-ups of the building over at the firm’s website, and watch the video that inspired it below:

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Watch Beyoncé Prove It’s Never Too Late to Celebrate Pride

"Never Too Late #LoveWins"

Last week, America erupted when the U.S. Supreme court ruled in favor of legalizing same sex marriage in all 50 states, and celebrities rejoiced on Instagram and Twitter, sharing the hashtag #LoveWins.

Beyoncé stayed quiet, a move we now realize was probably in preparation for the magic below. On Wednesday, she posted a video, in which she dances in various rainbow outfits, and totally confirms: It’s never too late to celebrate Pride.

Never Too Late #LoveWins ❤️

A video posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Age Gap is the New Wage Gap: Just Ask Top-Paid Female Celebrities

Celebrity Sightings In New York City - June 24, 2015
Raymond Hall—GC Images Actress Jennifer Lawrence is seen walking in Soho on June 24, 2015 in New York City. (Raymond Hall--GC Images)

On average, the women on the Forbes List of 100 Top-Paid Celebrities are almost 10 years younger than the men

Aging rockers, has-been radio personalities, and ex-action stars get paid more than A-list actresses. That’s one major takeaway from Forbes’ annual list of the 100 top-paid celebrities this year.

Two things were apparent from this year’s list: women make up only 16% of the top-paid celebrities in the world, and the ones who do make the list are significantly younger than the men. The average age for men on the list was 42– for women, it was 36. If you take out Judge Judy, who at 72 is an outlier by about 15 years, that average drops to just over 33.

In other words: the pay gap is alive and well, even among the richest celebrities, and while male stars are adept at turning youthful success into a lifetime of fame, female celebrity is far more delicate. The average age for men on the 2015 Forbes list does not include the collected ages of The Rolling Stones, the Eagles, and Fleetwood Mac, all ’70s era bands who made the list (Fleetwood Mac includes two women)– if the ages of these men had been included, the average age for men on the list would have been significantly higher. Older guys like Jimmy Buffett (68) Jackie Chan (61) and Howard Stern (61) make the list, but Meryl Streep (66) and Madonna (56) don’t.

The 16 women on the list earned a combined $409 million, while the combined male earnings topped $4.3 billion. More importantly, many of the women on the list tend to be young and beautiful, while older stars are simply not making the cut. Of the 16 women on the list, only a quarter are over the age of 35 (Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Lopez, Ellen Degeneres and Judge Judy.) The other twelve are much younger, including Jennifer Lawrence (24), Taylor Swift (25) and Lady Gaga (29). Almost half of the 16 women on the list are under 30.

To be clear–it’s not Forbes’s fault there are so few women on their list, they’re just the messenger here. This year they expanded their annual list of top-paid celebrities to include international icons, and restricted it to on-camera talent (which might be why Shonda Rhimes and Oprah aren’t on it). They assembled the list by measuring earnings from June 1, 2014 to June 1, 2015, then subtracted management fees and taxes. That sounds like a fair methodology for determining which celebrities are making the most money.

And yet, women are notably absent. Lots of women who would ordinarily be on the list seem to be taking a little break this year. As Forbes’s Natalie Robehmed explains, in her post about why there are so few women on the list:

Sandra Bullock clocked an impressive $51 million in 2014′s ranking thanks to her solo payday in Gravity, but a quiet 12 months took her out of the running this year. Other seemingly big stars, such as Emma Stone, have yet to see their earnings catch up with their status. Even Melissa McCarthy, who has proven her ability to carry an action/comedy movie solo with Spy, St. Vincent and Tammy failed to break the Celebrity 100′s $29 million barrier to entry.

Of course, there’s also the fact that there’s a pay gap between men and women in most professions, and Hollywood isn’t immune. As Robehmed points out, it’s no coincidence that Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams only saw 7% of the profits for American Hustle, while the male actors got 9%. Women are also less likely to be the main character, which means smaller paychecks, and in other countries the gap is even worse– in Bollywood, actresses make about a sixth of what their male co-stars make.

And yet it’s impossible to ignore the age trend at work here. Among the richest celebrities, all the women young, beautiful, and at the top of their game right now– Beyonce, Katy Perry, and Sofia Vergara are all in the prime of their careers. Not so with the richest male celebrities– Jerry Seinfeld hasn’t been on primetime TV in years, and Adam Sandler hit his stride in the early 2000s.


In other words: when it comes to top-paid celebrities, the age gap might be just as important as the wage gap.




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Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris Are the Highest-Paid Celebrity Couple

According to Forbes

Move over Jay Z and Beyonce—there’s a new highest-paid ccelebrity couple.

Forbes reports Taylor Swift and new beau Calvin Harris, a singer/producer, songwriter and DJ, raked in $146 million over the past year. Thanks to Swift’s endorsement deals with the likes of Sony and Keds and Harris’ contracts with Giorgio Armani and Sol Republic, the new couple booted mega-stars Bey and Jay from the top spot on the list.

Jay Z and Beyonce weren’t too far behind, though. According to Forbes, the two brought in $110.5 million over the past year thanks in part to ticket sales from their collaborative On the Run tour.

Forbes teased the “world’s highest paid celebrities” as a part of their rollout of the upcoming annual Celebrity 100, which will be published June 29. On this year’s list, Forbes ranked the world’s highest-paid celebrities by annual income only and there are only three couples—Taylor and Calvin, Jay and Beyonce, and Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton—where each person made the list.

Read more at Forbes.

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Beyonce Announces She’s Vegan, BeyHive Attacks

Beyonce appeared on Good Morning America to announce that she's eating more plants

On this day, June the 8th, year of our lord two-thousand and fifteen, the Queen of all things pop, culture, and flawlessness, Beyonce, delivered an important message to her many (and we do mean, many) loyal subjects.

She trying veganism (again). Or at least, she’s adopted a plant-based diet in her latest effort to control her weight.

The singer and avowed Popeyes enthusiast announced with great fanfare that she’s struggled for years with her diet, but after taking up a challenge to adopt veganism, she’s feeling better about herself than ever before.

“I am not naturally the thinnest woman,” the singer said in a segment on Good Morning America. “And I have struggled since a young age with diets. And finding something that actually works for me and actually keep – keeps the weight off has been difficult for me.”

Followers of the singer may recall that Queen Bey adopted a similar lifestyle change in 2013 after husband Jay Z’s 44th birthday. The two took a 22-day challenge to eat more plant-based meals, posting blog posts and Instagrams to keep followers posted on their diet changes. On Monday, she suggested that more people adopt the practice.

Fans, however, were not impressed.

In fact, they were seriously ticked off, taking to social media to express their disdain. The anger largely stemmed from the elusive teaser video Sunday night. Could it be a concert, fans wondered. Is she pregnant again? Going on tour? Nope, she’s just eating more lettuce.

Needless to say, the Beyhive — the adopted name of Beyonce’s loyal fanbase — let their displeasure be known:

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Sony Has No Plans to Pull Beyoncé’s Music from Tidal

Beyonce performs at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2015.
John Shearer—Invision/AP Beyonce performs at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2015.

"We are rooting for Jay and Tidal to succeed"

A Bloomberg feature last week raised concerns about Jay Z’s streaming service Tidal, and whether Sony would allow the music of some of its most profitable artists to remain on it. “If Jay Z can’t come up with the cash for Sony,” the story warned, “he faces the possibility that Tidal might lose albums from some of its co-owners, most painfully Beyoncé, a Sony artist.”

Sony has now quashed that rumor for the time being. “Jay Z is a friend and business associate for many years. I have always admired his business acumen, his entrepreneurship and his passion for music,” said Sony’s CEO Doug Morris in a statement. “All of our content, including Beyoncé, is available through the Tidal service, and we have announced no plans to remove our catalog from Tidal. Like all of our other partners, we are rooting for Jay and Tidal to succeed.”

This also goes well beyond Beyoncé, a source confirmed to Rolling Stone. “Sony is regularly negotiating with partners,” the unnamed source said. “They took that point and obviously focused on one artist, which is inappropriate as well. This is a Sony Music issue and it’d be across Sony Music.”

Since Tidal launched in late March the service has been marred with controversy, with prominent artists slamming the service and Jay Z often coming to its defense.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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Twitter Wants Kim Kardashian to Name Her New Baby ‘South’

Sometimes the obvious quips are still the best

Kim Kardashian announced on Sunday’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians that she and hubby Kanye West are expecting a second child. The news immediately began trending on Twitter and, because the couple named their first daughter North, the “South West” jokes became impossible for the Internet to resist — briefly even outtrending the name Kim Kardashian.

Direction jokes were the low hanging fruit.

Netizens also jumped on a certain American airline company.

And believe it or not, there was the occasional outside-the-box “South West” joke. Sort of.

“Wild” was offered up as a potential first name.

And well, umm, maybe the pun was lost.

But of course, it wouldn’t be Twitter without a bit of snark.

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Listen to Drake and Beyoncé Team Up on New Track ‘Can I’

Getty Images (2) From left: Beyoncé and Drake

It's the second collaboration between the two artists

In 2013, Drake appeared on “Mine,” a ballad on Beyoncé’s self-titled album. Now Bey has returned the favor by appearing on “Can I,” a track rumored to appear on Drake’s forthcoming album Views From the 6. The song is minimalist to the point that it’s quite possibly unfinished—moody and brooding and in anything but a hurry.

Beyoncé fans hoping to hear the diva busting out her singing chops won’t find them here. Her contribution is limited to a few spoken words repeating throughout the track: “Can I, baby? Can I, baby?” It’s unclear exactly what she’s asking permission to do, but the few verses Drake raps touch on the tension in a relationship when one person opens up and the other remains closed off.

Listen to the track here.

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