Marion Barry Dies; Former D.C. Mayor Was 78

Marion Barry, one of the more controversial political figures of modern times, died this morning from causes not yet known.

He was 78 years old.

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Barry rose to national prominent after he was caught by the FBI while smoking crack in a hotel room with a young woman.

He screamed “she set me up!” upon being arrested by authorities, but, incredibly, this incident did NOT derail his career.

Barry served four rearms as Mayor – including a re-election after serving time in prison – and was often the butt of jokes from comedians, talk show hosts and, most often, on Saturday Night Live.

Barry was a council member for Washington’s 8th ward at the time of his passing.

“Marion was not just a colleague but also was a friend with whom I shared many fond moments about governing the city,” Mayor Vincent C. Gray said in a statement today. “He loved the District of Columbia and so many Washingtonians loved him.”

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R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014). He will forever be missed!

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Beyonce "7/11" Video: No Pants Needed, Only Twerking at This Hotel Rager!

Beyonce has dropped her latest music video for “7/11″ and in the process, she’s set the bar impossibly high for anyone else looking to throw a hotel party.

She’s also turned wearing no pants into an art form. And we thank her for that.

The wacky video shows her cycling through numerous outfit changes, most of which do not involve pants, throughout the course of an epic hotel rager.

Beyonce and her backup dancers filmed the footage earlier this month.

“Man it feel like rollin’ dice, man it feel like rollin’ dice / Seven eleven, seven eleven, seven twice, man seven twice,” Beyonce sings. “Man it feel like rollin’ dice.”

“Man it feel like rollin’ dice / Seven twice, seven twice.”

She’s looking to get lucky, in other words … but Blue Ivy‘s mom doesn’t need luck when she’s got it goin’ ON like this and she’s letting everyone know it.

Between her leopard underwear, “Kale” sweatshirt, cut-up version of her 2013 Grammys gown, crop top and more, this is a feast for the eyes right here.

Beyonce Twerks, uses her foot as a phone, swirls in a chair, bounces dice off one a dancer’s back, dances in front of a Christmas tree and pops out of boxes.

“7/11″ is featured on the superstar singer’s Beyonce: Platinum Edition box set. Her other new, leaked song “Ring Off” refueled Jay Z divorce rumors.

All we know is the Kim Kardashian Paper photos have nothing on this video. Bow down to the Queen of the Booty and watch the above insanity now …

Beyonce Kisses Blue Ivy


Beyonce kisses Blue Ivy Carter in a very sweet moment which she delightfully shared for her fans.

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12 Memorable Moments from The Today Show: Wait… Is That a Monkey?!?

Earlier this week, new controversy bubbled up around The Today Show, as talk surfaced of Natalie Morales and Willie Geist being fired.

The rumor ended up being false and the hosts ended up joking about it, but the incident made us think back to the past six-plus decades of waking up each morning with Today.

It’s been both a bumpy ride and a funny ride.

The Force Was With Them


Today anchors have always made headlines for their Halloween attire. But this 2009 Star Wars theme takes the creative cake.

Remember those Halloween costumes? Remember the time Tom Cruise WENT OFF on Matt Lauer?

Remember the London Olympic coverage and the Royal Wedding coverage and… the chimpanzee? Wait… WHAT?!?

Relive some of the most memorable moments on Today Show history via the above photo gallery and start to wonder: What will those crazy morning folks do next?!?

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Kendall Jenner Compares Herself to Hannah Montana: Find Out Why!

Kendall Jenner is featured in a national publication this week.

Unlike half-sister Kim Kardashian, however, she is fully clothed and balancing nary a single champagne bottle on her rear end.

Instead, the impressive 19-year old is profiled by The New York Times, which spoke to members of her team and executives at Estée Lauder about what has helped Kendall succeed in the competitive world of professional modeling.

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“I think what’s so exciting about her is that she has this social media influence along with a fashion credibility in a distinct way that speaks to millennials,” says Jane Hertzmark Hudis, the global brand president of Estée Lauder.

Kendall, of course, recently signed on as the Estée Lauder spokesperson.

Added Jenner upon earning this new gig:

“I just want to be the best me I can be. So having the power that social media does, I think just seeing how many people care about you and seeing how many people want to watch what you’re doing, it just makes you really want to do the best you can do.”

Kendall also talked to The New York Times about how she balances life as a reality star on a ridiculous E! program and how she walks the runway for established fashion companies.

“It’s definitely two different worlds,” she says. “I feel like Hannah Montana. But it’s fun.”

We wonder how Miley Cyrus feels about that comparison.

Kendall Jenner: Naked and Smoking


Kendall Jenner is smoking in this picture. In more ways than one! She was 18 years old at the time it was taken.

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Winnie the Pooh Banned from Polish Playground Over "Dubious Sexuality," Lack of Pants

Government representatives in Poland have pooh-poohed efforts to use Winnie the Pooh as the official mascot of a town playground.

According to The Croatian Times, local officials will not allow the beloved Disney character to grace a poster near the park due to his “dubious sexuality.” We’re not making this up.

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“The problem with that bear is it doesn’t have a complete wardrobe,” says Councillor Ryszard Cichy. “It is half naked, which is wholly inappropriate for children.”

In Winnie the Pooh’s defense, he is wearing more articles of clothing than most bears out there.

Also, he’s a cartoon.

A town meeting was held over this divisive issue, with one official reportedly saying Winnie the Pooh “doesn’t wear underpants because it doesn’t have a sex It’s a hermaphrodite.”

Councillor Hanna Jachimska, meanwhile, then dared to call out Winnie the Pooh author Alan Alexander Milne.

“This is very disturbing,” she said. “The author was over 60 and cut [Pooh’s] testicles off with a razor blade because he had a problem with his identity.”

Ummm… we’re not gonna touch that one.

All we know is that if wearing pants were a requirement to be a playground mascot, no THG staff member would qualify for the gig. 

101 Dalmatians


Imagining having 101 children to keep up with pretty much gives us hives. This wouldn’t have happened if people listened to Bob Barker.

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13 Biggest Duggar Family Scandals: Will They Force TLC to Cancel 19 Kids & Counting?

The Duggar family is at the center of massive controversy this week, with more than 120,000 people signing a petition to cancel 19 Kids and Counting.

It’s far from the first time they’ve faced heavy scrutiny, however.

In many ways, the family’s most recent scandal is a culmination of many. The petition was actually started months ago, only to gain traction recently.

Here’s a look back at 13 times the TLC stars faced backlash …

Jessa Gets Strapped


Jessa Duggar and her then-boyfriend Ben Seewald began courting controversy almost from the moment they started dating, posing for photos like this one – a picture that now seems tame considering what they’ve been stirring up more recently.

The Duggars, as we all know, are conservative individuals.

Staunch ones at that, standing out among today’s TV offerings, drawing many like-minded viewers. But their earnest, authentic way of life also has a broader appeal.

As more people watch 19 Kids and Counting online and their fame has grown due to social and traditional media, so has the criticism they face quite often.

The family’s views on dating, courting, marriage and child-rearing are noteworthy enough, but they’ve also proven polarizing on political and religions grounds.

Outspoken opponents of abortion, birth control, gay marriage and even evolution, Duggar family members have made many eyebrow-raising headlines of late.

From patriarch and matriarch Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar to Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald, her now-husband, it seems like everyone is getting in on the act.

Scroll through the gallery above to look back on some of their most notorious scandals, and tell us: Do you think TLC will cave to the public pressure?

As more and more people urge the network to pull the plug on the hit reality show, they will likely be forced to at least address the controversy in some form.

Will they cancel arguably the most powerful family on TV? That remains to be seen, and is probably a long shot for those pushing this petition so hard.

Nevertheless, it’s left the family, their beliefs and their way of life under the microscope like never before, even as they enjoy such widespread popularity.

Dates Without Chaperones


The Duggar parents often accompany their children on dates in order to maintain their “accountability” and “keep things from going in the wrong direction,” per Jim Bob. The girls are fine with this, as being alone with men puts them in grave “moral danger.” When the parents aren’t available, their older siblings will often tag along, making every date a group date and a family affair.

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Iggy Azalea-Eminem Feud Heats Up Following "Old Man" Diss on Twitter!

Iggy Azalea is no stranger to feuds.

The Iggy-Snoop Dogg beef made headlines last month, with the Aussie raptress eventually “winning” by forcing an apology from the Doggfather.

Prior to that, Iggy feuded with Nicki Minaj, and while the First Ladies of Hip Hop have occasionally shown love to one another in public, sources say that situation is unlikely to ever be resolved.

Considering how man beefs she’s been involved with, you may think that Iggy intentionally seeks out drama, when in reality, she seems to simply be a favorite target for A-list emcees.

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Her latest public throwdown is no different, as Iggy finds herself in the position of responding to some shocking comments from a hip hop icon:

Eminem seems to be using controversy to promote his new mixtape, Shady XV. Last week, Em rapped about punching Lana Del Rey during a freestyle, and this week he’s set his sights on Iggy-Ig.

A recently released track on Shady XV contains the following lyrics:

“So what’s it gonna be? / Put that sh-t away, Iggy / You gonna blow a rape whistle on me?”

Eminem’s supporters have pointed out that he’s made a career out of targeting potentially offensive threats and insults toward other artists through his Slim Shady persona.

Many feel, however, that this time Em has simply gone too far, and his critics have pointed out that the sort of lyrics that may have gone unnoticed in 1999 are simply not acceptable in 2014 – particularly now that Mr. Mathers is 42 and has a daughter in college.

Iggy brought up the topic of Em’s age (and the fact that he remains an influential Rap God to many young men) when she responded to his controversial verse on Twitter:

“I’m bored of old men threatening young women as entertainment trend,” Iggy tweeted. “It’s especially awkward because my 14 year old brother is the biggest Eminem fan and now the artist he admired says he wants to rape me. Nice!”

Of course, the grand hip hop tradition requires that artists settle their differences in song form, and the fact that I-G-G-Y has never written a response track (despite her many feuds) is seen by many as further evidence that Iggy doesn’t write her own rhymes.

But that’s a conversation for another time…

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Taylor Swift wrote a song titled “Bad Blood” about an enemy in the music business. We’re pretty sure the subject was Katy Perry.

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Mike Fleiss: Harassing Brooke Burke & David Charvet With Physical Threats, Fake Barking Dogs!

The Bachelor creator and executive producer Mike Fleiss is facing criminal charges for harassing David Charvet and Brooke Burke. You won’t believe how.

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An arrest warrant was issued by the Los Angeles County D.A., charging Fleiss with the crime of disturbing the peace via the use of excessive noise.

David Charvet and Brooke Burke have complained that Fleiss “initiated a campaign of terror and harassment” against them, and now we know why.

In addition to making physical threats against them, allegedly … he’s been blaring barking dog sounds from huge speakers pointing at their property.

It’s not clear why, but he apparently despises the married parents of four more than Reality Steve and The Bachelor spoilers that leak every December.

Charvet and Burke tried unsuccessfully last month to obtain a restraining order, but the police evidently took up the case, and Fleiss will be arrested.

Again, we have no idea what started the beef with Brooke and David, but The Bachelor honcho does not sound like a person you’d want as a neighbor.

Fleiss, who married Laura Kaeppeler earlier this year, was reportedly uncooperative with law enforcement officials during the ensuing investigation.

Story developing …

Waka Flocka Flame


Waka Flocka Flame was arrested at the Atlanta airport for packing heat. That’ll do it every time.

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Grandmas Smoke Weed For the First Time, Video Goes Viral For Obvious Reasons

What happens when three adorable grandmothers smoke weed for the first time ever? Exactly what you think, but that doesn’t make it any less AWESOME!

Needless to say, there is puffing, puffing and passing, then more puffing, more passing, some coughing and some hysterical laughing. Because WEED.

Basically if you like weed, or grandmas, or both, this is well worth your time.

If you don’t like either of those things, because your grandmothers are cruel or you find weed morally objectionable … okay, fine, but this is still amazing!

Seriously. Betty White has proven time and again that cute old ladies doing stuff normally associated with people one third of their age is just gold.

These women take a page right out of her senior playbook. Well handled!

“This could be dangerous,” one of them remarks, probably overstating it. Typically you don’t have an issue unless you smoke the heck out of 9-10 marijuanas.

Watch them get high for the first time and pass it along … the video, that is. Then scroll through the gallery below for some things we think the trio should try next.

Seriously, they should try to one-up every single one of these clowns:

Flavor Flav


It’s all fun and games until someone strips down to play beer pong dressed as Flavor Flav dressed as a curtain rod.

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Sadie Robertson: The Duggars Are Awesome! It’s an Honor Being Compared to Them!

Duck Dynasty and Dancing With the Stars cast member Sadie Robertson isn’t shying away from media reports comparing her to the Duggar family members.

If anything, she welcomes being talked about in the same sentence.

The 17-year-old survived this week’s Dancing With the Stars results show and is on to the final four, where she will battle for the Mirror Ball trophy.

Given her upbringing and somewhat unorthodox road to stardom, Sadie Robertson is also sparking a great deal of media interest beyond her dancing abilities.

Specifically, some people want to compare her to the Duggar family.

If you watch Duck Dynasty or watch 19 Kids and Counting online, you know that both popular reality shows center around a conservative Christian family.

Both family patriarchs have sparked some controversy, as well.

Jim Bob Duggar is in the news for removing photos of same-sex couples kissing on their Facebook page, having invited married couples to send in such photos.

Sadie, whose grandfather Phil Robertson is no stranger to polarizing and outspoken views on same-sex marriage, was asked how she feels about this.

Despite the backlash – and the petition to cancel the Duggars’ show – Sadie is happy to be compared to the TLC family, who she considers “wonderful.”

“It doesn’t bother me at all,” she said. “I’ve actually met the Duggars and they’re great people. So to be compared to them is actually an honor, not anything bad.”

Sadie Robertson, John Luke Robertson


Sadie Robertson with brother John Luke Robertson of Duck Dynasty. They’re Willie and Korie’s kids.

Sadie may not care about the Duggar family’s anti-gay beliefs because her family shares the values, even if the younger members are more diplomatic.

At this time, the petition to cancel 19 Kids and Counting has 43,000 signatures, but Sadie’s been there, and the allegations haven’t affected her feelings.

“They’re wonderful people,” she added of the Duggars.

“And I actually wish that I could hang out with them more because we actually do have a lot of the same values so it’s cool to be compared to them.”

They both stand by their convictions, that’s for sure.

To see Sadie in her element, you can watch Duck Dynasty online, and at least for the next week, check her out her skills on Dancing With the Stars too!

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