Heartwarming Gillette AD Shows Father Teaching His Transgender Son How to Shave for the First Time

“Growing up, I was always trying to figure out what kind of man I wanted to become, and I’m still trying to figure out what kind of man that I want to become.” That quote is how we are introduced to Samson Bonkeabantu Brown, a Toronto-based artist, speaking about his first experience shaving with his father post-transition.

Brown’s story was part of an ad from the shaving company Gillette, titled “First Shave, the story of Samson.” Since its release on Thursday, the ad has reached over 1 million views. It’s extremely touching, and I especially loved seeing this relationship between a Black man and his father. The joy in both their faces to be able to share this experience was truly masterful.

This is another step in Gillette’s campaign that was released in January in an attempt to touch on and tackle toxic masculinity,. In this world of male-targeted branding, it’s important to see companies embrace the inclusive idea of what manhood can be and looks like. “We believe in the best in men. To say the right thing, to act the right way,” a narrator says over clips. “The boys watching today will be the men of tomorrow.”

Through Brown, we see the story of a young man finding new ways to be happy and joyful in his masculinity by getting to take this symbolic rite of passage.

“I always knew I was different. I didn’t know there was a term for the type of person that I was. I went into my transition just wanting to be happy. I’m glad I’m at the point where I’m able to shave.”

In a Facebook post written after the video’s release, Brown wrote that he was overwhelmed by the positive response.

“Thank you so much Gillette for allowing me to share such an important moment in a man’s life with my father.
I look forward to the great things you’re going to continue doing to encourage us all to be our best selves.
Love y’all greatly!
#MyBestSelf”

With Father’s Day right around the corner, this was a beautiful reminder of the various kinds of father/son relationships that exist in this world, and I’m glad that Gillette did this. While we should always have a healthy skepticism of companies using LGBTQ+ stories to market their products, and just the general “pride capitalism” that occurs during Pride Month, it also matters that these stories are being seen.

A young trans man can look at Brown’s story and see a man who has been accepted by the people who love him, and that it doesn’t just have stories of tragedy to look up to. It’s a good way to pregame for Pride month, because if this year has taught us anything, it’ll be an experience.

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Perrie Edwards’ X-RATED comment about boyfriend Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will make you blush

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Perrie Edwards is bound to make fans blush with her ‘inappropriate’ comment about her hunky footballer boyfriend Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The Little Mix singer, 25, and Liverpool midfielder Alex, 25, have been dating since 2016, and are clearly still as in love as ever.

On Monday night, topless Alex was working up a sweat at the pair’s home and smitten Perrie had a front row seat.

Alongside a black and white film of her boyfriend showing off his rippling muscles, she wrote: ‘Might be a little inappropriate but I have a serious obsession with this man.

‘I just wanna lick him. That is all.’

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The stunning blonde Power singer added a tongue emoji for good measure.

Perrie recently opened up about her man and marriage, telling the Metro: ‘I hear a violinist and I’m like, “That’s going in my wedding!” I love strings, the whole idea of marriage… the day and the dress.’

Though she sweetly added, ‘I know marriage is lovely and cute, but I’d rather just be with Alex for the rest of my life if I had to pick.’

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Nevertheless, Perrie’s bandmates reckon she’ll still definitely be first to walk down the aisle.

During an appearance on Capital FM, Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock all said she would get married first.

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Jesy added: ‘She’s literally living the fairytale,’ before Perrie chimed in, ‘Well, it should be like that!’

Perrie and Alex were first linked in November 2016 when they were spotted on a low-key date.

It wasn’t until the singer was seen at at Arsenal game, and Alex at the X Factor to watch the girls perform, that the rumour mill really went into overdrive.

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Fans beg Geordie Shore girls to ‘stop with plastic surgery’ as they flaunt bikini bodies in Ibiza

The Geordie Shore girls have received some harsh words!

The female cast of Geordie Shore reunited for a mega glam vacation to Ibiza this week, with Holly Hagan, Charlotte Crosby, Chloe Ferry, Sophie Kasaei and Abbie Holborn proving their friendship is still very much alive.

Making sure to snap plenty of posey photos, the MTV reality girls can be seen standing beside each other and pouting for the camera, flaunting their bikini bodies.

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Giving a nod to the fact that the Newcastle natives look somewhat different to what they did when they rose to fame on Geordie Shore back in 2011, 26-year-old Holly Hagan captioned the pic: ‘When you all have the same surgeon 😜😂.’

While some commenters found the message hilarious, with former TOWIE star Vas J Morgan penning: ‘Funniest caption I’ve ever seen. Literally,’ a fair few of Holly’s 3.7 million followers weren’t so amused.

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One remarked: ‘go easy on the lip fillers girls,’ while another slammed the telly star’s choice of words, adding: ‘It worries me that the next generation of teenagers might follow you and even look up to you. Not great role models. It’s really sad to see this picture and the caption isn’t something that should have laughing emoji’s next to it.’

Meanwhile, trolls were quick to leave more comments on Chloe Ferry’s Instagram page, after she shared a revealing snapshot, posing in a chest popping purple bikini.

Beneath the photo, one follower begged: ‘Please stop with the plastic surgery. You look unhealthy,’ while another chipped in to say: ‘Very unrealistic. No wonder so many girls are self conscious when comparing to an unnatural body,’ and a third penned: ‘This makes me feel sad. She looks un natural

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Marvin and Rochelle Humes celebrate Oritsé Williams’ ‘not guilty’ verdict after ‘three years of hell’ following rape charge

The JLS star has been cleared of all charges

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Marvin and Rochelle Humes have led the tributes to JLS star, Oritsé  Williams, after he was cleared of raping a woman at a hotel.

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The former JLS star was arrested in December 2016 after allegations of rape were made against him and has endured ‘three years of hell’ since, according to Rochelle.

But today Oritsé , 32, was finally found not guilty of the alleged attack and Rochelle and husband Marvin took to Instagram to celebrate.

‘This here is our brother, one of the kindest, most gentle, thoughtful men I know. Today he was cleared NOT guilty after 3 years of absolute hell,’ she wrote on Instagram. ‘I’m so proud of how you have conducted yourself throughout this time, I really don’t think I could have held myself in the same way. Reesh we love you so much and I’m writing this crying so many happy tears, it’s over.’

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Oritsé’s JLS bandmate, Marvin, followed suit with a similar tribute.

‘Cleared..Not Guilty! Finally my brother @oritsemusic three years of hell is over! No-one will ever know or imagine what he’s been through..I’m just so proud of the way he conducted himself during what has been the most awful time..he is so strong and I know he can’t wait to start his life again now..We love you O.’

The jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court – which comprised of eight women and four men – took just two hours to deliberate before acquittingOritsé , after he was accused of attacking the woman in a hotel room after a solo concert.

Oritsé  claimed they had consensual sex and was ‘bewildered’ over the ‘crazy’ allegations.

His tour manager Jamien Nagadhana, 32, was also cleared of charges of sexual assault and assault by penetration.

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Katie Price denies engagement claims: ‘Marriage is where it all goes wrong for me’

As the mum-of-five sparks rumours she and Kris Boyson are to marry, CelebsNow can reveal the truth

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Katie Price set tongues wagging over the weekend when she stepped out wearing a sparkler on her wedding finger – despite the fact she and third husband Kieran Hayler still haven’t finalised their divorce.

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The former glamour model turned 41 earlier this month and her latest accessory sparked rumours among fans that boyfriend Kris Boyson had popped the question on her special day. The personal trainer was even spotted in posh jewellers Cartier recently…

But a well-placed source tells CelebsNow that, for once, marriage is the last thing on Katie’s mind, explaining, ‘She and Kris are not engaged. Kate knew wearing a diamond on that finger would have people guessing but that’s as far as it goes.

‘She loves weddings and knows that one day it will happen again for her, but right now it’s the last thing on her mind. The worry for Kate is that it’s going so well with Kris right now and, historically for her, that all ends when she gets married.’

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Instead, Katie seems to be focusing on spending time with her children right now.

The mum-of-five took to Instagram over the weekend to pay tribute to her eldest son Harvey as he turned 17.

Sharing a series of adorable snaps of Harvey, proud mum Katie wrote, ‘Not my baby anymore. 17 years old you make me so proud everyday Harv happy birthday.’

Kris also posted a birthday message, adding, ‘Happy 17th birthday to this amazing man who I’m lucky enough to be able to call my mate.’

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Geordie Shore star Chantelle Connelly gives birth to baby boy – but hasn’t met him yet

The reality TV star had to undergo an emergency C-section and was put to sleep

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Chantelle Connelly gave birth to a baby boy early this morning, but still hasn’t met him yet.

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The Geordie Shore star’s mum Allison revealed the reality TV star had welcomed a boy weighing 6lb 6oz.

But she said because her daughter had to undergo an emergency C-section and was put to sleep, she still hadn’t got to see him.

Allison wrote on Instagram: ‘My beautiful grandson born 6 minutes past. 6 weighs 6lb 6oz.

‘Chantelle doesn’t know he’s here yet had an emergency section she is still in theatre they had to put her to sleep she willl wake up to this beautiful little bundle (sic).’

Chantelle, who shot to fame after appearing on Geordie Shore in 2016, is still yet to announce the news herself.

The former party girl revealed she was expecting her first child with boyfriend Lee in September.

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At the time, she wrote: ‘Over the moon to announce me and Lee are having a baby could not be more happier. Can’t wait for my little happy family.’

The reality star has been keen to keep her boyfriend out of the spotlight and little is known about him, but The Sun previously revealed he’s a convicted drug dealer.

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A source told the newspaper: ‘She’s been trying to keep his identity out of the limelight because he’s actually a convicted drug dealer – he was sentenced to seven years in jail in 2012 but got out early.’

Chantelle quit the MTV show after just one series when she fell out with Gaz Beadle and Chloe Ferry.

‘I left the show because I couldn’t stand living with two-faced people any longer,’ she told MTV at the time.

‘I find the house very snakey. I feel like I was the only one in the house that was real. If I had something to say to someone, I’d be the first to say it to their face.

‘Everyone else in that house seemed to have a problem doing that. It was all Chinese whispers instead of approaching us.’

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Amanda Holden opens up on ‘panic attack’ following terrifying Britain’s Got Talent ordeal

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Amanda Holden has revealed she had a ‘panic attack’ off camera after being left terrified by a Britan’s Got Talent act.

The 48-year-old TV presenter swore her way through the the show as magician Elizabeth, AKA The Haunting, pulled her up to take part in her performance on Monday night’s live semi-final.

Amanda revealed the ordeal had sparked a panic attack during the ad break and left her needing the toilet ‘lots of times’ after a viewer asked what happens when the cameras stop rolling.

Speaking on Britain’s Got More Talent, she said, ‘It’s all very boring.
‘Simon [Cowell] goes out for a vape. I said “Oh my God, oh my God don’t fire me for swearing.” I had a panic attack and went to the toilet lots of times.
‘Alesha [Dixon] hilariously rolled up her dress to let her bump breathe and David [Walliams] signed loads of his books which are hugely popular.’

Amanda looked terrified after being taken backstage in the dark as part of Elizabeth’s trick, which saw her terrorised by two ghosts named Agatha and Florence.

She screamed and shouted ‘f**k’ as a ghost appeared before her, leaving hosts Ant and Dec to apologise for the offensive language pre-watershed.

MORE: Alesha Dixon reveals pregnancy news as she debuts baby bump on Britain’s Got Talent!

Speaking about the performance, Amanda said: ‘I just really want to apologise I said a really terrible word. Massive apologies. I can honestly say I feel terrified.

‘It’s a terrifying, amazing, thrilling experience – but I wouldn’t want anyone to go through that I really wouldn’t. It was amazing.’

She later poked fun at herself as she shared a picture of herself climbing a ladder backstage, alongside the caption: ‘Did someone mention The Haunting? I’m off!! @bgt.’

Unfortunately, The Haunting failed to make it through to this weekend’s final as Policeman Dave and his retired police dog Finn were put through along with David’s Golden Buzzer act Flakefleet Primary School.

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Love Island’s Charlie Frederick takes swipe at ex Lucie Donlan as she prepares to enter villa

The 2019 Love Island drama has already begun!

It has been confirmed that Love Island star Charlie Frederick’s ex girlfriend, Lucie Donlan will be heading into the villa for series five of the dating show.

In light of the line up news, former Islander Charlie, who appeared briefly on the programme last year, has made a dig at 21-year-old Lucie ahead of her telly debut.

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Charlie, 24, claimed that the stunning surfer chick is heading into the villa purely for fame.

He said: ‘[She’s] Most definitely not looking for love! She’s only 21! I hope she’s going in there with the right intentions. She’ll get a couple of Instagram followers on the way, if you know what I mean.’

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Speaking to the Daily Mail, Charlie, whose stint on the Island was cut short after his fling with model Hayley Hughes turned sour, added: ‘She said it herself. I don’t even need to say she used my name to get famous. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to get the Z-list fame.’

Ouch!

Dishing the details on his whirlwind relationship with Lucie, Charlie recalled how the pair jetted off to Portugal for a romantic surfing getaway just a week after meeting.

He continued: ‘It all went really fast. It was a bit of a holiday romance. If you ask me, it was really good, her family were great but it didn’t work out. She was too young.’

Explaining how the hot summer affair quickly cooled off, the model went on to make another subtle dig at Lucie, adding: ‘We were never in love with each other. I was the one who called it all off.’

‘I don’t think we were on the same page. She was a bit immature. She wasn’t really for me. We really didn’t know each other that well, we were just figuring each other out.’

Despite the fact the couple’s summer of love fizzled out a while ago, mushy snaps of the two of them can still be seen on both Lucie’s and Charlie’s social media pages.

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Love Island 2019: Here’s everything you need to know about the new cast

Love Island 2019 is nearly here!

With series five of ITV’s Love Island set to begin in less than a week, the line up for the dating show has FINALLY been revealed. Here’s the key details you need to know about the 2019 cast…

 

Amber Gill

Instagram handle: @amberrosegill

Geordie beauty therapist Amber has described herself as ‘sassy and a bit of a diva’ and has confessed she loves to get her own way.

The self-confessed princess seems to love a selfie or two, and regularly shares stuning snaps from very glam looking nights out.

Yewande Biala

Instagram handle: @yewande_biala

Super clever Yewande is a scientist from Dublin. The 23-year-old brainbox graduated from the Athlone Institute of Technology with a First Class Honours degree in Biotechnology in 2016.

Describing potential flames’ usual reactions to her career, she said: ‘When I tell guys I’m a scientist, I don’t think they really say much, I think it’s just the look of shock and horror a little bit.’

She’s hoping to find the love of her life in the villa, although she’s admitted she’s ‘really, really bad at flirting’.

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Joseph Garratt

Instagram handle: @josephgarratt

Dubbing himself as ‘The Sandwich Man’ 22-year-old caterer Joe is heading into the villa of love, after supposedly being ‘the friendzone type kid’.

The 22-year-old from London revealed he went on to have ‘a glow up’ when he grew up, describing himself as a ‘late bloomer’.

Lucie Donlan

Instagram handle: @lucierosedonlan

Lucie is a 21-year-old surfer chick from Cornwall and can be seen frolicking bikini clad on the beach or posing with her board in almost all of her Instagram snaps.

She previously dated former 2018 Islander Charlie Frederick after his brief stint on the show last series.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, the blonde hunk: ‘It was a bit of a holiday romance. If you ask me, it was really good, her family were great but it didn’t work out.’

The 23-year-old who had a fling with model Hayley Hughes during his time in the villa went on to question Lucie’s intentions in joining the dating show, telling the publication: ‘She’ll get a couple of Instagram followers on the way, if you know what I mean. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to get the Z-list fame.’

Anton Danyluk

Instagram handle: @anton_danyluk

Gym owner Anton is an extremely ab-y 24-year-old from Scotland and puts his perfected figure to good use as a fitness model.

The health fanatic seems to put in lots of work to look as hunky as he does and it seems to be paying off! Anton claims to ‘always get the nicest looking girl’.

Callum Macleod

Instagram handle: @callum_macleod

Aircraft engineer Callum from South Wales has dished the details on his type of girl, confessing he’s ‘not that fussy’ when it comes to looks.

Explaining how the girls in the villa can win his heart, the 28-year-old added: ‘If I can be what I’m like around the boys around them, and they actually like me for it, I’ll stick a ring on it!’

Anna Vakili

Instagram handle: @annavakili_

Pharmasist Anna’s dream celeb man is Tom Hardy, but the 28-year-old Iranian brunette has confessed she’s feeling the pressure from her parents to find love.

She said: ‘Having middle eastern parents, I’m at that age now where they are on my case, like, “You’re 28-years-old Anna, you need to find someone, you need to get married, you need to have kids!”’

Sherif Lanre

Instagram handle: @sherif_lanre

Londoner Sherif is both a chef and a semi-professional rugby player and the 20-year-old has confessed he’s known as a ‘player’.

Despite the nickname, the foodie has insisted it’s not down to a reputation for cheating, adding ‘I just don’t really waste time’.

Amy Hart

Instagram handle: @amyhartxo

Blonde beauty Amy worked as a British Airways airhostess for eight years, before quitting to take on life in the villa.

She said: ‘Life as an airhostess is really fast paced, you’re here there and everywhere which makes finding a boyfriend really impossible.’

The 26-year-old flight attendant from Worthing once went viral after she shared a snap alongside One Direction member, Liam Payne.

Tommy Fury

Instagram handle: @tommytntfury

Having been rumoured to be part of the Love Island line up since his brother Tyson Fury let the news slip, it has been confirmed that the boxing legend’s younger sibling is heading into the villa.

The 20-year-old from Manchester has followed in Tyson’s footprints and also packs punches for a living.

Hinting at what he’s set to offer the Love Island ladies, the buff sportsman cheekily revealed: ‘I like to think I’m the full package…from the waist down.’

Curtis Pritchard

Instagram handle: @curtispritchard12

Dancer Curtis is also related to a famous face. The 23-year-old from Shropshire is the younger brother of Strictly Come Dancing professional AJ Pritchard.

The boogying boy has also appeared as a pro on Ireland’s version of Strictly, Dancing With The Stars.

The curly haired telly star hit headlines last year after he and AJ were attacked in a nightclub.

Michael Griffiths

Instagram handle: @mac_griffiths_

Tatted hunk Michael is a fire fighter from Liverpool and has been tackling blazes for almost eight years.

When he’s not battling flames, the 27-year-old spends his time hitting the gym hard and is even a personal trainer.

He’s certainly not shy when it comes to showing off his shredded physique and often shares snaps of his bod on social media.

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Jess Wright finally shares first picture of hunky boyfriend after he’s revealed to be close friend of brother Mark

The reality TV beauty is totally smitten

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Former TOWIE star Jess Wright has finally unveiled her hunky new man!

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Jess shared the first picture of businessman boyfriend William Lee-Kemp on Monday and it was soon flooded with sweet comments from friends and family, who are clearly thrilled to see her all loved-up again.

In the snap, William’s affectionately got his arm around Jess as they pose on a swanky boat in Port Andratx in Mallorca.

The TOWIE babe looks stunning in a flattering blue jumpsuit while her boyfriend looks all kinds of handsome in a dark shirt and chinos.

Showing they’re already pretty serious, Jess captioned the picture with a world emoji.

Gemma Collins wrote underneath the snap, ‘So happy for you,’ while Lydia Bright commented, ‘Yes this makes me happy.’

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Lydia’s mum Debbie even chimed in, writing, ‘Good things happen to those who wait.’

Denise Van Outen shared, ‘Best couple,’ while Maria Fowler simply wrote, ‘Beautiful.’

The brunette TV star’s post comes just a week after William was revealed to be a close pal of Jess’s brother Mark, despite the pair trying to keep their romance under wraps.

More: Jess Wright’s mystery boyfriend revealed as ‘business owner friend of brother Mark’

Dishing the details on Jess and her romance with the businessman, a source revealed: ‘Jess and William are in love – they’re very happy together and their friends and family couldn’t be more chuffed for them.

‘William shares a flat with Mark’s best friend and they’re all close mates. He definitely has the approval of Jess’ family.

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‘His friends describe him as ‘Mr Normal’ – he’s not at all interested in fame or being in the public eye but that hasn’t put him off being with Jess either.’

Speaking to The Sun, the insider added: ‘He understands her life as a celebrity but has his own focus running his audio visual company.’

Jess and William’s budding love affair comes after the Essex native split with Strictly Come Dancing star Giovanni Pernice last April.

More: Alesha Dixon reveals pregnancy news as she debuts baby bump on Britain’s Got Talent 

Before William’s identity was revealed, Jess spoke to CelebsNow about how things were going.

She swooned: ‘It’s going well. I’m not really coming out and saying too much about it at the minute because I think it’s nice to keep certain things private. But I’m really happy at the minute.’

‘It’s been an amazing year for me so far and it’s just getting better and better, so I feel very blessed.’

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