Congratulations! TOWIE’s Ferne McCann gives birth to baby girl – and the first picture is ADORABLE!

We’re so happy for Ferne!

Ferne McCann at The TRIC Awards, Arrivals, Grosvenor House, London 14 March 2017

A HUGE congratulations is in order for former TOWIE star Ferne McCann as she’s given birth to a beautiful baby!

The reality star confirmed the happy news on Instagram alongside an adorable photo, while also finally revealing the sex of her new arrival.

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Sharing a sweet pic of her little one’s tiny little hands, the 27-year-old wrote: ‘Welcome to the world my darling. Didn’t expect to see you a week early. I’m so in love & bursting with pride.

Before adding: ‘It’s a girl.’ And just LOOK how cute she is.

Essex babe, Ferne decided not to find out the sex of her baby – which she shares with ex-boyfriend Arthur Collins – before giving birth so her daughter is sure to be a big surprise.

MORE: TOWIE’s Ferne McCann reveals she plans to FILM her birth as she discusses her new show First Time Mum

And the star’s fans were quick to send their love following the exciting news, as one wrote: ‘Happy birthday beautiful baby girl so happy for you @fernemccann xx’.

While another added: ‘Congratulations being a mummy is amazing best feeling ever. Xxxxx’

And Ferne’s TOWIE costar Gemma Collins, 36, also took to Twitter with the emotional news, telling fans: ‘So emotional right now congratulations @fernemccann on your beautiful little girl.’

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Vicky sent the sweetest message to new mum, Ferne [Instagram]

While her I’m a Celeb BFF Vicky Pattison, 29, also shared an adorable message telling her 3.8m Instagram followers: ‘This is the best news I’ve had in AGES!! My beautiful friend @fernemccann has had her baby girl!!

‘My darlin, I am beyond happy for you! So much love gorgeous! Can’t wait to meet the princess!!’ AW!

Ferne split with her baby’s dad, Arthur, 25, after he was arrested in connection with an acid attack in a London nightclub back in April – the trial is ongoing.

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Ferne McCann and ex-boyfriend Arthur Collins [Instagram]

Meanwhile, although there’s no word of the tot’s name just yet, it looks like Ferne will be sharing intimate details about her birth as she’s filming brand new reality show, First Time Mum. 

Speaking about the upcoming ITVBe 90-minute programme – which is due to air later this year – Ferne told OK! magazine: I really want my birth to be featured. But obviously I won’t be doing a Kourtney Kardashian and pulling my baby out myself!

‘There will definitely be bits of me in labour, though.’

Congrats again, Ferne! We know you’re going to make an amazing mum.

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Evelyn Braxton Fears for Tamar’s Life Amid Divorce: “I Don’t Want [Vince] to Kill My Child!”

Wow! The issues between Tamar Braxton and Vincent Herbert must be much worse than we could have imagined. Tamar’s mother says she fears for her daughter’s life and wants Vince to stay away from her before he kills her.

TMZ caught up with Evelyn Braxton at LAX on Friday (Nov. 1) and the Braxton family matriarch was extremely candid about her daughter’s divorce. She sternly warned Vince to:

“Keep his hands off of my child! Stop, before he hurts her or kills her. I love Vince, but I don’t want him to kill my child. It’s as simple as that. Stop!”

It was reported earlier today that Vince wants to save his marriage and is willing to try marital counseling. Again, fearing for Tamar’s life, Evelyn agreed that Vince needs to seek professional help.

“I think that if a person really means what they’re doing then they’ll go and get help. I think he needs to go and get counseling before someone gets killed.”

The picture that Evelyn paints is incredibly troubling. Tamar and Vince were involved in a domestic dispute last year in which Vince reportedly bit his wife’s finger, causing her to need medical attention. Police were called to the scene, but no charges were filed as Vince had already left the premises.

It was also reported that the August 2016 incident was not the first time the couple had gotten physical with each other.

After nearly nine years of marriage, Tamar filed for divorce last week and has already moved out of the home they share. The couple has a 4-year-old son together. Let’s hope that this divorce remains safe and does not get messy.

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Vince Herbert Refuses to Divorce Tamar Braxton Because He Thinks They Can Work It Out

Vincent Herbert is not ready to give up on his marriage. Though Tamar Braxton has filed for divorce, sources say Vince believes it will never be finalized.

TMZ reports that Vince refuses to accept his marriage is over. He wants to give counseling a try and even refuses to discuss custody arrangements for their 4-year-old son, Logan, because he truly believes he can win Tamar back.

Via TMZ:

We’re told Vince is willing to do everything in his power to change her mind, including counseling to discussing their marriage and other issues stemming from her firing from “The Real.”

Vince has been telling friends he doesn’t want to discuss custody arrangements for their son — as she requested — because he’s confident things will work out.

Tamar unexpectedly filed for divorce last week, after she previously announced she was taking a break from music to “save her marriage.” The couple’s marriage has seemingly been unstable for a little over a year due to domestic violence incidents and infidelity rumors.

It was also reported that Tamar’s abrupt firing from The Real caused “irreparable fracture” to their relationship.

Tamar and Vince have been married for nearly nine years. She’s already moved out of the home and will reportedly fight for full custody of their only child together.

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Tyrese Won’t Face Charges for Alleged Child Abuse, Custody Battle With Ex-Wife Still Ongoing

We all saw Tyrese break down earlier this week. Though he’s still fighting for custody of his daughter, there’s a little weight off his shoulders. Child services has closed its child abuse investigation involving the actor.

The Los Angeles Department of Child and Family Services has ended its investigation after Tyrese’s ex-wife claimed he beat their 10-year-old daughter so badly that she was unable to sit. LADCFS was only following protocol, but has decided not to file any criminal charges in the matter.

Norma Gibson stated in court documents that Tyrese “pushed our daughter to the ground, pinned her face down, put his knees on her back, grabbed her hands with one arm and beat her with the other.”

She claims he hit the child 12-16 times and it was painful for her to sit afterward. Norma was granted a temporary restraining order and Tyrese was ordered stay away from her and their daughter.

Despite DCFS closing its investigation, the custody battle remains ongoing. For nearly two weeks, Tyrese has been fighting for the right to see his daughter, Shayla. Norma hopes to make the restraining order permanent and wants full custody of Shayla.

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Chrisette Michele Apologizes for Performing at Trump’s Inauguration After Experiencing Continued Backlash: “I Regret Everything”

Chrisette Michele is finally realizing that her Basquiat skirt was not enough to bridge together a divided nation as she had hoped. After months of professional setbacks and personal hardships, the singer says she regrets performing at Donald Trump’s Inaugural Ball.

Michele appeared on The Breakfast Club on Thursday (Nov. 2) for a 30-minute interview and admitted that ignoring everybody’s advice and agreeing to perform at 45’s inauguration was a “bad choice.”

“I regret everything that happened. I think that was a bad choice,” she told the hosts.

“A lot of times when you have a message of hope, a lot of times when you have a message of healing you think – maybe it’s a self-righteous thing or maybe it’s a mistake to feel that way – but you think ‘Man, if I just tell people everything will be okay, they’ll hear me,’… [But] I was wrong and I offended a lot of people.”

Michele says she faced so much backlash from the black community and negativity on social media that it led to depression, anxiety, and even suicidal thoughts. She also suffered a miscarriage, which she believes was caused by the stress she’s endured since the inaugural ball.

The singer was also dropped from her label, Capitol Records, just last week. She gave the hosts a little insight into the music industry and suggested that this professional setback is another consequence for performing for 45.

“When you get dropped from a label they don’t say ‘You weigh 222 pounds and your mother wears Army boots and we don’t want to work with you anymore.’ They’re not going to say because of your participation in the inauguration, but I mean, some things are kind of obvious.”

Citing people like Steve Harvey and Tina Campbell, Charlamagne Tha God pointed out that black people who have associated with Trump have experienced some sort of downfall, especially since he’s gotten “progressively worse” while in office. Michele conceded that she already knew Trump would be horrible.

“Oh, I knew that he wasn’t a good choice for the presidency. That was something we all knew together. But there’s always gotta be some sense of hope. Again, that stage, that message on that stage was the wrong time and the wrong place. And I apologize deeply for the people that I hurt.”

Before closing out the interview, Charlamagne gave Michele one final opportunity to sincerely tell the listening and viewing audience that she was wrong for participating in Trump’s inauguration.

“I made a bad decision, I did something that hurt a lot of people, it was offensive. Although that wasn’t my intention it happened and for that I’m deeply sorry.”

You can watch Chrisette Michele’s full Breakfast Club interview below:

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Watch the Cast of Thor Act out Their Own Hilarious Live-Action Ragnarok

[Spoiler warning: the play-acted THOR 4D actually reveals quite a few important plot points, so if you want to stay unspoiled, this one’s not for you.]

It’s been a while since a video on the Internet made me laugh out loud and a lot, but this is “Thor 4D” is freaking incredible. Gaze in delight as the main cast of Thor: Ragnarok puts on a live performance of the movie that’s a little bit Broadway and a lot like your middle school play. Starring movie stars.

The Late Late Show with James Corden organized this absolute feast for our eyes and funny bones. Corden interrupts an advanced screening of Thor: Ragnarok a few minutes into the movie to announce that the audience is in for something else entirely. While I would have been pissed to have my viewing of Ragnarok suddenly cut short, I think I would have been more than satisfied with what came next: the stars of the movie, dressed in ridiculous cheap parodies of their costumes, play-acting pretty much the entire film in less than 10 minutes.

Everyone looks like they’re having fun, and the audience yells itself hoarse with cheering. I think my favorite performance is Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and his impressive “wig work.” Tessa Thompson isn’t given nearly enough to do here, but just wait to see the panache with which she stabs some bad guys. Jeff Goldblum’s entrance is spectacular. And Cate Blanchett emerging with a stuffed wolf is one of the best things I’ve seen in a long time.

It’s fun to think about how the actors probably rehearsed this whole “live version” a time or two. Here’s to them all being game to kid around in pursuit of what is quite likely the best movie promotion ever made. Ever.

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A Pattern of Behavior: Eight House of Cards Employees Accuse Kevin Spacey of Sexual Harassment and Assault

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A common challenge I’ve been seeing pop up about several of the numerous men being accused of sexual harassment lately is “Should we continue to punish someone for a mistake they made years ago?” Considering the recent allegations against actor Kevin Spacey from employees on his most current project, the answer seems to be yes.

It started with Star Trek: Discovery‘s Anthony Rapp coming forward, about an incident in which Spacey, then in his mid-twenties, tried to have sex with Rapp when he was only 14. Then more allegations, these from Spacey’s 12-year tenure across the pond as the Artistic Director of the Old Vic Theatre.

Today, we hear that eight employees on Netflix’s House of Cards, all of whom have come forward anonymously out of fear of reprisal, have accused Spacey of inappropriate and abusive sexual behavior on set. As reported by People, “They all alleged […] that Spacey displayed ‘predatory’ behavior on the set of the Netflix show, touching employees without consent and making lewd comments towards staffers who were usually young men.”

One former production assistant made an allegation of assault against Spacey, saying that when he was driving with Spacey to set during one of the show’s earlier seasons, Spacey allegedly put his hands down the production assistant’s pants. The production assistant insists that the touching was non-consensual.

“I have no doubt that this type of predatory behavior was routine for him,” he says. “And that my experience was one of many and that Kevin had few if any qualms about exploiting his status and position. It was a toxic environment for young men who had to interact with him at all in the crew, cast, background actors.”

When asked about what happened next after the assault, the production assistant says, “I was in a state of shock. He was a man in a very powerful position on the show and I was someone very low on the totem pole and on the food chain there.”

This is why it’s important, no matter when the allegations are from, that we listen and believe victims when they come forward. No matter how “minor” the harassment seems, even if it doesn’t cross the line into assault. Because it’s rarely just one incident.

You don’t sexually harass someone one time just to try it out and then never think to do it again. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t think twice about making a lewd comment to someone at work in an attempt at “flirting,” or who’d grope someone’s ass, you’d do it again.  The first allegation usually indicates a pattern of behavior that always comes to light.

And it’s the pattern of behavior that should concern us here. That’s what makes an unsafe working environment, because anyone could “be next.” That’s what makes someone a predator: they are someone for whom behavior like this is standard operating procedure and cannot be trusted with others.

Could they eventually recognize the error of their ways? Make amends? Be rehabilitated? I believe that’s possible.

But the first step in solving a problem is admitting you have one. That’s the phase we’re in right now. Too many powerful men have yet to even acknowledge that they’ve engaged in problematic behavior, attempting to discredit the victims who come forward. Or when they do somewhat acknowledge the behavior, they give half-assed apologies where they say things like “I don’t remember that happening, but if I did it, I’m sorry.”

Sexual harassment and assault is endemic to many industries, the entertainment industry simply being the most visible. If we are going to keep these work environments safe, we need to treat every allegation as an indicator of a pattern of behavior. Incidents of harassment and assault are like cockroaches. Whenever you see one, it indicates hundreds more in the walls.

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Jordan Peele Has a Twilight Zone Reboot in the Works

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The Get Out writer and director is bringing back a thriller/sci-fi classic! Jordan Peele is in talks with CBS to reboot the classic series, The Twilight Zone for CBS access according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The grandfather to Black Mirror and many other physiological thriller anthologies, The Twilight Zone ran for 156-episodes starting from 1959 to 1964 and explored many topics about humanity’s best and worst sides. The series has had previous attempts at a reboot before in 1980s that ran for three seasons and in 2002 for a season on UPN (remember that one kids?) with Forest Whitaker as the host.

It was the show I remember watching the most as a child with my mother when she would braid my hair. Our favorite episodes were always “The Masks“, “The Hunt“, “Time Enough At Last” and “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” which might have made it into your middle school English textbooks as a play.

Peele has proven himself to be adept at horror writing and a skilled director to boot, it will be interesting to see how much control he will have in this reboot and who he will get to showcase their talents in this return to the 4th dimension.

What are your favorite episodes of The Twilight Zone?

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Everyone’s Celebrating the Hero Twitter Employee Who Took Down Trump’s Account – DO SOMETHING!

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Yesterday, for several shining, glorious minutes, we got to feel what it would be like to live in the brightest timeline, and it was everything we hoped it would be. Briefly, with no warning or explanation, Donald Trump’s Twitter account was wiped from the face of the Earth and replaced with a blissful lack of enraged, poorly spelled projection.

Donald Trump has made use of Twitter for years—a fact that comes back to bite him with surprising regularity—but for most of that time, no one really paid much attention to yet another angry man putting his ignorance on full display on the internet. Then, the 2016 election happened, and suddenly he was, in a highly “unpresidented [sic]” manner, tweeting directives, government policy, and demands that his political opponents be investigated that we all, sadly, need to take seriously—despite what out-of-touch or willfully ignorant people might think about modern communication technology.

There are easy arguments to be made that he’s violated Twitter’s terms of service with some of the awful things he’s tweeted, including his antagonistic tweets towards North Korea, but Twitter has, so far, made excuses for allowing him to remain active. All that finally led a currently unnamed Twitter employee, who was on their way out of the company anyway, to take matters into their own hands and do what no one else at the company seems to have the good sense to do. That’s not entirely surprising, considering they, along with other tech giants, are demonstrably unconcerned about the societal impacts of their platform, as long as they’re making money. Among other things like a history of ignoring abuse for profit, their testimony before Congress, about election interference, has made that obvious.

So when someone briefly fixed one of the biggest things wrong with social media, even only for a few minutes, the response was fairly strong:

But it was back in short order, because all good things must end:

And as Twitter scrambled on damage control, we finally found out about the rogue employee responsible:

Twitter is now doing a full internal review to find out how something could go so right on their platform, because they can’t have that. But … maybe there’s a reason we don’t think it’s a great idea for the president to regularly conduct government business over a social media platform.

Meanwhile, the Republican tax plan is terrible.

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Why Was Weinstein the “Watershed Moment” and Not Dr. Luke or Bill Cosby? And What Does That Say About Us?

It seems that (hopefully not just for the moment) everything has changed with regard to how we respond to and talk about sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry and elsewhere. From the resurgence of Tarana Burke’s #MeToo campaign to a seemingly endless number of high-profile people of all genders coming forward with their stories. However, this has been a problem forever. So, why now?

When The New York Times story came out about Harvey Weinstein, everything seemed to shift. Suddenly, there was a weight given to a history of sexual misconduct allegations that hasn’t really been given in this way before. People, both in the public eye and not, seemed to be more aware and willing to talk about things like sexual harassment and assault publicly in a way they never have before.

And I had to ask myself: what is it about this moment that’s different? We’d just been covering things like the Kesha/Dr. Luke situation, the Bill Cosby situation, and recent stories about the Woody Allen and Roman Polanski situations. It’s not as if Weinstein was the first predator we’d ever heard about publicly. So, what is it about this instance? What is it about the Weinstein situation that made everyone sit up and take notice when they didn’t before?

Fame

A large number of Weinstein’s accusers have something that many of, say, Bill Cosby’s accusers don’t: star power. That seems like a strange thing to be thinking about when it comes to things like sexual harassment and assault, but the fact is, people care about what happens to celebrities. They can argue and say otherwise, but clicks and page views don’t lie. Whenever a celebrity says or does anything, good or bad, there’s an immediate spotlight on it. Likewise, if something bad happens to a celebrity, people are more likely to have a strong opinion about it, as opposed to when they hear a sad story about a regular person they’ve never heard of.

Weinstein had the likes of Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Gwyneth Paltrow coming forward. That makes a difference. In other cases of sexual assaultCosby, Polanski, Allenthe victims were the less well-known half of the equation. So, while we might have expressed outrage in the moment hearing about the alleged sex crimes that these celebrity men have committed, it was easier for us to forget about and move away from it in large part because we had no frame of reference for their victims.

There was nothing to latch onto on that side of the equation, and the celebrity half of the equation was hot garbage, so we mentally distanced ourselves, our love of celebrity short-circuited by the fact that the celebrities, in this case, committed crimes against women. This paralyzed us. Moving on was easier and less exhausting than continuing to care.

But, some of Cosby’s victims were also celebrities, you say? That brings me to…

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Age

Sadly, the particular brand of ageism that accompanies sexism seems to be at play here. Weinstein’s victims who came forward in and after the New York Times story ranged in age from their 20s to their late-40s, and as we all know, people pay more attention to younger women than they do older women far too much of the time.

Beverly Johnson, one of Cosby’s more well-known victims, is now 65. Janice Dickinson, one of Cosby’s other celebrity victims, is 62. They were much younger at the time of their respective incidents, but now? All people see are older, irrelevant women talking about things that happened to them “a long time ago.”

So, the Weinstein victims have fame and age on their side. But what about Kesha? She’s both famous and young! Why is it that her case with Dr. Luke hasn’t been the watershed Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan have been?

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Respectability

There are three parts to this one.

First, there’s the respectability of investigative journalism from a newspaper of record. After other outlets tried and failed, The New York Times pulled together just enough of a cross-section of sources willing to go on record and made enough connections to the present-day that the story was absolutely unignorable.

Secondly, there’s the respectability of one industry over another. The pop music industry has always been considered the trashier cousin of the glitzy Hollywood film industry, and when it comes to whom people are going to place more stock in, an Ashley Juddbecause we’ve seen her range of talent, her glamourousness in ballgowns, and profiles of her in respectable, serious publicationscarries more weight than most musicians.

Lastly, there’s the respectability of one “type” of woman over another. Kesha is ridiculously talented and accomplished as a singer/songwriter, and yet it’s very easy for people to dismiss her because of what she wears, the types of lyrics she sings, the sexually-charged nature of much of her presentation. Even though she was allegedly victimized by Dr. Luke, too many of us might subconsciously think that she, in some way, brought it on herself. Whereas a Gwyneth Paltrow or a Lupita Nyong’o would never. They’re too “classy” for that.

As if that has a damn thing to do with it. 

It’s not just cross-industry either. Rose McGowan wasn’t speaking quite so openly about her own experience until after the Times story dropped (and when the Times reached out to her for a comment, she declined), in part because of the NDA she signed, and in part because she’d long since been advised that, because she’d had the nerve to do nude scenes in her career, that she’d come out looking bad. Even after the Times article, when she started being more open, the Internet continues to bring up stuff like her affair with Robert Rodriguez as if that has any bearing on her sexual assault.

Asia Argento was completely lambasted by the press in her home country of Italy when she came forward with her story, because she didn’t fit the perfect victim model they would’ve accepted.

So, it seems that in order for us to finally care about women being sexually assaulted:

  • they have to be famous (and mostly white)
  • they have to have a respectable job
  • and they must themselves adhere to the perfect victim template, otherwise they “asked for it.”

While I’m thrilled that we’re finally moving in a positive direction toward making concrete changes through all industries in response to the epidemic of sexual harassment and assault that we know is going on, it should not have taken this long. The fact that so many predators have been allowed to operate pretty openly for decades is on us.

That’s part of the original ethos of Tarana Burke’s #MeToo campaign that got lost when a white, female celebrity (Alyssa Milano) began using it again: that no voice is too small to be listened to and believed. In Burke’s case, she was speaking specifically about black women and women of color, but the idea also applies to class, industry, and status.

Women shouldn’t have to jump through twelve hoops and meet fifty different criteria before society cares about them.

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