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2020 ACMs: Mickey Guyton Stuns With ‘What Are You Gonna Tell Her?’

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Mickey Guyton delivered a powerful performance of her song “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?” at the 2020 Academy of Country Music Awards, live from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.

Backed by the show’s host Keith Urban, who played piano and largely kept out of the spotlight for the performance, Guyton addressed the injustices faced by women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community, through the eyes of a parent trying to explain those injustices to their child.

“She thinks love is love, and if you work hard that’s enough/Skin is just skin and it doesn’t matter,” Guyton belted. “And that her friend’s older brother is gonna keep his hands to himself/And that somebody’s gonna believe her when she tells/So what are you gonna tell her when she’s wrong?”

Following the performance, fellow artists Jennifer Nettles, Cam, and more showed their support for Guyton on social media.

Guyton released her latest EP, Bridges, earlier this month. The collection features “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?” as well as the singer’s personal tale of racial inequality, “Black Like Me.”

For the first time in the ceremony’s 55-year history, the ACMs were held in Nashville due to the coronavirus pandemic, with artists performing at the Opry House, Bluebird Cafe, and, in pretaped segments, from the Ryman Auditorium.

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Dan Rather, 88, says we are in ‘a moment of reckoning unlike any I have seen in my lifetime’ Why buying refurbished devices is better for the planet Pursuit is creating a revolution of diversity in tech Global mayors are declaring their commitment to divest from fossil fuels and invest in a sustainable future Teacher told she can’t display Pride decorations in her classroom finds the perfect solution Arnold Schwarzenegger says he’ll pay to reopen polling centers across America so everyone can vote

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Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather has become a beloved voice of reason, knowledge, and experience for many Americans on social media the past few years. At 88, Rather has seen more than most of us, and as a journalist, he’s had a front row seat as modern history has played out. He combines that lifetime of experience and perspective with an eloquence that hearkens to a time when eloquence mattered, he called us to our common American ideals with his book “What Unites Us,” and he comforts many of is with his repeated message to stay “steady” through the turmoil the U.S. has been experiencing.

All of that is to say, when Dan Rather sounds the alarm, you know we’ve reached a critical historical moment.

Yesterday, President Trump again refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the election when directly asked if he would—yet another democratic norm being toppled. Afterward, Rather posted the following words of wisdom—and warning—to his nearly three million Facebook fans:


“There is no more time for silence. There is no more time for choosing party over country. There is no more time for weighing the lesser of two evils. All women and men of conscience must speak or they are complicit in America lurching towards a dangerous cliff of autocracy and chaos.

This is a moment of reckoning unlike any I have seen in my lifetime. I have seen this country in deep peril, as the hungry begged for sustenance during the Great Depression, as the Nazis marched across Europe and the Japanese across Asia, as missiles were moved into Cuba, as our political leaders were murdered, as a president ran a criminal conspiracy from the Oval Office, as planes were hijacked into skyscrapers. All of these were scary times, but through it all I never worried about a president actively undermining American democracy and inciting violence to do so – even Nixon, for all of his criminal activity.

What Donald Trump said today are the words of a dictator. To telegraph that he would consider becoming the first president in American history not to accept the peaceful transfer of power is not a throw-away line. It’s not a joke. He doesn’t joke. And it is not prospective. The words are already seeding a threat of violence and illegitimacy into our electoral process.

I suspect he is doing this because he feels he needs to. It is the same reason he sought dirt on Joe Biden, because he is deeply afraid of losing. Losing an election could mean losing in a court of law. It could mean prison time and ruin. But I suspect Trump’s motives are more instinctual. He needs to hold on to power for the sake of power. He cannot lose, even if he has to cheat to win. Even if he has to blow up American democracy. He considers little if any about 200,000 plus deaths from COVID. Why would he care about our Constitution or Bill of Rights?

There is no sugarcoating the dangers and darkness we live in. But I remain heartened that the majority of Americans do not want this. Trump is in danger of losing states that he should be winning handily. Yes, his base is energized and numerous. But so is the opposition. I have seen opposition parties in foreign countries channel the morality of their causes to bring great change. And most of those opposition movements didn’t have the strength, power, and resources of those who stand against Donald Trump.

Donald Trump has himself defined the stakes of the election. This is a battle for American democracy as we’ve known it. We are well past warning shots. Allies across the political spectrum are ringing alarm bells. Right now, all those seeking to defeat Donald Trump know winning a close election may not be enough. The size of a victory will likely matter. Failing that, what happens? I don’t know. But I would say we all should try to remain steady. Try to conserve our energy for the battles ahead. Be committed to your community, your country, and your conscience. If enough Americans of decency and courage come together, the future of this nation can be better, fairer, and more just.”

Thank you, sir, for reminding us of the true American values that should always be kept front and center, and for keeping us from slipping into despair over what we see happening to our democracy and over how many people seem blind to the reality right in front of them. You are truly a national treasure, Mr. Rather.

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Ellen DeGeneres’ Talk Show Reportedly Has A ‘More Positive and Enthusiastic’ Vibe

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Karen Belz has written for sites such as Bustle, HelloGiggles, Romper, and So Yummy. She’s the mom of a sassy toddler and drinks an alarming amount of Sugar-Free Red Bull in order to keep up with her.

Ellen DeGeneres is doing everything she can to help revive her show after rumors and allegations nearly destroyed it.

After it was revealed that Ellen isn’t as kind off-screen as she portrays on her show, she began losing her fan base. The fact that three producers were fired from the show for alleged sexual assault and harassment didn’t help. Around this time, there were also rumors that her staff was left clueless and unpaid after her show started taping from her home. In short, the host and comedian didn’t have a good summer.

While many people believe that she took action just to save face, the vibe on set seems remarkably better this year, according to sources.


It may be too early to tell for sure. But the improvements that were made may have been what was missing all along. One big change? Ellen distributor WarnerMedia finally hired an HR executive who’s there to work with the staff — and not the higher-ups. She reportedly is also offering employees some additional time off.

Supposedly, Ellen has made good on her promise to interact with the staff more. Prior to, rumors went around that you couldn’t look Ellen in the eye. While she never openly admitted that this was true, she vowed to end the rumor for good during a video call she had with her staff prior to the show’s return.

Watch the video to see more about the positive changes that Ellen is making.

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‘The Boys’ Is Getting A Spinoff Series Set At A Superhero College

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The big story about Season 2 of The Boys has been fan anger about, well, there not being enough of the show to go around. So perhaps news that another show in the superhero-infested universe that it occupies will be enough to sate the masses. Reports on Thursday indicated that Amazon is already working on a college-themed spinoff to series, adding to an ever-growing Vought Industries-run universe where Season 3 of The Boys is already on the way.

According to Variety (and confirmed in a press release), Amazon has “fast-tracked” a spinoff of The Boys that will have a much younger superhero cast with all the raunch and brutality of the original:

The spinoff is set at America’s only college exclusively for young adult superheroes (or “supes”) that is run by Vought International. It is described as an irreverent, R-rated series that explores the lives of hormonal, competitive supes as they put their physical, sexual, and moral boundaries to the test, competing for the best contracts in the best cities. Part college show, part Hunger Games — with all the heart, satire and raunch of “The Boys.”

According to the Amazon press release, The Boys‘ second season scored the most-watched global launch of any Amazon Original series, and Season 2 has doubled the global audience of Season 1 within two weeks. In a few more weeks, the season finale will air, with production on Season 3 to come.

Many behind the scenes of The Boys will usher the spinoff into existence. Craig Rosenberg, a writer and executive producer on the original, will write the pilot and serve as showrunner. He will also executive produce along with The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke, who perhaps was hinting at this news when he posted a cryptic video of Homelander getting mad at all the bad ratings fans frustrated with the weekly episode release cycle have left. Maybe having a lot more The Boys to go along will be enough to turn fan opinion around, as Amazon clearly seems excited about the show and wants to give everyone involved what they want: more.

(Via Variety)

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