CULTURE

John Legend's "Sexiest Man Alive" Title is a Victory for Baby Faces

It's a big day for those of us with a youthful essence.

Bartenders and bouncers often take their sweet, sweet time when looking at my ID.

I can't blame them. I no longer live in the state where my ID was issued, so the discrepancy automatically raises some eyebrows. I've drastically changed my hairstyle since my photo was taken, I now wear glasses, and I look a little more like I've been through some stuff, to put it lightly. But the overarching reason my ID causes concern is probably that, for nearly all of my post-pubescent life, I've been mistaken for at least a couple of years younger than I actually am.

Besides the fact that only one of us is an EGOT winner, John Legend and I have a lot in common. His internet humor-fluent wife, Chrissy Teigen, often points out the physical similarities between Legend and their kids; of course, it's natural to bear a resemblance to your dad, but the thing is John Legend still looks like a baby. Which is why I, forever a child in the eyes of strangers, breathed a sigh of relief when I found out John Legend was named People's Sexiest Man Alive 2019.

John Legend's "Sexiest Man Alive!" cover for People.

There are definitely more important reasons to be glad Legend received this very silly and arbitrary honor, like the fact that he's only the fourth person of color to ever receive the title. But this is a moment for Legend's fellow babyface bearers to celebrate. We, too, could be so lucky as to have definitive evidence of our perceived sexiness. Legend has also fallen victim to a running joke comparing his looks to Arthur. How beautiful is it that we live in a world that tells someone they look like a cartoon aardvark but also splays magazine covers with photos of them smizing in a half-unbuttoned shirt?

However, I guess it's worth noting that Legend isn't just a pretty (baby) face. He has a very toned body and godly singing pipes; he did once portray Jesus Christ, after all. Still, I would assume the general population finds him much more "cute" than "sexy," and it seems Legend himself might feel the same: "Everyone's going to be picking me apart to see if I'm sexy enough to hold this title," he told People. You bet we are! But I'm not one to objectively say whether or not John Legend is sexy. I'm just saying I'm happy that being "cute" is enough to get by these days.

In an era of change and uncertainty, it's hard to know what to rely on.

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But while we suffer through the madness of the 2020 election this coming year, we can be comforted by knowing that a new season of Stranger Things will be coming our way, supplying us with all the cozy '80s nostalgia and flickering Christmas lights that our hearts desire.

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The teaser trailer for the show's fourth season just dropped, and it seems like Hawkins won't be the setting—though it provides few clues as to where our erstwhile heroes and heroines will end up. At the end of Season 3, Will's family (with Eleven in tow) left Hawkins, but one would imagine that given the Byers family's track record, they won't be able to evade the Upside Down for long.

The Season 4 trailer hints at a dramatic, action-packed future for Mike and his comrades. In it, the show's iconic logo takes the form of a decaying neon sign that eventually flares out and fades into footage of infected-looking woods.

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Season 3 certainly left us with plenty of questions. Is Hopper alive? Will Joyce and Hopper ever get together? What role will Russia play? Will Season 4 take place in Russia? If Russian interference wasn't enough to get Trump impeached, will the Ukraine incident do the trick?

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Regardless of what happens, it's only a matter of time before we can all escape into the blissful, spooky, comforting sci-fi world of Stranger Things once again.

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FILM & TV

Countdown to the New Edition Story

The top 11 videos from one of the best boy bands in American history.

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BKSAJDKAJKDSJFKA. That is not a typo. That is the response I send out every time someone has mentioned the New Edition Story to me for the past few months. After over three months of waiting, and the day after the group was honored with their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, tonight is the first airing of the three part event, at 9 pm on BET. So what can we expect?

Much like in real life, we will watch the not always glamorous rise and tumultuous turn of Boston's sons (pre-Johnny Gill) as they navigate life, business, and the perils that come with both through three plus decades. The band of musical brothers, Johnny Gill (Luke James), Bobby Brown (Woody McClain), Ricky Bell (Elijah Kelly), Michael Bivins (Bryshere Y. Gray), Ralph Tresvant (Algee Smith), and Ronnie Devoe (Keith Powers), were introduced to the world as teens in the 80's. While that means Gumby cuts, bright colors, and dookie chains for some, it also meant traversing through one of the biggest cocaine waves. None of this was left out of "The New Edition Story". Authenticity was important to the team in producing the movie, and one of the first scenes of the movie is Bobby Brown and his crew against the rest of his band-mates, on stage, mid-performance. Yeah... forget twitter fingers. It was real during the golden age of Hip Hop and R&B.

The benefit to giving people their flowers while they are alive, is that they get to see the result of their sacrifices and art. Looking back at their journey, it's easy to see that their future is limitless. It also lends credibility, as all of the members were alive to tell their story, with their producers Babyface, Terry Lewis, and Jimmy Jam also playing a heavy role in the production of the re-recording of the music, featuring the voices of the actual actors.

While we countdown to the start of this epic three night series, let's also countdown 11 of the group's best videos. Did I leave something out? Tweet me @brittianycierra and let me know.


11. Candy Girl

There is not a New Edition fan who will say this song and video doesn't deserve a spot on the list. ALL. THAT. LEATHER

10. You're Not My Kind of Girl

Two words. White suits.

9. Crucial

This video is just too nostalgic not to include. Hammer Pants, the running man, white socks and dress shoes, a freeze frame and a drum break down? Yes, please.

8. Count Me Out

I'm a sucker for a story line in a video. "Count Me Out", you made the cut.

7. One More Day

Child stars rarely make it to become adult stars. This video was nearly three decades into their career. This also may have been the start of the leading lady element of videos.

6. Hit Me Off

Kick-ass women, "futuristic" elements, and the same dance moves they used in the 80's. Yup, here for it. Bobby Brown was biting that lip too ya'll.

5.Can you Stand The Rain

This easily could have been number one, but it was too easy. Just enjoy it.

4. Cool It Down

This video made it so far because I'm obsessed with everyone's hair in this video. The girls, the guys, everyone is squad goals.

3. If it Isn't Love

Cue the "Love On Top" video. Beyonce knew *inserts nail emoji*

2. I'm Still In Love With You

I told ya'll. White. Suits.

1. Mr. Telephone Man

Purple sequined blazers? Sirs! It was so hot Beyonce stole the flow again for her MTV VMA "Love On Top" performance/pregnancy announcement.


Bobby Brown Whitney Houston lesbian revelation is the latest in a long string as he continues to cash in on his late wife's memory

Bobby Brown continues to dish more dirt than an early oughts Perez Hilton.

Not to mention riding the Whitney Houston train all the way to the bank—Ka-Ching!

From crack smoking, to murder, to spousal abuse, Brown is a veritable gold mine of juice.

The My Prerogative singer is now talking to UsWeekly, and finally confirming all the rumors that his ex had a lesbian love affair.

According to Brown, Houston had a romantic relationship with her assistant Robyn Crawford.

He reveals:

I know, we were married for 14 years.

There are some things we talked about that were personal to us.

Well, not any longer as Brown seems intent on revealing every single last detail of his famous ex’s personal life.

Brown also says Whitney’s mother Cissy did not approve of the relationship, and conspired to keep Robyn and Whitney apart.

Despite rumors swirling about a lesbian relationship between the two women for years, Whitney always maintained that they were nothing more than friends.

Crawford penned a touching ode to her late love back in 2012 after she was found dead from an overdose of cocaine, marijuana, Benadryl and Xanax.

In the piece, published in Esquire, Crawford describes Whitney was "a loyal friend" who "looked like an angel."

Crawford wrote:

I was her assistant and then her executive assistant and then her creative director. I was her point person for the day-to-day.

I traveled all around the world first-class and anyone who ever worked for her will tell you her checks never bounced.

You knew she was going to take care of you. She wasn't going to be in a five-star hotel while you were in a two.

I flew the Concorde the way some people ride the bus.

She shared the fruits, and she changed a lot of lives.

The record company, the band members, her family, her friends, me — she fed everybody.

Deep down inside that's what made her tired.

Houston and Crawford  became friends after meeting at a community center in East Orange, New Jersey when they were teenagers.

When Whitney began to pursue her career, she appointed Robyn her personal assistant and later creative director.

In his new book Every Little Step, Bobby writes that  Whitney was bisexual.

But, he wants to make it clear that Whitney was really in to him.

Telling US Weekly:

I’m a man and she was attracted to me!

Well, she was only human Bobby.

Brown believes Houston’s family did everything they could to foil the romance—and that it was mainly Cissy, a staunch Baptist, helming the plot.

He also alleges that Cissy, now 82, pressured Whitney to fire Robyn.

Brown claims:

I really feel that if Robyn was accepted into Whitney’s life, Whitney would still be alive today.

She didn’t have close friends with her anymore.

In 2013 Cissy addressed the gay rumors in an interview with talk show queen, Oprah Winfrey:

Winfrey asks Cissy, “Would it have bothered you if your daughter, Whitney, was gay?”

“Absolutely,” Cissy said.

“You would not have liked that?”

“Not at all,” she responds.

“You wouldn’t have condoned it?”

“No.”

Well, tragically Cissy discovered too late that it's better to have a happy gay daughter alive and well, than a desperately troubled dead one.

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New Bobby Brown interview;

Bobby Brown is continuing to milk the deaths of his ex-wife, Whitney Houston, and his daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, for every last cent.

He has appeared in an interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts on 20/20 which will air tonight at 10 pm.  In it, Brown discusses his upcoming memoir Every Little Step and again denies claims that he introduced Whitney to the hard drugs that ultimately led to her death in 2012 at the age of 48.

"It wasn't me.  I take my part and I take it hard for me even being a part of it, but we all have our own minds and some of us are stronger than others."

In the book, he reveals that the couple's wedding day was the first time he saw Whitney do drugs, claiming he had sneaked a peek of his bride prior to the ceremony and saw Houston;

"...hunched over a bureau snorting a line of coke."

He alleges she offered him a line, saying she was nervous and that he refused (of course he did), and that he was shocked by what he'd seen (of course he was).

Ramping up the sympathy factor, he tearfully went on to talk about his 22 year old daughter who died last year in horribly tragic circumstances.  He lays the blame for Bobbi Kristina's death firmly at the door, once again, of Nick Gordon—he also implicates Gordon in the death of both mother and daughter.

"It's not a mystery to me.  The same thing that happened to my daughter is what happened to Whitney.  There's only one person that was around both occasions."

Robin Roberts replies;

"You won't say his name—Nick Gordon is who you're referring to."

Brown confirms;

"I won't say his name."

Presumably he doesn't want to do anything to jeopardize the $50 million wrongful death civil suit against Gordon he joined in April.

Still trying to clear his conscience, Brown claims he didn't allow Bobbi Kristina to witness him and Whitney doing drugs;

"I always made a point not to let her see me or my wife in that type of situation, in that type of feeling.  It's hard when, you know, you're doing it every day."

However he wants to paint it, Bobbi Kristina was pretty fucked. Either he's lying and she did see her parents high and doing drugs (it's very hard to believe otherwise), or, given the extent of their daily habit, they barely saw their daughter at all. Poor girl didn't stand a chance.

And so it goes on an on. Bobbi Kristina was surrounded by toxicity from day one, and her own family's constant attempts to cash in on her untimely demise is just disgusting.

It's about time they treated her memory with a little dignity.

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“No matter what your friends try to tell ya” Every Little Step by Bobby Brown was way more 1989 than Taylor Swift’s 1989 could ever be.

The song was a huge hit, catchy as could be, and definitely confirmed to Whitney that Bobby was Mr. Right (at least until 2007 when they split anyhow).

While the song was a fan favorite and the video may have seemed as such back in ’89, looking back on it now is, well, let’s say “entertaining.”

The video begins with 3 super sexy ladies dressed in the tightest-fitting clothing and highest-heeled shoes possible strutting about and tempting Bobby and his two backup dancers with their oozing seductive appeal.

That’s when we realize Bobby and the boys are dancing at high energy in all black, jackets open in the front exposing what should be shirts underneath. Instead we see their chiseled chests and taut tummies.

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They perform against an all-white backdrop with various lyrics from the song planted in various spots. As Bobby sings, the trio continues moving and shaking, I even think they did the “Roger Rabbit,” but I’m no ballerina.

We immediately notice how much lighter on his feet Bobby was back in 1989, especially when the fellas change costume into spandex shorts, “wife beaters,” and suspenders. Naturally, this look goes best with ankle-high bright red socks.

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Next, it’s on to the rap interlude, where Bobby shows off his “street” side, flashes his abs, and dons a leather and metal adorned cap. It’s now I notice his jacket sleeve says “Bobby” down the length. Don’t worry back-up boys, your time is coming when your sleeves will no longer be bare.

So the 3 sexpot girls continue to strut by, but the gents never seem to get their attention. Perhaps they don’t want Bobby to be there with every little step he takes. It is a tad possessive.

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Just when the song’s about to end and the music fades, we are led to believe the guys never do get the girls, but just as the last note is heard, the scene flashes to Bobby and one of the sexy sirens in a snug bathtub together. “Good lovin’… Ow! Yeah!

Check out the Bobby Brown video for yourself and fall into “a real life fantasy” all over again.

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