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Patti Smith, Questlove, and Obama Join Joy to the Polls for Election Celebrations

Selena Gomez, Swizz Beatz, Pete Souza, and many others have also contributed playlists to the initiative, designed to bring more happiness and hope to the voting process.

Joy to the Polls

The election may be freaking you out, bumming you out, or just reinforcing what you already felt about America—but Joy to the Polls is trying to change that.

Too often, voting is a solemn, dread-filled experience. Long lines, high tensions, suppression, and the looming threat of COVID-19 have all made it uniquely difficult for people to get out to the vote in 2020.

But Joy to the Polls is based on the idea that it doesn't have to be this way—in fact, it shouldn't be this way. People have fought and died for our right to vote, and voting is our opportunity to create new beginnings in our nation. The process should be a celebration, not a nightmare.

"We have rampant voter suppression in the US," says Nelini Stamp, campaign director with Election Defenders and performer and organizer with Joy to the Polls. "We wanted to figure out a way so while people are outside of the polling station, we can bring them a feeling of safety and a feeling of joy."

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Matt Lauer vs. Ronan Farrow, and the Pushback Against the MeToo Movement

The former "Today Show" host seems to think nitpicking Ronan Farrow's book will relaunch his career

In a new opinion piece published in Mediaite, former Today Show host and alleged rapist Matt Lauer claims that Ronan Farrow abandoned journalistic integrity in pursuit of book sales.

Farrow's book Catch and Kill, which came out last October, details allegations of sexual misconduct against Matt Lauer in two of its nearly sixty chapters—the rest being devoted to Harvey Weinstein and other prominent sexual predators—and the particular challenges involved in reporting on these crimes.

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Floyd Mayweather’s baby mama is spitting mad over an interview the boxer gave to Katie Couric—two weeks before his much hyped “fight of the century” against Manny Pacquiao—explaining his version of what happened the night he brutally beat her.

Josie Harris, who is mom to three of Mayweather’s four children, claims the 38-year-old “lied through his teeth” when talking about the infamous 2010 attack against her, which resulted in him being convicted of domestic violence and spending two months in jail.

During the interview, Mayweather told Couric that he had to “restrain” Harris after she came at him in a drug-fueled rage.

However, Harris paints a VERY different picture—she says she was asleep on her couch when the attack happened—and claims Mayweather flew into a jealous rage after they split up, broke into her home, and viciously beat her, in front of their kids.

TMZ reports that Harris has filed a lawsuit against Mayweather, charging that his lies have labeled her as a drug addict, and that she was “embarrassed and humiliated on a global scale” by the interview.

The lawsuit claims, “[Floyd's lies to Couric] were knowingly fabricated in order to hype Mayweather's upcoming fight with Pacquiao, to avoid bad press by deflecting responsibility for beating the mother of his children."

Harris is seeking $20 million plus in damages.

We’ll have to wait one long whole month for Sheila Weller's scandalous new tell-all The News Sorority: Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour—and the (Ongoing, Imperfect, Complicated) Triumph of Women in TV News, but fortunately, the yummiest scoop has already hit the web.

Including the revelation that Diane Sawyer gives LOTS of blow jobs—at least, according to Katie Couric.

The Daily Beast has published a selection of the dishiest dish, including revelations such as Christiane Amanpour throwing a hissy fit after she landed a show on CNN International instead of the more popular domestic CNN—oh the indignity!—and the Couric Sawyer blow job snipe.


When Diane beat Katie on an interview with a 57-year-old woman who'd given birth to twins, Katie mused aloud, according to a person who heard the comment: "I wonder who she blew this time to get it."


Oh please baby Jesus, let it be true.

Not surprisingly, Sawyer’s peeps have been quick to shoot down the book’s credibility—Daily Beast Editor-at-Large, Lloyd Grove, writes, "Sources at ABC News, speaking on behalf of Sawyer, sought to dismiss the book's portrayal as overwrought and occasionally wrongheaded."

Meanwhile, representatives for Couric and Amanpour declined to comment on the record.

Pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen dons an elegant white ball gown for her role in the Broadway musical Cinderella , which opened earlier this month. Joined by comedic actress Fran Drescher, the two sit down on tomorrow's episode of Katie to talk about their debuts, as well as share some behind-the-scenes tidbits.

"About three days before we opened [the show], I was on my way down [the stairs] and they're like 'so, basically, you run down these steps and there's an X, there's a spotlight. Leave the shoe here and keep going,'" Jepsen recounts to host Katie Couric. "I'm like, 'is there any trick to it?' 'No, no, you just slip it off and wiggle and keep running.'"

She continues, "So, I do. I think I've managed it, and I'm pretty proud of myself."

"For a split second, I think I saw a bird in the theater, but it ended up being my shoe had hooked onto my big toe, and I had catapulted the shoe into the audience," the "Call Me Maybe" singer adds, hilariously.

As a bonus, Drescher talks about her boyfriend Shiva Ayyadurai, 49 -- otherwise known as the inventor of email. "I finally have a Valentine," she chuckles. "He invented email...kachink, kachink."

For even more mushy details, tune into the nationally syndicated daytime talk show Katie tomorrow. Check your local listings for exact times.

Drescher on her Valentine:

Jepsen and her slipper mishap:

Thanks to Drake and meme culture, we live in a world where this paragraph can be written:

Make a video of yourself telling Katie [Couric] your YOLO – the one thing you’ve always dreamed of doing. Why? Because You Only Live Once! Send us your video and it may appear on “Katie” or here on Katie may even make your YOLO come true!

This is in fact a regular feature on Katie Couric's new talk show Katie, right alongside "Tired of Texting Monopolizing Family Time?" and "Are You Stuck in a Relationship Rut?". It has actual traction. It has actual celebrity co-signs. And you know what that means? We also live in a world where the phrase "Regis Philbin's YOLO" is a thing. (We watched the video, but alas, Regis never says "YOLO." DJs the world over are terribly disappointed.)

You'll notice, though, that our site is Popdust. It is not Regisdust. Start your own Regisdust if that's the site you'd like. (The URL isn't taken, as of the time of writing! Ahem.) There are lots of YOLO videos here, but the ones we're interested in are the ones involving Couric's musician buddies. So let's round them up!

LMFAO'S YOLOS: "LMFAO's YOLOS" is another great phrase. It'd totally baffle time travelers. Anyway, Redfoo's YOLO (sigh) (we're going to have to say that a lot, aren't we?) is to win a professional tennis tournament. SkyBlu wants to be a professional skateboarder. In other words, both their YOLOs are essentially to become Lil Wayne. Sounds plausible.

KYLIE MINOGUE'S YOLOS: To learn to cook. This is... rather unambitious. (And if your cooking's so gutsy it qualifies for YOLO status, possibly a fire hazard.)

KARMIN'S YOLOS: Karmin's YOLO is... to star in their own movie. Nothing about this should surprise you. (Well, OK: it's a little surprising they didn't attach a link to a manic pixie dream rap cover of "The Motto." Maybe by 2013?)

DRAGONETTE'S YOLOS: They want to cycle across Europe. As a band. On tour. Not a bad idea! They could attach speakers to their bikes playing "Let It Go" and become Pied Pipers of dance-pop. We'd follow. We might even forget that this came of the word YOLO!