Don't let your Boomer family get you down.
Thanksgiving has always been about food.
We suffer through the awkward small talk and often anti-climactic football games for the sake of the meal that awaits us at the end of the day, and even then that "meal" is representative of ethnic cleansing and genocide. But there are a few other pros that lay outside of gorging yourself on mashed potatoes. The holiday always falls on a Thursday, which means you always have a four day weekend. Black Friday is also the following day, so despite whatever infuriating experiences you may have on Thanksgiving with your family, you can at least rest easy knowing you can go out and buy enough stuff to numb the pain.
These reasons alone are enough to warrant celebration. So while you clench your jaw through what is almost guaranteed to be a painfully long afternoon, why not curate some music to help elevate your mood and remind yourself that a four day weekend of relaxation awaits?
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She now goes by the name "Shuhada' Davitt"
Well-known for hits like "Nothing Compares 2 U" as well as public displays of criticism against the Catholic Church, Irish singer Sinead O' Connor, 51, is always one to make her voice heard.
This time, it's her announcement that she has converted to Islam and changed her name to Shuhada' Davitt.
Along with her announcement, Twitter followers can see a new profile photo – the Nike logo with a message: "Wear a hijab just do it." And People notes, "Additionally, her Twitter bio now reads in all caps, "Please be aware that if you post racist or anti muslim rhetoric on this page you will be blocked."
CNN, "Last year, O'Connor changed her name to Magda Davitt, a name she took to be 'free of parental curses.'" Since her conversion to Islam, she has changed her first name again to Shuhada', which means "martyrs" in Arabic.
Davitt is documenting her journey on social media, recently posting her rendition of the Azan – the Islamic call to prayer and worship. She has stated that she's joyful, and yesterday tweeted, "Thank you so much to all my Muslim brothers and sisters who have been so kind as to welcome me to Ummah (the Muslim community) today on this page. You can't begin to imagine how much your tenderness means to me."
Since her announcement, Davitt has received both criticism and support for her decision to convert to Islam. It was only a few years ago that the singer was struggling with mental health issues. As per USA Today, "In November 2015, she made a suicide threat on Facebook over child-custody issues. The following May, she went missing for a day before turning up in a Chicago suburb. In 2017, she sat down for an interview with Dr. Phil on his daytime talk show, where she revealed that her emotional troubles had been triggered by the hormonal effects of a radical hysterectomy."
Follow Davitt's journey on Twitter as she continues to update her feed and post photos. Just don't expect to see her in her very first hijab.
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In a complaint filed on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Hall described O'Connor as a:
desperate, attention-seeker, now known perhaps as much for her bizarre, unhinged internet rants as for her music.
According to the complaint, 'Ever since O'Connor posed her malicious and reckless lies about Hall on her 'OFFICIAL Facebook page' (where they have been commented on and forwarded thousands of times), her brazen lies have spread like wildfire across the media throughout the United States and the world.'
Hall also states in the lawsuit that he hasn't had any contact with O'Connor in 25 years and that her accusation of criminal conduct is 'extraordinarily damaging' to his reputation.
In the Facebook post that Hall feels so aggrieved by, O'Connor says:
Two words for the DEA investigating where prince got his drugs over the decades.... Arsenio Hall (AKA Prince's and Eddie Murphy's bitch) Anyone imagining prince was not a long time hard drug user is living in cloud cuckoo land. Arsenio I've reported you to the Carver County Sherrif's office. Expect their call. They are aware you spiked me years ago at Eddie murphy's house. You best get tidying your man cave
Oh, knock it off, you two!
Do I have to separate you and send you to your rooms?
Sinead, if Arsenio doesn't drop his lawsuit, why not counter-sue him for calling you a desperate attention seeker?
The important thing to remember is that Sinead O'Connor brought the world her beautiful version of Prince's timeless ballad, 'Nothing Compares 2 U.'
We will never forget the artistry of Sinead O'Connor or the brilliance of Prince...but Arsenio Hall? He won't register a footnote in our cultural history, no matter how many dicks he has sucked or not sucked.
Prince's death has fast become a tacky circus.
There are 'family members' crawling out of the woodwork daily, all laying claim to some portion of his multi-million dollar fortune which he (conveniently for them) didn't leave a will covering the distribution of.
Then there are the increasingly nefarious stories regarding his cause of death with screaming headlines from the National Enquirer that he died of aids, with the press waiting on bated breath for the results of the autopsy to be leaked.
What seems to be widely accepted is that Prince had a problem with drugs.
TMZ report a longstanding Percocet addiction, citing an OD of the drug as the reason for the singer's plane's emergency diversion just a week before his death.
The fact that the prescription painkiller was found in the Purple Rain star's Paisley Park home at the time of his sudden death has led to claims that the DEA has become part of the investigation. Associated Press were told anonymously that the focus of the inquiry is whether a doctor was prescribing the painkillers and whether the singer died of an overdose. The coroner has sealed the results of the autopsy which was conducted the day after his death.
Now another allegation has been thrown into the mix—from none other than Sinead O'Connor, who has accused comedian and talk show host Arsenio Hall of supplying his long term friend Prince with drugs back in the day.
She posted a rant on Facebook yesterday calling on the DEA to investigate Hall, 60. She claims that Hall once spiked her at Eddie Murphy's house and that he gave Prince drugs "over the decades".
See the full post below;
It is unclear whether the comedian has either tidied his man cave or received a visit from Carver County sheriff's office as of yet.
However Hall's rep gave a statement to People dismissing O'Connor's claims;
"The statement regarding Arsenio Hall is absolutely false, ridiculous and absurd."
Actually the 49 year old troubled singer's claim isn't all that far-fetched and is pretty believable (we'd be inclined to believe any drama that has Eddie Murphy's name in it somewhere). Unfortunately though, she lacks any credibility due to her previous controversial statements and Facebook dramas. She has actually been quiet on Facebook for a few weeks after claiming that she was being spied on.
Although this is the first comment she's made since Prince's death on April 21, she has spoken out in the past about her stormy relationship with him. He of course wrote the mega-hit Nothing Compares 2 U which shot her to fame in 1990. O'Connor told a Norwegian radio station in 2014;
"We didn't get along at all, we had a punch-up.
He summoned me to his house—and it's foolish to do this to an Irish woman—he said he didn't like me saying bad words in interviews. So I told him to fuck off.
He got quite violent. I had to escape out of his house at five in the morning. He really packed a bigger punch than mine."
Watch the iconic video below and for a few minutes let this be how we remember both the writer and the performer of this beautiful ballad—not all the subsequent noise that's just gonna run and run.
Ah Sinead O’Connor, she’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Usually, O’Connor’s commentary takes the rambling long form—like her four part series of open letters to Miley warning her she’ll end up in rehab “as a result of being prostituted.”
But, she’s kept her latest observations short and sweet, and totally on point we have to say—lamenting the death of music, and linking its demise to Kim Kardashian appearing on the front cover of Rolling Stone.
What is this cunt doing on the cover of Rolling Stone? Music has officially died. Who knew it would be Rolling Stone that murdered it? Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh can no longer be expected to take all the blame. Bob Dylan must be fucking horrified. #BoycottRollingStone
As Popdust previously reported, Kardashian sat down for a lengthy interview with Rolling Stone for their July issue—in addition to posing in a boob bearing top and sailor cap for the cover.
In the interview, the 34-year-old talks about her sex tape, believing OJ Simpson was innocent, her relationship with Kanye West, and how she wants to be remembered as a businesswoman and a sex symbol.
"I think you can be both. You can have it all,” the wise sage says.
Yeah, you might want to have a word with Sinead about that KK.....
When it comes to Sinead O'Connor's signature style, most people think of a shaved head and mismatched thrift store clothes, so it's quite shocking to see that the controversial songstress has gone for an ultra-sleek makeover for her upcoming ninth studio album, I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss.
In a new promotional photo for the project, a heavily made-up Sinead squeezes into a skin-tight PVC dress with a matching black bob wig and guitar. It looks like the kind of thing you'd see Jessie J or Katy Perry in -- not the outspoken O'Connor, who has famously fought against the commercial and artificial aspects of the music industry.
Perhaps after getting the most publicity she has in years following her public spat with Miley Cyrus, O'Connor is trying to cash-in with a more mainstream image. Or it could just be satirical, with the 47-year-old using her new album to mock the Mileys and Katys of the industry.
I'm sure well find out when I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss drops in August.