Soft. Like velvet. Like sitting on a cloud. A cloud that will always be there for you. That’s what it felt like, sitting on the very same couch that the cast of Friends sat on all those years ago.
As the Warner Brothers tour came to an end, I could feel the anticipation of entering into the world I’ve always wanted to be a part of. As I turned the corner, tears filled my eyes as the set of Central Perk was laid out before me, in perfect array. I held my breath as we waited in line to place our eager tushes on the infamous upholstery. FINALLY it was our turn. It all happened so fast. We held mugs, looked in several directions for the “paparazzi,” and then it was on to the next in line.
However, this isn’t nearly the end of the story. Oh no, my “Friends,” we’re just getting started. What I didn’t mention is that we’d already witnessed the “Central Park” where Rachel and Phoebe ran together, the stairs Ross played the keyboard on during the prom flashback, Frank Jr.’s House, and the “field” where Red Ross played Rugby. My heart was already soaring just from those instances and then from getting to sit where they sat, breathe the same air, just, you know, 10+ years later. Ok, so maybe not the EXACT same air. Regardless, I felt so close to my favorite characters.
I had no idea how much closer I was about to get. Back at the Perk, after our photo, there was a countdown on television screens above the set, a countdown for the next shooting. I HAD to be a part of it. I WOULD be a part of it, no matter what I had to do. And here we go…
The set attendant turned to all of us gathered around and asked who loved Friends. Thinking everyone would scream their guts out, I gave it my all. And I was the loudest… I’m sure I had a crazy look in my eyes when she turned to me and asked who my favorite character was, to which I replied “Phoebe Buffay.” All of a sudden, my dreams had come true. The heavens had opened as she began to sing “Smelly Cat.” She handed me the mic, as I proudly sang the line, “What are they feeding you?” Then, as we all continued to sing, the attendant was about to turn to me again with the mic and the WORST thing happened. I don’t know how it could have happened. I guess with all the hype my mind just couldn’t process it all, but I BLANKED! I FROZE! Thank goodness for the rest of the crowd helping me out. Even my husband made fun of me with, “REALLY?! You of all people!”
After that slight embarrassment, I was chosen to play Rachel in a scene (the only available female role that had nothing to do with my failure as Phoebe). The attendant asked me who I had brought with me, “My husband, but he doesn’t want to do this,” I said. She persisted that I needed a Ross to my Rachel. He begrudgingly obliged as the crowd egged him on. We were joined by a Joey participant, as well. Suddenly all eyes were on us as we watched the scene from “The One with Phoebe’s Birthday Dinner” and rehearsed our lines.
Lights. Camera. Action. It was my time to shine as a member of the Friends cast. I was giddy. Like on Christmas morning. I said my lines flawlessly, unlike the “Smelly Cat” incident. As we watched the playback I was just so full of joy all I could do was smile and forbear a scream.
As we walked away, I couldn’t focus on anything else for this part of the tour. All I could think about was going back. So we did. Like five times. And on the last time, we lucked out. MAJORLY.
We noticed that no one was in line for pictures, and people were exploring the set! So, obviously, we got pictures all over the place. I kept touching everything, from coffee pots, to mugs, to magazines, to an old computer, to a guitar meant to look like Phoebe’s. I couldn’t stop soaking up each and every detail. I’m getting emotional right now just thinking about it, thinking about how I miss it so much and how I want to go back every single day. Once we had taken in every inch of the set, it was time to get our Central Perk coffee. And as we walked out, my tummy was warm with mocha and my heart was warm with a deeper love for my favorite Friends.
Thank you Warner Brothers for letting fans experience something so raw and beautiful. I’m forever grateful.
With three songs released from her highly anticipated upcoming album, I’m already loving Ke$ha’s new vibe. She’s vulnerable and not afraid to show it. The whole legal battle she went through has obviously only made her stronger, as Ke$ha’s digging deep into parts of her life she’s never shared with fans, specifically in her newest release, “Learn To Let Go.”
The music video begins with Ke$ha watching old home videos, which quickly turn into reality. She’s walking in a wooded area with parts of her past running around, similar to a horror film. She stumbles upon artifacts of her past including her old bed and portable karaoke recording machine, all the while dancing as if she has the spirit of a child again. Those dance moves are possibly the best part of the film. It’s hilarious watching her reenact her younger self, rocking out like no one’s watching.
The background constantly changes into a puppet show, a pool, and various other scenes from home videos. All of this back and forth encompasses my favorite stanza from the song:
I think it’s time to practice what I preach
Exorcise the demons inside me
Whoa, gotta learn to let it go
The video ends the same way it started, with Ke$ha watching home videos and seeing the smiling face on that little girl she once was.
We should all be reminded of who we were growing up, where we came from and why. A lot of us had much freer spirits back then.
Let’s dance like we don’t care, love like no tomorrow, and wear our hearts on our sleeves. Life should be lived like a genuine child.
Of course, I’m going to report on the Cyrus clan. The mother of them all, Tish Cyrus, recently sat down for a radio interview with Mario Lopez, during which she clarified Miley’s nuptial plans, or lack there of…
Unfortunately for us Smilers, Miley isn’t planning on getting married anytime soon. Several rumors have spread over the course of Liam and Miley’s engagement of possible elopement, but none of them possess a backbone of accuracy. For example, Billy Ray posted a photo back in March with a picture of a camera depicting Miley in a white dress with the caption, “I’m so happy… you are happy @MileyCyrus.” After the release of “Malibu,” it seems pretty clear that this was a shot filmed for the music video.
The eventually-to-be Hemsworth’s are living together in Malibu and “so freaking happy,” according to Momma Cyrus. They have their whole lives ahead of them and are taking their time. Simply observing from the outside, their relationship has seemed like a roller coaster, so who can blame them for riding a calmer wave.
From new music, to new Bravo shows, to modeling , the Cyrus clan continues to exercise their talents, while fully supporting each other. I don’t know about you but my irises are completely in love with the view of the Cyrus’s.
The Netflix phenomenon, better known as “13 Reasons Why” has taken the practice of binge watching to the next level. The brilliant concept unforgivingly shows how a lack of love can irrevocably destroy a person’s world.
Surrounding Hannah Baker’s suicide are cases of high school drama that the majority of us have experienced to some degree. Unfortunately for Hannah, she had piles and piles of trash repeatedly dumped on her heart, all because people forgot how to love, or just didn’t care to.
Spite bites back
Remember in high school (or maybe you’re currently in it) when someone would spread a rumor or purposefully make you look less than in front of a bunch of people? It created a fire inside you. It made you want to humiliate that person in the worst ways possible. How could they destroy your reputation? How could they say that about you when you’ve never even hurt them? But now you will. Spite doesn’t just make you just as bad as the person who hurt you in the first place, but it also bites – deep. You may think you’re simply protecting yourself, but instead you’re causing a bitter taste that can stay within your stomach for years. Learn to love yourself no matter what the haters say.
High school passes
Now, as a 23-year-old, looking back, I wish I wouldn’t have cared so much in high school. Everyone wants to be cool, popular. Every compliment or degrading comment stays with you during that time period like inkless tattoos. Although high school passes, it’s vital that while we’re there we learn to love, especially ourselves.
Suicide is real
“13 Reasons Why” is receiving a bad stigma based on the thought that it glorifies suicide. Yes, the last episode of Season 1 does show the graphic departure of Hannah Baker, and it’s not for the weak stomach. The scene where Hannah takes her own life, is meant to show the ugly truth of suicide. To quote Selena Gomez in Entertainment Weekly, “This is happening every day. Whether or not you wanted to see it, that’s what’s happening,” she said in a radio interview on Elvis Duran show. Society tends to undermine suicide and treat it in ways that are ineffective, for example the posters in the school on the show. Sure, the actress probably cut open fake bags of blood for the cameras, but there are people out there, people that are your friends who have either seriously considered this route or have already taken it. Let’s be the generation who fights for life, who makes every single person realize that they have a purpose and NO ONE is worth wasting it.
4. To all the Clay Jensen’s – Quit holding back
If you’re a fan of the show, then it’s clear how many times, how many freaking times, Clay just doesn’t do anything. Instead, he takes all of that out on everyone else on the tapes. If you’re holding back from standing up for someone because of your reputation or because your scared or for any reason, take a leap of faith. Stand up for what you believe in, even if it means risking your shallow outside persona. So many times Clay could have ran after Hannah and talked with her about what was going on in her life. He was too worried about his crush on her to move. So, I’m saying to you now, MOVE.
Your sexual status doesn’t matter
Everyone in high school seems to focus on sex status. How many bases have you ran? How far have you gone? Did you go all the way? And sometimes these questions don’t even get asked. Sometimes rumors get broadcast all over school. And for some reason, everyone cares when they do. It’s like an endless game of torture telephone that no one wins at. Instead of tearing each other down based on physical actions, let’s build each other up and know that whatever someone has done is between them and the person they trusted enough to do it with. Let’s stop placing labels based on accusations. They really do hurt.
Love changes you
When you spread love, even if it’s forced at first, it becomes habit and begins to change you from the inside out. Once you turn this awkward process into routine, what once were simple compliments or musings, turn into genuine feelings of love towards people, towards new friends, or maybe even old ones. It can be difficult to change your thinking. It’s hard to change the pattern of judgement that we’re taught to inflict in school. But, once you tackle that monster, love is like breathing, second nature.
Hey Hannah Baker’s and Jessica Davis’, you have worth
For those of you who have seen the show, I’m referring to Bryce’s and Justin’s second tape. I can’t speak from experience, but you are a gem, a diamond in the rough. It’s like breaking a bone, once it heals, it’s that much stronger. I’m not saying that rape is equivalent to breaking a bone by any means, but you can, you will get through this. Don’t be afraid to talk to someone. If not your parents at first, than tell a trusted friend, someone who won’t judge you, someone who will comfort you. Above all, tell God. In the words of Taylor Swift’s “Innocent”:
You know how in high school and even middle school, everyone has their clique? Even though I love Drake’s song that spotlights this exact occurrence, they freaking suck. Some people branch out, but others stay in their comfortable space with people they know. What if instead of living mediocre, comfortable lives, we stepped out of our little world and actually made a difference. No matter what age you are this is for you! We can do this. We can go out of our way to make someone’s day. We can spread love by simply extending a helping hand or acknowledging somebody’s existence. Even if we get rejected, at least we’re trying. That’s what Hannah needed, and I bet someone that you’ve come in contact with does too.
We all make mistakes, kick your own ass and own up!
When Bryce took Justin’s phone and sent out that picture of Hannah on the playground slide to the entire school, Justin just let it happen. He didn’t own up and say that nothing but a kiss happened between the two of them because it made him look cool, but at the expense of Hannah. We have to begin stopping rumors before they spread. When Justin showed all of his friends the picture, that was his first mistake. He knew it could potentially hurt Hannah’s reputation, but he cared more about himself. It’s pertinent that we start putting everyone else above us, especially those who are prone to get hurt.
Find a Tony
Although we only get a glimpse of Tony and Hannah’s relationship, it’s pretty clear he’s a standup guy. He’s a protector, a promise-keeper. You can trust him. Everyone needs a Tony in their lives. It could be a family member, close friend, accountability partner, someone you completely trust with your entire heart and life. Especially if you’re feeling like you’re spiraling like Hannah, then hold onto someone who loves you, who’s got your back. Tony’s can be hard to come by, but usually they’re right under your nose, they’re there when you need them.
Give your parents a break
Parents can be invasive. They can drive you crazy and make you feel like you have zero privacy. Like you’re a left over dish covered in saran wrap, rather than foil. But, they love you. They wish they could be your Tony. Parents, at least most of them, just want to make sure you’re okay. They love you. I’m sure I’ll understand one day when I have kids of my own, but for now I do know that I love my dog, that I’d do anything to keep him safe. I’m sure with a human, that feeling will be even stronger, and I’ll want my kids to give me a break, cut me some slack, and talk to me. You don’t have to share everything, but share enough. They need you just as badly as you need them.
Everyday counts, remember Jeff
Every decision you make, every word that leaves your lips, every action you do or don’t take makes a difference. It can change someone’s life, in this case Jeff’s. He lost his life due to the decisions made by Sheri, which were caused by the sequence of events that occurred that night. Chain reactions. Control what you can. Push for others to do what’s right. It just might save a life.
Our creator designed us for love.. Retweet that.
Whether cyber or old school, face-to-face bullying, you were not designed for hate. You were outfitted with love. Each and every one of you is made to do great things in this world. We’re all made by design to love. To love our friends, our family, our enemies, those who betray us – who hurt us. We are made to love each and every human being, no matter the circumstances. It’s time to step up and learn to spread the love. It’s part of our innate being. So, stand up for people, get over YOUR wants, and focus on the needs of others. Let’s come together and not give another person even ONE reason to turn on themselves. Instead, let’s give them a million and ONE reasons to rely on God.
Looks like Blue Ivy’s inheritance may be dropping again due to a sample in Beyoncé’s ‘Formation.’ First the twins, now this?!
Known as Messy Mya on YouTube, Anthony Barré’s estate may soon be gaining value as claims have been established that Mrs. Carter sampled one of his videos without permission. In the 2010 YouTube video, Barré says “Ooh, Baby, oh yes, I like that,” which can be heard a minute into ‘Formation.’ The lawsuit for the $20 million is due in royalties and for other damages, reported the Huffington Post.
According to MTV News, The New Orleans YouTube personality was shot and killed in November of 2010, shortly after the “pirated” video was released. The Lemonade may be turning sour.
On January 26, Drake made an appearance on Coach John Calipari’s “Cal Cast” podcast. The University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach and Drake go way back as friends. Coach even attended Drake’s high school graduation.
In the interview the two friends discuss several aspects of drake life, one of which is still a mystery: Drake’s More Life Project. The idea behind the project is to always have music from Drake in between album releases. According to Rolling Stone, it’s a playlist resulting from collaboration with Apple Music. Drake described it as “a body of work that I’m creating.” Don’t be confused, it is not an album that he’s going to drop, but rather a playlist so that his music stays continuous.
Drake also discussed his acting career, as his first role existed on Degrassi back in 2001. “I think after I release More Life, which is this playlist I’m working on, and finish this tour, I think I’m going to really start to position myself in the acting world and, hopefully, take some great roles,” Drizzy said.
The rapper’s aspirations are far and wide and one day Drake may even become a late night show host. “I hope to get there one day where I put on amazing suits every night. Just put on Tom Ford every night, sit with a glass of wine, and laugh with people that I’ve spent years with in the business, or friends of mine, and give people something to watch every night that makes them feel good and laugh.” How stinking cute is he?! Just make sure to include us radio DJ’s as some of your guests.
In other news, MTV News to be specific, Meek Mill will punch Drake for $5 million. Say what? First, the upcoming fight resulting from beef between Chris Brown and Soulja Boy and now this? Watch the video below found on Meek’s Instagram, which he has since deleted. He even included Nicki Minaj in the mix. Oh shooooot .
On January 18, Big Sean had an interview with Zane Lowe from Beats 1 about his upcoming album entitled I Decided. During which, he revealed some impressive collabs that the world will hear when the album’s released on Feb 3.
Eminem worked with Big Sean on the track, “Lose Yourself.” He was the only rapper Big Sean could see gracing the song with his presence, reported Billboard. Eminem adds a memorable flavor to “Lose Yourself,” as Big Sean replayed the verse over and over again. This isn’t the first time the two have worked together. Sean appeared on Eminem’s “Detroit vs. Everybody” back in 2014.
According to MTV News, other artists that either worked with him on I Decided, or are featured in some of the tracks include: DJ Mustard, Kanye West, Metro Boomin, The-Dream, and Jhene Aiko aka Big Sean’s girlfriend. The Detroit rapper just dropped another song, “Halfway Off The Balcony,” helping fans get a taste of what is to come on the album.