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Courteney Cox Reacts to Those Friends Thanksgiving Memes


Courteney Cox is a Turkey Day icon.

Just ask any Friends fan, and they’re sure to recall the 1998 episode in which Courteney’s character Monica Geller famously dances around with a whole turkey on her head. The moment continues to be shared in the form of memes and GIFs every Thanksgiving, and this year, the 56-year-old actress herself took part in the fun.

“Happy Thanksgiving everyone!” Courteney said in a video uploaded to Instagram on the holiday. “I hope you’re having a great day. I’m feeling so thankful.”

“And also, if I get one more god damn GIF with that turkey on my head dancing like a f–king fool,” Courteney added in an admittedly more aggressive voice, “I’m just gonna snap!”

But being the hilarious person that she is, Courteney quickly changed her tune and decided to embrace her status. “Anyway, since I’m the symbol of Thanksgiving, here ya go,” the star said, alluding to what turned out to be her reprising her Friends role.





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Digital Mirage Features ZHU b2b NGHTMRE, The Glitch Mob & Many More [LIVE STREAM]


Although it’s been a hell of a year, there’s a lot the music community has to be thankful for. Today, Proximity and Brownies & Lemonade are bringing people together through the first-ever Friendsgiving live stream — and it’s about to kick off soon!

Featuring music from Tiësto, The Glitch Mob, Benny Benassi, Louis the Child, SayMyName, Nina Las Vegas, DJ Sliink, YehMe2 (Trap History Set), Huxley AnneOokay (Live), Nitti Gritti, Moksi, Loud Luxury and more! Plus, special performances from Tchami b2b Dr. Fresch and ZHU b2b NGHTMRE, which goes down tonight.

The online music festival seeks to support “our most vulnerable venues to keep them afloat.” In partnership with PLUS1, 100% of the proceeds raised this weekend will be donated to NIVA’s Save Our Stages Emergency Relief Fund. #SaveOurStages

The festivities kick off at 3:00 PM EST / 12:00 PM PST.

Get locked in below and scroll down for today’s schedule.

Digital Mirage: Friendsgiving (Day 1)

 

FRIDAY SET TIMES (PST)
LP GIOBBI:
12:00 – 12:30PM
Jon Casey –
12:30 – 01:00PM
Coco & Breezy –
01:00 – 01:35PM
JSTJR –
01:35 – 02:05PM
Noodles – 02:05 – 02:35PM
DJ Sliink –
02:35 – 03:05PM
Cosmo’s Midnight –
03:05 – 03:35PM
Lunice – 03:35 – 04:05PM
Hex Cougar –
04:05 – 04:35PM
YehMe2 –
04:35 – 5:05PM
Wave Racer (Live) –
05:05 – 05:30PM
DUBDOGZ –
05:30 – 06:00PM
Loud Luxury –
06:00 – 06:30PM
Moksi –
06:30 – 7:00PM
Louis The Child –
07:00 – 07:40PM
ZHU b2b NGHTMRE –
07:40 – 08:40PM
The Glitch Mob –
08:40 – 09:10PM
Power Glove –
09:10 – 09:45PM
Lastlings –
09:45 – 10:25PM
Voltra –
10:25 – 11:00PM

 



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Fewer kindergarten students means money problems for schools and learning concerns for children.


Kindergarten enrollment in American schools has plummeted during the pandemic, potentially setting back educational and social development for children at a critical age and impacting public school budgets for years to come.

Most states don’t require kindergarten attendance. As a result, the drop in enrollment at that age has been steeper than at other levels — down 14 percent in Arizona, for example, compared to 5 percent across all grades. Nicole Swartz, an Arizona parent who did not enroll her son this fall, told AZfamily.com, “I just really disagreed with just the mental well-being of what would happen with a 6-year-old sitting at a laptop all day.”

Parents made similar decisions across the country. Pre-K and kindergarten enrollment fell 18 percent in Massachusetts, compared to declines of almost 4 percent for other grades. In Ohio, kindergarten enrollment declined in nearly every local school district.

The youngest students, many experts agree, are worst suited for remote learning. They’re squirmy. They can’t figure out how to work computers without help. And much of their learning is social, emotional and motor skill-based.

But younger students might also be best positioned to return to schools safely, at least for now. Growing evidence suggests that they are less likely to transmit the coronavirus to adults or to suffer severe symptoms.

Some parents have turned to parochial and private schools, which could have a significant impact on public schools in states that use enrollment to allocate funding. That has already happened in South Dakota’s largest district, Sioux Falls, where 300 fewer students may mean a loss of $2.5 million in state financial aid.

In Georgia, where kindergarten enrollment dropped 11 percent this fall, public schools could lose $100 million in funding.

“If you lose five students in a classroom, you can’t turn down the heat by five students,” Stephen Owens, a senior policy analyst at the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, told WABE. “You can’t fire one-twentieth of a teacher.”



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COVID Vaccine May Cause Side Effects



Still, task force members spoke out against the idea of nationwide lockdowns or schools, even as New York City returned to remote learning this week, CNN reported.


“We do know what to do and we are asking every American to do those things today,” Birx stressed. That starts with wearing masks, but also staying apart and limiting gatherings, she said.


The virus spreads even when people do not show symptoms, Birx noted. “It is because of this asymptomatic spread that we are asking people to wear a mask indoors,” she said. “Decreasing those friend-and-family gatherings where people come together and unknowingly spread the virus,” will also help slow the spread, she added.


Earlier Thursday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving. More than 187,000 cases were announced nationwide on Thursday, another single-day record, and daily tallies have been rising in 47 states, according to The New York Times.


In California, officials reported more than 13,000 new cases, a single-day record, prompting the state to announce a 10 p.m. curfew for all but essential workers, the Times reported.


Even if the current seven-day national average of about 166,000 daily cases plateaued until the end of the year, nearly 7 million more people would still contract COVID-19, the Times said.


Though talk of two highly effective vaccines came this week, they will not be widely available until spring of 2021.


“We are in for a rough period through the end of February,” Dr. Jessica Justman, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University, told the Times. “It looks hard to find a way to break it.”



A global scourge


By Tuesday, the U.S. coronavirus case count passed 12.4 million while the death toll neared 258,000, according to a Times tally. According to the same tally, the top five states in coronavirus cases as of Tuesday were: Texas with nearly 1.2 million; California with just over 1.1 million; Florida with over 944,000; Illinois with nearly 666,000; and New York with almost 607,000.





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Legislature to Seek to Reclaim Power to Appoint Electors: Pennsylvania State Sen. Mastriano


Pennsylvania state Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33) said Friday the Republican controlled legislature will seek to reclaim its power to appoint the state’s electors to the Electoral College. Mastriano made his comments in an interview with former Trump administration official Steve Bannon on the War Room podcast, stating the move could take place as early as today.

Mastriano, a retired U.S. Army Colonel, said he has been working with Pennsylvania House and Senate members on a joint resolution to “grab back” their constitutional authority from the secretary of state that was ceded in 1938.

Mastriano said momentum for the resolution stemmed from the explosive hearing on Wednesday by Senate Republicans in Gettysburg that featured evidence indicating massive fraud that tipped the election for Democrat nominee Joe Biden over President Trump.

Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis appeared in person at the hearing. Trump addressed the hearing for about ten minutes via Ellis’ cellphone. Several witnesses presented allegations and evidence of fraud.

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Mastriano told Bannon he believes two of the four GOP leaders of the House and Senate already support the move to reclaim the power to appoint electors, as do over half of GOP legislators.

Video of War Room podcast cued to Mastriano:

Article will be updated.

Transcript excerpts:

Mastriano: “…So, we’re gonna do a resolution between the House and Senate, hopefully today. I’ve spent two hours online trying to coordinate this with my colleagues. And there’s a lot of good people working this here. Saying, that the resolution saying we’re going to take our power back. We’re gonna seat the electors. Now obviously we’re gonna need the support of the leadership of the House and Senate, we’re getting there on that.”

Mastriano: “…We have that power and we’re gonna take that power back because there’s so much evidence of shenanigans and fraud, we can’t stand aside and watch this unfold around us…”





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The Mandalorian Chapter 13 Fan Reactions


This! Post! Is! Only! Spoilers! Beware!

So, Chapter 13 of The Baby Yoda Variety Hour (aka, The Mandalorian) dropped this morning, and y’all…it is giving us everything we could possibly want!

OH, HOLD UP, before we get too into this — I better throw one of these up. Please heed this very serious warning*:


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*No, seriously…this post is ONLY spoilers for Chapter 13 of The Mandalorian, so please click away until you’ve had a chance to watch it!

Everyone who doesn’t want to be spoiled gone now? Good. ANYWAY, Chapter 13 was a DOOSEY. We received some incredible cameos, and even got some new information about our beloved baby boy!

We finally got to see a live-action version of fan-favorite Jedi, Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson), and — predictably, given the character’s history — she kicked all sorts of ass.

We also received quite a bit of new information and teases through Ahsoka, one stand out being that Grand Admiral Thrawn is still very much on her mind — and, as such, may be making an appearance on the show in the future.

But perhaps the biggest piece of new info we got (which also came directly from Ahsoka) was the Child/the Asset/”Hey, Stop That!”/Baby Yoda’s true name: Grogu. His name is Grogu.


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It sounds like a Neopet, and I’m here for it all day.

As I’m sure you could’ve guessed, fans positively LOST. THEIR. COLLECTIVE. MINDS. OVER. THIS. EPISODE.

Fans have been waiting (im)patiently for a live-action interpretation of Ahsoka for so long, it was truly a rewarding experience to behold.

She! Even! Dual! Wielded!

Plus, the high-energy and overall ~mysterious vibe~ of the entire episode felt like a true return to form for Star Wars.

And so many new things were teased, we’re all going to need to take some time off of work before the next chapter to process everything.

I’m sure our bosses will understand.

ALSO, GROGU?! BABY YODA (who, yes, was never actually a baby version of Yoda…but, come on, it was still a pretty fun name to use to annoy those fans) IS ACTUALLY NAMED “GROGU?!”

IT’S ALMOST TOO MUCH TO HANDLE, TBH.

So, uh, yeah. There you have it. Chapter 13 of The Mandalorian is certainly the wildest episode yet, and is now streaming on Disney+!

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Baby Yoda gets a name, Ahsoka Tano debuts in ‘The Mandalorian’



Allow me to reintroduce myself: the name is Grogu!

Armed with the doubly-deadly blades of her white lightsabers and crowned in the Togruta traditional Akul-tooth headdress, Rosario Dawson’s highly-anticipated debut as beloved Clone Wars star, Ahsoka Tano, on Disney+’s “The Mandalorian Chapter 13″ unlocked a bevy of fascinating revelations for “Star Wars” zealots — namely, Baby Yoda’s true identity.

Spoiler alert warning: Stop reading now if you don’t want to know what happens in the latest episode.

A bad-ass former Jedi with a good heart, Ahsoka — hunted down by an unyielding Mando in his fervent quest to reunite Baby Yoda, aka The Child, with his Jedi tribe — reads The Child’s mind to discover he’s a planet Coruscant native and Clone Wars survivor named Grogu.

Unveiling his sordid history, Ahsoka (Dawson, 41) reveals Grogu was raised in a Jedi temple on the main city planet, and was trained by many masters before being hidden at the end of the Clone Wars, when the Empire and Darth Vader ascended to power.

“Someone took him from the temple,” Ahsoka informs Mando, “then his memory becomes dark.”

“Star Wars” fanatics flew to cyberspace, saturating social media timelines with stunned responses to Ahsoka’s inaugural appearance and Baby Yoda’s bedeviled background.

“I think Chapter 13 might be my favorite episode yet,” one fan tweeted. “Rosario Dawson was damn near perfection as #AhsokaTano, hope she returns. The whole episode had a very Kurosawa vibe to it. Filoni is the master. The Child/Baby Yoda finally has a name, Grogu! #TheMandalorian.”

Friday’s episode of “The Mandalorian” also sees Ashoka and Mando join forces to overthrow evil tyrant Magistrate Morgan Elsbeth on Corvus—which ends in the Magistrate revealing the whereabouts of Star Wars Imperial supervillain and Darth Vader ally, Grand Admiral Thrawn.

OMG! This episode was so amazing. First of all #AhsokaTano is in the flesh and omg she looked so good she was amazing she was worth the wait,” another fan raved on Twitter. “Second, Baby Yoda finally has a name #Grogu. And OMG I almost cried just thinking that Mando and the child would split off.”

As for Mando’s search for Grogu’s kin, Ahsoka advises he take The Child to Tython, where he’ll find the ruins of an ancient Jedi temple that has a strong connection to the force. She tells Mando to place Grogu “on a seeing stone at the top of the mountain. Then Grogu may choose his path. If he reaches out through the force, there’s a chance a Jedi may sense his presence and come searching for him.”

“The Mandalorian Chapter 14” is set to air December 4 on Disney+.





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SM1LO and Rich DietZ Floor the Gas Pedal With Tech House Thumper, “Bentley Coupe” – EDM.com


We’ve heard the old adage of turning water into wine, but what about turning your mom’s bathtub into a swimming pool? SM1LO and Rich DietZ are on a quest to redefine the expression with their new single, “Bentley Coupe.”

The track hits hard in both its production and in its comedic flair, flooring the gas pedal to create the ultimate feel-good bop with positive messaging during a time when we all need it most. “Bentley Coupe” is one of those songs that will stay stuck in your head long after it’s over, with punchy synths, booming bass, and roaring sirens. Behind the hilarious lyrics, which harken to transforming your “father’s truck into a Bentley Coupe,” is the optimistic outlook of believing in one’s dreams. 





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Muslim model Halima Aden quits runway over religious beliefs


Model Halima Aden will no longer “compromise” her religious beliefs in the name of the “toxic mess called fashion.”

The 23-year-old star — who has appeared on the covers of British Vogue, Vogue Arabia, Allure and more — is walking away from her runway career, telling fans on Instagram Wednesday that the gig would often force her to skip prayers, wear clothes she wasn’t comfortable in and style her hijab in ways she felt betrayed her Muslim values.

She came to the realization during the coronavirus lockdown, which gave her time to reflect on how her career choice impacted her religion.

“They could call me tomorrow and not even for $10 million would I ever risk compromising my hijab ever again,” she wrote, pledging to never take part in runway shows or travel for fashion weeks again.

“That’s where all the bad energy came from,” she asserted.

She also expressed regret over specific campaigns she took part in, including American Eagle’s 2017 promotion of their first denim hijab.

Makeup artist Hector Espinal, Rihanna and Halima Aden on stage during a Fenty Beauty event.
Makeup artist Hector Espinal, Rihanna and Halima Aden on stage during a Fenty Beauty event.Getty Images for Fenty Beauty

“Why did I allow them to put jeans on my head when at the time I had only ever worn skirts and long dresses?” she wrote, explaining, “I was just so desperate back then for any ‘representation’ that I lost touch with who I was.”

The same year, a Glamour shoot left the model emotional after allowing stylists to style her hijab with green fabric and feathers.

“I went back to my hotel room and just sobbed after this shoot because deep down I knew this wasn’t it. But was too scared to speak up,” she wrote. “Also very common struggle when you are the FIRST to do something.”

Aden set several records for Muslim women in modeling, including being the first to wear a hijab and burkini in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue last year.



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Endometriosis Changed My Life. So Why Did It Take 11 Years to Diagnose?


I was 14 when my period started. That same year, the pain started, too. For the next decade of my life, I’d miss work and school, skip birthdays and holiday parties, sleep through weekends and cancel plans, curled up with a heating pad trying to soothe the persistent ache I felt in my pelvis. I’d visit doctor after doctor who would dismiss my pain as insignificant or nonexistent, failing to realize how deeply it was shaping who I was and how I existed in the world.

author at age 14

The author at age 14.

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Then, at 25, it took just one doctor—a doctor who listened—to finally give me a diagnosis: I had endometriosis, a disorder that causes tissue resembling the lining of your uterus to grow outside of it. I had a single procedure to finally remove those lesions, and post-surgery, it felt like a new beginning, a type of freedom. But I was still overwhelmed and scared. I wondered: Who would I be without my pain?

The first time I ever sought help for my severe period cramps, my general practitioner immediately mentioned endometriosis but told me there was nothing she could do. As it worsened, my OB-GYN dismissed the possibility of the disease because my pain was more frequent than just during my period. By now, I’ve had an endocrinologist tell me that endometriosis “is less understood than cancer,” but back then, sitting in the doctor’s office, it felt silly to disagree with a medical professional. The power dynamic doesn’t favor the patient, and it’s easy to feel like you have to shut up and accept what they say.

Whenever I sought help from gastroenterologists and new OB-GYNs, they’d find a reason not to treat my pain and send me on my way. While I wanted to find a solution, I listened to doctors tell me over and over that what I was experiencing “wasn’t that bad,” that it was normal, all in my head, and not worth the work to diagnose. I was demoralized and, at times, felt like I must be crazy.

So I gave up. I knew something was really wrong, and believed I knew what it was, but I decided to just live with it. I was, by all appearances, healthy. Yet I was living with chronic pelvic pain, its various mental and physical side effects, and a persistent feeling of resignation. I stopped talking about how I felt; there are only so many times you can complain before it consumes how people view you—and how you view yourself. I labeled myself as whiny, lazy, fat, introverted. I couldn’t tell where the real me stopped and my pain began.

I was also angry, and I kept getting angrier. Perhaps most importantly, I started a new job at Planned Parenthood. I was fighting every day for people to have control over their own bodies and their own health, working to make sure they had access to high-quality, affordable healthcare. It made me realize I had completely stopped fighting for myself. Now I had a job with great insurance, a team that was willing to cover for me so I could take time off, and a women-led senior staff who listened when I said I needed to deal with my pain. So I did.

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Before my laparoscopy, a minimally invasive surgery done to treat endometriosis.

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I worked to find a pelvic pain specialist who believed in me. I received a clinical diagnosis of endometriosis and had it successfully treated through surgery. In the end, I had only one lesion; one of the many mysteries of endometriosis is that the number of lesions you have doesn’t correlate to how much pain you’re in. While I knew this, a part of me still felt illegitimate, like I didn’t actually require surgery, or that I couldn’t have really been hurting that much.

During my laparoscopy, a minimally invasive surgery done to find and remove the endometriosis lesions, my surgeon also took out my appendix as a precaution, as he does with every endometriosis patient. When the toxicology reports came back, I received a second blow: I had also been living with chronic appendicitis. I was furious, knowing that if I had chosen the first surgeon I met with, who never once mentioned removing my appendix, I could have completed the entire process only to be left with another ticking time bomb and its resulting pain. I was also relieved; finding out I also had appendicitis gave me validation that my pain had been real. Appendicitis was also something that people could understand and sympathize with—it’s mainstream.

But that relief felt traitorous to my own experience. People with endometriosis are often told they’re overreacting, that they’re wrong about what they feel, and they don’t need—or deserve—a diagnosis. I heard it from the medical community, from my friends and family, and eventually, I internalized it. To write off my pain as simply a result of the appendicitis would discount the bravery it took to fight for my diagnosis and treatment. It would also be false—my endometriosis pain was real, and it was agonizing.

People with endometriosis are often told they’re overreacting, that they’re wrong about what they feel, and they don’t need—or deserve—a diagnosis.

My experience is part of the too-long history of women’s pain being ignored, even by female doctors. That disregard is even more true for women of color; a 2017 survey showed that 32 percent of African Americans reported being discriminated against when going to a doctor or health clinic, a huge contributor to our national maternal mortality crisis. And unfortunately, well-meaning OB-GYNs often don’t have enough training with this particular disease. As part of the 10 percent of women who have endometriosis, my diagnosis timeline of 11 years is about the national average.

Now that the pain is gone, I’ve started to reassess who I am without it. I think I’m still an introvert. Maybe I’ll choose to be busier, more social, or maybe I won’t. But after 11 years of confusion and discomfort, I do know that I’m tenacious, persistent, and resilient. I can see, finally, that I am truly strong. I stared down a maze of medical hurdles and social ignorance and screamed: “Someone fix my fucking uterus.” And it wasn’t my pain talking. It was me.

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