The Standing Rock Sioux and the activists protecting the Missouri River in North Dakota from the access pipeline won a victory earlier this week when the Army Corps of engineers denied an easement for the pipeline. It will now have to be rerouted around the river, and while the Sioux are optimistic it’s unclear whether the easement will be sustained under Trump or whether the companies in charge of the pipeline will comply with the order. (They have vowed not to.) Although many people will stick … read more

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is launching a star-studded Love Trumps Hate performance series, Us Weekly can exclusively announce. The series, which is aiming to encourage voters in the final weeks before Election Day to cast their ballots, will feature performances by Bon Jovi, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez and more. According to a press release, “the performance series will feature a number of artists performing in battleground states who will energize our supporters and encourage them to turn out … read more

My phone is telling me that my GPS signal has been lost, which is not the most comforting thing to hear while driving into a thick and winding nothingness in the woods of Fulton County, Georgia, just southwest of Atlanta. I’m searching for Bouckaert Farm, the site of the first annual Many Rivers to Cross festival. The brainchild of Harry Belafonte and his daughter Gina, the two-day festival exists to, once again, connect all facets of the black oral and performance tradition with the fight for … read more

When John Mellencamp took the stage at the first Farm Aid on Sept. 22, 1985, he had no idea that it would become an annual event. Neither did his fellow founding members, Willie Nelson and Neil Young. Instead, it was to follow in the mold of Live Aid, the colossal one-off charity concert beamed across the globe just a few months before. Where Live Aid had raised awareness and funds to combat the Ethiopian famine crisis, its rural descendant sought to support family farmers who couldn’t compete with … read more

When John Mellencamp took the stage at the first Farm Aid on Sept. 22, 1985, he had no idea that it would become an annual event. Neither did his fellow founding members, Willie Nelson and Neil Young. Instead, it was to follow in the mold of Live Aid, the colossal one-off charity concert beamed across the globe just a few months before. Where Live Aid had raised awareness and funds to combat the Ethiopian famine crisis, its rural descendant sought to support family farmers who couldn’t compete with … read more

Celebrity paychecks are big—how big depends on the star’s status and nature of the project, but it’s safe to say famous folks are typically compensated quite well for the work they do. But no matter how wealthy someone might be, they could always be richer! Enter the paid private event, a side performance or appearance to supplement a star’s income. These gigs can be great, and there’s no shortage of celebrities willing to do a little extra hustle for a quick buck! Jennifer Lopez makes some serious … read more

Well, here we are, my friends: Game of Thrones’s Season 6 finale. We’ve been through a lot together this season, you and I — prolific stabbings, boobs extending all the way to the horizon, two gross dicks, 58 massive plot holes, 706 on-the-nose lines of dialogue, and the absolute obliteration of the concepts of time and space. We’re on the other side now, 10 weeks older and infinitely less wise. Let’s get to it, lest we waste any more of our precious, mortal lives.
The finale (which is … read more

Nyle DiMarco is known for his powerful performances on Dancing with the Stars, but he’s still turning things up a notch for finale week. DiMarco and his partner Peta Murgatroyd performed a contemporary-freestyle dance Monday to Disturbed’s cover of the Simon & Garfunkel classic “The Sound of Silence,” which DiMarco feels resonates with being deaf. “My interpretation of the song is that for hundreds of years my Deaf community has suffered oppression, marginalization, and language deprivation … read more

Taylor Swift had one hell of a 2015!
With the mega success of her Grammy-winning album 1989, and her epically lucrative 1989 World Tour, the New Romantics songstress was the top earner of last year!
Swifty absolutely slayed the competition, earning a whopping $73.5 million largely thanks to her tour — which cashed in $61.7M for her 2015 haul.
But other factors like album sales and streaming sales helped — and even Ryan Adams’ 1989 cover album helped make the pop star the top earner of publishing … read more

Beauty queen of only 18, let’s take a journey back to a much simpler time. Girls are wearing dresses with too many sequins, and boys nervously tug at their clip-on ties. They stand on opposite sides of the gym while parent chaperones look uncomfortable in the corner. A disco ball may or may not be present.
This is a middle school dance, and even though nobody’s really dancing, that’ll change once the teacher DJ turns on a slow song. When this happens, everyone finds the boyfriend or girlfriend … read more

Although it feels like she’s been around forever, 2008 marked Taylor Swift’s first Grammys appearance. She was up for Best New Artist, alongside Feist, Ledisi, Paramore and Amy Winehouse.
Winehouse took home the trophy, but the then 18-year-old Swift’s career was set to skyrocket. Swift soon soared to the top of the musical charts with her country hits like “Tim McGraw,” “Teardrops on My Guitar,” “Our Song,””Picture to Burn” and “Should’ve Said No” off her debut self-titled album. But it was her … read more


Actors like Jack McBrayer, Jane Krakowski and Judah Friedlander made “30 Rock,” the seven-year-long hit on NBC, what it was. You can’t imagine a sassy Liz Lemon without her hilariously narcissistic parter or the overly passionate page that never aged. But you also can’t imagine music videos like Mariah Carey’s “Touch My Body” and The Dixie Chicks’ “Goodbye Earl” without them either. Instead of an actress who covered up her age, Krakowski was the wife that covered up her murderous … read more

Let me introduce you to your brand-new obsession, Artist To Watch, Benjamin Booker.
He’s bold, daring and ridiculously talented, and his style of music may not be something you’ve heard before. The “Violent Shiver” singer perfectly blends styles, bringing a new flare to older influences, resulting in an in-your-face sound. The 26-year-old has some serious guitar skills and a voice that will captivate any audience.
Who Is He? He may be based in New Orleans, but Benjamin grew up in Tampa, … read more


After 33 years in late-night television, 22 of them spent on CBS’ “Late Show,” David Letterman bids farewell to his midnight throne on Wednesday. He remains the preeminent survivor of the genre’s old guard, bequeathing his perch to Stephen Colbert, who will take over in September, and the Jimmys (Kimmel and Fallon, the viral-video wizards who represent late night’s new frontier). Letterman’s irreverent contributions to popular culture cannot be understated: He filled a gap after “Saturday Night … read more