This week in pop culture: OCT 8

Jenna Pederson

ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER

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The story behind the meme

The memes of Tekashi 6ix9ine are all over the internet as the rapper pleads guilty to violent drug trafficking due to gang involvement. Daniel Hernandez (his legal name) confessed to being a part of Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods back in January and—since being caught—has brought all of his ex-gang members down with him (if the ship is sinking, why now?). Hernandez has cooperated with the courts, pleading guilty to his crimes and possibly getting a lower sentence. An ulterior motive to cooperation perhaps? While this is totally possible, it’s just as possible that he feels guilty, as friends of Hernandez said he never would have joined the gang had he not befriended one of the gang members, who really knows. Hernandez has even claimed fellow rappers like Cardi B are involved in Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods. The funniest part of this whole situation is the reactions on Twitter and all the memes that have come out of it. People have joked, claiming Jerry Trainor and other celebrities, are apart of Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods. In response, Trainor joked back to fans, tweeting “I had my face tattoos removed years ago.” Maybe I’m the only one who found that completely hilarious simply because of how off the wall the characters were that he played on Nickelodeon. There are great memes all over the internet about Tekashi (Hernandez), ranging from him calling out Scar for killing Mufasa to revealing the krabby patty secret formula.  

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 Bye bye Hawkins

“We’re not in Hawkins anymore.” The lurking message left on the screen at the end of the “Stranger Things” season 4 teaser trailer. Before I continue and fangirl, here’s a massive SPOILER ALERT  to those of you who haven’t seen season 3 yet. Now that a spoiler alert has been made, let me just say the majority bet on this new location is Russia (and that “the American” locked up was totally Hopper). While nothing was revealed about season 4, sadly, there was a distinct bell heard. This could totally mean nothing, but with a show like “Stranger Things”, that’s unlikely. It might just be a hint on the new location (were there bell towers in Hawkins?). The Duffer brothers have also said that they plan to open up their special effect scale, just “a little bit”. A little bit? Have they been toned down? As if the Demogorgon, Upsidedown, Demodogs, and, not to mention, the MindFlair were just no big deal. Or am I just a total nerd for special effects? Details on season 4 have yet to be released, aside from them leaving Hawkins of course, but one can bet that if there’s any character whose name starts with the letter B, they’ll be dead by the end of it (Barb, Bob, and Billy). The final heartbreaking detail would be that there is currently no release date for us to mark on our calendars; let’s just hope that it’s not another year and a half.  

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Bieber marries again

Justin Bieber got married again! Kidding, but his wedding photos to Hailey Baldwin have been released, and can we just talk about how cute they look, even if some of us thought he was better off with Selena? Of the many guests to attend were Usher, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, and the Jenners. In a way, Bieber is getting married again, as he and Baldwin had a religious ceremony this month. Last year, the two just went to the courthouse to be legally married but later explained that they wanted to have a religious (Christian) wedding. Your wedding is supposed to be the best party of your life, right? There doesn’t appear to be much drama between Selena and Justin here (despite what some tabloids would love for readers to believe). Instead, Selena is holding her head high and spoke out about her music and the immigration crisis the day after his wedding. Everyone looks pretty happy, well, except maybe those of us who were Jelena (Justin and Selena) fans.  

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Graphic by Arturo Magallanes

Hello, Libras

Happy birthday, Libras!  As of September 23, Libra (and cuffing) season has officially kicked off, and one can only hope it brings some balance to our lives. Libras are an air sign ruled by Venus known as “the scale”, always seeking balance, peace, and harmony as they weigh out all of their options. These idealists love pleasing others (and just loving others), are great listeners and have a tendency to overthink. During Libra season, every sign can expect to seek some sort of balance until its end on October 23, which is honestly great after a hardworking Virgo season. Many of us, including more introverted signs, are more likely to want to spend time with our friends, officially balancing out Virgo season. The biggest warning to all my fellow signs is to keep a calendar as you make plans, as astrology charts warn all of us about the risk of over-committing this season. Here’s to hoping this season brings great things, cheers Libras. 

Pop culture this week

Alexa Ash

ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

Has James Charles been sister silenced?

If you are an avid Youtube-obsessor, or honestly if you’ve looked at Twitter at all the past week, you’ll know that sister influencer, James Charles, 19, has been dragged by fellow Youtuber Tati Westbrook, 37. This internet feud started after Charles accepted a paid sponsorship from a vitamin brand, Sugar Bear Hair, which is in direct competition to former friend and mentor, Tati’s vitamin brand, Halo Beauty. Amidst all the beauty community drama, Westbrook unloaded some information about Charles’ personal life, insinuating the he is using his power and celebrity status to sexually manipulate men. Whether or not the allegations are true, I don’t know, but I do know that with gossip this juicy, studying for finals is the last thing on my mind.

“Archie” glad she finally had her baby?

On May 6, weighing seven pounds and three ounces, a new royal baby was born. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed the birth of their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Although it seems that Meghan has been watching far too much “Riverdale” in regards to that name, we (meaning all of us Sussex stans) couldn’t be more thrilled for them. I know for everyone it felt as though Meghan Markle had been pregnant for eons, but that is in due to the fact that she was late. Because Archie is seventh in line for the throne, the new parents have decided to raise him as normal and plebe-like as possible. I’m not sure how normal your life can be living on the grounds of one of England’s largest castles, but A for effort, you two.  

The Saint, the Psalm, and Northern Chicago

We’ve got baby fever over here at The Leader (or maybe it’s just me) so let’s keep this baby announcement train a’movin’. On May 9, super couple Kim Kardashian-West and husband Kanye West, hilariously referred to as “Kimye”, welcomed their new son, Psalm. As this is her second child delivered via surrogacy, Kim took to Instagram on Mother’s Day saying that, “Beautiful Mother's Day; with the arrival of our fourth child; We are blessed beyond measure; We have everything we need." Other than the odd choice of name, I’m sure Psalm will be just as adorable as every other Kardashian baby, all 273 of them.

Pop culture this week

Alexa Ash

ARTS & CULTURE EDITOR

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Aca-Awkward!

Just two years after their gorgeous outdoor wedding, “Pitch Perfect” stars Anna Camp and Skylar Astin have separated. When their relationship began in June of 2013, all of us were decidedly annoyed that he had chose his absolutely beautiful co-star and not us (or was that just me?) However, paradise seems to have ended quicker than the “Pitch Perfect” franchise itself. On Friday, April 19, the former couple issued a comment to People saying: “We can confirm that we have decided to separate, and this decision was made mutually and amicably. We kindly ask for privacy as we navigate this transition.” Now that Skylar Astin is getting divorced, do you think it’d be aca-awkward if I slid into those DMs? Let me know.

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Orange is the new (Kodak) Black

The prodigal rapper has returned and with a few felonies under his belt to boot! After some shady business with a cancelled concert on Wednesday night and the mysterious disappearance of Kodak Black, the gossip websites have been in a tizzy trying to find him to get the scoop. Where in the world is Kodak Black? Well, Mr. Black was at the Lewiston-Queenston International Bridge border getting arrested for the possession of drugs and guns with an intent to bring them into the country. Yikes. However, the real kicker of the story is that Black is now blaming his GPS for accidentally directing him into Canada. You can’t make this shit up, people.

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April showers bring more drama

Can’t this just end already? The two most overrated people in the celebrity sphere seem to duking it out over the coveted date “April 26”. On April 13, Taylor Swift posted a very vague picture of a glittering, pink, diamond-encrusted heart with the caption “4.26”. Now that sounds like a teaser for an important event; I don’t think she posted that because she finds the number combination aesthetically pleasing. In a post to her own instagram, which has curiously been deleted, Kim Kardashian, law student and longtime frenemy of Swift, announced the launch of her new fragrance collection collab with sister, Kylie Jenner, which will be released on, you guessed it, April 26. Now, this could all just be some great coincidence, and it will all blow over soon. However, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t ready for another diss-track from the queen of “writing about your feelings and exposing everyone along the way”. So we’ll see.

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J-Rod? A-Lo?

It’s finally happened. Everyone’s family celebrity couple (or maybe just mine) took to Instagram to celebrate the news of their upcoming nuptials. Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez, 43, got down on one knee and proposed to singer and actress, Jennifer “J-Lo” Lopez, 49, on the beach during what seemed to be a very romantic vacation. Posting with a picture of a ring that may or may not cost as much as some of (or most of) our houses, A-Rod wrote that “she said yes ♥️”. Well, duh? But Rodriguez was not to be outshined on this very important day. J-Lo’s own engagement announcement featured a beautiful beach, a gorgeous sunset, a ridiculously large engagement ring, and, of course, A-Rod’s World Series ring. The couple that wears matching colossal diamonds together stays together, right?

Pop-Princess takes on Broadway

Anyone got any plans for November 13 through December 1, 2019? No? Well let me let you in on a little secret: Britney’s Back, B**tch. Coming to Broadway in Chicago this winter in its debut running is none other than the Britney Spears-themed musical comedy, “Once Upon a One More Time” from screenplay writer, Jon Hartmere, and Tony-nominated director, Kristin Hanggi. The absolute bangers by the pop-princess herself will be the backdrop for a Grimm Fairy Tale-inspired story about “letting your hair down, gaining your sea legs, smashing the glass slipper, and claiming your own kingdom,” according to their website. CNN reports that this is a “dream come true” for Britney. Honestly, this is a dream come true for every person who grew up singing “Toxic” in the shower. Anyone wanna carpool? I’ll bring the snacks.


A True Hallmark Drama

Where do us college kids draw the line when it comes to getting and paying for our expensive education? Would you, perhaps, I don’t know, bribe the school with hefty “donations” and then go onto your Youtube channel and tell everyone that all you want out of the college experience is to party and have fun? YouTube vlogger and famous spawn of Aunt Becky from “Full House”, Olivia Jade, 19, seems to have done just that. Amid allegations of her mother, Lori Loughlin’s, 54, cheating scandal with USC admissions, it seems Jade’s life as a beauty and fashion influencer is perpetually over. During the flurry of rumors surrounding the news that Jade has been dropped from collaborations with companies like Tresemme and the Olivia Jade x Sephora collection, Hallmark has decided do void their relationship with longtime partner, actress, and collaborator, Lori Loughlin. Worried about making it into your dream college? Don’t worry, as long as you have rich parents who are willing to commit fraud, you shouldn’t have a problem.

This week in pop culture

Alexa Ash
Arts & Culture Editor

Jordyn Woods. Photo (Getty)

Jordyn Woods. Photo (Getty)

World War K

Everyone better suit up because it’s getting crazy out here. The Kardashians have had, yet again, another internet-breaking scandal. But this time, it wasn’t their fault. Best friend and practically sixth Kardashian sister, Jordyn Woods, has been publicly shamed and ostracized amid stories of her getting a little to close and comfortable with Khloe’s baby daddy and known philanderer, Tristan Thompson. The (real) Kardashian sisters started an all-around “Jordyn Woods Detox,” where they wiped any trace of Woods from Khloe’s “Good American” fashion line—where she had expanded her modeling career—from her collab with Kylie Cosmetics, and even from Kylie’s house. I’m sure Tiger Woods feels a whole lot better now that the cheating allegations have been placed upon a different “Woods”.

JoBros Part Deux?

We are burning up for you Nick, Joe, and yes, even you, Kevin. In response to the reunion of the Jonas Brothers, there has been an outpour of adult women, including myself, reverting back to their pre-teen ways. The Jonas Brothers didn’t want to make their reappearance a quiet affair. They dropped their new song “Sucker” with an absolutely boujee and over-the-top music video to go with it. The song shot up to the No. 1 single on iTunes, and their music video is the No. 1 trending video on YouTube. Officially making their reunion public on March 1, the JoBros hinted at an upcoming “Jonas Brothers Week” on “The Late Late Show with James Corden”. If the “Camp Rock” stars were here to make waves, they certainly got what asked for. Don’t mind me though, I’ll just be at Target buying the newest TigerBeat magazine wearing my Aeropostale shirt with twelve tank tops underneath and my jean skirt over colored leggings.

You’ve “Scott” to be kidding

It is just so not the Kardashian’s week. Amid the Khloe-Tristan-Jordyn cheating scandal that has been shaking the internet these past couple days, Kylie Jenner has been questioning her own relationship with rapper Travis Scott. If we jump back to December 2018, Scott and Jenner were the victims of a cheating hoax involving a balcony, a scantily-clad woman, and a Travis doppelganger. Coming back to the present, this one ain’t no hoax. After checking his phone, there seemed to be some indication of his infidelity, and fueled by the Khloe and Tristan drama, Kylie was already in a suspicious state of mind. If it’s true or if it’s not, the Kardashian name has been in everyone’s mouths these past two weeks. What’s that saying that’s been floating around the meme culture of the internet: “The Devil works hard, but Kris Jenner works harder”.