The Chilling True Story of H.H. Holmes, America’s First Serial Killer Who Built a «Murder Castle»

You probably recognize names like Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, and Dennis Rader — some of the most notorious serial killers from the past few decades — but does H.H. Holmes ring a bell? Before the term «serial killer» was even a thing, H.H. Holmes, or Dr. Henry Howard Holmes, started the chilling trend in the 1890s.

Erik Larson wrote the bestselling novel The Devil in the White City about Holmes’s terrifying killing spree in Chicago that coincided with the exciting 1893 World’s Fair. A movie based on the book is reportedly in the works, with Martin Scorsese set to direct and Leonardo DiCaprio set to star as Holmes. But before we see the terrifying tale come to the big screen, here’s what you need to know about the man who designed and built his own «Murder Castle.»

Holmes, who was born Herman Webster Mudgett but changed his name in honor of Sherlock Holmes, was a doctor from New Hampshire who had already had a reputation for fraud and murder when he fled to Chicago in the late 1880s. Holmes abandoned his wife and child to set up shop in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, where he began working at a corner drugstore. He stole money from the owners to buy property across the street, where he eventually started construction on a three-story building.

Holmes’s vision for his new building included a new drugstore, apartments, retail space, and a partial hotel, but he also added things like windowless rooms, secret passageways, false floors, trapdoors, chutes that led to the basement, a crematorium, and a vault. He never paid the companies that were working to build the property, and he frequently fired workers so that nobody would catch on to his plan.

Holmes then began (or resumed) his killing spree, targeting women who came to Chicago to find work and who would stay at his «hotel.» While many of his presumed victims can’t be confirmed (he confessed to 27 murders, but some believe it was more than 200), he would reportedly seduce them, even getting engaged to some, before they mysteriously disappeared. Holmes would torture and murder his victims in his building, which was appropriately nicknamed the «Murder Castle,» before putting their bodies in the chute to the basement, where he would then burn them or dispose of them in other ways.

Holmes fled Chicago after the World’s Fair after committing too many scams. He struck again when he killed his business partner Benjamin Pitezel, with whom he was planning a life insurance scheme. He was finally caught in November 1984 and was hanged in Philadelphia in May 1896 for the murder of Pitezel. During his time in jail, he wrote about his murderous ways, saying, «I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than the poet can help the inspiration to sing.»

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Mariah Carey’s Boyfriend Appears To Be Running The Show Now

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Alleged creepster Mariah Carey and her controversial manager Stella Bulochnikov recently said “Прощай” to each other. There was a rumor that Stella exited the pink diamond deluxe apartment in the NYC sky because Mariah’s gentleman friend, Bryan Tanaka, forced her ass out. Page Six is reporting that, not only is the story true about Bryan wanting Stella gone, but he’s added “Mariah Carey’s manager” to his resume. (That’s right under “Mariah Carey’s personal Spanx adjuster.“) In fact, Mariah’s former backup dancer is supposedly “running her life.” That can’t be that hard a job. Just make sure there’s some bubbly on ice at all hours of the day and night and that her many shaping briefs aren’t squeezing the life out of her. Easy!

Bryan and Mariah have reportedly been an item since she called off her engagement to super-rich Australian James Packer. Mariah’s awful reality show (which Stella is said to have engineered) ended by depicting Mariah taking off her engagement ring, burning her wedding dress, and taking up with Kevin Federline Bryan. The staff is supposedly A-OK with the coup d’état that Bryan pulled on Stella, cuz’ everyone hated her.

“Bryan is behind the whole split between Mariah and Stella. Bryan believes that he should be the one running Mariah’s day-to-day life, and he’s been orchestrating Stella’s exit for a long time. No one enjoys working with Stella. There’s no secret that some people are happy she’s out of the picture.”

Although, he’s “definitely no Tommy Mottola,” according to sources. This really does seem to be a Britney/Kevin situation. If we end up with trashy footage of Mimi and Bryan smoking up and acting all goo-goo with each other, I’m going to need Patti Labelle to come down and talk some sense into Miss Mariah.

“This is a full-on Britney-and-Kevin Federline situation. Brian is a backup dancer, and knows nothing about managing an iconic artist.”

And why would Kevin, I mean Bryan, want the responsibility of handling the diva of the world? Is he that in love? No, but his wallet might be.

The source adds that Carey is paying her boy toy up to $ 12,000 a week for the privilege of having him run her life. “Mariah is in love with Bryan and is like a schoolgirl around him. He has totally manipulated the situation to take over her life and push out everyone else, and Mariah just can’t see it.”

Mariah can’t see it because she’s probably still woozy with hunger from the gastric sleeve surgery she supposedly had. She couldn’t even ascend concrete on her own. You can get someone to sign off on anything if they’re craving the entire box of Twinkies they used to inhale during Real Housewives. Hence, Bryan has also reportedly gotten Mariah’s musical director and one of her lawyers fired.

Mariah’s spokesperson hasn’t been driven out of her life just yet, and she denies that Bryan is now her manager. But she “declined to explain who actually is.” Judging by her recent career decisions, it looks like Moroccan and Monroe are operating the “Fantasy” rollercoaster. Or Cha Cha and Jill E. Beans. Those are the dogs.

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Ohio State’s Dre’Mont Jones Gets Tossed For Targeting, Throws Up The “O-H” For The Crowd

I don’t know if this hit is targeting or not because the targeting rule sits just below the catch in the NFL as the most confusing rule in sports. Ohio State fans obviously say it was clean, the refs thought differently, so Dre’Mont Jones got tossed and the interception was nullified.

So if you’re going to get ejected for a sketchy rule while up 35-0, you might as well make it count. Jones left the stadium hyped and threw up the “O-H” for the crowd, as if they needed it with the score the way it is.

It’s no Marcus Hall circa-2013, but I don’t hate it.

Still the GOAT ejection exit


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5 Songs From Taylor Swift’s Reputation That You Won’t Be Able to Get Out of Your Head

The verdict is in, and Taylor Swift‘s Reputation is a smash. On Nov. 10 at midnight, dedicated Swifties were blessed with a gift that has been more than three years in the making. While those years have certainly not been easy on the singer — or her reputation, for that matter — she has proven once again that she is able to rise from the ashes and work even smarter and harder.

While the album serves as an introspective look at the media and the image she has created over the years, it also gives an inside look at her personal life. She reveals juicy details about her infamous celebrity feuds, drops truth bombs about her ex-lovers, and gives an intimate look at her new romance with Joe Alwyn. Swift had already dropped a whopping five tracks to mull over before the album’s release, but now that Reputation is finally here, I’m even more obsessed. While I love each of the 15 tracks individually, I’ve chosen to highlight five of the best new tracks right here. So what are you waiting for? Splurge the $ 14 so you can listen to them RIGHT NOW.

«End Game»

I never would have asked for a song with Swift, Future, and Ed Sheeran, but now that I have it, I can’t get enough. Not only is the beat insanely addictive, but with Swift’s talk-rap, I can’t help but bop my head during the chorus.

«I Did Something Bad»

Once again, Swift proves that people’s jokes aren’t quite as funny when you beat them to the punchline. Just as «Blank Space» made fun of the rumors people started about her dating life, «I Did Something Bad» takes things up a notch by playing up the «snake» her celebrity feuds have made her out to be.

«Delicate»

If «Style» had a cooler older sister, this would be it. Swift hooks you with her Imogen Heap-esque opener and she holds you with her haunting melodies and sexy lyrics.

«Getaway Car»

The Tom Hiddleston track I’ve secretly been waiting for is finally here! Aside from dropping some major truth bombs about her jet-setting romance with the English actor (and her ex, Calvin Harris), with lyrics like, «Shoulda known I’d be the first to leave / Think about the place where you first met me,» she proves she still is the master of catchy rhymes.

«This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things»

How do I even begin to explain «This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things»? If you thought «Look What You Made Me Do» was a major diss aimed at Kanye West, then you haven’t heard anything yet. Aside from making pointed references to their infamous feud, she reveals once and for all that they are never, ever going to be friends again — like, ever. After giving a toast to «her real friends,» Swift proceeds to make a toast to West, adding that «forgiveness is a nice thing to do,» before bursting out laughing on the track.

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Hot Slut Of The Day!

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The long-legged teddy bear of dreams (or nightmares, depending on who you ask)!

There’s a lot of holidays coming up, like Hanukkah, Christmas, and National I Hate You Day (that was actually on October 28, so happy belated National I Hate You  Day), and Amazon has got the perfect gift to give loved ones. Today is Veteran’s Day, so you could same-day ship this bear to the service man or woman in your life and make them say, “Bitch, haven’t I been through enough?

A company called Joyfay is currently selling a gigantic teddy bear on Amazon for just $ 109.99. The six and a half foot long teddy bear is pictured on Amazon’s site with regular-sized teddy bear legs:

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But when some people ordered it, it showed up to their house looking like it got leg lengthening surgery. An Amazon shopper named Savannah was pissed when she got her giant teddy bear last year and she leg-shamed the poor trick by posting the picture above with this review:

Hideous! The legs are like 4 feet long making the bear look like a creepy gumby thing. I got this for Valentine’s Day and would have rather had a cheaper more proportional bear…I mean this isn’t even cute.

“...would have rather had a cheaper more proportional bear” is straight out of Shit You Read On Grindr.

Savannah wasn’t the only one who got the plushie monster baby of a teddy bear and Stretch Armstrong delivered to her. Others did too.

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I love to see this teddy bear embracing its long, gorgeous legs by giving us a “Draw me like one of your French girls” pose:

Sadly, a rep for Joyfay told Buzzfeed that the bear they sell is no longer extra special, because they’ve corrected the long ass legs “issue” and the bear is being shipped with regular-sized legs now. And just when I was about to buy one…

But if Savannah wants to sell me hers, I’ll gladly take it. No, I’m not a plushie who gets the leaks for a teddy bear that can put its legs on my shoulders! Savannah may see a hideous freak, but I see the world’s next supermodel that will make me rich! With legs like that, it can stomp the runaway so hard that the likes of Kendall Jenner and the Hadids will lose their balance and fall off. And that supermodel teddy bear will be telling the truth when it says to reporters what every model says to reporters: “I used to get made fun of for my freakishly long ass legs, but look at me now!

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Everyone In Hollywood Is (Allegedly) A Perv: George Takei, Richard Dreyfuss, And Benny Medina

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But you surmised that already, right? Everything that was semi-solid feels like it’s crumbling as we finish up with 2017. 2016 was “The Year That Everyone Good Died (In Addition To Hope)“. This year’s theme is “The Year That All Your Illusions Joined The Dead People From 2016.

The Harvey Weinstein situation opened the floodgates for many, many, many, many, many women and men to finally feel empowered to share their own stories of sexual harassment/abuse from rich and powerful Hollywood types. We’ve now learned that Star Trek actor/America’s Formerly(?) Most Beloved Homosexual George Takei is being accused of sexual assault. That’s in addition to actor Richard Dreyfuss (whose son recently claimed that Kevin Spacey sexually assaulted him), and music/tv executive Benny Medina. At this point, 2018 will hopefully be “The Year The Asteroids Rained Down And Ended This Shit.

The Hollywood Reporter has a story about a former model accusing George of sexually assaulting him in 1981. There’s probably a lack of funny memes for George to post about this topic. Scott R. Brunton is the former model/actor who claims he was drugged and sexually assaulted at age 23 by the then 44-year old at George’s L.A. condo. Scott says that, early in his career, he met George in a bar and they became friendly with each other. When Scott broke up with his boyfriend, George invited him out to console him and they ended up at George’s place. That’s when Sulu allegedly made like Cliff Huxtable.

“We have the drink and he asks if I would like another. And I said sure. So, I have the second one, and then all of a sudden, I begin feeling very disoriented and dizzy, and I thought I was going to pass out. I said I need to sit down and he said sit over here and he had the giant yellow beanbag chair. So I sat down in that and leaned my head back and I must have passed out.”

Scott says he came to with his pants around his ankles and George “groping” his crotch while “trying to get my underwear off and feeling me up at the same time.” He says that he pushed George off, who allegedly told him that he was just trying to get him “comfortable.” These actions had the opposite effect and Burton got out of there. The Hollywood Reporter spoke with four of Scott’s friends who confirmed that he “had confided in them about the Takei encounter years ago.

George denied the allegations on Twitter:

As for Richard Dreyfuss, Vulture reports that a Los Angeles writer is accusing him of sexually harassing and exposing himself to her in the 1980s. Jessica Teich says that she read Harry Dreyfuss’ account of Kevin Spacey allegedly assaulting him and found Richard’s words of support to be slightly hypocritical.

I remember thinking, But wait a minute, this guy harassed me for months. He was in a position of so much power over me, and I didn’t feel I could tell anyone about it. It just seemed so hypocritical.”

In a Facebook post, Jessica claims that Richard sexually harassed her for a two-to-three year period in the mid-1980s while they were working on a television project together. She also says that he exposed himself to her once, and put his penis really close to her face. It felt like Richard wanted her to blow him, but she didn’t and left.

She also claims that he “tried to kiss her in professional settings,” slipped “her “I love you” notes during meetings,” and staged “unsubtle verbal sneak attacks.

“He has that way of sidling up to you and saying things like, ‘I want to fuck you,’”

Whatever happened to “who’s doing the coffee run?” Richard wrote a LENGTHY statement in response, explaining that he was “an asshole” (sounds like!) back then but denied Jessica’s claims. The crux would be:

I emphatically deny ever “exposing” myself to Jessica Teich, whom I have considered a friend for 30 years. I did flirt with her, and I remember trying to kiss Jessica as part of what I thought was a consensual seduction ritual that went on and on for many years. I am horrified and bewildered to discover that it wasn’t consensual.

If you’re still with us and haven’t exited for a full-body chemical peel to do away with the nasty images, The Advocate reports that an actor named Jason Dottley (who appeared in Sordid Lives: The Series) is claiming that music exec Benny Medina tried to rape him at Medina’s mansion in December 2008. The well-known Benny Medina produced The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (which was supposedly based on his life), as well as managing Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, and Will Smith at one point or another. Jason claims that Benny invited him and his friend and fellow actor T. Ashanti Mozelle to a tour of his home. Benny allegedly led Dottley to his bedroom, which is where he claims he attacked him.

“What I remember most about the encounter with Benny was the feeling of giving up,” Dottley says. “The moment I realized that I could not fight him off, that I was slowly losing my ability to breathe because of his arm on my neck, that moment of complete and utter powerlessness, that’s what I remember the most.”

Ashanti backed Jason’s story, and they claim that he’s the one who interrupted Benny Medina’s attack. Benny is then said to have thrown them out, as well as allegedly threatening to kill Jason’s then-husband, Sordid Lives creator Del Shores, if he talked. This was supposedly via a later text to Dottley. Benny Medina denied the allegations via his attorneys in a statement to People.

Well, there’s your daily round-up of terrible stories about famous people supposedly sexually harassing and assaulting people. We should probably just change “Dlisted” to “Here’s The Famous People Who Have Been Accused Of Rape This Week.” Not exactly a catchy name for a blog, but sadly accurate.

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Miami Fan Flies ” Gold Chains > Gold Helmets #RudyWasOffsides” Airplane Banner Over College Gameday

If you’re keeping track, this is the second time this season and third time in 2 years that someone has spent hard earned money to fly a banner in the name of a college football joke.

Earlier in the year, it was someone going after Butch Jones and before that, Kiffin got roasted. Today, it was a Miami fan taking his shot at Notre Dame. I have a feeling it was some tanned up, rich Miami guy who dropped these stacks to get his Rudy joke in the air this morning. The same guy who wears all white linen and sat courtside at Heat games between 2010-2014.

But he’s 1000% right. Gold chains are, in fact, greater than gold helmets.

And Rudy was definitely offsides.

 


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Drop Everything and Listen to Taylor Swift’s Acoustic Version of «Call It What You Want»

Taylor Swift is hot on the promotion trail for her sixth studio album, Reputation. On Friday, the 27-year-old singer treated fans to a surprise performance of her song «Call It What You Want» during an intimate SiriusXM session. «Do you feel like hearing a new version?,» she asked her adoring fans before delivering a stripped down version of the song that is rumored to be about her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn. Listen to Taylor’s stunning acoustic rendition below.


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Private Passions: Let’s Talk About Kerry Washington

I don’t know the names of Kerry Washington’s kids. I know the Emmy nominated star of the wildly popular ABC drama Scandal has a son and a daughter, and I know she’s married to a former football player, but I couldn’t for the life of me tell you what her children are called. It’s not that I’m desperate to know, but it’s fascinating to me that one of the most famous women in American pop culture today, a woman whose visibility on television has made her a beloved icon to countless black woman, has managed to keep her private life locked down as securely as this.

Part of the unspoken agreement of celebrity is a willingness to open the door of your personal life to the public, be it from tell-all interviews in glossy magazines, the golden couple red carpet walk, or social media photos of practiced spontaneity. It’s just expected that the biggest star on TV would tweet out cute pics of her children or do a People Magazine reveal of the new-born or spill the beans to Ellen or Oprah just enough to keep the headlines coming. It’s the reason I know the names of more offspring of celebrities than is probably wise to admit. Kerry Washington is a star whose fame has grown and remained utterly undiluted, yet never at the cost of her private life. For every celebrity who has bemoaned, fairly or otherwise, the cost of fame, Washington stands as the prime example of the alternative route anyone can take if they really want to.

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Washington was born in the Bronx and studied at George Washington University, where she graduated with a double major in anthropology and sociology. As a kid, she attended youth theatre and even learned to dance from ‘an awesome substitute teacher named Jennifer’, who later moved to L.A. to appear on In Living Color. Like many actors, her early career is defined by bit-part roles in an assortment of projects, from Save the Last Dance to The Human Stain, as well as typically New York centred TV parts (only one Law & Order episode, interestingly). Her big break into the critical gaze came with a very strange Spike Lee movie called She Hate Me, wherein Washington played the ex-partner of Anthony Mackie who wanted him to impregnate her so she could have a child with her new girlfriend. In a typically Lee fashion, the film is chock full of fascinating ideas that he has no room to fully explore in the ways required of the material: It takes on everything from the racially suspect stereotypes of the endlessly virile black male to the relationships between the genders to the wrongness of government interfering in the private lives of its citizens.

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Predictably, while some critics like Lee fan Roger Ebert supported the film, the majority of reviews were harsh, with Washington’s performance one of the few elements to get notices across the board. Washington talked of the part as a major opportunity, not only as a chance to work with a revered director but one that was seldom offered to black women:

‘[My character in She Hate Me] was such a smart, fierce woman and I’d never seen a character like that portrayed on screen — a woman of color who was so successful, so in charge, so seductive — somebody who didn’t have to biforcate herself in being either smart or beautiful but was able to be all of that. I just thought this is an important character.’

The next few years saw her reach further prominence through supporting roles in high-profile projects, such as Ray, where she played Ray Charles’s second wife, The Last King of Scotland as the youngest of Idi Amin’s wives, and a small part as Alicia Masters, the blind sculptor and romantic interest of The Thing in the original Fantastic Four duology. Most of the work was limited in scope and didn’t open the doors to greater prominence that would usually accompany a white woman of similar talent and beauty. Washington took on the roles available to a black woman — the Tyler Perry films, a supporting part in the Wayans Brothers’s abysmal so-called comedy Little Man — but none of this would put her on the map that a certain TV show would. A lot of the work she was doing was stellar, but its failure to break through to the mainstream only emphasised the racial gap in Hollywood. Take Night Catches Us as an example: Washington stars as the widow of a Black Panther who grows close to a visiting former Panther who has returned home for his father’s funeral. Written and directed by Tanya Hamilton, a black woman, the film made a splash at Sundance with the kind of reception that would usually lead to everyone involved becoming a household name and awards favourite. That didn’t materialise, and the film quietly disappeared after a tiny release. Like many black actors before her, Washington suffered from the racist catch-22 of the industry: Get thankless roles in the movies by white people that audiences will actually watch; do amazing work in movies by black film-makers and have people pretend they don’t exist.

Of course, it was a black woman who got Washington the role of her career, one that would be idolised and scrutinised by audiences and critics alike, an anti-heroine for a new age and oft-ignored demographic who could change the landscape of TV as we know it. Like many of Shonda Rhimes’s TV series, Scandal at its best is immensely addictive, delightfully ludicrous and just real enough to make it hurt. It’s the ultimate potboiler of every Rhimes trope you can think of, but executed with such slickness and narrative whiplash that what is essentially a sexy political soap opera becomes so much more than the sum of its parts. A large chunk of the show’s success falls on Washington’s shoulders. Olivia Pope is the kind of abrasive protagonist of moral suspicion that we seldom see played by a woman on the small screen, much less a woman of colour. She grounds the show in the way the material often contradicts, but completely sells the ceaseless ethical quandary of her daily life, even when it gets undoubtedly silly. It’s no mean feat being the first black woman to lead a primetime American series in 38 years. Olivia Pope is the perfect marriage of star, writer and climate: The Difficult Woman of the Obama era of TV.

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As Washington became more famous, she shifted her public platform to one of distinct privacy, shutting down any questions on her private life, romances and so on. That’s not to say she stayed distant from the world. She has always been politically active in interviews and TV appearances: She’s been on Real Time with Bill Maher multiple times, she’s spoken at the DNC, she was vocal in her support of Hillary Clinton and being a black feminist, and she tweeted in allegiance with Planned Parenthood. Her interviews, both in print and on-screen, reveal her to be a warm, genial presence with impeccable public skills. She knows how to steer a conversation in her direction and keep the focus on what she wants to talk about, be it promoting her latest project or getting the word out about a cause. She gives enough to the public through this necessary process of celebrity that it doesn’t seem like a big deal when she flat out refuses to talk about her private life.

She’s under no obligation to do so, but watching Washington navigate the echelons of A-List fame, one of the few black women in Hollywood able to do so, becomes ever more fascinating because of her ability to wield total control over consumption of her family life. You’ll seldom see Washington photographed with her husband, former footballer turned actor and philanthropist Nnamdi Asomugha. They don’t do red carpets and steadfastly avoid the paparazzi, and the only photograph you’ll ever see of their daughter are in fuzzy shots taken from a distance (she is fully covered and her face concealed). She didn’t announce the birth of her kids until a couple of weeks after the event, a strategy repeated from belated announcements of her marriage, and you won’t find any pictures of her kids on her well maintained Instagram age (her friend and strategist Allison Peters does a large share of her social media activity, although Washington approves everything that is posted). Scandal fans have been happy to push the conspiracy that she’s just married as protection to conceal her passionate affair with co-star Tony Goldwyn but such concerns barely register in Washington’s world. She’s way too savvy to get involved with that kind of nonsense.

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It’s easy to tell when a celebrity is cooperating with the paparazzi. Think of everything Ben Affleck’s done something stupid and it’s immediately been followed by a well-timed photo-op with his children and ex-wife (or recent example where he adopted a cute dog to deflect from accusations of sexual harassment), or Taylor Swift’s entire performance with Tom Hiddleston and the tank top of shame. Celebrities like to perpetuate the falsehood that they live their lives completely separate from the world of gossip and tabloids, but that’s never been the case. The ecosystem of fame needs that relationship, and publicists work to craft the desired narratives. Sometimes that means giving Us Weekly an exclusive glimpse of your newborn child, or giving Jimmy Fallon all the juicy gossip on your marriage. When things go wrong, you want to be the first one out there keeping everything calm, otherwise all manner of noise can overwhelm the narrative you’ve worked so hard to keep in good shape. For celebrities of colour, a minority in a mercilessly cruel industry, that process is all the more treacherous. As noted by Anne Helen Petersen in her wonderful piece on Washington’s media prowess:

The sheer multiplicity of representations means that no one celebrity or star comes to bear the weight of proving his or her worth, or merit, or perfection. Black celebrities simply do not have that privilege: How they act out family is overdetermined with political and cultural significance… Washington was the first black woman in 38 years to be cast as the lead in a primetime series. And regardless of Shonda Rhimes’ significant power in the industry, her road after Scandal, now in its sixth season, will be fraught: No number of Twitter followers has changed Hollywood’s trenchant racial logic, in which women of Washington’s caliber remain relegated to the role of the black best friend or historical (and often subservient) figures.’

Others have taken the path of quiet secrecy that Washington has with her personal life — Did you know Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling had another daughter? Or that Carey Mulligan and Marcus Mumford had another kid this year? — but there’s an effortlessness and strength to Kerry’s way that shows a willingness to play the fame game without using her family as collateral. She can talk about politics and race and feminism without having to relent to questions about her kids. That’s not exactly easier said than done — indeed, it’s a strategy more celebs could probably execute if they really wanted to — but it’s a balance Washington’s managed with skill and flare in a context that white celebrity will never be subjected to.

Like many actors who aren’t cishet white dudes, television has become Washington’s medium. Even after Scandal catapulted her to new heights of fame, she couldn’t get more prominent film work beyond the least developed character in Django Unchained and a part in another Tyler Perry movie. It was TV where she took her first effort as producer, a dramatization of the Anita Hill hearings, where she also played the lead role. Last year, ABC announced a deal with her which would allow her to develop projects exclusively for the network. With Scandal about to wrap up and Shonda off to Netflix, ABC are keen to hold onto some of that success, and Washington will have a seat at the table of power in an industry that spent too long ignoring her talents.

Oh, by the way, her kids are named Isabelle and Caleb, and that’s probably all you’ll ever know about them.

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4 Things You Need to Know About Taylor Swift’s British Boyfriend, Joe Alwyn

If you don’t know who Joe Alwyn is, you will soon. The 26-year-old is the latest British actor to romance Taylor Swift following her split from Tom Hiddleston last year. While the two have managed to keep their relationship under wraps, Taylor has been singing about him on her new album. According to The Sun, Taylor and Joe are already getting serious and Taylor has been renting a house in North London for their secret rendezvous. Intrigued? Here’s what you need to know about the young man who stole Taylor’s heart.

1. He’s Well-Educated

Joe attended the City of London School, whose notable alum include Daniel Radcliffe and Skandar Keynes from The Chronicles of Narnia film series. He later studied English and drama at the University of Bristol before enrolling at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He graduated in 2015 with a BA in acting.

2. He Got His Breakout Role Last Year

During his final year at Central, he scored the title role in director Ang Lee’s 2016 war drama, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Following his performance, The Hollywood Reporter dubbed him «the next big thing

3. He Still Lives With His Parents

Joe told the Evening Standard that he still lives with his mom and dad, a psychotherapist and documentarian, and doesn’t plan on moving out anytime soon.

4. He Runs in the Same Circles as Taylor

Aside from posing alongside Gigi Hadid for Vogue in September 2016, Joe is also set to play Emma Stone‘s love interest in the upcoming period drama The Favourite.

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