» Kobe Bryant’s eldest daughter, Natalia Bryant, opens up for the first time about the tragic loss of the NBA legend and little sister Gianna. The IMG model and USC freshman tells Teen Vogue, “I love talking about my dad. It’s bittersweet, but I enjoy talking about him more than it’s sad for me.” [Teen Vogue]
» With just days left until the September 14 recall election, Vice President Kamala Harris joined longtime political ally Governor Gavin Newsom to show support during an anti-recall event in the Bay Area city of San Leandro. The former California senator argued that the national consequences of the election could be monumental if Newsom were replaced by a Republican. [CNN]
» Beloved Los Angeles radio show host Kurt “Big Boy” Alexander received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday, which also happened to be his 52nd birthday. Hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre and comedian George Lopez presented the “Big Boy’s Neighborhood” host with a star located in front of Amoeba Music. [CBS Los Angeles]
» Gubernatorial recall candidate Larry Elder’s Venice campaign stop was cut short on Wednesday after an angry crowd of homeless people and advocates confronted him and, allegedly, threw an egg in his direction. The leading Republican contender was scheduled to tour the area’s homeless encampments, but after spending just 12 minutes in the area, he was escorted back to his new “Recall Express” campaign bus by security. [Los Angeles Times]
» The Los Angeles Unified school board is scheduled to decide on Thursday whether it will implement a COVID mandate, which would require all eligible students to be vaccinated––a policy that isn’t expected to face opposition from the teachers unions. The majority of school board members have already have said they’re supportive of the mandate or are leaning in that direction ahead of Thursday’s special meeting. [Los Angeles Daily News]
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» California Is Set to Become the First State to Outlaw ‘Stealthing’ A bill lawmakers sent to Gov. Newsom’s desk will make California the first in the nation to outlaw nonconsensual condom removal
» Impossible Chicken Nuggets Are ‘Even More Convincing Than the Burger’ A new vegan chicken nugget from Impossible Foods is the latest in a string of high-profile faux poultry products. Can it rule the roost?
» ‘John Mulaney Said He Didn’t Want Kids and Now He’s Having One—So What? The comedian’s announcement that he and Olivia Munn are procreating caused much consternation in the Twittersphere, but changing your mind isn’t exactly a crime
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‘The D’Amelio Show’ Is One Big Downer
Watching Keeping Up with The Kardashians, viewers are left with little doubt that the sisters (at least most of them) set out to achieve fame. Kim Kardashian, arguably the star of the show, came from simple Hollywood beginnings as Paris Hilton’s closet organizer, but then a sex tape, a long-running reality series, and millions of social media followers made Kim and her family into some of the biggest celebrities on the planet. It was all strategic. Kim Kardashian didn’t become Kim Kardashian by accident.
On The D’Amelio Show, which premiered on Hulu last week, it feels like the opposite is true. It sets out to make viewers feel sorry for two megafamous rich young people—and it ultimately succeeds.
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