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Prada pulls products after 'blackface imagery' backlash

Italian luxury fashion label Prada is pulling a controversial product line that many have called “racist” and said depicts “blackface imagery.”

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The new “Pradamalia” collection of wallets, jewelry and trinkets is part of what Prada calls “a new family of mysterious tiny creatures that are one part biological, one part technological, all parts Prada.” The collection also features a $500 “Otto-Toto” monkeylike keychain with dark brown skin and large lips.

Chinyere Ezie, an attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, wrote about her encounter with the collection after a visit to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, where she saw an exhibit on “Sambo” blackface.

“I walked past Prada’s Soho storefront only to be confronted with the very same racist and denigrating #blackface imagery,” she wrote in a Facebook post Thursday. “When I asked a Prada employee whether they knew they had plastered blackface imagery throughout their store, in a moment of surprising candor I was told that *a black employee had previously complained about blackface at Prada, but he didn’t work there anymore.*”

According to the NMAAHC museum, blackface or “minstrelsy” was popularized between the end of the Civil War and the turn of the century in the North and Midwest. The performances “characterized blacks as lazy, ignorant, superstitious, hypersexual, and prone to thievery and cowardice” through exaggerated costumes and make-up, including large lips, bright white teeth and dark skin.

Ezie’s post has since been shared more than 6,000 times as Friday afternoon, prompting other folks on social media to express their concern and outrage.

Two dogs thrown out of window on New York interstate

Two dogs were thrown out of a moving vehicle on a New York interstate Wednesday, and state troopers are looking for the person or persons responsible. WTEM reported.

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New York State Police driving on I-81 in Cortland County at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday noticed a tractor-trailer pulled over in the left lane, the television station reported. The driver was several feet away, carrying an injured dog while the other dog walked at his side.

The truck driver told police that someone in a Dodge Durango had slowed down and tossed both dogs out of the passenger window, WTEM reported.

Both dogs, believed to be a beagle mix, were treated at the scene and were taken to the The Broome County Humane Society, the television station reported.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (607) 749-1614. 

Oprah Winfrey Reveals What She Was Really Thinking in That Viral Clip of Her Eating Bland Chicken

Oprah Winfrey is addressing the viral video, which shows her hilariously reacting to an extremely bland chicken recipe on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006.

In the clip, dug up Buzzfeed writer Spencer Althouse, Winfrey, 64, can be seen tasting a recipe for baked chicken and spinach stuffing that won a million dollars.

“Do you like it? I hope so,” Pillsbury bake-off winner, Anna Ginsberg says to Winfrey as she takes her first bite. Instead of immediately answering, Winfrey smiles awkwardly at the audience.

“Just say yes,” Ginsberg says nervously. After chewing for a bit longer, Winfrey finally responds.

“I do like it,” Winfrey replies apprehensively. “I like it very much.”

However, there was just a little something wrong with the recipe. “Did we add salt and pepper? I think we need salt and pepper,” Oprah asks.

OPRAH ACKNOWLEDGED MY CHICKEN VIDEO TWEET AND SAID MY NAME I AM LITERALLY SHAKINGThank you for everything, @Oprah! You are my Mary Tyler Moore. pic.twitter.com/4gPUUyBfpi— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) December 13, 2018

“No, there’s no salt and pepper in it, but you can add it yourself,” Ginsberg says back as the audience erupts in laughter.

“I often think about the time Oprah did a cooking segment with a woman whose chicken recipe won $1 million, and Oprah’s jaw dropped when she tasted it and realized the lady didn’t even add seasoning,” Althouse captioned the tweet.

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Within minutes, the moment went viral with many fans pondering the same question.

The tweet, of course, caught the eye of Winfrey herself, who then offered up an explanation.

“Okay, Spencer, I don’t know whatever made you pull that tape out of a vault, but, made me laugh,” Winfrey said in a video shared on social media Thursday.

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“This is what I was thinking. I always wanted anybody who came on the show, no matter what they did, to have a good experience. And I also wanted to stay in my own truth while allowing them to have that good experience.”

“I was having a moment of trying to decide ‘Do I want her to have a great time?… What is my moment of truth?'” Winfrey continued.

“Because the truth for me is that I’m used to having salt and pepper on my chicken. That’s the truth. That’s what I was thinking. This chicken needs some salt and pepper.”

Gayle King and Oprah Winfrey

Winfrey’s hilarious confession comes after her best friend Gayle King spilled a sweet secret about their friendship.

On Thursday, Gayle, 63, appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, where she revealed that she and Winfrey don’t exchange Christmas presents.

“She has a rule, we don’t exchange gifts because both of us feel we don’t really need anything,” King said. “We just like hanging out together.”

King will be spending a lot of time with Winfrey this January.

As announced in June, the duo is planning on setting sail with more than 2,600 of their closest pals for a three-day “Girls’ Getaway” cruise aboard Holland America’s Nieuw Statendam ship.

Cardi B's Husband Offset Begs for Her to Come Back, Says It's All He Wants for His Birthday

Offset only wants one thing for his birthday — Cardi B.

Just one week after the “Bodak Yellow” rapper, 26, announced she and her husband, 26, are calling it quits after a year of marriage, Offset shared a lengthy apology on Instagram Friday in an attempt to reconcile.

“I only got one birthday wish and that’s to get my wife back Cardi,” Offset began.

“We’re going through a lot of things right now, a lot of things in the media. I want to apologize to you Cardi. I embarrassed you. I made you go crazy.”

The rapper then addressed his recent behavior, “I was partaking in activity that I shouldn’t have been partaking in, and I apologize. You know what I’m saying? For breaking your heart, for breaking our promise, for breaking God’s promise and being a selfish, messed up husband.”

“I’m trying to be a better person. I want to get this off my shoulders. I want to get this off my back. I apologize to you Cardi. I love you,” Offset continued.

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Offset then went on to say, “Kulture, I want to spend Christmas with you,” in reference to the couple’s 4-month-old baby girl.

“I want to be able to spend the rest of my life with you,” Offset continued. “I apologize. I am sorry for what I have done to you. I didn’t f— that girl, but I was entertaining her, you know what I’m saying? I apologize, and I love you, and I hope you forgive me. My birthday wish is just to have you back,” Offset added.

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Last week, the woman accused of coming between Offset and Cardi, Summer Bunni, made an emotional plea addressing the “I Like It” rapper and Cardi’s fans, claiming responsibility for her actions.

“I have not messed with Offset since he’s had his baby,” she claims in a video sent to TMZ. “I didn’t know how serious this marriage was. A lot of girls would just deal with this situation and just be like, ‘Yo, I’m the reason they’re getting a divorce.’”

“I feel ashamed,” she continues. “It’s a lot, but just coming from me and to Cardi B and to our fans, to her family to her situation, these were never my intentions and I never wanted to break up a happy home.”

Cardi has yet to respond to Offset’s plea but did say last week in her since-deleted video on Instagram that she wants a divorce.

Offset and Cardi B

“We are really good friends and we are really good business partners — you know he’s always somebody that I run to to talk to, and we got a lot of love for each other — but things just haven’t been working out between us for a long time.”

“It’s nobody’s fault I guess we just grew out of love, but we are not together anymore. It might take time to get a divorce and I’m going to always have a lot of love for him because he is my daughter’s father,” Cardi concluded.

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Cardi B and Offset

Although it’s not clear as to whether or not the estranged couple will get back together, Cardi recently admitted she’s learned a lot from the Migos rapper.

RELATED: Cardi B Raps About Divorcing Offset — But He Still Declares, ‘I Miss Cardi’

“I learned a lot,” she told her thousands of followers watching along on Instagram Live — which at one point included Lindsay Lohan. “I ain’t really know much about the music industry and you know my husband helped me. He made me wiser. He let me open my eyes to a lot of things, and even though we are not together anymore, I learned a lot.”

As of now, the couple will focus on their baby girl. “They’re still very close and really do care for one another,” a source told PEOPLE. “Their priority is their daughter, and they plan to be solid co-parents.”

Shakira Charged with Tax Evasion in Spain for Alleging Owing More Than $16.3 Million

Spanish prosecutors have charged Shakira with tax evasion.

The Columbian singer, 41, allegedly failed to pay $16.3 million between the years 2012 and 2014.

The charges, published Friday, claim Shakira listed the Bahamas as her primary residence for tax purposes — when she actually lived in Barcelona with her partner Gerard Pique and their young sons Sasha, 3, and Milan, 5.

A source close to the singer, however, says Shakira believes she is innocent and the prosecutor is using the case as a “smear campaign,” to target a successful artist.

Her team is convinced the investigation and charges were initiated to intimidate other taxpayers and use Shakira as a “scapegoat,” the source tells PEOPLE.

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The source also says Shakira has already paid the money that she allegedly owed in full.

Prosecutors allege that the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer lived in Barcelona from 2012 to 2014, but Shakira maintains she did not reside in Spain longer than 183 days during that time.

Shakira officially declared herself a resident of Spain in 2015, the same year Sasha was born.

A judge will later decide if there is enough evidence to bring Shakira’s case to trial, the Associated Press reported.

The investigation into Shakira’s taxes opened back in January.

The news of the charge comes just a month after Shakira announced that she is opening two schools in her home country of Colombia in Cartagena and Barranquilla with her Pies Descalzos Foundation.

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“On behalf of Fundacion Pies Descalzos — to Costa Cruceros, the National Ministry of Education, the Mayor’s office of Barranquilla, the Mayor’s office of Cartagena, the Fundacion FC Barcelona, LCI Education Foundation and the Swiss Embassy in Colombia — thank you for participating in the construction of these two new schools that will take us one step further towards quality in Colombia and Latin America,” she said in a statement.

“Investing in education and offering equal opportunities to our boys and girls is the way to continue paving the way for peace,” the statement continued.

Pregnant Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi Shares Photo of Herself Vomiting: 'Jesus Take the Wheel'

Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi may be expecting her third child, but that doesn’t mean being pregnant is any easier.

The Jersey Shore: Family Vacation star — who recently learned the sex of her upcoming third child with husband Jionni LaValle — wished her followers a “Happy Friday” on Instagram, but posted a photo that looked far from it.

In the shot, Polizzi, 31, sits on the floor in gray sweatpants and a camouflage sweatshirt while she throws up into a toilet. “Happy Friday!🤰🏽#PregnantProblems #JesusTakeTheWheel #CouldI😞” she captioned the image.

Polizzi — who’s a mother to 6-year-old son, Lorenzo Dominic, and 4-year-old daughter, Giovanna Marieannounced she was pregnant on Thanksgiving.

To share the exciting baby news, Polizzi posted a photo of her children holding her sonogram on Instagram and captioned it, “What I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving.”

Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi View this post on Instagram What I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving ?? ???????? #family A post shared by Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi (@snooki) on Nov 22, 2018 at 7:41am PST

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On Thursday, the reality star revealed in a YouTube vlog that her third child on the way with LaValle, 31, will be a son.

Aided in their reveal by their oldest child, the couple watched as Lorenzo geared up to hit a baseball with colored powder inside that would tell their friends and family assembled on the yard whether the new addition would be a girl or boy.

“Go Lorenzo, you got this, honey! Big brother!” the mother-of-two could be heard encouraging him behind the camera as Lorenzo smiled and hit the grass with the bat.

Lorenzo LaValle The moment Polizzi learned she was having a boy

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A few seconds later, as Polizzi and Giovanna looked on, LaValle gently tossed the ball toward his son, who took a confident swing and made impressive contact.

Out exploded a cloud of blue as the family’s guests cheered and jumped up and down, exclaiming, “It’s a boy!”

The newest LaValle is due in June.

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In a vlog shared to her YouTube channel late last month, Polizzi recalled that she and LaValle had “been trying” to conceive their third child “since July,” lamenting, “I was getting a little worried because it wasn’t happening as soon as I wanted it to.”

The expectant reality star previously admitted her preference for her third child’s sex — and fortunately for her, her wish was granted.

In March 2016, she told E! News, “I don’t want any more girls. If I have a girl, I’m just going to be really upset about it.”

Border Town artists exit DC/Vertigo comic after sexual assault accusation against writer

In the wake of a public sexual assault allegation against Eric M. Esquivel, the writer of the DC/Vertigo comic Border Town, artists Ramon Villalobos and Tamra Bonvillain announced their intention to stop working on the book.

In a statement provided to EW on Friday evening, Esquivel denied the allegations and said in part, “I heavily encourage, and will fully cooperate in, any forthcoming independent investigation of these claims.” He also expressed dismay over the cancellation of Border Town.

DC Comics did not have an official comment on the matter earlier Friday, but sources told EW that the publisher has sent a cancellation notice of Border Town to retailers. Issues No. 5 and 6 will not be published, and the four previous issues are being made returnable.

On Wednesday, Bonvillain wrote in a tweet, “2 days ago, I was first made aware of the experiences shared by Cynthia Naugle about her relationship with Border Town writer Eric Esquivel. The way he treated her was disgusting and inexcusable, and issue 5 is my last issue working on Border Town.” In a subsequent tweet, she added, “I no longer wish to be associated with Eric in any way.”

In a statement posted to Twitter with the caption “a few thoughts,” Villalobos referred to his work on the comic in the past tense, writing, “Border Town meant a lot to me because it was a confluence of so many of my interests: Elements of horror, comedy, teenage rebellion, Latino culture, etc. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that I’ve poured everything I had into this and it is the best work of my relatively young career. It has made my life better having done it. But this is not about me. Whatever this person felt and experienced is what matters most and I want to be clear that dealing with abuse and making the comics industry a safer place is the most important thing to come from this.”

2 days ago, I was first made aware of the experiences shared by Cynthia Naugle about her relationship with Border Town writer Eric Esquivel. The way he treated her was disgusting and inexcusable, and issue 5 is my last issue working on Border Town.— Tamra Bonvillain (@TBonvillain) December 13, 2018 Regardless, I believe Cynthia, I'm sorry for any pain Eric has caused her and anyone else, and I no longer wish to be associated with Eric in any way.— Tamra Bonvillain (@TBonvillain) December 13, 2018 a few thoughts pic.twitter.com/mh1olhWvmr— Mr. Vertigo Comics (@RamonVillalobos) December 13, 2018

Border Town began earlier this year as the first title in DC Comics’ relaunched Vertigo line, which eschews superheroes in favor of more mature stories, often involving fantasy elements. The comic focused on a group of high school students living in the fictional town of Devil’s Fork, Ariz., as they contend with the dual horrors of ancient Aztec demons and modern immigration police. Border Town was hailed by critics and earned praise in many year-end best-comics lists (including EW’s own). But earlier this week, a woman named Cynthia Naugle published a lengthy entry on her blog detailing her past experiences with a sexually abusive co-worker. Naugle did not name her alleged abuser in the piece, but several details (such as her line that “He also came out with a new book from Vertigo, so that was something that I was surrounded by”) match Esquivel, and she later confirmed his identity to EW.

Naugle’s account said that she met her alleged abuser at the comic shop where they both worked. That comic shop, Heroes & Villains in Tucson, Ariz., confirmed in a statement to EW that Esquivel and Naugle were both former employees, and said that management believed Naugle’s account of events.

“We not only believe her, but we stand firmly behind her in this time of healing,” the statement said. “Heroes & Villains has always had a zero tolerance policy for this predatory and abusive behavior. We also refuse to stock ANY publication or creation from abusers, no matter who they might be. We will never stock abusers’ comics or projects. Cynthia’s courage is a beacon to other victims, and we support their ability to seek a safe forum and healing. Not only do we want to create a safe environment for victims to come forward, but we also want to intervene and protect those victims. To that end, Heroes & Villains, in collaboration with Cynthia, is developing a model employee code for other small comic book shops and the comic book community to adopt.”

In his statement to EW about the allegations, Esquivel said, “I’ve taken a few days to respond, because I wanted to make sure I wasn’t talking over anyone. We’re in the midst of a very important cultural conversation right now. One I wholeheartedly believe in. Never in my life did I expect that I would become one of the accused. I will not speculate as to [his accuser’s] motivation for making these reckless allegations, but I want to make it clear that they are false.”

EW tried reaching out to Villalobos, Bonvillain, and Naugle for comment. Villalobos did not respond, while Bonvillain and Naugle declined to comment further for this story.

This article has been updated with Esquivel’s statement.

Schitt’s Creek star Chris Elliott reveals why he probably won't work with James Cameron again

Don’t expect to see another collaboration between Chris Elliott and James Cameron anytime soon.

While sitting down on PeopleTV’s Couch Surfing to look back on his past roles, Elliott, currently starring on Pop TV’s Schitt’s Creek, told host Lola Ogunnaike that his supporting role in the director’s 1989 sci-fi movie The Abyss will likely be their only collaboration — despite their professional relationship starting on a good note.

“He was an ogre to lots of people, but for some reason he really liked me,” Elliott admitted.

When Ogunnaike asked if Elliott might appear as a Navi in the Avatar sequels, Elliott confessed, “I don’t think so because I went on Letterman and made fun of my appearance in The Abyss right before he had to come out and promote it.”

“Is there anything you’d like to say to him today?” Ogunnaike asked, after Elliott confirmed he hasn’t spoken to the director since the fateful talk show appearance. “I’m sorry,” Elliott deadpanned. “Maybe you should paint each other naked and that’s how you make up,” Ogunnaike joked, referencing the iconic scene in Cameron’s Oscar-winning Titanic.

See the Hilarious Christmas Gift Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Gave Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell

‘Tis the season for giving!

With only a little more than a week left until Christmas, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis got into the holiday spirit by giving their pals Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell a very original — and hilarious — gift.

In a photo shared to Instagram on Friday, Shepard and Kutcher proudly held up a shower curtain with a giant photo of Kunis and her husband’s smiling faces on it.

“What a generous Christmas gift from the Kunis-Kutcher family,” Shepard, 43, jokingly captioned the shot. “A beautiful shower curtain for the attic(t) bathroom!”

The actors have been longtime friends since they starred alongside each other on MTV’s comedic reality series, Punk’d, in 2003. In recent years, they’ve reunited to talk on Shepard’s podcast, Armchair Expert, and on the set of Netflix’s The Ranch, which Kutcher, 40, stars on.

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis (left) with Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell

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But it’s not just the men who are close pals and have worked together.

Their wives, Kunis, 35, and Bell, 38, are good friends, after co-starring in Bad Moms and A Bad Moms Christmas over the last few years. The women have also bonded over similar haircuts and joked about giving their young children — both couples have two — and sips of alcohol.

Kutcher and Kunis share daughter Wyatt, 4, and son Dimitri, 2, while Shepard and Bell have two daughters together: Lincoln, 5, and Delta, who turns 4 Dec. 19.

Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell

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Though Shepard was smiling on Friday, just a day earlier, he was refuting claims about cheating on his wife.

The actor came under fire on Thursday, after a report surfaced that he was unfaithful to Bell with Julie Andrews’ step-granddaughter Kayti Edwards.

In a Daily Mail article, Edwards alleged that she and the Parenthood actor were intimate in 2009. Bell and Shepard began dating in 2007 and tied the knot in 2013. He denied the claims on Instagram Thursday, writing, “Hey Daily Mail, that photo is 13 years old, not 9.”

According to Edwards, the images of her and Shepard in a photo booth kissing were captured at a private party in Hollywood where the pair allegedly reconnected nine years ago. Shepard denied this and said they were from 2005.

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He went on to allege that 41-year-old Edwards has “sold stories to tabloids about Matthew Perry, Jack Osbourne, Kid Rock, and now me.”

“I look forward to her next one. Fingers crossed it’s about my #1, Brad Pitt :)” he jokingly concluded.

Edwards told Daily Mail that she “came forward” with the allegation “to get ahead of the story. I posted a photo on Facebook of me and Dax from that night as a joke and recently a few media outlets have contacted me about it.”

She later added, “I don’t want anything to do with Dax. I wish him well. I wish them to be happy. I hope that they’re happily married. I mean they have children. So my wish is that they’re happy and stable for the kids.”

Def Leppard's Joe Elliott on Rock Hall induction: 'It’s a great club to be in'

Joe Elliott says he honestly didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about whether his band Def Leppard would be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

“It was something that we never paid any attention to for the longest time because we never thought we’d fit in, I suppose,” the frontman tells EW.

Thirteen years after they first became eligible, the hard pop quintet behind diamond-selling albums (10 million copies-plus) Pyromania and Hysteria got in on their first nomination. Although the “fan vote” only counts as a fraction of one vote, it certainly didn’t hurt that the band won that contest handily, by more than 100,000 votes.

“It’s really hard to ignore that many people voting. [Getting in] for the fans is what we’re most happy about because they wanted it, probably even more than we did,” says Elliott with a laugh.

Elliott was especially pleased to get the news in Sheffield, England, where he and his fellow mates launched their careers with nothing but youthful hope. (The inductees will include Elliott, bassist Rick Savage, guitarist Phil Collen, drummer Rick Allen, and late guitarist Steve Clark. Founding guitarist Pete Willis will be inducted as will Clark’s long-time replacement Vivian Campbell.)

“It was just a coincidence that we were here,” says Elliott of their hometown, where they’re playing a sold-out arena show Friday. “It’s going to be amazing to celebrate in the town where it all started.”

The group, who recently concluded a co-headlining tour with Journey, will take a short holiday break and then regroup to figure out who might induct them and, crucially, which three songs they’ll play at the induction ceremony March 29 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (An edited version of the show will air at a later date on HBO.) Our money is on “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Photograph,” and “Rock of Ages.”

“We need to find a place in our schedule to sit down,” and figure it all out, he says. But until then, Elliott, a voracious music fan who hosts a radio show in England, is savoring the moment, gobsmacked at the company Def Leppard will be keeping.

“It’s a great club to be in,” he says. “When you look at all the bands that we have always acknowledged,” he says, listing off everyone from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones to Queen and AC/DC, “we’ve never hid the fact that our music is a melting pot. Every band we’ve ever [loved] just about is in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It’s just an amazing collection of artists who put their heart and soul into their work, which is something that we do.”

The 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class also includes Radiohead, Roxy Music, the Cure, Janet Jackson, the Zombies, and Stevie Nicks, who will be the first woman inducted twice thanks to her previous honor with Fleetwood Mac.

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