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BUZZ: Stay Cool This Summer With July’s Pop Culture Breakdown!



What if I told you there was no bit of pop culture good enough to keep you inside this month? Or that you shouldn’t squander your summer away by binge watching the latest tv shows or catching the biggest blockbusters because nothing on those screens could be as amazing as what nature has to offer? What if I said I couldn’t possible have anything more exciting in this post than what you could find at a day at the beach? Well…I’d be Ju-lying.

The forecast isn’t the only thing that’s hot this month, as all of entertainment’s new releases are fire! From movies to tv to a night at the theater, everything below will help keep you cooler than an open fire hydrant in an urban neighborhood.

Television (click title for more info)

Sharp Objects July 8 at 9PM on HBO

The Outpost July 10 at 9pm on CW

Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits And Monsters July 11 at 10pm on truTV

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind July 16 on HBO

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Kandi Koated Nights July 1 at 9pm on Bravo

This choice was a no brainer for me! As a loyal Housewives fan I had to support one of my favs, Kandi Burruss. She is down for a good time and always keeps it real, so I am sure her new talk show will be a hit. The show derives from the housewife’s digital show under the same name, and tackles subjects like dating, relationships and pop culture. In the clip below, we see Kandi ask former bandmate, Tiny, if she had an affair with Floyd Mayweather. These are the questions we want answers to!

Movies (click title for more info)

The First Purge July 4

Ant-Man And The Wasp July 6th

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation July 13

The Equalizer 2 July 20

Mission Impossible – Fallout July 27

***Editor’s Choice***

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again July 20

Apparently, I have been broken hearted. Blue since the day we parted. My, my, how did I…end up the number one cheerleader for this summer sequel?!? I had huge reservations about this film at first considering the original was merely an adequate representation of the stage musical. There were some flaws with the singing but Meryl Streep carried the weight of the film per usual and I made peace with the entire ordeal. With each new trailer or song that is released from the sequel, I am getting more and more giddy about this film. Damn you musical marketing team! We are still unsure if Streep will reprise her role as Donna, but even if she doesn’t we still get Cher! Cher is not just icing on a cake, she is the whole damn cake! Her version of “Fernando” has been humming in my head for days now. These next 19 days need to zip by so I can be a dancing queen once more.


The Comedy Lineup July 3

The Legacy Of A Whitetail Deer Hunter July 6

Samantha! July 6

Father Of The Year July 20

How It Ends July 27

***Editor’s Choice***

Orange Is The New Black July 27

Lock me up and throw away the key. I know what I will be binging come the end of this month. I usually save new shows or movies to put into this category but OITNB was one of the first shows to bring Netflix into the mainstream so it deserves it’s shoutout. Last season, the series left off on a cliffhanger and every character’s life is about to change. The very cryptic trailer for the new season simply indicates that the ladies of Litchfield are heading to a maximum security prison due to the riot they caused last season. We need more info!!! I’ll be carving the days into my bedroom wall until this new season drops.


Six – We The Kings – July 6

Surviving The Summer – Iggy Azalea – July 6

Rolling papers 2 – Wiz Khalifa – July 13

Noble Ape – Jim Gaffigan – July 17

***Editor’s Choice***

Cage to Rattle – Daughtry – July 27

How could I not choose our favorite rocker from American Idol. We haven’t heard new music from Chris and the band in quite some time, but I am rooting for their comeback. The band has released three new singles from the album and it seems they are giving us exactly what we want from the group. The group has their same grit albeit with an evolved sound. I am digging the grown up Daughtry!

Theatre (click title for more info)

Smokey Joe’s Cafe -Opens July 22

Straight White Men -Opens July 23

This Ain’t No Disco -Opens July 24

***Editor’s Choice***

Head Over Heels -Opens July 26

This musical just piques my interest. The story tells of a medieval family who is on an adventure to save their beloved kingdom. Immediately thought the entire cast will be performing to lutes. Well the twist is that the entire show is scored to music by the Go-Go’s. The promotional material for the show seem to promise a good time and I am curious to see how the medieval world and the punk world combine.


I don’t know about you but sitting in front of the tv with the a.c. cranked sounds way better than applying SPF 1000 every hour after I sweat off the last coat. Stay cool with me and enjoy all the beauty pop culture will bring this month.


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VIDEO:Rolled Ice Cream, Cheetos Bagels And Grasshoppers Are Just Some Of The Unusual Things Brian Balthazar Has Eaten On ‘The Wendy Williams Show’



You’ve seen pop culture expert, Brian Balthazar, appear on The Wendy Williams Show quite a bit over the last few years. He even co-hosted the show on three separate occasions. It wasn’t until his last visit where he and Jason Biggs chowed down on a KFC Cheetos Chicken Sandwich that it hit me: Being on the daytime talk show makes Brian Balthazar hungry!

The proof is in the pudding…pun definitely intended. Carla Hall made sure to bring some snacks for Brian when they cohosted together.

Sure, Wendy is known for telling us to “grab a snack and come on back”…

But you’d have to be absolutely famished to want to eat fish sliders at 10am.

He’s gotten so hungry he resorted to eating GRASSHOPPER TACOS on the show!

Could it be that Brian isn’t actually hungry though? Could he just be a brave soul willing to be the taste tester so we don’t have to? Could my theory be flawed?!

I suddenly feel like maybe we owe Brian a big thanks…

Either way, it’s fun to watch! Click below to take a look at a compilation of all the fun stuff Brian Balthazar has eaten on The Wendy Williams Show!

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Can’t Go Out? Here’s Six Ways You Can See The World Right From Your Very Own Home



Turns out there are plenty of ways to beat the boredom blues!

Countries around the world are being asked to practice social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. Most businesses, attractions, theaters and museums have been closed down to help prevent the spread of the virus. Just last night here in the U.S., it was announced that the self-quarantine guidelines are to remain in place until April 30th of this year. Another month at home doesn’t have to mean another month of carb-loading and channel flipping though! There are actually quite a few ways to keep your brain stimulated during these unprecedented, sedentary times. Below you will find six ways to experience the world from your very own house…and don’t worry, I wouldn’t put anything on this list that would require changing out of your comfy sweats.

Virtually experience the happiest place on Earth.

Safe to say we can all use a little happiness during these troubling times so why not turn to the home of happiness itself, DisneyWorld. YouTube channel, Virtual Disney World, offers dozens of 360 degree videos that allow you to virtually experience DisneyWorld attractions, shows, hotels, monorails, trains, boats, park areas and more. These videos are fully immersive meaning you simply pan your VR-headset, phone or tablet in any direction to experience all of the excitement happening around you. Now, you can relive the magic you’ve loved your whole life anytime from anywhere! *Giant turkey leg smell not included….unless you’re actually cooking turkey legs while watching these videos, in which case I applaud your commitment.

Tour a national park on Google Earth.

Take a hike…well sort of. Hiking is a fun activity that can be done alone or with very few others, remember we are in socially distant times, but making your way to a trail might be a challenge these days. Public transportation schedules have been drastically altered and even if they weren’t, a crowded train or a bus just sounds like the breeding ground for some heinous germs right now. You could try to carpool but again…germs! You can avoid any viral risk by simply checking out one of the 30+ virtual hikes on Google Earth. Last year, Google Earth released virtual tours of some of the most beautiful parks in the country. Grand Canyon National Park, Redwood National Park, Everglades National Park and so many others are featured in this exciting experience. On your “hike” you will see some of the most breathtaking trails and views these parks have to offer. Best part? You don’t need bug spray.

Google Earth

Check out some of NYC’s finest street art.

It’s hard to feel particularly cultured when you’re wiping the crumbs from your second lunch off your overly worn pajamas. With that being said, we should not let our love for the arts fade like our flannels have. Instead, check out some of New York’s coolest street art via Google Arts and Culture. Their online experience 9 Amazing Street Art Murals In New York provides a fully immersive, virtual tour of some amazing art. In this tour you will see stunning artwork from prolific artists such as Eduardo Kobra, Keith Haring, Banksy and more. No need for a MetroCard to see these murals which is great because now you can put that $2.75 towards your next Seamless order.

Sing along while streaming your favorite Broadway shows.

Broadway has taught us all how defy gravity but now it’s helping us defy boredom too! Theater has been the perfect vehicle for escapism since it’s inception and now you can escape without even leaving your home! BroadwayHD is a streaming service that began broadcasting beloved Broadway shows back in 2015. With over 300 shows in their catalog, you can belt along to all of your favorite shows without having to worry about being escorted out of a theater. The platform is currently offering a free 7-day trial along with a very affordable $8.99/month plan. A one-year subscription is still cheaper than tickets to just one broadway show!


Virtually wander through some of the most impressive museums.

Staring at the same four walls of your apartment for weeks on end definitely won’t keep your mind stimulated, trust me I know. Combat the brain laze by learning about some of the world’s most fascinating arts and histories. Many of the world’s finest museums are offering virtual tours that provide users with a fully immersive experience. Never made it to that dream trip to Paris? Tour the Lourve from your couch! Embarrassed by how out of breath you were when you finally climbed all of those stairs getting into The Met? Skip the stairs and see it all online! Never perfected that English accent? That’s ok, no one will hear you on this virtual tour of The National Gallery in London! There are dozens of museums providing these tours and you can find most of them through a quick internet search. I listed a few below because this is the most brain stimulation I plan on having today.

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Musei Vaticani, Vatican City

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Natural History Museum, London

Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Go to a house party.

NOT LITERALLY!!! We all know with the social distancing guidelines the last thing we should do is host a house party. To remedy our social urges is the new digital platform called HouseParty, which allows users to throw virtual parties with their friends. Like on many other live-streaming apps, HouseParty allows you and your friends to simultaneously FaceTime. What makes this app special, however, is its gaming feature. With HouseParty you and your friends can choose from a variety of party games to play all while maintaining a safe distance. The app is available for iOS, Android, macOS, and Chrome and is truly putting a new twist on classic pajama parties.

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Be sure to try something new today otherwise you might just go crazy. We are living in unprecedented times so we might as well try some unprecedented ways of entertaining ourselves. Stay safe out there and stay socially distant…only physically of course!

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AWWW: A Rescue Team Of 9 Was Needed To Rescue 1 Adorably Chubby Rat



Over in Bensheim, Germany a rotund rodent got herself into a jam when she tried to squeeze through a hole of a manhole cover only to get stuck…and honestly, I can relate. When I was 8 years old I tried to squeeze my thunder-thighs-in-training into a children’s swing and it took my dad and three other grown men to get me out. I am the German fat-rat!

Volunteer firefighters were called when a young girl noticed the fat rat was stuck and no time was wasted to help the poor critter. Eight firefighters and at least one animal rescuer appeared on the scene to safely extract the chubby critter. Animal rescuer Michael Sehr told BBC “She had a lot of winter flab and was stuck fast at her hip. There was no going forward or back.” When asked why anyone would even want to save something so many are repulsed by Sehr said “Even animals that are hated by many deserve respect.”

Alls well that ends well! Hopefully no authorites will be needed to help me shimmy out of these skinny jeans I thought looked cute this morning…in the meantime, check out the entire rescue below!

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