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POP INTERVIEW: Viral Sensation Judge Frank Caprio On How He Became The Man That Melts Our Hearts (And The Verdict On His Favorite TV Judge!)

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Sometimes it seems like all we see on the internet is chaos from the world we live in. You can find yourself cringing at the news you scroll through on social media. Every once in a while, however, you see something that makes you smile and suddenly everything feels a little better. Well when I had the opportunity to chat with viral sensation and now television star, Judge Frank Caprio, I smiled for the entirety of our conversation…and my day was suddenly all better!

The Rhode Island Judge has been presiding over courtrooms for more than thirty years but it’s his unique sense of compassion that has made the internet fall in love with him. Unlike some of the other judges we’ve seen in the media, Judge Caprio rules with understanding and takes the time to learn the circumstances surrounding the incident in question. Because of this, videos from Judge Caprio’s trials have gone viral and are now documented on a daily, national television series entitled Caught In Providence.

What made you decide to study and eventually practice law?

Surprisingly that started when I was 10 years old. My father was an immigrant who came from Italy. Just a working class family who lived in a cold water flat with a potbelly stove. My dad was talking to my brother and I, he said to me with his finger pointed at me “someday you are going to be a lawyer.” I can tell you honestly and sincerely that I never ever wanted to be anything else. My father instilled that spark in me. He also said life will be tough, the road will be hard  and tough going but “don’t ever give up.” And he was right on both counts. This all started with the family unit, the basic unit of society and I think one of the sins of our country today has been the dissemination of the family unit. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough money to go to law school. So, when I graduated from college the only way I could go to law school was to work days and go to school nights. I taught school in Providence and commuted nights to Boston, 50 miles away, for four years so I could get my law degree.

You’re famous for saying that you don’t have a badge under your robe, but a heart. Was there ever a time in your career where you felt you had to be a bit more hardened?

I never felt any other way. I never felt I had to be stern and strict. I always felt that I had to be myself. I always felt that I had to never forget where I came from, a hardworking family from a working class neighborhood. I always felt, based on the lessons I learned from my parents, that everyone should be treated with decency and respect and fairness. AND compassion.

I get parents coming in with four kids and I know if I charge them with the maximum or even half the maximum, those kids aren’t going to eat that night. Or maybe they cannot pay their electric bill. Or they cannot pay their fuel bill and the heat won’t be on that night in the cold, dead of winter. If I don’t take those factors into consideration, shame on me.

You have five children, two of which are attorneys themselves. Do they practice with as much compassion as you have?

After my dad told me that I should become a lawyer he said “remember one thing, you can’t charge poor people.” My kids came to work for me and I gave them that same lesson. I said “we can’t charge poor people,” and they said “dad?!” (Chuckles) But my sons have an active social conscious and they are very warm, compassionate and understanding. They get that from their mother.

Judge, you have been judging for a long time, over 30 years in fact! What is the craziest excuse someone has given you to get out of paying their fine?

I have had excuses you just can’t believe. I’ll give you a simple one that is actually funny. A gentleman came in, he was charged with speeding. He looked at me and he scrunched his face up. I said to him “is there anything you want to tell me about this offense?” He said “judge, it’s the shoes. I just bought a brand new pair of shoes and I didn’t have a chance to break them in. I didn’t realize how hard I was pressing on the gas pedal.”

I also had a fella come in, he was in his mid thirties. Charged with speeding. Same situation “is there anything you want to tell me?” He scrunched his face up and looked a little embarrassed. He said “I received a call at work. My wife told me she was ovulating. I was rushing home.” I asked him if it worked and he said “no” so I felt bad for him and dismissed the case.

It’s official. You are famous! You have a tv show and everything. Has fame changed you at all?

Well we’re really not a show. We are actually a court preceding. We are spontaneous. We’re unrehearsed. The people are actually summoned to court by the municipality. They don’t know what judge they are going before and I don’t know who is coming before me. (Chuckles) I don’t take myself too seriously. In my neighborhood, my friends still call me “Frankie.” [The show] makes me more humble.

We all want to know…who is your favorite TV Judge?

I actually think they’re all good. I enjoy watching all of them. I think, by and large, Judge Judy set the standard. We have to give her credit, she really did set the standard. I think she does a great job. But I think they all do a good job, so if I can be half as good as them I’ll be happy.

Half as good?! I hope the humble judge knows he is right on top with the other television judges.

Next time you need a dose of happy be sure to tune into Judge Caprio on Caught In Providence. You won’t be disappointed! Check out this adorable clip of how the judge interacts with children in the courtroom.

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Amber Riley Performs Beautiful Tribute To Naya Rivera On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

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RIP.

Whenever Amber Riley and Naya Rivera combined their insurmountable talents on the hit show Glee there was an almost tangible magic that left fans in awe of the powerhouse duo. Playing Mercedes Jones and Santana Lopez respectively, the two characters may not have always seen eye to eye but when they joined you knew you were in for a memorable performance. It is sad to think that we will never get another “River Deep, Mountain High” or “The Boy Is Mine” moment after Rivera’s passing last month but there is something special in knowing Riley will carry the torch for her fallen costar forever.

On Thursday night introduced by guest-host Lil Rel, Riley virtually appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!  to perform a new song from her EP entitled “A Moment” which was dedicated to Rivera. “Not too long ago we both lost a really amazing friend in a tragic accident and we both will miss her forever,” said Lil Rel. The performance is displayed in black and white and features Riley singing in front of a montage of photos of her former co-star. It is truly stunning.

Check out the tribute below.

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You Will Have Hearts In Your Eyes When You See Cardi B’s New Hair Do

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Wait till you see her WAP (Wonderfully Artistic Pigtails)

Cardi B has never shied away from a bold look and her latest hair do is proof of that.

The 27-year-old “WAP” singer…song of the year IMO…took to Instagram Tuesday night to show off her pink, heart-shaped pigtails and people are loving the look. In the short video Cardi asks fans if they would “go to the club with your hair like this” and I think we can all agree that this look would definitely turn heads at the clurb.

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The artistic hair do was crafted by Cardi’s long time longtime stylist Tokyo Stylez and took at least three hours to complete. Fans commented about how beautiful the unique hairstyle is but questioned how the rapper was going to sleep that night. Let’s hope those pigtails can be twisted off and be thrown on the nightstand.

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Check It Out, Joe Jonas Has Shocked His Fans With His New Look

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I’m a sucker for his new do.

It doesn’t matter if you are more of a “Nick” or a “Kevin” or a “Joe” when it comes to loving the Jonas Brothers. All that matters is that you all agree with me that Joe is obviously the most attractive of the three brothers and that’s just a fact. I’m sorry but I don’t make the rules.

The 31-year old stunned fans today earlier today when he debuted a shocking new look on his Instagram. Sporting a black t-shirt and those signature dark, furry-Murray eyebrows, Joe flashed his new platinum blond buzzcut. I know I might be in the minority here but I do love when these Hollywood hotties switch it up and do the blond thing. I loved it on Adam Levine. I loved it on Zac Efron. I even found myself oddly drawn to the OG platinum stud, James Michael Tyler aka Gunther from Friends.

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Perhaps the new do is a part of Joe’s daddy-makeover as he and his wife, Sophie Turner, recently welcomed their first child, Willa. A source told ET “Sophie and Joe have named their daughter Willa. The couple’s bond has gotten even stronger since the addition of their daughter. Although circumstances are different right now because of the [coronavirus] pandemic, Joe was there for the birth of his daughter. The couple is happy they now have time to spend at home with their daughter and get used to their new life together.”

Be still my heart.

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