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Womanista Exclusive: Lindsay Arnold Reveals Who Might Be Partner David Ross’ Competition on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

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Last week, I had the honor and privilege to chat with Dancing With the Stars pro, Lindsay Arnold for an exclusive interview with Womanista! She is such an incredibly easy-going, friendly and bubbly person—it was a lot of fun to write up and showcase her bright personality. If you are watching the hot ABC show every Monday night, you will have noticed that the 23-year old is burning up the dance floor this season with former Chicago Cubs player, David Ross. The two are sensational and really setting a bar for the season’s competitors. I’m rooting for both of them and cannot wait to see how the rest of this 24th season unravels.

In our exclusive, Lindsay dished not just on the show, its competitors and her rituals before every performance, but shared what her World Series-winning partner really means to her. Check out the first interview in our Lindsay Arnold exclusive, only at Womanista! (Also, check out her Womanista Approved Influencer picks, where the Utah native outlines her favorite things from beauty to entertainment to fitness and more, that you must have!)

Womanista Exclusive: Lindsay Arnold Reveals Who Might Be Partner David Ross’ Competition on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

With its 24th season well underway, Dancing with the Stars is on fire and one dancer burning up the ballroom this year is none other than bubbly and congenial Utah-native, Lindsay Arnold.
Last week, Arnold and her partner, former Chicago Cubs player, David Ross hit the dance floor for the show’s first-ever Vegas night, full of 11 Sin City-inspired routines that included everything from the samba to the foxtrot.
While the pair performed a sexy “Magic Mike Live” number as a jazz routine much to Ross’ apprehension, Arnold, ever the encouraging teacher with a heart as glittery as the Mirrorball, knew he had it in the bag. The two earned 31 points that night — his highest of the season and an accolade she is incredibly proud of.
“That is truly my favorite part of being on the show — the rewarding moments where I see how much my student has learned,” Arnold said. “It means a lot that I have had such incredible partners who respect me as a coach and trust me to be their teacher.”
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End of an Era: Bidding Farewell to American Idol

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It truly is the end of an era. After 15 seasons, American Idol bids audiences farewell in an epic two-hour finale airing tonight that is bound to have everyone who has ever grown up with the show in tears. With years upon years of song choices, votes, changing up judges and a slew of stars, American Idol was more than just idle entertainment. It was a dream and lesson in self-faith that so many of us loved seeing manifest. We would gather round and watch what would be one of the biggest events of our week.

Memories started thriving as each year the show would crown its latest Idol. Many of these artists from season one to now have become household names, from Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, to Jennifer Hudson and Chris Daughtry. And even if some of these bright stars didn’t break the ceiling of the entertainment business, many still managed to carry their passion forward. The show, in all of its beauty gave dreamers a platform—a space to be heard and appreciated for the voice and soul they have. In so many ways, the show built a name for itself and fostered a significant shift in what we enjoy most about music.

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The Truth Is Out There: Chatting with Aliza Vellani of “The X-Files”

As one of the longest-running science fiction series in network television history, The X-Files is back this Sunday after nearly 13 years with a six-episode run. Returning are its two dynamic leads, Special Agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) diving back into unsolved cases the FBI deems false or outlandish. Built upon the premise of alien cover-ups, government conspiracies, and man’s everlasting desire to seek the truth, the iconic 90s series garnered prestigious awards and acclaim over its nine-year run, with fans constantly wanting more despite being given two movies.

Talk about rebooting the series has been transpiring for years, creating quite an itch with fans. And it’s no wonder either—in addition to the legions of ‘X-Philes,’ television critics call it one of the best shows that ever aired on American television in the 1990s. So when news broke out last January that FOX was interested in reviving the series as a miniseries, it didn’t take long until the show’s familiar faces and creator, Chris Carter would eagerly jump on board.

Joining the cast for the much-anticipated revival is 24-year-old Canadian, Aliza Vellani. As a charismatic actress whose professional training and extensive experience in the industry has given her strong groundwork for a prosperous career, Vellani was cast last summer and shot the series alongside original leads, Duchovny, Anderson, and Mitch Pileggi in Vancouver, where the show was originally shot for its first five seasons in the early 90s.

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More Than Just a Game: “A Season with Notre Dame Football”

That nip in the air means only one thing—it’s that time of year again! The best season in sports is finally upon us with all its demonstrative glory and pride. As college football returns around the nation, one television network is granting unparalleled access to fans and audiences to one of the country’s best teams.

Last month Showtime announced it would chronicle the full season of Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish in a documentary series with an unrivaled behind-the-scenes look at Coach Brian Kelly’s 2015 team as they play like champions to achieve greatness and fight for the national title.

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The Top 10 Reasons Why David Letterman Will Be Missed

This Wednesday, late night icon and comedic genius, David Letterman will be saying goodbye to audiences from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, and signing off for good from his talk show, Late Show with David Letterman. As he retires this week, it’s arguably evident that no other late-night host has catapulted such unique wit and humor into the world as efficaciously as Letterman did in his 33 years, while changing the late night landscape forever.

It’s hard to believe that we’re reaching the end of era and saying goodbye to someone as remarkable as Letterman. Between Late Night on NBC (1982 – 1993) and Late Show on CBS (1993 – 2015), Letterman has been the longest serving late night talk show host in television history. Throughout the years, the 68 year-old has proven time and time again that his ironic, sarcastic, and somewhat cranky sense of humor made for solid laughs and memorable evenings that we will never forget.

When the final episode of Late Show airs this Wednesday, Jimmy Kimmel of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, gives his mentor the ultimate tribute by standing down that evening, airing a rerun of his late night talk show as an intentional tip to the man he believes as one of the most influential comedic artists of our generation. In an interview with the New York Times, Kimmel says, “I have too much respect for Dave to do anything that would distract viewers from watching his final show. Plus I’ll probably be crying all day, which makes it hard to work.”

We all might be crying that day. And with David Letterman soon passing his beloved show’s torch to The Colbert Report‘s Stephen Colbert, it would make sense to count it all down, right? After all, Letterman’s Top 10 lists have become household staples and souvenirs in some way for the delighted viewer. Way before anemic lists plagued the Internet and robbed buzzing writers of thoughtful writing, Letterman devised Top 10 lists for gags. In the Fall of 1985, the late night host in a ploy to poke fun at magazines like Good Housekeeping, started a Top 10 list that comprised of useless content. (His first list was “Top 10 Words That Almost Rhyme with Peas.” Oh, it’s a good list.)

So, in the spirit of all that fun and without further adieu, here are “10 Reasons Why David Letterman Will Be Missed.

“Lip Sync Battle” Hits All The High Notes

Jimmy Fallon is a smart entertainer who knows exactly what audiences want. Springing from a very popular segment on The Tonight ShowLip Sync Battle is a certified hit for Spike television. Drawing a total of 2.2 million viewers for its premiere on April 2, the numbers are incredibly big for an unscripted premiere on the newly re-branded television network that is now opening the doors of its boys club and courting the female demographic.

If you’re a fan of Fallon’s, you would know that the lip sync battles have been extremely popular for quite some time now, with many of the segments featuring huge stars lip-syncing their favorite tracks. Since first being introduced on the late night talk show a year ago, so many of these lip sync battles have since gone viral including Emma Stone’s with 48 million hits on YouTube, followed closely by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Stephen Merchant’s reaching nearly 42 million. After such success and the broad social medium helping to assess popularity, it’s no surprise Fallon figured fans would want more.

Directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and executive produced by Stephen Merchant (Hello Ladies) and John Krasinski (The Office), Lip Sync Battle is hosted by LL Cool J and features color commentary by Chrissy Teigen.  In the premiere episode, Fallon faces off with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and the results are hilarious. The two pulled no stops and went all out with their performances. In the first round, they sang songs in a similar style seen from the segments on The Tonight Show. Johnson kicked the first round off with a little “Tay-Tay” (obviously, Urban Dictionary for Taylor Swift) and performed “Shake It Off” with the charisma and dance skills of a school girl. Fallon followed, and in his all boyish charms sang Harry Belefonte’s “Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora),” getting the audience to their feet and into a conga line.

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Man Hands, Butter Shaves and The Masters of Their Domain: Celebrating 25 Years of “Seinfeld”

As a nation winds down from celebrating the 4th of July this weekend, many will be lounging on the couch and celebrating a different occasion: the 25th anniversary of the premiere of one of the best half-hour comedies to ever grace television history. Arguably known as the most popular sitcom of all-time, Seinfeld—the ‘show about nothing’—originally premiered July 5, 1989 on NBC (known as The Seinfeld Chronicles). Through the everyday story-lines and quirky situations, audiences grew interested and absorbed in the tales by relating to the four offbeat main characters’ imperfections and eccentricities. Soon enough, the show catapulted to top spots on the Nielson ratings and would redefine the elements and clever charm of situational comedy for generations to come.

Personally, I’m a huge fan of Seinfeld and I have been for a few years now. I got into the show shortly after my best friend suggested I check out a few episodes because he knew I liked “smart comedies”. And I really do! The genius of a show like Seinfeld created by stand-up comedian, Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David is about just how much of real life can be incorporated into the theme of a show like this one, and still be about ‘nothing’. The theme of ‘nothing’ in many ways became comedy gold for Seinfeld and crew. Such a bold direction in comedy hasn’t been done again, but has set a precedent for more sophisticated comedy audiences and building comedic antiheroescharacters that could be unlikable, but are still well-loved and received by viewers.

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‘Penny Dreadful’ is a Bloody Good Time

In these past few months, a new trend on the small screen has seen well known filmmakers turning to major networks to share quality stories with audiences. With networks easing the transition and helping blur the lines of film with television, a lot of shows on prominent networks like HBO and Showtime are seeing shorter seasons that lure major stars. The latest to breath life on the boob tube comes care of Showtime, with their new Gothic horror series titled Penny Dreadful. From acclaimed screenwriter, John Logan (Skyfall, Gladiator) and Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Revolutionary Road) as executive producer, comes a supernatural and paranormal series in the guise of an archaic Victorian era London; full of phenomenon that will surely leave your spine tingling and have you think twice upon hearing all that goes ‘bump in the night’.

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