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Kristen Stewart, Miley Cyrus Stunned at Chanel and Charles Finch Pre-Oscars Dinner

Celebs were out and about this week, from Kristen Stewart and Miley Cyrus looking stylish at the Chanel and Charles Finch pre-Oscar awards dinner, to Bradley Cooper getting groomed before the Oscars, to Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez enjoying a date night. Read on to see more of what the stars have been up to!…

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Celebs were out and about this week, from Kristen Stewart and Miley Cyrus looking stylish at the Chanel and Charles Finch pre-Oscar awards dinner, to Bradley Cooper getting groomed before the Oscars, to Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez enjoying a date night. Read on to see more of what the stars have been up to!

Kristen Stewart and Miley Cyrus showed off fashionable looks at the Chanel and Charles Finch pre-Oscar awards dinner at the Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills.

Lady Gaga wore Joico’s Defy Damage Protective Shield in her hair at Oscars 2019 in L.A.

Ross Butler and Kat McNamara enjoyed a night out at the newly opened Parisian nightclub Raspoutine in West Hollywood.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez enjoyed a post-Oscars dinner at Margot rooftop in Culver City, California.

— Director David O. Russell and philanthropists Christine and Dr. Gabriel Chiu celebrated the work of Spike Lee at a special Oscars week luncheon for Ghetto Film School in L.A.

Anthony Anderson attended the 9th annual Guild of Music Supervisors Awards in Downtown L.A.

Dash Doll star Stephanie De Souza received micro liposuction from elite Beverly Hills facial plastic surgeon Ben Talei at his Beverly Hills Center.

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— Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee celebrated his 31st birthday at Lucky Strike L.A.

Gemma Chan enjoyed a specialty Jane Walker by Johnnie Walker cocktail at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in L.A.

Elsa Hosk was announced as the face of Reformation’s new linen collection.

Bradley Cooper’s groomer, Natalia Bruschi, used Jillian Dempsey’s Gold Sculpting Bar on his face before the Oscars to revive tired, puffy skin.

— iHeartMedia announced that the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards will feature performances by Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande, Halsey, Garth Brooks, John Legend, and Kacey Musgraves, and that Taylor Swift will receive the iHeartRadio Tour of the Year award for her Reputation Stadium Tour.

— Mötley Crüe released a new single titled “The Dirt (Est. 1981)” with Machine Gun Kelly ahead of the soundtrack to their long-anticipated Netflix film, The Dirt, based on the best-selling autobiography by the band and Neil Strauss, which is available on March 22 worldwide.

Glenn Close celebrated Oscar eve at the SONY PICTURE CLASSICS annual nominees dinner at STK LA with Maestro Dobel Tequila.

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Rami Malek enjoyed custom bottles of Rare Le Secret in honor of his best actor Oscar win courtesy of Piper-Heidsieck.

Diplo, The Fat Jew and Emily Ratajkowski beat the cold and partied at the beach-themed PINK PARTY III at Villain in Brooklyn presented by BABE + tarte.

Gigi Hadid rocked Falconeri’s ultrasoft cream sweater at the Malpensa Airport coming from Milan Fashion Week.

Irina Shayk shopped at the Falconeri boutique in Via Montenapoleone, Milan.

Divorce Court star Nick Barrotta shared a laugh with Tyler Perry while attending the A Madea Family Funeral premiere at the School of Visual Arts Theatre.

Kris Jenner pampered Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian this past Valentine’s Day and gifted them each a TruMedic Foot Massager.



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The Notorious R.B.G.: How Ruth Bader Ginsburg became an unlikely pop culture icon

R.I.P. to the Notorious R.B.G. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is perhaps the best-known Supreme Court Justice in American history, an unlikely celebrity in a country where most people can’t name a single member of the nation’s highest court. Her death on Friday provoked a massive outpouring of grief, a show of mourning on a scale rarely…

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R.I.P. to the Notorious R.B.G. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is perhaps the best-known Supreme Court Justice in American history, an unlikely celebrity in a country where most people can’t name a single member of the nation’s highest court. Her death on Friday provoked a massive outpouring of grief, a show of mourning on a scale rarely if ever seen in response to a justice’s passing. But more than that, Ginsburg held — and continues to hold — a space in pop culture completely unique to her, a fixture of memes, merchandise, and the cultural lexicon in a manner truly unprecedented for an American jurist. How, exactly, did that happen?

As only the second woman ever appointed to the Supreme Court (after Justice Sandra Day O’Connor), Ginsburg held a place as a feminist symbol bolstered by her lifelong advocacy for women’s rights. Yet her pop-cultural stardom wasn’t cemented until two decades into her tenure on the Court, with a series of strongly worded, tightly composed dissenting opinions. Many observers cite O’Connor’s 2006 retirement, which left Ginsburg the only woman on the Court, as a key turning point in her judicial career. The next year, she read two stinging dissents aloud from the bench, then a rare move to signal intense disagreement with the Court’s decision. The New York Times noted that the term would “be remembered as the time when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg found her voice, and used it.”

In 2013, after another round of furious dissents — particularly in the landmark Shelby County v. Holder case, which gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act — NYU law student Shana Knizhnik launched the Notorious R.B.G. Tumblr, riffing on the moniker of iconic rapper The Notorious B.I.G., who, like Ginsburg, was a native of Brooklyn. The internet, as it’s wont to do, ran with it. A proliferation of memes and merchandise quickly ensued, with another dissenting opinion from Ginsburg, in the 2014 Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case, boosting the viral sensation.

“The name is obviously a reference to Notorious B.I.G., who is this large, imposing rapper, a really powerful figure; and Ruth Bader Ginsburg is this 90-pound Jewish grandmother,” Knizhnik told The New Republic that year. “The juxtaposition of the two made it humorous, but is also a celebration of how powerful she really is.”
The viral phenomenon became a full-blown cultural phenomenon over the next several years. Kate McKinnon debuted her impression of Ginsburg on Saturday Night Live in 2015, playing the justice as a foulmouthed rabble-rouser fond of lobbing “Gins-burns” at opponents. A documentary about Ginsburg (titled simply RBG) was released in 2018, along with a biopic, On the Basis of Sex, starring Felicity Jones as a young Ginsburg embarking on her legal career. Movies ranging from Deadpool 2 to Booksmart to The Lego Movie 2 gave her shout-outs.

But Ginsburg’s iconic status was truly galvanized by Donald Trump’s election in 2016. As the oldest justice on the bench and the de facto leader of the Court’s left-leaning faction, Ginsburg became a champion for liberals who dreaded Trump’s potential to shape the future of the Court. She was no longer merely a judicial hero; she was a symbolic barrier against a decades-long conservative Supreme Court majority. Her workout routine to stay fit and healthy soon became another part of the R.B.G. mythos.

For her part, Ginsburg — typically soft-spoken and reserved in public, despite her fiery dissents — usually spoke of her newfound status with demure amusement. “I haven’t seen anything that isn’t either pleasing or funny on the website,” she told Katie Couric of the “Notorious” Tumblr in 2014. “I think she has created a wonderful thing with Notorious R.B.G. I will admit I had to be told by my law clerks, what’s this Notorious, and they explained that to me, but the website is something I enjoy, all of my family do.” The same year, the justice said she had “quite a large supply” of “Notorious R.B.G.” T-shirts, and that she gave them out as gifts.

Of course, Ginsburg’s foremost concerns were always the law, human rights, and movement for change. Speaking at the Sundance premiere of RBG in 2018, the justice said, “I’d like to see this Court do the job that it has been doing for now well over 200 years, to do it in a way that’s faithful to the Constitution that I believe was made to govern us through the ages, for one generation to the next. I have said many times that our Constitution starts with the words, ‘We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union.’ I hope I can continue to be part of making that more perfect union.”

She also expressed her hope that more women would follow the path she blazed. “The more women who are out there doing things, the better off all of us will be for it,” she said. “That’s something that my dear colleague Sandra Day O’Connor often said: the more women who are out there doing things, the more young women will have the courage to go on. And I am heartened by the number of women who will be in races for our Congress and governorships and state legislative positions. It was a favorite expression of Martin Luther King, Jr.: ‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.’”

That’s the true legacy of the Notorious R.B.G.: Doing her utmost to bend that arc toward justice, and inspiring others — through memes, dissents, or otherwise — to do the same.
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice and champion for gender equality, dies at 87

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court and longtime legal champion of gender equality, has died. She was 87. The Supreme Court of the United States announced Ginsburg’s death in a statement on Friday: “Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died this evening surrounded by her family at her home in…

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court and longtime legal champion of gender equality, has died. She was 87.
The Supreme Court of the United States announced Ginsburg’s death in a statement on Friday: “Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died this evening surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, D.C., due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer.”

Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993.
“Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature,” said Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. in the statement. “We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”

According to NPR, Ginsburg told her granddaughter Clara Spera days before her death, “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
Ginsburg was still serving on the court despite a recent announcement that her cancer had returned and she was receiving chemotherapy. She had battled cancer previously, including a 1999 surgery for colorectal cancer and 2009 treatments for pancreatic cancer.

Ginsburg was a feminist icon, a lifelong advocate for women’s rights. As a lawyer, Ginsburg helped lead the charge for gender equity, fighting to overturn laws that permitted women to be treated differently from men and barred them from holding certain jobs. She was central in launching the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union and served as the ACLU’s general counsel from 1973 to 1980.

That carried over into her rulings as a judge, most notably a 1996 Supreme Court ruling where she wrote the court’s 7-to-1 opinion declaring that the Virginia Military Institute could not remain an all-male institution.
In her later years, Ginsburg became a pop culture phenomenon, an icon dubbed the Notorious RBG. Her feisty personality inspired everything from memes to Kate McKinnon’s portrayal of the justice on Saturday Night Live. Ginsburg was also portrayed on screen by Felicity Jones in Mimi Leder’s On the Basis of Sex in 2018, a film focused on Ginsburg’s early life and career.

In 2016, she authored In My Own Words, a compilation of her speeches and writing. Ginsburg was also the subject of an Oscar-nominated 2018 documentary, RBG, chronicling decades of her career.
“The more women who are out there doing things, the better off all of us will be for it,” Ginsburg said at the film’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. “That’s something that my dear colleague Sandra Day O’Connor often said: The more women who are out there doing things, the more young women will have the courage to go on. And I am heartened by the number of women who will be in races for our Congress and governorships and state legislative positions. It was a favorite expression of Martin Luther King Jr.: ‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.'”

Justice Ginsburg was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on March 15, 1933. She met her husband, Martin D. Ginsburg, while pursuing her bachelor’s degree at Cornell University. Later, the two started classes at Harvard Law School. She was one of only nine women in a class of approximately 500 men.
Ginsburg not only looked after their first child, Jane, who was born in 1955, while tending to her studies, but attended class and took notes for both her and her husband when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. She was named to the Harvard Law Review, but when her husband moved to New York for work, she transferred to Columbia for her final year of law school.

She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edmund L. Palmieri, Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York from 1959 to 1961. From 1961 to 1963, she was a research associate and then associate director of the Columbia Law School Project on International Procedure.
Unable to find higher-level work at a law firm because of her sex, Ginsburg became a law professor at Rutgers University from 1963 to 1972. She transferred to Columbia Law School in 1972, becoming the first woman to receive tenure and co-founding the first law journal in the United States devoted to issues of gender equality, The Women’s Rights Law Reporter.

Her first cases before the United States Supreme Court came during her tenure at the ACLU where sex discrimination complaints were referred to her. As depicted in On the Basis of Sex, one of Ginsburg’s most prominent early cases was Moritz v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, wherein she successfully argued a man was denied a tax deduction for caring for a disabled relative because of his gender.

She was sworn into the Supreme Court on Aug. 10, 1993, the second female justice after Sandra Day O’Connor. From 2006 to 2009, following O’Connor’s retirement, she was the only female justice on the Supreme Court.
In addition to the numerous cases she argued for, Ginsburg’s dissents were equally noteworthy. She dissented in 2000 in the case of Bush v. Gore, deciding the presidential election; in 2007’s Gonzales v. Carhart, which upheld a Partial-Birth Abortion Act of 2002; and blasted the court’s 2013 majority decision to gut the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder.

“I’d like to see this Court do the job that it has been doing for now well over 200 years, to do it in a way that’s faithful to the Constitution that I believe was made to govern us through the ages, for one generation to the next,” she said at Sundance in 2018. “So the idea of a Constitution that is still being perfected, that is ever more inclusive… It is a tremendous honor that I have this job, and a huge responsibility.”

Ginsburg is survived by her daughter, Jane, and son, James.
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