Last night, Patriots fans across the country rejoiced after they won the Super Bowl, defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 after a riveting game.
As much as I enioyed watching the two teams battle it out on the turf, it was great to see John Legend, Idina Menzel and Katy Perry provide more musical forms of entertainment. Legend and Menzel each opened up the game with patriotic ballads “America the Beautiful” and “The Star Spangled Banner,” respectively.
However, Katy Perry wowed viewers with her set, emerging on the field wearing a flame-detailed dress and riding a giant robotic tiger while singing “Roar.” Amidst costume and set changes, Perry also performed “Dark Horse,” then “I Kissed A Girl” accompanied by Lenny Kravitz, followed by “Teenage Dream” and “California Girls.” Rapper Missy Elliot also made a surprise appearance and performed her song “Get Ur Freak On,” followed by Perry’s closing song “Firework.”
Moving on from sports-central, family-centered and emotionally hard-hitting television drama Parenthood bid farewell to the airwaves this past week with its final episode after six impactful seasons, and I’m not the only one who is already missing the Braverman clan. The series ended with the wedding of one of the main characters and several flash forwards that show everyone living happily ever after—as much as they can. Although there won’t be any more episodes of the series, you can still binge watch the show’s previous episodes on Netflix.
On Saturday, Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late Whitney Houston, was found unconscious in the bathtub of her Georgia residence. Brown was rushed to the hospital where she has since stayed, allegedly in a medically-induced coma. Her father, Bobby Brown, has asked for privacy, and Bobbi herself has always been relatively open with her personal issues.
In other news, singer Justin Timberlake announced his wife Jessica Biel’s pregnancy by posting a photo on social media of him kissing her very pregnant belly. Here’s to the 90s-tastic *NSYNC and 7th Heaven baby shower. Biel had been put on pregnancy watch earlier this year by various style magazines, but this is the couple’s first public confirmation of their new arrival.
Singer-dancer Shakira gave birth to a baby boy on Friday. The baby is her second child with soccer player boyfriend Gerard Piqué.
In lieu of a traditional baby shower, Shakira, who is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, hosted an online virtual baby shower where “attendants” could donate gifts to underprivileged babies around the world. The virtual shower is almost like an educational video game, giving viewers the opportunity to learn more about childrens’ survival issues and then donate critical supplies, such as mosquito nets, medications or immunizations.
In a win for Barbie-haters everywhere, the doll brand Bratz has received a historic makeover. A woman named Sonia Singh buys old Bratz dolls and then gives them a makeunder—removing makeup enhancements on the dolls. Sonia Singh’s creations have gone viral across social media and support for her work is not surprising. Bratz, which is marketed to young girls, is often criticized for their dolls’ heavy makeup and revealing clothing, and Singh’s dolls add to an existing debate.