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Danielle Herrington: Who is the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Girl?

Danielle Herrington has reached what many consider to be the pinnacle of the modeling business:

She has been named the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover girl.

And it’s pretty easy to see why…

Herrington is only the third African-American woman to grace the front of the legendary issue, something she touched on in a statement released shortly after the above photo went public.

“Two of my role models are Tyra Banks and Beyonce, so the fact that I get to join this incredible group of women as I become the third black model on the cover of SI Swimsuit is a dream come true,” Herrington says, adding:

“I am so excited to be part of this iconic brand that has long given identity and voice to women of all shapes, colors and beliefs.

“I hope that young girls who look at this cover are inspired to dream as big as I did and work hard to attain all their goals.”

Harrington posed for this issue for the very first time just a year ago.

She went from being a 2017 rookie to the star of the 2018 edition.

And she said previously that this was the path she always dreamed about, she just didn’t know if it was realistic.

In a 2017 interview with Fox News, Herrington talked about how she aspired to be just like Banks, who appears on probably the most iconic cover in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit history.

“I just remember Tyra Banks being on the cover and that’s where it all started for me,” Danielle said.

“That’s what really made me pursue modeling. SI was a goal from that point, from seeing Tyra on the cover. It was love at first sight… everything happened naturally.”

What else is worth noting about Danielle Herrington?

She’s 24 years old.

She grew up in Compton, California.

She majored in Psychology and would have been a child psychiatrist if she had not become a model.

Sports Illustrated is the first magazine she has EVER posed for.

“I am beyond speechless,” she wrote on Instagram after this cover was revealed.

She added:

“I dedicate this to all the young girls out there. Work hard, surround yourself with good people who believe in you and YOUR DREAMS WILL COME TRUE.”

For this cover shot, Herrington was shot by photographer Ben Watts in Harbour Island, Bahamas.

“Last year, Danielle was a rookie, and yet already an exemplary model,” said SI Swimsuit Editor MJ Day, gushing in more detail:

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“She’s an extra hard worker and a natural brand ambassador. All those things separately don’t guarantee a cover, though. Danielle was a shy girl, who went from taking her first photos last year to showing up this year a completely different person.

“All the good things about her seemed to be magnified.

“She owned every single second of her shoot. She had an enthusiasm and effervescence about her – I felt like I was meeting her for the first time.

“Last year she showed up never expecting to be there; this year she showed up completely claiming her place and status as a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model.”

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2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony Features U.S. Walking Out to ‘Gangnam Style’

The 2018 Winter Olympics officially kicked off while everyone on this side of Earth was asleep … and while ya snoozed ya also lost out on Team USA walking out to “GANGNAM STYLE”!!! The U.S. of A was led by flag bearer and luger Erin Hamlin at the…

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90 Day Fiance Spoilers: Who’s Returning in 2018?

It’s a brand new year, and that means brand new seasons of 90 Day Fiance and its various spin-offs.

But which couples will be returning to film? Which fan-favorite couples will be saying farewell to the cameras — or each other — in 2018?

To our delight, TLC has announced that they’re bringing back not only 90 Day Fiance, but all three spin-off series.

That means that viewers will be getting:

90 Day Fiance

90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After?

90 Day Fiance: What Now?

90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days

It’s a coup for fans of the franchise. It also means that some folks’ DVRs are going to be overflowing. That’s life.

But … which couples will be returning?

Let’s start with a couple that seems very, very unlikely to reprise their roles on 90 Day Fiance.

Luis and Molly.

Luis is Dominican, Molly is from the US. Molly is a bit older and Luis and has a spotty driving record, and was nervous to see how the much-younger Luis would do as a potential stepfather for her daughters.

They did get married. However … we don’t even need to wait for cameras to know if they lived happily ever after.

Right at the beginning of the year, they broke up. Molly is divorcing him, and Luis has threatened to sue TLC after claiming that they refuse to pay “trash” immigrants (how he believes that the network views non-Americans).

Paul and Karine are a couple that has the interest of a lot of viewers.

Karine is younger, Paul has a shady past (he’s violated a protective order and been convicted of arson; he’ll be on probation until 2020).

Also, there was that time that Paul put a protective “sheath” on his penis that totally wasn’t a condom before swimming in the water, because he’s apparently that terrified of a candiru asu lodging itself in his urethra.

Good news for fans who are invested in this awkward couple — Starcasm reports that Paul and Karine will almost certainly appear more.

The only question is which show. Will Karine begin her K-1 visa process at last?

Moving on:

As we previously told you, Josh and Aika got married.

It looks like these two didn’t hook the right interest level for 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After? Not everyone does, and that’s okay.

Josh shared some pretty clear evidence that he and Aika are filming for 90 Day Fiance: What Now?

Nicole and Azan seemed on the rocks as Azan ghosted Nicole during the Tell All special.

Things seem to be okay-ish between Nicole and Azan, but the two aren’t yet married.

Will they do yet another trip to Morocco? As Starcasm has observed, that would only be worthwhile if it’s for a Moroccan wedding.

Nicole does seem to be filming more, but we don’t know the details behind that.

Now, for another couple:

Starcasm‘s sources say that Cortney and Antonio have continued to film.

That’s a little surprising, since the tension between the two of them has not been the most positive.

Remember when Cortney arrived in Spain and promptly followed Antonio to … sit separately from him from a couple of hours while he ogled attractive women? Yeah. That sort of set the tone for their relationship.

So it may bet hat Cortney and Antonio are filming separately.

Jesse and Darcey are one of 90 Day Fiance‘s most captivating couples, and they’re yet another pairing of an older American woman with a young, ludicrously handsome foreign man.

(Let’s just say that this dynamic really appeals to part of 90 Day Fiance‘s demographic)

Now, Jesse and Darcey are not married just yet. But thanks to their appeal as a couple and their dramatic squabbles on social media, they’re a powerful draw for audiences.

They seem to still be filming, but it’s not clear for which series.

Then there’s Elizabeth and Andrei.

You might remember Andrei as the somewhat scary alpha male dude with “traditional” views on “a woman’s place.”

Elizabeth Potthast posted a now-deleted photo of a cameraman, so it seems that these two are filming.

This past season’s primary villain was Evelyn, no question. She managed to get under everyone’s skin in the worst way.

Except for David, we suppose. But since David and Evelyn may have started flirting when Evelyn was only 15, he has a lot invested in this creepy relationship.

Evelyn is trying to launch a music career, so her thirst for fame may take priority over the animosity that the audience feels towards her.

Then there’s David and Annie; Starcasm confirms that they will be on 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After?

David’s storyline, involving his son’s shooting accident, will likely have a compelling part to play.

Finally, some oldies but goodies.

Anfisa and Jorge may or may not still be together, but there are indications that the polarizing couple will make a return.

If so, that would explain why Anfisa seems so reluctant to confirm or deny their relationship, and instead teases followers with vague statements.

And while there’s no sign of Mohamed Jbali filming with any camera that he’s not holding in his hand — remember, he’s working in Dallas, Texas these days — apparently Danielle Mullins is filming.

If you’ll recall, Danielle Mullins is not getting a makeover show after she was accused of unstable behavior. 

Whatever alleged personality issues she may have, apparently TLC has no problem continuing to work with her.

It would be a pleasant surprise to see Mohamed, as the two are much more interesting when their storylines align. That may take place in the form of their court battle with each other.

So far, no word on Paola Mayfield and Russ, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed.

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Groundhog Day 2018 Prediction: Shadow! Winter to Continue!

This morning marked that magical moment when Punxsutawney Phil emerges from Gobbler’s Knob to deliver good news … or bad.

Yes, Groundhog Day 2018 is upon us, and the forecast – from the Weather Capitol of the World, a.k.a. Punxsutawney, Pa. – is here.

Will we have to endure six more weeks of snow, wind, ice and other winter “fun” or will is early spring reprieve just around the bend?

Only Punxsy Phil and his shadow can say with certainty. And he has done so, just moments ago in the heart of Western Pennsylvania.

Laying the weather smack down on us all as he’s done for the last 120 years, the legendary rodent’s verdict is official:

SHADOW! Winter will continue for a month and a half!

Punxsy Phil, who emerged from his burrow moments ago to find the chilly conditions just bright enough to see his shadow, has spoken.

According to folklore, this is everything we need to know.

The appearance of Phil’s shadow, now sighted a whopping 103 times since 1887, means winter will carry on as per usual in North America.

When Phil does not peep that s–t, spring comes early.

Such was not the case today, as the prognosticator “told” this to the president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Bill Deeley, at 7:22 a.m.

As to whether scientists agree? History, and sophisticated National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration models, aren’t certain.

Happy Groundhog Day!

The accuracy of the venerable, meteorologically inclined rodent’s decree is secondary, of course, to the meaning of Groundhog Day.

Which is … we have no f–king clue TBH.

It’s basically just a fun, pointless reason to get out there one winter day and appreciate the power, mystery and majesty of nature.

Or just Bill Murray Groundhog Day quotes.

How can you not? Also, fun fact for y’all: 2/2 marks the exact mid-point of winter, between the winter solstice and spring equinox.

Basically, either way, spring will get here eventually. February is a short month and the days are already getting longer, so there’s that.

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All hope is not lost, America. Not forever.

We know that the prospect of a long winter isn’t much to get excited about, but the spirit of this country is not one to give up.

Hang in there, America. Hang in there.

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Counting On 2018 Preview: What Can We Expect From the Duggars This Year?

As always, the rumors and speculation surrounding the Duggars in the lead-up to the return of Counting On are off the proverbial chain.

Will Josiah's second try at courtship last? Will Jessa and Ben adopt or get pregnant? Will Josh (or Jill) ever be seen on camera again?

Will Joy-Anna finally put the shotgun wedding rumors to rest by virtue of having her baby nine months or more after she tied the knot?

These questions and more will be answered in the upcoming season of Counting On, starting Monday, February 26 on the TLC network.

Here's a look at some storylines we expect to see on the always-controversial reality hit, along with some we certainly hope to.

1. Center of Attention

Counting on photo
The network’s first promotional image for the new season speaks volumes in terms of who’s featured and who’s absent. Derick Dillard is persona non grata, and it looks like wife Jill will be MIA with him. With just weeks to go before welcoming her first child, it looks like Joy-Anna will get the bulk of the screen time.

2. Joy’s Bundle of Joy

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Joy is set to give birth any day now. (The Duggars have kept her due date a secret, a move that’s made fans suspect she got pregnant out of wedlock.) While viewers might have to wait until next season to see her child enter the world, the bulk of her pregnancy will likely be featured in the upcoming string of new episodes.

3. Jana Courting

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From Tim Tebow to Lawson Bates and Jonathan Hartono, and from Jacob Wilson to Caleb Williams, eldest daughter Jana has been linked to many available men over the years. Yet none of these courtship rumors have ever come to fruition. Will this be the year for the fair Cinderella Duggar? Or will we be treated to more gripping footage of Jana working in the garden and slaving away taking care of Anna and Josh’s brood?

4. A Bun in Jinger’s Oven

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Joy’s not the only one with a baby on the way! Jinger Duggar is expecting her first child sometime in 2018. The Counting On production schedule usually puts the show 2-3 months behind, so expect to see her share her big news late in the season.

5. Speaking of the Vuolos…

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Of course, fans are already wondering if we’ll be seeing much of Jinger at all this season. She and husband Jeremy Vuolo live in Laredo, Texas, and between his work as a minister and her pregnancy, they may not have the opportunity to travel to Arkansas to spend time with her family very often.

6. A Kid For Kendra

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Joseph Duggar and his wife, Kendra Caldwell, are soon to welcome their first child, as well. In the past, Counting On has struggled to find an entire season’s worth of storylines. We don’t think that will be an issue this time around, especially since…

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Hillary Clinton Trolls Trump, Reads Fire & Fury at 2018 Grammys

In all likelihood, Donald Trump did not watch the 2018 Grammy Awards last night.

After all, the president kicked off Sunday by firing off a combative tweet at Jay Z in response to the rapper's audacious suggestion that the current administration hasn't exactly been a boon to minorities and other groups specifically targeted by Trump.

So unfortunately, the Donald probably missed out on a ceremony that kicked off with a politically-charged performance from Kendrick Lamar and didn't ease up on the timely commentary throughout. 

It's tough to say what he would have thought of the show.

Trump hates being criticized, sure, but not nearly as much as he hates not being the center of attention.

Perhaps that's why for most of the night, the shade was thrown indirectly, with artists making their feelings about the president clear without ever mentioning him by name.

But there was one moment in which the anti-Trump sentiment was made quite clear with the help of some unexpected A-listers and a controversial bestseller.

Fire and Fury is Michael Wolff's scathing tell-all about the Trump White House that basically reads like an in-depth exploration of the reign of Prince Joffrey.

On last night's Grammys, several stars read excerpts from the book, including John Legend, DJ Khaled, Cardi B … and Hillary Clinton.

Yes, Trump's biggest political rival dropped a savage burn in the pre-recorded segment, reading from a portion in which Wolff reveals that the president eats McDonald's because he fears being poisoned.

All over this great nation, the Happy Meal-starved toddlers of America are jotting down a solid new argument to use on mom.

Watch the clip below and stay tuned for news of a Trump coronary event.

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Grammys 2018: Who Took Home the Gold?

The Grammy Awards turned 60 years old on Sunday night.

Hosted by James Corden, the annual ceremony aired live from Los Angeles and, like always, honored the very best in the music business.

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Which male singer dominated the evening?

Who was crowned Best New Artist?

Which winner was the most controversial choice?

Scroll down for a complete look at everyone who took home a trophy at the 2018 Grammy Awards…

Record of the Year: “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

Album of the Year: “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

Song of the Year: “That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Best New Artist: Alessia Cara

Best Pop Solo Performance: “Shape of You” — Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Feel It Still” — Portugal. The Man

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90” — Various Artists; Dae Bennett, producer

Best Pop Vocal Album: “÷” — Ed Sheeran

Best Dance Recording: “Tonite” — LCD Soundsystem

Best Dance/Electronic Album: “3-D The Catalogue” — Kraftwerk

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: “Prototype” — Jeff Lorber Fusion

Best Rock Performance: “You Want It Darker” — Leonard Cohen

Best Metal Performance: “Sultan’s Curse” — Mastodon

Best Rock Song: “Run” — Foo Fighters, songwriters

Best Rock Album: “A Deeper Understanding” — The War on Drugs

Best Alternative Music Album: “Sleep Well Beast” — The National

Best R&B Performance: “That’s What I Like” — Bruno Mars

Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Redbone” — Childish Gambino

Best R&B Song: “That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Best Urban Contemporary Album: “Starboy” — The Weeknd

Best R&B Album: “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

Best Rap Performance: “HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap/Sung Performance: “LOYALTY.” — Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna

Best Rap Song: “HUMBLE.” — K. Duckworth, Asheton Hogan and M. Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)

Best Rap Album: “DAMN.” — Kendrick Lamar

Best Country Solo Performance: “Either Way” — Chris Stapleton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance: “Better Man” — Little Big Town

Best Country Song: “Broken Halos” — Mike Henderson and Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton)

Best Country Album: “From a Room: Volume 1” — Chris Stapleton

Best New Age Album: “Dancing on Water” — Peter Kater

Best Improvised Jazz Solo: “Miles Beyond” — John McLaughlin, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album: “Dreams and Daggers” — Cécile McLorin Salvant

Best Jazz Instrumental Album: “Rebirth” — Billy Childs

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: “Bringin’ It” — Christian McBride Big Band

Best Latin Jazz Album: “Jazz Tango” — Pablo Ziegler Trio

Best Gospel Performance/Song: “Never Have to Be Alone” — CeCe Winans; Dwan Hill & Alvin Love III, songwriters

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: “What a Beautiful Name” — Hillsong Worship; Ben Fielding & Brooke Ligertwood, songwriters

Best Gospel Album: “Let Them Fall in Love” — CeCe Winans

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: “Chain Breaker” — Zach Williams

Best Roots Gospel Album: “Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope” — Reba McEntire

Best Latin Pop Album: “El Dorado” — Shakira

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: “Residente” — Residente

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano): “Arriero Somos Versiones Acústicas” — Aida Cuevas

Best Tropical Latin Album: “Salsa Big Band” — Rubén Blades con Roberto Delgado y Orquesta

Best American Roots Performance: “Killer Diller Blues” — Alabama Shakes

Best American Roots Song: “If We Were Vampires” — Jason Isbell, songwriter (Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit)

Best Americana Album: “The Nashville Sound” — Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Best Bluegrass Album: tie, “Laws of Gravity” — The Infamous Stringdusters and “All the Rage — In Concert Volume One” — Rhonda Vincent and the Rage

Best Traditional Blues Album: “Blue & Lonesome” — The Rolling Stones

Best Contemporary Blues Album: “TajMo” — Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’

Best Folk Album: “Mental Illness” — Aimee Mann

Best Regional Roots Music Album: “Kalenda” — Lost Bayou Ramblers

Best Reggae Album: “Stony Hill” — Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley

Best World Music Album: “Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration” — Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Best Children’s Album: “Feel What U Feel” — Lisa Loeb

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books and Storytelling): “The Princess Diarist” — Carrie Fisher

Best Comedy Album: “The Age of Spin/Deep in the Heart of Texas” — Dave Chappelle

Best Musical Theater Album: “Dear Evan Hansen” — Ben Platt, principal soloist; Alex Lacamoire, Stacey Mindich, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, producers; Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, composers/lyricists (original Broadway cast recording)

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: “La La Land” — Various Artists

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: “La La Land” — Justin Hurwitz, composer

Best Song Written for Visual Media: “How Far I’ll Go” — Lin-Manuel Miranda, songwriter (Auli’i Cravalho)

Best Instrumental Composition: “Three Revolutions” — Arturo O’Farrill, composer (Arturo O’Farrill and Chucho Valdés)

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella: “Escapades for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra From ‘Catch Me If You Can’” — John Williams, arranger (John Williams)

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals: “Putin” — Randy Newman, arranger (Randy Newman)

Best Recording Package: tie, “Pure Comedy (Deluxe Edition)” — Sasha Barr, Ed Steed and Josh Tillman, art directors (Father John Misty) and “El Orisha de la Rosa” — Claudio Roncoli and Cactus Taller, art directors (Magín Díaz)

Best Boxed or Special Limited-Edition Package: “The Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition” — Lawrence Azerrad, Timothy Daly and David Pescovitz, art directors (Various Artists)

Best Album Notes: “Live at the Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings” — Lynell George, writer (Otis Redding)

Best Historical Album: “Leonard Bernstein — The Composer” — Robert Russ, compilation producer; Martin Kistner and Andreas K. Meyer, mastering engineers (Leonard Bernstein)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: “24K Magic” — Serban Ghenea, John Hanes and Charles Moniz, engineers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer (Bruno Mars)

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Greg Kurstin

Best Remixed Recording: “You Move (Latroit Remix)” — Dennis White, remixer (Depeche Mode)

Best Surround Sound Album: “Early Americans” — Jim Anderson, surround mix engineer; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer; Jim Anderson and Jane Ira Bloom, surround producers (Jane Ira Bloom)

Best Engineered Album, Classical: “Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Barber: Adagio” — Mark Donahue, engineer (Manfred Honeck and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)

Producer of the Year, Classical: David Frost

Best Orchestral Performance: “Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Barber: Adagio” — Manfred Honeck, conductor (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)

Best Opera Recording: “Berg: Wozzeck” — Hans Graf, conductor; Anne Schwanewilms and Roman Trekel; Hans Graf and Brad Sayles, producers (Houston Symphony; Chorus of Students and Alumni, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University and Houston Grand Opera Children’s Chorus)

Best Choral Performance: “Bryars: The Fifth Century” — Donald Nally, conductor (PRISM Quartet and The Crossing)

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: “Death & the Maiden” — Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Best Classical Instrumental Solo: “Transcendental” — Daniil Trifonov

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: “Crazy Girl Crazy” — Barbara Hannigan (Ludwig Orchestra)

Best Classical Compendium: “Higdon: All Things Majestic, Viola Concerto & Oboe Concerto” — Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer

Best Contemporary Classical Composition: “Viola Concerto” — Jennifer Higdon, composer (Roberto Díaz, Giancarlo Guerrero and Nashville Symphony)

Best Music Video: “HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar

Best Music Film: “The Defiant Ones” — Various Artists

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