8@8: Your Morning Scoop

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Today is...

National Bouillabaisse Day!

News of the Day:

+ Blood Orange and Nelly Furtado collaborated on a song together! It's called "Hadron Collider" and is currently only available on cassette tapes that were exclusively released at the Blood Orange & Friends shows at the Apollo Theater this weekend. All of the proceeds went toward Opus 118 Harlem School of Music. Special guest performers included Furtado, Solange Knowles, Kindness, Caroline Polachek, Junglepussy, Ratking and Le1f. (Watch a few clips from the show here.)

+ Former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw was found guilty of raping 13 black women while on duty and sentenced to 263 years in prison. He was convicted on 18 of 36 counts of sexual assault.

+ Kerry Washington scored a major beauty deal with OPI as their new creative ambassador. Fingers crossed that more women of color in the entertainment industry will get these opportunities in the new year!

+ Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have pledged to donate 1,000 pairs of shoes to the charity Soles4Souls, which distributes free footwear to deprived regions.

+ Watch MØ perform "New Year's Eve" at the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.

Deal of the Day:

Get 20% off your entire purchase or 30% off when you spend $200+ at Madewell in stores and online with the code SPLURGE! 

Advice of the Day:

"I just aspire to pick people up. That's my ambition."- Sade Adu

GIF of the Day:

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This explains so much

When the second season of Big Little Lies premiered, we all ran into the wall that was Shailene Woodley's character Jane's blunt bangs. Seriously, the look was so controversial that tons of people on Twitter started pointing it out, and wondering who made that character decision. Well, Woodley herself has straightened it out for us.

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Alongside Nicole Kidman, Awkwafina, and more

The Prom is coming to Netflix. The Tony Award-nominated Broadway show is being transformed into a star-studded movie musical by American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy, who already tapped the likes of Meryl Streep and Ariana Grande to star.

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While she wished Tana Mongeau a happy birthday on one account, her other one paints a different picture

If you're in YouTube and influencer culture as deep as the rest of the internet, you already know that Tana Mongeau and Jake Paul got engaged yesterday. How does Mongeau's ex, actress Bella Thorne, feel about the situation? According to her official Instagram account, she's totally supportive of her. But, as is usually the case, her (what I call) Finsta tells the more realistic story.

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"And then she cried the white girl cry"

I'm not sure I'd even call the ongoing spat between Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus a beef. We've seen Minaj in real beef, like her ongoing feud with Cardi B that culminated in some major Fashion Week drama. But even though things aren't that level between Minaj and Cyrus, things are still definitely not okay.

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Amanda Bynes has just graduated with the Class of 2019 from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. Late Monday evening, Bynes shared a photo to Twitter celebrating the achievement, posing alongside a classmate in her cap and gown.

TMZ shared additional selfies with fellow classmates from the graduation ceremony. Sources told TMZ that Bynes seemed "ecstatic," and that she was "getting tons of love from her teachers and peers."

The actress has been enrolled at the school since 2014, though, as Page Six notes, was kicked out for a short period of time toward the beginning of her studies, but returned and completed her program within five years.

In March of this year, Bynes checked into a mental health facility after an alleged relapse, following four years of sobriety. Prior to that, she had returned to the public in late 2018 with an interview with Paper in which she opened up about her experience with depression after the release of She's The Man, as well as her drug use.