Bad News, Rom-Coms May Be Dangerous For You

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Oh, dear. Oh, dear, dear, dear. According to a new study, all those guilty-pleasure rom-com movies you like to pair with popcorn and umpteen glasses of red wine may be making your life a bit creepier, if not actually subjecting you to direct peril.

“I Did It Because I Never Stopped Loving You,” a study by University of Michigan researchers, suggests that watching, say, Love Actually and other heartstring-pullers may be lowering your defenses against stalking behavior. The theory goes that the more you watch, the more you’re liable to interpret otherwise unacceptable actions by those attracted to you as positive or even heroically romantic.

Researchers had subjects watch a slate of films including There’s Something About Mary and then asked them to answer a series of questions about aggressive male behavior. The findings, again according to the authors, were that women bought into what the researchers called the “Stalker Myth”—the narrative that male attraction can and will conquer all obstacles, including the disinterest of their female object of desire.

One of the authors told the media that such movies, “can encourage women to discount their instincts. This is a problem because research shows that instincts can serve as powerful cues to help keep us safe.” Indeed. Also, they note, “At their core, all these films are trading in the ‘love conquers all’ myth…Even though, of course, it doesn’t. Love is great, but so is respect for other people.”

Interestingly, women proved to be more protective of themselves and on-guard against aggressive behavior after watching movies with somewhat converse messaging such as Sleeping With the Enemy, Enough, and—get ready for it—March of The Penguins

Now, the findings aren’t particularly earth-shattering in retrospect. As well, one should take all such studies with a grain of salt (the factors that could lead to such psychologically-based results are many and complicated). As they say, correlation is not always causation. Nonetheless, it’s an eye opener and really does confirm a lot of our nagging feelings about that scene where Andrew Lincoln confesses his love to Kiera Knightly with cue cards in Love Actually. That was some straight-up creepin' right there.

For more, read the report for yourself right here.

(The Guardian)

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]



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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.