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“I think everyone is like a multihyphenate or has the potential to be”

We live in an era where artists don't have to be defined by just one thing. There are so many women, like FKA twigsTinashe, and Parri$, who are redefining what's standard, breaking away from traditional routes, and proving that they have so much more to offer than just what's expected. Another person to add to this power list is Sosupersam

Born Samantha Duenas, Sosupersam has probably crossed your path already. Long before she emerged on the scene as a DJ, she had a prosperous career as a dancer. This passion can be traced back to Duenas' childhood in California, starting at the age of three. "I did everything from hip-hop and jazz to hula and Filipino folk dance; anything that I could do to dance, I would do it," she says.

By the time Duenas reached high school, she was also involved in musical theatre, choir, and sports. Eventually, Duenas realized that she couldn't necessarily do them all, so she decided to stick with performing arts. Even though dance continued to be the main focal point in Duenas' life, she didn't initially view it as her main priority in terms of a career. When Duenas studied undergrad at the University of California, San Diego, she participated in competitive dance and was a member of various hip-hop dance troops, though her major was in economics. 

"When it came time to graduate and start applying for jobs, I was at a crossroads because I was majoring in economics and I had my internship at Morgan Stanley. All my friends at school were applying to Google and Yahoo!, but I was just like, 'I don’t think is going to be my life yet,'" she says.

This is when Duenas started concocting her bucket list. First, she wanted to be in a music video, which meant that she had to hire an agent. As fate would have it, one of her first auditions was for Vanessa Hudgens' debut solo album right after the global phenomenon that was High School Musical. "All the Disney stars were trying to cash out and like start solo singing careers, so I booked Vanessa so fast," she says. "Because she had so much momentum behind her, I just ended up working for her for about a year."

Duenas became a part of Hudgens' entire press circuit, which lead to her working on other projects on the network like Hannah Montana and Cheetah Girls. While it was an exhilarating experience, unsurprisingly, Duenas started to feel burnt out from all the touring. Since she had a college degree, she used that to navigate into corporate settings in advertising and public relations. During this break, Duenas was the lead singer in a band and developed an interest in DJing. She used her connections in the fashion PR world to land gigs at streetwear parties and store openings. From there, she built a Blogspot to share some of her fashion musings, mixtapes, and more.

Duenas' career as a DJ really kicked off when she randomly connected with Donald Glover—before he was Childish Gambino. By chance, the two interacted on Twitter one night during one of her gigs. After she sent him her mixtape, Glover invited her to spin at his house parties. After she made the move from Los Angeles to New York, he asked her to go on the road with him. The rest is pretty much history.

"When he had his first concert as Childish Gambino, I was on hand there and that sort of led into touring with him," she said. "Eventually, he’s the one that kind of pushed me to DJ full-time and leave my nine-to-five job."

Duenas has been DJing full-time since 2012 and hasn't looked back. Everything has only continued to build from there. Duenas' inherent understanding of music as a dancer has been a huge advantage for setting the right vibe for a crowd. Combine that with her knowledge of the inner workings of the business, and she's virtually unstoppable. 

The next step for DJs is learning how to produce, but Duenas never had any interest in it. There was no fighting it, the passion for beat-making just wasn't in her. "My peers are people who live, breath, eat, shit, and sleep making beats," she says. "They stay in the studio for 36 hours at a time, and they’re just obsessed with it. Those are true beat-makers and producers, and I never saw that in myself."

Instead, Duenas wondered how she could steer singing and dancing back into her lane. It profoundly bothered her that she hadn't sung since she quit her band, and she started to explore the underlying confidence issues that prevented her from pursuing one of her many passions.

"The last two years has been that struggle or journey. In the last year, I found a writing partner who was so encouraging and believes in me more than I believe in myself; we just wrote so much. That’s what [the EP] is—me kind of shedding that layer of doubt and putting myself out there in a new way," she says. "It’s showing this side that I have had hidden for so long."

Last week, Sosupersam's debut GARDEN EP finally droppedThe name comes from something that a friend of hers used to describe all of Duenas' creative endeavors. 

"It’s mind-blowing the way life can really take its course. Especially nowadays, I think everyone is like a multihyphenate or has the potential to be," said Duenas. She concludes:

It’s really interesting to see what kinds of combinations of skills and gifts and things that you share with the world that you can do now versus maybe 20 years ago where everyone had to live in their own little box. You could only be a singer or you could only be a writer—you could only be one thing at a time. This is a great time to be able to do everything you want and kind of figure it out.

We also see Margot Robbie take on Sharon Tate

The new trailer for Quentin Tarantino's upcoming movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood gives a look at the Manson Family. In the previous clip, we saw Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio at their funniest. Now, we get to see Margot Robbie take on actress Sharon Tate, Lena Dunham become a cult member, and how the fictional and real-life story lines will intersect in the film.

Per a press release, the film—that follows a fictional story set around the time of the real-life Manson murders—"visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore."

In this clip, after being introduced to Dalton and Booth, viewers get to see how the latter ends up mingling with the Manson Family. As Booth picks up a girl (Margaret Qualley) on the side of the road, he unknowingly welcomes a Manson family member into his life and begins to visit their ranch. The fiction and real-life stories intersect when we find out that Dalton lives next store to Tate, who was murdered by the members of Charles Manson's cult in 1969.

Watch the new trailer for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood ahead of its July 26 theatrical release, below.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD - Official Trailer (HD) www.youtube.com

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This photo proves that they are the chillest onscreen family

Sophie Turner just posted a photo of herself, Maisie Williams, and Isaac Hempstead Wright—aka the Stark siblings—to her Instagram, showing just what the three used to get up to when the Game of Thrones cameras weren't rolling.

The photo shows Wright looking quite pleased with himself while sitting on a makeshift throne, wearing no pants. As he should be, seeing as (spoiler) his character, Bran, won the Iron Throne this weekend. Williams, meanwhile, is looking way too cool to be involved in the shenanigans, wearing a pair of black sunglasses and staring absently off-camera. As for Turner, she's looking away from her onscreen brother, too, nervously smoking a Juul.

"The pack survived," Turner captioned the photo.

This photo just goes to prove that the Stark siblings are the chillest onscreen family. (It also proves, yet again, that Turner's social media is an absolute delight.)

We're actually a little sad that this footage didn't make it into the final season, considering how many modern-day objects have been spotted in the show's last few episodes.

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Meet Ashley

Miley Cyrus shared the trailer for her forthcoming Black Mirror episode, and it's basically Hannah Montana set in a dystopian future. Cyrus is a pink wig-wearing pop star named Ashley who is rolling out an in-home virtual assistant, named Ashley Too, that looks like her and shares her voice. But, as is the case with every Black Mirror episode, this technology is not as cute and fun as it's advertised to be.

In the trailer, we get the idea that Ashley is all about wanting fans to "believe" in themselves—but underneath that pink wig, maybe she doesn't feel that same self-love. After Ashley Too introduces herself to fan and new owner Rachel, promising to be her friend, we get a look at Ashley's darker side. She's depressed and tired of the pop star life. A record label executive says to several people in the room, "She doesn't understand how fragile all this is." As they consider upping her dose of medication, Ashley's life is on a downward slope. "It's getting so hard to keep doing this," she voices over glimpses of a police car chase, performances, and breakdowns backstage.

But back to the technology: Does Ashley's breakdown also mean the breakdown of Ashley Too? Looks like it. We see Rachel's virtual assistant screaming, "Get that cable out of my ass! Holy shit! Pull it out," breathing a sigh of relief as soon as they pull it out. A title card then reveals the episode name, "Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too."

Watch the full trailer and get a full view of Cyrus' cyborg-esque pop star look, below. Black Mirror returns to Netflix on June 5.


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Several actresses allegedly had "issues" with him

Lena Waithe's Showtime series, The Chi, just lost one of its main characters. Jason Mitchell, who was also set to appear in the Netflix film Desperados, has been dropped from both projects following multiple allegations of misconduct. He has also been dropped by his agent and manager.

Hollywood Reporter heard from a source "with knowledge" of The Chi, who says that Tiffany Boone, the actress who plays Mitchell's girlfriend on the show, is just one of several actresses who had "issues" with him. She eventually told producers at Fox21 that she could no longer work with him after filing several sexual harassment complaints. Apparently, her fiancé, Dear White People co-star Marque Richardson, would join her on set when she would shoot with Mitchell.

While news of Mitchell's alleged misconduct is just now beginning to surface, it looks like the ball started rolling on the fallout weeks ago. He was dropped from Desperados and replaced by Lamorne Morris before filming began. A source from the production team said that the producers received "specific information" that they reviewed and acted on quickly. Similarly, a source familiar with Mitchell's former agent, UTA, said the decision to drop him a few weeks ago was very quick following the allegations.

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Prior to the college admissions scandal, she said she doesn't "care about school"

Apparently, Olivia Jade wants to go back to school despite all those YouTube videos that suggested otherwise. Back in March, it was revealed that her mom, Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin, and dad, Mossimo Giannulli, had scammed Jade's way into the University of Southern California. Now, Loughlin faces jail time, and Jade lost out on plenty of lucrative ad partnerships.

According to Us Weekly, "Olivia Jade wants to go back to USC," per a source. "She didn't get officially kicked out and she is begging the school to let her back in." Another source though ousted Jade's real motivation to the publication. "She knows they won't let her in, so she's hoping this info gets out," they shared. "She wants to come out looking like she's changed, learned life lessons and is growing as a person, so she for sure wants people to think she is interested in her education."

Jade previously shared in a YouTube video she's in college for the "experience of like game days, partying" rather than the education. She also said, "I don't know how much of school I'm going to attend... I don't really care about school, as you guys all know." Though these statements were made prior to the scandal coming to light, her brand partnerships didn't come into question until her parents were indicted.

Right now, despite previous reports that Jade and her sister would both be dropping out of USC, Jade's enrollment has been placed on hold—meaning she cannot register for classes, or even withdraw from the school—until her parents' court case comes to a close. Then, the school will make its own decision as to how Jade will be affected. I think, either way, she should have to pay off a few of her classmates' loans for all the BS she pulled.

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