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Where In The World Is Princess Nokia?

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She brings us up to speed

It's been two years since the release of Princess Nokia's debut studio album 1992, and although she revived our playlists with emo EP A Girl Cried Red earlier this year, we're still anxiously awaiting whatever tunes come next.

But even if we desperately want to know when we can expect new music, that's not exactly something she can elaborate on. Right now, she's deep in fashion campaigns—most recently, partnering with The North Face—and is about to flex previously untapped talents when she debuts in her first-ever acting role.

Last week, we caught up with the rapper-slash-model-slash-(now) actress to hear everything she has on her radar, and what's bringing her inspiration as 2018 comes to a close. Let Princess Nokia bring you up to speed in the Q&A, below.

Tell me a little about your collaboration with The North Face.
It's been great, I've been sort of modeling for North Face since summer when they asked me to join their New Explorers campaign. I've had this really beautiful array of experiences, not only being a model and a musician that works with a brand, but also being a regular kid that is able to work with a really cool brand that has a lot of cool people that are from different places and represent things outside of, like, high fashion.

You also had the Maison Margiela campaign earlier this fall. What's drawn you to the fashion world as of late?
I started modeling before 1992, and I had already done Calvin Klein and Target and Gap and Diesel, Reebok, so I had been modeling for a little bit. It was just something that I thought, like, I shouldn't limit myself. And also I just felt it's like a double blessing. Like, I'm still modeling, and I model because I am Princess Nokia. Those are just like some of the best paydays you'll ever imagine.

Is there something specific you look for when you're choosing gigs?
No, not at all, because as a model, sometimes for me, without trying to be too choosy, I just show up and I collaborate. They want me to represent the brand because of who I am, and what I represent. But, at the same time, I'm a model, and I fully understand that my role is to model the clothes.

What projects do you have on your radar right now? Do you have a release that you're working on?
I can't say [music-wise, but] I will say that I have a movie coming out. We shot this movie called Angelfish the entire month of October, on location in New York City. It's a love story set in 1993.

Have you been seeking out acting roles or did they kind of come to you?
They scouted me, but I've been going on auditions and wanting to act for some time.

Music-wise, what album do you have on heavy rotation right now?
Sweetener by Ariana Grande. That's kind of bad.

No, it's really great! I was like, "It's kind of bad," because I listen to it all the time. I love Summer Walker's new EP as well.

Where are you currently finding creative inspiration?
In my insecurities and self-consciousness.

Last year you made headlines for throwing soup at a racist on the subway. Are you seeing anything, or anyone, right now that's politically inspiring, or maybe giving you a bit of hope as we head into the new year?
I definitely think all the women of color that have been elected to Congress and government. Alexandria Ocasio? I think she's dope. I think Yara Shahidi is amazing. I think... Amandla [Stenberg]. I think a lot of the young women who are my colleagues in this industry are incredible activists and leaders. I look to them as inspirations.

What's your New Year's resolution? What do you hope to accomplish in 2019?
I want to continue being healthy, and not putting more poison in my body. I'm trying to keep treating my body good. I just want to purify my body, purify my mind, and make good music and keep living my life. I want to be a better person, but still be the same person. I don't let this evolution change me. I want to still have the same happiness and love that I have now for life next year.

What advice would you have for fans, to keep the positivity alive in the new year?
I just want to tell the children I love them, and that getting up in the morning sucks sometimes, but if you're able to do it and come back at the end of the day, you've done something powerful.

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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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He'd previously said he wanted to punch Jackson's 'Leaving Neverland' accusers in the face

Aaron Carter has been one of Michael Jackson's fiercest celebrity advocates in the aftermath of the Leaving Neverland documentary in which two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, alleged that Jackson sexually abused them when they were children. In a new clip from People, however, he seems to walk back his defense.

People reveals that Carter will be joining the upcoming season of reality TV show Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Family Edition with his mother. It's noted that he will be revealing more thoughts regarding Jackson following the documentary and the sneak peek specifically sees him alluding to a negative experience with the singer.

Carter, who has previously said that Jackson was never inappropriate toward him, says that Jackson "was a really good guy," though he does note that this is only true "as far as I know." "He never did anything that was inappropriate," he continues before stopping himself, as though remembering something. "Except for one time. There was one thing that he did that was a little bit inappropriate."

Carter does not provide any more detail after this statement. He has previously said that he would stay at Jackson's Neverland estate and sleep in the same bed as the much older star when he was 15 years old, though he hasn't seemed to understand then just how creepy that is. He also said earlier this year, in a clip from TMZ, that he would be telling a story of something that happened between them in an upcoming book about his life.

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