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While we’ve been compiling gift guides for nearly every kind of person that might be on your list this year, this guide is full of items with a special seal of approval. Oprah’s Favorite Things 2020 have finally been announced, and it is one of her best curations yet.
The queen of gifting has picked items across categories like fashion and home essentials that are on trend for the season and ones you’ll want to grab before it’s too late. Her selection includes gifts from a range of Black-owned businesses and brands that are perfect for gifting to friends, family and even pets.
Whether you’re in search of stocking stuffers or want to snag a little something for yourself this holiday season, you’re bound to find a great pick on Oprah’s latest list.
Here are a few of our favorite standouts from Oprah’s Favorite Things 2020.
Bestselling Oprah’s Favorite Things 2020
With a supportive waistband and figure-flattering high-waist fit, these leggings were made for intense workouts or for lounging on the couch. Iconi, which stands for “I Can Overcome, Nothing’s Impossible!” is a woman- and veteran-owned business, and also donates 10% of their earnings to nonprofit organizations.
Slippers are the new footwear of choice, so why not spend your days in a comfortable, Oprah-approved pair? This pair comes in three different colorways and can be worn as both an indoor and outdoor slipper thanks to its durable soles.
Whether you’re whipping up a hearty dinner or simply want to serve a meal in a pot that is pretty enough to grace the dining room table, this cast-iron Dutch oven from Ayesha Curry’s cookware line might be worth adding to your cart. Not only can it withstand high temperatures, but the special design helps to retain moisture so you can serve mouthwatering dishes.
Oprah’s Favorite Things 2020
It’s no secret that Oprah loves truffles, so this gourmet set was hard to resist. It features a bottle of black truffle Sriracha and black truffle ranch that are packed with so much flavor, you’ll want to put on everything you eat.
Even if you won’t be traveling this holiday season, this blanket is perfect for snuggling up on the couch with as the days get colder. The set includes storage bags for both the blanket and the matching eye mask that are lined with soft fabric. You won’t ever want to take off!
This holiday set of lipsticks includes three shades that are meant to complement a range of skin tones. The vegan and cruelty-free formulas are made with moisturizing ingredients that are meant to keep your lips hydrated and full of color all day long. Oprah called out the “Nude LaLa” shade, saying that she’ll be wearing it daily.
A three-in-one set, this trio includes two sets of huggies and one pair of dangle studs to complete any of your holiday looks this year. Each set is hypoallergenic and feature dainty natural freshwater pearls, making them perfect for gifting to others (or yourself).
This paint-by-numbers kit includes everything you’ll need to create a work of art worthy of the Louvre, including brushes, paint, canvas and even a water cup to keep your brushes clean. Whether you want to find a new hobby or simply de-stress by painting, you won’t need artistic skills to create a masterpiece.
Stylish but simple enough for everyday wear, this faux leather bag was made to go with any outfit. It is available in four colors, including dark olive, navy, tan and cream and features two sets of strap for easy transport. Oprah is calling it the new “it” bag.
This lounger was made for living in and can be worn just about anywhere. Pair it with leggings for days at home or throw on jeans when you need to make a quick run to the store and don’t want to sacrifice comfort for style.
While these books are geared toward children, they hold a valuable lesson for everyone. The series, entitled “A Kids Book About…” contains different volumes by different authors, that make topics such as mental health and social justice easy to grasp for children as young as 5.
Matching family pajamas are a must-have for the holiday season this year, and Oprah is loving this set that is “perfect for a Christmas morning photo op.” The cozy cotton fabric is one the entire crew will want to wear all season long.
Corkcicle is known for its array of wine accessories, but its sleek insulated coffee mugs shouldn’t be forgotten about! It’s available in six different designs, including a “Fairisle Red” style that is meant for sipping hot cocoa, coffee and other toasty sips. It also keeps your drinks warm for up to three hours.
If you prefer to just keep the essentials at hand, this lightweight crossbody is the perfect companion. You can choose from 10 different colors that you can work into your wardrobe that are all crafted from vegan leather and large enough to store your phone, wallet, keys and other daily must-haves.
This stylish coat is water-resistant and can keep you warm, but can also be worn over other warm layers to keep you toasty as the temperatures drop. The best part? You can pack it into a travel pouch to keep in your car, or stow away in your closet as the seasons change.
Zach & Zoe Sweet Bee Farm is a family-owned business based in Hunterdon County, NJ, that believes in natural flavor. The honeys are unfiltered and packed with minerals and naturally-occurring vitamins that are meant to provide nutrition and flavor.
Kiss hat hair goodbye with this satin-lined beanie! It’s designed for all hair types and is meant to lock in moisture to protect your locks from cold weather. Not only does the satin inside help prevent breakage, but it also helps to keep frizz at a minimum so you can feel confident after pulling your hat off without having to perform any touch ups.
Oprah’s been a fan of this brand for years, and now this footcare bundle for smooth feet is gracing her list. It includes a foot cream, dry buffer and cotton socks that can last for up to 30 uses.
This set of artisanal coffees is sustainably and ethically sourced from Ethiopia, Burundi, Colombia and Sumatra and then roasted in Oakland, CA. The set is perfect for gifting to the coffee lover in your life, but we don’t blame you if you want to enjoy these perfected roasts yourself.
The list wouldn’t be complete without a delectable treat. From Detroit-based Lush Yummies Pie Co., this peach cobbler is packed with flavor and fresh peaches. You’ll want to seal off Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner with this dessert after popping it in the oven.
For the fried taste but with less oils and fat, Oprah is a fan of this air fryer from Yedi. It includes 11 accessories to help make everything from dehydrated fruit to pork tenderloins and even boasts a rotisserie option that’s perfect for kebabs too.
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Scarlett Johansson Gets Slimed by Colin Jost While Accepting MTV’s Generation Award – NBC4 Washington
The 36-year-old “Black Widow” star accepted the Generation Award with a pre-taped segment that aired during the awards ceremony on Sunday. She began her acceptance speech by thanking her co-workers from throughout her career, in addition to expressing appreciation for her fans.
“I never would have been able to continue to evolve as an actor for the last 30 years without the support and dedication of so many cast and crew members that make up the nomadic traveling-circus family that are movie sets, and the dedication and hard work of so many people that goes into making any movie continues to inspire me as a performer,” Johansson said.
“Thank you so much to my fans for riding the wave with me and for supporting my career so I can continue to have the good fortune to pursue the job that is my passion,” she continued. “I realize what an absolute gift it is to be able to have the opportunity to do what I love, and I couldn’t do it without your continued support.”
Things got wild as Johansson was in the process of introducing a previously unseen clip from “Black Widow” when Jost walked over to her in their home and poured a bowl of green slime over her head.
“What the f—?” Johansson said.
“MTV! You got slimed,” Jost responded.
After the “Rough Night” actress explained that the 38-year-old “Saturday Night Live” star was thinking of Nickelodeon, he replied, “I’m very, very sorry.”
She fired back, “Just get a towel,” and then wouldn’t let him attempt to dab her face with it.
In introducing the star prior to the segment, Billy Porter quipped, “She’s the only Oscar nominee I know who can bench press more than Chris Hemsworth and look hotter doing it.”
Earlier this month, a press release announced Johansson would receive the award.
“The highly coveted ‘Generation Award’ celebrates beloved actors whose diverse contributions to both film and television have turned them into household names,” the statement said in part.
Prior to the Generation Award, Johansson had been nominated for six MTV Movie & TV Awards prizes over the years. She nabbed the golden popcorn in 2013 for “Best Fight” for “The Avengers.”
NowThis Editor Versha Sharma to Take Over at Teen Vogue After Controversy Over Previous Pick – NBC4 Washington
Teen Vogue has chosen Versha Sharma, a top editor at NowThis, to replace Alexi McCammond as editor-in-chief after a swirl of controversy over McCammond’s past anti-Asian tweets.
Sharma takes over May 24 at the digital-only publication after McCammond and the Condé Nast title parted ways before her appointment took effect.
“I am incredibly excited and grateful for this awesome opportunity,” Sharma tweeted of Monday’s announcement.
Anna Wintour, the global editorial director of Vogue and chief content officer for Condé Nast, said in a statement that Sharma is a “natural leader” with a “global perspective and deep understanding of local trends and issues — from politics and activism to culture and fashion.”
Sharma was named managing editor of NowThis, a digital news site, in 2015. In 2012, she covered the U.S. presidential election for MSNBC.com. She is the recipient of an Edward R. Murrow award with the NowThis Reports team for a short documentary about the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, and she’s on the board of directors of the Online News Association.
The daughter of Indian immigrants, Sharma grew up in Louisiana and lives in New York.
McCammond, who is Black, was tapped in March at age 27 as the incoming editor in chief to replace Lindsay Peoples Wagner, but derogatory tweets from when she was a teenager and college student in 2011 caused a backlash after the appointment was announced.
Sharma said in the statement issued by Teen Vogue that she has long admired the magazine for “building and fostering a community of young people who want to change the world.”
John Mulaney and Wife Anna Marie Tendler Break Up After 6 Years of Marriage – NBC4 Washington
After more than six years of marriage, comedian John Mulaney and wife Anna Marie Tendler are splitting up.
Individual reps for each party confirmed the news in a statement to Page Six on Monday. E! News has reached out to reps for comment.
“I am heartbroken that John has decided to end our marriage,” Tendler expressed through her spokesperson. “I wish him support and success as he continues his recovery.”
A spokesperson for Mulaney also confirmed the news of the divorce to the outlet and added, “John will not have any further comment as he continues to focus on his recovery and getting back to work.”
The “Big Mouth” actor and accomplished artist tied the knot in July 2014 in Boiceville, New York. Friend and “Schitt’s Creek” actor Dan Levy served as the couple’s officiant at their wedding.
The 38-year-old comedian completed a stint in rehab in December 2020, where he stayed for 60 days to treat issues relating to cocaine and alcohol addiction. He moved to outpatient care in February 2021.
Mulaney has been open when it comes to discussing his struggles with addiction, most notably in a 2019 interview with Esquire.
“I drank for attention,” he shared with the magazine. “I was really outgoing, and then at twelve, I wasn’t. I didn’t know how to act. And then I was drinking, and I was hilarious again.”
The “Saturday Night Live” alum is set to officially return to work on the comedy circuit after completing outpatient care — booking four mid-May shows at the New York City venue City Winery. Tickets for those shows are sold out.
Tendler, for her part, is pursuing a Master of Arts degree from NYU Steinhardt in fashion and textile studies.
Los Angeles Lakers Nine-Part Docuseries Coming to Hulu in 2022 – NBC4 Washington
Los Angeles Lakers Nine-Part Docuseries Coming to Hulu in 2022 originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
The Los Angeles Lakers are getting their own version of “The Last Dance.”
A nine-part docuseries on the Lakers will be coming to Hulu in 2022, the team announced on Monday. Unlike ESPN’s highly popular “The Last Dance” — which centered around Michael Jordan’s final season with the Chicago Bulls — this series will detail the last four decades of the Lakers. That includes everything from Jerry Buss purchasing the organization, to Magic Johnson and the “Showtime” Lakers, to the Shaq-and-Kobe dynasty, to LeBron James and Anthony Davis leading the team to its latest championship last season.
Those are some rather compelling Hollywood storylines.
The series will include new interviews with more than 35 members of the Lakers organization, including Pat Riley, Phil Jackson, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal, as well as never-before-seen interviews with the late Jerry Buss. It will be directed by Antoine Fuqua, whose Muhammad Ali documentary “What’s My Name?” won a Sports Emmy for outstanding long documentary.
“When Dr. Buss bought the Lakers in 1979, he sat alone at center court of the Forum and thought of all the possibilities,” Lakers CEO Jeanie Buss said in a statement. “But even in his wildest dreams, my father could not have imagined what the next decades would bring for our organization, our league and our city of Los Angeles. I am thrilled that the true story of the Lakers will finally be shared with the world — and that we are in such capable hands with Hulu and Antoine, a director whose storytelling I’ve admired for years.”
The 1980s Lakers will also be the subject of a drama series on HBO, with a cast that includes John C. Reilly as Jerry Buss, Adrien Brody as Pat Riley, Quincy Isaiah as Magic Johnson and Sally Field as Jessie Buss.
Mike Gavin contributed to this story
Miss Mexico Andrea Meza Crowned Miss Universe 2021 – NBC4 Washington
And we have a new Miss Universe.
After more than a year delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Miss Universe competition was finally held Sunday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Mario Lopez and former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, who won the crown in 2012, co-hosted the show, which featured a special performance by Luis Fonsi.
Taking home the ultimate crown this year was Miss Mexico Andrea Meza, who wowed the selection community with her beauty and brains.
During the final statement round, Miss Mexico was asked to address the topic of changing beauty standards.
“We live in a society that more and more is more advanced and as we have advanced as a society, we have advanced with stereotypes,” she shared via translator. “Nowadays, beauty is not only the way we look. For me, beauty radiates not only in our spirits, but in our hearts and the way we conduct ourselves. Never permit someone to tell you that you are not valuable.”
And just minutes before, Miss Mexico also faced the final question round where she was asked to share how she would have handled the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I believe there is not a perfect way to handle this hard situation such as COVID-19,” she said. “However, I believe that what I would have done, was create the lockdown even before everything was that big because we lost so many lives and we cannot afford that. We have to take care of our people. That’s why I would have taken care of them since the beginning.”
Before the show, Paula M. Shugart, who serves as the president of the Miss Universe Organization, addressed the pandemic and how the pageant was staying safe.
“We have spent months planning and preparing safety precautions to develop this edition of Miss Universe – one that will be memorable, special and totally innovative,” she said in a statement.
Beauty queens from 74 countries and territories competed in the pageant, however just 21 contestants advanced to the final round. After first competing in the swimsuit contest, which you can see photos from here, 10 moved on to the evening gown competition. Five contestants were selected to participate in the question and answer round.
The last time the Miss Universe pageant was held was in 2019, when Miss South Africa, aka Zozibini Tunzi, took home the ultimate prize. Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson was the first runner-up and Miss Mexico Sofa Aragn was the second runner-up.
At the time, Tunzi really impressed the judges with her answer to the question, “What is the most important thing we should be teaching girls today?”
She replied, “I think the most important thing we should be teaching young girls today is leadership. It’s something that has been lacking in young girls and women for a very long time. Not because we don’t want to, but because what society has labelled women to be. I think we are the most powerful beings in the world.”
Of passing the torch to her successor, Tunzi said in a statement, “I always knew that my reign as Miss Universe would be unlike any other. While it was nothing like what I had imagined my year to be, this year has opened doors for me I could never have imagined.I am so grateful for the opportunity to connect virtually with people all over the world and elevate the causes I care most about.”