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Why Dr. Temperance Brennan From Bones Is an Icon

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I was 13 the first time I came across Dr. Temperance Brennan. I was stuck in my room while a terrifying thunderstorm raged outside, and I turned on the TV. I stayed up most of the night watching a Bones marathon, and I was instantly enamored. Over the years I spent watching and rewatching Bones, the team at the Jeffersonian undeniably changed me for the better.

Dr. Temperance Brennan, nicknamed Bones, is the focal point of the show. She is the leader of the team, and she is what makes the show so special. Bones is a forensic anthropologist and mystery writer who works solving crimes with her partner, Seely Booth. Watching her throughout my teen years was an incredible source of inspiration, mostly because Bones, a borderline genius, is confident in herself and her abilities.

It’s no secret that in this society, beautiful, accomplished, and intelligent women are often seen as intimidating. Bones doesn’t care if she intimidates people. She absolutely refuses to make herself dumber to make those around her more comfortable.

As a teenager, I pretended to be stupid in order to fit in. It was my main social coping mechanism. I dumbed myself down to make those around me feel more comfortable. I had no confidence in myself and in my intelligence, and watching Bones be so unapologetically herself slowly helped me realize that those who are worth having around will accept me for who I really am. Because of Bones, I no longer apologize for being an accomplished woman — I wear my success as a badge of honor.

Like me, Bones can be at times a self-absorbed know-it-all. But part of what makes her so inspirational is her character development when it comes to how she handles her flaws. Through the constant support of her friends, she learns to acknowledge her problems, and she works on herself consistently throughout the series. She becomes a better person every season, without sacrificing a single ounce of what makes her so unique and special. She taught me that it’s OK to admit you’re wrong sometimes, and it’s OK to listen to the advice of others and move forward. It doesn’t make you any less strong.

So many times we look back on the characters we loved as kids and realize they are problematic or at least no longer fit our values. It happens time and time again where I rewatch or reread something and walk away with a completely different view of a character than the perception I originally formed.

That’s not the case with Bones. Bones holds up because she does not claim perfection. The writers did not put her on a pedestal. They made her an inspiration, but not a hero. Bones is human. An amazing human, but a human nonetheless.





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Tyler Perry Pays For Groceries During “Senior Hour” At Over 70 Different Kroger Locations

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Roomies, Tyler Perry is blessing even more people today. The New Orleans native just paid for groceries, during “Senior Hour” at 44 Kroger locations in Atlanta and 29 locations in his hometown of New Orleans, according to AJC.

Felix Turner, spokesperson for Kroger stated, “Senior and higher-risk Kroger shoppers in metro Atlanta did receive a nice surprise at the register this morning when they learned Tyler Perry had paid their grocery tab in full,” said Felix Turner, the Atlanta spokesman for Kroger. “We would like to join our customers in thanking Mr. Perry for his kindness and generosity during this unprecedented pandemic. It was truly a pleasure to see our customers fill with joy and gratitude as the news spread throughout 44 stores across metro Atlanta.”

 

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TSR Staff: La’Janeé @_lajanee_ _________________________________ #TSRPositiveImages: #Roomies, #TylerPerry is blessing even more people today. The New Orleans native just paid for groceries, during “Senior Hour” at 44 @Kroger locations in Atlanta and 29 locations in his hometown of New Orleans, according to @AJCNews. _________________________________ Felix Turner, spokesperson for Kroger stated, “Senior and higher-risk Kroger shoppers in metro Atlanta did receive a nice surprise at the register this morning when they learned Tyler Perry had paid their grocery tab in full,” said Felix Turner, the Atlanta spokesman for Kroger. “We would like to join our customers in thanking Mr. Perry for his kindness and generosity during this unprecedented pandemic. It was truly a pleasure to see our customers fill with joy and gratitude as the news spread throughout 44 stores across metro Atlanta.” _________________________________ According to @Fox8nola, when shoppers entered the store they were handed slips that read, “Random Act of Kindness” and upon checking out they were told their groceries were paid for. ________________________________ One of the recipients —read more at theshaderoom.com 🙏🏾🙌🏾 (Swipe) (📷:@gettyimages)

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According to Fox 8, when shoppers entered the store they were handed slips that read, “Random Act of Kindness” and upon checking out they were told their groceries were paid for.

One of the recipients of his generosity stated he saw a grocery bag over the credit card reader and proceeded to take it off, but he was stopped.

“I was almost done shopping, so that wasn’t a big deal,” he said. When he arrived, he saw a Kroger grocery bag over the credit card reader and was about to take it off when the cashier told him that he didn’t need to worry. Perry, she said, had his $290 in groceries covered.”

Also, according to 11 Alive, the media mogul only wanted to be referred to as “Atlanta Angel.”

As we reported, Tyler Perry was in the news, last week, for tipping a total of $21,000 to 42 Atlanta restaurant employees.

During times like this, it is good to see those who can give back do just that.

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Florence Pugh Slams ”Abuse” About Her & Zach Braff’s Age Difference

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Florence Pugh‘s relationship with Zach Braff is not up for debate. 

In a video posted to Instagram on Wednesday, the Little Women star reacted to receiving what she described as “horrid” and “hateful” comments about Zach and their 21-year age difference. Within “eight minutes” of publicly paying tribute to the actor on his birthday this week, Pugh said “70 percent of the comments [were] hurling abuse and being horrid.” 

The British actress said she was forced to turn off commenting capabilities on her account, adding, “I will not allow that behavior on my page. I’m not about that. It makes me upset. It makes me sad that during this time when we really all need to be together, we need to be supporting one another, we need to be loving one another. The world is aching and the world is dying and a few of you decided to bully for no reason.”

Pugh’s remarks continued, “I’m 24-years-old. I have been working since I was 17-years-old. I have been earning money since I was 17-years-old. I became an adult when I was 18-years-old and I started paying taxes when I was 18-years-old.”

“I do not need you to tell me who I should and should not love, and I would never in my life ever, ever tell someone who they can and cannot love. It is not your place. It has nothing to do with you.”

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Florence and Zach were first romantically linked around this time last year. The couple has shared very little about their relationship, save for the occasional date night or Instagram display of public affection. 

The Midsommar actress then asked critics to simply unfollow her if they weren’t willing to respect her and Zach’s privacy. “The abuse that you throw at him is abuse that you’re throwing at me, and I don’t want those followers… I don’t want that on my page. It’s embarrassing, it’s sad and I don’t know when cyber bullying became trendy.”

Florence’s celebrity admirers applauded her stance, with Ariana Grande commenting, “Oh I love and appreciate [you] so much.” Joey King wrote, “You are simply the coolest,” and model Stefania Ferrario commented, “My partner is 22 years my senior and we have been together almost 7 years. Love is a diverse beautiful thing and I hope more people open their minds up a little more.”

Watch Florence’s message in its entirety above. 





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Here’s How The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart Works

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Production of The Bachelorette season 16 may be on hold, but have no fear, reality TV lovers. A new Bachelor spinoff is debuting April 13 on ABC, and it’s a lot like Bachelor in Paradise, except there’s no paradise . . . and no Bachelor alums . . . and a lot of singing. Confused? Allow us to explain. In The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart, single men and women (all of whom are musicians or people who work in music) will live together and go on music-themed dates with each other. As ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke said, “Think The Bachelor in Paradise meets A Star Is Born.”

Through the music-themed dates, participants will attempt to find someone they connect with, and that person will become their new duet partner (though in the beginning, contestants will be allowed to partner-swap). Like Bachelor in Paradise, the couples are formed through “traditional” rose ceremonies, with “women giving roses to the men, and then some men going home, and the men giving roses and some of the women go home.” As Bachelor host Chris Harrison explained during an interview with Parade, “The relationships will come first on Listen to Your Heart, and the music will come second, which means it is not like any of the current competition shows on the air.” ABC has already revealed its cast of 23 contestants so . . . it’s clear that some people aren’t going to find their duet partner for life.

Once the duet pairs are created, the new couple will be tested through musical challenges, such as live performances in front of some of the biggest names in music. And of course, as the season goes on, the audiences and the venues keep getting bigger. Each episode, the show will eliminate couples who seem to have the least amount of chemistry on stage until just one pair remains. However, unlike BIP, proposals aren’t the end goal in this series. “The goal of this is [for] a couple to find true love, but then also have this amazing duet that will earn this prize package that we put together,” Harrison explained. Predictably, he was coy about the details of that prize package.

Harrison also revealed that the series will first take place in an LA ranch before moving on to other locations. “The first kind of big performance is actually at a venue in downtown Los Angeles, then we move over to Las Vegas, and the grand finale is in Nashville,” he said. Several Bachelor Nation couples will guest-judge, including JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rogers, Rachel Lindsay and Bryan Abasolo, Arie and Lauren Luyendyk Jr., and Kaitlyn Bristowe and Jason Tartick. Celebrity guest judges will include Jason Mraz, Kesha, Toni Braxton, Andy Grammer, Pat Monahan, Ashlee Simpson-Ross, Evan Ross, Rita Wilson, Jewel, and Taye Diggs.

We don’t know whether the series will end with a record contract, an engagement, or nearly as much drama as season 24 of The Bachelor, but we’ll definitely be tuning in to find out!





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