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Serena Williams covers Vogue with daughter Alexis Olympia, details complications after giving birth

Alexis Olympia Ohanian is already making history.

The first child of tennis icon Serena Williams and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is the youngest-ever to grace the cover of Vogue magazine.

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The 4-month-old baby posed for the cover with her mother when she was 3 months old.

In a new interview with the magazine, Williams shares how her life has changed since giving birth, and details a health scare leading to and after an emergency cesarean section.

Although she’s expressed interest in just moving to Silicon Valley and being a full-time mother, she still has goals in her tennis career.

“Maybe this goes without saying, but it needs to be said in a powerful way: I absolutely want more Grand Slams. I’m well aware of the record books, unfortunately. It’s not a secret that I have my sights on 25 (Grand Slam wins).”

“I think having a baby might help,” she said.” When I’m too anxious I lose matches, and I feel like a lot of that anxiety disappeared when Olympia was born. Knowing I’ve got this beautiful baby to go home to makes me feel like I don’t have to play another match. I don’t need the money or the titles or the prestige. I want them, but I don’t need them. That’s a different feeling for me.”

Welcoming Olympia into the world was not without complications. Vogue reported that Williams underwent an emergency C-section when her daughter’s heart rate dropped during contractions. The day after, she had shortness of breath from several small blood clots that formed in her lungs. The athlete has a history of blood clots and was off her daily anticoagulant regimen because of the C-section. A coughing spell from her pulmonary embolism split her surgery scar, and she went into surgery again, where a hematoma was in her abdomen. She went into surgery a third time to have a filter inserted to prevent more pulmonary embolisms.

The surgeries meant Williams had to spend six weeks on bed rest, but she’s since recovered and has her sights set on her life as a wife, mother and tennis great.

“I think sometimes women limit themselves,” Williams said. “I’m not sure why we think that way, but I know that we’re sometimes taught to not dream as big as men, not to believe we can be a president or a CEO, when in the same household, a male child is told he can be anything he wants. I’m so glad I had a daughter. I want to teach her that there are no limits.”

Michael Douglas denies sexual misconduct allegations from 30 years ago in new interview

Actor Michael Douglas is preemptively denying allegations that he masturbated in front of a female employee 30 years ago.

Douglas, 73,  denied the allegations in a Tuesday interview with Deadline after two publications reportedly reached out to him about possibly publishing the woman’s claims.

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“I felt the need to get ahead of this. It pertains to me but I’m also getting a sense of how it reflects in our culture, and what is going on today. I see it as a cautionary tale,” Douglas told the publication

“I got a message from my attorney that The Hollywood Reporter wanted to do a story about an employee that worked for me approximately 32 years ago. She claims that, One, I used colorful language in front of her, not at her, but that I used colorful language. Two, she claims that in conversations I had in front of her, on the phone, that I spoke raunchily, or dirtily with friends of mine, in private conversations. I fired her eventually, for the work she was doing, but Three, she claims that I blackballed her from the industry and stopped her form getting another job.

“I’ve had no contact with her, in 30-plus years. I talked to the reporter and said, ‘Listen, as far as using colorful language in front her, I apologize. None of it was directed at her; she didn’t say it was,’” he said. ” … As far as blackballing her, that was completely untrue. She was a lady who was involved in development at my company, and we just didn’t have a good development record in the time she was there, so I just moved on. I never blackballed her. If people from the industry called me to ask about her, I would have been honest, but I never blackballed her.”

Related: Michael Douglas shares adorable photo of his family’s newest addition

He also addressed the woman’s claims that he pleasured himself in front of her. 

“I don’t know where to begin,” Douglas said. “This is a complete lie, fabrication, no truth to it whatsoever.”

Douglas told Deadline that the allegations against him are “extremely painful” and hurt his family’s reputation in Hollywood.

“I pride myself on my reputation in this business, not to mention the long history of my father and everything else. I don’t have skeletons in my closet, or anyone else who’s coming out or saying this,” he said. 

“I tried to figure out, why the hell would somebody do this? The part that hurt the worst is having to share something like this to your wife and your children. My kids are really upset, has to go to school worrying this is going to be in some article about me, being a sexual harasser. They’re scared and very uncomfortable.”

Douglas said that his wife, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, has been “very supportive” in the wake of the story.

“My reasons are personal in coming forward. But I’m going to continue the way I’ve always treated women, as equals and my peers. Working closely with them. I would hope that as a cautionary tale, we will be careful about accusing and being accused,” he said.

Wendy Williams angers Carrie Underwood fans with 'face-lift' comments

Talk show host Wendy Williams is in hot water with Carrie Underwood fans after making some comments about the country star on her show on Jan. 8.

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During the segment called “Hot Topics,” Williams recapped Underwood's recent fan club blog post in which she opened up about sustaining a facial injury during a fall at her home last November. The injury required 40 to 50 stitches, and Underwood told her fans she wasn’t sure if she would look the same as a result.

>> On RareCountry.com: Carrie Underwood offers fans a tease of a big new song

Williams got some of the facts wrong when she talked about Underwood's fall, including claiming that the country superstar said she would be unrecognizable after the fall. You can see it all for yourself in the YouTube video of the show.

>> Carrie Underwood tells fan club that she injured face in fall, needed 40-50 stitches

Williams said, “When I heard about Carrie Underwood, I was more shocked. Did you hear about her? We’re not really talking about it because I really don’t know a whole bunch about it other than she allegedly fell down a bunch of steps at her house, broke her wrist. She released on Twitter that we might not recognize her when it’s all said and done. I don’t know what that means. An excuse for a face-lift? No, ’cause we’re cynical. She was already cute, so I don’t know what she’s doing or what had happened.”

>> On RareCountry.com: Carrie Underwood just gave an update on her status after major surgery

As you can see from these comments on Twitter, Underwood fans aren’t pleased at all with Williams' insinuation that the 34-year-old faked a fall to get a face-lift.

One fan even accused Williams of using her October 2017 onscreen fainting spell as a ratings gimmick. Twitter user @MrDetailed writes, “This comes from a woman who had to collapse on her show to pull in some ratings. @WendyWilliams you are just a disgrace. @carrieunderwood is worth a million of you.”

>> Carrie Underwood photo taken after fall surfaces on social media

Another fan wondered if Williams' career would survive the backlash from Underwood's fans.

And the tweets just kept on coming …

Underwood was in good company among the women being dragged through the mud during Williams' monologue, though. The talk show host started off her “Hot Topics” segment taking shots at Oprah Winfrey, who electrified viewers with her Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech at the Golden Globes on Jan. 7.

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Williams said Winfrey looked great, but then went on to say that she probably had an old-school corset on underneath her gown to slim her body down. Wendy also said Winfrey was not the best spokesperson for a weight-loss company, referring to Winfrey's involvement with Weight Watchers.

Roseanne Barr thinks she would be a better president than Oprah

Roseanne Barr apparently thinks that she would make a better president than Oprah Winfrey — or Susan Sarandon for that matter.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Barr told reporters during a press tour that should Winfrey run for president in 2020, as many Americans are calling for after her emotional and riveting Golden Globes acceptance speech, she would possibly consider an opposition run.

>> Oprah 2020? Winfrey 'would absolutely' run for president, partner Stedman Graham says

“I do love Oprah. Of course, I love Oprah like everybody else. But you know what? I think it was time for us as a country to shake things up and, you know, try something different,” she said. “Actually, I think I’d be a better president than Oprah and Susan Sarandon, probably even President Trump. And I did run in 2012.”

The actress also told the room that politics will not be off-limits in the upcoming reboot of her classic sitcom “Roseanne.” According to Barr, the series will take on some of Trump’s presidency, as it is a show about a working class family.

>> On Rare.us: We finally know how both Beckys will be used in the highly-anticipated 'Roseanne' revival

“In ‘The Roseanne Show,’ I’ve always tried to have it be a true reflection of the society we live in. I feel like half the people voted for Trump, and half didn’t, so it’s just realistic,” she said. “And, in fact, it was working-class people who elected Trump, so I felt like that was very real and something that needed to be discussed and especially about polarization in the family and people actually hating other people for the way they voted, which I feel is not American.”

The season premiere of the reboot reportedly will focus on a fight between Roseanne, a Trump supporter, and her sister Jackie, who voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

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The actress, an outspoken Trump supporter, reportedly fired back when one reporter accused the president of being xenophobic.

“Well, that’s your opinion,” she said, adding, “Well, he says a lot of crazy [expletive] … I’m not a Trump apologist. There are a lot of things he’s said and done that I don’t agree with, just like there are a lot of things Hillary Clinton has said and done that you don’t agree with. Nobody is brainwashed into agreeing with 100 percent of what anybody says.”

The reboot of “Roseanne” premieres at 8 p.m. ET March 27 on ABC.

Betty White says vodka and hot dogs, ‘in that order,’ secret to a long life

 

Longtime actress and “Golden Girls” star Betty White is 95 and getting ready to celebrate another birthday.

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When recently asked about her secret to longevity, White mentioned her love of vodka and hot dogs, “probably in that order,” she told Parade magazine.

But liquor and franks aren’t White’s only secret to a long, active life. The actress, who turns 96 on Jan. 17, said optimism is important, too, according to Parade.

“Enjoy life. Accentuate the positive, not the negative. It sounds so trite, but a lot of people will pick out something to complain about, rather than say, ‘Hey, that was great!’ It’s not hard to find great stuff if you look,” White said.

>> Related: Beloved Betty White finally invited to join Academy after 7 decades in film, TV

White, with a nine decade career in film and television under her belt, is probably best known for her turn as Rose Nylund on the 1980’s TV series “The Golden Girls” and as Sue Ann Nivens on the 1970’s sitcom “Mary Tyler Moore.” She also has numerous awards to her name, including Emmys, a Grammy and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 

Queen Elizabeth so attached to vintage luggage, using it since her 1947 honeymoon

With all of the riches and fortunes at her disposal, one would think that Queen Elizabeth II would have no problem saying “out with the old, in with the new” but when it comes to her luggage, she likes things just the way they are.

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According to People magazine, Queen Elizabeth II has been traveling with the same set of Globe-trotter luggage since her 1947 honeymoon with Prince Philip. She is apparently so fond of the brand, she has passed down her love of Globe-trotter luggage to her grandson Prince William and his wife, Duchess Catherine.

The particular design favored by the Queen is likely from the original collection created in 1897. An updated version is available for purchase on the brand’s website.

>> Related: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle looked cozy in first public engagement before the royal wedding

Globe-trotter luggage isn’t the only item Queen Elizabeth has kept through the years. Her Royal Highness also favors the British coat brand Barbour. So much so, in fact, that instead of purchasing a new coat every few years, she returns her original jacket for refurbishment. Actress Helen Mirren was even spotted in a Barbour jacket in her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in the 2006 film, “The Queen.”

“The Queen, for example, when she sent her long jacket back to us, we said, ‘we’d like to present you with a new one ma’am.’ And, her secretary said ‘Well, the Queen would be very pleased to accept your kind offer, but she would like her old one back, please, reproofed,” Barbour chairwoman Dame Margaret Barbour told “CBS Sunday Morning” on the January 7 broadcast.

Some things are just better when they’re worn in, even for the Queen.

Happy birthday, Kate Middleton! 4 fast facts about the duchess

Happy birthday, Kate!

The Duchess of Cambridge turned 36 Tuesday, and she looks as radiant as ever.

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To celebrate her birthday, Rare.us rounded up some fun facts about Duchess Kate that you might not know.

1.) Kate loves art and is an amateur photographer.

Before she married Prince William, Kate took photos for her family’s mail-order company, Party Pieces. Recently, she snapped the most adorable photos of her two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

2.) She is related to American founding father George Washington.

That’s right! Kate might be a Brit, but on her father’s side, she and America’s first president are eighth cousins, seven times removed.

3.) She was the oldest royal bride in British history.

Duchess Catherine wed Prince William in April 2011 when she was 29.

4.) She is a big fan of “Downton Abbey.”

Kate reportedly visited the set of the hit television series and mingled with cast and crew members after touring the wardrobe room and many of the sets.

Anita Baker teases fans with mention of upcoming event

Anita Baker sent fans into a frenzy on New Year’s Day when she announced a farewell concert. Speculation of dates and venues and cities soon followed. 

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The vocalist behind such jazz-pop-R&B hits like “Sweet Love” and “Just Because” told fans via her Twitter account not to believe outlets that might have supposed concert dates posted, saying the information will come directly from her team in due time.

Baker, who turns 60 Jan. 26, gave fans reason to start penciling in a date when she tweeted that she would be in Atlanta May 13.

“I do know that it looks like Atlanta for Mother’s Day weekend,” Baker tweeted Jan. 4. “Tickets are not even on sale yet. Website will go up shortly with all info.”

She is also set to headline the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival this spring.

Baker said she has retired from music and would be embarking on a farewell concert earlier this month. She said that efforts to own her own material were part of the reason for her decision.

Kendrick Lamar: 5 things to know

Rapper and musician Kendrick Lamar is an accomplished Grammy award winner and songwriter, known for his socially conscious rhymes and religious themes in his music. Although he keeps his personal life private, there are still some things publicly known about the artist.

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Here are five things to know about Lamar.

 

Lamar is a Compton, California, native.

The rapper’s parents are originally from Chicago and moved to Los Angeles, where Lamar eventually made music under the name K-Dot and was signed to an independent music label before going mainstream.

“They came to LA on some high hopes,” Lamar told The New York Times of his parents. “They had like $500. They landed in Compton out of every place in LA; I don’t know how. They could have landed in the suburbs or the valley, but they didn’t.” Lamar was born in Compton on June 17, 1987.

He has been in a long-term relationship with his high school sweetheart.

In 2015, Lamar, a very private star, confirmed he was engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Whitney Alford. 

“I wouldn’t even call her my girl,” he said of Alford in a 2015 Billboard interview. “That’s my best friend. I don’t even like the term that society has put in the world as far as being a companion -- she's somebody I can tell my fears to.”

He gifted his younger sister a car for graduation.

When his 18-year-old sister, Kayla Duckworth, graduated from high school, Lamar gifted her a practical 2017 Toyota sedan. Despite outside criticism, his sister was happy with her gift, posting it on Twitter.

“I don’t know if it’s the public or it’s kids on the internet that’s 12 years old and 13 and figured, you know, she’s supposed to have a Lamborghini by Kendrick Lamar,” the rapper said in response to the criticism. “Yeah, it’s a trip.”

He is a Christian and regularly expresses his faith in his music.

“I got a greater purpose,” Lamar said in a 2014 interview with Complex. “God put something in my heart to get across and that's what I’m going to focus on, using my voice as an instrument and doing what needs to be done.”

The intro to his second studio album and major-label debut, 2012’s “Good Kid, m.A.A.d City,” opens with a prayer.

Lamar’s 2009 song “Faith,” tackles his struggles with his own beliefs as life weighs on him, including the murder of a friend. 

“I’m giving testimonies to strangers I never met / Hopped on the pulpit and told them how I was truly blessed / Felt like I’m free from all my sins when the service was over/ Walked out the church, then got a call that my homie was murdered then lost my faith again,” he raps.

Lamar dressed as Jesus Christ at a Halloween party in 2014, and explained his reasoning for doing so in an interview with The Fader

“If I want to idolize somebody, I’m not going to do a scary monster, I’m not gonna do another artist or a human being — I’m gonna idolize the master, who I feel is the master, and try to walk in his light. It’s hard, it’s something I probably could never do, but I’m gonna try,” he said. “Not just with the outfit but with everyday life. The outfit is just the imagery, but what's inside me will display longer.

Lamar’s 2015 single, “Alright,” has become and anthem for Black Lives Matter.

The rapper told The New York Times in 2016 that he realized his song was becoming an anthem for the social justice movement when it was being sung across the world.

“When I’d go in certain parts of the world, and they were singing it in the streets, when it’s outside of the concerts, then you know it’s a little bit more deep-rooted than just a song,” he said. “It’s more than just a piece of a record. It’s something that people live by — your words.”

“Simple phrase: We gon’ be alright. It’s a chant of hope and feeling. I credit that to (musician and producer) Pharrell, for being able to present an arrangement and to inspire me to do a record like that. Immediately, I knew the potential.”

The song, from Lamar’s 2015 album, “To Pimp A Butterfly,” earned him a Grammy for Best Rap Song.

Oprah 'intrigued' by idea of running for president, friend Gayle King says

Longtime pal Gayle King said Tuesday that Oprah Winfrey is “intrigued” by the idea of running for president, although she said it’s still unclear whether the media mogul is seriously considering a run.

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“I don’t think at this point she is actually considering it,” King said on “CBS This Morning.”

“She loves this country and would like to be of service in some way, but I don’t think she’s actively considering it.”

Two of Winfrey’s friends, who were not identified, told CNN on Monday that she was “actively thinking” about running for president. Her long-time partner Stedman Graham told the Los Angeles Times on Sunday that Winfrey “would absolutely do it."

"It's up to the people," he added.

King said Tuesday that she thought Graham misunderstood the Times reporter’s question.

“He thought the reporter said to him, ‘Would she make a good president?’ And he said, ‘Absolutely she would,’” King said. “That's how he interpreted the question, because this is the thing. Stedman would never so cavalierly say absolutely she would do it. It's up to the people. He would never do that.”

Winfrey fueled speculation that she could look to mount a campaign in a rousing, nearly 10-minute speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday. Still, she denied having any presidential ambitions while speaking with a Bloomberg News reporter backstage at the awards show.

She was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for her contributions to the entertainment industry and used her time onstage to address the “#MeToo” movement. The movement has encouraged more women to speak out about their experiences of sexual harassment and assault.

"I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon," Winfrey said. "And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say 'Me too' again.”

King, who was at the Golden Globes when Winfrey gave her speech, described being in the room as “electrifying.”

“It was the right person giving the right speech at the right time,” she said. “She wanted that moment to be more than women wearing black dresses of solidarity. She really did want to speak to young girls around the country. She really did want to say, ‘Enough already,’ and I think she delivered on all that in a very eloquent way. Will she run for president? I think it's a very, very intriguing idea myself."

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