June Favorites: Furious Factious Pot Washers & “TV In the Morning” by DNCE

June was a mix of mourning and adventure.

We lost two great figures, one from the fashion world (Kate Spade) and another from the food industry (Anthony Bourdain). This really made everyone wake up and realize that mental health is a serious issue plaguing our society.

There were, though, a few amazing things that happened in June. Let’s rewind my favorites in pop culture and entertainment last month:

Favorite News Articles

1. WE ARE ALL FURIOUS FACTIOUS POT WASHERS. Thank you, The Cut, for calling me out on my inherent nature to get pissed off about and mull over nonsense.

2. John Legend is not having it with this child separation situation. So don’t dare ask him about Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ dinners. You won’t like the answer.

3. Saudi women are now licensed to drive! Or, rather, can now obtain a license to drive. Either way, it’s about damned time!

4. An overdue congratulations is in order for Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson. I think they’ll be fine if they get comfortable in their engagement for a year and a half or so.

Favorite Music

1. “TV in the Morning” by DNCE. Ugh, yes please. So smooth, so right.

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May Favorites: Royal Wedding & “Sirens” by SHOR

Hi, I’m Dana from The Whisper Box, and I’m back after some intermittent internet issues.

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Favorite News Articles

1. Royal Wedding & Meghan Markle’s CVS receipt veil.

2. America Ferrera is a mom!

3. Roseanne got canceled.

4. Blue Ivy reprimands grandma Tina Knowles for taking video during the Paris Ballet.

5. Chris Hemsworth, et. al, dance to “Wrecking Ball.” 

6. #pullasylvia

7: #ifslaverywasachoice

Favorite Music

1. “Sirens” by SHOR

2. “LA Girls” by Charlie Puth

3. “Conexão” by Amber Mark

4. “Genius” by LSD (Labritnth, Sia, Diplo)

5.“Soon You’ll Forget” by James River

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

1. Royal Wedding portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

2. Hannah Witton’s stoma photoshoot.

3. Rebel Wilson as Le Fou

Favorite TV Episodes

1. Bob’s Burgers, “Mo Mommy Mo Problems”

2. Lucifer, “Boo Normal”

Favorite YouTube Videos

1. Some premium “New Light” content by John Mayer

2. Felix (pewdiepie) and Marzia (cutiepie) are engaged!

3. Dua Lipa in Calvin Harris’ “One Kiss” music video

4. Elohim’s “Half Love” music video

5. Celine Dion + Deadpool = “Ashes”.

6. Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You” music video

 Summer’s comin’.

April Favorites: Melania Trump’s White Hat Memes & Yodeling Kid

Oh. Em. Gee. It’s. May. Like, two weeks into May already and I’m just getting a chance to sit down to write this April Favorites post.

I have been so busy and so exhausted. Every time I told myself I would get this post done I’d end up falling asleep.

Anyway, April had some interesting comedic value and great music (I only hold back on the music section this month because I’m hella busy)!

Here we go:

Favorite News Articles

1. Melania Trump’s white hat. Because we couldn’t resist making memes out of this ensemble. #MelaniasHatForPrez

2. Yodeling Kid. Mason Ramsey made it to Coachella, y’all. And he put out a single. WHAT?! Crank. Da. Club. Remixes.

3. Royal baby number three is finally here and has a name. Welcome, Louis Arthur Charles.

4. University of Utah’s cry closet. Where was this when I was at Bard slowly dying from finals week?

Favorite Music

1. “Limbo” by Robotaki feat. SHOR. That synth melody takes me to another universe. Love the vocals from SHOR combined with Robotaki’s synth genius!

2. “South” by Galimatias. I swear if this boy doesn’t bring his falsetto to NYC soon I might die.

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January Favorites: Bathroom Wedding & Jonas Brothers Reunion?

 

January 2018 was rough.

I feel as though a lot of the music that came out in January was very nostalgic, more so than usual. It’s as if everyone is longing to go back to a simpler time. Thankfully we can, just not for longer than the length of your favorite nostalgic tunes (and the stretch of your imagination).

Let’s take a look at some of the things in pop culture and entertainment that made January 2018 a little less rough:

Favorite News Articles

1. A New Jersey couple got married in a bathroom. Because the show wedding must go on.

2. There might be a Jonas Brothers reunion?! Be still my 13-year-old fangirling, beating heart.

3. CVS bans makeup brands from Photoshopping makeup ads. I love it when CVS takes initiative on things like this.

4. The A train is finally getting a revamp. Thank you, MTA, for finally rewarding this tri-borough train with a well deserved new look. I think some other trains are also getting upgraded…

5. RIP Rosie the Riveter. You will be missed, but never forgotten as a symbol for fierce, hard-working women.

Favorite Music

1. “Song for You” by Rhye. I am a new fan. Perfect track for Valentine’s Day this month.

2. “Stay Here” by Henry Green. He always knows how to break me down with those somber melodies, man.

3. “The Good Side” by Troye Sivan. Troye went all folk on us!

4. Cause for Concern, De Lux. Loving the old-school Beetles-esque vibes on this track.

5. “Tension (Interlude)” by BØRNSBlue Madonna as a whole is a great album, but this interlude definitely made it for me.

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

1. Viola Davis getting all done up for Jimmy Kimmel. I love her hair like this so much!

2. Lupita Nyong’o at the Black Panther premiere. SLAY.

3. Chrissy Teigen on a girls weekend in Upstate New York. Look at that baby bump ❤

Girls weekend – Quaker Hill, NY – 2018

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4. JLo modeling some socks. Forget the socks, man. Look at that sweater and that hair!

I got a new pair of socks today…🧦 #guccigang

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Favorite TV Episodes

1. The Good Doctor, “Islands Pt. 2”That kiss was well waited for, and now I have to wait until they write a trip to see Lea into the show sometime in the (hopefully) near future.

2. grown-ish, “If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late.” At what point did her thumbs decide not to tell her brain that she was sending waayyyyy too many text messages?!

3. Alone Together, “Pilot”. I love how awkward Esther is. It’s so cute it’s painful.

4. Bob’s Burgers, “V is for Valentine-detta”. Gotta love the way this episode begins. Also, Louise’s makeover had me screaming throughout the whole thing.

Favorite YouTube Videos
1. Nick Jonas on BBC Radio 1’s Heart Rate Monitor. Teenage me remembers that Selena Gomez incident. So cringey. Ugh.

2. Bath With Liza. Just when you thought she couldn’t act anymore crazy…

3. Maddie Ziegler does a clothing line haul. If I were a bit younger, I’d totally look into buying some of these.

The month of lovey-dovey is here.

December Favorites: Dylan Sprouse’s All-Wise Meadery & Katherine Kaling

I can’t say 2017 ended too badly. Really, it could have been worse.

We had a couple of celebrity births during December 2017 and some amazing royal photo shoots to round out the year. I can’t complain.

Here are my favorites in pop culture and entertainment for the month of December:

Favorite News Articles

1. Dylan Sprouse is opening a bar in Brooklyn. Woo! Rounding up my friends for a girls night!

2. Mindy Kaling gave birth to her daughter Katherine! I cannot wait to see pics (and possibly find out who the father is).

3. TIME Magazine’s 2017 Person of the Year: The Silence Breakers. I love the symbolism in this cover with the woman who wanted to remain anonymous. Even before everyone found out why it was just her arm in the photo I knew she represented the ones who still can’t speak out.

4. Prince George and Princess Charlotte are the cutest little royals on earth. I just wanna pinch their little cheeks!

5. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement portraits. I am so hype because they’re getting married on the day before my birthday! BEST BIRTHDAY GIFT EVER!

6. The Library of Congress is actually archiving all tweets from 2010 onward. This must be hella daunting.

Favorite Music

1. “Opera” by BLOWSOM. Can he release a full length album and come to NYC in 2018? Thanks.

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November Favorites: “Pyor” by Darius & HTGAWM Fall Finale

November 2017 was an emotional roller coaster. I went from dancing around my room to the month’s most danceable tunes to nearly bawling my eyes out over season finales. It’s no wonder that it took me this long to sit down and gather all my favorites in pop culture in entertainment for this post.

Let’s get to it:

Favorite News Articles

1. The deets on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding. Don’t mind me, I’ll just be here waiting for the specific date in May 2018 so I can set an alarm to catch this on television from across the pond.

2. Moschino’s dry cleaning bag dress. I can already see the Halloween costumes that will come of this.

3. You can now hide away in an 8-foot scarf this winter. You know you’re a New Yorker when all you can think about is how difficult it would be to take this off on a packed and extremely warm train.

4. Cards Against Humanity Saves America. Literally. Have fun trying to build that wall, President Trump.

Favorite Music:

1. “Pyor” by Darius. BRB, letting the enchanting instrumentals of this track keep me sane until the end of 2017.

2. “Mirage” by Satin Jackets. I’m dying to know who is singing the vocals on this because I really want to delve into their solo work if they have any!

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October Favorites: Obamas Moving to UES & Rihanna Drive

The cold wasted no time making an appearance at the end of October. Like, I know I was complaining that it was still summer during the first few days of fall, but jeez!

Anyway, the month of October 2017 had a mix of fun music and pop culture news coupled with a few terrible events. Monthly Favorites on The Whisper Box only focuses on the former, so let’s leave all the bad stuff behind.

Here are my favorites for the month of October!

Favorite News Articles

1. The Obamas might be moving to NYC’s Upper East Side. They say third time’s the charm, and this is the second report stating they may end up living in NYC…

2. Barbados is naming a street after Rihanna. I bet she’s gonna rev up her engine and cruise on down Rihanna Drive blasting “Drive” because, why not?

3. Balenciaga’s platform heel crocks. What is fashion anymore?

4. This woman checked her horse in at a Kentucky hotel. Was no one concerned that the horse might accidentally cause damages to the room?!

5. Lupita Nyong’o’s NYT piece on Harvey Weinstein. I’m glad spoke up about this, even if she was able to avoid this disgusting bastard’s advances. He got what he deserved 10 times over.

Favorite Music
1. “No Captain” by Lane 8 ft. POLIÇA. Something happened to my heart when I heard this song for the first time.

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