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Our annual A-Z is up again. A moment to reflect (and laugh) at the happenings of the year in alphabetical form. Authored by our very own own, and talented Editor Mish Way, this year we also invited the also very talented Kelly McClure (who you probably know from Kelly's Krush Korner) to contribute. We'd use the word epic, but we also know that become passé in 2011. By: Mish Way and Kelly McClure The time of year has come to reflect back on all the wonderful things that happened in our culture this year. Welcome to our yearly round-up of the A-Z of 2011. Grab a glass of champagne and take a little alphabetic stroll with us down months passed. From Beyonce's Baby Bump to Courtney Stodden to Occupy Wall Street to Casey Anthony Trial, this year was packed full of political protest and celebrity gossip. What else is new? Regardless, we got you covered. A is for Adele If you don't know this woman's name by now, where were you in 2011? Adele's songs like "Someone Like You" and "Rolling the the Deep" dominated radio airplay and you know what, we also played them on our iPods. The Britain songstress brought soul to the masses and made it possible again for us to have a pop star that doesn't disappear when she turns to the side. Adele also taught us love lessons similar to gospel guidance we might hear from our wise grandmothers, and homegirl is only in her early 20s. B is for Beyonce's Baby Bump And every other baby bump or psuedo-baby bump (Beyonce's baby bump "crumbled" during an appearance on an Australian talk show) we fawned over. Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Simpson, Jessica Alba and all the other celebrities starting with "J." In some ways it's great that the world still cares about pregnant women, it's too bad that the pregnant women we care about are strictly of Hollywood A-List status. Let's make our New Year's resolution to give up seats on the bus for females with a little extra mid-section girth, okay? C is for Coach Taylor/Kyle Chandler Remember the last time you gave two shits about football, let alone a TV show about a fake football team in Texas? Yeah, us neither, but we wanted to jump off the roof when Friday Night Lights aired its series finale this year. No more Riggins brothers? No more Lyla Garrity? No more lesbian character who’s name we’ve forgotten, and maybe never learned in the first place? Coach Taylor was our favorite because he always made these mouth movements like he was chewing on invisible peanuts. Maybe it was charming or something. D is for Vitamin D Every year women's magazines bombard us with the latest weight-loss trends and whether we like it or not, we get slightly suckered into the madness. This year experts told us that Vitamin D was our ticket to nicer skin, better mental health and a slimmer waist-line. It also didn't hurt that a little dose of D helped kick the nasty shakes of a hang over and that you could get your daily intake by simply laying in the sun. E is for Elizabeth Taylor A lot of big name celebrities kicked the bucket in 2011, but none of them really made us want to feel emotions quite in the way that Elizabeth Taylor’s passing did. This lady was a class act from beginning to end--she even peaced out before she reached the age of 80, which was the ultimate sign of “I may be old, but I aint NEVER getting OLD.” We like to think of her up in the clouds somewhere, riding white horses around and collecting diamonds that fall down from the moon. F is for The F*cking Kardashian Wedding Perhaps it's Robin Lopez's inability to corral rebounds; perhaps it is a skill of Kris Humphries. Neither really matters, as it was a 72 day marriage to Kim Kardashian, and a 72-day period until the 6'11 Washington product becomes a free agent in the truest and fullest sense of the word. Needless to say, the world has never been more intrigued by a middling basketball celebrity. G is for Gay Where were you when Gov. Cuomo signed the bill that freed up homos to be able to marry in the state of New York? I (Kelly) was living in Olympia, Washington, hating my life, but I watched and read and heard about the whole thing on the Internet and wanted to run to my people to celebrate. When the pictures of the Empire State Building lit up in rainbow colors started going viral, I cried. I like knowing that I could get married, and then divorced, any ‘ol time I want to, just like everybody else! H is for Health Care This is still an issue. Unless you live in Canada and then it's just sort of an issue. I is for In the Land of Blood and Honey Angelina Jolie may dip in and out of the forefront of our pop-culture consciousness, but she’s always there somewhere. When we look at Angelina we get the sense that she can do anything; make perfect rice, hot-wire a car, shoot guns with both hands while bouncing a baby on her knee, anything. This year marks her directorial debut with In The Land of Blood and Honey, which is about deep political stuff and is already up for a million awards, even though it’s not even out yet. Oh yeah, and she wrote the script too. WTF?! J is for Jobs (as in Steve) The genius behind our beloved Apple produces kicked it this year, but his inventions will live longer than most of us. K is for Kreayshawn People sure do like talking about Kreayshawn, namely how much they hate her, but we think she’s great. If you’re still unfamiliar (and just woke up under a rock, or in Nebraska), Kreayshawn is an Oakland based rapper who’s song “Gucci Gucci” will be ingrained in my head, and probably the head of the person standing or sitting next to you right now as you read this, forever. L is for Leal (as in Sara) and Her Night of Passion with Ashton After a night of sex with Mr. Demi Moore (or Ashton Kutcher), Sara Leal was paid a reported $100,000 for the gritty details of their escapades. Leal revealed her story in tabloid spreads and a viral video which followed. Kutcher's marriage to legendary Ghost actress, Demi Moore ended in divorce and Leal was left with a hefty chunk of shopping change to blow. What was best about this event was the fictional story "Ashton Kutcher And The Hot Tub Worthy Divorce Machine" penned by Sarah Miller of The Awl, explaining what really went on in Kutcher's head. Miller solidified herself as the female Chuck Klosterman. M is for Morrissey We’ve heard a million different stories about Morrissey being a supreme A-hole, and we’re not even sure if they’re true, but choosing to believe that they’re true makes us like him even more. What would anyone get out of Morrissey being nice? Can you imagine the sort of horrible music that would come out of that? And plus, look at him, he doesn’t even look nice, so stop acting all shocked. Morrissey announced that he’d be touring this year for the first time in a really really long time, but then he ended up just canceling a bunch of shows, because he hates people. It was great. N is for Nixing The "Enemy" or Killing Osama Bin Laden Obama got Osama. It was kind of a big deal. O is for Occupy Wall Street This year's biggest anti-capitalist protest started in our very own Zuccotti Park near the financial district as a final-straw kind of reaction to greed, unemployment, corruption and corporations. The Adbusters-influenced protest rapidly spread to every major (and minor) city in North America, but how much sense did Occupy Nanaimo really make? Shit got real on the Brooklyn Bridge though. P is for Powerful Super Group Superheavy, The Throne and Kurt Vile and Jennifer Herrema's coming together all mattered but no musical super group kicked as much ass as Wild Flag did. Comprised of two former Sleater-Kinney ladies (Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss), Mary Timony from Helium, and Rebecca Cole, Wild Flag play rock music that is so good it makes me want to kick myself in the face. They released their first album this year and we loved it so much that we had to try really hard not to crumple it up and shove it in our mouths. You know what this band is like? It’s like the awesome band version of a fantasy football team. There, nailed it. Q is for Quack Marriages Aspiring "actress" Courtney Stodden may be lying through her triple-F breasts, but we have to admit that we're not totally bummed she married her way into the spotlight. The 17-year-old Pamela Anderson wanna-be married failing 51-year-old actor Doug Hutchinson this year and then proceeded to go on every talk show ever produced to prove to the world that they are "in love". Stodden licked her lips a lot and Hutchinson talked about "inspiration" while we all cringed in disgust. Stodden claims she has not lied about her age or about the fact that her body is all-natural. Quack or not, we don't care because her Twitter is non-stop entertainment. R is for The Royal Wedding People everywhere glued themselves to their television screens to watch the biggest ceremony of the decade unfold like a pop-up fairy tale book. Bartering the floral arrangements of Kate and William's wedding alone could have fed your family for the next 45 years. S is for Stephenie Meyer Stephenie Meyer, creator of the Twilight dynasty, spent most of 2011 lounging on the backs of bronzed lions and fanning herself with crisply ironed thousand-dollar bills, but she also had a hand in us being able to enjoy (or not, in my case, because I thought it sucked) the motion picture adaptation of Breaking Dawn: Part 1. Listen lady, if I wanted to sit for two hours and watch awkward people get married and wolves fall in love with a baby, I’d , well, I’d never want to do those things. I always appreciate the opportunity to eat movie theater popcorn though, so thank you for that. Oh, and thank you for Jacob Black. T is for "Tot Mom" or Casey Anthony This summer, Florida mother Casey Anthony or "Tot Mom" was tried for the murder of her baby daughter, Caylee. The case was aired all over HLN nearly 24-hours a day as most of us couldn't help be enthralled with this tabloid murder trial. Nancy Grace reported on Anthony's bitchy facial expressions and "pale, frail" looks during her news program at night using the word "slut" every other word. All signs pointed to guilty, but Anthony got off scott-free and became the O.J. Simpson of 2011. U is for Unemployment This was the year where it pretty much became the norm that no one we know will ever have a job again ever. Or, to look on the optimistic side of the shit sandwich, this was the year when “I have five Etsy shops” became a valid profession. V is for Victims of Disaster This year Japan experienced one of the most tragic natural disasters our world has seen since Katrina. The earthquake (which hit an 9.0 magnitude) caused 30 foot Tsunami's which destroyed Japan's Eastern Coast. The whole world was glued to Youtube to watch home recorded videos that victims had uploaded of their properties, cars and lives being blown away by massive amounts of terrifying waves, landslides, fires and flooding. Tohuko Earthquake left Japan with 15,842 deaths, plus many more injuries, missing people, broken buildings and businesses. W is for the West Memphis Three After being locked up for nearly two decades for brutal murders they did not commit, Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin were released from prison this year. Sentenced to life (and the death penalty for Echols) in 1993 with hardly any evidence, this Memphis modern-day witch hunt grabbed the attention of everyone all over the country including celebrities supporters like Johnny Depp, Henry Rollins and The Dixie Chicks. Two documentaries (Paradise Lost & Paradise Lost 2) went inside the courtroom to showcase the blatant injustice of the trial. Surprisingly, this year new evidence revealed that the men were, in fact, not linked to the murders and they were released on an Alford Plea. Every American who was teenage nerd in the 90's shed a tear of joy. X is for The Execution of Troy Davis In opposition to the release of The West Memphis Three, 42-year-old Troy Davis was executed this fall as an innocent man. Maintaining his innocence all through out his jail time at a state prison in Georgia, Davis had many outside support groups who rallied and protested for his cause. Despite the fact that over a million people signed a petition for the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to grant clemency, he was still executed by lethal injection. Y is for... Y is always a tough one. We can't think of anything. Try to make things fit that don't like that puzzle piece you really want to "just go right there." So we'll say Y is for you. As of 2011, anyone can do anything from making your own website to shooting a full feature film on your iPhone. So "you" can also come up with something for Y. Z is for Jay-Z and Kanye We're cheating on this one, but my God, to not mention the two rap super powers of Jay-Z and Kanye here would be tragic--well, maybe for them. This year Beyonce's (see letteer B) boo teamed up with the world's biggest ego to create "Watch The Throne" an album so buzzed, so hyped that even your grandmother was into the "Otis" video. They later embarked on an international tour to support the album often closing their sets by playing their hit "Niggas in Paris" ten times in a row. (Yeah, we heard you the first time.) We're truly surprised the tour didn't turn out like Best of Both Worlds with two grown men in fights that led to canceled tours all over North America. Kuddos guys.
HEARTY'S A-Z OF 20092009 is almost over. What are you doing for New Years? Who cares. What are you going to wear? Nothing? Us too. We decided we better find a way to talk about all the great things that happened this year, hence the list. From Dave Letterman's scandal to Doc Martens to Vampires to Lady Gaga and her teeny tweeny, this year has been the usual bomb of popular culture. We couldn't get them all (the alphabet is only so long) but we tried our best to capture 2009 into a digital alphabetical capsule. Honorable mention goes to abortion rights, botox, objectum sexuals, Amanda Knox, Sarah Haskins, health care, Michelle Obama, vinyl, MOM, death metal, iphone applications and Legally Blonde: The Musical. Cheers 2009! Now, get lost. By: Mish Way and Maya Beaudry A is for Atlanta and the Real House Wives. The Real House Wives of Atlanta blew up like a stripper out of the top of a giant vanilla cake. Big rings, big bottles of Chardonnay, big independence parties, big clothing lines and a real big dose of suburban drama. They developed a whole new breed of "domestic goddess." Anyone out there who says they didn't love to hate Kim's smash hit, "Tardy for the Party" is lying through her Crest White Strips. B is for Baby Boys or "The New Male Beauty". Back in June Irina Aleksander of The New York Observer wrote about "The New Male Beauty," a trend in which celebrity men were starting to look like little girls. Credentials? "Wide-set eyes, the narrow nose that flares up at the tip just so, the childish puffy cheeks and the not-too-rugged jaw lines, topped with carefully placed strands of layered hair." Dudes like Chace Crawford, Zack Efron and Robert Pattinson stole the hunk spotlight destroying the manly man ideal of Clooney and Pitt's past. Why did people care? Oh, because men were becoming women! This is wrong! What to do? Blame the feminists and the gays. It's usually their fault anyhow. C is for Cheating. Letterman, Tiger Woods, Jon Gosselin and yeah, you know you did it too. D is for Doc Martens. And every other totally 90's trend that came back this year. Flannels, Kool-Aid hair, ripped tights, floral baby doll dresses and bleached jean vests were all resurrected for a zombie-like take over. Girls were cutting their brand-new $50 leggings to look as haggard as Jennifer Finch's underwear. Lame. E is for Eminen. What's that guy been up to? Breaking his five year hiatus with an unsuccessful comeback album. F is for Flu (of the Swine variety). H1N1 was a big deal for about a minute, and then everyone realized it went away in 2 days and that it was a universally acceptable reason to miss work. University students everywhere capitalized on the fact that extensions were being handed out like free condoms and partied their way through term papers and finals. G is for Gaga. Lady Gaga is a really big deal. She is also really smart. This is a good thing, we think. H is for Hating Hipsters. Hatred for hipsters has been steadily accumulating for the second half of the decade. In 2009, hipsters were universally shit on by the masses for a variety of (often totally legitimate) reasons. This mass disdain managed to entirely discredit an entire generation's creative community while using American Apparel employees and Urban Outfitters mannequins as a prototype for people in tight jeans everywhere. I is for Inaguration. Or the first black president of the United States. Obviously. J is for Jenny Humphreys a.k.a Lil J a.k.a Taylor Momsen. Season 4 of Gossip Girl was most notably marked by Jenny Humphrey's contrived and confusing new "punk" look (and music career?). In the media, she took full credit for both her stylist's and her song-writers work, and gave out positive advice for young girls everywhere, explaining that high school was too boring to finish, and that artists don't need trigonometry. She also really pissed off Courtney Love, which made Mish hate her forever. K is for Kanye going Krazy. Dear Kanye: I'm sorry B didn't get to take home another weird moonman thing, but its a VMA for a music video, not a Nobel Prize. I realize that you're starting to think you're God, but try to take a hint from ODB, and save your disruptions for the Grammy's. L is for Lo-Fi. In 2009, every "cool" new band sounded like you were hearing them from inside the bathroom of a shitty house party, wearing earmuffs. M is for MTV. Between Jersey Shore and Teen Mom, MTV made us all thankful for the lives we lead and the people we don't have to hang out with. N is for New York. That place is still cool, right? O is for Over-sharing. Thanks to Facebook refusing to die and the eruption of Twitter, all of a sudden everyone knew what every person they didn't care about was doing at every second of the day. Status updates from Joe Nobody to drunken chicks discussing their intimate affairs via comment not message (whoops), to celebrities like P. Diddy tweeting so often a drinking game was created to play with his catch-phrase updates. The absurdity and hilarity of this wasn't lost on anyone with half a brain, and websites like lamebook.com managed to catch a few gems (click here). P is for Plus-Size Models. 2009 brought a new body to the fashion editorial landscape--the "plus-size model." Beautiful, bodacious babes like Crystal Renn and Lizzie Miller shocked the world by daring to smile for glossy magazines and speak out to the media about their personal stories of the industry. Miller and Renn--whether intentional or not--gave the average woman something to relate to. But the plus-size invasion didn't please everyone, especially knitwear designer Mark Fast's stylists who walked out of a runway show because they didn't want to work with bigger models. Q is for Quit. Didn't have time to quit smoking, artificial sweeteners, drinking and pork this year? 2010 is all lined up for you. R is for Recessionista. Instead of spending thousands on a sequined dress with feathers, women were encouraged to go Recessionista by spending the same amount on a less flashy number. Think well-tailored, plain sturdy fabrics in form-fitting shapes that give the illusion of penny pinching in these dire times. The philosophy behind Recessionista? Don't look rich, but don't look homeless (that is so M.K and Ash circa 2006). S is for Speidi. No one can deny that this was the year of Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt. Over the past year, we have watched as Heidi and Spencer molded into one super-synthetic, super-annoying super-human, posing and interviewing for Playboy, dancing at the Miss Universe Pagent, writing a book and slagging Al Roker via twitter. You know you've made it when, right? T is for Tavi a.k.a Style Rookie. Who ever thought that a thirteen-year-old fashion blogger from Who-Cares-Ville, U.S.A could become a major figure in high fashion? Certainly not Elle's editor, Anne Slowey, who dogged Tavi for her rapid rise to power. The Tavi phenomenon will go down in history as an unforgettable moment in fashion blogging fame. Like some kind of modern-day Herstory about bursting to the top. "I blog therefore I will... take your high-profile job, report at Fashion Week and team up with Target. Don't try to stop me. I'm in f--king middle school, k?" U is for Unexpected Celebrity Deaths. This year we lost a big chunk of Hollywood to mysterious causes. Most recently, Brittany Murphy died from "cardiac arrest" leaving the world curious about this ultra-thin actresses troubling search for stardom. The King of Pop, Micheal Jackson, sent a wave of shock through the world when he passed away this past June. And the always-iconic Farrah Fawcett, Patrick Swayze, supermodel Dual Kim, artist Dash Snow, British reality star Jade Goody and Natasha Richardson all were filed under R.I.P this year. The world lost some good ones, no doubt. V is for Vampires. Vampires aren't just for weird gothy teens anymore. Twilight taught us that true love means that your boyfriend actually wants to kill you and that abstinence in teens actually happens. W is for "Where the Wild Things Are". Music snobs made fun of this for being a 2-hour indie rock music video. But HELLO?! A 2-hour music video is the best possible thing to watch when stoned. This movie ruled, and it made everyone cry for weird personal reasons. X is for... Nothing actually starts with X. Next. Y is for Youtube. Because it still totally rules. Z is for WeeZy. No it isn't, but all the other letters were taken. In 2009 the "Best Rapper Alive" was put on blast in The Carter, a feature length documentary that revealed his steady diet of cough syrup and ecstasy. For those of us who have kept a soft spot in our hearts for that little dude from Cash Money, the movie was kind of a tragic look at success in the rap world.
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Who ever said vampires had no souls! The ladies at WTForks?! including our fellow hearty bloggers Lani and Yoshi, have paired their passion for Twilight and design, releasing some Edward Cullen approved gear at their new online shop. They'll be donating some of the proceeds to the Philippine National Red Cross in support of the Typhoon Ketsana victims. Two tees are available including a WTForks x Hellz Bellz x 5&a Dime collab, and a WTFangs necklace by Right In The Family Jewels. Get your pre-sale on here.
Our girl Yoshi has been on a heavy campaign to win the job of covering the TwiCon event in Dallas for ReelzChannel. Being an obsessively proud Twilight fan (Peep WhatTheForks?! for more info) this competition was an important one. And the votes are in...Yoshi is going to TwiCon! A big hearty congratualtions! Go get 'em in Dallas girl.