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All-female band melts faces in new video for Chris Stapleton/Ed Sheeran collabo "Blow"

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ABC/Mark Levine “Blow,” the new collaboration between Chris Stapleton and pop superstars Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars is your typical double-entendre rock and roll come-on, in which a guy tells a girl, “I’m comin’ for you/Pull my trigger/Let me blow your mind.” But the song’s video turns the idea on its head by flipping the gender, enlisting women to lip-sync along to Chris, Ed, and Bruno’s vocals.

The video is set in L.A.’s famed club The Viper Room, where we see an all-female band rocking out onstage.  Three different women of different races, all playing guitars, “sing” the rowdy song’s vocals — and in a nice touch, it’s a redhead who sings Sheeran’s parts.

Throughout the song, the women in the group all shred, punch the air and pull typical “male” rock-star poses throughout the video — the drummer even licks her drumstick suggestively.  The crowd, made up of all different races and genders, lose their minds.

Chris, Ed, and Bruno likely couldn’t coordinate their schedules so they could all appear together in the video, so this approach is a very clever solution.

“Blow” is on Sheeran’s new album No. 6 Collaborations, which arrives this Friday.

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"Try not to cry": Season four 'Queer Eye' trailer teases even more emotional transformations

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Christopher Smith/Netflix(KANSAS CITY) — As Jonathan Van Ness says in the new season four trailer for Queer Eye, “Try not to cry. Try not to lose it.”

 

The Fab Five – Jonathan, Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown and Tan France – returns to Kansas City this season for even more emotional transformations.

In the clip, we get our first look at this season’s new subjects, which include Jonathan’s former high school orchestra teacher, a man who says he’s never spoken to a gay person before and a woman who’s been doing the same makeup and hair style since the ‘90s.

Season four debuts on Netflix July 19.

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Freeform responds to Halle Bailey's 'The Little Mermaid' casting backlash

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Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney(LOS ANGELES) — After the chatter on social media with hashtags like #NotMyAriel regarding the game-changing casting of Halle Bailey in the live-action The Little Mermaid, Freeform, the network that airs grown-ish, in which she’s featured, had some serious thoughts.

The network posted a message Sunday with the caption, “An open letter to the Poor, Unfortunate Souls.” In the letter, the network took haters to task and stepped up big time for its star.

“Yes. The original author of ‘The Little Mermaid’ was Danish. Ariel … is a mermaid,” the post began. “She lives in an underwater kingdom in international waters and can legit swim wherever she wants.”

For the sake of the online arguments from a certain segment of Little Mermaid fans, the post followed the assumption that Ariel is actually Danish.

“Danish mermaids can be black because Danish *people* can be black,” it continued. “Ariel can sneak up to the surface anytime with her pals Scuttle and the *ahem* Jamaican crab Sebastian … and keep that bronze base tight. Black Danish people, and thus mer-folk, can also *genetically* have red hair.”

The post then hammered home the real purpose of the message, to support the young actress and remind folks Ariel is a work of fiction.

“So after all this is said and done, and you still cannot get past the idea that choosing the incredible, sensational, highly-talented, gorgeous Halle Bailey is anything other than the INSPIRED casting that it is because she ‘doesn’t look like the cartoon one,’ oh boy, do I have some news for you … about you,” it closed, adding the hashtag #MyAriel.

ABC News and Freeform are both part of parent company Disney.

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Pelosi invites US women's soccer team to Capitol Hill amid uncertainty over Trump invitation

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Maja Hitij/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — President Donald Trump congratulated the U.S. women’s soccer team for their historic World Cup win against the Netherlands on Sunday and tweeted last month that he is planning on inviting the team to the White House, “win or lose.”

But amid a public feud with the team’s co-captain and top scorer, Megan Rapinoe, Trump appeared less certain about the invitation when talking to reporters on Sunday.

“We haven’t really thought about it,” he said. “We’ll look at that.”

The Trump administration has so far hosted only one women’s sports team at the White House — the Baylor University Lady Bears — and has not invited any of the WNBA champions since Trump took office. ABC News has reached out to the White House, but a request for comment was not returned.

But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not hesitate and tweeted an invitation to the players to visit the U.S. Capitol, tweeting, “I’m pleased to invite the players to the US Capitol as a team or individually to celebrate your inspiring victory.”

Pelosi’s invitation comes after Rapinoe, who drew Trump’s ire when she declared last month that she’s “not going to the f—— White House” if her team wins, accepted Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s offer to visit the Capitol instead.

This is not the first time that Pelosi and Democrats have gotten in the middle of one of Trump’s feuds with sports teams and athletes.

Last year, Pelosi and Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee — who both represent California — invited the Golden State Warriors and their families to the Capitol amid news that Trump, who withdrew his invitation to the NBA champs in 2017, had decided not to invite them at all after their 2018 win.

“I stand by the comments that I made about not wanting to go to the White House, with the exception of the expletive,” Rapinoe said amid some backlash following her initial comments and criticism from Trump. “My mom would be very upset about that.”

Rapinoe, who has been an outspoken critic of the Trump administration, was one of the first athletes to follow then-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s lead in September 2016 by taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem to protest racial oppression and police brutality against black people.

Trump slammed Rapinoe on Twitter and claimed that “leagues and teams love coming to the White House,” but since Trump took office, the president has feuded with a wide variety of sports champs — from football to basketball and baseball — and many players refused invitations to the White House, citing their opposition to Trump.

“I am a big fan of the American Team, and Women’s Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job! We haven’t yet … invited Megan or the team, but I am now inviting the TEAM, win or lose. Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team. Be proud of the Flag that you wear. The USA is doing GREAT!” Trump wrote in a series of tweets.

Teammate Ali Krieger, who defended Rapinoe following Trump’s criticism, tweeted that she “will sit this one out as well,” and cited her opposition to the Trump administration’s actions regarding “LGBTQ+ citizens, immigrants & our most vulnerable.”

Team forward Alex Morgan said on Friday that the women will decide as a team whether to accept a potential White House invitation.

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Coco Gauff, 15-year-old tennis phenom who beat Venus Williams, is out at Wimbledon

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Shi Tang/Getty Images(LONDON) — Coco Gauff, the 15-year-old tennis player who burst onto the professional scene with a stunning victory over Venus Williams last week, is leaving Wimbledon with a loss in straight sets — and a host of new fans ready to motivate her for the next tournament.

“Your journey is far from over, @CocoGauff,” tennis legend Billie Jean King tweeted. “Looking forward to watching your future successes on the court and off. #BigFan”

Gauff’s eye-catching debut at Wimbledon came to an end Monday in the fourth round with a loss to Romanian star Simona Halep, 27, who was seeded No. 7, 6-3, 6-3.

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“I hope they learned about me that I’m a fighter,” Gauff said in a post-match press conference after her loss about her new fans. “I’ll never give up. I hope they learned from me that, I mean, anything is possible if you work hard, just continue to dream big.”

It’s likely Gauff’s Wimbledon success, which made her an overnight sensation, will outlive her loss. In the first round of ladies’ singles, Gauff beat her icon, Williams, 39, 6-4, 6-4. To get there in the first place, Gauff became the youngest player to ever qualify for Wimbledon.

She and her parents became visibly emotional after that match, and they quickly won over tennis fans everywhere. In an interview with GMA, Gauff’s parents credited Venus and her sister Serena Williams for paving the way.

“We hadn’t seen many African-American women in the sport, so when they started winning and having success and trailblazing, some of the challenges that they went through made it a lot easier to get into the sport and it allowed us to be a lot more confident about choosing [tennis],” Gauff’s father, Corey, said.

Gauff, who has been competing while taking school tests, has been humbled and excited by the attention she’s getting — including from Beyoncé’s mom, Tina Knowles, Jaden Smith and Michelle Obama.

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“She’s one of my role models,” Gauff said of Obama’s tweet about her, according to People. “So it was just cool to see that she knows I exist.”

But above all, it’s Gauff’s athletic performance on those famed grass courts that has garnered attention for the young phenom.

After beating Williams, she beat Magdaléna Rybáriková to reach the third round, where she faced Polona Hercog of Slovenia.

That match on Friday cemented her place in history, as she fought back from two match points, including a second set tiebreak, to come out on top. In doing so, Gauff became the youngest player to make it to the second week of Wimbledon since 1991.

Gauff also caused some conversation with her entrance in the mixed doubles Wimbledon tournament, when Brit Jay Clarke left original partner Harriet Dart to instead play with Gauff at the last minute. They did, however, lose in the opening round.

“If somebody told me this maybe three weeks ago, I probably wouldn’t believe it,” Gauff said after her loss on Monday. “But I think just putting in the work definitely raised my confidence because I knew how hard I worked and I knew what shots I could make and what was possible.”

“I’m only 15,” she continued. “Like, I’ve not nearly gotten or developed my game. I started tennis at six. I’m so excited to see, if I continue to work hard, what other success I can do in the future.”

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