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Former ‘Southern Charm’ star Thomas Ravenel welcomes son with ex-girlfriend



Former “Southern Charm” star Thomas Ravenel’s family is growing.

The disgraced former politician, 57, welcomed a son on June 29 with his ex-girlfriend, 38-year-old nurse Heather Mascoe, reported on Monday.

The couple briefly dated, but now he maintained that they are “really good friends.”

“We’ve named him Jonathan Jackson Ravenel and he was born by C-section on June 29, 7 lbs 4oz and 20.25 inches long,” said Ravenel, who gained infamy in 2007 when he was canned as South Carolina’s state treasurer over drug charges that got him 10 months in federal prison.

“We are both very happy. Heather is a phenomenal mom and they’re both doing well.”

Ravenel is also father to two children — daughter Kensie, 6, and son Saint, 4 — with his ex-girlfriend, Kathryn Dennis. They have not met Jonathan in-person yet, but they have FaceTimed with the baby.

“It’s kind of difficult to explain to them, you know, ‘This is your half-brother – different mothers, same father,’” Ravenel said. “They were a little confused. In the end I just told them, ‘You’ll understand when you’re older!’”

Meanwhile, reported that Mascoe is also a mom to two children, a son and a daughter aged 12 and 13, from a previous relationship with Charleston restaurateur Leo Chiagkouris, 60.

Jonathan’s arrival comes almost a year after Ravenel pleaded guilty to assault and battery against his children’s former nanny stemming from a 2015 incident. He avoided jail time in the matter.


You Can’t Make Becky G Choose



In this as-told-to for Más Que Suficiente, More Than Enough, an Elite Daily series celebrating Latinx culture, singer Becky G opens up about breaking barriers in the music industry and choosing not to define her sound to Elite Daily’s dating editor, Veronica Lopez. Para leer este ensayo en español, desliza hacia abajo.

Growing up, my parents always called me a little chispa — a firework who just had to cause a scene wherever I went. I was born and raised in Inglewood, California, in a really big Mexican-American family (you can imagine what our family parties looked like), and I was always the little girl on top of the table, dancing and singing, saying, “Look at me; look what I can do.” When the economy crashed [in 2008], when I was 11, we lost our home. We moved into my grandparents’ converted garage and all six of us lived in a space smaller than the living room in my apartment now.

My grandparents were the first in our family to come to America from Jalisco, Mexico, in search of better opportunities. Even though it was under very different circumstances, after we lost our home we found ourselves in a similar position: We had to start over and make a life out of nothing. So I drew up a little “contract” and asked my parents to give me six months to break into the entertainment industry. They supported me, and six months later, I was working with my very first agency, booking short films, commercials, voice-overs, and writing my own songs. That was 12 years ago — I’m 23 years old now, and I’ve never stopped working. You could call what we went through “tough times,” but they were pivotal moments that shaped who I am today. Making music and entertaining people are my passions, and using them to help my family became the foundation of my career.

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No matter what came our way, music was everywhere in my home. We listened to music in both English and Spanish, so I grew up hearing Christina Aguilera and TLC while singing Selena Quintanilla. Singing in Spanish always came more naturally to me than speaking it, but I was scared to do so professionally. I don’t say that lightly — it was one of my greatest fears. The Selena movie scene where her dad says, “You have to be more Mexican than the Mexicans and more American than the Americans” — I felt that. I thought to myself, I’m the 200%: 100% Mexicana and 100% American. I’m proud to be from LA, but I hated feeling like I had to choose between that and my Mexican roots. All my life I’ve worried that for the Americans, I’d be a little too Mexican. And if that were the case, and they didn’t accept me, then where would I belong? Who would I belong to?

I have an American mind, and a Mexican heart.

I think, subconsciously, I’ve always feared that if I sang Spanish music professionally, people could judge me for not being totally fluent. But eventually I realized I’m not the only Latina in the world who doesn’t speak Spanish perfectly, and I shouldn’t feel less than for that. I have an American mind, and a Mexican heart. I have so much pride and appreciation for the blood that runs through my veins, the history behind my last name, and the stories of the people who came before me. So I decided I wasn’t going to choose who to be, and I dove into my career wholeheartedly. Next thing you know, I’m in the studio making my Spanish project. But that wasn’t the only difficult decision I’d have to make.

In the Latin music industry, [I was told] “women don’t sell tickets,” and that I’d “never have” my own headlining tour or get booked for any shows by promoters. If I wanted to be a Mexicana doing reggaeton, then “good luck,” because “Mexicanas only do regional Mexican music, or música romántica, or pop rock en español.” But I’m from Inglewood. I started off as a rapper. I listened to 2Pac, Biggie Smalls, Daddy Yankee, and Ivy Queen. I knew what I wanted. People have always tried to put me in this little cajita, but I was just not having it. I decided if I was going to do this — then I was going to do it my way, and we were going to change the game.

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I couldn’t be prouder of the boundaries we’ve broken so far. I’m constantly trying to share opportunities with others and really bring people together, and I want to make sure that also translates beyond what I’m doing in the industry. As an artist, I’m aware of the weight my platform carries. I’ve never been one to shy away from the fight for justice. [When it comes to standing up for what’s right] a lot of artists ask themselves, “Do I say something or do I not say something?” And I think we should always say something, and we should always be willing to listen and learn. If not, we’re going to miss so many opportunities for change and unity. Older Latinx generations tend to be unwilling to really hear young Latinxs out, or have simply never understood why certain views can be so harmful. Why do I only “have” to talk about immigration rights when Black Lives Matter affects us, too? Our entire Afro Latino community falls under this race and are also discriminated against. This is our fight. Having those uncomfortable conversations, donating, and aligning yourself with the right people can help us all be a part of these movements on a greater scale.

As a country, we need so much more empathy right now — we need to be able to say, “I may not understand, but I am right here with you. And I don’t have all the answers, but just know you’re not alone.” Our generation constantly hears, “You’re the change; be the change.” And I see so many young people really stepping into greatness just owning it. It’s so inspiring. COVID-19 and the resurgence of the BLM movement have inspired me to revisit every single aspect of my career. I’ve tried to reimagine everything I want to create, really making sure that the intention to help others is embedded in the DNA of any Becky G project, whether it’s producing, film, TV, or music. I really want to be a part of that change.

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Cuando era pequeña, mis padres me llamaban “chispita”, la que siempre tenía que dramatizar todo. Nací y crecí en Inglewood, California, en una familia mexicana-Norteamericana enorme (puedes imaginar nuestras parrandas), y yo siempre fui la nena bailando y cantando arriba de la mesa, diciendo, “Mírame, mira lo que puedo hacer.” Cuando la economía colapsó [en el 2008], cuando tenía 11 años, perdimos nuestra casa. Nos mudamos al garaje de mis abuelos, y los seis vivimos en un espacio más pequeño que el salón de mi apartamento hoy en día.

Mis abuelos emigraron a los Estados Unidos desde Jalisco, México, en búsqueda de mejores oportunidades. Aunque las circunstancias eran muy distintas, después de perder nuestra casa nos encontramos en una posición muy parecida: Tuvimos que empezar de nuevo y crear una vida de la nada. Así que escribí un pequeño contrato, y les pedí a mis padres que me dieran seis meses para iniciarme en la industria del entretenimiento. Me apoyaron, y después de seis meses, empecé a trabajar con mi primera agencia, actuando en películas cortas, grabando voz en off y escribiendo mis propias canciones. Eso fue hace 12 años — ahora tengo 23 años, y nunca he dejado de trabajar. Lo que vivimos puede ser considerada una etapa difícil, pero fueron momentos fundamentales que formaron a la persona que soy hoy en día. Crear música y entretener a la gente son mis pasiones, y poder usarlas para ayudar a mi familia fue la base de mi carrera.

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A pesar de todo, la música siempre estuvo presente en nuestro hogar. Escuchábamos música en inglés y en español, así que siempre escuchaba a Christina Aguilera y a TLC igual que a Selena Quintanilla. Para mí, cantar en español siempre fue más fácil que hablarlo, pero me asustaba la idea de hacerlo profesionalmente. No lo digo fácilmente — fue una de las cosas que más miedo me daba. En la película Selena, cuando su papá le dice, “Tienes que ser más mexicana que los mexicanos y más estadounidense que los estadounidenses” — eso lo sentí. Pensaba, soy el 200%: 100% mexicana y 100% estadounidense. Estoy orgullosa de ser de Los Ángeles, pero me chocaba sentir como si tuviera que elegir entre esa identidad y mis raíces mexicanas. Toda mi vida, temía que para los Norteamericanos, sería demasiado mexicana. Y si fuera el caso y no me aceptaran, ¿a dónde pertenecería? ¿A quién?

Tengo una mente estadounidense y un corazón mexicano.

Creo que, subconscientemente, temía que si cantaba música en español, en frente de una audiencia, me iban a juzgar por no poder hablarlo con fluidez total. Pero eventualmente, me di cuenta de que no soy la única latina en el mundo que no habla español perfectamente, y no me debo sentir inferior por eso. Tengo una mente estadounidense y un corazón mexicano. Tengo tanto orgullo y apreciación por la sangre que fluye por mis venas, la historia de mi apellido y la historia de mis antepasados. Así que decidí que no tenía que elegir y me dediqué a mi carrera completamente. De pronto, ya estaba realizando mi proyecto en español. Pero esa no fue la única decisión difícil que tendría que tomar.

En la industria de la música latina, [me dijeron que] “las mujeres no venden entradas,” y que “nunca tendría” mi propio tour, o que los promotores jamás me iban a contratar para tocar conciertos. Si yo quería ser una mexicana haciendo reggaeton, pues “buena suerte,” porque las cantantes mexicanas “sólo hacíamos música folklórica, romántica o pop-rock en español.” Pero soy de Inglewood. Empecé como rapera. Escuchaba a 2Pac, Biggie Smalls, Daddy Yankee e Ivy Queen. Yo sabía lo que quería. Siempre me querían meter en una cajita, pero no lo iba a permitir. Decidí que si quería hacer reggaeton, lo iba a hacer a mi manera e íbamos a cambiar el juego.

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No puedo estar más orgullosa de los límites que hemos sobrepasado en el camino. Siempre me gusta compartir oportunidades con los demás para unir a la gente, y quiero asegurarme de que eso vaya más allá de lo que estoy haciendo en la industria musical. Como artista, sé que mi plataforma tiene influencia. Nunca he tenido miedo de luchar por la justicia. [Cuando se trata de defender lo correcto] muchos artistas se preguntan, “¿Digo algo o no?” Y creo que siempre debemos decir algo, y siempre debemos estar dispuestos a escuchar y aprender. Si no, vamos a perder muchas oportunidades para lograr grandes cambios y unirnos. Las generaciones mayores latinas tienden a no escuchar a los jóvenes, o simplemente no han aprendido porque algunos puntos de vista pueden ser tan dañinos. ¿Porque solo “tengo que” hablar de derechos de inmigración cuando el movimiento por las vidas de los afroamericanos nos afecta también? La comunidad afro-latina es parte de nuestra raíz, y también enfrenta la misma discriminación. Esta es nuestra lucha. Tener esas conversaciones incómodas, realizar donaciones y unirse a la gente que piensa lo mismo nos puede ayudar a formar parte de estos movimientos a gran escala.

Como país, necesitamos más empatía que nunca — necesitamos poder decir, “No entiendo, pero estoy contigo. Y no tengo las respuestas, pero quiero que sepas que no estás solo.” A nuestra generación siempre nos dicen: “Eres el cambio, sé el cambio.” Y veo a tanta gente joven verdaderamente lanzándose a la grandeza. Es muy emocionante. COVID-19 y el resurgimiento del movimiento por las vidas afroamericanas me han inspirado a repasar y pensar en cada aspecto de mi carrera. He intentado reimaginar lo que quiero crear, y quiero asegurarme que la intención de ayudar a los demás sea parte del ADN de todo proyecto de Becky G, ya sea producción, cine, televisión o música. Quiero ser parte de ese cambio.

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“May Karma Find You All”: Woman’s Brutally Honest Obituary For Her Husband Who Died From Coronavirus Is Going Viral



79-year-old David Nagy was one of 7016 Texas residents who have passed away from coronavirus. But David’s death, just like those of other innocent victims, could have been avoided.

In order to make the grieving family’s voice heard, his heartbroken wife Stacey wrote a powerful obituary in the local newspaper Jefferson Jimplecute on July 30. It soon caught the attention of people on social media and spread far further than Jefferson, a city of around 1,961 residents.

The impassioned obituary laid it out loud and clear who is to blame for David’s “needless death” and even stated that karma will “find you all!” Let’s take a look at the full text down below, which surely gives a lot of food for thought, especially these days when the pandemic is breathing over our shoulder but many still refuse to take it seriously.

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The widow’s impassioned obituary for her husband who died of coronavirus has spread far further than the small town of Jefferson

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In early July, David got sick and was taken to a local hospital where he tested positive for coronavirus. As his health worsened, doctors tried placing him on a ventilator, injecting remdesivir, and trying plasma therapy.

His wife Stacey wasn’t allowed inside and could only open the door less than an inch so they could talk. “He was unconscious by then, but I told him I loved him and I cried,” she said in this interview. On July 22, her husband became yet another needless coronavirus victim.

Stacey has shared her text published in a local newspaper on Facebook

Image credits: Stacey Sylos Nagy

Image credits: Stacey Sylos Nagy

Even though Marion County is no longer exempt from Gov. Abbott’s mask mandate due to the number of active cases reported by the Texas Department of State Health Services, widow Stacey Abbot still thinks that people aren’t taking the pandemic seriously.

“The people who are dying are the older people especially—a lot of younger people are dying too—but it’s almost like they’re saying, ‘Who cares about the older people?’ I’ve been with my husband for 20 years and all of a sudden he’s gone. People should know how this makes others feel.”

Stacey also said that he’s far from the only husband and father to die. “There’s been thousands of other husbands and wives and fathers and mothers and brothers that have died.” But she believes David would be proud of her now, though, for standing up for him and others.

And this is what people had to say

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How to stream CBS Sports Network



If you’re looking for sports as CBS delivers it, CBS Sports Network is your destination. You can find college football, college basketball, pro golf, pro rodeo, and thanks to a new deal, soccer in the form of the Champions League. It brings sports talk, too, anchored by the venerable Jim Rome Show.

What is CBS Sports Network?

CBS Sports Network, now part of the sizable ViacomCBS media group, started in 2002 as a college sports network. It retained that identity when acquired by CBS in 2006, branded as the CBS College Sports Network. It lost the “college part” of its name in 2011.

CBS Sports Network live stream: How to watch CBS Sports Network

CBS Sports Network is available on the following streaming services.

Hulu Live TV

Hulu Live TV is a great way to stream live TV, as it comes with access to Hulu’s massive library of on-demand content. You’ll be able to choose from movies, shows, and Hulu’s original programming, and keep up with what’s new each month. Hulu plans even include a bundle option where you can access Disney+ and ESPN+ along with Hulu.

Hulu Live TV sets you up with local channels and has a broad spectrum of entertainment and sports channels to review, including the full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, HGTV, and even deep cuts like National Geographic and Syfy. CBS Sports Network is part of the Hulu Live TV channel list.

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FuboTV started as a streaming service geared toward sports fans, but it’s evolved into a broadly-appealing option with entertainment and news options alongside its robust sports choices. Depending on the package, you can access as many as 180+ FuboTV channels. If you’re looking to be entertained, Bravo, IFC, MTV, and VH1 are options even at Fubo’s most basic tier. The Fubo channel list still includes plenty of sports, including the Fubo Sports Network, which has original programming mixing sports and humor, and CBS Sports Network, with its mix of live sports and sports talk. The FuboTV cost starts at $54.99 a month, and with Disney Media favorites like ABC, ESPN, and the Disney Channel now on board, some who were on the fence about Fubo are giving it another look.

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YouTube TV

The YouTube TV channel list includes local channels, sports options including ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, FS2, and NBA TV, and plenty to keep kids (and kids at heart) occupied, including Disney Channel and its companion channels, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network—all in one easy-to-access package. It even comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. YouTube add-ons include HBO Max, Showtime, and Starz. YouTube TV packages have some advantages over their competitors, including a generous DVR and multiple screens package. From one account, each user can create an individual profile to track favorite shows.

If you’re looking for CBS Sports Network, know that you can stream it on YouTube TV.

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*First Published: Aug 4, 2020, 4:17 pm

Phil West

Phil West is a veteran professional writer and editor, and the author of two books on soccer, ‘The United States of Soccer,’ and ‘I Believe That We Will Win,’ both from The Overlook Press. His work has appeared most recently in, Pro Soccer USA, Texas Highways, and Howler. Based in Austin, he is also a lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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