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Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey used an appearance at the White House Tuesday to call on Congress to “reach a higher ground” and pass gun control legislation in honor of the children and teachers killed in last month’s shooting rampage at an elementary school in his home town of Uvalde, Texas.

In a highly personal 22-minute speech, McConaughey exhorted a gridlocked Congress to pass gun reforms that can save lives without infringing on Second Amendment rights.

McConaughey, a gun owner himself, used his star power to make an argument for legislation in a fashion that the Biden administration has not been able to, offering a clear connection to the small Texas town and vividly detailing the sheer loss of the 19 children and two teachers in the second worst mass school shooting in U.S. history.

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He specifically called on Congress to bolster background checks for gun purchases and raise the minimum age to purchase an AR-15 style rifle to 21 from 18.

“We want secure and safe schools and we want gun laws that won’t make it so easy for the bad guys to get the damn guns,” McConaughey said.

McConaughey, who earlier this year considered a run for governor in Texas before taking a pass, met briefly in private with President Joe Biden before addressing the White House press corps from the James Brady briefing room.

McConaughey has also met with key lawmakers this week including the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee that handles gun legislation, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, and the panel’s ranking Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa.


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He was expected to meet later this afternoon with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

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Meanwhile, the son of Ruth Whitfield, an 86-year-old woman killed when a gunman opened fire in a racist attack on Black shoppers in Buffalo, New York, last month, called on Congress to act against the “cancer of white supremacy” and the nation’s epidemic of gun violence.

“Is there nothing that you personally are willing to do to stop the cancer of white supremacy and the domestic terrorism it inspires?” Garnell Whitfield Jr. asked members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

McConaughey, who declined to take questions, spoke of his own connections to the town. He said his mother taught kindergarten less than a mile from Uvalde’s Robb Elementary School, the site of the May 24 school shooting. He also noted that Uvalde was the place where he was taught about responsibilities that come with gun ownership.

“Uvalde is where I was taught to revere the power and the capability of the tool that we call a gun. Uvalde is where I learned responsible gun ownership,” he said.

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McConaughey said he and his wife drove back to Uvalde on the day after the shooting and spent time with the families of some of the victims and others directly impacted by the rampage.

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He said every parent he spoke to expressed that “they want their children’s dreams to live on.”

“They want to make their loss of life matter,” McConaughey said.

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He related the personal stories of a number of the victims.

He held up artwork from Alithia Ramirez, who dreamed of attending art school in Paris. He told the story of Maite Rodriguez, an aspiring marine biologist. McConaughey’s wife, Camila, sitting nearby for his speech, held the green Converse sneakers Maite regularly wore, one she drew a red heart on the right toe to represent her love for nature.

“These are the same green Converse on her feet that turned out to be the only clear evidence that could identify her after the shooting,” McConaughey said, pounding the podium as he struggled to contain his emotion.

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And then there was Eliahna “Ellie” Garcia, 10, who loved dancing and church and already knew how to drive tractors. Ellie was looking forward to reading a Bible verse at an upcoming church service when she was killed.

McConaughey acknowledged that gun legislation would not end mass shootings but suggested that steps can be taken to lessen the chances of such tragedies happening so frequently.

“We need to invest in mental healthcare. We need safer schools. We need to restrain sensationalized media coverage. We need to restore our family values. We need to restore our American values and we need responsible gun ownership,” McConaughey said.

“Is this a cure all? Hell no, but people are hurting.”

Associated Press writers Lisa Mascaro and Farnoush Amiri contributed to this report.

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When a federal jury found R. Kelly guilty on nine charges related to racketeering and sex trafficking in September, it brought some measure of legal closure to his long trail of abuse. Accusations of the singer’s sexual misconduct began surfacing nearly three decades ago: Over the course of his career, Kelly married a 15-year-old Aaliyah, faced and was acquitted on child-pornography charges, and, calling himself the Pied Piper of R&B, cultivated an artistic persona that positioned sex as a matter of his eccentric genius.

At Kelly’s sentencing hearing in a Brooklyn courtroom on Wednesday, Judge Ann Marie Donnelly, in announcing her decision, reflected on the scale of his abuses: “These crimes were calculated and carefully planned for almost 25 years.” She sentenced the singer, who worked at the highest rungs of pop and R&B, to 30 years in prison.

Kelly’s trial lasted six weeks and included testimony from over 40 witnesses. Prosecutors described the singer as the leader of a criminal enterprise made up of his entourage and employees who leveraged his celebrity in service of recruiting his scores of underage victims. Prosecutors had requested a sentence of at least 25 years, while Kelly’s attorneys asked for 10 or fewer. Kelly is 55 years old.

Wednesday’s hearing expanded on the horrors delineated during his trial last year, and added to them a level of detail about the enduring impact of Kelly’s abuse. A woman testifying under the name Addie, who said Kelly sexually assaulted her in 1994, said in her victim statement in the courtroom that she has suffered “within my heart from emotional breakdowns and thoughts of suicide and self-sabotage.”

Lizzette Martinez, who said she met Kelly when she was 17 years old in 1995, said that a “lifetime of depression and PTSD” began with his sexual assaults. She recalled how his friends and entourage looked on as she became his “sex slave” for years.

Turning to Kelly, she said, “Robert, you destroyed so many people’s lives.”

“I feel like I should refresh your memory,” said another woman, identified as Jane Doe No. 2, as she addressed Kelly. The woman met Kelly when he was 31 and she was 19. She recounted how Kelly forced her to perform oral sex on him in a car filled with his 30-something friends.

“Do you remember that?” she said in a firm voice.

As Kelly whispered with his lawyers, the woman paused her own statement: “I’m sorry, I didn’t want to interrupt his conversation.”

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Outside of such interactions with his counsel, Kelly didn’t visibly move or react during the victim statements or as Donnelly read his sentence.

While Kelly’s trial was the first high-profile case of the #MeToo era in which most of the victims were Black, race was rarely mentioned in the court proceedings. Kelly amassed success and acclaim across the landscape of American pop music, and more specifically in the Black traditions of R&B and gospel. As Kitti Jones, who has said that Kelly abused her during their relationship between 2011 and 2013, spoke on Wednesday, she pointed to the time that passed before Kelly’s crimes caught up to him.

“Knowing his fanbase looked like many of his victims,” Jones said, “he knew the public would never believe them.”

The only words Kelly had for the courtroom, just before his sentence was delivered, were: “Yes, your honor, that’s my wish.” He was confirming his lawyer Jennifer Bonjean’s remark that he didn’t wish to address the judge or his victims, citing his other pending cases. (Kelly also faces sex crimes charges in Minnesota at the state level and federal charges in Illinois, all of which he has denied.) As in Kelly’s sentencing submission to the court, Bonjean said on Wednesday that mitigating factors for Kelly’s sentence should include his own history of childhood abuse.

“He accepts that he is a flawed individual,” she said. “He does sit here with regrets.”

Donnelly, in explaining her sentencing decision, said she took Kelly’s experience of abuse into account, but only up to a point: “Even if it is a form of an explanation, it is certainly not an excuse.” She wondered how it all could’ve happened in plain sight.

“I don’t know why these people turned a blind eye,” Donnelly said, referring to the members of Kelly’s enterprise. “Maybe it just became normal to these people.”

The sentence she decided on is about as long as the record of Kelly’s abuse. For decades, he operated with near-total impunity as his career flourished. A woman using the pseudonym Angela on Wednesday spoke to how the truths of Kelly’s life and his work had finally begun to converge: “Your self-proclaimed alter ego of the Pied Piper could not exist without the living, breathing Robert Sylvester Kelly.”

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Khloe Kardashian is sizzling in a sheer nude bodysuit for Kim Kardashian‘s new SKKN skincare line. The Good American founder, 38, posed in a sultry series of photos shared on her Instagram page on June 29 (seen here) and looked confident and sexy as she lounged on a marble chase. The bodysuit, which matched the color of her skin, was covered in various black-outlined designs that looked like tattoos, such as a cross, a bird spreading its wings, and roses. She accessorized the skin-tight look with a large pair of gold hoop earrings and clear heels. Khloe’s hair was tied back into a sleek bun and she wore natural-looking makeup. “SKKN anyone?” she captioned the post.

Kim, 41, officially released her line of nine products on June 21 after announcing its creation 20 days prior. On June 14, she stripped down to a bare face to promote her line and allowed her trusted esthetician to pamper her with a facial using her products, which include toner, face scrub, various serums, and more. On launch day, the mother of four gushed about what her new line means to her. “I’m so proud of this line of products — not only are they efficacious, clean, backed in science, and formulated for all types of skin, but they bring a spa-like experience right to your home,” she wrote in a note to Instagram alongside a photo of her sleek-looking products. “From sought-after ingredients and clinically-proven formulas, to compostable kraft bags and refills made from recycled materials, this skincare collection means so much to me. I can’t wait for you to get your hands on these products.”

Khloe shouted out her sister’s line earlier in the day on Wednesday before sharing the sexy bodysuit photos. “SKKN!!!! Kimberly I am constantly in awe of you! Congratulations on the launch of @skkn. You deserve the world,” she enthusiastically wrote underneath a carousel of pictures of her, Kim, Kimora Lee Simmons, and Ming Lee Simmons posing for the brand.

Prior to the SKKN shoutout, Khloe posted a steamy Boomerang of herself posing in a teeny pink bikini by Good American. “I have no idea how long ago I took these but I love this @goodamerican pink bikini!!!” she noted.

It looks like Khloe is comfortable both promoting SKKN and her own skin, as she should be!


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Turns out it’s true — age ain’t nothing but a number.

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To me, there’s no way Harry Shum Jr. is over 35.

But he IS. Harry Shum Jr. is 40.


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Tessa Thompson is 30 in my head.


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But in reality, she is 38.

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Without knowing, I’d think Andrew Garfield was 29.


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But people, Andrew Garfield is also 38!


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I don’t believe Gabrielle Union is a day over 37.


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And yet, Gabrielle Union is 49.


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5.

Sandra Bullock is 45 to me.


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But in real life, Sandra Bullock is 57.

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In my mind, Vin Diesel is 40.


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But the fact is, Vin Diesel is 54.


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I thought Gabourey Sidibe was like…26, and I just asked my sister and she thought she was 25.

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But she’s 39.


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8.

Zoe Kazan is like 27, right?


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WRONG. Zoe Kazan is 38.


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I thought Sebastian Stan was like 35.


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Turns out he’s 39.


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10.

In my opinion, Dave Franco is 33.


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In reality, Dave Franco is 37.


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11.

I thought Josh Duhamel was 42 max.


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But he is actually 49.

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12.

We can all agree that Thomas Brodie-Sangster is 22, right?

NO. He’s not. He is 32.


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13.

Adam Driver seems 32.


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And yet, Adam Driver is 38.


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I was pretttyyy sure Eddie Redmayne is 33.


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But no. Eddie Redmayne is 40.


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15.

If you asked me, LL Cool J is 45.


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But his birth certificate would confirm he is 54.


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I would have guessed that Jennifer Lopez is 39.

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But she is 52.


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Shawn Wayans is 40 in my head.


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But actually, he’s 51.


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18.

I thought Martha Stewart was around 65.


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But Martha Stewart is 80 — 80!!!

19.

Common has gotta be 42 at MOST.


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But nope, Common is 50.


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I’d have said Nicola Coughlan (from Bridgerton) is 28.


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I thought Keegan-Michael Key was no older than 44.

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But actually, he’s 51.


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22.

I truly thought Alison Brie was 32.


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Turns out Alison Brie is 39.


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23.

Who else here thought Pharrell Williams was 38?


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Because you’re wrong. He’s 49.


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24.

In my brain, Laverne Cox can’t be older than 40.


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But in reality, she’s 50.


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I would have guessed Kieran Culkin is around 35…tops.


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He’s actually 39 IRL.

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26.

In my personal opinion, Jim Parsons is 40.


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In real life, he is 49.


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27.

I 100% thought Natalie Dormer was younger than 35.


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But Natalie Dormer is 40.


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28.

In my silly little head, I thought Bianca Lawson was no older than 25.


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In actuality, Bianca Lawson is 43.

29.

IDK, I just figured Gina Rodriguez was 31.


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News flash: Gina Rodriguez is 37.

30.

Rob Lowe is 49 to me.


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The fact is, Rob Lowe is 58.

31.

And finally, Jason Earles from Hannah Montana seems like he is 24-ish.

But nope! Jason Earles is 45.


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