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Here’s What Meghan Markle Looked Like As A Teen Headed To Holiday Parties Back Before Tiaras And Press Coverage

Imagine:  You’ve been single for a short spell, and a friend offers to set you up on a blind date. At first you’re a little hesitant, but you decide to go for it. You have a vague idea about what to expect, but you can never be totally sure, so you excitedly get ready for all the surprises the evening is sure to bring. When you arrive at London’s members-only Soho House club, the truth unfolds before you, clear as a sunny English day: your date is none other than Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and your future is about to change forever.

Not many people can claim that story as their own—really, only Meghan Markle can. The above describes Markle’s own experience back in 2016, when a mutual friend set her up with the heir to the British throne.

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Since then, Markle and Prince Harry have been all over headlines. Not only did they celebrate their marriage with one of the most extravagant weddings in modern history, but Markle and Harry welcomed son Archie in May of this year. Media all over the world is constantly musing about Markle’s wardrobe. Currently, Markle and Prince Harry are on a family vacation in Canada, urged by the royal family to return home as Prince Philip (Harry’s grandfather) spends another night in the hospital.

Perhaps this constant media attention comes with the territory of being part of a royal family. While Harry and his brother, William, were born into this fate, Markle’s origins are very different. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Markle was an emergent actress when she met Prince Harry, appearing in small roles on shows like General Hospital, CSI: NY, and Fringe, before landing a more solid job on the popular series Suits. Markle also secured a few movie roles in the early 2010s, in films like Get Him to the Greek, Remember Me, and Horrible Bosses.

In 2014, Markle founded the lifestyle website The Tig, where she wrote about food, fashion, beauty, and travel, in addition to profiling inspirational women. As the website grew, Markle featured a wide range of experts, from dieticians to make-up artists to and fitness instructors. The Tig was a relative success, promoting Markle’s messages of self-love, positivity, and spirituality to a wide social media audience that included 3 million followers on Instagram, 800,000 on Facebook, and 350,000 on Twitter. But Markle retired The Tig in April 2017, removing all of its online articles and ultimately deleting her social media accounts in early 2018.

In spite of this retreat from social media, Markle has been at the center of the public eye since she and Prince Harry first got together. And just a few days ago, we got a glimpse into Markle’s past as an aspiring young actress in LA when photos from a few high school Christmas dances surfaced on the internet.

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And what a blast from the past! Markle attended Immaculate Heart High School during the 90s, and these photos of her Christmas-themed dances are, indeed, SO very 90s. The makeup, the eyebrows, the velvet gowns—who knew that this typical high school experience would give way to a future of color-coded clutches, tiaras, and knee-length designer skirts?

Markle has spoken about her experience growing up mixed-race—something a lot of Latinos can relate to. In an essay published in a 2015 issue of Elle Magazine, Markle recalled a mandatory census that she and other students had to take at the age of 12—a questionnaire that required them to check a box that indicated their ethnicity.

But the options were limited to white, black, Hispanic or Asian. Markle wrote: “There I was (my curly hair, my freckled face, my pale skin, my mixed race) looking down at these boxes, not wanting to mess up, but not knowing what to do.

“You could only choose one, but that would be to choose one parent over the other—and one half of myself over the other,” said Markle. “My teacher told me to check the box for Caucasian. ‘Because that’s how you look, Meghan,’ she said.

“I put down my pen. Not as an act of defiance, but rather a symptom of my confusion. I couldn’t bring myself to do that—to picture the pit-in-her-belly sadness my mother would feel if she were to find out. So I didn’t tick a box.

“I left my identity blank—a question mark, an absolute incomplete—much like how I felt. When I went home that night, I told my dad what had happened. He said the words that have always stayed with me: ‘If that happens again, you draw your own box.’”

It’s thrilling to see such an impactful, independent, category-defining woman living her life in such an authentic way, even if that now means adhering to some royal rules. You go, Meghan Markle.

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Socially Distanced Navidad? Here Are the Best Family Games to Play Over Zoom

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Socially Distanced Navidad? Here Are the Best Family Games to Play Over Zoom

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This Christmas, unfortunately, is going to be tough for a lot of people. With the coronavirus pandemic still waging on, many of us have had to make the tough decision to stay home for the holidays. That means no traveling out of town or visiting extended family like we have in years past.

If you come from a family that likes to get into the competitive spirit and play games over the holidays, then giving up that tradition might feel too disappointing. Luckily, we can all rely on technology to keep us connected in these trying times when we’re forced to be apart.

We’ve compiled a list of Zoom-friendly games that you can play with your family over the holidays and beyond. Take a peak at our fun picks below!

1. Charades

This one’s an easy one. All you have to do is create a Zoom link, send it out to family members and pick a topic to act out. If you’re having trouble thinking of a word, trying using a Charades word generator.

2. Card Games

Who says a little old pandemic can keep us from playing cards with our loved ones? For many of us, playing cards with our family is as steadfast a holiday tradition as exchanging gifts is. Log on to https://playingcards.io/ to create a custom game room to share with your family.

3. Bingo

Think about it: Bingo is the perfect game to play over Zoom. Websites like https://myfreebingocards.com/virtual-bingo have virtual bingo games you can play for free with up to 30 participants!

4. Heads Up!

Heads Up! is a game in which a player has to guess which word/topic is on their phone screen by the clues their team members are giving them. In order to make the most of this game, players at each Zoom location will have to download the Heads Up! app on their phone. And after that, it’s smooth sailing.

5. All Bad Cards (aka Cards Against Humanity)

If you’re the type of family that likes to push the envelope over a game of Cards Against Humanity, consider logging onto https://allbad.cards/. All you have to do is generate a party room and send the link out to the members of your “party”. Then, you’re ready to go!

6. Pictionary

Pictionary is the kind of game that Zoom was practically invented for. In order to play this game, you’ll have to fire up Zoom’s whiteboard tool and share your screen with all of the participating players. Again, if you can’t think of a topic, get some help with a Pictionary random word generator.

7. Trivial Pursuit

You’ll have to own this classic board game in order to play over Zoom, but if you do, setting it up and playing is super easy. In order to make this game user-friendly for all participants, make sure there’s someone in your location that can play on the same team as someone in a different Zoom location. That way, all the players can be sure that there’s no cheating involved.

8. Outburst

If you’re a fan of Family Feud, then Outburst is probably right up your alley. This game requires that each player brainstorm lists off of a given topic (i.e. Top Ten Christmas songs). Unfortunately, there is no virtual or online version of the game, but instead, team members can take turns coming up with topics and having other players brainstorm lists.

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Stephen And Ayesha Curry Are Donating Thousands of Books To Schools For Christmas

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Stephen And Ayesha Curry Are Donating Thousands of Books To Schools For Christmas

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Hark the herald! Stephen and Ayesha Claus Curry– are here to bring literary joy this season.

The Golden State Warrior and his wife are donating thousands of books to schools around Oakland, California this holiday season in an effort to bring joy to children.

The couple, behind Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation, made the announcement earlier this week.

“We along with our entire team at Eat. Learn. Play. understand the importance of early childhood education, especially when it comes to literacy,” Stephen and Ayesha told People magazine in a recent interview. “Nothing is more basic, more essential, more foundational, or more important to a child’s success in life than the ability to read well. We know there is a lot of work to be done, but with partners like Literati, we’re hopeful that we will be able to make an impact on these children’s lives.”

The Currys’ donations will arrive to schools in boxes that will contain six books.

The packages will include five children’s books and one for adults. All of which come from Stephen Curry’s “Underrated” book club selection.

Along with their thousand book giveaway, the couple’s Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation will donate boxes to students who are learning remotely amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in collaboration with and Literati. Fourteen thousand boxes will go directly to Oakland Unified Schools.

According to people, “The remainder of the donation, which was also made possible through Bay Area investor Aydin Senkut of Felicis Ventures, will be distributed through community partners in the new year.”

Speaking about their own experiences of teaching their children during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Stephen and Ayesha (who are parents to Canon W. Jack, 2, Ryan Carson, 5, and Riley, 8) told People that they’ve been hard work attempting to keep their children busy and learning.

“My oldest is pretty disciplined so that’s been easy, but our 5-year-old has a little trouble staying engaged for an extended period of time,” Ayesha, host of ABC’s new show “Family Food Fight,” explained.

Ayesha says she has found that taking part in “some kind of physical activity right before class starts” helps her daughter Ryan “to focus the mind and get some of the wiggles out, and periodic ‘dance breaks’ between lessons.”

“We also added resistance workout bands to the legs of her chair, which give her something to do if she gets antsy during a long Zoom session,” Stephen added.

“Luckily for me, Stephen has really stepped in with education and their schooling. And I’m okay with that because I birthed them so now [he] can birth and nurture their education,” Ayesha joked in a recent episode of “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”

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