'Instant Family' Will Pull Your Heartstrings in a Good Way

What started as an older man’s joke about wanting to adopt a five-year-old instead of starting from scratch, Instant Family was inspired by writer and director Sean Anders’ real-life family. Pete (Mark Wahlberg) “accidentally” makes the joke to his wife Ellie (Rose Byrne) not wanting to be become that “old dad” everyone knows and before you know it, the two are traveling down to road toward foster care adoptions. After numerous classes taught by two caseworkers (Octavia Spencer and Tig Notaro), the two meet three kids at a “foster fair” gathering. Lizzy (Isabela Moner) is the 15-year-old older sister who has protectively looked after her younger siblings Juan (Gustavo Quiroz) and Lita (Julianna Gamiz) while their mother has been incarcerated. She’s a tough cookie with trust issues. Juan is both accident prone and highly sensitive and Lita is super sweet as long as she gets to eat potato chips at every meal. Almost overnight they become an “instant family” and everything g…

This Day in Pop Culture for August 2

Britt Nicole
Britt Nicole (Capitol CMG Label Group)
Britt Nicole is Born
It was on this day in 1984 that Christian singer and songwriter, Britanny Nicole Waddell was born in Kannapolis, North Carolina. She began her career at age three singing in her church, Truth Temple of Kannapolis. She soon became a TV star of sorts as she, her brother and cousin appeared on the church’s daily show on a local TV station. As she grew, so did her talents taking classes in ballet, jazz, hip hop and others, and she was part of her school’s advanced choir group while attending South Rowan High School. Nicole received a scholarship from Belmont University in Nashville, but she turned it down to pursue a music career instead. Her first independent album, Follow the Call, was released in January 2003. In 2006, she signed with Sparrow Records and her first album with them, Say It, was released in 2007. In 2012, she married Joshua Crosby, had her first child, Ella Brave in July 2013 and second, son Adin Jerusalem on February 2015. Her most recent self-title album was released in 2016.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Jackie Joyner-Kersee (AJC)
Jackie Joyner-Kersee Wins Gold…Again
Jackie Joyner-Kersee grew up in East St. Louis, fighting off poverty and asthma by winning a scholarship to UCLA where she was a standout on the basketball and track teams. She attended her first Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1984, but missed the gold medal in the heptathlon by just five points. A sore hamstring was to blamed. In 1988, she competed in the Seoul Olympics where she won the gold medal and on this day in 1992 she became the first woman ever to win two consecutive Olympic gold medals in the heptahlon. In 1996 she tried it one more time, but had to withdraw do to a hamstring injury.

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