Lydia Harvey, Times Staff Writer

Lydia Harvey is a sports editor, copy editor and page designer at tbt*. She writes The Juice* blog, and her work has appeared in the Perspective section of the Tampa Bay Times. Lydia hearts fashion, politics and everything 1950s. Not to mention the heartbreaking pro teams of Tampa Bay, where she was born and raised. Lyd joined the Times in 2011 and made the move to tbt* in 2012. She lives in Tarpon Springs with her hilarious mini-hers and their maniacal Irish terrier, Teddy.

Phone: (727) 892-2939

E-mail: lharvey@tampabay.com

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  1. 'Orange Is the New Black’ writer divorces husband, dates Samira Wiley

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    Sometimes you realize, oh wait, I’m a lesbian.

    Such was the case with Lauren Morelli, who writes about gay characters on the prison dramedy Orange Is the New Black.

    The screenwriter was feeling rather unsatisfied with her budding marriage, according to an essay she penned for Mic in which she revealed she’d much rather read a book than sleep with her new husband.  Then, one day, after exploring her sexuality through her work, Morelli discovered she too prefers the company of ladies....

  2. Kanye West stops Australia concert to demand kid in wheelchair stand up

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    And now we have one more reason to miss the days when Kanye West’s jaw was wired shut.

    According to the Hollywood Reporter, Mr. Kardashian was performing in Sydney on Friday when he stopped everything and asked the audience to get up and dance.

    “I’ve decided I can’t do this song. I can’t do this show until everybody stands up,” West said. “Unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and s---. Imma see you if you ain’t standing up, believe me, I’m very good at that. No, seriously — I won’t go on with the show unless y’all stand up.”...

  3. Miss New York Kira Kazantsev is your new Miss America, which is still a thing

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    In case you missed it, and we sort of hope you did, the woman chosen to represent us from sea to shining sea for the next year is this blonde chick from New York: Kira Kazantsev.

    Yes, the Empire State continues to dominate the Miss America pageant or scholarship competition or whatever you want to call it; Miss New York has now won three years in a row.

    For the talent portion of Sunday’s show, Kazantsev, a 23-year-old law student, California native (isn’t that cheating or something?) and daughter of Russian immigrants, somehow managed to charm the judges by combining two of the most loathed musical trends of present day, singing Pharrell’s Happy while banging a red plastic cup on the floor, a la Anna Kendrick in Pitch Perfect. For this she won a $50,000 scholarship....

  4. Did Jay Z announce Beyonce pregnancy to close On the Run tour?

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    Wait, did Jay Z just announce that Beyonce is pregnant with their second child?

    That’s sure what it sounded like when the couple wrapped up their On the Run tour in the City of Light over the weekend.

    “We love Paris,” said Jay Z, 44. “It’s special to us because we got engaged here and this is where baby Blue was conceived,” the rapper said of 2-year-old daughter Blue Ivy. So it seems fitting this is where they’d drop the hint — or just straight up tell everyone — that they’re expecting....

  5. Amy Winehouse statue unveiled in London

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    Look what Amy Winehouse got for her 31st birthday: a bronze statue in her Camden Town neighborhood of north London. The singer, who died of alcohol poisoning in 2011 at age 27, is portrayed with her signature beehive and touches of diffidence.

    Winehouse’s father Mitch said Sunday it was “incredibly emotional” to see the statue he helped design.

    “It is like stopping her in a beautiful moment in time,” he told the Associated Press....

  6. 'Married... With Children' cast reunites to honor Katey Sagal

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    Look who’s getting the gang back together!

    Cue Frank Sinatra’s Love and Marriage, for the cast of Married… With Children reunited this week to honor everyone’s favorite hardcore mom, Katey Sagal. TV’s most dysfunctional family was front and center when the Sons of Anarchy actress received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday. Sons actor Charlie Hunnum was also on hands to celebrate....

  7. Liv Tyler pregnant with second child

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    Liv Tyler’s large yet snug overalls have quite the tale to tell: There’s no more hiding it, try as she may. The Leftovers actress is expecting her second child, E! News reports. Tyler is mom to 9-year-old son Milo William Langdon with ex-husband Royston Langdon....

  8. VIDEO: Sara Gilbert announces pregnancy with Linda Perry to 'The Talk' co-hosts on air

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    Sara Gilbert is with child!

    The Talk co-host announced on her show Tuesday that she’s pregnant. And it sort of seemed staged until her fellow flappers of jaw absolutely lost it.

    Here’s how it all went down: During a segment of the show, Gilbert said she couldn’t take part in a dare in which she would have had to lie down on a bed of nails and have a concrete block broken on her stomach....

  9. Quick, how many fingers does Mel Brooks have?

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    For a second there, we really thought Mel Brooks had 11 fingers all this time and we just didn’t know. That’s how realistic the enhancement on his left hand looked when he left his mark in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Monday.

    “I wanted to do something just a little different. I didn’t know what,” the multihyphenate told Conan O’Brien later that day. “So — I got another finger.”...

  10. Apparently Miley Cyrus is a designer now

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    Watch out, world. Miley Cyrus has unleashed her very own handmade accessories, and poof, now she’s a designer — a designer at New York Fashion Week. #unfair

    Cyrus debuted her collection of neon jewelry crafted from children’s alphabet beads, what appear to be toys from one of those coin-operated dispensers you find at Countryside Lanes, and other horribly tacky items that, quite frankly, hurt our eyes so deeply our brain will probably hurt for days....

    You can see the glue.
  11. Surprise! Ashley Tisdale is married

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    Jazz hands at the ready, errbody. It’s time to burst into song and dance, for High School Musical alum Ashley Tisdale just got married. The Disney star secretly wed fiance Christopher French on Monday, confirming the news on social media.

    “Best night of my life!” Tisdale captioned an Instagram of the newlyweds. “Introducing Mr and Mrs French Sept 8, 2014.”...

  12. Fran Drescher marries inventor

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    She’s the lady in red when everyone else is wearing tan.

    No, seriously. When Fran Drescher married inventor-entrepreneur Shiva Ayyadurai on Sunday, she was glowing in a red Badgley Mischka gown.

    “Surprise!!!!! We got married!” The Nanny star tweeted Sunday along with a photo of herself and her MIT lecturer husband. “I married my warrior princess @frandrescher who my mom in God’s great Heaven sent,”  Ayyadurai tweeted. “Be The Light - Know the Truth - Find Your Way.”...

    Fran Drescher and her once-on-screen husband, Charles Shaugnessey.
  13. Beyonce and Jay Z crash wedding in Italy

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    Not to be outdone by the Tisdales and Dreschers of the world, a bikini-clad Beyonce decided to headline wedding weekend when she crashed a young couple’s nuptials while on vacation in Portofino, Italy, on Saturday. We hope the invites said casual....

  14. Thank you, Joan Rivers, for a lifetime of laughs

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    Joan Rivers -- trailblazing comedian, fashion icon, lover of controversy and incomparably vibrant star -- died today at age 81.

    The Fashion Police host was undergoing outpatient throat surgery in New York last Thursday when she suffered respiratory and cardiac arrest. She was rushed to Manhattan’s Mt. Sinai Hospital, where she spent a week "resting comfortably" on life support....

  15. Behold: 'Girls' actress Allison Williams as Peter Pan

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    NBC has released its first photo of Allison Williams as Peter Pan, and it’s eerily similar to the Instagram she shared of her pint-sized self dressed up as the pea-green boy who won’t grow up, which, on the day her casting was announced, she captioned, “I’ve been rehearsing for a VERY long time.”

    On the Today show Wednesday, the Girls actress and daughter of Nightly News anchor Brian Williams said she’s fully committed to playing the part, so much so that she was willing to chop off her locks....