Who's ready for the weekend? It may only be Thursday, but between this presidential election and a "fall season" that can't make up its mind, Saturday and Sunday can't come soon enough. Take the time to sit back, relax, and not stress too hard about Nov. 8 — and if you're a Cubs fan, continue those well-deserved celebrations all weekend long. If you were too busy prepping for the days ahead to to catch up on Thursday's news, though here's a recap of what Bustle's editors were talking, thinking, and tweeting about today.
Mixtapes + Hamilton
You might not have gotten the opportunity to see Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony-winning Hamilton on Broadway just yet, but chances are, you've at least heard — and obsessed over — the show's incredible music. Now, there are even more songs for fans to sing in the shower, thanks to the upcoming Hamilton Mixtape, featuring new versions of the musical's soundtrack by artists like Kelly Clarkson and John Legend, as well as a few songs not featured in the Broadway version. Pre-order it on Friday, and get pumped.
Fun Fact: The official Hamilton soundtrack may be so long it takes you a full afternoon to get through, but when creating the show, Miranda took two years to write a grand total of... two songs. Thankfully, as revealed in PBS's Hamilton's America, he picked up his pace pretty soon after.
Melania Trump + That Speech
It's been over three months since the presidential candidate's wife gave the plagiarzed speech heard 'round the world, but on Thursday, Melania Trump made her return to the stage, speaking at a Pennsylvania rally in support of Donald's candidacy. The speech focused on the safety and well-being of the country's children and families, and emphasized the importance of kindness and courtesy towards others — which, as many pointed out, tend to be absent in the statements (and tweets) made by her husband.
In Melania's Own Words: "We need to teach our youth American values: kindness, respect, compassion, charity, understanding, cooperation."
In Donald's Own Words: "[Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado] was the winner and she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem. We had a real problem." Perhaps Donald should take his wife's advice?
Cosplay + Consent
Halloween may be over, but for many pop culture fans, cosplaying has no time limit. Millions of people enjoy dressing up as their favorite movie, book, TV, or comic characters all year long, and a new Lifetime Fempire video, Cosplay is Not Consent, highlights the importance of treating cosplayers with respect and not touching them without their permission.
High School + Makeup Mistakes
If you can't look at a photo of yourself from high school without cringing, you're not alone. In the latest episode of Bustle's Beauty Mark, three editors re-create their high school makeup looks, and it's safe to say that we're all very happy that the days of heavy eyeliner and sticky lip gloss are behind us.
Shopping Break: Do you rip off your bra the moment you get home from work? Same. Check out the 10 most comfortable bras you can actually wear all day long.
Harry Potter + Bustle
Harry Potter is making his return — and I'm not talking about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Bustle's new podcast, "The Girls Who Lived," launched today, and each episode will see hosts Emma Lord and Cristina Arreola bringing you the latest theories about the iconic boy wizard.
What To Expect: Host Lord, Bustle's Associate Lifestyle Editor/Unofficial Harry Potter Expert, says that she and Books Editor Arreola are "excited to nerd out on this podcast and talk about all the awesome new stuff coming up in the fandom, as well as look back on the series and examine fan theories, trends, and the impact of this fandom. We have a ton of interviews with Potter experts lined up, so stay tuned!"
Today's WTF Moment: "Is Cleavage Over?" — Vogue , apparently unaware that women still have boobs.
What To Watch: Doctor Strange, Marvel's latest offering, debuts in theaters tonight. Be sure to catch Benedict Cumberbatch making magic as the titular superhero, with Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and more rounding out the cast.
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