Missy Elliott sang backup for her 'funky white sister' on Ellen and it was pure magic.

It is a truth universally acknowledged (don't @ me) that the one thing the world is waiting on is Missy Elliott's new album.

Do you also wake up every morning thinking, "Is this it? Is this finally the day that Missy drops the five to six albums of unreleased material she's got laying around and we call off work to chill in the "Supa Dupa Fly" suits we forced our mothers to make us in eighth grade?"

If so: I have some mixed news.


The bad: Missy Elliott has not released a new album yet (though there's a single and it's good!)

The good: She took a break from putting her thing down, flipping it, and reversing to sign surprise backup for her "funky white sister" on Ellen.

Who the hell is Missy Elliott's "funky white sister?" you ask. Yo, I'm about to tell you.

In August, a Rhode Island woman named Mary Halsey (who you will never convince me isn't just Sharon Gless doing research for a character role) went viral after she sang Elliott's iconic "Work It" with a shofar at a public function where it's possible children were present.  And Missy Elliott loved it.

Please enjoy:

Of course, Halsey and her shofar ended up on Ellen, where they* got the surprise of a lifetime.

Halsey, who'd refused all other interviews before the talk show magnate bade her to LA, showed up in the same outfit, holding that same shofar, but without her ice cream-eating, cooler-foraging backup dancer (which is a crime).

And when Ellen said "Sing for me!" Halsey did what she does best. She "Worked It" (sorry) while Kristen Bell freaked out backstage like she could sense that a sloth was near (for some reason).

Photo via The Ellen Show.

But there were no sloths!

There was only Missy Elliott. And she roared onto that stage to make all of Halsey's dreams come true.

YOU READY?

You watch that video and tell me music doesn't bring people together.

You can't!

“When she first said, ‘Missy’s funky white sister,’ I was like, ‘Who is this?’” Elliott said when the two sat down to talk to Ellen right after their blockbuster performance.

“So when I listened, I’m like, ‘She knows all the words, but the sound effects!’ She makes the elephant noise, all of that."

And now the two have been bonded together for life thanks to their performance and a bedazzled jacket that Ellen has gifted Halsey.

Photo via The Ellen Show.

Congratulations to all of us for living in this amazing time! Now, where's my album, Missy Elliott??

*I say "they" because even inanimate objects cannot help but be moved by Missy Elliott's music. That shofar has now been turned into a live boy and is wandering the streets of Rhode Island looking for its fortune. Best wishes!

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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When the COVID-19 pandemic socially distanced the world and pushed off the 2020 Olympics, we knew the games weren't going to be the same. The fact that they're even happening this year is a miracle, but without spectators and the usual hustle and bustle surrounding the events, it definitely feels different.

But it's not just the games themselves that have changed. The coverage of the Olympics has changed as well, including the unexpected addition of un-expert, uncensored commentary from comedian Kevin Hart and rapper Snoop Dogg on NBC's Peacock.

In the topsy-turvy world we're currently living in, it's both a refreshing and hilarious addition to the Olympic lineup.

Just watch this clip of them narrating an equestrian event. (Language warning if you've got kiddos nearby. The first video is bleeped, but the others aren't.)

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