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Past articles by Sam:

Celebrate National Bikini Day with our Favorite Swimsuit Covers

Few articles of clothing are more iconic than the bikini. Beloved by females across the world, this swimsuit swiftly became a summer staple after its July 5, 1946, creation more than 70 years ago. Through the years, Parade has featured many bikini-clad ladies—from actresses and models, to professional athletes and frolicking little ones. Check out [...] → Read More

Photos: Our Favorite Presidential Covers

Leafing through Parade’s extensive archive is like taking a peek into history. Covers have featured every sitting president since 1941—many on multiple occasions. Several of them have written stories on topics ranging from their hopes and dreams and their legacies to their family life in the White House and how they stay fit on the job.Related: Read Former President Harry [...] → Read More

Sarah Wynter Talks Motherhood, Gun Safety & Goliath

Newly released Amazon series Goliath is a compelling legal drama riddled with conspiracy theories, redemption and the complexities of life and death. Sarah Wynter plays the role of Gina, a resilient widow who teams up with ambulance chaser Billy McBride—played by Billy Bob Thornton—to seek justice for herself and her son after her husband’s wrongful [...] → Read More

Pretty Little Liars Star Ashley Benson Talks #GivingTuesday and the Hit Show's Final Season

‘Tis the season for giving back.Entering its fifth year on November 29, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving powered by social media and online collaboration. The campaign focuses on giving back to those less fortunate during the holiday season, in the wake of the world’s largest and most hectic spending spree—Black Friday and Cyber [...] → Read More

Wendi McLendon-Covey Stars in Outlandish New Comedy Army of One

Funny-woman Wendi McLendon-Covey, known best for Bridesmaids and sitcom The Goldbergs, stars in an outlandish new comedy about an unemployed alcoholic handyman who sets off on an ill-conceived mission to capture Osama bin Laden.Army of One, also starring Nicholas Cage, Russell Brand and more, is a story based on the true life of one Gary [...] → Read More

Melanie Chandra Talks Diversity, Philanthropy and Her Favorite Upcoming Code Black Episodes

Melanie Chandra is calling for more diversity in mainstream media.The Indian-American actress plays Dr. Malaya Pineda on CBS’ Code Black—a popular medical drama known for the grit and suspense in its complex plot lines.Malaya is an ambitious second-year resident at Angels Memorial Hospital with a knack for uncovering medical marvels. “She’s this quiet, resilient go-getter who will [...] → Read More

Meg Donnelly Lands Breakout Role in American Housewife

New sitcom American Housewife details the ups and downs of the Otto family’s life while residing in cookie-cutter suburbia. From navigating the neighborhood of skinny, sporty desperate housewives, to coming-of-age in the high school’s harrowed halls, the Otto clan has its share of challenges. Their solution? Don’t apologize, hold your head high and be proud of who you [...] → Read More

Nicholas Sparks on His New Novel Two by Two and The Notebook's 20th Anniversary

Romance. Soulmates. Destiny.These are just a few of the thoughts that may flutter to your mind when picking up a Nicholas Sparks novel.The 19-time bestselling author is renowned for bringing intricately curated love stories to life on the pages of his novels—an act that has made him a sensation in the fiction world.Shooting for 20, Sparks’ [...] → Read More

The Most Popular Back-to-School Products of 2016

As the majority of the country is already back to school, and with students continuing to return throughout the coming weeks, school shopping is at an all-time high.While pencils and composition books seem like essentials, the most popular back-to-school products include backpacks and shoes. According to a Google Trends report, novelty backpacks and designer footwear [...] → Read More

Mo McRae Hopes New Fox Drama Pitch Will Help Break Barriers for Women in Sports

Known best for his rough-riding role as Tyler on Sons of Anarchy, Mo McRae is taking on a different type of character, shagging fly balls as San Diego Padres’ outfielder Blip Sanders in upcoming Fox drama Pitch, premiering September 22.The series follows the story of Ginny Baker, the first woman to enter the MLB as a [...] → Read More

Happy Birthday, Pippa Middleton! 10 of Her Best Style Moments

Happy Birthday, Pippa Middleton! The British socialite turns 33 on September 6.Famously known as the younger sister of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, Pippa has made a name for herself through her impeccable fashion. First bursting onto the scene wearing a stunning white dress at Kate and Prince William’s spring 2011 nuptials, the former author [...] → Read More

Photos: 15 of the Most Peculiar Animals

What’s even stranger than Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children? Peculiar animals. These 15 unusual creatures are like nothing you’ve ever seen before. From nightmarish beasts to adorable little critters, you definitely won’t see these 15 animals at your local zoo—but they’d probably be right at home in Miss P’s backyard. Which one do you think is [...] → Read More

23 of the Most Peculiar Foods From Around the World

Can you imagine living at Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children? What an experience! We’re not sure what the kids ate during their stays at Miss P’s, but we know how Raffiella Chapman’s character Claire Densmore ate—through an extra mouth on the back of her head! Click launch gallery to see strange fruits and veggies from rambutan and [...] → Read More

15 of the Most Peculiar Holidays and Celebrations Around the Globe

People celebrate the strangest of things. From cold soup and absentmindedness, to hats and terrible writing, these obscure holidays are celebrated around the world. Do you think any of these peculiar days were holidays at Miss Peregine’s Home for Peculiar Children?Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children opens in theaters September 30, 2016. → Read More

Quiz: Test Your Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Knowledge

Is your knowledge up to par on all things “peculiar?” Best-selling novel and soon-to-be major motion picture Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children boasts all things zany, creepy and downright out of the ordinary. How would you fare during a stay at Miss P’s? Test your “peculiar” knowledge with this quiz!Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar [...] → Read More

10 of the Scariest Places to Spend the Night

Spending the night at Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children may have been creepy, but these 10 hotels are downright spine chilling.From prisons and insane asylums, to bed and breakfasts where people were murdered inside, here are 10 of the most horrifying places you can spend the night. Be nice to the ghosts, and don’t [...] → Read More

10 Peculiar Places to Spend the Night

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children may have been a strange place to spend the night, but we think these 10 places are just as unusual—if not more so!From treehouses and railroad cars, to igloos and sewage pipes, here are 10 of the most peculiar places you can rest your head. Click launch gallery to see the slideshow [...] → Read More

What’s the Most Popular Baby Name of August?

If you’ve been watching this year’s Rio Olympics, you have definitely heard Simone Biles and Simone Manuel’s names over and over.Simone Biles, the artistic gymnastics phenom from Columbus, Ohio, has won five medals—four of them gold—in Rio. Prior to earning a spot with Team USA in Brazil, Biles was the three-time, all-around World Champion and four-time U.S. all-around [...] → Read More

Watch the U.S. Olympic Swim Team Sing Carpool Karaoke

Taking a break from their strenuous training schedules, the U.S. Olympic swimmers partook in a little karaoke—carpool karaoke that is.An activity largely popularized by late-night talk show host James Corden of The Late Late Show, carpool karaoke has been trending throughout 2016. The Team USA. swim team decided to jump—rather, dive—in on the fun.Veteran passengers included [...] → Read More

Woodstock Anniversary: Vintage Photos + The Original Performance List & Musician Salaries

Regarded by many Americans as the greatest music festival of all time, Woodstock celebrates its 47th anniversary on Aug. 15.Over 400,000 people gathered in the summer of 1969 on a dairy farm in Bethel, New York, to hear some of the most celebrated musical acts in history. Those lucky enough to be in attendance enjoyed [...] → Read More