Disney World Jungle Cruise boat sinks By Shakeeba Sajadi March 13, 2020 Disney World’s Jungle Cruise is a ride which takes passengers on a tour through a river filled with robot animals. On Thursday, the boat sank into the shallow, murky water. Every passenger left the boat safely and park officials helped the wet guests enjoy the rest of their day. Many think it was hilarious; some people even tweeted about the matter. One tweet said, “Our boat on the Jungle Cruise sank today. Fun times!” He also added a picture of a man still on the boat with water up to his waist. Someone mentioned that the “skipper was awesome,” and he quickly used the radio to get help. Everything was handled quickly and professionally. Someone made a point that “some people want an immersive, real experience but then complain why the Jungle Cruise began to sink.” He also mentions that “stuff like this does happen.” Jokes on Twitter continued, as another person had the video of the boat sinking with the Titanic song, “My Heart Will Go On” added to it. The experience must have been hilarious and nerve-racking at the same time for the passengers.
Pop Smoke Dies By Alyssa Rangel March 5, 2020 Rapper Pop Smoke was tragically murdered at his home in West Hollywood last week. On February 19th, four suspects broke in and shot him leaving him with several gunshot wounds. There were multiple people in the home, but Bashar Barakah Jackson, the rapper’s real name, was the only person injured. Earlier that week, the rapper accidentally exposed his home address on Instagram while showing off a package he received. Surveillance footage has yet to be released of the incident, but people who saw it have spoken out about it. Reports show that three men were at the front of the house while one possibly went through the backdoor and exited from the front. Earlier arrests have been made and his death is still under investigation, but there has been much speculation on how the famous rapper died. Many have dismissed the possibility of a robbery gone wrong as no valuables were taken. The killing seems to be gang affiliated as Bashar was the only one targeted. Some have linked him to the notorious Crips, but it seems unlikely a rival east coast gang traveled to the west coast just to harm him.
PlayStation Conference was Cancelled due to Coronavirus Outbreak By Ronan Quenery March 5, 2020 The Coronavirus outbreak has affected many events globally and caused widespread cancellations, one being this year’s PlayStation Game Developer Conference (GDC). This event was the second most anticipated gaming event of Sony’s calendar.The company also announced that they won’t be attending the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) event either. According to Nathan Birch, this is what Sony had to say on their decision to not attend to GDC,“We have made the difficult decision to cancel our participation in Game Developers Conference due to increasing concerns related to COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus). We felt this was the best option as the situation related to the virus and global travel restrictions are changing daily. We are disappointed to cancel our participation, but the health and safety of our global workforce is our highest concern. We look forward to participating in GDC in the future” (Birch “PlayStation and Oculus Pull out of GDC 2020 due to Coronavirus Concerns”). However, the GDC will continue as planned without Sony for the event issued by the following statements that regarded the Coronavirus.
Billie Eilish Writes the New James Bond Song By Emma Gore February 28, 2020 Music sensation Billie Eilish and brother Finneas O’Connell finally wrote the new James Bond song. Writing the song was a lifelong dream for the pair. With the last two songs being written by Adele and Sam Smith, there were huge shoes to fill when writing the world-known song. When James Bond filmmakers presented the massive opportunity to create the new song, the brother-sister duo was so excited to make it their own that they finished the song in about three days. According to O’Connell, “ We wrote and recorded the Bond song on a tour bus in Texas.” The duo continued by saying constantly they would listen to the past Bond songs to make sure their lyrics were original and unique. O’Connell continued to tell BBC, “ In your career, there are few things that are as desirable as doing a Bond song, and we did not take the opportunity lightly. And we really just tried to work as hard as we could to prove ourselves worthy of that.” At just 18 years old, Eilish is the youngest artist ever to record a song for the franchise.
Atari Plans to build Video Game Themed Hotels in the United States By Ronan Quenery February 14, 2020 The company Atari is well known for their 1970s arcade games and is now opening its own brand-new hotels. The hotels will feature areas for virtual reality and augmented realitydevices, studios for streaming video games and E-sport events. The company is based uin France, but the project is planned to be marketed in America. The Atari hotels are planned to be built in Las Vegas, Denver, Chicago, Austin, Seattle, San Francisco and San Jose. Launched in 1972, Atari was aninnovatorin video gamesand any home computer game industries. Some of their most popular games include Pong, Asteroids, Pac Man, and Space Invaders. Atari also sold a console called the 2600. The machine was the first console for people’s homes. The new hotels will try to attract the more than 2.5 billion gamers around the world. Atari says one trend is that these gamers are attracted to recognizable intellectual properties, so this might be the right time for such a venture, according to Kate Streit in her article, “Atari Is Opening 8 Immersive Video Game-Inspired Hotels That Will Take You Back To The 1980s.”
‘Good In Goodbye’ Madison Beer Video Debut By Bella Vilao February 14, 2020 With the rise of social media, many talented young artists are being discovered. One of these artists includes 20-year-old Madison Beer who was discovered at a young age by Justin Bieber. Since being discovered by Bieber, she was signed to Island Records. After her signing in 2012, the singer-songwriter has released an ep titled ‘As She Pleases’ as well as a few singles. Beer’s first album had been highly anticipated for months, as she has been teasing it since early 2018. She first released a single along with a futuristic video titled ‘Dear Society,’ and the fans’ reaction was really good. After letting ‘Dear Society’ along with its music video settle for a little bit, Madison released the first official song and accompanying video from her debut album titled ‘Good In Goodbye.’ The video followed the same theme of the ‘Dear Society’ video, with a futuristic alien sort of vibe. The video also included a lot of special FX scenes, and it was very clearly an extremely high-budget and time consuming video to make. As for the song itself, it sends a message many fans enjoyed. One fan even commented, “So she was in a war with herself just because of a boy, then she decided he’s not worth it and is at peace with herself… this is amazing”. Madison also received many tweets from excited fans stating that they heard ‘Good In Goodbye’ on their local radio station. It is very clear that fans of Beer have a lot to look forward to in this era of her first album.
Justin Bieber’s New Documentary By Alexia Myers February 7, 2020
Justin Bieber finally unveiled his new project for the music industry in a self-produced documentary “Justin Bieber: Seasons” available on YouTube Originals. In the introduction, Bieber travels back to his hometown of Stratford, Ontario while expressing his past struggles and his plans for his future. He said in the intro, “What’s been challenging over the years is a lot of the time I’d make music and it would be for me. When the focus and the goal is about yourself, you tend to lose your purpose in that. The older I get, the more I realize I’m not utilizing my gift for the right reasons, it’s not about me, it’s about helping someone who’s going through whatever they’re going through.” During the listening sessions of his new album “Changes” in Los Angeles, he described the album as him going from a boy to a man. The documentary features some new untitled tracks that are heavily inspired by Bieber’s marriage, and in the episodes, you’ll see Justin and his wife Hailey Bieber in their everyday lives and also get her takes on his and their journey together. The series also gives us insight to his journey leaving the spotlight and how he finally found his way back to the studio. After canceling the majority of his Purpose Tour in 2017, fans were left confused with little information on what had happened that caused him to react that way. This documentary will give fans all the details about these events leading up to his new era and get fans excited to see Justin on stage once again. Fans can watch new episodes of “Seasons” by Justin Bieber on YouTube Originals airing every Monday and Wednesday.
Mac Miller’s ‘Circles’ Album By Alexia Myers January 31, 2020 Mac Miller’s sixth album “Circles” was released last Friday. It being the rapper’s first piece of work since his death in 2018, fans were emotional about being able to hear his voice one last time. In August 2018, Miller’s fifth album “Swimming” was released. Although Miller was an accomplished producer himself, he insisted on making this album with producer Jon Brion. In early September of that year, just one month after Swimmings’ release, news came out that Miller had died. Fans around the world were heartbroken, especially from looking back on the rapper’s recent social media posts expressing how he was excited for the future. He tweeted soon after his album release “I just wanna go on tour.” Sadly, Miller never got to experience touring his new album due to his passing. After Miller’s death, producer Jon Brion was left with unfinished songs and encouragement from Miller’s family to finish the album. From then on, Brion worked to piece together what is ultimately the last statement of an extremely loved artist. Miller’s new album “Circles” was released on January 17th and it had fans very emotional to hear Miller’s previous unreleased work. As for how the process of “Circles” came to be, Jon Brion, who had worked with Miller before, said in an interview, “I got a call from the family telling me to finish the album… I feel like the album is a clear picture of somebody with those troubles who is funny and intelligent and was trying to look at them critically.” Brion also mentions how “Swimming” and “Circles” were meant to go together, along with another project. He states “There were supposed to be three albums: the first, ‘Swimming’, then the second which he already knew at the time was going to be called ‘Circles’, and I believe the third one would have been just a pure hip-hop record.” He states that the last time he had seen Miller was a month or two before his death, and that the plan had been to release “Swimming”, go on tour, and then come back to the unfinished songs which are what make up “Circles”. “We basically had an album’s worth of complete songs we had done together. The only things that were left undone were things we needed to do in a bigger room I had in Burbank, California,” Jon Brion states in an interview with The New York Times. In the same interview, Brion tells readers Mac was very entertaining and funny and that there’s a lot of injustice in the situation. He’s sorry they are interviewing him about Mac’s album that he put a lot of work into also. Mac Miller’s vision had come to life with the help of Jon Brion with “Circles” out everywhere now.
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Season Finale Review Bella Vilao January 23, 2020 Disney’s streaming service Disney+ was launched in November of 2019, and everyone was very excited about the new service because of the fact that all of their favorite Disney shows and movies would be included. With the collections of hundreds of old classic Disney shows and movies came the announcement that Disney would also be launching new shows on Disney+, one of which includes High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. At first, the Internet was making fun of the show that had yet to air, assuming it was just going to be a terrible spin off. Cut to a couple months later, it’s hard to find someone on Twitter who isn’t obsessed with the show. The storyline of the show is unique, as well as the style of filming. The storyline revolves around the students of East High putting on their first ever production of High School Musical: The Musical and follows the drama that the students deal with. The show has often been described as a combination between High School Musical and The Office . It is truly very different from any show Disney has put out before. The actors are talented and do a good job of not making the show corny. One of the actors in particular, Joshua Bassett, has blown up quite a lot from the show, some even calling him our generation’s Zac Efron. Although the show has done extremely well and has even been renewed for a second season, many people were very emotional over the season finale. I personally really love the show. I think it’s super well done, and as a lifelong fan of the High School Musical franchise, it’s surprising how easily I've fallen in love with these new characters and their storylines. I woke up at 5:30 a.m. to watch the finale before school because I was just that excited about it. The actual episode itself was predictable. However, the way that certain scenes ended up playing out was super fun to see. The plot of the finale was the students performing the play on opening night, as well as a pivotal moment for the romantic relationship of the two main characters, Ricky and Nini. Watching the season finale is something that made me feel like a kid again. The show is so captivating, and there’s just something about the writing, the actors, the songs (original and redone), and the whole vibe of it that makes so many people love it immediately. For me, a show passes the test when I become emotionally invested in the characters. The big moment of the finale was Ricky telling Nini that he loves her in a passionate and intense scene. When I watched this part, I cried- not afraid to admit that one. The whole time I watched it, I couldn’t believe how well written it was. I then found out that Joshua Bassett improvised the scene, which just made me love it more. The season finale of this show gets an extremely high rating in my book, and no it’s not because I’m extremely biased and love the show, it’s because of the fact that it’s so appealing to all audiences, from the love, to the friendships, to the school struggles. I could re-watch it many times and, in my opinion, that’s how you know a Disney show has done well.
Escape From Tarkov By Omar Ochoa January 23, 2020 Escape From Tarkov has launched the .12 update. This update, along with the popular Twitch streamers playing the game, caused Escape from Tarkov to blow up, obtaining a huge amount of new players in a short amount of time. The Escape From Tarkov servers were not prepared for this huge increase in people playing. Now, people have to wait 10-15 minutes to get into a match. Before the update, people would only have to wait two to five minutes. The game itself is very fun and addicting. Many people get addicted to the game due to the high-risk high-reward aspect. For example, in the game there is a mode called PMC. In PMC mode you go into a game with the gear you either bought or found. If you die in the game with your stuff you lose all the gear, but if you survive you get to keep your gear and everything you looted. The new update came with many new features like the Hideout, a base where your loot goes. You can also build stands to help you get special loot, a new vendor, new weapons, a new map and much more. The biggest update that affected the game was the health update. Now if you die in a match, you remain with only ⅓ of your full health, which causes players to buy medicine to get back to full health. The game has a lot of potential to become very popular. It has only been out for two years and the game isn't even fully finished yet. Hopefully you will purchase this game and experience it and all the fun features it has to offer.
Coachella Lineup and New Documentary By Alexia Myers January 17, 2020 YouTube is said to be working on a new original documentary called “Coachella: 20 years in the Desert.” The main focus will be taking viewers behind the scenes of the festival, but it will also show off performances punctuated with interviews. The festival returns to Indio, California for two weekends, April 10-12 and 17-19. Weekend one tickets sold out close to the lineup release and weekend two tickets are now on sale for those who registered. Headliners of 2020 festival will be a reunited Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott, and Frank Ocean. Other notable artists appearing on the lineup include Lana Del Rey, FKA Twigs, and psych-rock band, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. The festival teased fans on social media when they commented on old tweets about artists returning to play the festival including Denzel Curry, Chicano Batman, and Caribou. The main guests and performers set to appear in the documentary include Billie Eilish, Kanye West, Daft Punk, Travis Scott, Blackpink, The White Stripes, and Madonna. Along with this new documentary, YouTube, for the second year, will be hosting the live stream for everyone who won’t be attending the festival. The music and arts festival brings thousands of people to Indio and ultimately kicks off the Spring and Summer festival season. So whether you’re watching from home or enjoying the excitement from up close, Coachella is in April and fans can hardly contain their excitement.
Apple Reveals New Technology By Emma Gore December 16, 2019
As of Tuesday, Apple revealed two new automations that will be on the market this fall for the public to purchase. The first new technology is the new Mac Pro, a stainless steel desktop computer tower, which has a much sleeker look than previous designs. The second second innovation is matched with the new Mac Pro and is called the Pro Display XDR. The Pro Display XDR is a 32-inch monitor with a minimalistic design. The base model of the Mac Pro is going to cost around $6000 while its monitor will cost around $5000. While it’s debatable whether or not these prices are too high, many consumers believe Apple is worth the cost purely for their never-ending trustworthy and compatible products, as well as their simple and user-friendly designs. There have only been rumors of an exact launch date, but the products should be released before the end of 2020.
Juice WRLD Dead at 21 By Shakeeba Sajadi December 16, 2019 21- year- old born Jared Higgins, an entertainment rap artist, unfortunately, passed away on December 8, 2019. Higgins, after suffering a medical emergency on Sunday at Chicago’s Midway International Airport, was transmitted to the hospital. Higgins landed at the airport with about a dozen people leaving a private hanger and suddenly felt ill. Initially, it was thought that he passed due to a seizure, but the cause of death is still undetermined after the police found drugs in his luggage from the jet. The Chicago police and federal agents have searched the luggage, finding large amounts of marijuana and suspected liquid cocaine. The mystery behind Higgins’s death has deepened. According to the Chicago police, they were going to meet an arriving private jet that may have “contained large amounts of narcotics.” After a search, police found what they suspected to be a number of illegal bags of suspected marijuana with six bottles of liquid cocaine. Chicago police released a death investigation, later saying there was no sign of foul play. All of Higgins’s entourage cooperated. Juice WRLD’s death left everyone in shock. He had only turned 21 six days earlier. Him being on top of the Billboard for his album and being such an inspiring rapper left us all in agony.
Viewpoints on Disney Plus and Netflix By Omar Ochoa December 6, 2019 Disney Plus is likely taking money away from Netflix by having a lower price. Not only is Disney Plus cheaper, it has all of the Disney-related movies and shows, which Netflix does not. Disney Plus is only $6.99 a month, meanwhile, the cheapest version of Netflix is $8.99. A lot of people have subscribed to Disney Plus and think there is no reason to be paying for Netflix. Disney Plus has many shows and movies to watch. Popular shows and movies include Lilo and Stitch, The Mandalorian, and the High School Musical series. Disney Plus is a new streaming platform, so it still has a lot of time to fully form and improve. Netflix has been around for 22 years, in some form or other, so it has had time to fully develop. Disney Plus is just barely starting to make originals while Netflix has over 100 originals. With time, Disney Plus will become a true challenger to Netflix.
Entire 'Days Of Our Lives' Cast Released By Bella Vilao November 22, 2019 NBC’s long-standing show 'Days of Our Lives’ is seemingly coming to a close. ‘Days of Our Lives’ is NBC’s longest running T.V. show, being on for 55 years and having over 13,705 episodes. The show has been airing almost every single weekday since November 8, 1965 and is averaging 2 million viewers daily.
The TV soap opera is reported to go on an “indefinite hiatus” at the end of this month, and the entire cast will be released from their contracts. 'Days of Our Lives' is reportedly eight months ahead in their production. The current season will be wrapped up in November, but because of the eight-month jump start, there are already episodes lined up to air for the foreseeable future.
If the show were to be picked up, production would most likely start up again in Spring of 2020. The production company behind the show, Corday Productions, had decided to release the cast from their contracts while Sony Pictures and NBC were discussing a possible new season.
There has been some tension between Corday Productions and Sony. Earlier this year Corday filed a lawsuit claiming Sony showed favoritism towards their other show ‘The Young and The Restless’. Corday felt as though ‘Days of Our Lives’ was not being distributed to the best of Sony’s abilities.
It is not confirmed whether or not the show is going to come to a complete end. NBC and Sony have yet to comment on the situation.
New Disney Plus App Takes Over Popular Streaming Programs By Emma Gore November 22, 2019
This Tuesday, Disney launched its new app, Disney Plus, and the feedback is overwhelming. The app is similar to streaming programs such as Netflix or Hulu, and the company created Disney Plus for their own benefit. As a result of the launch of the app, all Disney-owned shows and movies are gradually being taken off opposing streaming services. If viewers want to watch popular shows such as The Simpsons or any Disney movies, they must pay seven dollars a month to subscribe to the app. This is a very smart business move for Disney because not only will Netflix and Hulu have to stop showing Disney movies, they will also profit from the new subscriptions. After one day of the app being launched, it crashed because of the copious amount of streaming, ten million to be exact. The app also features very popular films such as all of the Star Wars and Marvel movies as well as all Pixar movies. As streaming services become more and more popular, we can expect most people to cut the cable and switch to new streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and now the new Disney Plus app.
Jeffree Star X Shane Dawson Conspiracy Palette By Emma Gore November 15, 2019 Youtube sensations Jeffree Star and Shane Dawson released their record-breaking collaboration last Friday. The Conspiracy Collection includes two eyeshadow palettes, six liquid lipsticks, and multiple mirrors. Before the collection dropped, Star and Dawson created a documentary about the process of making and selling makeup and beauty products from start to finish. “The Beautiful World of Jeffree Star” already has 25 million views and counting. The documentary starts off with the initial ideas and meetings of the makeup community and finishes with the final outcome of the products. It took months to produce these pieces. After the documentary launched, the two main products featured were the Mini Controversy palette and the Conspiracy palette. The two businessmen are expected to earn millions just from the first orders of the new products, even before they restock.
Musicians To Boycott Amazon By Bella Vilao November 8, 2019 A letter to Amazon is being passed around and signed by over a thousand musicians. “No Music For ICE” states that all musicians who signed will boycott any and all festivals and events sponsored or put on by Amazon.
In the letter, musicians pledge to not allow Amazon to use any of their music at the events put on by them, or promotions such as commercials, until Amazon stops supporting Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Amazon is publicly known to have contracts with ICE which is proved to be extremely problematic and not good for their reputation as people have issues with the way that ICE is handling immigration. The company has received quite a lot of backlash in many forms, one of which includes this letter. The letter promises that musicians will continue to not work with the company until Amazon terminates existing contracts with agencies that commit human rights abuse, ends projects that encourage discrimination, and rejects future work and projects with agencies such as ICE. The link to the letter is being spread on social media sites such as Twitter, with a description of the pledge and a link for artists to sign the letter and make the promise to boycott Amazon. The list of artist names is quite long, as it takes a minute to scroll through the alphabetical list of A-Z names of artists. This letter and pledge continues to grow each day and many people are talking about it. It is getting the conversation rolling about big companies and being aware of what and who they support.
Prettymuch and CNCO Show Off Talent On Collaboration By Bella Vilao November 1, 2019 Nowadays, there are many boybands trying to be the next big thing. When you think of a boyband, chances are you think of a clear societal stereotype. Cheesy choreography, interesting hair choices, and color coordinating outfits are just a few examples of what you’d expect when you hear the phrase “boyband.” Prettymuch and CNCO are just two examples of boybands successfully breaking the mold and restrictions that the term “boyband” puts on them. Prettymuch is a boyband with members of many different races and countless songs that don’t fit the typical “boyband pop” genre stereotype. CNCO is a Latin American boyband, releasing songs that range from all Spanish Latin Pop to bilingual Latin Pop. For a little while now, both bands have been teasing a collaboration. Fans were extremely excited and wanted the collaboration immediately. Many of Prettymuch’s fans were big fans of CNCO, some even asking for a collaboration before it was teased. On October 23, their collaboration titled “Me Necesita” was released. The song is sung in both English and Spanish. Fans were extremely happy about the collaboration, tweeting like crazy to get it trending. The beat, the lyrical content, and how the boys looked in the video were just a few things that made fans freak out. Boybands like Prettymuch and CNCO continue every day to break stereotypes on what they’re “supposed” to be like. They do their own thing and build a name for themselves by doing what they want and not what’s expected of them
Office Ladies Podcast By Camila Saenz October 21, 2019 American actresses, Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, introduced their own Podcast called Office Ladies on October 1. Fischer and Kinsey both played roles in the comedy, The Office. Fischer played Pam Beesly and Kinsey played Angela Martin. During the 8 years of filming the 9 seasons of the show, the two became very close and have remained good friends, leading them to start their very own podcast about the network show. The idea of having their very own podcast came up when Rainn Wilson, the actor who played Dwight Shrute, suggested that they start one. In an interview between Fisher, Kinsey, and the New York Times, Fischer stated that they loved to “chitty-chat” so it would not be so difficult to make content. Sequoia High School student Beny Medrano claims he would listen to the podcast because he believes it could possibly answer some unanswered questions about the show, such as who is the Scranton Strangler. In the podcast, Fischer and Kinsey will talk about all the behind-the-scenes moments and break down every episode. They will also share some stories about what would happen during the filming of that particular episode. Office Ladies is now streaming on any platform in which podcasts are available
Harry Styles’ New Single “Lights Up” By Alexia Myers 10/17/19 Harry Styles has officially released his new single, “Lights Up,” and its accompanying music video, kicking off a new era for his highly anticipated second album. On this track, Styles has learned to feel comfortable with being in the spotlight while singing he’s “never coming back down.” In a previous interview in August, Styles mentioned his upcoming album would be his “toughest” and “most soulful yet.” He also stated, like his self-titled first album, his new music will have as much classic rock influence as his older releases. Surprisingly though, “Lights Up” has more of a pop feel to it and has completely left behind the 70s rock influence his first album was full of. Within the track, you can hear a gospel choir sing “Shine” in-between parts of the chorus which goes back to him saying his next album will be more soulful than anything he’s done before. Still, fans argue that whatever direction Styles decides to take in his next body of work, it will definitely captivate people's attention all over the world. With “Lights Up,” many fans speculate the track could dominate the charts in a matter of no time. It is not specified what exactly the song is about. It could be about an internal conflict or the feeling of missing something important in a relationship. While “step into the light… I’m not ever going back” could be about never giving up the spotlight, the vague details leave many speculating on what the lyrics could mean. Whether you enjoy Harry Styles’ music or not, his post-boyband evolution will continue to captivate.
Rihanna’s New Book By Camila Saenz October 25, 2019 On October 7, famous singer, businesswoman, and fashion designer, Rihanna announced she would be releasing her very own visual autobiography. The visual autobiography is 504 pages long and contains over 1,000 images. It is expected to contain photographs from 2014 through 2019. The book has been in the making for 5 years and is finally ready to be published by Phaidon Press. The book is titled “Rihanna.” On all her social media platforms, Rihanna posted a personal statement saying, “Over 5 years in the making… happy to finally share this collection of incredible memories.” “Thank you to all of the photographers and artists that contributed and to @paidonsnaps for working with me to publish my first piece of art in a new industry! #theRIHANNAbook” Fans from all over the world pre-ordered the book and some even purchased tickets for her book launch party. These fans will receive a free book for attending. Celebrities such as Lizzo and Tracee Ellis Ross congratulated Rihanna on her great accomplishment. You can pre-order the book on therihannabook.com or go to Barnes and Noble to support local bookstores. Books personally signed by Rihanna range at a price from $4,000 to $5,000. Online, a regular edition costs $150.
Ellen DeGeneres & George W. Bush Weekend Scandal By Bella Vilao October 18, 2019 Over the weekend, well-known talk show hostEllen DeGeneres was seen at a Cowboys game in Texas hanging out with former president George W. Bush. Pictures of the two laughing and seemingly having a good time were leaked, and the media went wild. George W. Bush was the 43rd President of the United States, from the years 2001-2009. During the run of his presidency, Bush openly supported the constitutional ban on gay marriage. Ellen DeGeneres is one of, if not, the most famous gay woman in the world. DeGeneres has been hosting her own talk show on NBC since 2003. She came out as gay in 1997, which was a powerful event in Hollywood at the time. The media was shocked. Twitter exploded with backlash, and news outlets immediately put out articles with their takes on the situation. Ellen addressed the story on her talk show stating, “Here’s the thing: I’m friends with George Bush. In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have. We’re all different, and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s okay.... Just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not gonna be friends with them. When I say, ‘Be kind to one another,’ I don’t mean only the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone. It doesn’t matter.” This response from DeGeneres generated mixed reactions, some people agreeing with her uplifting message of kindness and some asking to have a discussion of how much kindness is too much. Actor Mark Ruffalo tweeted this reply to a Vanity Fair article on the situation, “Sorry, until George W. Bush is brought to justice for the crimes of the Iraq War, (including American-lead torture, Iraqi deaths & displacement, and the deep scars—emotional & otherwise—inflicted on our military that served his folly), we can’t even begin to talk about kindness.” Ruffalo’s tweet gained many replies of support and agreement. DeGeneres is still discussing whether or not her explanation of an “act of kindness” justifies this scandal.
Apple Joins the Movie Industry By Alexia Myers October 11, 2019 Along with Apple’snew TV streaming service, Apple Plus TV,set to come out Nov. 1, the company also announced Friday, they would be stepping into the movie industry with three films all set to come out later this fall. This idea will expand in 2020, as Apple also will start producing more films. The first film to come out this year, Elephant Queen (October 18), is a documentary that focuses on a 50-year-old elephant. The second film lined up, Hala (November 22), is a coming-of-age drama about a Muslim teenager, played by Geraldine Viswanathan. The third and final film, The Banker (December 6), is said to be given the biggest release to the public. The film is a civil rights drama set in the 1950s. This film is starring Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie, both best known for their work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There is very little information on these films. As for the movies coming out next year, Apple declined to comment on anything when it came to questions on when production would start or if it has started already. The company did not state which theaters would be screening the films when they’re released. Some sources say Apple is mostly concerned with locations in New York and Los Angeles. The company made clear that the films would stay in theaters for weeks before they make them available to subscribers on Apple TV Plus. However, not all critics are too excited about this new change in the company. The chief executive of Landmark Theaters, Ted Mundorff,the largest cinema chain in the country stated, “I'm very skeptical. If the film isn't the right type to attract the academy and critical attention, it shouldn't be in the marketplace at this time.” There may be many other critics who doubt Apple’s strategy, but if Apple is successful, they could be headed towards becoming another great movie producing company.
Sony and Marvel Will Reunite for Spider-Man 3 By Shakeeba Sajadi October 11, 2019 Many of us were devastated after we heard the news of Sony and Marvel splitting. The possibility of not having another Spider-Man movie would’ve been very sad. Luckily, the wait is over and we now know that Sony and Marvel have reunited for the Spider-Man 3 movie. In spite of what Sony had said about the issue, the two sides end up closing a deal to work together. Fortunately, Sony ended up seeing the possible success and accepted the deal before they couldn’t come to terms. Many Marvel fans were criticizing the decision that Sony made about removing Peter Parker. The main problem with the new Spider-Man movie was going to be the absence of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tom Holland will continue playing Spider-Man in the new movie. The movie will be released on July 16th, 2021. Spider-Man will also appear in upcoming Marvel films. After the news of Spider-Man 3 being released in the theater on July 16, fans were ecstatic. Everyone is waiting to see what Marvel and Sony do with the story.
Minecraft is Reclaiming its Crown from Fortnite By Ronan Quenery September 13, 2019 Over the past year, Fortnite has been the biggest game, but one of the biggest games of all time that was forgotten by the gaming community was Minecraft. The interest of Fortnite is waning. Not disastrously, but enough that Google Trends show that it's at its lowest peak at August 4. But what’s surprising is not just that Fortnite is starting to taper off a bit, but that Minecraft is starting to surge. In recent months, Fortnite’s popularity has decreased overtime whenever a new update comes out due to pro players claiming that they’re not having fun. Fans everywhere remain divided over the BRUTE’s place in Battle Royale. Since the Mech, a robot character, was introduced at the start of August, there’s been a vocal contingent of fans begging to remove it or nerf it. The developers listened and the Mech got nerfed, but people still are not having fun because it is still in the game. As a result, the BRUTE’s introduction has caused most of the community to leave and switch to other games to play, mainly Minecraft. On YouTube, whether you caught up with Pewdiepie’s new Minecraft Let’s Play series or not, Minecraft has reclaimed its popularity crown from Fortnite. It’s officially been 10 years since its first-ever game debut. With the help of innovating updates to the gamecan help Minecraft expand and grow. Additionally, many other gaming YouTubers did bring Minecraft back to its spotlight,especially Pewdiepie, featuring the game in his Minecraft Epic playlist. Overall, fans from Fortnite have not been satisfied over Fortnite’s recent updates which lead to Minecraft’s rise in popularity.
Billie Eilish Calls Out Nylon Germany For Non-Consensual Photo-Shopped Magazine Cover By Emma Gore September 13, 2019 Last Friday, Nylon Germany Magazine released a new cover with the face of the 17-year-old music sensation, Billie Eilish. After the surprise release of the edited cover, Eilish and her fans were not happy, to say the least. The magazine photo shopped her picture by depicting the artist shirtless and hairless as well as giving her a robotic look. Not only did the magazine not have Eilish’s consent to edit the photos, but she is still a minor. Eilish said she was never “approached by Nylon about this piece whatsoever,” and was given “no creative input.” The young artist’s signature look is wearing baggy '90s themed clothing and dying her hair vibrant colors. Fans and the music sensation are confused about why the magazine would choose to eliminate her iconic outfit and bold hair out of all things. Eilish continues, “You’re gonna make a picture of me shirtless? That’s not real? At 17? And make it the cover?” Nylon Germany apologized to the artist as well as her fans and withdrew the cover immediately.
Popeyes and Chick-fil-A Rivalry By Camila Saenz September 13, 2019
On August 12, Popeyes released their chicken sandwich. The sandwich is similar to Chick-fil-A’s chicken sandwich. The similarities between the two caused a global discussion, A week after Popeyes released their sandwich, Chick-fil-A’s twitter advertisement team tweeted, “bun+chicken+pickle= all the love for the original.” Popeyes’ response was, “... y’all good?” Hashtags about the sandwiches began to be number one trending from #chickenwars to #chickensandwichtwitter. The arguments were based on flavor and taste. Global chicken enthusiasts decided on Chick-fil-A having a more subtle sandwich taste and Popeyes having more spice. Popeyes and Chick-fil-A line wait times grew significantly, up to an hour-long. There are reports that many Popeyes workers worked up to 60 or more hours, leading many of the workers to quit. All the attention this rivalry got lead other fast-food restaurants to join the war. Wendy’s attempted to tweet against Popeyes and Chick-fil-A but was completely ignored. The competition between the latter two was much bigger. In the end, one of the two had to win and profit more. According to an analyst at KeyBanc Capital Markets, Popeyes won the war, gaining 30% percent more popularity. They checked whose wait time was longer and who sold the most sandwiches. The main reason is that many people wanted chicken sandwiches but didn’t agree with Chick-fil-A’s political views. Eventually, Popeyes ran out of the sandwiches which led the war to slowly end.
The 1975’s “People” demonstrates a surprising new sound By: Mariya Hussain September 6, 2019
On August 22, popular alternative band, The 1975, dropped a new single titled “People” that caught a lot of attention. Shifting from the soft ballad sounds of A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, their most recent album released not even a year ago, to a much more hardcore punk style was cause for a wide range of opinions. Fans of the band’s more popular upbeat songs, such as “Chocolate” and “The Sound,” generally were not happy about this shift. Though nobody was expecting it, Matty Healy’s strained vocals and the loud guitars left hardcore fans pleasantly surprised. Following their recent single featuring a spoken word by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg about climate change activism, The 1975 are beginning to speak out on important matters, also seen with “People.” With lyrics such as “Wake up, wake up, wake up!” and “The economy’s a goner,” this single acts as a cry for help, heightened by the angsty word choice and sound. With a discography ranging from ballads like “Nana” to rock-influenced pieces such as “The City,” The 1975 have pretty much done it all, but never have they channeled such intensity as they did through the punk style in “People.” It was quite a shock to most listeners, but if anyone was to make such a statement, it’s The 1975. Some fans think their artistry in their music demonstrates that they are not afraid to venture into different styles of music and that they make music that really means something important. The impact of this single has listeners excited for The 1975’s upcoming album, “Notes on a Conditional Form,” as they could truly go in any direction.
People are Eagerly Awaiting Cartoon Network’s Infinity Train By Ronan Quenery September 6, 2019 With the end of Adventure Time and The Amazing World of Gumball, Cartoon Network announced a new animated series that stood out to the community, Infinity Train. Writer Owen Dennis, who was the writer for Regular Show, announced the project in 2016 as a curious animated short. Since the short first appeared on Cartoon Network’s YouTube channel, it’s gotten more than 4.7 million views. Aside from saying that the show is meant to begin airing in 2019, the network has not set an official premiere date. But, as we roll into the year, people are eagerly awaiting the premier. The series follows a girl’s train journey where each car has its own dimension. It tells the story of Tulip, an analytical teenager that has a fondness for solving complex puzzles. Tulip makes her way through the titular locomotive and the infinite cars, each one containing its own world that is in desperate need of help. She is joined in her journey by her robot friend One-One. Story wise, there’s a near-limitlessness potential in Infinity Train because of its premiere alone. The reason many people are excited for the show is due to Tulip’s distinct personality. Unlike some nervous heroes from other series who see their adventures as fun, Tulip sees the train as a life problem that must be solved and understood. If she doesn’t solve it, she will be in danger. The series is set to debut on Cartoon Network, and fans are excited to buckle in for a wild ride.
Australia Continues To Ban Video Games By Neo Mongeau September 6, 2019 In the last three months, the Australian Classification Board has banned four video games. This is a small part of an ongoing battle that Australian citizens have been fighting with the ACB. The ACB has been banning video games since 2001. Early bans consisted of video games such as Grand Theft Auto III, Soldier of Fortune and Manhunt. The video games listed above were all banned for depicting violence, drugs and crime. The most recent of these video game bans is a game called Day Z. This game had a feature in it where a player could use morphine to heal him or herself. This caused an uproar in the Australian Government since the game depicted drug use. Day Z was banned for a month before being unbanned by the ACB. Day Z developers Bohemia Interactive removed the feature from the game so the ACB would allow their game to be played in Australia. Some Australian citizens are in an uproar about the Day Z ban, as in 2013 Australia received an adult age rating for video games and movies. Citizens are arguing the adult age rating does not seem to matter to the ACB as it continues to ban games for drug use, violence and crime. The Australian government argues that in video games a person commits those violent actions through, this can incite violence and cause issues in youth; unlike movies where a person would watch the actions instead of committing the actions out themselves, even if it is simulated. The law does not seem like it's going to change, as the ACB has reasons for banning video games other than youth commiting a crime in a game. The ACB classification guidelines states, “Drug use related to incentives and rewards is not permitted.” This is why the video games Day Z and We Happy Few were banned as for Day Z’s case the drug morphine could be used to heal your player back to full health. This could be used as an incentive or reward. For now, the Australian government seems very dedicated to enforcing its media laws.
Collective Brockhampton Releases Fifth Studio Album By Bella Vilao August 29, 2019 Hip-hop collective and self-proclaimed ‘boyband’ Brockhampton released their fifth studio album titled GINGER on August 23, 2019. This release has been highly anticipated for months, thanks to teasers posted to the band’s social media accounts as well as singles from the album. Although this release has been highly anticipated, fans and the rest of the hip-hop community have been extremely nervous for the release, worrying that it won’t live up to the hype of their previous Saturation Trilogy albums. Ever since the departure of former Brockhampton rapper Ameer Vann, Brockhampton has been on quite the journey to experiment with music more and try to come back as a collective stronger than ever . Besides Brockhampton’s internal struggle, the group has received a lot of criticism for the work they’ve put out. Many people claim that Vann’s departure from the group was the downfall of Brockhampton. But it’s safe to say that as soon as the album dropped, all worries were almost instantly gone. The founder and front man of Brockhampton, Kevin Abstract, described the album best when he stated on social media that “it feels like an emotional house party”. Many Brockhampton fans took to Twitter to express their feelings towards the new release. There were many mixed emotions, but they were good mixed emotions. People stated the album took them through a rollercoaster of emotions. From smooth and quick rap verses with fun lyrics, to ballads with extremely sentimental and raw lyrics, Brockhampton delivered a new collection of classic hits that fans of the group and the hip-hop community will forever cherish.