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Takeoff, Migos Rapper, Dead At 28

November 7th, 2022
By : Ethan Shanfeld, Jem Aswad Source : Variety Takeoff, one-third of the hip-hop trio Migos, was shot and killed in Houston, a representative for the city’s police department has confirmed to Variety. He was 28. The rapper was shot and killed at a bowling alley in downtown Houston where he and Quavo, his uncle and Migos bandmate, were playing dice at around 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Officers told KPRC Houston that a crowd of approximately 40 or 50 people was at the scene when the shooting took place, and there was a man with a...
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Bethany Hamilton - How Accurate Was The Soul Surfer Movie?

November 7th, 2022
By : Bethany Hamilton Source : Bethany Hamilton People ask me all the time, “how accurate is your movie Soul Surfer?” It’s actually extremely accurate! When my family and I were working on the script, we really wanted to make every scene represent what we actually went through as much as possible. We wanted the world to get a very real perspective of my story, not an overly-dramatized version for Hollywood. Of course, there’s always little extra things to just make the storyline run a little smoother, but...
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Taylor Swift Makes History As First Artist With Entire Top 10 On Billboard Hot 100

November 1st, 2022
Swift passes Drake, who claimed nine in September 2021
By: Gary Trust Source: billboard.com Taylor Swift scores one of the most historic weeks in the 64-year history of the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, as she becomes the first artist to claim the survey’s entire top 10 in a single frame. Swift surpasses Drake, who logged nine of the Hot 100’s top 10 for a week in September 2021. Leading the way for Swift on the Hot 100, “Anti-Hero” launches at No. 1, marking her ninth career leader. All 10 songs in the Hot 100’s top tier are from Swift’s new LP...
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Soda Pop, Chips, Hot Dogs Can Take Years Off Your Life

October 18th, 2022
By : Anahad O'Connor Source : MSN No matter how old you are, or how much junk food you consume, it’s never too late to start undoing the damage caused by a poor diet. That’s the message from scientists who study how our food choices affect our life spans and our risk of developing diseases. They have found that people can gain sizable health benefits at any age by cutting back on highly processed foods loaded with salt, sugar and other additives and replacing them with more nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts,...
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The Anonymous App That Is Taking High Schools By Storm

October 18th, 2022
By : Rob Litterst Source : The Hustle New social media apps tend to have limited shelf lives. Even BeReal, which has grown users ~2300% this year, is showing signs of trouble, with only 9% of Android users opening the app daily. Now there’s Gas, an anonymous app that prompts teens to say nice things about each other. Last week, it became the No. 1 free social app in the App Store, per The Wall Street Journal.  read more...
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Everyone Wants To Be TikTok And Tik Tok Wants To Be Everyone

October 13th, 2022
By : Jacob Cohen Source : The Hustle Over the past couple years, “more like TikTok” has become a business strategy for tech companies, large and small. Many are “TikTokifying” themselves, scrambling to embed carbon copies of the app’s defining features in their platforms. As they forge ahead, TikTok itself is flipping the trend on its head, laying the groundwork for features rivaling those of Google, Amazon, Spotify, and more.  read more...
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9 Out Of 10 American Teenagers Own An iPhone

October 13th, 2022
By : Dzhoro Ivanov Source : Phone Arena There is a reason why many people feel like everyone and their mother owns an iPhone. Apple’s devices have continuously dominated the smartphone market, especially in the US - that much is common knowledge. What is more surprising, however, is the iPhone’s prevalence amongst youngsters. According to one recent survey, 87% of teenagers in America own an iPhone. This is more than double the share 10 years ago. This information was first brought forward by MacRumors in a dedicated...
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Is This The End Of The GIF?

October 12th, 2022
By : Rob Litterst Source : The Hustle In 2016, a Tumblr executive called GIFs “the file format of the internet generation.” Six years later, the looping image format is being described as “cringe” by younger generations, per The Atlantic. What happened? In short, a combination of things: Accessibility: GIF-searching features on Facebook, Twitter, and iMessage brought the format to the masses. Over-usage: As using GIFs became easier, more people started using them, often selecting the same ones over...
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People Cutting Back On Food First, Their Streaming Services Last (New Research)

October 12th, 2022
By : Jacob Cohen Source : The Hustle If it wasn’t clear already, us humans — we really love paying for things on a monthly basis. New data from the National Research Group found that while 44% of consumers have tried to cut back on spending at the grocery store amid ongoing high inflation, only 18% did so with their streaming subscriptions. Among subscriptions generally, NRG found Amazon Prime is among the least likely to be canceled, trailing cloud storage and music streaming services. Most likely to be...
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How Social Media Is Making Kids Mentally Ill

September 21st, 2022
By : Dr. Nicholas Kardaras Source : New York Post "Suzie" was a typical 22-year-old recent college grad from the Midwest who was admitted into my mental health clinic in Austin with a variety of increasingly common psychiatric disorders: depression, self-harm (cutting her arms) and a Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) diagnosis. BPD is a serious personality disorder that has 50 times the suicide rate of the general population and is typified by black and white thinking, self-harm behavior, emotional volatility, impulsive...
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Taylor Swift Songwriter-Artist Of Decade – Read Her Acceptance Speech

September 21st, 2022
By : Jessica Nicholson Source : Billboard Two decades after writing her first song, and almost 16 years after releasing her eponymous debut album, Taylor Swift accepted the Songwriter-Artist of the Decade award on Tuesday evening (Sept. 20) at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, during the annual Nashville Songwriter Awards. The honor celebrated Swift’s successes between 2010 and 2019, a time period that saw Swift fully transition from country to pop, amassing hits and fan favorites including the pop-country crossovers...
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Rapid Rise Of Captions With Gen Z & Millennials

September 21st, 2022
By : Rob Litterst Source : The Hustle Audio transcription tools have traditionally served two purposes: Subtitles help viewers understand audio that’s spoken in a foreign language. Closed captions help people with hearing loss understand what’s being said on the screen. Recently, usage of both tools has skyrocketed among younger demographics, and often not for either of the reasons mentioned, per The Wall Street Journal. The rise of captions… … like many things, can be traced back to Netflix and TikTok....
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Twitter Adolescent Communities Glorifying Self-Harm & Suicide Are Growing Rapidly

September 8th, 2022
By : Alex Goldenberg, John Farmer, Lee Jussim, Loree Sutton, Danit Finkelstein, Cristian Ramos, Pamela Paresky, Joel Finkelstein Source : Network Contagion Twitter hosts a massive community that glorifies and encourages self-harm –– specifically “cutting.” Graphic photographs of what appear to be bloody self-injury by people who have sliced into their skin continues to proliferate, many such tweets garnering unusually high engagement given the small number of followers of the posting account. Photographs and other...
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Vaping Gateway To Nicotine Addiction For Teenagers (New Study)

September 8th, 2022
By : Simona Kitanovska Source : Newsweek Vaping has become a gateway to nicotine addiction for teens as most who take it up have never smoked before, a study has warned. Often perceived as a stepping stone to quitting smoking, more and more youngsters are vaping without having ever smoked. Teens whose parents smoke are "dramatically" more likely to vape, as those with smoking parents were 55 percent more likely to start vaping. Experts stressed that vaping is not harmless, it can damage the lungs, blood vessels, and brain,...
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Justin Bieber Suspends World Tour - Physical, Mental Health Issues

September 7th, 2022
By : TMZ Source : TMZ Justin Bieber is pulling the plug on his world tour ... saying he has to make his health a priority. Bieber's tour -- Justice World Tour -- has been rolling along since March, but there are still 70 shows left that will run until March 2023, and those are the shows that have now been suspended. Bieber seems to be saying part of the reason for suspending is physical, and part is mental. He said, after recently performing in Brazil, "After getting off the stage, the exhaustion overtook me and I realize that I...
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Britney Spears No Longer Believes In God: "I'm An Atheist"

September 6th, 2022
By : Newsdesk Source : Music-News.com Britney Spears has revealed she no longer believes in God. The popstar, who was baptised as a Southern Baptist as a child, declared in a voice message posted to her Instagram page on Monday that she had rejected religion as a result of ongoing tension between herself and her sons Preston, 16, and Jayden, 15, following the termination of her conservatorship last November.  "It saddens me not one of you has valued me as a person," she stated. "You've witnessed how my family has...
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Eminem's Jesus Heavy Verse On Kanye’s ‘Use This Gospel Remix’ Was Unexpected

August 31st, 2022
By : Justin Sarachik Source : Rapzilla Alright, stop yelling at me. I’m not saying Eminem is a Christian rapper and I’m not trying to convince you that Kanye West is a gospel artist. One calls himself a “Rap God” and the other calls himself “Yeezus.” However, this pair, along with the production of Dr. Dre dropped a rather interesting song. Today DJ Khaled’s latest project God Did just dropped. The premise is essentially when no one believed in him, God did. Thematically the track titles and the...
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Too Much Blue Light From Screens Makes You Grow Old Faster

August 31st, 2022
By : Study Finds Source : Study Finds Too much blue light from gadgets like televisions, laptops, and smartphones can accelerate the aging process, a new study warns. Researchers found that the light could also lead to the onset of obesity and psychological problems. “Excessive exposure to blue light from everyday devices, such as TVs, laptops, and phones, may have detrimental effects on a wide range of cells in our body, from skin and fat cells, to sensory neurons,” says Dr. Jadwiga Giebultowicz, a professor at the...
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BTS’s V Breaks World Record For Fastest Person To Hit 50 Million Followers On Instagram

August 22nd, 2022
By : E. Cha  Source : Soompi  BTS’s V has become the first male Korean celebrity ever to surpass 50 million followers on Instagram—and he’s done it in record time! Just eight months and 14 days after he first launched his individual Instagram account, V has become the fastest person in the history of the platform to reach 50 million followers. Last December, V officially broke two Guinness World Records when he first revealed his Instagram account, setting new records for the fastest account to reach 1 million...
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Teenagers, Social Media And Technology (Pew Research)

August 15th, 2022
By : Emily A. Vogels Source : Pew Research The landscape of social media is ever-changing, especially among teens who often are on the leading edge of this space. A new Pew Research Center survey of American teenagers ages 13 to 17 finds TikTok has rocketed in popularity since its North American debut several years ago and now is a top social media platform for teens among the platforms covered in this survey. Some 67% of teens say they ever use TikTok, with 16% of all teens saying they use it almost constantly. Meanwhile, the share of...
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Olivia Newton-John, Pop Singer And ‘Grease’ Star, Dies At 73

August 9th, 2022
Olivia Newton-John, the Australian singer whose breathy voice and wholesome beauty made her one of the biggest pop stars of the '70s and charmed generations of viewers in the blockbuster movie "Grease," died on Monday, according to a statement from her husband. She was 73. "Dame Olivia Newton-John passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. We ask that everyone please respect the family's privacy during this very difficult time," her husband, John Easterling,...
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Facebook’s TikTok-Like Redesign Marks End Of Social Networking Era

August 8th, 2022
By : Scott Rosenberg Source : Axios Mark last week as the end of the social networking era, which began with the rise of Friendster in 2003, shaped two decades of internet growth, and now closes with Facebook's rollout of a sweeping TikTok-like redesign. The big picture: Under the social network model, which piggybacked on the rise of smartphones to mold billions of users' digital experiences, keeping up with your friends' posts served as the hub for everything you might aim to do online. read more...
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Gen Z Dictionary: The Guide To Help Boomers Figure Out What The Kids Are Saying

August 8th, 2022
By : Aaminah Munawar Source : Images Throughout the ages every new generation has had their own slang. More than any other language on Earth, slang is the one that is constantly shifting, constantly changing, to keep up with the times. Gen Z is no different, but this makes it nearly impossible for someone who is not Gen Z to figure out what’s going on. To test our theory, we put several of our editors to the test to see if they could decipher Gen Z slang. The results were…. not good. read more...
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Pop Star Shawn Mendes Cancels Next 3 Weeks of Shows

July 11th, 2022
23 Year Old Under Pressure: “I’ve reached the breaking point”
By: Roger Friedman Ssource: Showbiz411 Being a pop star is a lot more stressful than it used to be. First Justin Bieber pooped out because of stress. [Now] it’s Shawn Mendes’s turn. Mendes, 23, just posted an announcement to Twitter that he’s canceling the next three weeks of shows citing mental fatigue. That’s eleven shows. “I’ve reached the breaking point,” he says. read more...
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Harry Styles “As It Was” Claims 12th Week At #1 On Global Charts (Billboard)

July 6th, 2022
By : Gary Trust Source : Billboard Harry Styles‘ “As It Was” claims a 12th week at No. 1 on both the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts. The song rewrites the record for the longest Global 200 reign and extends its unprecedented run atop Global Excl. U.S. Meanwhile, “Left and Right” by Charlie Puth and Jung Kook, of BTS, launches at No. 2 on Global Excl. U.S. and the Global 200 at No. 5 – tying for the highest-charting solo hit for a BTS member on both surveys, and becoming...
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Cyberbullying Increases Risk Of Suicide More Than “Traditional” Bullying

July 6th, 2022
By : Study Finds Source : Study Finds Cyberbullying has a stronger impact on adolescent victims than “traditional,” in-person bullying, a new study reveals. A team from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) says victims of online bullying in early adolescence are more likely to report suicidal thoughts and attempts, going far beyond that of offline bullying. Researchers at Lifespan Brain Institute (LiBI), the University of Pennsylvania, and Reichman University in Israel looked at the records for more than...
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How Teenagers In Suits, TikTok & Rap Are Changing The Movies Forever

July 6th, 2022
By : Jacob Cohen Source : The Hustle This past weekend, Minions: The Rise of Gru went absolutely bananas at the box office. What’s really interesting though wasn’t so much the fact that it did well, but rather why it did so well. Enter, the “Gentleminions” These are teens that have formed an international cult around a comedic bit. The bit being they ironically dress in suits and ties, see Minions in droves, applaud in unison, and document it all on TikTok to a rap track. TikTok is currently filled to the brim...
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Cellphone Inventor: Put Down Your Devices And “Get A Life”

July 5th, 2022
By : Andrew Court Source : New York Post The inventor of the world’s first cellphone says he’s stunned by how much time people now waste on their devices, telling users to “get a life.” Martin Cooper, 92, made the declaration during an interview with “BBC Breakfast” on Thursday, responding to a co-host who claimed she whiled away upwards of five hours per day on her phone. “‘Do you really? You really spend five hours a day? Get a life!” he stated, before bursting into laughter....
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Belief In God In US Dips To 81% - A New Low (Gallup)

June 22nd, 2022
By : Jeffrey M. Jones Source : Gallup The vast majority of U.S. adults believe in God, but the 81% who do so is down six percentage points from 2017 and is the lowest in Gallup's trend. Between 1944 and 2011, more than 90% of Americans believed in God. Gallup's May 2-22 Values and Beliefs poll finds 17% of Americans saying they do not believe in God. Gallup first asked this question in 1944, repeating it again in 1947 and twice each in the 1950s and 1960s. In those latter four surveys, a consistent 98% said they believed in God. When...
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BTS Returns To #1 On Billboard Chart Thanks To "Proof" Debut

June 22nd, 2022
By : Xander Zellner Source : Billboard BTS vaults from No. 50 to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated June 25), returning as the top musical act in the U.S. for a 21st total week on top, and for the first time since last August, thanks to the opening week success of the South Korean superstars’ new release, Proof. The album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 314,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending June 16, according to Luminate. The act adds its sixth No. 1, as the set starts with the...
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Loneliness Is Public Health Emergency - What You Can Do (Time)

June 14th, 2022
By : Tara Law Source : Time When the pandemic first began, many experts feared that even people who managed to avoid the virus would suffer from unprecedented levels of loneliness. What would happen when millions of people were told to stay at home and distance themselves from friends and loved ones? Two years of research later, experts have found that the pandemic did make Americans slightly more lonely—but loneliness levels were already dire enough to pose a threat to mental and physical health. Here’s what you need to...
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Justin Bieber One Of Many Stars Sharing Personal Health Struggles

June 14th, 2022
By : Kelsey Ables Source : MSN Last week, Justin Bieber posted a video to Instagram not only sharing his diagnosis of Ramsay Hunt syndrome, which has left half of his face paralyzed, but also showing it. “As you can see, this eye is not blinking. I can’t smile on this side of my face. This nostril will not move,” the worn-out-looking Canadian singer, dressed in a beanie and flannel, said in the video. Coming just days after several of Bieber’s concerts were canceled, the news brought an outpouring of well-wishes...
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5 Things To Do & Not Do For The Gen Z Mental Health Crisis

June 7th, 2022
By : Ben Bennett Source : Outreach Magazine There’s an epidemic of mental-health misconception in the church, and it’s causing real harm to our youth. I know this from experience. I started following Jesus at a young age and began struggling with anxiety and depression at eight years of age. I grew up with an angry father. When I was home, I tiptoed around his alcohol abuse and bullying. At school, the bullying would continue—most often from friends. As a Christian, I knew Jesus wanted me to feel loved, accepted, and...
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Musical Preferences Unite Personalities Worldwide (New Research)

June 6th, 2022
By : Study Finds Source : Study Finds CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom — In today’s divisive times, maybe all we really need is music. Musical preferences unite personalities worldwide, according to new research involving more than 50 countries. A team from the University of Cambridge shows how different singers and songs appeal to similar personality types across the globe. For example, Ed Sheeran’s song “Shivers” appeals to extroverts while neurotic types are likely to be into Nirvana’s “Smells like...
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Pop Culture Has Become an Oligopoly

June 6th, 2022
By : Adam Mastroianni Source : Experimental History You may have noticed that every popular movie these days is a remake, reboot, sequel, spinoff, or cinematic universe expansion. In 2021, only one of the ten top-grossing films––the Ryan Reynolds vehicle Free Guy––was an original. There were only two originals in 2020’s top 10, and none at all in 2019. People blame this trend on greedy movie studios or dumb moviegoers or competition from Netflix or humanity running out of ideas. Some say it’s a sign...
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Five Suggestions To Help Kids Feel Prepared For Potential Violence

June 2nd, 2022
By : Julie Lowe Source: New Growth Press The threat of danger impacts our children on a regular basis. Tragic school shootings, violent crimes and the like all incite an array of heartache and anxiety. Even when the threat is not at our front door, it is booming from media outlets into our homes. The likelihood that your child is impacted is high. Regardless of where you live or how stable your family life is, the lives of kids and teens are being touched by violence to some degree and we must help them make sense of it.  read more...
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Ringo Staff Reflects On Spreading 'Peace And Love' Following The '60s

June 2nd, 2022
By : Stephanie Nolasco Source : Yahoo News Ringo Starr has made "peace and love" his personal mantra – and he wouldn’t have it any other way. The beloved Beatle told Fox News Digital during a press launch ahead of his All-Starr Band’s first North American tour since 2019 that it’s never been more important to spread the message. "Well it’s always been important – and I do spread the message," said the 81-year-old. "I mean, you look at the photos in the ‘60s, we’re...
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Era Of Immaturity? Nearly Half Of Americans Don’t Feel Like An Adult Until They’re 30

May 23rd, 2022
By : Chris Melore Source : Study Finds Only half of Americans felt like an “adult” when they turned 18 — for those who didn’t, it took until just before they hit 30! A recent survey of 2,000 Americans found adulting takes some time. While 53 percent felt like an adult when they hit 18, many say it took until they turned 29 for adulthood to truly sink in. That might be one of the reasons why two-thirds of respondents believe 18 is an “arbitrary age” at which to consider someone an adult. Results found...
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Young Girls Are Starting To Reach Puberty As Young As Six Years Old

May 23rd, 2022
By : Mansur Shaheen Source : Daily Mail Young girls in America are experiencing puberty at an earlier age than biologists would particularly expect with the average age falling to ten, with black girls undergoing the process a year earlier than their peers on average, experts warn. The phenomena was first detected by Dr Marcia Herman-Giddens, a public health expert at the University of North Carolina, when she began to gather data on more than 17,000 girls in the mid-1990s. She found that the average age of puberty was dropping,...
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Naomi Judd, Of Grammy-Winning Duo The Judds, Dies At 76

May 3rd, 2022
By : Kristin M. Hall Source : AP News Naomi Judd, whose family harmonies with daughter Wynonna turned them into the Grammy-winning country stars The Judds, has died. She was 76. Her daughters, Wynonna and Ashley, announced her death on Saturday in a statement provided to The Associated Press. “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,” the statement said. “We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her...
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Ed Sheeran and Lil Baby Dedicate ‘2Step’ Video to Ukraine

April 26th, 2022
By : Tomas Mier Source : Rolling Stone A Lil Baby feature and some monetary support for Ukraine arrive with a new remix of Ed Sheeran’s “2step.” On Thursday, the British singer released the music video for the single, which he shot in the war-torn country before Russia’s invasion. The video shows the singer in a gray hoodie and black coat singing in the midst of dancers in the Kyiv streets. All royalties and proceeds for the single are set to benefit DEC’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. “I filmed the...
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Pastors See Missions As A Mandate But Christians Aren't So Sure

April 25th, 2022
By : David Kinnaman Source : Barna Is Jesus’ message that Christians should “go and make disciples” a calling or a mandate? The Great Disconnect: Reclaiming the Heart of the Great Commission in Your Church, Barna’s newest study conducted in partnership with Mission India, reveals misconceptions and inconsistencies in how U.S. churches perceive and approach missionary work. This article zooms in on Christians’ and pastors’ beliefs about who bears responsibility for the Great Commission and how it...
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TikTok: Is It Dangerous For Teenagers?

April 20th, 2022
By : Leonard Sax Source : Institute For Family Studies How much do you know about TikTok? Maybe you’ve heard of it but haven’t used it. Or if you have used TikTok, you may think of it as an app for sharing videos of teens doing funny dances or cute pets doing tricks, which it is. But it is more than that. For starters, TikTok is now the world’s most downloaded app and the world's #1 most visited website, ahead of Google (#2) and Facebook (#3). Every day, more than one billion different videos are viewed on TikTok....
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Parent Social Media Habits Reveal Their Parenting Style

April 20th, 2022
By : John Anderer Source : Study Finds Does a parent’s posting habits on Facebook really change the way they interact with their kids? A new study finds parents who tend to post tons of pictures of their children on social media often have a more friend-like parenting style in general. A team from the University of Central Florida says they prefer to be more of a buddy to their children instead of an authority figure. In many cases, these parents also allow their kids to start using social media at an earlier age. On a more...
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'We're Done With Dead Kids': U.S. Bars Hand Out Free Fentanyl Tests

April 20th, 2022
By : Nathan Frandino Source : Reuters (Via U.S. News) Walking into the Good Hop craft beer bar in Oakland, California, Alison Heller looks like any other patron thirsting for happy hour. But instead of heading to the bar, she goes straight to the bathroom, opens her backpack and pulls out a plastic bag with fentanyl test strips. She puts 25 strips in a jar for anyone to take for free. "If you're going to use drugs here, you can test them," said Heller, a co-founder of the harm-reduction nonprofit FentCheck. Strips to test...
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You'll Never Guess Who "Soccer Moses" Nashville MLS' Most Famous Supporter Is

April 11th, 2022
By : J. Sam Jones Source : MLS  And it came to pass that the city of Nashville was awarded a soccer team. And lo, on the day of its arrival, a man of the people clothed in the finest robes and adorned in the finest wig and beard that could be delivered by the online delivery service of the time, appeared where two or three or 59,069 were gathered and sent a message to the world. A simple declaration to be heard by the masses: “Let my people goal.”  And the people rejoiced over the offering. And they took pictures...
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Generational Shift: New Music Facing Decline While Older Performers Surge In Popularity

April 7th, 2022
By : Charles Passy Source : Marketwatch At this year’s Grammy Awards, such young artists as rappers Lil Nas X and Doja Cat and singer-songwriters Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo vied for top honors, particularly in the coveted album and record of the year categories. But could any of them compete with the Beatles? Not that the Fab Four, which disbanded a half-century ago, were up for any awards, though Paul McCartney, the 79-year-old former Beatle, competed unsuccessfully in two categories (Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album) as...
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Music Fans Have A New Problem: Too Many Concerts, Too Little Time

April 6th, 2022
By : Neil Shah Source : Wall Street Journal No music fan wants to miss out on a concert by one of their favorite artists, especially after two years of a pandemic. But Nick Carrey recently found himself in exactly that dilemma.The 20-year-old student wanted to see the British pop singer and songwriter Charli XCX perform this month in New York at the Hammerstein Ballroom. But another one of his favorite artists, the pop-punk band The Story So Far, is rolling through town the same night.“Everyone is playing at once, so you have to...
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What Parents Of Teenagers Need To Know About Fentanyl

April 6th, 2022
By : Debbie L. Sklar Source : Times Of San Diego An alarming trend has public health officials and parents alike concerned as a nationwide increase in teen fentanyl overdoses paints a troubling picture. In a new warning issued by the Rocky Mountain Poison Center, the agency encouraged parents to remain alert after several teens in the area overdosed while trying to vaporize liquid fentanyl. Fentanyl—a synthetic opioid used medicinally for pain management—is one of the strongest opiates available, often with a potency...
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How Billie Eilish Honored Late Foo Fighters Drummer At Grammys

April 6th, 2022
By : Christi Carras Source : Yahoo News Billie Eilish paid tribute Sunday to Taylor Hawkins by wearing a shirt bearing the late Foo Fighters drummer's likeness at the Grammy Awards in Las Vegas. While performing her nominated track "Happier Than Ever" alongside her brother and creative partner Finneas, at the MGM Grand Arena, the Gen Z pop star donned an oversized, black top with an image of Hawkins smiling behind his drum kit. Hawkins was in Bogota, Colombia, to perform with the Foo Fighters last week when he died at age 50....
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Grammys 2022 Complete List Of Winners & Resources

April 5th, 2022
By : Jordan Freiman Source : CBS News Get ReTuned Discussion Guides for the big song winners "driver's license", "Leave The Door Open" After a three-month delay caused by the Omicron surge, the 64th Grammy Awards returned Sunday night. The show moved from its usual home in Los Angeles to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Trevor Noah, who hosted the ceremony in 2021, came back to host once again this year. Jon Batiste came into the night with 11 nominations, the most of any artist this year, winning four...
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Over A Quarter Of 12-19 Year Olds Have Prediabetes (New Research)

April 5th, 2022
By : Linda Searing Source : MSN U.S. residents on the cusp of developing Type 2 diabetes include about 28 percent of youths ages 12 to 19, according to research published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. They have a condition known as prediabetes, which means that the level of sugar (glucose) in their blood is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as having full-fledged diabetes. The researchers found that the percentage of youths with prediabetes has more than doubled in recent years, going from just under 12 percent...
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Jon Batiste Tops 2022 Grammy Winners

April 4th, 2022
By : Associated Press Source : NBC News Jon Batiste won album of the year honors for “We Are” at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, giving him five trophies on a night that saw the ’70s funk of Silk Sonic take record of the year and song of the year and newcomer Olivia Rodrigo take three awards. The multi-genre performer also won for his song “Cry,” the video for “Freedom” and his work with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross on the soundtrack for “Soul.”  read more...
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Convoy Of Hope + For KING & COUNTRY Concert Raises $150K For Ukranian Refugees

March 31st, 2022
Source : Yahoo News “Convoy of Hope is incredibly blessed by this partnership with FOR KING + COUNTRY. I truly appreciate Joel and Luke’s hearts for the work that Convoy of Hope does and their desire to relieve the suffering of Ukrainians,” said Convoy President and Co-Founder, Hal Donaldson. “The money they are helping to raise will bring much-needed relief to people inside Ukraine and refugees in the countries surrounding it.” Through partners across Europe, Convoy of Hope is providing shelter, food,...
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For KING & COUNTRY Lessons Learned During Pandemic (People Magazine)

March 28th, 2022
By : Cindy Watts Source : People Magazine Joel Smallbone was lying in bed thinking. It was four days before Christmas in 2020, and he and brother Luke Smallbone, who comprise Grammy-winning duo FOR KING + COUNTRY, had just finished their Christmas tour in Florida. Vaccines were on the horizon, but the pandemic was still raging. The world was shrouded in fear and frustration when he had an epiphany. "I wonder if we're meant to almost immediately start working on another record," Joel, 37, mused. "We're not with an acoustic...
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Too Much Screen Time: Teenagers & Unhealthy Social Media Use

March 2nd, 2022
By : Oil City Source : Oil City According to a study by The National Institutes of Health, the proportion of young people in the U.S. between the ages of 13 and 17 years who own a smartphone is 89%, more than double the amount just six years ago. Consequently, 70% of teenagers use social media multiple times per day. Evidence suggests that too much time spent on social media leads to an increase in mental distress, self-injury and suicidality among youth — especially among girls. read more...
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The Coming Teenage Pandemic

March 2nd, 2022
By : Lois M. Collins Source : Deseret News A mother finds a drawing of a tombstone among her son’s schoolwork. “Rest in Peace,” the caption reads. “Maybe I’d be better off dead.” The boy is 10 years old. In terror, she turns to marriage and family therapist Laurie Singer. That a child so young struggles with mental health is no surprise to Singer — or to teachers, other mental health experts, physicians or a troubling share of parents who see the cauldron of anxiety and depression boiling in...
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‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno,’ From ‘Encanto,’ Hits Billboard #1

March 2nd, 2022
By : Gary Trust Source : Billboard “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” from Disney’s Encanto, makes a magical move to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. The ensemble song – by Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz and the Encanto Cast – rises from the Hot 100’s runner-up spot and becomes just the second No. 1 ever from a Disney animated film. “Bruno” also marks the first Hot 100 leader for the song’s sole writer,...
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Metaverse App Very Dangerous For Kids (BBC)

February 23rd, 2022
By : Angus Crawford and Tony Smith  Source : BBC Some apps in the virtual-reality metaverse are "dangerous by design", the NSPCC has warned in response to a BBC News investigation. A researcher posing as a 13-year-old girl witnessed grooming, sexual material, racist insults and a rape threat in the virtual-reality world. The children's charity said it was "shocked and angry" at the findings. Head of online child safety policy Andy Burrows added the investigation had found "a toxic combination of...
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Spotify’s $90 “Car Thing” Device Now On Sale In USA

February 23rd, 2022
By : Jack Needham Source : Music Business Worldwide Spotify‘s in-car hardware device, the ‘Car Thing’ is officially available to buy in the US. The gadget, priced at $89.99, is Spotify’s first-ever music-listening hardware. Car Thing is an in-car listening device and player that features a dial to browse, select, play and pause content, a 4″ touchscreen and four preset buttons for shortcuts. Car Thing enables listeners to play music and podcasts using ‘Hey Spotify’ voice commands, taps,...
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Psychologists: Metaverse Could Be Problem For Kids’ Mental Health

January 31st, 2022
By : Tom Huddleston Jr. Source : CNBC If there’s one thing that tech companies, retailers, content creators and investors can agree on, it’s this: There’s plenty of money to be made from the metaverse. But as CEOs try to elbow past their rivals to gain a foothold in the still nascent digital space, some psychologists and mental health experts say the race to turn a profit is taking attention away from a crucial question: Will the metaverse be a safe place, especially for kids and teens? The answer isn’t...
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SB19’s ‘Bazinga’ Adds Fourth Week Atop Hot Trending Songs Chart

January 18th, 2022
By : Xander Zellner Source : Billboard SB19‘s “Bazinga” commands Billboard‘s weekly Hot Trending Songs chart (dated Jan. 8), powered by Twitter, for a fourth total week. The Filipino quintet’s track has maintained momentum since its official video premiered Oct. 29, followed by the group’s Nov. 29 performance of the song at the 34th Awit Awards, the annual honors bestowed by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry. The song holds at No. 1 with 2.1 million Twitter mentions (up 1%) in the...
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Teenagers Consume More Sugar When They Don't Get Enough Sleep - New Study

January 18th, 2022
By : Kristen Dalli Source : Consumer Affairs A new study conducted by researchers from Brigham Young University explored how teens’ sleeping patterns may impact their physical health. Their work revealed that teens who aren't getting enough sleep may be more likely to consume 4.5 more pounds of sugar each school year. “Shortened sleep increases the risk for teens to eat more carbs and added sugars and drink more sugar-sweetened beverages than when they are getting a healthy amount of sleep,” said researcher Dr. Kara...
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What Churches Must Do to Reach Gen Z (Lifeway Research)

January 18th, 2022
By : Sam Ludlow-Broback Source : Lifeway Who do you go to when you are in need? When life is moving a million miles an hour or when a big change happens, who do you reach out to? Odds are, the person you are thinking of has gained your trust and demonstrated to you that your relationship is valuable to them. This type of relationship is precisely what Generation Z is telling us they desire but are not experiencing with faith leaders. What can today’s pastors do to gain their trust? Springtide Research Institute interviews...
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Why Education Is About To Reach A Crisis Of Epic Proportions

January 11th, 2022
By : Mark C. Perna Source : Forbes We’re at a major tipping point in education. According to a recent survey, 48% of teachers admitted that they had considered quitting within the last 30 days. Of that number, 34% said they were thinking about leaving the profession entirely. Understaffing has plagued schools for years, but it’s now reaching epic proportions. At a conference last month, I sat around the table with four superintendents from various parts of the country and asked them, “What percent of teachers quitting...
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Big Daddy Weave Bassist Jay Weaver Dies From COVID-19

January 5th, 2022
By : Mitchell Peters Source : Apple News “Jay went to be with Jesus just a couple hours ago,” his brother Mike Weaver said in an emotional video.
 Jay Weaver, the bass player and a vocalist for Big Daddy Weave, has died from complications of COVID-19. He was 42. His brother, Mike Weaver, frontman of veteran Christian band, announced the sad news on Sunday (Jan. 2) through social media. “My brother Jay went to be with Jesus just a couple hours ago,” Mike Weaver said in the emotional video clip on...
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Avicii’s Final Journals Reveal a Superstar DJ Haunted by Demons

January 3rd, 2022
By : Cheyenne Roundtree Source : Yahoo News Tim Bergling was about to enter his second year of high school when he took his first hit of a friend’s joint. He immediately hated it. The teenager–who in a few years’ time would become internationally known as the EDM DJ Avicii–suddenly felt his throat turn scratchy and dry from the intake of marijuana, as his heart started pounding and paranoia crept in. The sensation eventually passed, but when Avicii returned home to Stockholm after his summer trip to the French...
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