Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Developing: Suspect In Manchester Concert Bombing Named

The suspect in Monday's deadly at an Ariana Grande concert has been identified as Salman Abedi, 22, a Briton of Libyan descent, who lived near the Manchester Arena. The Greater Manchester Police announced at a press conference this morning that they believe Abedi, detonated an explosive device just outside the Arena as concertgoers were exiting. The blast killed 22 people and wounded 59 others, including many children. Abedi also died at the scene.
Authorities are currently investigating whether the bomber was part of a wider network. This morning, the Greater Manchester Police tweeted that a 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the attack.The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said the city will hold a vigil for the victims tonight at Albert Square in Manchester.

English Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement that the people of Manchester had fallen victim to a “callous terrorist attack,” while American President Donald Trump called the bombers “evil losers.” Grande herself was not injured physically, but was obviously emotionally distraught, Tweeting that she was “broken.” Many artists like Lorde, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift and Hayley Kiyoko sent their support to Grande and Manchester.

Report: Nicki Minaj Has Been Donating Money To A Small Indian Village For Years

Nicki Minaj has spent the last few years donating money to an unnamed Indian village through her pastor, Lydia Sloley. Over Instagram, Minaj said that her donations have helped provide the village with “a Computer Center, a Tailoring Institute, a Reading Program and 2 WATER WELLS.”

Saturday, May 20, 2017


Moogfest came into orbit Thursday kicking off a sequence of events to 4 days of synthesizing music, art, and technology. You could feel the electricity stirring in the air as people began to trickle into Durham. Beginning early in the day the Moog Pop-Up factory began building the Subsequent 37 CV synthesizer that debuted at the festival. The conjoined rooms at the Power Plant Gallery hosted an array of various synthesizers and manufacturers in the Modular Marketplace.

The day moved into Future Thought, hosting workshops, discussions, experiential art installations, and further electric activity. Highlights included Moor Mother entrancing an audience with her durational performance, Talib Kweli engaging in conversation with David Graham (The Atlantic) over the nature of media in the age of the Trump administration, and S1’s workshops demystifying the powers and learning of synthesis .

On into the evening, things started to boom with our Future Sound series programming. The focal point of the night took place at Motorco Park hosting our ode to Protest. Multi-faceted artist Mykki Blanco, prolific Syrian born singer Omar Souleyman, rap game legend Talib Kweli, and triangle area punk band Pie Face Girls took the stage in full force. Comedian Hannibal Buress made a surprise appearance to introduce Talib Kweli, and will be staying through the weekend to moderate conversations with Animal Collective & Syrinx and Flying Lotus. Over at the Armory, UK underground techno legends 808 State played their first show in over 20 years, filling the room with breakbeats and winding bass to move to. Avalon Emerson was the perfect follow-up.

So much happened in this congregation of electric minds and it was only Day 1. Stay tuned as we continue livestreaming Moogfest straight to your personal digital device.

See our photo gallery recap here and feel free to watch our live stream here

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Here's The Secret To Getting "Ripped" Like Deadpool

Personal trainer Don Saladino shared some of the secrets as to how he keeps the Deadpool star looking fit:

As far as diet is concerned
Saladino says he takes a minimalist approach when it comes to his clients’ eating routines. They focus on portion sizes, what foods to eat and what is realistic to their lifestyles.
‘I prefer people not to have wheat but, if it’s not realistic, wheat is kept in. Same thing with dairy, I prefer people not to be on dairy. But if someone says they like having Greek yogurt, I let them keep that in there.
‘If you throw a routine at somebody that is too intrusive in their lifestyle, they will fail.’
He also has a few suggestions when it comes to exercise

Saladino says there is a misconception that fat loss equals cardio and to build muscle, you weight train. But the two are actually not so different.

‘Toning and fat burning are very similar. We actually need a lot less cardio than people think,’ he said.

‘Ryan Reynolds, for example, he weight trains and resistance trains, you never see that guy on the treadmill.’

The same is true for Reynolds’s wife, Blake Lively.

Two moves Saladino uses during their training sessions are loaded carries (holding a kettlebell in one hand and walk for a certain amount of distance or time) and sledding (pushing or pulling a ‘sled’ of weights over a particular distance).

‘At the end of the day, you have to do the work that will burn the most calories at rest, the “afterburn”, and what that comes down to is weight training.’ he said.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Job Alert: Duke Basketball Is Hiring

Duke University is looking to hire three people for ‘Athletic Facilities, Game Operations and Championships Assistant.’

The description is as follows:

“will primarily assist with all event operations, facility management and special event operations as well as the additional needs of the Athletic Facilities, Game Operations and Championships department. The Athletic Facilities, Game Operations and Championships Assistant works closely with both internal and external constituents, as well as Duke University coaching staffs and spectators. This position presents a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the daily operations of a Division I athletic department, including in-season and off-season.”
It’s a 9-5, full-time job (not internship) that will last 11 months, taking up some nights and weekends as well … You should know that Duke’s athletic budget is over $91 million.

Monday, May 15, 2017

ICYMI: Chick-Fil-A Is Launching A New ‘Smokehouse BBQ Bacon’ Sandwich

Via Business Insider:
“This is the first time we have tried what were are calling a seasonal approach to an entree,” David Farmer, Chick-fil-A’s vice president of menu strategy and development, told Business Insider. “We wanted to do something different for the summer.”

Chick-fil-A developed the sandwich more than two years ago with Atlanta restaurateur and a James Beard Award-nominated chef Ford Fry.

Farmer says the key ingredient in the sandwich is the “lose-your-mind” bacon that’s seasoned with brown sugar and black pepper in restaurants and then roasted in an oven.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

FETTY WAP Releases New Single

GRAMMY®-nominated award-winning multiplatinum superstar Fetty Wap is set to release a brand new single “Aye” on all digital retailers and streaming partners May 12, 2017 at Midnight (12AM ET) via RGF/300 Entertainment. It’s the first glimpse of his forthcoming second full-length album and what he promises to be one of the year’s biggest hip-hop releases, King Zoo- coming soon. Pre-save “Aye” on Spotify to be the first to hear it on release day https://WEA.lnk.to/cW1i6AW

“Aye” sees Fetty firing on all cylinders. Tapping into the same raw and wild energy that drove his RIAA triple-platinum star-making self-titled full-length debut back in 2015, he goes hard on a hypnotic beat, running down a long list of platinum hits before cooking up another anthemic and undeniable hook. It’s classic Wap through and through, properly sparking “King Zoo Season.”

He recently teased the music video with a short Instagram clip that quickly went viral racking up over eighty thousand views. Premiering in conjunction with the single, the cinematic visual directed by Michael Garcia [Tunnel Vision] shows Fetty like never before. He rolls up to a rowdy biker bar in a post-apocalyptic landscape like some sort of trap-inspired Mad Max: Fury Road and turns up! Watch the teaser HERE.

About “Aye,” Fetty comments, “This is the one my fans been waiting for. It’s go time- King Zoo season! We went crazy with the video, and it’s something I’ve never done before. I can’t wait for everyone to see it.”

This month, he touches down in Europe for a string of high-profile appearances. Fetty Wap will be attending the legendary Cannes Film Festival as well as the amfAR Gala. Further expanding his influence in fashion, he stars in a new campaign for high fashion designer Philipp Plein. Stay tuned for more details!

Fetty Wap has given fans a sneak peek of his new film Blood Brother; watch the trailer HERE. The multi-talented artist makes his acting debut in the latest film from John Pogue (The Quiet Ones), which also stars Trey Songz, Jack Kesy, China McClain, Ron âR-Truthâ Killings, Tanee McCall and Hassan Johnson. The Lionsgate Film is set for release this summer.

Fetty remains one of this century’s most-decorated multiplatinum artists. Recently, his breakout GRAMMY®-nominated single “Trap Queen” earned a RIAA 9x-platinum certification, nearing the rare Diamond status. Meanwhile, the album reached triple-platinum status, while “679” [feat. Remy Boyz] is 6x-platinum and “My Way” [feat. Monty] also surpassed triple-platinum.

In 2017, Fetty will undoubtedly be crowned King Zoo.

From humble beginnings in Paterson, NJ to the top of hip-hop, Fetty Wap solidified himself as 2015’s biggest breakout star. The GRAMMY Award®-nominated multiplatinum singer, songwriter, rapper, and performer cooks up his own brand of “Trap&B,” which continues to intoxicate all of pop culture at large. His quadruple-platinum smash single “Trap Queen” earned two 2016 GRAMMY Award® nods [“Best Rap Song” & “Best Rap Performance”] in addition to becoming “2015’s #1 most-streamed song on Spotify.” His self-titled triple-platinum full-length debut, FETTY WAP [RGF/300 Entertainment], took #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and went platinum. He’s performed and worked with everyone from Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and Natalie La Rose to Kanye West, Ty Dolla $ign, and more. Signed to 300Entertainment by A&R Selim Bouab, he’s got the support and belief of label founders and industry icons Kevin Liles and Roger Gold, as well as managers Danny Griffin and Frank “Nitt” Robinson.” He sold out his Welcome to the Zoo Tour in 2016, won “Top New Artist” at the Billboard Music Awards, and invaded the mobile game world with Fetty Wap: Nitro Nation Stories. Showing no signs of stopping, Fetty is preparing King Zoo for a 2017 release.

Spotlight: The Pharrell Williams Tennis Hu

Meet Pharrell Williams, the mastermind behind labels Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream Clothing.
Recently, Adidas and Pharrell partnered up to design and release the Tennis Hu, to much fanfare. The silhouette is a classic design from Adidas, but gets reinvented with upscale touches. The shoes are made with Primeknit uppers that wrap the foot and offer support and ultralight comfort. Pharrell Williams brand signature appears on the outside ankle, on gold or kelly green patches, as well as on the slick taupe imprinted tongue and interior soles.

The kicks were available in two colorways (sunny yellow soles, or entirely white), that are equally understated, stylish, and now SOLD OUT.

Tech Spotlight: Click Pro Anti-Theft Backpack

ClickPack Pro, an anti-theft backpack designed to protect its wearer and their valuables, has raised $1.2 million on Kickstarter despite having an initial goal of just $5,000.8,399 backers pledged cash to bring the ClickPack Pro to life, with it now ranking as one of the most successful Kickstarter projects ever in terms of the amount a product has exceeded its goal. Created by Korin Design, the ClickPack Pro is said to “combine security, storage, convenience, comfort and beauty.” It achieves this by way of retaining a minimalist, compact style while also being packed with a variety of pockets, straps and a charging station, with its scientific storage system letting the wearer use as much of its ample space as possible.As for its security features, the ClickPack Pro is armed with slash resistant fabric to ensure that a sharp object can’t be used to penetrate its exterior, while its retractable wire lock can be used to tie it to a secure place, such as a storage rack on a train, if the wearer needs to put it down. A password lock also ensures that it can’t be opened using its zip unless the user has the code.
The backpack is useful outside of its security features, too. A USB cable can also be pulled from out of its charging station, allowing the wearer to both charge their phone and use it as the same time. There’s also a hidden, waterproof pouch to store your umbrella on a rainy day.

The ClickPack Pro’s campaign has ended, though the retail version of the product will be $198. It’s expected to ship to backers by July 2017, though there’s no word on when it will become available to everyone else.