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Mother Pleads For Modest Dressing. Then Gets Mocked.

April 2nd, 2019
  By Hank Berrien, The Daily Wire     Last Monday, a Catholic mother of four sons wrote a letter to The Observer, a student-run, daily print and online newspaper serving Notre Dame University, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross, asking for women to consider not wearing leggings because they cling to the body and leave little to the imagination. Reaction to her plea for modesty was furious; on Wednesday, WBST reported:   Around 1,300 students are participating [in] "The Leggings Protest" on Notre...
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Girls Say “Kim & Kylie Negative Role Models”

March 27th, 2019
  By Lucinda Cameron Almost eight in ten young teenage girls say that pressure from social media is one of the main reasons for mental ill-health among their age group, according to new research. The same number (79%) said they feel that adults have no understanding of the pressures they experience in the social media age. The UK-wide poll, carried out by Shout, a positive lifestyle magazine aimed at girls aged 11-14, found that most of those surveyed claim to have suffered anxiety, stress and bullying and felt under pressure...
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The Rise Of Sad Rap: How Hip-Hop Got The Blues

March 18th, 2019
  By Nosheen Iqbal     Rap is often blamed for glamorising gang culture but a study analysing lyrics from America’s Billboard 100 chart shows that it is actually providing a vivid commentary on social angst, malaise and mental health.   The data – amassed from lyrics in songs featured in the end-of-year charts from 1958 to 2017, using a computer program called TextBlob – reveals that the most popular music genre in the US may also be its most depressed. A rise in rappers discussing mental health...
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Marc Martel Gets Love For Bohemian Rhapsody Vocals

February 26th, 2019
  There are three things Marc Martel says he won’t do to impersonate Freddie Mercury. He won’t wear Mercury’s trademark yellow jacket. He won’t go onstage wielding Mercury’s favoured half microphone stand. And he won’t grow a full moustache.   Here’s the one thing Martel needs to do: open his mouth. Through genetics and musical aptitude, the 42-year-old singer is a vocal doppelgänger for the Queen frontman.   hat’s a gift that has led Martel, formerly the leader of...
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Royale Rumble: ‘Apex Legends’ Smashing ‘Fortnite’ Records

February 20th, 2019
This Sept. 10, 2018, file photo shows Tyler "Ninja" Blevins before an NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and New York Jets in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez, File)    By Jake Seiner, AP   NOTE: Drew McCoy, the Executive Producer of “Apex Legends”, is the son of interlínc’s Editor.   For the first time since its meteoric rise, “Fortnite” is no longer a no-doubt victory royale atop the video game industry.   “Apex Legends” — a battle...
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Bohemian Rhapsody: How Freddie Mercury’s Legendary Voice Was Recreated

February 11th, 2019
By Lia Beck   It's one thing to look like Freddie Mercury, but it's a whole other thing to sound like him. This is why some fancy technology was used to bring Mercury's voice to life for the new biopic about the singer. Rami Malek does really sing in Bohemian Rhapsody, but not all the time and not entirely on his own. In an interview with Metro, Malek explained of the voice audiences will hear in the film, "It is an amalgamation of a few voices. But predominantly it is my hope and the hope of everyone that we will hear as much...
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6 Types Of Music That Improve Productivity

January 14th, 2019
  Music isn’t just a means of entertaining ourselves: it can also encourage creativity and help us become more productive. Listening to music can also be therapeutic, relieving feelings of stress so you can concentrate better. Research has found that certain types of music can be beneficial to us while we work. Some types of music seem to help with learning and improve our ability to process information. Other types help block out distracting background noise. Still other types sync with our brain waves to induce “eureka...
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Hip Hop Dominates All US Streamed Music in 2018

January 3rd, 2019
  ‘Hip-hop/Rap’ tracks accounted for more than a quarter of all on-demand plays on music streaming services in the US last year, according to new stats from trusted market monitor BuzzAngle. Some 25.4% of US-based streams across audio and video platforms were of hip-hop music in 2018, up from 22.0% in the prior year. On audio streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora, hip-hop accounted for 26.9% of on-demand plays, up from 23.6% in 2017. And on video streaming services like YouTube, hip-hop claimed 22.8%...
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Phone Apps Could Monitor Teen Angst (AP)

January 3rd, 2019
    Rising suicide rates and depression in U.S. teens and young adults have prompted researchers to ask a provocative question: Could the same devices that some people blame for contributing to tech-age angst also be used to detect it?   The idea has sparked a race to develop apps that warn of impending mental health crises. Call it smartphone psychiatry or child psychology 2.0.   Studies have linked heavy smartphone use with worsening teen mental health. But as teens scroll through Instagram and Snapchat, tap out...
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Korn’s Brian Head Welch New “I Am Second” Documentary

December 19th, 2018
  Guitarist Brian “Head” Welch was at the prime of his career during the late ‘90s and early 2000s when Korn helped define a completely new genre of music known as nu-metal, becoming one of the most successful acts of its day.   But behind closed doors, the Grammy-winning rock star was losing himself to drugs and alcohol.   Welch walked away from Korn – and a $23 million dollar record deal – in 2005 after he found God. The bold move helped him become free of his addictions, but the single...
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Chance The Rapper Taking Sabbatical To Study Bible

December 12th, 2018
  Chance the Rapper has announced he’s taking his “first sabbatical” and that he’ll use the time to dive deeper into his Christian faith.   The Grammy-winning musician and philanthropist revealed in an Instagram post on Dec. 7 that he is heading out of the country on a plane to study the Bible, which he admits he is “very unfamiliar with.”   “I’ve been brought up by my family to know Christ but I haven’t taken it upon myself to really just take a couple days and read...
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Why Do LPs Sound So Good?

December 3rd, 2018
  By Steve Guttenberg/CNET     The continuing audiophile fascination with LPs is a mystery, LPs are ancient tech, records can be noisy, they're fragile, expensive and they take up a lot of space. The best turntables, high quality phono cartridges, and preamps can cost a fortune. Even so, a lot of audiophiles still favor LPs, I know I do.   Playing audio files is gigantically more convenient than playing an LP, digital converter technology is getting better every year, and high-resolution files are clearer than the...
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Video Gaming Becomes Official After-School League At US High Schools

December 3rd, 2018
  By Charlie Lapastora | Fox News     Charles Slack is a student at Mesa Community College who plays video games several hours a day. He considers it his passion. And he’s not alone.   As video games keep gaining popularity, schools are taking notice – and trying to capitalize on the booming trend.   Schools across the country are beginning to recognize gaming as an “electronic sport” – and making it an official, after-school activity, complete with statewide tournaments.  ...
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In Digital World The Humble Sticky Note Abides

November 29th, 2018
  By Ross Rubin, FastCompany.com     E-readers and tablets have us doing more of our reading on screens than ever before. The latter category, including devices such as the iPad Pro and Surface Pro, even offers pens for scribbling notes. Other lower-profile offerings, such as the Sony Digital Paper and the reMarkable tablet, use e-ink screens to closely mimic the experience of writing on paper, at least as much as technology allows today.   But while these products may veer toward delivering the utility and...
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Meth Is Back With A Vengeance

November 28th, 2018
  By Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News     The number of people hospitalized because of amphetamine use is skyrocketing in the United States, but the resurgence of the drug has largely been overshadowed by the nation’s intense focus on opioids.   Amphetamine-related hospitalizations jumped by about 245 percent from 2008 to 2015, according to a study published last month in the Journal of the American Medical Association. That dwarfs the rise in hospitalizations from other drugs, such as opioids, which were up by...
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The Price Of Cool: A Teenager, A Juul, Nicotine Addiction

November 28th, 2018
By Jan Hoffman, New York Times   READING, Mass. — He was supposed to inhale on something that looked like a flash drive and threw off just a wisp of a cloud? What was the point? A skeptical Matt Murphy saw his first Juul at a high school party in the summer of 2016, in a suburban basement crowded with kids shouting over hip-hop and swigging from Poland Spring water bottles filled with bottom-shelf vodka, followed by Diet Coke chasers. Got students struggling with addiction? Might start with getting into their world with our...
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Executive Producer Tim Tebow Invites Youthworkers & Coaches To “Run The Race”

November 27th, 2018
Watch Tim's invitation here. You probably have students and athletes in your ministry who know a lot about the Lord, but still have a bunch of questions that keep them from stepping across the line. RUN THE RACE is the story of Zach, a star high school running back with big plans on earning a scholarship to help he and his brother Dave escape their small town and their alcoholic father who abandoned them when their mother died. A busted knee threatens Zach’s dreams of a full-ride to college. For much of the film, Zach questions why...
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Bohemian Rhapsody Blows Up Box Office Globally

November 7th, 2018
Overcoming behind-the-scenes drama and mediocre reviews, Bohemian Rhapsody rocked its way to the second-best debut of all time for a music biopic, a testament to the enduring popularity of the 1970s and 1980s British rock band Queen among younger generations. The movie, from 20th Century Fox, New Regency and GK Films, blew past expectations in opening to $50 million in North America. The only music biopic to have done better is 2015's Straight Outta Compton with $60.2 million, even when adjusted for inflation. Bohemian Rhapsody —...
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Too Much Screen Time Could Increase Risk Of Depression In Kids

November 7th, 2018
  New U.S. research has found that just one hour of screen time can affect children's and teens' behavior. Even children as young as two are at risk of higher levels of anxiety and depression due to time spent on smartphones or watching television.   The study, by researchers at San Diego State University and the University of Georgia, looked at data gathered from the National Survey of Children's Health carried out in 2016.   The researchers analyzed 40,337 surveys completed by caregivers of children aged 2 to 17, who...
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The Secret Life Of Teens: Anxious, Over-Scheduled, And Getting Sick

October 31st, 2018
  By Julie Nelson, KARE11 TV Minneapolis "The primary thing I'm seeing is a struggle with anxiety ... and that is a result of being overscheduled, overburdened and just striving, striving striving." If you have a teenager in your life, you likely know this is true, anxiety in young people is on the rise. A recent study, published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics found a 20 percent increase in anxiety diagnoses in kids ages 6 to 17 between the years 2007 and 2012, and the research suggests those...
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Marc Martel Does Freddy Mercury Vocals On 11/05 Bohemian Rhapsody Movie

October 24th, 2018
Marc Martel, star of the Queen endorsed ‘The Ultimate Queen Celebration’, will be heard as part of Freddie Mercury’s vocals for Rami Malek’s performance as the Queen singer in the upcoming biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Marc was chosen as the Queen singer by Brian May and Roger Taylor for the Queen tribute Queen Extravaganza and now performs for The Ultimate Queen Celebration show. “They hired me to do some of the singing in the movie and give the audience an immersive experience and not be able to...
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Drake Texts His High School Teacher About Billboard Hot 100 Record

October 24th, 2018
Drake took to Instagram on Tuesday (Oct. 23) to share a cute exchange between him and his favorite high school teacher about breaking the record for the most top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in a calendar year. Drake passed The Beatles and now holds the title with 12 top 10 songs on the chart in 2018. Billboard previously reported that Drake was able to accomplish the feat thanks to his feature on Bad Bunny's "Mia," which launches at No. 5 on the Hot 100 dated Oct. 27. The Beatles previously held the record with their 11 top...
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6 Things Parents Should Know About Fortnite

October 24th, 2018
  The Fortnite frenzy seemed to come out of nowhere -- almost as if it dropped from a party bus in the sky. And now many parents are taking notice of this rollicking game where players fight to the death. With Fortnite's millions of players and sudden success, you might be wondering: What's it all about -- and is it okay for my kids?   This survival-action game is a bit like what you'd get if you combined a sandbox-building game like Minecraft with an action shooter like Call of Duty. On one hand, it's getting major points with...
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Tim Tebow Executive-Produced "Run The Race" Movie Coming February 22

October 18th, 2018
by Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter   Roadside Attractions has picked up faith-based feature Run the Race, which was exec produced by Tim Tebow and his brother, Robby.   The movie follows Zach and David, two brothers reeling from the death of their mother and their father’s abandonment. Zach, who is an All-State athlete, finds glory on the football field, working to earn a college scholarship in the hopes of earning he and his brother, David, a ticket out of town. But when a devastating injury sidelines Zach,...
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For KING & COUNTRY Album "Burn The Ships" Is #7 On Billboard Overall Album Chart

October 17th, 2018
  For KING & COUNTRY’s album Burn The Ships is the #7 album on the overall Billboard Chart
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Kavanaugh Hearings Spotlight Adolescent Drinking Problem

October 9th, 2018
  With a party involving teen drinking serving as the backdrop of sexual assault accusations examined in confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, experts say alcohol use among young people remains a pervasive problem that should not be minimized.   “It is absolutely still an issue. Adolescent drinking is a problem,” said Karen Wolownik Albert, a social worker and executive director of Gateway Foundation’s Lake County treatment center. “It does tend to get normalized …...
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Tobymac Celebrates Sixth Consecutive Gold Record

October 9th, 2018
Team interlinc Artist Tobymac has accomplished what no other artist on Capitol Christian Music Group labels has accomplished. Not 1. Not 2. Not 3. Not 4. Not 5. But SIX consecutive RIAA Certified Gold Albums! Toby continues to make music that reaches into the world of teenagers (and  their parents). Here's what he has said about his friends in youth ministry: “I am so thankful to my youthworker friends and my long-term friends at interlinc for connecting us. I want to make music that ministers to your students.” Get all...
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Dare 2 Share LIVE On Oct 13!

October 3rd, 2018
Dare 2 Share LIVE is a national, live, multi-site training and outreach event that is truly one-of-a-kind. With high-energy training, activation, and inspiration, it’s really more of a rally point for a revolution than a gathering. Broadcast from Denver, Colorado, Dare 2 Share LIVE will be simulcast to 100+ locations nationwide where tens of thousands of teens and adult leaders will be inspired and equipped to share their faith. Then, at the exact same time, they will be released into their communities to have spiritual...
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FCA's Fields of Faith Coming To 500+ High Schools Oct 10!

October 3rd, 2018
Fields of Faith is a student led event – sponsored by Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Students invite, pray for, share with, and challenge their peers to read the Bible and follow Jesus Christ. An athletic field provides a neutral, rally point where a community can come together. In 2002, Oklahoma Fellowship of Christian Athletes Area Director, Jeff Martin, prayed about what to do with his heartfelt frustration regarding the temptations and spiritual battles facing our more “spectator generation” youth. God led him to...
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Hundreds Of Thousands Students Gather For See You At The Pole

September 26th, 2018
  For over 25 years, See You at the Pole events have united students around the world to gather at school flagpoles and pray for their schools and communities. Whether you attend private, public, or home school, you are invited to attend, so please encourage others to join with students all over the world. Together, we will give thanks for hope in Christ, seek His grace and truth for our schools, and ask for the Spirit to work in and through us. Check out the stories and pics and add yours!  
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Christian Singer Bigger Than Drake & Ariana Grande… (Rolling Stone)

September 24th, 2018
Lauren Daigle’s chart-topping debut highlights the deep enduranc
  By Amy X. Wang Paul McCartney easily took the top spot on the Billboard 200 this week when his new album Egypt Station blew past 153,000 equivalent album units — a forceful 147,000 of which were traditional album sales. Eminem’s Kamikaze, now two weeks old, slotted in at Number Two with 136,000 units. But just under those two, and well ahead of records by Drake, Ariana Grande, Mac Miller, Post Malone, Travis Scott and Nicki Minaj, is a somewhat unexpected record called Look Up Child by 27-year-old Christian singer...
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How Adele's 'Husky' Voice Inspired Lauren Daigle to Accept Her Own (PEOPLE)

September 19th, 2018
  Lauren Daigle is seeing fans of her music “take out all their emotions” following the release of her latest album, Look Up Child, earlier this month.   Daigle, who recently turned 27, spoke to PEOPLE about finding herself and seeing her music change people’s lives.   “People started blowing up my YouTube and my Instagram and saying, ‘Hey, I have wanted to commit suicide — this song completely just got me out of it,’” she says of her single “You Say.”...
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The Unlikely Endurance Of Christian Rock (The New Yorker)

September 19th, 2018
The genre has been disdained by the church and mocked by secular
By Kelefa Sanneh In 1957, less than a year after the end of the Montgomery bus boycott, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., took a part-time job as an advice columnist. His employer was Ebony, and his ambit was broad: race relations, marital problems, professional concerns. In the April, 1958, issue, King was asked to address one of the most polarizing issues of the day: rock music. His correspondent was a churchgoing seventeen-year-old with a musical split personality. “I play gospel music and I play rock ’n’...
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FDA Cites ‘Epidemic’ Of E-Cigarette Teen Use

September 13th, 2018
By Sarah Owermohole • Politico.com he FDA launched its boldest move yet to combat vaping by teens and avoid a new generation of nicotine addicts, threatening to pull flavored e-cigarettes from five manufacturers if the companies don't submit plans to curb the use of their products. The agency gave e-cigarette maker Juul and four other companies 60 days to submit plans or face regulatory consequences. Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he's reevaluating a decision last summer to delay moves to regulate e-cigarettes until 2022, citing...
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How Teens Use Social Media in 2018 vs 2012

September 11th, 2018
You heard it here first! Go to this link to get the rest of the insightful infographics that you and your youth ministry team need to stay up to speed on your young friends and their social media tendencies.
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USA Today: Teenage Suicide Is Soaring…

September 10th, 2018
By Jayne O'Donnell and Anne Saker, USA TODAY Network. Contributing: Marquart Doty, Janiya Battle and Ashanea Parker of the Urban Health Media Project, which O'Donnell co-founded.     J.C. Ruf, 16, was a Cincinnati-area pitcher who died by suicide in the laundry room of his house. Tayler Schmid, 17, was an avid pilot and hiker who chose the family garage in upstate New York. Josh Anderson, 17, of Vienna, Va., was a football player who killed himself the day before a school disciplinary hearing.    The young men were...
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Teen Xanax Abuse Is Surging

September 4th, 2018
  By: Christine Vestal, The Pew Charitable Trust   BALTIMORE — Teen drug use during the summer often goes unnoticed. It’s when school starts and students nod off in class, exchange pills in the hallways and fail tests that the truth becomes apparent.   This school year, addiction specialists say they’re expecting an onslaught of teens addicted to Xanax and other sedatives in a class of anti-anxiety drugs known as benzodiazepines, or “benzos.” Many teens view Xanax as a safer and...
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Schools Crack Down As More Students Cut Class (Wall Street Journal)

August 30th, 2018
  By Tawnell D. Hobbs / Wall Street Journal   The growing problem of children skipping school has districts across the country experimenting with solutions, from punishments to rewards. Educators are divided about what approach works. Students who miss school are more likely to fall behind and are at greater risk of dropping out. Paterson Public Schools in New Jersey and other districts are sending specialists into homes to determine if hardships—such as not having clean clothes—are keeping students from showing...
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Is It Really Happening? Teens Desert Social Media (Report)

August 29th, 2018
Generation Z has grown up online – so why are a surprising number suddenly turning their backs on Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat?   By Sirin Kale – The Guardian   For 17-year-old Mary Amanuel, from London, it happened in Tesco. “We were in year 7,” she remembers, “and my friend had made an Instagram account. As we were buying stuff, she was counting the amounts of likes she’d got on a post. ‘Oooh, 40 likes. 42 likes.’ I just thought: ‘This is ridiculous.’”...
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‘Beautifully Broken’ : Variety Film Review

August 29th, 2018
An intelligently inspiring faith-based drama that links the fates of families in Rwanda and Nashville. By Joe Leydon, Variety Solidly crafted and intelligently inspiring, Beautifully Broken skillfully entwines three narratives about faith, forgiveness, and fortuitous interconnections in a drama that likely will receive a warm reception from audiences with a taste for evangelical entertainment. Director Eric Welch and his co-writers attempt a tricky balancing act here, comparing and contrasting the struggles of two African families...
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To Fend Off Netflix Movie Theaters Try 3-Screen Immersion

August 15th, 2018
  Sit at the back of the movie theater, and it’s possible to see the appeal of ScreenX, the latest attempt to drag film lovers off the sofa and away from Netflix.   Instead of one screen, there are three - one at the front, and two on the sides - to add to the immersive experience you can’t get from the home TV.   First adopted in South Korea in 2012, the system is being launched in the U.K. and theater chain Cineworld plans to add over 100 new screens to the worldwide count of 151.   The technology...
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Detroit Prayer Vigil For Aretha Franklin Began At Dawn Today

August 15th, 2018
  People are praying for Aretha Franklin in the Detroit church where her father was once a pastor. The special vigil at New Bethel Baptist Church began before dawn Wednesday (Aug. 15).    The prayers come one day after Stevie Wonder visited the ailing Queen of Soul at her home. The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Franklin’s ex-husband, actor Glynn Turman, also visited Franklin, who is seriously ill.       For more of this story, go here.    
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Teen Television Consumption Drops By Half In 5 Years: Study

August 13th, 2018
 Teens have long wielded soft influence over Hollywood. But today's youth is at the center of the biggest shift in consumption habits that the video industry has seen. The post-millennial cohort known as Gen Z (anyone between the ages of approximately 8 and 22) is abandoning linear TV at faster rates than predicted even a few years ago.   Teens are watching 49 percent less traditional television than they did five years ago, Nielsen revealed July 31 in the latest installment of its Total Audience Report. But that doesn't mean...
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Screenagers Aren’t Alone: US Adults Spending 11 Hours Daily In Media

August 1st, 2018
The world has never been more connected, and U.S. audiences have never had as many options to access content as they do these days. In short, consumers in the U.S. seem like they can’t get enough content, and the possibilities for marketers to reach them, while fragmented, is an opportunity that is just too good to pass on. According to the first-quarter 2018 Nielsen Total Audience Report, nearly half an adults’ day is dedicated to consuming this content. In fact, American adults spend over 11 hours per day listening to,...
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These Are The Most Danceable Number One Hits, According To Computer Science

July 30th, 2018
When “Funkytown” comes on at a wedding, you can’t help but dance, right? What about Nelly’s “Hot in Herre” or “Bad Girls” by Donna Summer? If your answer to any of those is no, you have defied computer science. (Also, I don’t want you at my party.) Those songs are among the most “danceable” number-one hits in the history of pop, according to new research from Columbia Business School and French business school INSEAD, using data from Billboard and audio-tech company Echonest....
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Eighth Grade’s R Rating Deters Actual 8th-Graders From Seeing It. What A Shame.

July 19th, 2018
You’ve got to be in at least 11th grade if you want to buy a ticket to Eighth Grade.   Bo Burnham’s new coming-of-age comedy began its theatrical run this past weekend, but prospective moviegoers in the same age bracket as lovably awkward protagonist Kayla (Elsie Fisher) were plum out of luck: In their infinite and highly arbitrary wisdom, the Motion Picture Association of America saw fit to brand the film with an R rating, barring all viewers under 17 years old unaccompanied by a parent or an adult guardian.  ...
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Taking Away The Phones Won’t Solve Our Teenagers’ Problems

July 19th, 2018
Apple has introduced new software designed to help users restrict the time they spend on their phones — just change your settings and your favorite app will lock you out after a certain number of hours. It’s been especially welcomed by parents who fret about the habits of their “screenagers” — young people who seem permanently attached to their mobile devices. Even Silicon Valley insiders demanded that Apple make its devices “less addictive.” Some researchers have gone so far as to declare that...
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End Of An Era: Only One Blockbuster Store Left In US

July 16th, 2018
The last two Blockbuster stores in Alaska are shutting their doors for good next week according to the Anchorage Daily News, which means there is just one remaining relic of the video rental giant still up and operating in the entire United States.    The final Blockbuster storefront standing is located in Bend, Oregon. It outlasted two stores in Alaska—one in the city of Anchorage and one in Fairbanks—that will officially close up shop on Monday, July 16th despite John Oliver’s attempts to keep them alive by...
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Drake's 'Scorpion' Is Just Fourth Album With 7 Hot 100 Top 10s & First This Century

July 11th, 2018
Drake presides over the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated July 14), as "Nice for What" returns to No. 1 for an eighth week on top and the superstar rapper/singer charts a record-breaking seven songs in the top 10 simultaneously. Concurrently, Drake's new LP Scorpion launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with the biggest week of consumption for an album in 2018.   Among Drake's numerous achievements this week, Scorpion becomes only the fourth album ever to generate seven top 10 Hot 100 hits, and the first since...
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Drake Charts 7 Songs On Billboard Top 10, Surpassing Beatles Record

July 11th, 2018
Drake has not only entered Beatles territory — he’s eclipsed it. The rapper currently claims seven of the Top 10 spots on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. That’s insane, and it also smashes the Fab Four’s record of five songs in the Top 10. Of course, the way music is delivered and consumed in 2018 is much different than 1964. And back then, during peak Beatlemania, the band of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr had all five of the Top 5 songs, with”Can’t Buy Me Love,”...
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Crowder, KB, Zealand, Iron Bell Music & 5K High School Kids From Diverse Backgrounds!

July 11th, 2018
What a week it was inside the Indiana Convention Center! Our friend and long-term Team interlínc leader of Church of God Anderson youth ministry (Andy Stephenson) hosted IYC2018 and right in the next hall Ben Stephens hosted the Church of God in Christ Youth & Music Conference. The highlight for everyone was when the two conferences came together for a KB concert followed by prayer time together. As Dr. Stephens put it, “This won’t be seen on CNN, but it should be!”  Andy and Ben paired up African American...
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The Surefire Way To Live Longer – Research Your Students Should Know About

July 9th, 2018
By  J. Warner Wallace | Fox News The Journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science (SPPS) released a study last month demonstrating that religious people live longer. The study observed that “self-reported religious service attendance has been linked with longevity,” and confirmed this by examining obituaries from 43 U.S. cities. Researchers found that religiously affiliated people lived between 5.64 and 9.45 years longer than those who were not religiously affiliated.   The...
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Slain Rapper XXXTentacion Track “Sad” Breaks Spotify Streaming Record

June 21st, 2018
June 20, 2018   A track by rapper XXXTentacion smashed the Spotify record for streams in a single day after he was shot and killed at age 20, dethroning reigning pop queen Taylor Swift.   “SAD!,” originally released by XXXTentacion in March, racked up 10.4 million streams Tuesday, according to Billboard. The feat pushed the late rapper past Taylor Swift, whose song “Look What You Made Me Do” scored 10.1 million streams upon its Aug. 25, 2017 release.   The record-breaking number of plays came...
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Trent Reznor On Nine Inch Nails New Album + Perils Of Tech

June 20th, 2018
Punishing synths, dissonant drumbeats, and the occasional sax riff punctuate the latest album from Nine Inch Nails, the industrial rock outfit fronted by Trent Reznor. The project, Bad Witch (out June 22), is the final chapter in a trilogy, and continues the thread Reznor first explored on the series’ preceding releases, Not the Actual Events and Add Violence. Specifically, what is our place in the world today and how do we navigate it? Reznor is still not sure he has an answer, but by splitting the story into three parts, he is...
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Teen's Online Church Draws Young People From Around The World

June 12th, 2018
Like many teenagers, Daniel Herron, 16, of Tacoma, Washington, has a busy life. He’s a member of the Sea Scouts, the nautical branch of the Boy Scouts of America. He serves on the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Board, helping to award thousands of dollars to local organizations. He’s active in his high school’s Bible study group.   And he’s also the founder and pastor of an online church that has attracted more than 4,500 members. Not a “pretend” or...
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Become a More Productive Learner

June 7th, 2018
Today we consume five times more information every day than we did in 1986, an incredible amount that’s equivalent to a 174 newspapers…a day. That probably includes a lot of Instagram posts, but it’s not only social media. The corporate e-learning space has grown by nine times over the last 16 years, such that almost 80% of U.S. companies offer online training for their employees, making more information accessible to them than ever before.   One would think that this would translate into increased...
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Poll: 20% Of Christians (?) Don’t Believe In The God Of The Bible

April 30th, 2018
“Do you believe in God?”   The question seems simple enough. But a Pew study released this week suggests that belief in God is far more complicated than a binary answer would suggest — and that belief in God and religious identity don’t always correlate.   Four in five American adults say they “believe in God.” Of these believers, 70 percent say they believe in the God of the Judeo-Christian Bible, while 30 percent say they believe in another higher or spiritual power. (According to the...
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Schools Fret As Teens Take To Vaping, Even In Classrooms

April 30th, 2018
By COLLIN BINKLEY Associated Press   BOSTON (AP) -- Sneaking a cigarette in the school bathroom? How quaint. Today's teens have taken to vaping, an alternative to smoking that's so discreet they can do it without even leaving the classroom.   Health and education officials across the country are raising alarms over wide underage use of e-cigarettes and other vaping products.   The devices heat liquid into an inhalable vapor that's sold in sugary flavors like mango and mint - and often with the addictive drug nicotine....
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