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Belief In God In US Dips To 81% - A New Low (Gallup)

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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

Wednesday
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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'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Second-Biggest Box Office Opening Ever

December 21st, 2021
By : Frank Pallotta Source : CNN Business Spider-Man made even more money than originally projected. "Spider-Man: No Way Home," the latest movie in the Marvel series, notched a record-breaking opening weekend at the domestic box office by bringing in $260 million, Sony said Monday. That's up from Sunday's projections of $253 million, and it's remarkable in a pandemic. "No Way Home" has swung past "Avengers: Infinity War" — which opened to $257 million in 2018, according to Comscore (SCOR) — to...
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LA Times: Tell Your Kids That Billie Eilish Says Porn Destroyed Her Brain

December 20th, 2021
By : Robin Abcarian Source : Yahoo News After her turn as host of “Saturday Night Live” last week, the pop star Billie Eilish sat down with Howard Stern on Monday for a long, intense interview on his SiriusXM radio show. As always with Stern, talk turned to sex. And then to pornography. The ensuing conversation generated many headlines. Eilish, who turned 20 on Saturday, told Stern she began watching what she called “abusive pornography” when she was 11 years old. She eventually got to a point, she said, where...
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NEEDTOBREATHE Close Out 2021 With Seven-Figure Donations

December 17th, 2021
By : GMA Source : Gospel Music Association Continuing a tradition of giving back, GRAMMY® Award-nominated rock band NEEDTOBREATHE close out a banner 2021 with charitable contributions to OneWorld Health and For Others. After over a decade of work raising funds and awareness for the incredible mission of OneWorld Health, the group hosted NEEDTOBREATHE & Friends One Night Only Supporting OneWorld Health in Nashville, TN last month. Following a gathering at the Rarebird Rooftop bar at the start of the weekend, the guys took the...
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Billie Eilish: Watching Porn From Age 11 Destroyed My Brain

December 16th, 2021
By : Lianne Kolirin and Reuters Source : Reuters Grammy-winning singer Billie Eilish has spoken about an addiction to watching pornography, starting at age 11, and how it gave her nightmares and messed her up when she started dating. Eilish, who turns 20 on Saturday, was speaking on "The Howard Stern Show" on Sirius XM radio on Monday. "I think porn is a disgrace. I used to watch a lot of porn, to be honest. I started watching porn when I was, like, 11," the "Bad Guy" singer said, saying it helped her feel...
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Adele Replaced At #1 On iTunes By New 17 Year Old Singer

December 8th, 2021
By : Roger Friedman Source : Showbiz 411 Fame is fleeting and 2021 is a lot different than 2015. Adele is learning this the hard way. Just a few weeks after her single, “Easy On Me,” stormed the charts and took hold at number 1, the party is over. “Easy on Me” has been replaced by a song from another one name singer. And a total unknown. Now number 1 has gone to a record by a singer named Gayle. The single is called “abcdefu” and just from the title sounds like a song Adele should have sung. But she...
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Surgeon General Warns Of Emerging Youth Mental Health Crisis

December 8th, 2021
By : Howard Blume & Melissa Gomez Source : Yahoo News Citing mounting evidence of ongoing harm, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy on Tuesday issued a public health advisory on the mental health challenges confronting youth, a rare warning and call to action to address what he called an emerging crisis exacerbated by pandemic hardships. Symptoms of depression and anxiety have doubled during the pandemic, with 25% of youth experiencing depressive symptoms and 20% experiencing anxiety symptoms, according to Murthy's 53-page...
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Bad Bunny Is Most Streamed Spotify Artist In 2021 - 9.1 Billon Streams!

December 2nd, 2021
By : Murray Stassen Source : Music Business Worldwide Puerto Rican Reggaeton star Bad Bunny has been named as the most-streamed artist in the world on Spotify, for the second year in a row. That’s according to Spotify’s annual Wrapped campaign, which, published today (December 1), highlights the top artists, songs, and albums on the platform globally. Bad Bunny has received over 9.1 billion streams in 2021 so far, achieving that tally without even having released an album this year. The artist’s previous album, El...
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Instagram's Dangerous Experiment On Teenage Girls

November 30th, 2021
By : Jonathan Haidt Source: The Atlantic Social media gets blamed for many of America’s ills, including the polarization of our politics and the erosion of truth itself. But proving that harms have occurred to all of society is hard. Far easier to show is the damage to a specific class of people: adolescent girls, whose rates of depression, anxiety, and self-injury surged in the early 2010s, as social-media platforms proliferated and expanded. Much more than for boys, adolescence typically heightens girls’ self-consciousness...
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Adele Just Got Spotify To Change The Way You Listen To Music

November 30th, 2021
By : Cole Delbyck Source : Huffington Post  Rumor has it that all this time people have been listening to albums out of order the first time around. But the shuffle stops with Adele, as the singer single-handedly changed the way streaming giant Spotify dictates how users listen to music. Following the release of her album “30” on Friday, the company removed its default shuffle setting at her urging and will now automatically play tracks in the order they appear on the album. “This was the only request I had in our...
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Coldplay’s New Release Starts At #1 On Top Rock Albums

October 28th, 2021
By : Kevin Rutherford Source : Billboard Debuts take up the No. 1 spots on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts dated Oct. 30, thanks to strong numbers for Coldplay’s Music of the Spheres and Ice Nine Kills’ Welcome to Horrorwood: The Silver Scream 2. Spheres, Coldplay’s ninth studio album, bows at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums with 57,000 equivalent album units earned in the Oct. 15-21 tracking period, according to MRC Data. It’s the Chris...
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Why America Has A School Bus Driver Shortage

October 20th, 2021
By : Zachary Crockett Source : The Hustle Last week, Jim Mayers, a high school composition teacher in Boston, wanted to take his 11th graders on a field trip. Per the usual protocol, he tried to book one of the district’s many chartered yellow school buses. But this time, a problem arose: There were no drivers. To make the trip happen, the school had to hire a private party bus complete with neon lights and stripper poles. In Mayers’ home state of Massachusetts, the school bus driver shortage has gotten so severe that the...
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Teachers Put TikTok In Detention

October 20th, 2021
By : Rob Litturst Source : The Hustle TikTok is causing problems for teachers, and it's bigger than just a classroom distraction Remember that shameful, uneasy feeling on the way to the principal's office while awaiting punishment for acting up? TikTok is probably feeling some of that right about now. The largest teachers union in the US requested that TikTok, along with Facebook and Twitter, do more to stop the spread of viral challenges and misinformation that have put the safety of educators at risk, per The Wall Street...
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Student Test Scores Fall For First Time In National Test's History

October 20th, 2021
By : Monique Beals Source : The Hill Math and reading test scores for the country's 13-year-olds have dropped sharply in comparison to numbers from 2012, with some of the lowest-scoring test takers falling the furthest behind. Data from the the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) showed that while 2020 average scores in reading and mathematics for 13-year-olds marked an improvement from the NAEP's earliest results in the 1970s, scores had declined since 2012. U.S. News and World Report reported that this was the first...
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Adele’s “Easy On Me” Breaks BTS’ Spotify One-Day-Global-Plays Record

October 20th, 2021
By : Tim Ingham Source : Music Business Worldwide Some people were uncertain how Adele might adapt to a streaming-dominated music industry. They needn’t have worried. Spotify has confirmed that the British superstar’s comeback single, Easy On Me, broke the global record for day-one streams on its platform after its release on Friday (October 15). She achieved the same feat on Amazon Music. Spotify hasn’t announced the exact number of streams that Easy On Me – Adele’s first new release for over five years...
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The Power Of "Squid Game" Netflx's Surprise Smash Hit

October 7th, 2021
By : Juliet Bennett Rylah Source : The Hustle South Korean drama “Squid Game” has exploded in meme-form on the internet and, according to Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos, may become Netflix’s most popular original series ever. Squid game! Sounds fun? Wrong! In “Squid Game,” people play simple children’s games, like “Red Light, Green Light.” If they win all 6 games, they get a piece of a ~$38m pot. Lose even 1 and they’re dead. It might sound like torture-porn a la “Saw,”...
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How Lego Won The Pandemic Game

October 7th, 2021
By : Rob Litterst Source : The Hustle Playtime has been moving online for years now. In January 2020, the CDC reported the following screen time statistics: US children between 8-10 spend an average of 6 hours per day in front of a screen US children between 11-14 spend an average of 9 hours per day in front of a screen Despite the pandemic accelerating the trend, Lego is proving that kids still have an appetite for analog toys. The company is already considered the top toymaker in the world and cemented that status...
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Teenagers Being Trained To Drive 18 Wheelers Amid Truck Driver Shortage

October 6th, 2021
By : IE Staff Source : Inside Edition Inside Edition visited student participants of Patterson High School who are participating in one of the first truck-driving programs for high schoolers in the U.S. Hiring teenagers might help with the nationwide truck driver shortage, but you still don't generally see them behind the wheel of a big rig. Now that's changing. Inside Edition spoke to a California 17-year-old, named Isabella, as she trained behind the wheel. She’s one of several teens at Patterson High School who are...
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Psychedelic Use On The Rise As Gen Z Seeks To ‘Enhance Connectedness’

September 23rd, 2021
By : Max Daly Source : Vice News The recreational use of psychedelics is on the rise in the US in the wake of COVID-19 and amid increasing acceptance of the drug as a medicine. In the last three years the use of hallucinogens such as LSD and magic mushrooms among young people in the US has jumped, according to the latest data from the annual Monitoring the Future survey, carried out by the University of Michigan. Last year, when the US went through COVID-related lockdowns, 8.6 percent of US college students and 7.6 percent of young...
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Facebook Internal Documents Show Company Knows Instagram Is Terrible for Teenage Girls

September 23rd, 2021
By : Lucas Nolan Source : Breitbart According to a recent report from the Wall Street Journal, social media giant Facebook is aware that its Instagram photo-sharing platform can have a negative effect on the body image of young women. One of Instagram’s internal presentations admits: “We make body image issues worse for one in three teen girls.” In a recent report titled “Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls, Company Documents Show,” the Wall Street Journal claims that Facebook is aware that...
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Twenty One Pilots To Perform 'Pioneering Interactive Virtual Concert' On Gaming Platform

September 23rd, 2021
By : Murray Stassen Source : Music Business Worldwide Having hosted large-scale virtual concerts by superstar artists like Lil Nas X and Zara Larsson, gaming paltform Roblox will now serve as the virtual location for a forthcoming Twenty One Pilots event, described in a media release as “a pioneering interactive virtual concert powered by the latest Roblox technology”. Roblox and Warner Music Group announced the news today, with the forthcoming ‘Twenty One Pilots Concert Experience’ described by WMG’s Oana...
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Teenagers Arrested Planning Columbine Style Florida School Shooting

September 23rd, 2021
By : Wilson Wong Source : NBC News Two teenagers were arrested Thursday after authorities said they plotted to commit a mass shooting at a Florida middle school. The 13- and 14-year-old boys were charged with conspiracy to commit a mass shooting after a student told a teacher that one of them had a gun in his backpack Wednesday at Harns Marsh Middle School in Lehigh Acres, about 15 miles east of Fort Myers, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said during a press conference. "This could have been the next Parkland massacre, but we...
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Kanye West's And Drake's Albums Battle It Out On The Charts

September 14th, 2021
By : Murray Stassen Source : Music Business Worldwide Blockbuster albums have been in short supply these past 18 months. While the likes of the Weeknd’s Blinding Lights (March 2020) and Taylor Swift’s Folklore (July 24, 2020) certainly impressed on streaming services, they couldn’t get close to the kind of numbers pulled in by all-time record breakers on the likes of Spotify and Apple Music. In fact, for a minute there, it looked like no new albums would ever smash play-count records on major streaming platforms...
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The Impact Of Men Quitting Watching Porn (The Guardian)

September 14th, 2021
By : Simon Usborne Source : The Guardian Thomas discovered pornography in the traditional way: at school. He remembers classmates talking about it in the playground and showing each other videos on their phones during sleepovers. He was 13 and thought it was “a laugh”. Then he began watching pornography alone on his tablet in his room. What started as occasional use, at the beginning of puberty, became a daily habit. Thomas (not his real name), who is in his early 20s, lived with one of his parents, who he says did not care...
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Kanye West’s ‘Donda’ Breaks Apple Music Records - Hits #1 In 152 Countries

August 31st, 2021
By : Ethan Shanfeld Source : Variety Kanye West and his long-awaited new album “Donda” are already breaking records on Apple Music. The album, which dropped by surprise on Sunday, set a new record by reaching No. 1 on Apple Music’s Top Albums chart in 152 countries in 24 hours. According to Apple, in the album’s first full day of release, “Donda” was streamed over 60 million times in the U.S. Of the top 20 spots on Apple Music’s Daily Top 100 Global songs chart, 19 were from “Donda,”...
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Olivia Rodrigo Gives Writing Credit To Paramore On 'Good 4 U'

August 26th, 2021
By : Jason Lipshutz Source : Billboard The credits for “Good 4 U,” Olivia Rodrigo’s Billboard Hot 100-topping hit, have been updated to acknowledge an interpolation of Paramore’s 2007 single “Misery Business.” Sources with knowledge of the situation confirm that Paramore leader Hayley Williams and former guitarist Josh Farro, who co-wrote “Misery Business,” are now credited as writers on “Good 4 U,” alongside Rodrigo and producer-songwriter Daniel Nigro. The listing was changed...
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For King & Country, Lauren Daigle Debut New Tracks On Hot Christian Songs Chart

August 26th, 2021
By : Jim Asker Source : Billboard For King & Country, the duo of brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, bounds onto Billboard's Aug. 21-dated Hot Christian Songs chart, which blends airplay, sales and streaming data, with "Relate" at No. 15. The pair claims its 31st entry on the chart, a sum that includes 16 top 10s. The song, released Aug. 6 and set to be included on the act's upcoming album, hauled in 1.1 million U.S. streams in the week ending Aug. 12, according to MRC Data, and opens at No. 22 on Christian Streaming Songs....
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Drummer Charlie Watts, Rolling Stones Backbone, Dies At 80

August 25th, 2021
By : Jill Lawless and Gregory Katz Source : AP News LONDON (AP) — Charlie Watts, the self-effacing and unshakeable Rolling Stones drummer who helped anchor one of rock’s greatest rhythm sections and used his “day job” to support his enduring love of jazz, has died, according to his publicist. He was 80. Bernard Doherty said Tuesday that Watts “passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family.” “Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather and also as...
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Taylor Swift Joins TikTok, Lip-Syncs To Rap Song With Lyrics About Her

August 25th, 2021
By : Nicholas Rice Source : People Taylor Swift has officially joined TikTok! On Monday morning, the 31-year-old singer joined the popular video-sharing app, which she celebrated by posting her first-ever clip. Set to the tune of the song "Screwface Capital" by British rapper Dave, the seconds-long clip sees Swift channeling through the eras of her most recent bodies of work — themed outfits included — such as 2020's Folklore and Evermore, as well as the re-release of her 2008 LP, Fearless, earlier this year. The...
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Gen Z Wants To Talk About Faith (Barna)

August 20th, 2021
By : Daniel Silliman Source : Christianity Today Treyson West doesn’t have a name for it, but if you want to call it evangelism, that’s fine. He doesn’t think he has a strategy or model for trying to change people’s beliefs, though. He’s just interested in friendship and reliance on the Holy Spirit. “The big thing is showing somebody what their identity could be through Christ,” says the 19-year-old high school graduate in the suburbs of Dallas. “Everybody is pushing you to be polarized....
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How Risky Are Concerts? Billboard Asked An Infectious Disease Expert

August 20th, 2021
By : Steve Knopper Source : Billboard For a year and a half during the pandemic, concerts seemed more dangerous than just about any other setting. Then came vaccines, and shows trickled back, from Madison Square Garden to Red Rocks Amphitheatre -- until the fast-spreading delta variant ripped through a Netherlands festival, leading to 1,000 infections, and the Foo Fighters postponed a show after a member of the band's organization tested positive. Then Chicago public-health officials reported just 203 of Lollapalooza's 385,000 attendees...
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University Of Alabama Rush Has Taken Over TikTok (NBC News)

August 20th, 2021
By : Kalhan Rosenblatt Source : NBC News When Greg George first saw TikTok videos of young women at the University of Alabama going through the sorority recruitment process, also known as "rush," he was confused. Many of the videos, which in the last week have flooded the feeds of TikTok users across the country, show potential new members — or PNMs, as they are called in the sorority and fraternity community — showing off their outfits for themed events and naming the brand or store each item comes from. Other...
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The Weeknd's 'Blinding Lights' Spends Record-Breaking 88th Week On Billboard Hot 100

August 18th, 2021
By : Gary Trust Source : Billboard The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" logs a record-breaking 88th week on the Billboard Hot 100 (on the chart dated Aug. 21). It passes Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive," which spent 87 weeks on the survey in 2012-14. "Blinding Lights," released on XO/Republic Records, debuted at No. 11 on the Hot 100 dated Dec. 14, 2019. The song, which ranks at No. 18 in its 88th week, hit No. 1 for its first of four weeks on top on the chart dated April 4, 2020. Over its run, it has rewritten the...
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Billie Eilish And The Pursuit Of Happiness (Rolling Stone)

August 12th, 2021
By : Brittany Spanos Source : Rolling Stone From the outside, the house isn’t terribly different from others on the block: a cozy bungalow in L.A.’s Highland Park neighborhood with an old lilac tree blooming near the entrance. In fact, it’s legendary: the place where a prodigal teenager and her older brother recorded the album that made Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell the queen of Gen-Z pop. It’s a location familiar to any Eilish fan, and at first glance on an absurdly beautiful day in April, not much...
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Kids And Cars: Teenagers In No Rush To Start Driving

August 12th, 2021
By : Associated Press Source : Fox 8 Automakers are facing a challenge with the newest generation of drivers: The teenagers of today aren’t in a hurry to get their first car, let alone a driver’s license. Statistics show that over the last three decades the percentage of 18-year-olds with drivers’ licenses has dropped nearly 20%. Some of the teens surveyed say they prefer using more environmentally-friendly options instead of driving themselves, as well as ride-sharing services. Others admitted they find driving too...
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Preparing Teenagers For Challenges To Free Speech

August 11th, 2021
By : Christine Folmar Source : The Gospel Coalition As a Christian student on my college campus, I’ve experienced ridicule, threats, and ostracization. Unfortunately, this isn’t out of the ordinary for students who speak up for Christ. Taking lives in the womb, abandoning God’s design for sex and marriage, and denying God’s image reflected in male and female are enthusiastically endorsed by secular college campuses across the country. Many universities teach LGBTQ tenets as fact and shame into silence those who...
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Aaliyah's Music To Return After A Decade

August 6th, 2021
By : Dan Rhys and Gary Mitchell Source : Billboard The singer’s biggest albums have been unavailable for a decade. Now her uncle, who founded her label, has a deal with EMPIRE to release them on streaming services. But Aaliyah’s estate isn’t happy about it.  read more...
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The Year’s Biggest Concert Belongs To A Christian Rapper

July 30th, 2021
By : Lucas Shaw Source : Bloomberg One day in the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic, concert promoter Dan Fife was stuck at home when he came across a photo in Pollstar magazine of Mads Langer, a Danish singer-songwriter, performing at a drive-in theater. The image of the socially distanced show gave Fife an idea. His company, Awakening Events, typically promotes about 350 concerts a year. But at the moment everything was at a standstill due to the coronavirus. Eager to get his employees back to work, Fife and his team tracked down...
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John Mayer's 'Sob Rock' Rules At No. 1 On Billboard's Top Album Sales Chart

July 29th, 2021
By : Keith Caufield Source : Billboard John Mayer’s Sob Rock rules Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart, as the singer-songwriter’s latest studio set debuts atop the list (dated July 31). The set sold 61,000 copies in the U.S. in the week ending July 22, according to MRC Data -- the biggest debut sales week for an album in nearly two months, since Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour started with 72,000 copies at No. 1 (June 5-dated chart).  read more...
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Kari Jobe Says Thousands At Bieber's Freedom Concert Experienced 'Presence Of God'

July 29th, 2021
By : Jeannie Ortega Law Source : The Christian Post The Los Angeles Freedom Experience concert headlined by Justin Bieber over the weekend was lauded as a major success by singer Kari Jobe who told fans that what they experienced at the event was "the presence of God." The 1DayLA charity event brought together 20,000 volunteers across Southern California to give back to their communities. Following a day of service, volunteers were invited to attend a worship concert hosted by Jason Kennedy of E! News and led by pop star...
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Parents' Fears Over Sexting And Abuse Among Teenagers

July 28th, 2021
By : Branwen Jeffreys and Katherine Smith Source : BBC A vivid picture of sexual assaults and harassment in teenagers' lives has been laid bare in recent months but parents rarely speak about the emotional turmoil they face. Here, two of them tell their stories.  read more...
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Mark Zuckerburg Wants Churchgoers To Connect With God On Facebook

July 28th, 2021
By : Alana Mastrangelo Source : Breitbart Mark Zuckerberg believes the coronavirus pandemic has created a new opportunity for Facebook to grow. His plan involves incentivizing churchgoers — who have become familiar with virtual services over the past year due to lockdowns — to permanently move their religious worship online.  read more...
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Kanye West Living In Atlanta Stadium Until He Finishes 'Donda'

July 28th, 2021
By : Tyler McCarthy Source : Fox News Kanye West is currently living inside the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta until he finishes work on his 10th studio album "Donda." A representative for the performer said Monday that West planned to remain inside the stadium while working to complete the album following a star-studded listening session that took place there Thursday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. read more...
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Billie Eilish Is Making Her Disney+ Debut

July 22nd, 2021
By : Gil Kaufman Source : Billboard  Billie Eilish will make her Disney+ debut on Sept. 3 with the concert special Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles. The singer's upcoming album, Happier Than Ever, will drop on July 30, and according to an announcement on Thursday (July 22), the special will feature intimate performances of every song from the 16-track collection in sequential order for the first and only time. read more...  
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Root Of Teenage Empathy Begins With Secure Home Relationships (New Study)

July 16th, 2021
By : Sarah Molano Source : CNN Teenagers who have close, secure relationships with their families are more likely to extend empathy to their peers, according to a new study. More specifically, when teens feel safe, supported by and connected to parents or other adult caregivers, they are better equipped to pass the empathy they receive on to others. "I don't think teens in particular like being told what to do, and I don't think it's going to work to tell teens they should empathize with other people," said Jessica Stern,...
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Sharenting: Solving The Problem Of Parents And Kids On Instagram

July 16th, 2021
By : Tim Elmore Source : Growing Leaders It all started when April, Christine’s youngest daughter, was five years old. Christine knew April would be their family’s last baby and wanted to document each milestone and comical moment of her childhood. By the time she was ten, April was avoiding photo ops; shying away from the camera. By 13, when she had a phone of her own, April witnessed on social media just how much mom had posted on both Facebook and Instagram. She felt violated. Eventually, as a teen, April requested her mom...
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BTS, Olivia Rodrigo Early Front-Runners For Big Four Nominations At 2022 Grammys

July 16th, 2021
By : Paul Grein Source : Billboard  The Recording Academy’s bombshell announcement in April that it’s disbanding its nominations review committees means that, for the first time in 27 years, voting members will have the final say on the nominations in the Big Four categories. The change makes the Grammy nominations even harder to predict than usual. That’s because the committee’s patterns — striving for gender, genre and racial diversity and generally steering clear of legacy, deceased and controversial...
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Britney Spears' New Attorney Says Father Jamie Must Step Aside

July 16th, 2021
By : Associated Press Source : Billboard A judge allowed Britney Spears to hire an attorney of her choosing at a hearing Wednesday (July 14) in which she broke down in tears after describing the “cruelty” of her conservatorship. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny approved Spears hiring former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart, who called on Spears’ father to immediately resign as her conservator.  read more...
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Coffee Prices Soar After Bad Harvests And Insatiable Demand

July 14th, 2021
By : Will Horner and Jeffrey T. Lewis  Source : Wall Street Journal Global coffee prices are climbing and threatening to drive up costs at the breakfast table as the world’s biggest coffee producer, Brazil, faces one of its worst droughts in almost a century. Prices for arabica coffee beans—the main variety produced in Brazil—hit their highest level since 2016 last month. New York-traded arabica futures have risen over 18% in the past three months to $1.51 a pound. London-traded robusta—a stronger-tasting...
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Young Americans More Religiously Diverse (2020 Census Of American Religion)

July 9th, 2021
By : PRRI Staff  Source : PRRI Seven in ten Americans (70%) identify as Christian, including more than four in ten who identify as white Christian and more than one-quarter who identify as Christian of color. Nearly one in four Americans (23%) are religiously unaffiliated, and 5% identify with non-Christian religions. read more...
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Fourth Of July Recap: interlinc Webmaster Shreds National Anthem

July 9th, 2021
 Little known fact… interlinc’s long-term webmaster Gawain Reifsnyder is a killer guitarist who formerly played with Take 6. His backporch salute to the Star Spangled Banner on Sunday needed to get far far beyond his neighborhood and his wife’s post…. So here it is… Pass it along and send Gawain a note to info@interlinc-online.com
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What Year Is It? #1 iTunes Albums Are 40 (Queen) & 50 (Joni Mitchell) Years Old

July 7th, 2021
By : Roger Friedman Source : Showbiz 411 What year is it again? Over the weekend, Queen’s Greatest Hits went to number 1 on iTunes. Joni Mitchell’s “Blue” is number 2. read more...
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