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Cardi B’s Explicit WAP Tops Billboard Hot 100 & Global Charts For Fourth Week

Wednesday
Cardi B’s messages have always been on the edge but with her new global hit WAP, she along with Megan Thee Stallion has (by her admission) made something so dirty that even YouTube wouldn’t put it up initially. This is a Youth Ministry ALERT! The kids in your group know this song.. and its raunchiness will remind you we are in a battle for the hearts, souls and earbuds of students.. What's a youthworker to do? Check out Cardi B's artist page for help    
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Pandemic’s Mental Toll On Teenagers (Stanford Research)

Wednesday
By : Adam HadHazy Source : Stanford The COVID-19 crisis has taken a psychological toll on people of all ages, but one group especially affected is teenagers. School closures and enforced social distancing have cut off many teens from major means of psychological support, putting them at higher risk of developing anxiety and depression. Stanford researchers have identified specific patterns of brain activation that protect adolescents from experiencing COVID-19-related anxiety and depression. (Image credit: Getty Images) To learn about...
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Lunchtime For Students Looks Different Amid COVID-19 (USA Today)

Wednesday
By : Anne Snabes Source: USA Today INDIANAPOLIS – In past school years, kids sat together at a table in the cafeteria, some from their own class, some from others. Some even shared food with each other. Now, in schools open for in-person instruction, some students will eat lunch in their classrooms or will sit with their classes in the cafeteria as schools try to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Schools that opened early in central Indiana provide a hint of what others across the country can expect as they enact...
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Youth Ministry Alert! COVID-19 Causing Pepperoni Shortage

Wednesday
By : Kelly Tyko Source : USA Today Move over, national coin and Clorox wipes shortages. There's a new coronavirus pandemic shortage of the nation's most popular pizza topping. Small pizza shops across the nation are reporting higher prices for pepperoni, according to Bloomberg, which found a South Dakota shop is paying $4.12 a pound compared to $2.87 in January 2019. Emily, a New York City pizza shop, is paying $6 a pound, up from $4 earlier this year, chef and co-owner Matthew Hyland told Bloomberg. “It’s an American right...
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Chris Tomlin, Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line Appear On Late Late Show & Today Show

Wednesday
Source : Today Show September 23, 2020 - Chris Tomlin has made his debut appearances on the Late Late Show with James Corden (August 19) and the Today Show (September 21) as he performed “Thank You Lord” with Thomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line. Together the artists wrote the song for Chris’ #1 debuting album Chris Tomlin & Friends. “‘Thank You Lord’ is the perfect smash up of the country and Christian genres and I am so grateful for the opportunity to share it on The Late Late Show...
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Taylor Swift Remains Silent As “Swifties” Harrass Music Critic

July 30th, 2020
By : Laura Bradley Source : Daily Beast The calls started around 2 in the morning—an hour after Pitchfork senior editor Jillian Mapes’ review of Taylor Swift’s eighth album, Folklore, posted on the site. It was a largely positive review. But it was not positive enough for a certain subset of fans, who began to use some of the internet’s dirtiest and most dangerous tactics to harass the writer who’d dared to scorn their queen with insufficient praise. Mapes’ even-handed review deftly and artfully...
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Kids’ Mobile Screen Time Up 500% During Pandemic

July 21st, 2020
Millions of working parents have spent months largely trapped in their homes with their children. Many are trying to get their jobs done remotely in the constant presence of their kids, and they are desperate for some peace and quiet.  Many mothers and fathers have sought any available remedy that would enable them to do their jobs and fight cabin fever – including some who have given their children a free pass on video games, social media and television. One survey of more than 3,000 parents found that screen time for their...
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Technology, Multi-tasking Causing Americans To Be More Forgetful

July 14th, 2020
It’s happened to everyone, you’re busy with so many things you end up forgetting it’s your friend’s birthday. It may sound like a simple slip-up, but more Americans are saying their jam-packed schedules are making them more forgetful. A recent survey finds many are blaming technology and the constant need to multitask for their scatterbrained state of mind.   Read the rest of the article here.  
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Kanye’s New Video “Washed In The Blood”- Combining His Faith And Activism?

July 3rd, 2020
By : Jason LIpshutz Source : Billboard Kanye West’s most recent album, 2019’s Jesus Is King, represented a shift away from secular music and a celebration of the superstar’s Christian beliefs. “Wash Us In The Blood,” which previews the forthcoming God’s Country, is not a thematic return to hip-hop’s mainstream so much as a return to the boiling anger that made 2013’s Yeezus so kinetic: West can barely contain his flow as he speaks of genocide, mass incarceration, drugs and slavery, with...
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Billboard’s Top 50 Artists By State

July 3rd, 2020
By : Billboard Staff Source : Billboard From Billy Joel's New York state of mind to the Beach Boys being synonymous with sunny California, each state has given us some amazing music. In honor of July 4th, Billboard has (subjectively) chosen a top star (or stars) to fly the flag for each of the 50 states. In most cases, the representative artist was born in his or her chosen state. In a few others, or in the case of groups, states were picked based on the states in which acts spent their formative years. Please note that all selections...
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Students Throwing COVID Parties To See Who Gets Infected First

July 2nd, 2020
By : Bill Hutchinson  Source : ABC News Students in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 have been attending parties in the city and surrounding area as part of a disturbing contest to see who can catch the virus first, a city council member told ABC News on Wednesday. Tuscaloosa City Councilor Sonya McKinstry said students have been organizing "COVID parties" as a game to intentionally infect each other with the contagion that has killed more than 127,000 people in the United States. She said she...
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Ringo At 80: “He Passed the Audition”

June 25th, 2020
By : Steven Valvano Source : CultureSonar It’s OK to clutch your chest when you realize that Ringo Starr turns 80 on July 7! Given that bit of news, we all know Sir Richard Starkey’s greatest accomplishments are as the world’s most famous drummer for the world’s most important R&R band, as well as his solo hits, his movie roles and the beloved personality that promotes “Peace and Love” throughout the world today. While he’s into his 6th decade of an esteemed career, there may be scant notice...
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Bob Dylan “Maybe We Are On The Eve Of Destruction”

June 12th, 2020
Source : DNYUZ A few years ago, sitting beneath shade trees in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., I had a two-hour discussion with Bob Dylan that touched on Malcolm X, the French Revolution, Franklin Roosevelt and World War II. At one juncture, he asked me what I knew about the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864. When I answered, “Not enough,” he got up from his folding chair, climbed into his tour bus, and came back five minutes later with photocopies describing how U.S. troops had butchered hundreds of peaceful Cheyenne and Arapahoe in...
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The New Normal: Parents, Teens And Devices Around The World

June 10th, 2020
Source : Common Sense Media The patterns of daily life in the U.S. and around the world have been forever altered by the ubiquity of mobile technology. To truly understand the impact of technology on family relationships, we need to dig deeper into the media habits and attitudes of parents and teens worldwide. International reports are part of a joint research initiative between Common Sense and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California to reveal new insights into families' digital...
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Soul Surfer: One Of Eight Forgotten Films Resurfacing During Pandemic

May 28th, 2020
Source : Paj Ba By : Dustin Rowles Bethany was in the Kauai Christian Fellowship youth ministry when she suffered the shark attack. It has been a privilege to share her story through Soul Surfer, 2 documentaries and through the ConGRADulations! Graduation Gift. It is exciting to see how Soul Surfer has continued to have major impact during the pandemic times. Check out her words to the Class of 2020 http://grad2020.com I have been writing the weekend box office report over on Uproxx for about four years now. However, when the...
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Kids In Lockdown…Netflix Binges, Up All Night, Sleeping Half The Day

May 7th, 2020
By : Hayley Kaufman Source : Boston Globe It's 11 a.m. Do you know where your teenager is? These days, with schools closed and Google hangouts the only appointments on kids' schedules, the answer might be: Still asleep. “I’m not fighting with her about it the way I was in the beginning,” said Reading’s Leah Leahy, mom to a 13-year-old daughter who, like so many other “quaranteens,” has taken to sleeping in late each day. “I mean, she has such a structured life, and now it’s so...
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“The Great Realisation” - British Writer’s Pandemic Poem & Video Go Viral

May 6th, 2020
By : Samia Badih Source : Arts & Culture When Tomos Roberts, a spoken word poet from London, wrote The Great Realisation and posted it in video form on social media, he didn't think it would go viral. Nor did he imagine American actor Jake Gyllenhaal would approach him to potentially turn the poem into a book. The work, which reimagines our post-pandemic world, is written in the form of a bed-time story that is being read to a child. Filmed at home with his younger brother and sister, the video has been viewed more than 18...
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Teenagers Are Largest Group of Internet Porn Viewers

May 1st, 2020
By : Jonathon Swinton Source : The Richfield Reaper Most people struggling with pornography addictions later in life were first exposed when they were 10-13 years of age, and the addictions set quickly. Sadly, 12-17-year-old teens are the largest group of Internet pornography viewers in America. This is the time in a child’s life that parents should be extremely careful. Unlimited access to the Internet is setting teens up for failure because their brains have not sufficiently developed as needed to control the impulses and...
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Apple Releasing iPhone “Face Mask” Unlock Update

April 30th, 2020
By : Lisa Eadicicco Source : Business Insider Apple will soon release a new iPhone update that will make it easier to quickly type in your passcode in instances when Face ID may not work. That should speed up the process of unlocking your phone at times when it's difficult for your phone to recognize you, such as when wearing a protective face mask or in dark scenarios. When the update rolls out, those using an iPhone that supports Face ID will be able to access the passcode field by swiping up from the bottom of the lock screen....
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Everybody Wants To Be ZOOM… Even Google

April 30th, 2020
By : Ron Amadeo Source : ARS Technica Google Meet, Google's newest video chat service, will soon be free for everyone. The service, which was previously locked behind G Suite, is opening up to anyone with a Google account. Users will be able to access the service at meet.google.com or through the iOS and Android apps. While the service's free tier is unrestricted now, it won't be unrestricted forever. Google says that, after September 30, meetings for non G Suite accounts will be limited to 60 minutes. Google to simplify messaging...
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For KING & COUNTRY On Good Morning America Friday May 1

April 29th, 2020
Nashville, Tenn. – This week, four-time GRAMMY® award-winning Australian duo, and Curb | Word Entertainment recording artist, for KING & COUNTRY will be premiering their uplifting new song, “TOGETHER,” and making their debut on ABC’s Good Morning America Friday, May 1st. The duo’s trademark of inspiring lyrics and deftly crafted pop melodies are evident throughout the song, with soaring harmonies and infectious percussion to brighten your Friday morning. for KING & COUNTRY, comprised of brothers...
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New Survey Reveals Teens Anxieties During COVID-19

April 29th, 2020
Source : Common Sense Media SAN FRANCISCO, April 8, 2020—The spread of the coronavirus has upended life for American teenagers, with 95% reporting the cancellation of in-person classes at their schools. Eight out of 10 teens say they're following news about the coronavirus pandemic closely, and more than 60% are worried that they or someone in their family will be exposed to the virus and that it will have an effect on their family's ability to earn a living, according to a new poll by Common Sense and SurveyMonkey. Let us help you...
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High Schools Across The Country Are Turning To Drive-Through Graduations

April 29th, 2020
By : Leila Ettachfini Source : Vice On May 22, seniors at George County High School in southeastern Mississippi and their loved ones will get in their cars and head to the class of 2020’s graduation. But once they get there, only the graduates will be allowed to leave their vehicles—and even they will only be allowed to do so one by one as they walk across an empty stage to receive their diplomas. Students will be given two tickets to the ceremony, one for each vehicle they’re allowed to bring. When they go on stage to...
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Technologies Used By Teenagers To Stay Connected During COVID-19 (Research)

April 24th, 2020
Source : eMarketer MethodologyData is from an April 2020 Common Sense Media survey conducted by SurveyMonkey. 849 US teens ages 13-17 were surveyed online during March 24-April 1, 2020. Respondents were selected from the 2+ million people who take surveys on the SurveyMonkey platform daily. Data was weighted for age and sex using the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to reflect the demographic composition of the US. Source and more info  
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Rolling Stones Drop New COVID-19 Song “Living In A Ghost Town”

April 23rd, 2020
By : Andy Greene Source : Rolling Stone The Rolling Stones have released the brand-new song “Living in a Ghost Town” to tide fans over until they’re able to reschedule the upcoming leg of their No Filter tour. It’s their first original composition since “Doom and Gloom” and “One More Shot” came out on their 2012 compilation album GRRR!, although they did put out the blues cover collection Blues & Lonesome in 2016. In a new interview with Zane Lowe of Apple Music, Jagger said he wrote...
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Cuban Christians Share God’s Word on Coronavirus Masks

April 23rd, 2020
By : Frances Martel Source : Breitbart Cuban Christians are using the need to wear sanitary masks in public to spread their faith, printing Bible verses on the front of them, the Christian aid group World Help revealed this week. Babalú Blog, a website dedicated to news of interest to the Cuban global community, highlighted the development, noting that pastors were printing these messages despite the severe repression that Christians face in the communist country. Officially an atheist state, Cuba has allowed some Catholic...
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Chick-fil-A Is The #1 Teen Heartthrob (New Research)

April 17th, 2020
By : Sarah Mahoney Source : MediaPost Even amid the COVID-19 crisis, Chick-fil-A isn’t releasing its hold on America’s teenagers. In fact, in the new Piper Sandler “Taking Stock With Teens” ranking, Chick-fil-A achieved the highest mindshare for a restaurant brand since the biannual survey launched back in the early aughts. “Chick-fil-A hit numbers that we’ve never seen before,” says Nicole Miller Regan, senior research analyst with the Minneapolis-based investment firm. Chick-fil-A ousted...
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Lady Gaga & Every Major Artist “One World: Together At Home” Concert April 18

April 17th, 2020
By : Ellie Walker-Arnott Source : Time Out This Saturday (April 18), the world is set to come together to support WHO (World Health Organisation) and all the healthcare workers who are currently on the frontline around the globe – with the help of some tunes and a gaggle of world-class famous faces. The aim of concert meets PSA ‘One World: Together At Home’ is to unite us in our respective homes, inspire us to take action (i.e. to continue to stay home and stay safe) and also to brighten up lockdown. So what can we...
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TikTok Launching Parental Controls For Under 16 Users

April 17th, 2020
By : Sarah Perez Source : Tech Crunch  TikTok is introducing a new set of parental controls to its platform to users worldwide, including in the U.S. The features, collectively referred to as “Family Pairing,” will allow parents to set controls on Screen Time Management, Restricted Mode and Direct Messages for their teen users. It also will now disable direct messaging for users under the age of 16 in all markets. A similar set of features was launched in the U.K. in February, designed with European laws and regulations...
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Post Malone – Planet Earth’s Most Relatable Pop Star

April 17th, 2020
By : Lucas Shaw Source : MSN Entertainment (Bloomberg) -- On the night of Thursday, March 12, just hours after some of the world’s largest concert promoters urged a moratorium on live events due to the spreading coronavirus, 18,000 people packed into the Pepsi Center in downtown Denver to watch Post Malone perform. “If I get the coronavirus at the Post Malone concert tonight in Denver just know it was lit,” one fan wrote on Twitter, along with an emoji expressing tears of joy. Such blind devotion is not uncommon among...
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Coronavirus Affecting Sleep Of 77% Of Americans

April 16th, 2020
By : John Anderer Source : Study Finds UNITED STATES — It’s hard enough to fall asleep when times are normal, but add an extra viral pandemic to the mix and millions of Americans are finding themselves up all night due to worry, anxiety, and fear for the future. A recent piece of research surveyed 1,014 Americans on their sleep habits in the wake of the coronavirus situation, and 76.8% admitted their sleep has indeed been affected. Students are cooped up at home and they are listening to more music than ever! We can help you...
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Teenagers Suffering More During COVID-19

April 16th, 2020
By : Erin Leonard Ph.D. Source : Psychology Today Outgoing kids may be doing fine online during COVID-19, but young adults who have a quieter style may be suffering. Gregarious teens are fueled when they have the opportunity to take center stage on social media. Bold and aggressive, they control the online group chats and activities. Dominating the social milieu, they may unintentionally leave some friends behind. Students are cooped up at home and they are listening to more music than ever! We can help you get all the newest Christian...
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Andrea Bocelli's 'Music For Hope' Easter Concert Sets Online Records

April 15th, 2020
By : Billboard Staff Source : Billboard Andrea Bocelli’s Easter concert from the Duomo in Milan warmed hearts and smashed multiple online records, according to the classic great’s reps. Bocelli’s Music For Hope special reached more than 2.8 million peak concurrent viewers, good enough to stand out as one of the biggest musical live stream performances of all-time, Decca reports. That number also represents the largest simultaneous audience for a classical live stream ever on YouTube. “I am moved and delighted to...
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People Spending 60% More Time Consuming Music-Media (Billboard)

April 15th, 2020
By : Gabriella Mirabelli Source : Billboard The coronavirus pandemic is likely to be the defining event of our newly minted decade. Never before have people across the globe been isolated en masse. The impact, from global economies to household budgets, is as pervasive as it is disruptive. Household units are contained together, while in-person social networks are kept physically apart. Students are being educated from home, and large swaths of the business economy have migrated from corporate to home offices. Time spent commuting has...
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Zoom Goes From Conferencing App to the Pandemic’s Social Network

April 9th, 2020
By : Drake Bennett & Nico Grant Source : Bloomberg  (Bloomberg Businessweek) -- Like the rest of us, Eric Yuan is taking things day by day right now. The founder and chief executive officer of teleconferencing software company Zoom gets up each morning, after three or four hours’ sleep, and nervously checks the previous day’s capacity numbers to make sure the servers aren’t overwhelmed by traffic. Then he begins the long slog of videoconference calls from his Bay Area home. “It’s too many Zoom...
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Class of 2020 Struggling With Loss Of Prom, Graduation

April 9th, 2020
By : Robbie Owens Source : CBS DFW ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Across North Texas, the nation and the world, the comfort of tradition, the joy of celebrations are all sidelined by an invisible enemy.​ “Prom and graduation, the rest of our season,” said Seth Rains, while listing a few of the things that he misses most. The Summit High School senior and avid baseball player says he connects with friends online, but it’s just not the same.   ...read more    
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John Prine, One of America’s Greatest Songwriters, Dead at 73 (Rolling Stone)

April 8th, 2020
By : Stephen L. Betts & Patrick Doyle Source : Rolling Stone John Prine, who for five decades wrote rich, plain-spoken songs that chronicled the struggles and stories of everyday working people and changed the face of modern American roots music, died Tuesday at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was 73. The cause was complications related to COVID-19, his family confirmed to Rolling Stone. Prine, who left behind an extraordinary body of folk-country classics, was hospitalized last month after the sudden...
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“Lean On Me” “Lovely Day” Singer Bill Withers Dead At 81

April 3rd, 2020
By : Mark Kennedy Source : AP  Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “ Lean on Me, ” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” has died from heart complications, his family said in a statement to The Associated Press. He was 81. The three-time Grammy Award winner, who withdrew from making music in the mid-1980s, died on Monday in Los Angeles, the statement said. His death comes as the public has drawn inspiration from...
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Hackers Invading Zoom Calls (Forbes)

April 2nd, 2020
By : Anthony Karcz Source : Forbes You might not have heard the term "Zoombombing" before this week, but with the rise of at-home work meetings, virtual classes, and online social gatherings, Zoom usage is at an all-time high. And whenever something becomes popular, there's always a portion of the population that gets a cheap thrill from disrupting it. Keeping Zoom meetings safe is something that’s even more important now that its usage by grade schoolers is about to soar. It's embarrassing and awkward to have a business...
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COVID-19 Impact: Americans Turn To Prayer (Pew Research)

April 1st, 2020
Source : Pew Research Center As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise and schools, workplaces and public gathering spaces across the United States remain closed, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that the coronavirus outbreak is having profound impacts on the personal lives of Americans in a variety of ways. Nearly nine-in-ten U.S. adults say their life has changed at least a little as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, including 44% who say their life has changed in a major way. Amid coronavirus outbreak, most...
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Regal, AMC & All Major Movie Chains Closing Due To Coronavirus

March 20th, 2020
By : Tasha Robinson Source : Polygon In the latest of a long series of closing announcements associated with government efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, all 543 Regal Cinemas locations in the U.S. will close as of Tuesday, March 17, the movie theater chain announced Monday afternoon. “All theatres will remain closed until further notice,” the company said in a news release, making Regal the first nationwide cinema chain to announce a complete shutdown. Other chains rapidly followed suit. Alamo Drafthouse...
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Post Malone, Ozzy Osbourne Songwriter Tests Positive & Gives Warning “This Is Not A Joke”

March 19th, 2020
By : Tim Ingham Source : Music Business Worldwide With over 180,000 cases of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) now detected worldwide, it was inevitable that prominent members of the music business would start to become personally affected. The weekend brought the news that Sir Lucian Grainge, CEO & Chairman of Universal Music Group, had tested positive for the virus and is being treated at the UCLA Medical Center. Since that news, the likes of actor Idris Elba have also publicly confirmed that they too have tested positive. Today...
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5 Ways to Help Kids Manage Coronavirus Anxiety

March 19th, 2020
By : Lisa Damour Source : The New York Times People of all ages are concerned about the spread of the coronavirus, and teenagers, as a group, tend to experience emotions especially intensely. If you are raising, teaching or otherwise caring for an adolescent who is feeling very nervous about it, here are five things you can do. Anxiety can be healthy. But not all adolescents, or adults, know that it typically acts as a useful and protective emotion. Accordingly, teenagers sometimes fear that their heightened nerves signal the onset of a...
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Are Your Kids Addicted To Gaming?

March 12th, 2020
By : Meghan Walbert Source : Lifehacker It might seem like all your tween or teen wants to do these days is hunker down with a smartphone, tablet, laptop or gaming device and play—for hours on end. Teens and gaming go hand-in-hand, especially as they gain access to a variety of different devices and gaming options. But how do you know when all that gaming becomes too much gaming? “Problematic” gaming There is currently no classification for “gaming addiction” in the United States, although the World Health...
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Gen Z’s Favorite Social Media Platform?

March 11th, 2020
By : Sarah Mahoney Source : Media Post Gen Z, already the most digitally connected generation, keeps getting more skillful at social-media shapeshifting. (If you’ve got doubts, consider how fast the Dolly Parton Challenge — to create four different photos for LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Tinder — took over Instagram.) But new research from Kantar reveals that while this generation is more active than any other age group on social media, their favorite social haunts aren’t YouTube, Facebook, Snap or TikTok. They...
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Billie Eilish, A Voice To Youth, Tops Grammy Awards

January 31st, 2020
By : David Bauder Source: AP News NEW YORK (AP) — Singer Billie Eilish, who gave voice to young people struggling with depression on a do-it-yourself album she made at home with her older brother, is atop the music world. The 18-year-old made history at the Grammy Awards Sunday. Not only did she become the youngest person to win one of Grammy’s top awards — record, song and album of the year, and best new artist — Eilish is the first artist to sweep all four since Christopher Cross in 1981. ...read more
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Kanye West Shares How Jesus Saved Him (Strength To Stand Youth Conference)

January 21st, 2020
  By : Leah MarieAnn Klett Source : Christian Post PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — Kanye West shared how Jesus radically changed his life and saved him from the devil while performing along with his Sunday Service choir at a youth conference where hundreds of students dedicated their lives to Christ. “I believe Jesus died for my sins. There was a time when the devil had me,” West testified before the 12,400 students gathered for the Strength to Stand Conference on Sunday. “Do you know the good news? Jesus can save a...
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Spotify Launches Playlists For Dogs Left Home Alone (Reuters)

January 15th, 2020
LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Spotify has made playlists and a podcast for dogs to listen to in their owners' absence, after finding that nearly 74% of UK pet-owners play music for their animals. The Swedish audio-streaming business company said it has launched a podcast featuring soothing music, "dog-directed praise", stories, and messages of affirmation and reassurance narrated by actors to alleviate stress for dogs who are home alone. Meanwhile, playlists aimed at pets offer tracks selected by algorithms to match pets'...
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What Adults Don’t Understand About Kid Tech (MIT Research)

January 14th, 2020
  Screen. To conceal, protect, shelter. The word signifies invisibility. I hid behind the screen. No one could see through the screen. The screen conceals itself: sensors and sheet glass and a faint glow at the edges; light, bluer than a summer day.   The screen also conceals those who use it. Our phones are like extensions of our bodies, always tempting us. Algorithms spoon-feed us pictures. We tap. We scroll. We click. We ingest. We follow. We update. We gather at traditional community hangouts only to sit at the margins,...
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The Top Video Games (2019) Neilsen

January 14th, 2020
  It’s easy to overlook the myriad ways in which that connectivity has transformed our daily lives over the past few years. In the video game industry, connectivity and access to media have fueled an immense surge in free-to-play games. That surge has helped propel topline revenue and audience growth—both of which will continue in the years to come, largely because of massive hits like Fortnite and Pokémon GO, which remained immensely popular among U.S. gamers in 2019.    The free-to-play groundswell has...
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(Study) 78 Minutes Of Music A Day Is Key To Health

December 18th, 2019
  There's been plenty of studies showing the health benefits of music. Just how much of a daily intake do you need to start reaping the benefits? 78 minutes. A study commissioned by streaming service Deezer found that listening to at least 78 minutes of music per day is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The study examined the listening habits of 7,500 people and how it affected their physical and mental well-being. Music is tied to emotion and Deezer was able to quantify it with this study. 90% of participants expressed...
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How The Loss Of The Landline Is Changing Family Life

December 18th, 2019
  My tween will never know the sound of me calling her name from another room after the phone rings. She'll never sit on our kitchen floor, refrigerator humming in the background, twisting a cord around her finger while talking to her best friend. I'll get it, He's not here right now, and It's for you are all phrases that are on their way out of the modern domestic vernacular. According to the federal government, the majority of American homes now use cellphones exclusively. “We don't even have a landline anymore,” people...
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States With The Most Christmas Spirit (New Research)

December 12th, 2019
There are a few ways to do Christmas. Some people go the traditional route: they’ll prop up a tree, string lights, and swap presents. Others ditch the decorations, book a cruise, and head for warmer weather. How much is your state into the wintertime holiday? It varies. Southern states like Tennessee, North Carolina, and Alabama have the most Yuletide cheer, ranking the highest for jamming to Christmas tunes and tweeting about the season. Meanwhile, sunnier states like Hawaii, Nevada, and Florida rank low for festive zeal....
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Top US Rap Artist Juice WRLD (21) Dies After Seizure

December 10th, 2019
  Juice WRLD, one of the most successful US-based artists of the past two years, has reportedly died aged 21 after suffering a seizure in Chicago’s Midway airport. TMZ reports that the Interscope-signed artist, real name Jarad Anthony Higgins, flew from California to Chicago Sunday morning (December 8). Following the flight, witnesses said he suffered the seizure while walking through the airport. Juice WRLD released his second studio album, Death Race for Love, via Grade A / Interscope in March. It hit No.1 on the Billboard...
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Not Enough Physical Activity For Kids (Global Study)

December 4th, 2019
P Public health experts have worked hard to remind us about the importance of exercise—for mental as well as physical health. Research has linked physical activity to alleviating symptoms of depression; lowering risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity; and living longer.   But the first global country-by-country report on teenagers’ physical activity suggests that the vast majority of the world’s teens aren’t getting the message. In a study published Nov. 21 in Lancet Child & Adolescent...
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Josh McCown – NFL Quarterback & High School Coach

December 3rd, 2019
  After 17 years in the NFL, quarterback Josh McCown announced his retirement in June and happily transitioned to the role of quarterbacks coach for Myers Park High School in Charlotte, where his sons Owen and Aiden play.   As he also worked as an NFL analyst for ESPN, McCown received enough interest from NFL teams over the summer that he left the door for a return open a crack, but the circumstances had to be just right: The team had to have a chance to win, be located on the East Coast and be good with him flying home twice a...
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All 11 Songs From Kanye West's 'Jesus Is King' Album Debut on Hot 100

November 12th, 2019
  Plus, West becomes just the fifth act with more than 100 career Hot 100 entries.   As Kanye West celebrates his ninth total and consecutive No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Nov. 9), as Jesus Is King launches at No. 1 with 264,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music, all 11 songs from the set, his first religious release, debut on the Billboard Hot 100.   "Follow God" leads the way at No. 7 on the Hot 100, earning West his 18th career top 10 and tying him with Ludacris for the...
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New Tweens & Teens Media Usage Research

November 5th, 2019
  Kids' media preferences are changing as new apps and sleeker technology make it easier to stay connected (and be entertained) wherever they go. Just in the past four years, we've seen dramatic shifts in online video viewing, smartphone ownership, and more. As kids come into their own, the messages they see in digital media will play an even bigger role in their sense of self, their social awareness, their well-being, and their access to information on everything from politics to the latest viral meme.   This large-scale study...
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Survey: Number Of Kids Watching Online Videos Soars

October 29th, 2019
(AP)
  The number of young Americans watching online videos every day has more than doubled, according to survey findings released Tuesday. They’re glued to them for nearly an hour a day, twice as long as they were four years ago.   And often, the survey found, they’re seeing the videos on services such as YouTube that are supposedly off limits to children younger than age 13.   “It really is the air they breathe,” said Michael Robb, senior director of research for Common Sense Media , the nonprofit...
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CDC Reports Youth Suicide Rate Up 56% In Past Decade

October 23rd, 2019
(CBS)
More teens and young adults have come to a violent end in recent years, dying either at their own hand or another's, new federal data show. Both suicide and homicide death rates are rising among 10- to 24-year-olds, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). "Recently, in the last few years, they're both trending upward. Suicide began to turn upward earlier, in 2007, and now in 2014, homicide turned around as well," said Sally Curtin, an NCHS statistician....
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NFL, 49ers, And The Power Of Zoe’s Unconditional Love

October 23rd, 2019
(CNN)
  The San Francisco 49ers are on fire -- but it's their smallest teammate who's stealing the spotlight.   Zoë, a French bulldog tasked with providing emotional support, is spreading joy among the team with her infections smile and fun-loving personality. It's a welcome change of pace for a squad that's more accustomed to dishing out jarring tackles than super sweet snuggles.   Here are 5 pawsome facts about Zoë:   Zoë is the NFL's first emotional support dog When Zoë was adopted in October...
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YLO Artists Win Industry Awards

October 16th, 2019
The Gospel Music Association celebrated a half-century of history Tuesday night at the 50th annual GMA Dove Awards, held at Nashville's Lipscomb University. Through three hours of all-star collaborations, retrospectives, surprising wins and moving speeches, these were some of the night's most powerful moments… Read the whole story  
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Over 200,000 Students Expected To 'Stand For Christ' On Football Fields Across The Nation

October 15th, 2019
(Fox News) Hundreds of thousands of students are joining together Wednesday on football fields across the nation to encourage their peers to pray, worship, read their Bibles, and commit their lives to Christ.   Fields of Faith, a student-led ministry outreach part of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) that started in 2004, has seen thousands of kids and young adults tackle tough topics and turn their lives around at the event.   “In a world where bad news seems to be the norm, we’re happy to share the great...
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Teenagers Spending More Time On YouTube Than NetFlix (Business Insider)

October 9th, 2019
  By: Alyssa Meyers  Source: Business Insider   YouTube edged out Netflix as the preferred video streaming platform for teens, according to a new survey from investment banking firm Piper Jaffray. As part of its fall 2019 survey, Piper Jaffray polled teenagers about their video habits and found — for the first time — that they spend more time on YouTube than Netflix. Teens reported spending 37% of their daily video consumption on YouTube and 35% on Netflix, according to the survey.   When Piper Jaffray...
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Lauren Daigle’s “You Say” Breaks Weeks-At-#1 Record (Fox)

October 8th, 2019
When Hillsong UNITED's hit "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" reigned on Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart for a record number of weeks, Lauren Daigle saw it and wished she could be a "part of something that shakes the earth like that song." Now the 28-year-old Louisiana native is living out that reality with her song "You Say" at No. 1 for 62 weeks now in the Christian category, days after announcing the Lauren Daigle World Tour with Johnnyswim, beginning in Australia next year and ending in Lafayette July...
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“Joker” Opens As Violence Fears Simmer, Theaters Warn Parents

October 3rd, 2019
The comic-book character known as the Joker revels in creating chaos. Some people are worried the new "Joker" movie will, too. Although officials have said no credible threats of violent behavior have surfaced in connection with the movie — which starts public screenings nationwide Thursday night before formally opening Friday — some theater chains and law enforcement agencies are taking precautions. In "Joker," a failed comedian with mental health issues (Joaquin Phoenix) descends into darkness when...
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Kanye West, Sunday Services, Jesus Is King, Controlled Chaos

October 2nd, 2019
  He's no stranger to garnering a lot of attention – this past week Kanye West has created a mini-storm of hype around his conversion as a "born again" Christian, his declaration to no longer create secular music, the release of his Jesus Is King album, and his "Sunday Service" extravaganza events. Who Is Kanye West, What Are His Messages. What Does A Youthworker Need2Know? Here are just a few of the news articles from this whirlwind of activity: What’s Really Going On With Kanye West’s New...
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