Good Night, Sweet Prince

This thursday, April 21st 2016, legendary music icon Prince died at the age of 57. Found in an elevator at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, the paramedics performed CPR to no avail and pronounced him dead at 10:07 AM. The Carver County police will continue to investigate the circumstances of his death as there is no official cause at the moment. An autopsy of the body will be performed by the Midwest regional medical examiner.

The acclaimed musician was born Prince Rogers Nelson and is famous for creating a distinctly Minneapolis sound that combines pop, synth, and new wave as well as defining the music of the 80s with hits like “Kiss” and “Purple Rain.” His music reaches millions and is loved all over the world and across generations.

Just last week, Prince’s health was put into question when his plane to Minnesota made an emergency landing to rush him to the hospital. The next day, he performed for an intimate crowd in Paisley Park with a new guitar and piano, proving he was alive and well, assuring fans to “Wait a few days before you waste any prayers.” Oh the foreshadowing.

As news of his premature death broke online and in the media, floods of fans took to social media, the streets, and record stores to express their heartbreak and love for the musician who touched so many lives with his music and charisma. “Fans rushed to record stores to pick up vinyl and other Prince memorabilia. Some said the icon’s death ‘is what it sounds like when doves cry,’ a reference to his monster hit from 1984.”

President Obama also expressed his appreciation of the musician and sadness upon hearing of the untimely death.

Fans’ responses on social media:

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And here is a tribute video made by The Guardian.

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#MakeTVShowsEvil with @midnight

Home of the #HashtagWars

Comedy Central’s late night game show, @midnight, is not only hilarious, meme-ridden fun, but engaging and interactive too. One of its daily improve games, Hashtag Wars, requires comedian contestants to come up with gut-busting answers to fun, trending hashtags with the funniest one awarded points. Viewers are encouraged to participate by tweeting their answers and using the daily hashtag. The best answers get featured on the next episode!

Tonight’s hashtag? #MakeTVShowsEvil

@midnight started it off last night with:

And the internet responded with some really evil answers.

Some tyrannical television puns:

Ruining kids’ shows:

And my own submission:

Fingers crossed I get retweeted.

Have you watched @midnight yet? What are your thoughts? Let us know and add your own submission in the comments or on Twitter with #makeTVShowsEvil and #glamorouspaper

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James Cameron Announces Four “Avatar” Sequels, The World Groans

The world is going to see a lot more blue people.

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Just last week, James Cameron made the announcement that he is expanding his plan for three Avatar sequels to four. The director has always been upfront with his plans to continue telling stories of his fictional world of Pandora and create a cinematic universe based on the first film but he still hasn’t made any progress beyond writing. Last year he said he was trying “to keep it to three sequels” despite having scripts for four. Guess he couldn’t condense.

Near the end of 20th Century Fox’s presentation at CinemaCon this Thursday, Mr. Cameron made a special guest appearance. “We have decided to embark on a truly massive cinematic process,” he announced.

Working with “four top screenwriters and some of the top artisan designers in the world,” Cameron realized his vision for the Avatar universe transcended the bounds of the original 2009 film and the previously planned sequels. “It is going to be a true epic saga that is going to be told in this rich and complex world but we have begun to bump up against the limitations of our art form,” said Cameron. “There were just too many great visual ideas for two sequels, so we talked to Fox and we expanded it for three sequels. And then as the writing process has continued and as the script work is finishing up, it’s not three. It looks like it is four.”

“The people who have seen it so far have been speechless.”

Though Cameron seems excited by the prospects of a five film Avatar experience, a lot of us Earthlings are feeling weary with the thought of more alien AU Pocahontas movies.

A few just attacked Cameron himself.

I doubt all the jokes and complaints will really convince James Cameron to not make the movies, especially when he already plans to release them in 2018, 2020, 2022, and 2023, but who’s to get in the way of a man’s vision, right? Besides, even if the films tank, he’ll still have the Dark Horse Comics line of graphic novels, a Cirque du Soleil show, and a Disney theme park attraction opening in Orlando next year to fill his wallet.

But the thing is, Cameron has been announcing sequels since 2010 yet none have been made, so it really begs the question, “Will he ever make the movies?” Maybe with the years of release announced he’ll finally keep his promise. We’ll just have to wait and see.

 

 

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Ned’s Declassified Life Survival Guide!

If you’re a 90’s kid or a 00’s kid you looked to this guy for advice on all things middle school (sometimes even high school!).

As the star of the popular Nickelodeon TV show Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, Devon Werkheiser helped us navigate the turbulent waters of crazy teachers, gym class, group projects, crushes, and friendships that make up our public school system. With his two best friends, Cookie and Moze, he did the impossible: create a guide that will help you survive school.

The show ran for three years helping kids all over the country not only survive but conquer school. Some of my favorite tips include:

  • Get a haircut 2 weeks before school starts so it can grow in.
  • Don’t be afraid to raise your hand. It doesn’t mean you’re dumb when you raise your hand you just get interested.
  • If your crush doesn’t like you remember you could still be friends.
  • Don’t stress, or you’ll make a mess.
  • Don’t like something? Don’t complain, change it.
  • If you’re not popular in the top ten, you’re popular in your top ten.
  • Be confident, be grateful, not jealous.

Now, we all wish we could have good old Ned back with a holy guide of tips for high school and college (trust me, I could use a few), but Nickelodeon is probably not going to revive the show anytime soon. It would be awesome getting the actors back together considering how much everyone has grown over the years though.

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And my personal favorite:

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Luckily, Devon Werkheiser, who played Ned, heard and answered our prayers with a web series of his own called Devon’s Life Survival Guide, a YouTube series of general life tips. With the first episode uploaded on Jan. 25, 2016, the weekly webisodes deal with a variety of topics such as productivity, spirituality, and wellness and take in questions from viewers themselves.

“Hello. I’m Devon Werkheiser. It’s been years since I’ve helped you survive middle school.”

Cue the feels.

One of Devon’s first tips is really profound and inspiring: “Choose your growth.” You can learn and grow from anything you experience. Whether it was a bad or great situation, you were changed from it so it is up to you to learn and improve from what you experienced. “It’s a choice to be an active creator of your life or a victim to it.” Preach it, Devon!

Watch the first episode here and make sure to comment so he can answer your questions!

The nostalgia is too real with this. If you’re looking to take a walk down memory lane to afternoons on the couch eating Gushers and watching Ned, Cookie, and Moze get into another round of crazy antics or you’re just really into conquering your life, watch Devon’s videos. Just like back in 2004, the tips are as helpful as ever. Thanks, Devon.

He also writes and performs original music which he uploads to YouTube as well so check him out!

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Taylor Sparks Racial Microagressions over The Weeknd’s Hair

The Weeknd was a guest performer on Taylor Swift's 1989 tour
The Weeknd was a guest performer on Taylor Swift’s 1989 tour
Oh Taylor. Between her recent dispute with Nicki Minaj and critiques for perpetuating “white feminism”, pop singer Taylor Swift has had quite a year in the media as of late.

Armed with her classic red lip and passive aggressive twitter account, Taylor has yet again got herself into a hairy situation when she “pet” The Weeknd’s hair without permission during a Grammy after party this past February. Known for his unique hairstyle, The Weeknd stated that when he first met Taylor, “‘the whole time she was talking …she was kind of like petting my hair?…she must have been a little gone after a few drinks. And of course I’m not going to be like ‘Hey, can you stop?'”.

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Whether Swift was too overcome with  her own  white privilege or perhaps celebrity status is still in question. However what cannot be denied is the fact that Taylor Swift apparently does not understand boundaries. Not only does this situation pertain to black micro aggressions but also inconsiderate behavior in general. Inappropriate hair touching is a known annoyance for many black people as being “pet” is often a behavior associated with animals but also displays the lack of control of their own bodies.

Despite what fans think however, T.Swift and The Weeknd remain friendly on good terms- he was even a guest performer on her 1989 tour this summer. So perhaps it wasn’t quite as extreme or uncomfortable the incident was made out to seem. This goes without saying though, that please ask and wait for consent, before touching another’s body.

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