The gang killers who are YouTube celebrities

Image copyright YouTube/YTBYTN Image caption Several of YTBYTN’s music videos have exceeded 100,000 hits on YouTube YTBYTN’s tracks have an ominous feel, with bleak and gritty lyrical content that covers themes of street life, poverty and violence. Image copyright Instagram/YTBYTN Image caption A photograph on Instagram shows primary school age children posing with members of YTBYTN How Yenge, Davies and Calver came to be in court is a depressingly familiar story. Two rival groups of young males engage in a “turf war”, in this case J-Block versus Neno. They start trading insults and, before long, their exchanges become violent. On 2 June this culminated in the death of 17-year-old Tavis Spencer-Aitkens, who was repeatedly stabbed in a group attack involving, …

Taylor Swift Thinks Kanye West’s ‘Famous’ Music Video Is ‘Revenge Porn’?? – Perez Hilton

Taylor Swift is reigniting her feud with Kanye West! This week, the Shake It Off singer liked an Instagram post calling the rapper’s 2016 Famous music video “revenge porn.” The post in question is a screenshot of a tweet where a fan gave an “unpopular opinion” about the Yeezus musician. The Twitter message read: “The famous music video was straight up revenge porn. not to mention putting abuse victims next to their abusers and celebrating sexual assaulters. it was disgusting and he doesn’t get enough crap for it.” The IG post added: “It’s so weird to see how Kanye got away with putting realistic depictions of naked celebrities in his video. I was reading comments the other day and people …

What wealthy parents do to get their kids into elite colleges (legally)

(CNN)For many people, the most surprising part about the revelations that wealthy parents Hollywood celebrities, fashion designers, CEOs, lawyers and doctors paid to get their kids into college by cheating on tests and faking athletic records, was that these families didn’t get a leg up through legal channels available to those with money. For some, the answer is to pay a college consultant — which William Rick Singer, the alleged ringleader of the college admissions scandal, presented himself as — in order to match their child with an institution. At H&C Education, a college application consultancy based in New Haven, Connecticut, a full-year program for a student — including high school course selection, extracurricular development and test tracking — is …

College cheating scandal is the tip of the iceberg

(CNN)“We’re not talking about donating a building, we’re talking about fraud,” said Andrew Lelling, the US Attorney for Massachusetts, as he announced indictments in a massive scheme alleging that celebrities and other wealthy individuals used cheating, bribes, and lies to get their kids into elite colleges. The behavior described in this alleged fraud should be punished. But on a broader and more basic level, the case also sheds light on deep inequities in our college admissions system. Because if someone can get their kid into Harvard by buying a building, let alone by committing any of the alleged acts emerging from this case, the scandal isn’t just what’s illegal, but what’s legal as well. When it came to athletics, the …

Hawes twist in Comic Relief Bodyguard spoof

Skip Twitter post by @Misskeeleyhawes Busted! Happy #RedNoseDay everyone! #comicrelief2019 bodyguard ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ID2YHt29gM — Keeley Hawes (@Misskeeleyhawes) March 15, 2019 Report End of Twitter post by @McsEmma Skip Twitter post by @Jamesfilmcritic Excellent @comicrelief return for #Bodyguard meets @Line_of_duty! Full of lovely surprises! So great to see @_richardmadden & @Misskeeleyhawes reunited! Really hope Julia Montague is in Series 2! #Bodyguard #ComicRelief2019 🔴 — James Burgess (@Jamesfilmcritic) March 15, 2019 Report End of Twitter post by @CerysGoggin Skip Twitter post by @Baddiel "As a young Asian growing up in Crawley, that film really spoke to me." @RomeshRanga on Four Weddings is the funniest one-liner so far on #ComicRelief2019 — David Baddiel (@Baddiel) March 15, 2019 Image copyright Comic Relief Image caption …

LA financial executive tipped authorities to college admissions scandal for leniency in fraud case, report says

FELICITY HUFFMAN, LORI LOUGHLIN MOCKED BY FELLOW CELEBRITIES OVER COLLEGE ADMISSIONS CHEATING SCANDAL Tobin, who attended Yale University, told investigators that the Yale head women’s soccer coach had sought a bribe in return for getting his daughter into the Ivy League school, the news outlet said. His tip led to the recent revelations about the college consultant, William Singer. Federal prosecutors said Singer led a scheme in which wealthy parents bribed sports coaches and other officials to get their children entry to elite universities. More than 50 people have been charged — prominent among them were TV actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. The colleges have cast themselves as victims and have moved to distance themselves from the coaches, firing or …

Attorney for brothers involved in the Jussie Smollett case says they were ‘betrayed’ by the celebrity

(CNN)Two brothers who authorities said took part in a staged attack on actor Jussie Smollett were “betrayed” by the celebrity, their attorney told CNN on Monday. She added: “We’ve seen a lot of stories in the news where celebrities think they might be above the law. It’s just not the case.”

‘We’re in the Business of Programming People’s Lives’

Josh Harris may have been the first internet millionaire in New York. As founder of Jupiter Communications and New York’s first online media portal, Pseudo.com, he rode the web 1.0 dotcom boom to a fortune of $85 million. But as the 1990s ramped up, his view of what the internet would do to us darkened, and he spent his fortune on a series of lurid social experiments aiming to demonstrate what he saw. The biggest was an ambitious millennial happening called Quiet, which Andrew Smith writes about in his new book, Totally Wired. 1999 … Where to start? Seventy-one IPOs in July alone, hundreds over the year. A veteran Silicon Valley investor describes meeting a young entrepreneur who was trying …

The elite college admissions scandal exposes the inequities in our supposed ‘meritocracy.’

The FBI has uncovered the biggest college admissions cheating scandal in history—and it’s a doozy. Fifty people, including high-profile celebrities and CEOs, NCAA coaches, and college exam administrators, have been indicted in a multi-million dollar cheating scheme to get wealthy kids admitted into elite colleges. Among those charged in the case are actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, and coaches at Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and USC. The parents in the case apparently paid a college admissions consultant named William Singer to help their kids get into certain schools. In their arrangements with Singer, parents, coaches, testers, and others knowingly cheated in order to make that happen. In some cases, stand-ins took students’ SAT or ACT tests for them. In others, …

What Happened To Our Favorite 2000s Reality TV Stars? Betches

The early 2000s were a magical time of Abercrombie miniskirts, chunky highlights, weird tiny vests, and of course, some of the trashiest reality TV that has ever existed. There was nothing better than gasping in horror at that week’s episode of A Shot at Love and posting about it on Myspace, where you’ve been friends with Tila Tequila for like, ever. Or watching Viva La Bam at your boyfriend’s house after school and losing your sh*t at the many hilarious pranks they pulled. Who didn’t have a crush on Ashton Kutcher after seeing him be so funny and charming on Punk’d?  Simpler times. Now that we’re almost to the 2020s (wtf?), what’s become of our favorite trash reality TV stars? I did some …

Who Are Ariana Grande’s Friends? An Investigation Betches

Ariana Grande has been unbelievably popular over the last few months, and her success has made me ask some important questions. How is she so talented? Why didn’t I buy tickets to her concert before it sold out? And, most importantly, who are all these people she’s constantly hanging out with? How did they meet her? How can I become a part of this group? Seriously, one of my biggest regrets in life is that I’m not one of Ariana Grande’s friends. In her recent videos for “thank u, next” and “7 rings,” Ariana Grande has basically turned her friends into celebrities by association. She’s even tweeted about how all her fans should follow them. Some of them are childhood …

How the anti-vaccine movement targets cities and creates disease hotspots

Densely populated areas are vulnerable to dangerous outbreaks of infection such as measles and to the spread of misinformation Just a 30-minute drive from Portland, Oregon, is Washingtons Clark County, home to one of the largest outbreaks of measles in the US. Of the previously eliminated measles, patient zero to come into contact with children who hadnt been inoculated. Then, as these children visited healthcare facilities, schools, churches and a furniture shop, the disease began to spread. A sign prohibiting all children under 12 and unvaccinated adults at the entrance to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington. Photograph: Gilliam Flaccus/AP But why did the outbreak take place here rather than elsewhere in the country? Some US states, including Oregon …

The Most Obvious Celebrity Photoshop Fails Ever Betches

Celebrities just cannot get enough of Photoshop. And by “Photoshop”, I don’t actually mean Photoshop, because none of them have a f*cking clue how to actually use Photoshop. Photoshop is a difficult software that requires a ton of time and classes to learn. My degree is in Digital Arts, so I know this sh*t. What I actually mean is, celebs can’t get enough of a crappy app that takes them about 10 minutes to really poorly manipulate or edit their photos. When in doubt guys, hire a pro (hi). My work is seamless. I could be a lizard woman for all you people know (but like, don’t tell). Celebrities trying to alter their photos is not necessarily anything new, but it is puzzling. Most …

Flint water crisis shows the danger of a scientific dark age

(CNN)After comedian Michelle Wolf ended her monologue at the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner with the resounding mic drop: “Flint still doesn’t have clean water,” a parade of celebrities, including Alyssa Milano, Susan Sarandon, Michael Moore and Omarosa Manigault, shared similar proclamations. For starters, there is no such thing as completely safe drinking water. Even bottled water has some risks, ranging from bacteria to microplastics. Meanwhile, Flint still has extremely high water costs, according to a Michigan Radio analysis, and an oversized antiquated water system, which contributed to the initial water crisis in Flint. However, this kind of system also exists and endangers public health in thousands of other American towns and cities. In other words, claiming Flint water is …

Beto O’Rourke announces 2020 run for presidency

Texas Democrat, who has drawn comparisons to Obama, tells supporters his campaign seeks to unite a very divided country Beto ORourke, the former congressman who narrowly lost to Ted Cruz in the 2018 Texas Senate race, has announced he will seek the Democratic nomination for president. Ending months of speculation over his plans, garnered unprecedented grassroots support and a historic fundraising haul. fell short, ORourke outperformed expectations for any Democrat in the deeply conservative state of Texas, falling less than three percentage points behind Cruz, the Republican incumbent. Despite his defeat, ORourke garnered unprecedented grassroots support and a historic fundraising haul. Bernie Sanders, Vermont senator Sanders turned a long-shot, anti-establishment bid for the presidency into a political revolution that energized …

Big Bang idol Seungri quits K-pop as he becomes a suspect in prostitution investigation

(CNN)One of K-pop’s biggest idols has dramatically quit the entertainment industry after it emerged he is being investigated on suspicion of violating South Korea’s prostitution law. But in recent months a scandal dogging the Burning Sun nightclub in Seoul, which Seungri sat on the board of, had put that reputation in danger. It had also caused some to question how clean-cut K-pop idols really are. Illicit spy cam cases skyrocket in South Korea Celebrities caught with even small amounts of marijuana can find themselves suspended by labels or forced to make public apologies. “Scandals involving drinking, drugs or even dating not only make waves in the entertainment news section but also the finance news section,” Bernie Cho, a Korean music …