TikTok Is Updating Their Home Screens and You Should Too

Gen Zer’s are always on top of the latest and hottest trends, so it may come as no surprise that they were the first to jump when Apple’s IOS 14 came out. On September 16th, after Apple’s annual event when they fill the public in on their latest take on modern technology, IOS 14 dropped. Finally *sigh of relief,* we were offered a new home screen feature, Widgets. Widgets are large icons iPhone users can design to personalize their home screen and to make certain apps more accessible to its user. The Widgets can be clocks, calendars, photos, and even moon phases. Need a visual, look no further. Here’s a screen grab directly for Apple: TikTok Trendsetters While that may sound exciting in its own, just wait- there’s more. Just as TikTok always does, it found a way to make your life cooler. TikToker’s have flooded the app with ‘how-to’ videos on making your new home screen ~aesthetically pleasing~, and they have certainly delivered. They are taking to the app with advice and tutorials to make your quarantine a little classier. With a couple replays on these TikToks, and possibly the help of your younger sibling, you too, could have the home screen dreams are made of. Cohesive colors, dreamy patterns, and satisfying layouts? Yes, please!  How To Do It: You may be asking yourself, how to do such a thing. Here’s the run down. All you need to give your home screen some TLC, is a couple apps and a few extra hours on your hands. That’s right. This process is a little time consuming, and you may scream in a pillow a couple times, but it’s quarantine; you were probably going to stare at your phone for a couple hours anyway tonight. First, you need to download an app called ‘Widgetsmith.’ Once downloaded, you can choose several sizes for your Widgets. Then you decide whether you want a time feature, date/calender, moon phase, or you can customize your own. From this point, you can choose colors, fonts, and so on. Next, save the widget you’ve created, and press down on any app to ‘edit Home Screen.’ Go to the top left corner where there is an ‘+’ symbol and scroll down to ‘Widgetsmith.’ From there you will press on the one you made in the app and place it on your home screen. Did you get all that? I know it may be a little hard to understand at first. Try watching this TikTok from @katamogz, if you’re a visual learner, like myself. Bonus Tip: If you are feeling extra enthusiastic about your phone’s screen, try customizing your app icons. Go to shortcuts, hit the ‘+’ button, then go to ‘Scripting.’ Hit ‘Open App’ then ‘choose.’ Slide down to the desired app icon you want to change and click on it. Go back and tap on the “…” button below next and where you see the yellow icon pop up, tap on it and you can choose the ‘glyph’ and color to add to your home screen. Again, very time consuming, but oh so cute. Inspiration Some people are opting with a more subdued Autumn look with gentle warm tones and artsy quotes, while others are going full blown Tumblr on us with edgy neon and black backgrounds. It can be hard to decide on which aesthetic you should go for. Do you go all out for Halloween? Or should you pick a theme that goes with your personality? Tough decisions to be made, so why not continue to look at TikTok for further inspiration. They are the ones setting the trends, right? For a casual, Fall look check out @kaylamarie126’s new digs: @kaylamarie126 i’ve spent HOURS working on my home screen i love it so much 🥺 #ios14 #ios14homescreen #ios14update ♬ Call me – 90sFlav Those  of you taking the Halloween Season very seriously: @katiefeeneyy haven’t seen anyone do a fall home screen yet🍁🎃 do you have ios14? #pumpkinseason #ios14 #homescreen #editing #aesthetic #fall #widget #edit ♬ Boom Boom Boom Boom by Vengaboys – 先輩ミチ For a cool look featuring monochromatic pages: @yrndarriusss *UPDATED * here go my final one 🕺🏽 #fyp #virall #4u #xyzbca #foryou #ios14 #iphonehomescreen #homescreen #Denim4all ♬ ICE (feat. MORGENSHTERN) – Morgenshtern And finally, here’s one for all you Pantone fans out there: @nicolegagli making things aesthetically pleasing is all i’m good for #ios14 #ios #homescreen #PumpkinSeason #RoseGoldFaceBrush #xyzbca #foryou #harrystyles ♬ Every Week Is Fashion Week For Me – Auditions: Open No matter which theme you decide to go with, and no matter how much time you spend perfecting your look, it is sure to be unique to your phone. Thanks to Apple and these new Widgets, we can look forward to something in 2020, even if it’s just a new home screen.

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Oops! Chrissy Teigen Slips Up and Reveals Baby’s Gender

Over an Instagram story on September 17th, the model and foodie, Chrissy Teigen, accidentally revealed her baby’s gender while talking about her pregnancy. Teigen was updating her fans about the size and health of her baby, and slipped in the pronoun ‘he’ when referring to the baby. The 34 year-old quickly covered her mouth realizing what she had said and just followed with “oops.” After the story, she called herself stupid, and wrapped up the conversation. It did not seem to be that big of a deal to her as she continued to post the story, and later posted it on her wall to share the news with the rest of her fans. The baby boy will be the third child for Chrissy Teigen and her husband John Legend, so perhaps they were not planning a large gender reveal anyway.  Watch the adorable and small slip up here: How ‘Chrissy’ Of Her Twitter users were quick to congratulate the model and her husband, and make fun of her gender reveal. Teigen is known for being hilarious, outspoken, unfiltered, and all together ‘TMI.’ Her quirky personality always has fans laughing, and guessing what her next slip up will be; like the time she accidentally flashed everyone at an awards ceremony back in 2016 when her high slit dress was slit a little too high. Or in 2019, when she publicly posted her email address without realizing it and got non stop FaceTime calls from strangers. Many twitter users laughed at the idea of her sharing the sensitive information in such a cause was just “so Chrissy Teigen” of her, and the least surprising thing she could do.  This is the most @chrissyteigen pregnancy reveal ever. I’m so excited for another mini @johnlegend !!! https://t.co/oCUoyj00rc — #KayleyCoogs *️⃣ (@coogs25) September 17, 2020 not that i expected a gender reveal or anything, but i imagine a sandwich-related reveal would've been up your alley (not really sure how one would successfully do a sandwich gender-reveal, but i'm sure it could be done). — mands (@mmtankersley) September 17, 2020 No Wild Fires In This Reveal Some tweets even poked at the fact that while her reveal was not ideal, at least it did not start a wildfire or cause harm to anybody as we all are familiar with by now. This, of course, is alluding to the California Wildfires that were caused by a gender reveal in Southern California earlier this September. The wildfires burned down over 7,000 acres in San Bernardino county. Twitter users wanted to make Teigen an example of what an unproblematic reveal could look like. Maybe she mentioned the pronoun, but she displace anyone or cause any damage. Twitter user, @skh4102, said, “it didn’t destroy millions of acres of forest and thousands of homes and businesses and also kill people.” Chrissy Teigen’s baby’s gender (assigned en utero) reveal was better than yours ✨and✨ it didn’t destroy millions of acres of forest and thousands of homes and businesses and also kill people. — sarah k harris (@skh4102) September 18, 2020 Hey look a gender reveal that didn’t displace thousands of people and animals and destroy a bunch of wildlife😍 congrats @chrissyteigen 💙 pic.twitter.com/yDjBILELaB — claire de lune (@ClaireMPLS) September 17, 2020 Oh wow – you did a gender reveal without burning down a state! Congrats (on the baby, and not burning down the state!) — Sean Conley (@seanwconley) September 17, 2020 Teigen even laughed about the joke herself while replying to a fan’s tweet saying, “no fires and no one shot in the d-ck.” She was referring to the viral video where a man got slammed in the crotch while shooting off a powder ‘bomb’ to reveal his child’s gender in early September. 😩 no fires and no one shot in the dick https://t.co/XivbQ8o5mq — chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 17, 2020 Chrissy is not shy about being totally open and honest about her body and her life, which is why she has such a cult following with over 13 million followers on Twitter and 31 million on Instagram. Chrissy Teigen and John Legend share two beautiful children, Luna, 4, and Miles, 2. Teigen has shared her journey with pregnancy, as they have struggled getting pregnant naturally and turned to IVF for previous pregnancies. Back in June, she took a pregnancy test before going in for surgery, and the test came back negative. A few weeks following her procedure, John and Chrissy round out that she indeed had been pregnant prior to the surgery, but luckily the baby and her are doing well. This lighthearted accident over Instagram on Teigen’s behalf, is honestly what we needed in 2020. No drama, no theatrics- just a funny mistake to lighten your week.

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Kyle Rittenhouse in List of ‘Modern Heroes’ for Dallas School Assignment

A high school in Dallas, Texas is under fire for an assignment that placed Kyle Rittenhouse, accused Kenosha shooter, on a list of ‘Modern Heroes’. Alongside Rittenhouse’s name included George Floyd and even Joseph Rosenbaum.  An unidentified  W.T. White high school teacher assigned their students a paper to write about a modern-day hero. This assignment would’ve been perfectly acceptable until you read the list of modern-day heroes that was provided to the students.  It’s the ⁦@dallasschools⁩ assignment that has people across the country now asking questions. Accused #Kenosha killer among list of “heroes” for an English assignment. Defenders say it’s about “critical thinking”, others call it flat out racist, and wrong ⁦@CBSDFW⁩ pic.twitter.com/JnluETK3Br — Robbie Owens (@cbs11Robbie) September 16, 2020 There are many things to point out about this list. Joseph Rosenbaum, one of the protestors that were shot in Kenosha, is listed under the man who is accused of killing him. Another thing to note is that both Mahatma Gandhi and Malcolm X are spelled incorrectly. Prominent names such as those had people questioning if the error was a quick typo or just plain intentional carelessness.  The English teacher who created the assignment is now under investigation by the Dallas school district. The school district commented, “An unapproved assignment posted in Google Classroom yesterday has been brought to our attention. Understandably, this caused some concern for the impacted students, and we apologize. Campus administration immediately removed the unapproved content and students are not required to complete that assignment. Due to personnel policies, we are not able to comment further, however, the appropriate steps are being followed pending investigation.”  The ‘Unapproved’ High School Assignment The assignment was given to seniors at W.T. White High School in the Dallas Independent School District (ISD). The district did not identify the teacher but the assignment has been removed from Google Classroom.  A Dallas W.T. school profile for the 2019-2020 school year shows that 6% of the students are white, 81% Hispanic, and 10% are African American.   Business Insider received a statement from Robyn Harris, director of news and information for Dallas ISD saying, “Racial equity is a top priority in Dallas ISD, and we remain committed to providing a robust teaching environment where all students can learn. It is important that we continue to be culturally sensitive to our diverse populations and provide a space of respect and value.”  An older sister of a senior at the school reported the assignment to her brother’s principal after sharing the assignment details with her family. Her brother could not believe the assignment he had received from his English teacher. She told a local news station, “The juxtaposition of George Floyd’s name with Kyle’s name was just astounding. The value of Black lives are not up for debate, and that’s what it felt like this was sort of getting at- by way of the names that were included.” “It was just like, ‘Oh my gosh, the spelling,’ ‘Oh my gosh, there are no women on here,’ and then very ardently the fact that a White supremacist murderer’s name is on a list with important historical figures”, she continued. The assignment caused debate on Twitter. Many were offended by the list and was unsure what the teacher was thinking.  Next, they will be asking students to write essays on "How Hitler brought positive change to Europe" — Oti 🇰🇪🇺🇸 (@Wuod_Dala) September 17, 2020 What?!?!?!!!!!!!Seems quite reaching…Reaching for an opinion like it was YouTube comments instead of an actual educational lesson… Seems like that teacher needs to be schooled… Unbelievable! — Sakinah Hur (@HurSakinah) September 17, 2020 1. Spelling.2. The obvious issue of Kyle being on there.3. Joseph Rosenbaum should not be on there either.This is pathetic. That teacher should get fired and blacklisted. — Elizabeth Cullum (@liz5cullum) September 18, 2020 I can’t believe this assignment Rittenhouse is a hero? Got to be joking? — PURPLEFOX (@PURPLEF72091460) September 17, 2020 While others thought the assignment was thought-provoking and encouraged perspective.  Just to take the other side:MAYBE her point was to see how the student viewed each – like a Rorschach test. To identify those whose POV IS messed up? If all students did bio's & still picked shooter as hero.. ?? — Bob S. (@_Bob_S) September 18, 2020 They could have had a great discussion on differing perspectives had you simply allowed them to voice their perspectives — Lee (@KaizokuLee) September 17, 2020 I don't see anything wrong with this. It's a moral question. Nothing wrong with asking that. — DankBurrito (@DankBurrito1) September 17, 2020 Jacob Blake Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old black man, was training to become a mechanic according to his family. A warrant was issued for Blake’s arrest back in July. The warrant was on charges of third-degree sexual assault, criminal trespass, and disorderly conduct.    On August 23rd, police received a call informing them that Jacob Blake was at the home of the woman who filed the charges. Officials stated, the police went to arrest Blake and before they shot him, the officers tried to use a taser on him twice.  Jacob Blake was shot in the back seven times in front of his children. Blake had staples placed along his back and abdomen. He is now paralyzed from the waist down.  A video was posted to social media that quickly sparked more protests for racial justice continued after the death of many Black Americans including George Floyd, Brianna Taylor, and Elijah McClain. [embedded content] Kyle Rittenhouse Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old white male, is accused of killing two people and injuring a third during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. One of the men killed is 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum who was included in the list of ‘Modern Heroes’ the teacher provided.  [embedded content] The National Foundation of Gun Rights, a conservative gun rights group, raised $50,000 for the Rittenhouse. The group announced they sent it to the teenage for, “defending himself and business owners.”  Conservatives came to the defense of the teenage believing that his alleged actions were out of self-defense including President Trump. He is being charged as an adult in Wisconsin and faces life in prison if convicted of the highest charge.   The list of ‘Modern Heroes’ was clearly questionable. It’s hard to see why the teacher thought that was acceptable. Do you think the teacher had a point behind the assignment? Did they create the assignment not realizing it was inappropriate?

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Kanye West Urinates on Grammy Award During Record Label Feud

Kanye West makes headlines yet again for another unpredictable and questionable decision in 2020.  The rapper decided to urinate on one of his several Grammy awards. And it’s all documented. Trust me … I WONT STOP pic.twitter.com/RmVkqrSa4F — ye (@kanyewest) September 16, 2020 West tweeted a video of himself peeing on the award with the caption: “Trust me…I WON’T STOP.” And as usual, the internet has exploded with countless memes and comments on his latest controversial decision.  Over the years, West has secured 21 Grammy awards and that achievement seemingly meant a lot to him in the past. However, it seems as though things have apparently changed since then. His decision was sparked by his ongoing feud with Universal Music Group and Sony/ATV Music Publishing. West wants the ownership of his master recordings and vows to not release any new music until he is released from any and all contracts.  90% of the record contracts on the planet are still on a royalty A standard record deal is a trap to NEVER have you recoup, and there’s all these hidden costs like the “distribution fees” many labels put in their contracts to make even more money off our work without even trying. — ye (@kanyewest) September 16, 2020 The “Stronger’ rapper insists that he has made billions of dollars from his music and does not have to worry about being kept quiet or negatively impacted by any record label. He went on a tweet ramage and stated that the current music industry is similar to “modern day slavery.” This is before West posted ten separate contracts that he has with Universal. And as a result, he breached any and all nondisclosure agreements. “Instructed by Kanye West to review numerous contracts” will sound great on my CV pic.twitter.com/YV3Hu8QkzJ — K Nina (@Klaud9iine) September 16, 2020 In a tweet afterward, West stated: “When you sign a music deal you sign away your rights. Without the masters you can’t do anything with your own music.” Can’t wait for these Twitter lawyers to show up and start dissecting Kanye's contracts pic.twitter.com/6d2zvmfGvs — ʏᴏʜᴜsᴛʟᴇɢᴏᴛ ひ 🗽♂ (@Yogot4PF) September 16, 2020 Both celebrities and fans have made public comments about the shocking video on social media. Songwriter Diane Warren said, “This was given to U by your peers out of respect for your work and U r literally pissing on them. I’ve won one Grammy and I’m forever grateful and humble that my peers found me worthy of it.” Also…….Don’t ever piss on the people that championed you early in your career. — Charlie Puth (@charlieputh) September 16, 2020 Kanye west urinating on his Grammy is like a rich man telling a poor man that wealth is vanity. No artist will listen to him. — Nielo🦍 (@vibes__N) September 16, 2020 In the middle of this madness, the “Heartless” rapper also decided to leak the phone number of the Chief Content Officer at Forbes, who he called a “white supremacist.”  Kanye West has tweeted his confidential contract PAGE BY PAGE, attempted to leak music, asked Drake & Taylor Swift to retweet him, recorded himself pissing on a Grammy, and leaked a Forbes’ editor’s number… all in under an hour lol. — King Wow (@wowthatshiphop) September 16, 2020 Fans and social media users are almost completely used to Kanye West going on problematic Twitter rants every so often. However, this time is a bit different compared to what we have seen in the past. He has not only called out specific individuals, but he also went as far as urinating on a prestigious award many artists only dream of winning during their lifetime.  West peeing on one of his Grammy awards follows the viral public outburst at his first presidential rally. During a speech to those in attendance, he explained that he “almost killed his daughter” before she was born due to contemplating Kim Kardashian-West, his now wife, getting an abortion. This drew the attention of millions online. This is most likely because that information was never shared or spoken about publicly in the past.  Kanye West: “My Mom saved my life. My Dad wanted to abort me … There would have been no Kanye West … I almost killed my daughter." pic.twitter.com/wL0ynH0EXT — Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) July 19, 2020 After the general public became aware of the outburst, West decided to explain to his followers that his life is similar to the movie Get Out. He also claimed that Kim Kardashian-West and her family were attempting to lock him up.  Kim Kardashian responded to his remarks publicly with compassion and explained that Kanye is a “complicated” man who was having a bipolar episode. Most recently, the Kardashian and Jenner family have decided to make the next season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians their last.  Kim Kardashian West acknowledged that her husband Kanye West has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and said it's "incredibly complicated and painful" for many to understand. She went on to call him a "brilliant but complicated" person. https://t.co/s1Xf6Ocqf4 — CNN (@CNN) July 22, 2020 This latest Twitter rant involved not only the general public, but also public figures. In a recent series of tweets, West decided to call on Black Americans to claim the ownership of their work and take back their power. He added that “black masters matter” and urged NBA athletes to stand with him regarding this ownership battle. In a shocking plea, he also begged his so-called nemesis Taylor Swift as well as other musicians like Drake and Bono to support him.  Bono can I get a retweet Love you Paul can I get a retweet love you Drake Kendrick even Taylor We need you right noooooow ⛷ — ye (@kanyewest) September 16, 2020 Kanye West and Taylor Swift have experienced their fair share of feuds over the past decade. However, ownership of their music is something that they may see eye-to-eye on. In 2019, it came to light that Swift, unfortunately, was not allowed to buy back the rights to her masters from Big Machine Records. Those masters are now owned by Scooter Braun and his company.  taylor after seeing her name on kanye's tweets pic.twitter.com/cqJXPczFWY — MOODI (@kindofcrazy) September 16, 2020 The reactions to Kanye West peeing on one of his Grammy awards have undeniably been mixed. Some social media users are calling his action “disrespectful” and “disgusting,” while others think that he has a point. Many, of course, are taking advantage of this opportunity to make memes and jokes across platforms like Twitter and TikTok.  U think kanye made somebody else pull that pissy grammy out the toilet or he left it there — AFFIRMATIVE ACTION JACKSON (@archibaldmygovt) September 16, 2020 Kanye picking which Grammy to piss on pic.twitter.com/TPeBpGCdoj — Āłî 🕊💿 (@somerando961) September 16, 2020 Most recently, Kanye has made claims that his wife Kim Kardashian will be his lawyer when it comes to this matter.  What will Kanye West do next? This fight doesn’t seem as though it’s going to end anytime soon.  Featured image by Kanye West via Twitter and Charlamagne/Kanye West interview 

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The Internet Takes Sides After Finding Out Offset Cheated on Cardi B

From secret weddings to cheating allegations, we have all been aboard Cardi B’s and Offset’s emotional rollercoaster as they climbed hills and encountered steep drops. However, as they neared their third wedding anniversary, the rappers have decided to unbuckle their seatbelts and end their wild ride. After overwhelming evidence of Offset repeatedly cheating throughout their relationship, Cardi B finally had enough.  On Tuesday, Cardi B’s lawyer submitted documents in Atlanta to divorce Offset and request full custody of their two-year old daughter Kulture. However, on Wednesday morning Cardi B made some adjustments as she disagreed with the terms her lawyer asked for. She wants an “amicable” divorce and a healthy co-parenting relationship with her daughter’s father. Relationship Timeline In attempts to keep their personal lives on the down low, Offset and Cardi B secretly got married in September 2017, but Offset publicly proposed in October – a month after they were already married. After months of keeping people in the dark on their marital status, the husband and wife revealed the truth in June 2018. However, the secrets did not end there. For a while, Cardi B held her pregnancy a secret as she wanted people to focus on her music rather than her personal life. When it became impossible to hide her pregnancy, Cardi B shocked fans as she boasted her pregnant body during her performance on SNL in April 2018. Cardi B officially reveals her pregnancy on #SNL https://t.co/EsbqDvIny7 pic.twitter.com/ePl3kEsyHx — Rap-Up (@RapUp) April 8, 2018 Although their relationship had many milestones, there were rocks in the road as videos resurfaced of Offset cheating on Cardi B in December 2017 and January 2018. Despite pressure from fans to leave him, Cardi B stuck by his side.  But a year later, Cardi B announced on Instagram that the couple had broken up and she’s looking into getting a divorce.  Aww the way Cardi B is talking🥺 pic.twitter.com/CNNsEmB7sp — AbikeArab Money💸 (@papaya_ex) September 16, 2020 Shortly after their breakup went public, Offset confessed that he missed his wife and ambushed Cardi B onstage during the Rolling Loud music festival with signs asking her to take him back. After a month of Offset’s multiple grand gestures, the couple got back together at the end of January 2019. For over a year, it seemed that their marriage was going strong as the couple expressed their love for each other on social media – especially this summer.  But it seems Offset has not learned his lesson as many women have come forward exposing their affairs with the Migos member, leading Cardi B to finally divorce him. Divorce Details According to TMZ, the original court documents stated that the couple have been separated for some time and Cardi B has no intention of getting back together with Offset. Cardi B’s lawyer requested for an “equitable share of marital assets,” which leads us to assume that – unlike many other celebrity marriages – there was no prenup when the rappers got married. Also, the lawyer asked for Cardi B to get full custody of her daughter and for Offset to pay child support and legal expenses. However, Cardi B was surprised by the stance her lawyer was taking, which led her to make some changes on Wednesday morning.  In the new documents, she wants Offset to have joint custody of their daughter and to not be forced to give any financial support. She wants this divorce to be smooth and friendly. The exes are set to appear in court on November 4 to determine the official terms of their divorce. Twitter Responses Although this is a serious and saddening situation for the two parties involved, people are taking to Twitter to create memes and jokes about their divorce. Cardi B is known for her sexual and explicit songs, and many are analyzing the lyrics to her song ‘WAP’ to explain why Offset was unfaithful. However, many are slut-shaming Cardi B in the process. Cardi B should’ve really learned to cook & clean for Offset instead of just relying on that WAP… didn’t get her too far after all. — DeAnna Lorraine 🇺🇸 (@DeAnna4Congress) September 15, 2020 I guess it ain't a WAP, her husband still get real WAP LOLWHAT does that ring mean now. Since you dont cook or clean. — MomaShugg (@MommaShugg1) September 16, 2020 Lol. So my question is: Does Cardi have that WAP if he cheating???? — La'Marcus (@Markkhuz) September 16, 2020 Cardi B doesn’t cook, she doesn’t clean and she can’t keep a man like my ex. @iamcardib. Shame — Omar Navarro (@RealOmarNavarro) September 15, 2020 Cardi b : “I don’t cook, I don’t clean” Offset: pic.twitter.com/fiXuPxXcqf — NJ🏂 (@gIazersdead) September 15, 2020 Even though Cardi B has some haters, Offset has even more. Because of their past, most are commenting on Offset’s serial cheating habits. Offset trynna figure out why Cardi is divorcing him after cheating on her pic.twitter.com/hsBRclRBB6 — ✌️ (@AmirMuhammadAli) September 15, 2020 Cardi B: i want a divorce Offset after cheating on her a billion times: pic.twitter.com/11VOiXMJI5 — Active (@heypeopleexx) September 15, 2020 Cardi b : we’re getting a divorce i don’t deserve this Offset unblocking every insta model cardi made him block : pic.twitter.com/KE8VVDNA7W — ⚔️Jeremy | Replay 〄 (@gardenpanty) September 15, 2020 Amid the news of Cardi B’s divorce, she has been receiving lots of love and support from her fans – including Lizzo. Lizzo sent Cardi flowers. We love a genuine friendship. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/83yTP81VLj — Fan Account | #BLM (@BardiUpdatess) September 16, 2020 Cardi B. is powerful!! In every way! Mind and heart. And she needs a partner that embraces that, is in awe of that, cherishes that, is in reverence of that, and delights in that. — Bolu Babalola (@BeeBabs) September 15, 2020 I'm not surprised cardi B is divorceing offset. She's sitting with presidential candidates & looking to make change. He's been cheating on her since day one. She just outgrew him. — 🇯🇲 Quinn 🙏🏿🏁🐍 (@Quinn510_) September 16, 2020 It’s so sad to watch so many people talking down on Cardi B as if she is the one in the wrong. Like I always say, celebrity women get cheated on bc these men are jealous of them in their stardom & are trying to publicly humiliate them to make themselves feel confident. — ABM (@imani_yvonne2) September 16, 2020 How do you feel about Cardi B’s and Offset’s divorce? Will the divorce be as friendly as Cardi B hopes?

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Kim Kardashian-West Under Fire After Skims’ Maternity Launch

On September 16th, Kim Kardashian West’s shape wear company, Skims, will have released their new maternity line but the release comes with controversy. The new line will offer “sculpting” bodysuits, bras, shorts and briefs specially designed for pregnant, and nursing women. According to Kim’s Instagram, the line, “offers the best in comfort and support for your changing body during and after pregnancy.” The Controversy As soon as the brand announced the shape wear, disappointed celebrities and twitter users flooded Kim Kardashian with angry and concerned tweets concerning the body image of pregnant and postpartum women. Social media users were concerned about why pregnant women need shape wear, claiming that women should be proud of their pregnancy and not ashamed of their changing bodies. This comes after years of the Kardashian-Jenner family promoting a specific body type which was encouraged with waist trainers and spandex shape wear; not to mention the pressure they placed on themselves to lose baby weight following the birth of each of their children. Fans are worried that this is, once again, the Kardashian’s imposing unhealthy body image. And it is especially sensitive because it is now affecting pregnant women.  Celebrities and fans alike took to twitter to give Kim and Skims a piece of their mind.  The celebrity that started the conversation about Kim’s new line was Jameela Jamil. The Good Place actress shared her concern over Twitter, the same day the announcement for the line dropped. She said, “It would be so cool if pregnant people could just be allowed to be pregnant and get bigger and not be self conscious, and enjoy the miracle taking place inside their body and not have to worry about feeling embarrassed/shamed that their body is changing for an amazing reason.” It would be so cool if pregnant people could just be allowed to be pregnant and get bigger and not be self conscious, and enjoy the miracle taking place inside their body and not have to worry about feeling embarrassed/shamed that their body is changing for an amazing reason. — Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) September 13, 2020 This started a slew of responses aiming at both Jamil and the maternity shape wear. Some were parents who had previously faced body image issues surrounding their pregnancies.  My dad came over after I hadn’t seen him for weeks due to lockdown and said ‘oh you’ve got fatter!’ And I knew he meant more pregnant but it left me feeling so insecure for the rest of the week. Nobody should be commenting on anyone else’s size ever. Ever. Pregnant or not — Alex (@malexwalex) September 13, 2020 For me, it was the time afterwards where I felt more pressure.'When will you be losing the weight?''Are you pregnant again? Oh, you just haven't lost your weight yet.' I'm proud of what my body did and I'm in no rush to look like I did before my son was born ❤ — Laura Vance (@laurajaynefox1) September 13, 2020 Standing by Maternity Shape Wear But the majority of comments were focused around Jamil’s lack of expertise in the pregnancy realm. Many parents in the comments were quick to point out the functionality of maternity shape wear, which has existed years before the Skims launch. In Kardashian-West’s defense, the shape wear is to better support a pregnant person’s growing tummy and the physical pressure on a person’s body.  having been pregnant 4 times it was really hard to find decent support for my belly, easing off my pelvis. I had to wear a belly band. Kim k’s maternity skims aren’t ‘shapewear’ they’re support. And I only hope more places start to sell something similar. — G (@elvonhar) September 13, 2020 Everyone criticizing #skims and @KimKardashian clearly have never met a pregnant person. You know they make pregnancy belts to hold up bellies, right? This shape wear is just that but cute. #chillout — Nicole (@smallinstature) September 14, 2020 @KimKardashian bravo on Maternity Skims! I wish I had this support when I was carrying my children. — Fay (@Fayizzle) September 14, 2020 This tweet even went as far as to claim that those in opposition to the launch are not taking pregnant disabled people into consideration. It’s also extremely ableist to assume that because you can do something with ease that everyone else will be able to. I imagine this doesn’t just help the average pregnant person but anyone carrying who might have disabilities of some kind.Very narrow minded indeed. — ~ ~ ~ ~ (@toltorg) September 14, 2020 Kim K’s Response Kim Kardashian-West was quick to respond to all the tweets, and responses flooding in about the controversy. She took to Twitter to release a statement. The KUWTK star said, “To anyone who has an issue with maternity solutionwear, and if you haven’t been pregnant before you may not know the struggle of what it’s like carrying all of this weight the way I did along with millions of strong women, @skims maternity line is not to slim but to support.” Based on the majority of positive feedback we have received so far from pregnant women around the world, I am incredibly proud to provide a solution that will provide comfort and support during the times that we all need it most, during pregnancy and after. — Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) September 13, 2020 She followed her initial comeback with retweets and screenshots of mothers showing their support for her brand and new line.  Not only did her fans back her up, but her famous friends did as well. Most notably, Chrissy Teigen ran to Kim K’s defense. On her instagram, the model and cookbook author, showed off her Skims while pregnant with her third child. She told her followers that she was not trying to look any slimmer, but just wanted to feel more comfortable. Many people assumed that this was Teigen’s way of digging at Jamil’s previous tweet. Jamil was quick to let everyone know that the model’s post was not about her.  Just Spoke to Chrissy. She wasn’t talking about me in her video at all. The garbage way that tabloids try to set women upon each other to create a fantasy bitch fight for entertainment is so disgusting and archaic. We all know each other… you can’t just make shit up about us.🖕🏽 pic.twitter.com/tCuTQjQeYD — Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) September 14, 2020 Drama seems to follow Kim Kardashian wherever she goes. This is not the first time her brand has faced controversy. In 2019, Kim originally planned to name her company ‘Kimono,’ which was followed by severe backlash, as the name was clearly appropriation of Japanese culture.  While the launch of Skims maternity line was met with anger, it was immensely welcomed by pregnant women among Twitter.

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Twitch Streamer SweetAnita Calls Out Police for Inaction

Twitch streamer, SweetAnita, is fearful about her online stalker and she’s not the only one. Now she is asking her fans for help using #stopstalking after feeling like the police aren’t doing anything to protect her.  #StopStalking Video SweetAnita uploaded a video on Monday called, “How Can I Stop My Stalker? Please Help!” which quickly got the attention of her subscribers as well as her fellow streamers.  [embedded content] In this video, she said that she has gone to the police several times but didn’t feel like they took her seriously. She continued by stating, “The police response has been incredibly underwhelming. After he assaulted me, I had a witness. I had a lot of evidence and the police did nothing. They eventually felt pressured to do something after everyone was kind enough to start tagging the police on Twitter and kind of getting upset with the UK police for not acting.”   Many other Twitch streamers have come forward to share their experiences with online stalkers in her video.  SweetAnita SweetAnita is a popular Twitch streamer who has been very open to her viewers about the stalker she has been dealing with. Back in July, SweetAnita posted a tweet that didn’t quite sit well with anyone.  If anything happens to me, I really hope that I'm the last canary in the coal mine. The law needs to change, No job should have such a high risk of rape, assault or death, especially not live streaming. — Sweet Anita (@Tweet4nita) July 14, 2020 The Twitch streamer shared an article talking about women in the UK who are killed every year by stalkers and domestic abusers even after reporting them to the police. The article stated, “Our data reveals that 55 women were killed in the three years between 2015 and 2017 despite reporting their killers to police for threatening behavior prior to their deaths.”  Anita’s tweet stating this isn’t the first time she has been stalked…and it won’t be the last.  The sad thing is I have had this happen before, even before streaming, and I know he won't be the last. I'm exasperated. No matter how extreme the situation, the response has always been the same. They log it and do nothing, and I feel helpless. — Sweet Anita (@Tweet4nita) July 14, 2020 In a Twitch Stream video, Anita claims that outside of harassing her online, he has also stalked her at home. In this video, she continues by stating that he has slept outside her house and physically assaulted her. Referencing a time when she had to run away from him after he followed her to a shop.  XChocoBars XChocoBars is another Twitch Streamer who has communicated her feelings about her online stalker of over two years. She tweeted out a morbid tweet that had fans concerned for her safety.  I often think about how I will prob die by the hands of my stalker and no one can do anything about it until it really happens 😞 I know it’s heavy to talk about but if it does happen I hope my death will mean something and help protect other creators from similar situations — Janet 🍫 (@xChocoBars) August 24, 2020 This fan couldn’t imagine dealing with that situation.  i've always had a fear of being watched/being stalked, i cant imagine what you're dealing with. the constant fear of someone watching your every move. horrifying. — Sophos (@SophosSavant) August 25, 2020 While others express their anger with the system.  I don't understand. Stalking is a federal crime under the criminal law of the U.S. They should be able to do something or they just don't want to do their job. — Paul (@IForgotToWipe) August 25, 2020 In SweetAnita’s video, XChocoBars explains her stalker has made multiple accounts to attack her character. She feels bad talking to any guys because she wants to protect them. She spoken to lawyers to see if anything can be done but they’re expensive. The streamer stating, “I’ve given up a long time ago um I think– think I gave up when the police or the authorities just like said they couldn’t do much um because that’s who’s supposed to protect us you know.” Twitter user, Disguised Toast, tweeted apologetically about her situation. Janet has been dealing with this for over 2 years now. She has gone to the authorities, spoken to lawyers – responses always boils down to: “We can’t do anything unless he does commit a crime” despite the overwhelming amount of evidence. Sorry you’re still dealing with this. — Disguised Toast (@DisguisedToast) August 25, 2020 While being interviewed for SweetAnita’s video, XChocoBars expressed her concern in making this information public saying, “I really do hope this video helps because I also do worry and know that like this might fuel their–their I don’t know creepy I don’t even know the word for it but if it will like help twitch or open the eyes for other people then it’s worth it.”   Destiny Destiny, who’s also part of the Twitch community, talks about how he’s been dealing with these issues since 2016. He has received death threats as well as threats to his family. The streamer said people have even gone as far as sending false tips to the FBI about him.  After going to the authorities several times, Destiny eventually gave up.  He goes on to say, ”Second and third time I talked to the FBI, I tried to be a little bit more candid about what I did because it seems like as soon as they figure out like what I do for work they just don’t care anymore.” He finished by saying the conversations didn’t go anywhere. He felt that they didn’t care at all. Online Stalkers  Online stalkers aren’t anything new. Several users have come forward to share their encounters with stalkers. The question is what are the police doing about these situations? The Twitch streamers feel like there is nothing that can be done about the situation. Many explaining they can’t see the police doing anything about it unless something happens to them. SweetAnita explained she has gotten a restraining order but her stalker breaches it all the time. He stated this publicly last stream. Last time he left messages like this he sat outside my house waiting for me to come out all day, then followed me to a shop. When I asked if he was armed he silently smirked and then chased me. Two men had to grab him so that I could escape. pic.twitter.com/AK8HZpJoTs — Sweet Anita (@Tweet4nita) July 14, 2020 Charlie D’Amelio, a famous TikTok star, has also had multiple threats from online stalkers. Her family quickly hired security after receiving numerous threats and even pictures of someone standing outside her house. An Instagram influencer, Lovely Peaches, posted a video saying she paid a 30-year-old man to rape the 16-year-old influencer. SweetAnita finishes the video by saying she loves making content but she shouldn’t have to lose her life for it. She’s asking her viewers to get involved using the hashtag #stopstalking. The response has been overwhelmingly positive as viewers show their support. Do you think the police can do more to help in these situations? Should platforms be held accountable for taking proper precautions to help prevent this from happening?

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Trump Will Not Budge on TikTok Sale Deadline

President Trump has announced that he will not be extending the deadline for the sale of TikTok to an American company.  The United States government has stated that they will officially not be extending the deadline of September 20th. This decision has caused both panic and anger for TikTok users and influencers on social media. It also creates urgency for companies to make negotiations faster in order to stop the app from being banned in the U.S.  If they ban @TikTok_us, I’ll stop paying taxes. — Step Ma (@shumythemoney) September 11, 2020 As a result of this announcement, social media users are already discovering and sharing a hack to keep the app even if it were to be “banned.” As long as users have the app deleted and updated to its latest version prior to it being banned, Youtubers are trying to expose tricks and a hack for keeping the platform.  [embedded content] Before Trump boarded Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, he said: “We’ll see what happens. It’ll either be closed up or they’ll sell it.”  BREAKING REPORT: Trump say's There'll be NO EXTENSION of the TikTok deadline… "We'll either close up TikTok in this country for security reasons or it'll be sold… — Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) September 11, 2020 Due to the sale’s complexity, this deadline is a bit rushed for companies to purchase it. Some analysts previously predicted that the deadline would most likely be extended in order for a successful transaction to occur. However, Trump’s administration has made it clear that the consequences of keeping it any longer outweigh the app’s benefits.  In an executive order shared in August, Trump stated that ByteDance, the company that currently owns TikTok, may cause damage that would impact “the national security of the United States.”  The President originally announced that he was going to ban the app back in July of this year. Since then, it has been amongst his main priorities for the country before the November election. This has caused some anger and backlash due to the importance of keeping the current global pandemic under control seemingly taking a back-burner.  Isn’t tiktok supposed to be banned on the 15th?? Idk if it’ll actually happen bc trump lies a LOT but still what — ✰ ella ✰ (@hollyolly23) September 11, 2020 WATCH: 'I am not extending deadlines,' says President Trump on a sale of TikTok's U.S. assets https://t.co/wqWyLAppvC pic.twitter.com/o92rJvnYQO — Reuters Business (@ReutersBiz) September 11, 2020 TikTok has sued the Trump administration for what it said was a “heavily politicized” executive order. In a post announcing the case, TikTok said: “We far prefer constructive dialogue over litigation. But with the Executive Order threatening to bring a ban on our US operations — eliminating the creation of 10,000 American jobs and irreparably harming the millions of Americans who turn to this app for entertainment, connection, and legitimate livelihoods that are vital especially during the pandemic — we simply have no choice.” Microsoft is a potential buyer for the platform. However, it is unclear whether or not the two companies will be able to reach a deal by this closely approaching deadline.  hurry up and buy tiktok — Kristi ✰ (@kristimathura) September 11, 2020 TikTok continues to grow in popularity and the idea of it going away is difficult for a lot of influencers and users. Many have taken to other apps such as Twitter to complain and express their hope for it to remain in The United States.  TikTok is so good, and I’ll be sad if Trump really does ban it / if they have to sell to someone who will screw it up 🙁 — Zain (@calizoned) September 9, 2020 During the first few months of this year, the app was downloaded 315 million times. It currently has over 2 billion downloads around the world. Many have already referenced it as a “cultural phenomenon.”  @tiktok_us please don't go, we need you😭😭😭 #savetiktok — Decarol (@itsbabydiva) September 11, 2020 The app being a “threat” to national security has caused major debate online. However, cybersecurity experts said its risk is “highly theoretical.” Also, they confirmed, according to CNN, that there is “no evidence to suggest that the app’s user data has been compromised by Chinese intelligence.” @tiktok_us For the record, if Trump’s stupid ban takes place you’re staying on my phone, and there’s nothing that orange man can do about it #savetiktok — Chris Green (@ChrisGreenJ) September 11, 2020 According to CNBC, Microsoft and Walmart have officially teamed up for a potential deal. However, a third company, Oracle, has also made bids on the application.  We now have 4 days for Microsoft to buy TikTok again. Thanks Trump! You really do know how to put the D**k in dictator! #saveusmicrosoft #savetiktok — WholesomeWeeaboo (@SarahFye9001) September 11, 2020 @Microsoft BUY TIKTOK PLEASE IM BEGGING pic.twitter.com/UobQkowfA2 — ًr (@locatiqn) September 11, 2020 In a recent emailed statement by a TikTok spokesperson, it stated that the app and company is “committed to continuing to bring joy to families and meaningful careers to those who create on our platform for many years to come.” Hey @tiktok_us should we be worried? If Tiktok gets banned, will all of our content disappear?!? Thank you! 😳😳😳@TikTokSupport #savetiktok #TikTok — Rob Flaska (Robs 🐜) (@RobFlaska) September 11, 2020 It seems as though yet another social media platform has been political.  The deadline, however, may be able to be pushed back by the courts. This decision will only be able to be made after they consider ByteDance’s arguments that the executive orders regarding TikTok are illegal.  Will you miss TikTok if it gets banned?  The popular social media platform seems to have an unpredictable future when it comes to its future status in The United States. A deadline extension may be the only way for it to continue its existence.

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