‘Figure It Out’ is RETURNING!

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Tears of joy are streaming down my face right now. Nickelodeon has announced that they are bringing back the popular 90’s show, having already ordered 40 new episodes. God, you are awesome God. Here’s a clip of Figure It Out if you have never seen it before… 

Basically, the mom everyone wanted, Summer Sanders was the host and 4 celebrities would try to “figure out” the super-awesome talent of a kid with twist and clues along the way. (Remember the kid that used his stomach as a breakfast bowl?) The celebrities can only ask yes or no questions, and if a celebrity said the secret word, then the get the legendary SLIMMMMMMMMMMMME. And who doesn’t love slime? 

In my opinion, Nickelodeon has been slumping the past decade, my last favorite show, of course, being Spongebob, but this, THIS changes everything. No time when it will return, but you know I will be in front of my TV watching the season premier. Kudos Nickelodeon. Now, can you pleeeease bring back Tiana!

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Am I Pretty?

A trend is growing on YouTube that is gaining some headlines. Young teenage girls are posting simple videos of themselves then asking the simple question, “Am I Pretty?” The girls posting these videos are mostly early teenagers, at time where insecurity is probably at its highest. But the thing is, these girls are serious. They actually want to know from people visiting one of the most popular websites today, are they pretty. Here is an example of what i’m talking about….

I recently learned of these videos this past weekend at my friends’ house. Some of my friends were slamming the girls for posting these videos and reading the comments (which most are pretty nasty, especially on the video I posted) and laughing. I didn’t.

I think this is heartbreaking. Just by watching this video, you can tell in this girl’s voice she is dea serious and wants to know if she is actually pretty, because that’s the “only” way to get accepted into society, isn’t it? She’s been called ugly and fat by people at her school, and for people (who I suspect to be much older) to actually spew hate through comments is just awful. And more and more of these videos are popping up everyday. These videos in my opinion could lead to something very dangerous if they continue: cyber-bulling or even suicide.

I’ve always learned that we are all born different and some people try to fit into this standard that society wants us to be, when in fact, we are the standard. Bullying is currently a huge issue right now, and this to me, may become a another form through its comments and replays. I truly hope a notorious figure, group/organization, or even YouTube takes a stance on this very soon.

They’re Baaaack

Never after “The Incident” did I think I would be introducing a song made by Rihanna and Chris Brown… 2 songs for that matter.

Even if you’re not big into the R&B/Pop music scene, I think it’s safe to say many people recognize and know Chris Brown and Rihanna. If you are unaware, back in 2008, Brown severally beat his then girlfriend, RIhanna, after leaving a Grammy party just a day before the Grammy’s. Since then, Brown was charged with assault and was sentenced a 5 year restraining order + must be 50 yards away from Rihanna… 10 yards at public events (award shows)

Many have speculated that Rihanna and Chris Brown have been singing to each other through music, (that’s another topic we can get into later) but recently just making headlines, Brown is featured on the official remix of Rihanna’s new single “Birthday Cake.” On the other end, Rihanna is featured on Brown’s new single “Turn Up the Music.” The two reportedly we’re not together during the recording of the songs and…

 

 

….i’m iffy on this matter. I’m all for forgiveness and yes, what Chris Brown did was wrong and you should have NEVER laid his hands on anybody for that matter… but to make songs together? I just don’t know…

What do you think? I know probably Professor Varns will be reading this blog post, but if you happen to stumble across this blog post, shoot me a reply! I’ll post the Birthday Cake remix later on today… with the lyrics… maybe that will have some influence on what you decide…

Instagram

Instagram is a social photography application on the iPhone which allows it’s users to basically take pictures of people, places, or things and change the effects of it with Instagram’s cool filters. Okay, now I bet some real photographers that have neevr heard of Instagram are like, “Can’t you do that with a real camera?” And then I’ll say “no.” With over 15 filters, there is such a wide variety of options people can turn their photos into. Some filters for example include “1977,” which allows users to transform change their photos into a style and texture back in the Disco-era, “Inkwell,” which turns photos into this vintage black and white, and many more.

Not only does Instagram take pictures, but it allows users to follow other Instagram users and “like” their photos they share. It’s become like worldwide social photography community, and the thing is… you don’t have to be this Chase Jarvis, Terry Richardson expert to get in on the action! Instagram was voted “App of the Year” in 2011 and with growing success, Instagram will be coming to the Android App Market sometime this year. If you haven’t downloaded the Instagram app, i’d give it a test run!…oh by the way, it’s FREE.

Here are some of my photos of taken around campus. Feel free to follow me @carledwards!

BLUE IVY CARTER

I have to confess. I love Beyonce. I have loved this woman since the beginning of the Destiny’s Child era. No lie, my locker in middle school was filled with pictures of her and all of her greatness. When she started dating rapper and hip-hop mogul, Jay-Z… yeah, it was a heartbreaker at first, but I overcome that, and now I’m in love with the BOTH of them. They are one of America’s most powerful couples, with Jay-Z owner of Rocawear clothing, million-dollar endorsements with companies like Budweiser and Chevy, and part owner of the New Jersey (soon to be Brooklyn) Nets. And Beyonce…. well, do I really need to list her accomplishments?

Last night, Jay and B released photos of their first child Blue Ivy Carter! There was a lot buzz surrounding what publication was going to get the first photos of the baby girl, but the couple decided to release them to America themselves on the poplar social site, Tumblr. Here’s destiny’s child! (get it?)

[All taken from http://helloblueivycarter.tumblr.com]

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Tears are streaming down my face. Congratulations to Jay-Z and Beyonce again! 

 

 

 

Shirt Snatcher

I just saw this story on Aol and I had to post it on my blog. Here’s the story.

14-year-old Melissa Cook was attending the Australian Open final featuring Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Cook’s favorite player in the world, Djokovic, ending up winning the match against Nadal, which Djokovic considered to be “the greatest victory of his life.” As Djokovic finished accepting his trophy and was packing up his gear, he headed in the direction of Melissa to give her his sweaty shirt he was wearing during the all match long. Then, this happened.

Wow. A woman snatches it mid-air as it was clearly headed toward her. You can see a bit of Melissa’s reaction as the t-shirt was nabbed, which truly breaks my heart. Melissa told The Herald Sun, “I started crying because I couldn’t believe that something I truly believe he meant for me was taken by someone else.” I hope the woman who snatched the shirt is checking out this blog. Lady, It would be a nice gesture to give Melissa that shirt back… she is only 14-year-old.

 

D. G. B.

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This weekend, Mizzou has been buzzing about the arrival of the #1 recruit in the country, Dorial Green-Beckham. From fans and the community greeting him as he arrived to Columbia, to changing the famous M-I-Z / Z-O-U chant to M-I-Z / G-D-B at the Mizzou v. Texas Tech basketball game, Mizzou is pulling out all the stops to recruit him. I’m actually kind of jealous… I never got this reception when I pull off the MoX bus. And to be perfectly honest with you, I had no idea who he was until last week.

I first heard about Green-Beckham in my J2150 Lab as a question on my current events quiz. Mizzou head couch, Gary Pinkel, apparently traveled to see Green-Beckham in his hometown of Springfield via helicopter to try and recruit the star. If Gary Pinkel traveled by helicopter to see this kid, he must be doing something right. 

So, I decided to research and learn more about him. Dorial Green-Beckham is the 6’6,” 220 pound wide receiver hailing from Springfield, Missouri. He played football at Hillcrest High School, getting 15 touchdown and gaining over 1,500 yards. USA Today named him a High School All-American in 2010 and 2011. Green-Beckham has been sought after by a lot schools but has narrowed his choices down 5 schools: Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama, Texas, and the beautiful, University of Missouri at Columbia.

I just gave a sample his numbers, but if you look deep into his numbers, they are very impressive and Dorial would be a amazing addition to the Mizzou lineup. He has announced that he will make his decision on National Signing Day, which is February 1. I know all of Mizzou will be on the edge of their seats as he makes his decision in less than five days.