CHINESE STUDENT POISONS HIS BLACK ROOMMATE WITH THALLIUM

Yukai Yang, an international student from China was arrested and charged Thursday with ethnic intimidation, institutional vandalism, and criminal mischief after poisoning Juwan Royal, his black roommate with thallium.

According to The Washington Post, Royal and Yang who were both seniors and chemistry majors had been friends for several years. The first incident occurred in February. One night Royal drank from a water bottle then immediately felt a burning sensation in his mouth.  One March 18 Royal fell ill again. He was sitting at his computer before feeling dizzy and passing out. The police were called and when they asked Yang what happened he told them that he thought someone was tampering with liquids in their room.

One week later, their room was vandalized and Royal told the police that he thought Yang had something to do with it. After the investigators matched Yang’s handwriting with the slur written on the desk, he was arrested.  When Yang interviewed with the Morning Call, he admitted to buying thallium and other chemicals and mixing them into the food and drinks. He claimed he was only intending to poison himself if he didn’t do well on his upcoming exams.

Yang was also suspended from school and his student visa has been revoked.

JAMES HARDEN TREATS 70 KIDS TO TARGET SHOPPING SPREE FOR THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY

According to TMZ Sports, Harden and his foundation took 70 children on a shopping spree Monday at a Target in Pearland, Texas. It’s unclear how much Harden spent on the endeavor, although TMZ reported the children received gift cards with a “couple hundred” dollars on them.

The children and their families received “Merry Christmas” shirts from Harden and his foundation, which benefits those in need.

It’s an annual event the Harden family has hosted for the past seven years he’s been with the team.

We should all practice giving back to those who are less fortunate through out the year!

YASMEEN DROPS “ONE MORE DRINK” A POP / R&B INFUSED WOMEN’S ANTHEM

Yasmeen is following up the success of her ballad “Half of Me (Acoustic)” which has spawned over 900K streams on Spotify. Yasmeen has graced Ebro’s Discovered on Apple Music’s Beats1 and media outlets like Earmilk, ThisisRNB, Huffington Post and VIBE have all praised her previous releases. “One More Drink” is an empowering track that tells the all too relatable tale of having one too many drinks and the text messages that follow. The single was written by Yasmeen herself and song partner Rashied Arekat. Production was handled by Moody and Mr. A.

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                                  Check Out Yasmeen “One More Drink” now on Spotify! 

Follow Yasmeen Online: @Yasmeen_Music

A-BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE TEAMED UP WITH FOOTACTION & PUMA TO DONATE $10,000 TO THE GARDEN OF DREAMS

Los Angeles, CA – December 27, 2018 – Multi Platinum Recording artist A-Boogie Wit Da Hoodie teamed up with FootAction and Puma in his hometown of the Bronx, NY to donate $10,000 to The Garden of Dreams foundation. The event took place shortly after the release of his highly anticipated sophomore album “Hoodie SZN.”

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Hundreds of fans came out to support the artist as they too were gifted with Peace on Earth Pumas. He took to Instagram yesterday to post a recap video of the event that can be viewed here:

“Giving back to my community and showing the kids that anything is possible is very important to me,” said the 23 year old.

“Hoodie SZN” project which was released through Highbridge The Label in association with Atlantic Records was Executive Produced by Quincy “QP” Acheampong, Sambou “Bubba” Camara  and Artist Julis Pubose. Earlier this month the 23 year old released his first 2 singles “Look Back At It” and “Startender” feat. Offset & Tyga. He took to Instagram to announce the release as he stated that this project would be dedicated to his day one fans.

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“It took me over a year to complete and I can’t wait for you all to hear it. This is for my Day 1’s. Thank you for riding with me.”

 

 

 

The album includes guest features from Young Dolph, 6ix9ine, Queen Naija & more. It currently has over 37 million streams.

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Full Track List: 

  1. Voices In My Head
  2. Beauty
  3. I Did It
  4. Swervin feat. 6ix9ine
  5. Startender feat. Offset & Tyga
  6. Demons & Angels feat. Juice Wrld
  7. Love, Drugs & Sex
  8. Skeezers
  9. Savage
  10. Come Closer feat. Queen Naija
  11. Look Back At It
  12. Just Like Me feat. Young Thug
  13. Bosses & Workers feat. Don Q & Trap Manny
  14. Need A Best Friend feat. Lil Quee & Quando Rondo
  15. The Reaper
  16. Uptown/Bustdown feat. Lil Durk & PNB Rock
  17. Billie Jean
  18. 4 Min Convo (Favorite Song)

Bonus: Odeee

Bonus: Pull Up feat. Nav

 

Monster Energy Outbreak Tour Presents…

A-Boogie Vs. Artist 

A-Boogie will be headlining the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour alongside Highbridge The Label artists Don Q & Trap Manny. The 27 city tour will kick off in Austin, TX on February 20th.

STREAM & BUY “HOODIE SZN” NOW!

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Movie Review: Netflix’s Birdbox

Bird Box is the latest new Netflix horror-thriller based on a novel by Josh Malerman and directed by Susanne Bier. In this post-apocalyptic world, to take the blindfolds off would be to risk insanity and even death. The cast for the film included, Sandra Bullock, and co-star Trevante Rhodes. Joining Bullock and Rhodes in Bird Box’s ensemble were Sarah Paulson, Rosa Salazar, BD Wong, John Malkovich, Machine Gun Kelly, Tom Hollander, David Dastmalchian, Danielle Macdonald, Jacki Weaver and Lil Rel Howery.

Now like many I was drawn to the film after seeing a host of responses about how amazing this film was. As a movie lover and lover of horror-thriller movies myself, I felt it was time to turn off the lights and cuddle up to watch this film.

I won’t spoil the film by giving you all the massive details of every scene because I want viewers to at least watch the film to gather their own opinion of the movie.

After seeing this movie, I felt the film was a bit rushed and that the story-line could have been better, especially with a 19.8 million dollar budget.

You have this amazing cast and yet the story line is moving so fast with not enough details. There’s this unseen being that the victims see and it manifests as their worst fear, then they kill themselves immediately.

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There is never any full information on how to defeat whatever it is they are witnessing other than to simply blindfold themselves.

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Bird Box, Sandra Bullock

We don’t even know where this thing came from, it just appears to be jumping across the nation. The movie ends up coming off as a bit predictable, comical and even disappointing.

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You have this group of people who have managed to survive this unseen being and they are gathered in a house and then there comes a scene where suddenly one guy is able to kill just about everyone in the home. Not the unseen being…but one guy who has suddenly been taken over after desiring to see whatever it is that takes over the mind. The problem I have with that is, how is he suddenly able to avoid committing suicide like everyone else who has seen this “being”?

The movie portrays the thought that if you see this “being”…you lose your mind and immediately commit suicide. Yet this one guy is able to walk around the house after seeing it and aides in helping to kill the remaining people in the home, with the only survivors being Bullock and Rhodes.

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Netflix’s Birdbox, Trevante Rhodes and Sandra Bullock

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The movie then speeds up and years have gone by and suddenly the two are in love and raising two kids and learning to survive. There is also a group who are just like the guy in the past scene who can walk around normal after seeing this “being” and then down goes Rhodes in the film.

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Scene from Netflix’s BirdBox

Bullock is now left to survive with the two kids and travel down a river to a location for safety and survival from this unseen being. Upon arrival, the movie is pretty much over.

So what’s next for the survivors in this protected place? They basically just live with birds tweeting around them and this “being” still on the loose. The movie almost reminds me of “The Quiet Place”, even though we were at least able to see what they were afraid of.

I truly expected more from this film because of the amazing cast and with a title like BirdBox, I suppose I was expecting to see maybe attacks from birds or maybe a disease from the birds that was causing people to go insane. The only thing we casually discover in the film is that the birds make a lot of noise when the being is nearby.

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Netflix’s Birdbox

I was not thrilled or amazed by this film at all. The entire time I was desperately waiting for more to emerge from the scenes. I honestly would love to see someone remake this film as it seems it has much potential to be a great film with the right story-line.

 

Share your thoughts on the movie in the comments.

 

 

 

 

Starbucks To Kick in For Babysitting While Baristas Serve Coffee!

Starbucks Corp. will now offer subsidized childcare for all of its U.S. employees. The new benefit, a partnership with childcare provider Care.com Inc., will provide 10 subsidized backup daycare days for parents for instances when regular care falls through. In-home backup childcare will cost $1 an hour or $2 an hour after the 4th child. Care at a daycare center will cost $5 per day.

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“We felt like it was important to make this accessible,” said Ron Crawford, vice president of benefits at Starbucks. “We wanted to have as low a possible cost.” Unlike some of Starbucks’s other benefits, which require employees to work 20 hours before they can access them, Care@Work is available to more than 180,000 U.S. employees, regardless of how much they work.

This is awesome because parents pay almost as much for childcare as they do for rent, and when it falls through or there’s an unexpected day off from school or daycare, a parent either has to stay home or scramble to find a solution that may result in having to quit the job due to inconvenience. Subsidized childcare is a rare benefit. Only 2 percent of more than 3,000 employers surveyed by the Society of Human Resource Management in 2018 say they help employees pay for childcare fees. Only 4 percent offer backup child care services. All companies should offer help with childcare or even offer an onsite daycare service. With the way society is moving and more families working, its best companies go ahead and invest more into the job security of their employees by helping them to stay at work.

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Retailers and restaurants have been trying to improve their perks to retain employees amid a very tight labor market. Amazon.com Inc. just announced it’s boosting wages to $15 an hour in November for its current and seasonal workers. In January, Starbucks committed to spend $250 million on new employee benefits, including a pay boost for domestic workers after the federal tax overhaul.

 

 

Stephen Curry Takes a Shot at Producing for Hollywood

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Stephen Curry, 30, is stepping into a new playing field which consists of producing films!

Via Variety:

His focus is no longer divided now that his wife, Ayesha, is weeks away from delivering their third child and first son, Canon W. Jack Curry. “I actually thought the baby was going to be here yesterday,” he says, nervously patting the mobile phone inside the pocket of his UnderArmour sweatpants. “It was kind of a false alarm. But I’m on alert right now.”

Fatherhood isn’t the only matter far from the basketball court that’s getting more of Curry’s attention today. The afternoon will take him to offices he keeps in Oakland for another new feature of his postseason: development meetings. He announced in April that he was getting into the entertainment business by way of a wide-ranging dealbetween the production company he had formed, Unanimous Media, and Sony Pictures Entertainment. The All-Star guard sat down with Variety to talk at length about the details of his new venture, including several films already in development — just one part of an ambitious partnership that aims to extend as far as video games, virtual reality and consumer products. But films and TV are the focus of the deal, with concentrations in three core areas: faith, family and sports.

When Curry saw a few years ago what Lebron James and other athletes were starting to do in the entertainment space, he was intrigued. He turned to Jeron Smith, a former Nike brand manager and White House deputy director of digital strategy during the Obama administration, for guidance.

“As we talked about what he wanted to do with his brand and where he wanted to go, he landed on this North Star: Stephen wants to inspire as many people as possible,” says Smith. “There’s no more effective way to touch broad audiences and inspire as many people than with the sharing and dissemination of content globally.”

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South Dakota Mom Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for Beating Son to Death For Wetting His Bed

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Kylen Shangreaux

A South Dakota mother, who beat her 2-year-old son to death after he wet the bed, was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Tuesday.

Katrina Shangreaux pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for beating her son, Kylen Shangreaux, to death two years ago, according to the Rapid City Journal.

Shangreaux, 30, told investigators she had hit Kylen with a studded belt, threw him on the ground, kicked him in the stomach and head and bit him several times, the newspaper reported.

Kylen had 111 external injuries with about 70 percent of his body covered in bruises, according to the outlet. He had broken ribs and had bleeding on the brain and also in his abdomen and had severe injuries to his groin. She did not call 911 until three hours after his death.

Shangreaux’s mother, Sonya Dubray, allegedly helped her cover up the crime scene and clean up Kylen’s body, according to the Associated Press.

CBS News reports Dubray allegedly also cleaned Kylen’s clothes and misled investigators about the alleged abuse he received at the hands of his mother.

Dubray pleaded guilty to being an accessory and hindering the investigation, the outlet reported.

Kylen’s paternal relatives, including his aunt Angie Shangreaux, had taken care of him for a year until Katrina regained custody of him, the Rapid City Journal reported.

Angie addressed the court on Tuesday, asking the judge to give her a life sentence.

“You’re the last person who can give Kylen the justice he deserves,” Angie said. “I’m begging for what would be a lifelong sentence for her.”

The outlet reported she turned toward Kylen’s mother and said, “I hate you. I will never forgive you. You deserve hell.”

Kylen’s father is serving time in prison for abuse and neglect of another son with a different woman, according to the AP.

This is just sad and some people just are down right evil!

Cardi B and Offset Are Turning Down Baby Photo Offers…For The Moment

Cardi B and Offset are trying to give Kulture a little privacy at the moment, which you can’t help but respect but of course you know we all ready to see their adorable baby!

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According to reports, they’ve been offered hundreds of thousands of dollars for Kulture’s first photos!

via TMZ:

“Sources close to Cardi tell TMZ … multiple magazines, websites and photo agencies have reached out with offers for Kulture’s first photo shoot. We’re told the offers have been in the $100k neighborhood or higher. Cardi and Offset have no desire to make a deal … yet. We’re told they won’t even consider it until their daughter’s at least 5 or 6 months old. Our sources say Cardi just wants to focus on being a mom and bonding with her baby. So, Kulture’s gonna be on the low, for now, but we also know she’s already living the high life.”