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Cardi B’s Explicit WAP Tops Billboard Hot 100 & Global Charts For Fourth Week

September 23rd, 2020
Cardi B’s messages have always been on the edge but with her new global hit WAP, she along with Megan Thee Stallion has (by her admission) made something so dirty that even YouTube wouldn’t put it up initially. This is a Youth Ministry ALERT! The kids in your group know this song.. and its raunchiness will remind you we are in a battle for the hearts, souls and earbuds of students.. What's a youthworker to do? Check out Cardi B's artist page for help    
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Pandemic’s Mental Toll On Teenagers (Stanford Research)

September 23rd, 2020
By : Adam HadHazy Source : Stanford The COVID-19 crisis has taken a psychological toll on people of all ages, but one group especially affected is teenagers. School closures and enforced social distancing have cut off many teens from major means of psychological support, putting them at higher risk of developing anxiety and depression. Stanford researchers have identified specific patterns of brain activation that protect adolescents from experiencing COVID-19-related anxiety and depression. (Image credit: Getty Images) To learn about...
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Lunchtime For Students Looks Different Amid COVID-19 (USA Today)

September 23rd, 2020
By : Anne Snabes Source: USA Today INDIANAPOLIS – In past school years, kids sat together at a table in the cafeteria, some from their own class, some from others. Some even shared food with each other. Now, in schools open for in-person instruction, some students will eat lunch in their classrooms or will sit with their classes in the cafeteria as schools try to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Schools that opened early in central Indiana provide a hint of what others across the country can expect as they enact...
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Youth Ministry Alert! COVID-19 Causing Pepperoni Shortage

September 23rd, 2020
By : Kelly Tyko Source : USA Today Move over, national coin and Clorox wipes shortages. There's a new coronavirus pandemic shortage of the nation's most popular pizza topping. Small pizza shops across the nation are reporting higher prices for pepperoni, according to Bloomberg, which found a South Dakota shop is paying $4.12 a pound compared to $2.87 in January 2019. Emily, a New York City pizza shop, is paying $6 a pound, up from $4 earlier this year, chef and co-owner Matthew Hyland told Bloomberg. “It’s an American right...
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Chris Tomlin, Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line Appear On Late Late Show & Today Show

September 23rd, 2020
Source : Today Show September 23, 2020 - Chris Tomlin has made his debut appearances on the Late Late Show with James Corden (August 19) and the Today Show (September 21) as he performed “Thank You Lord” with Thomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line. Together the artists wrote the song for Chris’ #1 debuting album Chris Tomlin & Friends. “‘Thank You Lord’ is the perfect smash up of the country and Christian genres and I am so grateful for the opportunity to share it on The Late Late Show...
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Taylor Swift Remains Silent As “Swifties” Harrass Music Critic

July 30th, 2020
By : Laura Bradley Source : Daily Beast The calls started around 2 in the morning—an hour after Pitchfork senior editor Jillian Mapes’ review of Taylor Swift’s eighth album, Folklore, posted on the site. It was a largely positive review. But it was not positive enough for a certain subset of fans, who began to use some of the internet’s dirtiest and most dangerous tactics to harass the writer who’d dared to scorn their queen with insufficient praise. Mapes’ even-handed review deftly and artfully...
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Kids’ Mobile Screen Time Up 500% During Pandemic

July 21st, 2020
Millions of working parents have spent months largely trapped in their homes with their children. Many are trying to get their jobs done remotely in the constant presence of their kids, and they are desperate for some peace and quiet.  Many mothers and fathers have sought any available remedy that would enable them to do their jobs and fight cabin fever – including some who have given their children a free pass on video games, social media and television. One survey of more than 3,000 parents found that screen time for their...
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Technology, Multi-tasking Causing Americans To Be More Forgetful

July 14th, 2020
It’s happened to everyone, you’re busy with so many things you end up forgetting it’s your friend’s birthday. It may sound like a simple slip-up, but more Americans are saying their jam-packed schedules are making them more forgetful. A recent survey finds many are blaming technology and the constant need to multitask for their scatterbrained state of mind.   Read the rest of the article here.  
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Kanye’s New Video “Washed In The Blood”- Combining His Faith And Activism?

July 3rd, 2020
By : Jason LIpshutz Source : Billboard Kanye West’s most recent album, 2019’s Jesus Is King, represented a shift away from secular music and a celebration of the superstar’s Christian beliefs. “Wash Us In The Blood,” which previews the forthcoming God’s Country, is not a thematic return to hip-hop’s mainstream so much as a return to the boiling anger that made 2013’s Yeezus so kinetic: West can barely contain his flow as he speaks of genocide, mass incarceration, drugs and slavery, with...
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Billboard’s Top 50 Artists By State

July 3rd, 2020
By : Billboard Staff Source : Billboard From Billy Joel's New York state of mind to the Beach Boys being synonymous with sunny California, each state has given us some amazing music. In honor of July 4th, Billboard has (subjectively) chosen a top star (or stars) to fly the flag for each of the 50 states. In most cases, the representative artist was born in his or her chosen state. In a few others, or in the case of groups, states were picked based on the states in which acts spent their formative years. Please note that all selections...
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Students Throwing COVID Parties To See Who Gets Infected First

July 2nd, 2020
By : Bill Hutchinson  Source : ABC News Students in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 have been attending parties in the city and surrounding area as part of a disturbing contest to see who can catch the virus first, a city council member told ABC News on Wednesday. Tuscaloosa City Councilor Sonya McKinstry said students have been organizing "COVID parties" as a game to intentionally infect each other with the contagion that has killed more than 127,000 people in the United States. She said she...
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Ringo At 80: “He Passed the Audition”

June 25th, 2020
By : Steven Valvano Source : CultureSonar It’s OK to clutch your chest when you realize that Ringo Starr turns 80 on July 7! Given that bit of news, we all know Sir Richard Starkey’s greatest accomplishments are as the world’s most famous drummer for the world’s most important R&R band, as well as his solo hits, his movie roles and the beloved personality that promotes “Peace and Love” throughout the world today. While he’s into his 6th decade of an esteemed career, there may be scant notice...
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Bob Dylan “Maybe We Are On The Eve Of Destruction”

June 12th, 2020
Source : DNYUZ A few years ago, sitting beneath shade trees in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., I had a two-hour discussion with Bob Dylan that touched on Malcolm X, the French Revolution, Franklin Roosevelt and World War II. At one juncture, he asked me what I knew about the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864. When I answered, “Not enough,” he got up from his folding chair, climbed into his tour bus, and came back five minutes later with photocopies describing how U.S. troops had butchered hundreds of peaceful Cheyenne and Arapahoe in...
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The New Normal: Parents, Teens And Devices Around The World

June 10th, 2020
Source : Common Sense Media The patterns of daily life in the U.S. and around the world have been forever altered by the ubiquity of mobile technology. To truly understand the impact of technology on family relationships, we need to dig deeper into the media habits and attitudes of parents and teens worldwide. International reports are part of a joint research initiative between Common Sense and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California to reveal new insights into families' digital...
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Soul Surfer: One Of Eight Forgotten Films Resurfacing During Pandemic

May 28th, 2020
Source : Paj Ba By : Dustin Rowles Bethany was in the Kauai Christian Fellowship youth ministry when she suffered the shark attack. It has been a privilege to share her story through Soul Surfer, 2 documentaries and through the ConGRADulations! Graduation Gift. It is exciting to see how Soul Surfer has continued to have major impact during the pandemic times. Check out her words to the Class of 2020 http://grad2020.com I have been writing the weekend box office report over on Uproxx for about four years now. However, when the...
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Kids In Lockdown…Netflix Binges, Up All Night, Sleeping Half The Day

May 7th, 2020
By : Hayley Kaufman Source : Boston Globe It's 11 a.m. Do you know where your teenager is? These days, with schools closed and Google hangouts the only appointments on kids' schedules, the answer might be: Still asleep. “I’m not fighting with her about it the way I was in the beginning,” said Reading’s Leah Leahy, mom to a 13-year-old daughter who, like so many other “quaranteens,” has taken to sleeping in late each day. “I mean, she has such a structured life, and now it’s so...
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“The Great Realisation” - British Writer’s Pandemic Poem & Video Go Viral

May 6th, 2020
By : Samia Badih Source : Arts & Culture When Tomos Roberts, a spoken word poet from London, wrote The Great Realisation and posted it in video form on social media, he didn't think it would go viral. Nor did he imagine American actor Jake Gyllenhaal would approach him to potentially turn the poem into a book. The work, which reimagines our post-pandemic world, is written in the form of a bed-time story that is being read to a child. Filmed at home with his younger brother and sister, the video has been viewed more than 18...
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Teenagers Are Largest Group of Internet Porn Viewers

May 1st, 2020
By : Jonathon Swinton Source : The Richfield Reaper Most people struggling with pornography addictions later in life were first exposed when they were 10-13 years of age, and the addictions set quickly. Sadly, 12-17-year-old teens are the largest group of Internet pornography viewers in America. This is the time in a child’s life that parents should be extremely careful. Unlimited access to the Internet is setting teens up for failure because their brains have not sufficiently developed as needed to control the impulses and...
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Apple Releasing iPhone “Face Mask” Unlock Update

April 30th, 2020
By : Lisa Eadicicco Source : Business Insider Apple will soon release a new iPhone update that will make it easier to quickly type in your passcode in instances when Face ID may not work. That should speed up the process of unlocking your phone at times when it's difficult for your phone to recognize you, such as when wearing a protective face mask or in dark scenarios. When the update rolls out, those using an iPhone that supports Face ID will be able to access the passcode field by swiping up from the bottom of the lock screen....
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Everybody Wants To Be ZOOM… Even Google

April 30th, 2020
By : Ron Amadeo Source : ARS Technica Google Meet, Google's newest video chat service, will soon be free for everyone. The service, which was previously locked behind G Suite, is opening up to anyone with a Google account. Users will be able to access the service at meet.google.com or through the iOS and Android apps. While the service's free tier is unrestricted now, it won't be unrestricted forever. Google says that, after September 30, meetings for non G Suite accounts will be limited to 60 minutes. Google to simplify messaging...
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