KondZilla, the entrepreneur of Brazilian favela funk

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By MAURO PIMENTEL / AFP They say everything he touches turns to gold: KondZilla, the man behind the most popular YouTube channel in Latin America, has revolutionized Brazilian funk music, taking favela beats to a massive online audience. They say everything he touches turns to gold: KondZilla, the man behind the most popular YouTube channel in Latin America, has revolutionized Brazilian funk music, taking favela beats to a massive online audience. The 34-year-old entrepreneur, who grew up in the slums himself, launched his “KondZilla Channel” in 2012. At the time, the music industry had barely… Read More “KondZilla, the entrepreneur of Brazilian favela funk”

The TikTok star making serious points about poverty — and ice cubes

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By OLI SCARFF / AFP Lying on his bed with a camera close to his face, Shabaz Ali raises his eyebrows, widens his eyes and drily ridicules the excessive lifestyles of internet influencers. Lying on his bed with a camera close to his face, Shabaz Ali raises his eyebrows, widens his eyes and drily ridicules the excessive lifestyles of internet influencers. His videos on TikTok and Instagram have propelled the 30-year-old from Blackburn, northwest England, to internet celebrity and the cusp of mainstream fame — yet he is the first to admit he is hardly a natural fit. He is a chemistry teacher wit… Read More “The TikTok star making serious points about poverty — and ice cubes”

West Virginia Fines Coach Bob Huggins $1 Million For Homophobic Comments

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West Virginia University announced Wednesday that it was suspending men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins for homophobic comments he made at a press conference Monday. Huggins’ contract has also been amended to a year-by-year agreement while he receives additional training. “On Monday, May 8, Head Men’s Basketball Coach Bob Huggins was interviewed on a Cincinnati radio show where he used derogatory and offensive language,” WVU’s statement read. “It was inexcusable. It was a moment that unfairly and inappropriately hurt many people and has tarnished West Virginia University.” As a result of Huggin… Read More “West Virginia Fines Coach Bob Huggins $1 Million For Homophobic Comments”

Media, Public Invited to Meet Solvers in NASA Space Food Challenge

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NASA will announce the second phase winners of its Deep Space Food Challenge, a global competition to help develop innovative food systems for future spacefarers on long-term exploration missions, on Friday, May 19. Teams will showcase their ideas during the NYCxDESIGN Festival in New York, a citywide celebration of design. Media and the public are invited to join the teams to learn more about their technologies during multiple events. Friday, May 19 NASA will reveal the winning Phase 2 teams. The awards event will stream live online beginning at 12 p.m. EDT from the Smart Design studio, Build… Read More “Media, Public Invited to Meet Solvers in NASA Space Food Challenge”