Hand in Hand: Hurricane Relief

This past week, two major hurricanes spanned from the shores of Mexico to the states of Texas and Florida, initiating deadly disasters in the United States. Not only did these hurricanes destroy the homes of many, but they also caused flooding crises around the world—something some say is the result of global warming. As the world sits in the aftermath of the destruction, victims all over are in desperate need of assistance. On Tuesday, September 12th, hundreds of celebrities and influencers gathered to air the “Hand in Hand Hurricane Relief Telethon,” a hurricane-relief benefit made to raise money for the people affected by Hurricane Harvey and Irma. Airing live from New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville, the telethon, featuring celebrities such as George Clooney, Justin Bieber, Oprah Winfrey, Beyoncé, Leonardo Dicaprio, and more, raised over $14 million on the spot, and a total of $44 million in the hours following the live event. If you would like to donate to Hand in Hand, you can still go to their website to donate. All proceeds from donations will go towards several different organizations that are providing relief to the victims affected by the hurricanes.


Sampha Awarded 2017 Mercury Prize

Since 1992, the annual Mercury Prize promotes the best UK and Irish artists along with their music. Regardless of genre, 12 ‘Albums of the Year’ are selected to celebrate the year in music, with one overall winner taking home the Mercury Prize. This year, Sampha won the 2017 Mercury Prize for his debut album Process over artists such as Alt-J, The xx, Ed Sheeran, Glass Animals, Stormzy, and more. In his acceptance speech, Sampha dedicates the much-deserved award to his parents, stating “They came all the way from Sierra Leone and just wanted to give us the best upbringing possible. I'd like to thank all my brothers: Ernest, Sonny, John, and Junior for always giving me encouragement and making me believe in myself. I want to thank Jojo for putting up with all my chatter about synths and kick drums or whatever and for all the love you've shown me. I want to thank everyone at Young Turks and everyone at XL.” Watch part of his acceptance speech below.

If you haven’t already, listen to Sampha’s album Process:

The New iPhone(s)

At Apple’s launch event on Tuesday, September 12th, Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, launched the company’s newest group of smartphones, the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus. Though all the models are new and eye-catching, all talk has been about the iPhone X and its features. Cook claims that the iPhone X is “the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone,” but many others disagree, arguing that the new iPhone’s best features can already be found on several Samsung products. These features include OLED screens, boosted resolution and pixel density, facial recognition technology, “Animojis”—emojis generated with the user’s expressions—and wireless charging. One thing that the iPhone X does offer is its “edge-to-edge” display, or “all-screen” front, that gives the smartphone a modern, new look. Despite how Tim Cook is framing the launch of the new iPhones, it appears as though the “new” features of the iPhone X are being implemented in attempt to catch up to existing technology.


Fenty Beauty

Last week, Rihanna released her much-anticipated line of cosmetics, Fenty Beauty, and the hype behind the new collection is still high. One of the most successful factors of Fenty Beauty is that the assortment of products are made for every skin type and skin tone—something that not all beauty brands promote or provide. In this, Fenty Beauty provides 40 different shades of foundation, as well as an assortment of concealers to fit any skin tone. Throughout the days following the launch of Fenty Beauty, fans and consumers have applauded the brand for its diversity and variety, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed by other brands, who are racing to advertise darker shades of foundations. Fans have also been praising Rihanna’s undeniable genuinity. In an interview with Refinery 29, Rihanna said “There needs to be something for a dark-skinned girl… There needs to be something for a really pale girl, there needs to be something for someone in between.” See Fenty Beauty’s promotional video below.

by Sabrina Ghantous