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FERGIE RESPONDS TO NATIONAL ANTHEM CRITICISM

The newest topic that everyone seems to be laughing at these days is Fergie’s unique rendition of the National Anthem at this past NBA All-Star Weekend in LA. What many were expecting to be a simple and classic version of our National Anthem turned out to be a sultry and sexy version that shocked the country. But what may have received even more attention were the comedic reactions from the players as well as celebrities in the audience like Chance, and Jimmy Kimmel. Fergie released a statement to TMZ addressing the whole incident. The singer admitted that her version of the song may have “missed the mark”. Fergie also stated, "I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA," she said in the statement. "I’m a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best."

ADIDAS CREATES NEW SNEAKER FOR EVERY STATE IN THE US

Back in July of 2017, Adidas announced the launch their new sneaker line, which specifically featured artwork representing every state in the US. Since each state is known for an individual trademark, Adidas has decided to highlight this in the form of the new Ultraboost X sneaker. This ranges from Georgia's peaches, to Wisconsin's cheese and Vermont's green mountains. But possibly the coolest part about this new design, is the fact that the geniuses behind all of this are the 12 female artists that were chosen to do it. The sneakers are not available to the general public in stores, but are being sold in an online auction where all the proceeds will go to Women Win, a charity which focuses on women's leadership.

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SNAPCHAT AND THE NEW UPDATE WE ALL LOVE TO HATE

So far in 2018, we have all been mourning the loss of our beloved Snapchat. The app was updated early this year, and with that there have been some changes we’re not so thrilled about. Luckily, our generation has not held back from sharing our outrage and demanding things go back to their old ways. With everyone’s stories, contacts and streaks all jumbled together, it’s a miracle that the app is still being used. As millennials we just can’t seem to let it go, and a petition to get rid of the update has been signed by over 1 million people. While Snapchat has been promoting that change is a good thing for a while now, the people have clearly spoken and Snapchat may finally be listening. Snap Inc. has responded to the petition, and has acknowledged how the update has "felt uncomfortable for many." Snap Inc. claims its "goal was to make it easier to connect with the people you care about most,". As an attempt to resolve this, they will be introducing a tab system on the Friends page that will potentially “streamline the interface a bit.”

By Rachel Simon

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