Kanye West throws in the towel for 2020 election

Kanye West the Atlanta-born rapper turned presidential candidate took to Twitter last night as the ballots were being counted officially conceding in the election whilst proclaiming, “KANYE 2024.”

According to Deadline, West garnered over 60,000 votes in the 12 states where he appeared on the ballot.

Here’s an official state-by-state breakdown from the AP:

Arkansas: 4,040
Colorado: 6,254
Idaho: 3,631
Iowa: 3,202
Kentucky: 6,259
Louisiana: 4,894
Minnesota: 7,789
Mississippi: 3,277
Oklahoma: 5,590
Tennessee: 10,216
Utah: 4,344
Vermont: 1,265

West was a latecomer to the election announcing his bid in early July. In an interview with Forbes, West announced he would be running under an independent party known simply as “The Birthday Party” effectively renouncing his prior support of President Donald Trump.

His initial platform was primarily focused on his personal biblical ideals. In the same interview with Forbes, West denounced vaccines, abortion and the death penalty.

West would later officially reveal his platform on his official website kanye2020.country, which focused on religious freedom, equality and peace.

During this period, West made headlines due to his health, rhetoric and constant push to be recognized as a legitimate candidate. In the states where he was not on the written ballot, West encouraged his followers to “WRITE IN KANYE WEST.”

On election day, not only did West reaffirm he had never voted before but he also confirmed he would be voting for himself and himself only.

While Kanye certainly gained a lot of notoriety from his campaign as it turns out he was not the most popular third party candidate of this election. Jo Jorgensen who was running under the libertarian party according to the AP received 1,604,519 total votes as of today.

With that being said these numbers are very little compared to the 70 and 67 million voted held by Biden and Trump respectively. Only time will tell what these numbers will translate to in the real election.

eBay officially launches sneaker authentication program to stop fake products

Online marketplace, eBay, launches their newest authentication program today in order to end the vending of counterfeit sneakers.

The original program, “Authenticity Guarantee” was initially only available for watches over $2,000 in the U.S. However, not unlike their consignment competitors StockX and Goat they’ve extended their program to “new and pre-owned collectible sneakers sold on eBay for over $100 in the U.S.”

The sneaker marketplace has become one of the largest and most active online. According to eBay, there are over half a million sneaker listings on their site each day and every 1.5 seconds a sneaker is sold.

“Authentication has become an expectation for today’s consumers in categories of high passion and high value, and this program makes eBay the most attractive platform for enthusiasts in these categories.” says SVP and General Manager of eBay North America, Jordan Sweetnam.

Here’s how eBay’s new Authenticity Guarantee works: Once a sneakers purchase is made it is first shipped to an independent third-party authentication facility. There said sneaker is given a ” rigorous assessment” before being sent to the buyer via expedited shipping.

The program is also designed to work inversely. For the sellers who offer returns the returning sneakers will go through the verification process again to ensure the same item is given back to the seller.

Verified sneakers are said to come complete with its very own eBay tag signifying its authenticity, similar to StockX’s trademark green tag.

This is not the first time eBay has taken jabs at StockX. Back in April when StockX announced they would be adding a new 3 percent processing fee to all subsequent purchases eBay’s twitter immediately fired back in a tweet that read, “We wanted to take this moment to remind our sneaker community that eBay has ZERO fees for buyers and ZERO fees for sellers $100+. Just sayin’.”

The program for now will only be eligible for “most popular sneaker styles and brands” on the market. However, by early 2021 eBay plans to extend this program to all sneaker purchases over 100 dollars.

Tyler, the Creator encourages his younger fans to vote

Grammy-award winning rapper/singer Tyler, the Creator uploaded an unexpected video on IGTV Monday afternoon urging his younger fans to vote in this year’s election.

“Please, please, if you are young, and your f******g back don’t hurt, go to them polls and cast a f*****g vote,” said Tyler.

Tyler, The Creator who’s real name is Tyler Okonma, has been known in the past for his immature and exaggerated character. While the rapper has voiced his political and social opinions before, never before has he directly asked his fans to do something of this nature. “I know I’m the last person y’all should ever take advice from,” Tyler admits, “but I’m reiterating what everyone else is saying.”

Okonma continues his message while addressing the current social climate: “Y’all was posting black squares and protesting from y’all phone, and rights this, and canceling everybody, n***a pull up. Y’all want a new DA? Pull up.”

According to the Washington Post, in 2016, roughly 43% of registered voters did not fill out a ballot. A year later, Pew Trusts released a study that revealed 62% of unregistered voters weren’t asked to register at all.

Even Okonma himself confesses 2020 will be his first year voting since he became eligible in 2009.

Okonma not voting in the 2016 election came as a shock to some fans who noted that his brand, Golf Wang, released a shirt the same year that featured a superimposed a Hitler-style mustache over President Donald Trump’s lip with the text “We f****d up” printed at the bottom.

However, in the video Okonma doesn’t mention either presidential candidate. Instead, he gives affirms his opinion on educational reforms and the school system. “The s**t that I actually give a f**k about is more art in schools and more music classes in schools and them changing the curriculum,” says Okonma.

Okonma follows a long line of other celebrities and influencers encouraging their fans to vote in this year’s upcoming election. Many of them sharing resources for how to get their fans registered.

What effects this will have on the 2020 election are currently unknown but will likely manifest within the coming months.

Cardi B’s newest single draws criticism from conservatives.

Cardi B - WAP feat. Megan Thee Stallion [Official Audio] - YouTubeCardi B’s newest single “WAP” featuring Megan Thee Stallion has drawn equal amounts of praise and controversy from its lyrical content and racy music video.

Cardi B made headlines this week for releasing her newest single since 2019. WAP which stands for “wet ass pussy” is her first collaboration with 2019 XXL Freshman, Megan Thee Stallion and since its release has remained at #1 in the US as of Aug 8. Its lyrics are suggestive and the music video for it features both rappers seductively dancing in animal print lingerie alongside other female celebrities and live animals.

To many, the song has become a female anthem.  According to Genius, the song exudes “A pervading feeling of female empowerment and sexual liberation.” In such a short time its garnered widespread praise from activists and music fans alike. However, despite many coming to the defense of the song’s raunchy lyrics and accompanying video, that doesn’t mean it has come without criticism.

James P. Bradley, a republican politician, tweeted: “Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion are what happens when children are raised without God and without a strong father figure. Their new “song” The #WAP (which i heard accidentally) made me want to pour holy water in my ears and I feel sorry for future girls if this is their role model!”

In the same vein, conservative Political Commentator, Ben Shapiro, after reading through the song lyrics on his show, sarcastically said, “This is what feminists fought for. This is what the feminist movement was all about, and if you say anything differently it’s ’cause you’re a misogynist, see?”

The backlash from the single caused several to speak out in its defense including Cardi herself.

In a tweet particularly aimed at Shapiro, she said, “I can’t believe conservatives soo mad about WAP.”

A recent essay from Complex they described the importance of “WAP” saying, “Both Cardi and Megan are powerhouses of female sexuality, independence, and dominance. In a male-dominated genre that is often criticized for misogynistic wordplay toward women, the two rappers have never shied away from taking back the narrative of femininity in hip-hop.”

This is not the first time either rapper has come under criticism for their sexuality and character. Cardi B has been criticized before for her actions when she worked as a stripper and just last month Megan Thee Stallion voiced her distaste over people making fun of her recent issues with fellow artist Tory Lanez.

In a live stream before the release of the single Cardi said: “one thing when it comes to female rappers, people…. they drive you to the top and…. when you up there they wanna put you down.”


Recent developments in the UC college system look promising for minorities

New lawsuit suggests U of California has been considering race in ...The UC announced last week they hit a record-breaking number of Latino admissions to its nine undergraduate campuses for the upcoming school year.

At 36 percent, this is the highest it has ever been, topping last year by two percent. Now, according to UC, Chicanx/Latinx students now comprise the largest ethnic group of admitted freshmen.

“UC continues to see increased admissions of underrepresented students… The incoming class will be one of our most talented and diverse yet, and UC is proud to invite them to join us,” UC President Janet Napolitano said.

Last week, the Trump administration also decided to roll back their original plan to send foreign students back to their home countries if schools go online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan was met with criticism from universities like Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which both argued that the policy was created unlawfully.

If this plan was successful, however, it would have affected over 1 million international students currently enrolled in U.S. colleges. These international students who make up a decent portion of the student body were also responsible for contributing $45 billion to the US economy in 2018.

In a similar vein to their previous achievements, the University of California also elected its first black president since the institution’s inception in 1868.

Michael V. Drake, 68, is a distinguished member in the UC community who previously served as chancellor of UC Irvine for nine years, and as the systemwide vice president for health affairs for five.

On the topic of his election, Drake said, “Much has changed in the 15 years since I was given the privilege of becoming chancellor at UC Irvine, but not my absolute belief in this great University and its time-honored mission.”

It would seem Drake’s appointment has come at a very crucial time in the Unites States increasingly tense social climate. What these recent developments represent is a growing trend among many other institutions attempting to narrow the gap between less fortunate students and their privileged counterparts.

Details surrounding Megan Thee Stallion’s shooting becoming shady

torey and meg.PNGMegan Thee Stallion has spoken out again amidst a shooting that occurred Sunday morning that allegedly involves Canadian singer Tory Lanez.

On Wednesday night Megan Thee Stallion revealed she was “grateful to be alive” following a trip she made to the hospital that week over “gunshot wounds” she had suffered as a result of a “crime that was committed” against her. A press release made by the LAPD revealed that rapper Tory Lanez, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, was arrested that same night and that “One person was transported to the hospital and received medical treatment for a foot injury.”

Today, Megan took to twitter delivering some more thoughts about the incident. In the tweet, she slams those who took the situation disingenuously and went on to say she was “hurt and traumatized.”

Many other sources have since come out to reveal key details about what occurred that night. Page Six reported that a source had told them explicitly that Peterson had fired shots from within the vehicle both he and Megan were in.

Peterson was only charged with carrying a concealed weapon that night and he has not yet been named a suspect in the shooting.

Peterson posted $35,000 bail and was released from police custody on Thursday morning. He is scheduled to appear in court in October and has not made an official statement on the matter.


Kanye West files Statement of Organization despite talks of dropping out of the presidential race.

Kanye West announces he's running for president - ABC NewsDespite recent statements made about Kanye West dropping out of the presidential ballot, a filing in the Federal Election Commission was made Wednesday on behalf of the Atlanta-born rapper.

Monday a report by New York Magazine’s The Intelligencer revealed that Kanye West was going to drop out of the presidential ballot. Steve Kramer, a get-out-the-vote specialist, who was hired by West to help get on the ballot in two states simply told The Intelligencer, “he’s out.”

Nevertheless, today just hours after the world got word of him dropping out, a Wyoming based committee filed the first form required by the FEC. The form declares the organization of a campaign committee. However, the more important form, the Statement of Candidacy, is what legitimizes West as an actual candidate and must also be submitted.

With that being said, a form can be filed by practically anyone, and details about Andre Bodiford, the man who signed the Statement of Organization, are scarce at best. The number listed has not returned any calls.

The rapper-turned pseudo politician first announced his presidential bid on July 4.

The tweet instantly grew widespread attention and gained support from notable figures like Elon Musk who replied to Kanye West saying “You have my full support!”

In an interview with Forbes, West revealed he was going to run under an independent party he had dubbed the “birthday party” because when he won it would be “everybody’s birthday.” He also divulged in the same interview his conservative take on things like abortion and planned parenthood. Saying that the ladder had been placed in cities by “white supremacists to do the Devil’s work.”

His proposed model for an administration under his executive control was also heavily inspired by the fictional city of Wakanda from the Marvel blockbuster Black Panther.

West himself has not yet commented on him ending his bid nor the form that was submitted.

Why the #Vanschallenge is so strange

vans.jpgFor the past few weeks, heaps of individuals on Snapchat and Instagram have been flooding the platforms with videos of them precipitating their sneakers to see if they do indeed always land right-side up. There are thousands of videos about the so-called #Vanschallenge that both debunk and corroborate the validity of the claim at hand but what’s so interesting about this new trend is the sheer volume of attention its garnering. All the concentration has been on the seemingly magical properties of the shoe itself but something nobody has brought up is why this even happens in the first place.

Vans are created using a process called vulcanization. It’s a process that involves the heating raw rubber to cure it which in turn creates crosslinks inside the rubber compound bonding it together. However, the part most should be interested in is the sole of the shoe. The sole and outsole part of the shoe is made out of the heaviest material and goes through the most change during the vulcanization process.

The rubber shoe outsole parts are assembled onto the lasted upper before the rubber is completely cured. With the sole attached, the entire shoe must be heated in a vulcanizing oven. The shoe must be heated to around 110˚C  for 80 minutes. Due to the fact that the sole contains the most mass, this means two things; Gravity will pull down on it with greater force and it takes a greater force to accelerate it.

Once you throw or drop a Vans shoe we now have to deal with air resistance. The force of air resistance acts on all parts of the object equally because gravity accelerates all portions an object equally when acting alone. In the case of these challenges, it usually is. Less massive parts of the object take less force to accelerate. So we have an evenly distributed force of air resistance acting on an object with uneven mass distribution. The less massive end will be slowed more than the more massive end. So the rubber part of the shoe AKA the sole lands first, usually.

However, what many have failed to realize is that this process is true for most other shoes. The soles of shoes are made to withstand the force of movement and the harsh environments humans are exposed to on a regular basis. The soles of men’s and women’s dress shoes are typically made from high-quality leather, rubber or a combination of the two. Casual shoes and work shoes often feature soles made out of natural rubber or polyurethane. It’s only natural that every shoe regardless of the brand would have the quality of always landing right side up. Such has been true for the people who have tested other brands of shoes like Converse and Nike and yielded the same results.

It makes sense that such an accessible shoe brand like Vans would be the poster child for the internets newest craze. Alternatively, the tweet that effectively started the viral Internet challenge does single out Vans shoes specifically.

The one nice thing about this challenge is that since its inception no one has taken it too far, yet. If this is gonna be the the things humanity loses their heads over, then so be it. It’s better than actually losing our heads.


Continue reading “Why the #Vanschallenge is so strange”

Why the world record egg passing Kylie Jenner matters.

I’ve seen many posts on the internet attempt to use social media to expose an idea about virality and the rapid spread of information in the past. By and large, most aren’t especially successful. They all end up achieving the bare minimum of what they initially were supposed to do. However, a new viral media craze has ingratiated itself into the world Instagram. The most successful, polarizing, and fascinating new trailblazer manifests itself in the form of an egg.

The premise of the “world_record_egg” account was simple. It contained a singular static photo of an egg and its caption called upon the powers of the internet to help it become the most liked picture on Instagram. At the time the most liked photo had amassed eighteen million likes. It was no easy feat but a challenge the egg was willing to take. Sure enough in just a few weeks, it passed its milestone, but immediately after something else happened. It kept going. Eighteen million turned into nineteen million, then twenty, and soon it was thirty million. As of today, the post has garnered over fifty million likes and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. In less than a month this egg attracted the attention of the entire world wide web.

The natural question many have is why. Why did it gain such a vast amount likes in such a short time span? Why should I care about it? Why did I like it? I’m going to attempt to answer these questions. In this article and hopefully by the end of it we will understand why this all happened in the first place and why this may be the best thing to ever happen to Instagram.

The appeal of the so-called “world record egg” can be explained by two main reasons. For starters it’s hilarious, albeit a bit silly, but hilarious nonetheless. The prospect of a generic photo of an egg being not only a world record holder but the number 1 most liked photo on the largest photo-sharing website on the internet is incredibly humorous. It’s scientifically known that humans are drawn to silly things. A good sense of humor is almost universally seen as a character strength. The egg clearly exemplifies that truth. As soon as the photo began circulating many spread it around as a joke. Nobody could have predicted the sheer stopping power it would eventually prove to have. However, it wouldn’t have nearly been as successful if the photo was of a human. Which is the second reason why the egg became so popular.

The project was selfless. The egg represented nobody. It wasn’t endorsed by any charity (at the time), it wasn’t connected to any celebrity or organization, it was just a still photo of an egg, nothing more and nothing less. An egg is common, it’s a widely known object that is so nonproprietary it could seemingly blend into any other random joke account. That’s the most alluring nature of its character. Its neutrality inadvertently became its most compelling virtue. The human behind the account has purposely chosen to remain anonymous. Even since its gained notoriety, only very slim details have been revealed about the enigmatic poster. However, I believe the creator’s choice to perpetuate their own anonymity is deliberate. If we could associate a face with the egg it would lose all sense of impartiality. It wouldn’t be a victory for the internet. It would a victory for them.

That’s what the egg truly is. A victory. Regardless of the underlying factors that led to the overwhelming success of the egg, it’s clear this took the combined effort of many. While fifty million doesn’t seem like a whole lot when you consider the fact that there isn’t even a single U.S. state that has a population of fifty million, you get a good perspective on the sheer magnitude of this situation. The egg represents the power we have as a unified populace. It’s an innocent concept, a clear thought amongst confusion. I’ve seen people laugh at the egg, criticize the egg, underestimate the egg, but I’ve never seen anyone marvel at the egg. Right now the egg is pure. Let’s just hope it stays that way.