February 5, 2019

First Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists Trailer Is All Murder, Death, And Make-Outs

The first trailer for "Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists" sets up the central mystery plaguing Beacon Heights.
February 5, 2019

‘Battlefield V’ didn’t sell as well as EA hoped it would

Video game sales were particularly cutthroat last holiday, and it appears EA's Battlefield V was one of the casualties. The publisher lowered the outlook for its revenue this quarter after revealing that its sales in the last quarter of 2018 "did no...
February 5, 2019

ABC and parks boost Disney profit above forecasts

Walt Disney Co reported quarterly earnings on Tuesday that handily topped Wall Street estimates thanks to a booming theme park business and growth at its ABC broadcast network as the company invests in a digital media future.
February 5, 2019

The Internet Doesn’t Understand Why Jennifer Lopez Is Performing This Tribute At The Grammys

Since bursting onto the scene in the '90s, Jennifer Lopez has become a multi-threat with a slew of amazing projects under her belt. She has juggled simueltaneous careers as a TV producer, singer, and romantic comedy heroine. Now, however, some fans think that there's one gig that she may want to step away from.

According to reports and confirmed to Refinery29 by a source close to Lopez, the Second Act star will perform a Motown tribute during Sunday's Grammy awards, in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Detroit-baesd record label's founding.

Motown has long been seen as a symbol of Black excellence, elevating the careers of iconic artists like The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, and Marvin Gaye.

Lopez is Latina, and her parents are from Puerto Rico.

Some fans thought that it would be more appropriate for a Black artist to perform the tribute instead. (Many of Motown's most famous artists, including Diana Ross, still perform.) Some saw Lopez taking on this number during Black History Month as particularly problematic.

Motown was black. If I see Jennifer Lopez on stage I'm gonna fight whoever is responsible

— Matt Wilson (@IL_Artista) February 5, 2019

JLo doing a Motown Tribute is peak of a messed up Black History Month.

— malayjha. (@malaylayxo) February 5, 2019

Welcome to Black History Month where:
1. Adidas released an all white Black History Month shoe
2. Jussie Smollett has to prove he was attacked
3. 21 Savage is being detained by ICE
4. Jennifer Lopez is doing the Motown tribute at the Grammys

Anything we need to add?

— Keisha Ka'oir (@MikeishaDache) February 5, 2019

Black History Month is in shambles right now. We should be celebrating our culture, but instead we’re entertaining BS.

And now Jennifer Lopez doing a MOTOWN Tribute?

— Wave God (@TeejSmoothDude) February 5, 2019

I really hope this @JLo “Motown Tribute” is fake... pic.twitter.com/MrF9xDZBJY

— ChrYstina (@Chrissy_Elise) February 5, 2019

A tribute to Motown is certainly important, given the company's place in music history. However, getting this performance right in terms of representation of Black artists is something that clearly means a lot to fans. Whether the Grammys will change their plan to utilize Lopez's talents in this way remains to be seen.

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February 5, 2019

The Internet Doesn’t Understand Why Jennifer Lopez Is Performing This Tribute At The Grammys

Since bursting onto the scene in the '90s, Jennifer Lopez has become a multi-threat with a slew of amazing projects under her belt. She has juggled simueltaneous careers as a TV producer, singer, and romantic comedy heroine. Now, however, some fans think that there's one gig that she may want to step away from.

According to reports and confirmed to Refinery29 by a source close to Lopez, the Second Act star will perform a Motown tribute during Sunday's Grammy awards, in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Detroit-baesd record label's founding.

Motown has long been seen as a symbol of Black excellence, elevating the careers of iconic artists like The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, and Marvin Gaye.

Lopez is Latina, and her parents are from Puerto Rico.

Some fans thought that it would be more appropriate for a Black artist to perform the tribute instead. (Many of Motown's most famous artists, including Diana Ross, still perform.) Some saw Lopez taking on this number during Black History Month as particularly problematic.

Motown was black. If I see Jennifer Lopez on stage I'm gonna fight whoever is responsible

— Matt Wilson (@IL_Artista) February 5, 2019

JLo doing a Motown Tribute is peak of a messed up Black History Month.

— malayjha. (@malaylayxo) February 5, 2019

Welcome to Black History Month where:
1. Adidas released an all white Black History Month shoe
2. Jussie Smollett has to prove he was attacked
3. 21 Savage is being detained by ICE
4. Jennifer Lopez is doing the Motown tribute at the Grammys

Anything we need to add?

— Keisha Ka'oir (@MikeishaDache) February 5, 2019

Black History Month is in shambles right now. We should be celebrating our culture, but instead we’re entertaining BS.

And now Jennifer Lopez doing a MOTOWN Tribute?

— Wave God (@TeejSmoothDude) February 5, 2019

I really hope this @JLo “Motown Tribute” is fake... pic.twitter.com/MrF9xDZBJY

— ChrYstina (@Chrissy_Elise) February 5, 2019

A tribute to Motown is certainly important, given the company's place in music history. However, getting this performance right in terms of representation of Black artists is something that clearly means a lot to fans. Whether the Grammys will change their plan to utilize Lopez's talents in this way remains to be seen.

Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?

Ariana Grande's Japanese Tutor Is "So Mad" About The Tattoo Backlash

Once Again, Music Was A Boys Club In 2018. Here's What Can Be Done To Fix It.

Let's Talk About Sex, Baby: Every Trick You Need To Seduce Someone With A Playlist

February 5, 2019

Snapchat stops losing users, stock soars 20%

Snapchat didn't add any users last quarter, but it didn't lose any either. For some companies, that might not be great news; for Snapchat, it's enough to get Wall Street positively ecstatic.
February 5, 2019

New market research suggests the smart speaker race is pretty much over

A new market research report out from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners offering a look at the smart speaker landscape paints a pretty lopsided picture of the state of things, such that you might justifiably read the key takeaways and wonder if the race is pretty much over at this point. Among the key findings: First, the smart speaker market continues to grow. It's consistently ticked upward from 36 million units in December 2017 to 53 million units this past September to, now, 66 million units. That's been helped along, according to the CIRP data, in part by the fact that the number of people owning more than one of these speakers is likewise growing. Through December 31, 35% of all smart speaker owners reported having more than one such device, compared to just 18% of owners saying the same thing one year earlier. Likewise, the winners in the smart speaker race -- Amazon and Google -- have also been pretty consistent in their position, and remain so. Amazon, with its lineup of various Echo speaker devices, is far and away the category leader, accounting for a whopping 70 percent of the US installed base. That's according to the CIRP analysis, which based its findings on a survey of 500 US owners of Amazon Echo, Google Home and Apple HomePod devices that took place between January 1 through January 11. Google Home, meanwhile, comes in second, accounting for 24% of the installed base, with Apple's HomePod rounding out the top three and accounting for 6%. “Holiday shoppers helped the smart speaker market take off again,” said CIRP co-founder and partner Josh Lowitz. “Relative market shares have remained fairly stable, with Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod accounting for consistent shares over the past few quarters. Amazon and Google both have broad model lineups, ranging from basic to high-end, with even more variants from Amazon. Apple of course has only its premium-priced HomePod, and likely won’t gain significant share until it offers an entry-level product closer to Echo Dot and Home mini.” As CNBC notes in a piece today, it's not exactly a straightforward comparison to look at Apple alongside Google and Amazon here. Apple's HomePod, for example, costs $349, compared to Google's speakers that start at $29.99 and Amazon's that start even lower, at $19.99. And in addition to being more expensive, "While the HomePod prides itself on high-quality audio and the fact that it does not store conversations in the cloud as other devices do, the number of services it supports is narrower compared with its competitors. Siri will only listen to commands to play music from Apple's own streaming service, and playing from other services, like Spotify, require a more complicated setup." However, the piece goes on, it's also worth noting that Apple has been tweaking its strategy related to Apple Music and "is now starting to offer the service to smart speakers with bigger market share."
February 5, 2019

Christian Pulisic Finally Played And Scored The Type Of Goal That Made Him Worth $73 Million

Christian Pulisic hasn’t been having the best time in this, his final season at Germany’s Borussia Dortmund before his record-breaking transfer to Chelsea becomes official. He had only made two substitute appearances for the Black and Yellow since the ...
February 5, 2019

MPs to debate late school starts for teenagers

More than 176,000 have signed a petition calling for a 10:00 start because teens "are too tired".
February 5, 2019

Battersea stabbing: Teenager killed in London

The man, believed to be 19 years old, was found with stab injuries in Battersea.