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This Black Friday Deal Could Score You $10K

In 2018, Black Friday pulled in a record $6.22 billion in online sales, according to a report from Adobe Analytics. That’s a lot of shoppers conveniently perusing from their homes, rather than running through the halls of brick-and-mortar retail stores to cop the latest and greatest gear from coveted streetwear designers.

But one fan-favorite site is offering an additional benefit of shopping online. StockX, the sneaker, streetwear, collectibles and luxury goods marketplace, is running a Black Friday promotion where a prize accompanies every single purchase on the website.

The grand prize? One whole year of free sneakers. The (also very lucky) runner-up will receive free streetwear for a year, and if you’re not number one or two, you could win a $5,000 or $10,000 credit to StockX. Woah.

In case those incentives weren’t enough, the marketplace will also be giving out product prizes and smaller increments of credits, like Supreme merch and collectible trading cards. 

Basically, you can’t lose. Last year’s prizes included a Supreme kayak, a Louis Vuitton tote bag, a Kaws figure, a few pairs of Yeezys and so much more. 

Finally cop those sneakers we’ve been telling you about all year and try your hand at the $10,000 prize.

How to Enter the StockX Black Friday Promo
  • Create a StockX account online or via the mobile app, which is available in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. If you already have the StockX app, make sure it is updated to the latest version.
  • From 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Nov. 29, any item you purchase on StockX will automatically register you for a chance to win a prize.
  • You will receive a notification that will reveal your prize immediately after purchase. This will be followed up with an email detailing how the prize will be redeemed.
  • StockX credit prizes can be used immediately and are eligible until 12:01 a.m. Eastern Feb. 21, 2020.
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Culture Movies/TV

Sterling K. Brown Sees ‘Waves’ as the Future of Blackness on Film in 2020

In a world where Julia Roberts portraying Harriet Tubman in a film was a serious suggestion by the head of a studio, authentic representations of Blackness still isn’t standard in Hollywood, regardless of the strides made this decade. 


To millions, Emmy-winning Sterling K. Brown is the lovable Randall Pearson on NBC’s hit show This Is Us. To those closest to him, he’s also a caring father who advises his pre-teen sons to embrace their tears instead of running from them to preserve their masculinity. Above all else, Brown is unapologetically Black. At a recent screening of his latest film, Waves, in New York City—hosted by the incomparable entertainer Phylicia Rashad—Brown told ONE37pm that the film is a sign of things to come for Black cinema.

Brown had almost turned down the role in Waves because of how protective he is of his Blackness. The Trey Edward Shults-directed Waves centers on an African American family coming to grips with the reality of their teenage wrestling prodigy, Tyler (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), going to prison after a tragic domestic violence incident. Brown, who plays Tyler’s father, Roland, understands the power of images in society and feared this film could send the wrong one.

“It made me wonder if we were putting something out into the world that was a negative image of young Black men,” Brown told ONE37pm. “I wanted to make sure this young man was a fully formed human being who is a good person who makes a tragic mistake.”


He was worried whether the film studio, A24, and the white director had the same sensitivity to the depiction of Blackness as he did. Before a single audience member saw Waves, he got his answer. The film’s creation process was a testament to what Brown feels will be more popular in cinema and TV in the upcoming decade: a more nuanced look at Blackness. The film came from a white director who had written it as part autobiography and part-fictional narrative yet wanted to cast an African American to play the role. He collaborated with young actor Kelvin Harrison Jr. in order to ensure the portrayal of Blackness was authentic and not inconsequential.

Sterling K. Brown to ONE37pm

I know when I get inundated with images that don’t properly reflect my experience in the world—that’s not us. That might be a part of us, but it’s not the totality of us.

“‘Trey knew ‘I couldn’t just plug him in by happenstance; I have to plug him in on purpose, and it’s going to change the way that I write this movie and I need his input. So, we have to write this thing together, so it is reflective of a young Black man’s experience and not just someone who happens to be Black,’” Brown said. 

Blackness is showcased in Waves without it being the sole driving force for the narrative, allowing the film to eschew common Hollywood tropes. Both major story arcs of the film revolve around two interracial relationships, yet the differences in races aren’t the defining quality of each relationship. We get only get brief glimpses of Tyler’s time in prison, as the film shifts its focus to his family’s struggle with coming to terms with the new reality they were thrust into by Tyler’s mistake. This is atypical of a film industry with a history of lauding and rewarding films of Black bondage while treating other types of depictions of Blackness with relative disregard. 


As the film’s title suggests, there’s this beautiful ebb and flow to the character development where a character the viewer thought they had a good read on suddenly changes, crashing expectations. Brown plays Roland with enough emotional rigidity of a father whose only focus is to develop his son into a great athlete, but not too much where his vulnerability in front of his neglected daughter is both believable and a heartwarming departure from the stoic Black father image that has permeated mainstream entertainment and Harrison’s own personal experiences with his father. Tyler’s sister, Emily (Taylor Russell), tries to reconcile the feeling that her brother was evil for his act with the innate forgiveness that defines family while navigating a love life after a trauma-induced identity crisis. It would do a grave disservice to readers, viewers and the film itself if we did not stress how Russell steals the show on Waves—the film could be the 25-year-old’s breakout performance.

Sterling K. Brown is a glowing example of how multifaceted Black people can be and he makes sure that comes across in whatever he acts in.

During the panel discussion following the screening, Brown said he first got the script for Waves from his agent in the middle of filming the third season of This Is Us. Brown juggled both gigs by shooting Waves on weekends and shooting This Is Us during the rest of the week.

The Black men Brown portrays onscreen are molded from pieces of who he is as a man. When Brown describes Harrison getting in shape for his Waves role as him getting “swole and out of control,” it reminds you of Randall’s loveable corniness. When Roland puts Tyler into a wrestling move to train him, Brown draws from his own personal past experience as a competitive wrestler in his youth. Brown is a glowing example of how multifaceted Black people can be, and he makes sure that comes across in Waves or whatever he acts in.

“I’m a Black person, and I know what I like to see on-screen. I know when I get inundated with images that don’t properly reflect my experience in the world, I’m like, ‘That’s not us. That might be a part of us, but it’s not the totality of us,” Brown said. “So, I’m interested in trying to make sure the panorama is fully expressed for Blackness on-screen.”

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Culture Music

Music of the Month: 14 Standout Songs from November

Our final month of autumn was packed with tons of great projects, including standout releases from The Weeknd, Frank Ocean and FKA twigs. Artists like Trippie Redd, Berhana, Johnny Utah, Doja Cat, Allen Stone and Flipp Dinero also delivered compelling songs. Here are the best songs released in November 2019. 

1. “Heartless” by The Weeknd

After a one year break, The Weeknd is back with “Heartless.” For any OG fan, the track will feel vaguely familiar, with lyrics about sleeping with models and using drugs to deal with pain. The song opens with a very Metro Bommin’-esque beat, leading into Abel’s braggadocious wordplay about his financial success and favorable persona. With no talk about an album yet, reactivating his Instagram page to announce “Heartless” suggests one is in the works. Stay tuned.

2. “In My Room” by Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean is no stranger to taking breaks, but in November he blessed fans with another single to make up for the wait. “In My Room” comes just one month after his single “DHL.” In this song, Frank brags about his jewelry, finances and excessive shopping. Upbeat production, speedy wordplay and a catchy outro resonated well with fans. The track peaked at No. 85 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

3. “The Best” by Awolnation

It’s been an entire year since Awolnation released its third studio album, Here Come the Runts, and nine years since “Sail” changed the band’s popularity status forever. “The Best” is a dark and dreamy track with light electronic touches weaved into the post-chorus. The single’s lyrics explore striving for confidence amid insecurity and never achieving it fully. 

4. “Who Needs Love” by Trippie Redd

“Who Needs Love” is the third track on Trippie Redd’s A Love Letter to You 4 album. The project dropped on Nov. 22 and gained popularity instantly. In the song, the Ohio-born rapper verbalizes his disinterest in chasing love, a theme he’s explored in previous projects. Not afraid to admit that he’s going through it, Tripped Redd combines vulnerable lyrics with a melancholy beat, giving fans a lucid look at his inner feelings.

5. “Mary Magdalene” by FKA twigs

“Mary Magdalene,” a harmonically rich song with quotable lyrics, is the fifth track on Magdalene, FKA twigs’s second studio album. She explores the different historical perceptions attributed to Mary Magdalene, Jesus’s right-hand woman. FKA seduces listeners with her transcending and soft vocals, easily making this song an incomparable musical experience.

6. “I Been (Remix)” by Berhana ft. Boogie

The original “I Been” was released as the fifth track on Berhana’s first studio album, HAN, in October. The song has been revamped with a new verse from Compton, California-born rapper, Boogie. Joining forces for the first time, Berhana and Boogie blend their respective feel-good lyrics with a poetic solo, making for a satisfying collab. 

7. “How I Move” by Flipp Dinero ft. Lil Baby

With a fire feature from Atlanta rapper Lil Baby, “How I Move” is a boastful look inside Flipp Dinero’s financial success and luxurious purchases since rising to fame. Flipp Dinero became popular in 2018 after the release of “Leave Me Alone,” a track that went gold just two months after its debut and platinum a month later. “How I Move” is the second track from Brooklyn-born artist Flipp Dinero’s Love for Guala.

8. “Touch & Go” by Tinashe and 6LACK

In “Touch & Go,” singer-songwriter Tinashe and rapper-singer 6LACK come together for the first time to discuss attempts to mend a broken relationship without really putting in the effort to do so. The song is from Songs for You, Tinashe’s first studio album as an independent artist after her breakup with RCA Records. This smoothly produced, lyrically rich track with classical violin melodies will transport you to a late night R&B club with ease. 

9. “4Tounce” by Johnny Utah

Johnny Utah is an artist on the rise, back to prove he isn’t a one-hit-wonder. His single “Honeypie” grew a fan base and caught the attention of Genius earlier this year. “4Tounce” gives weight to the singer’s storytelling abilities as the lyrics focus on Utah’s desire for real, meaningful love as opposed to a meaningless casual encounter. This emotionally rich track is arguably Utah’s most passionate release yet. 

10. “Workin’ On It” by Meghan Trainor ft. Lennon Stella and Sasha Sloan

Singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor’s “Workin’ on It” is an ode to self-love and believing in the compliments people give. The lyrics are not only extremely quotable but also highly relatable. “Workin’ on It,” accompanied by vocals from Lennon Stella and Sasha Sloan, was released alongside “No Excuse” and “Wave,” giving fans a sneak peek into Meghan’s upcoming third album, Treat Myself, which drops Jan. 31. 

11. “Brown Eyed Lover” by Allen Stone

With a voice comparable to a mix of Stevie Wonder and John Mayer, R&B singer-songwriter Allen Stone blends upbeat funk with soulful ambiance. “Brown Eyed Lover” is the first track on the Washington-born musician’s third record, Building Balance. Combining sentimental lyrics with harmonious melodies and gospel-like background vocals, this love ballad is indulging and engaging, even if your lover doesn’t have brown eyes.

12. “Cyber Sex” by Doja Cat

In “Cyber Sex,” an empowered Doja Cat is outright straightforward in wanting to have cybersex with a lover. The first track from her second studio album, Hot Pink, is dripped in invigorating lyrics and playful beats. In the song’s NSFW video. Doja plays a pornstar-turned-engineer who manufactures her ideal suitor. Doja is not one to sugarcoat her desires and sexual desires. “Cyber Sex” is just one of the many tracks on Hot Pink that showcases her fearlessness. 

13. “Lil Quita” by Trapboy Freddy

If you aren’t from Texas, you might not recognize the name Trapboy Freddy, but the Dallas-born rapper is soon to be on your playlist after recently signing to Young Thug’s label and the release of his new single “Lil Quita.” Trapboy Freddy pays homage to his neighborhood Oak Cliff and the streets that raised him. The song samples a freestyle that went viral in the 2000s, creating nostalgic memories for anyone who grew up in neighboring Dallas cities during the time. With a similar production that can be credited to the D-Town boogie era, Lil Quita is a perfect example of a classic southern sound with a modern spin.

14. “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles

“Watermelon Sugar”—Harry Styles’s second release in 2019—gives fans a hint of what to expect on his sophomore album, Fine Line. The lyrics, which have not been denoted an exact meaning, recall a summer fling, involving delicious fruit. He is known to act on surprise, randomly dropping the song less than an hour before he performed it on Saturday Night Live.

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Grind Productivity

6 Ways to Take Care of Your Mental Health While on the Grind

The world of entrepreneurship and/or freelancing is rife with the reputation of people feeling burnt out, and not for lack of proof. One in five American adults has a mental illness, and 49 percent of entrepreneurs fall into that pool. When you work for yourself—setting your own schedule, deadlines and hours of availability—it’s easy to lose focus on when you should sprint and when you should rest. Here are some tips to help maintain your inner balance and keep tabs on your mental health while on the grind.

Note: These pertain to issues related to overworking and exhaustion. If you’re experiencing other serious mental health symptoms, please consult a mental health professional.

1. Your Body: Exercise, Sleep and Diet

It may seem like an obvious first step to take care of your body physically to help with the mental, but it can be easier said than done on a tight schedule. Give yourself plenty of time to exercise (whatever that may be, from Crossfit to a five-minute walk), get a full night’s sleep of at least seven to nine hours for young adults, and get a variety of nutrition your body needs as fuel. (No, energy bars and coffee alone don’t count.) It may seem trivial, but emphasizing physiological health can do wonders for mental health.

2. Support

Support can come in a variety of avenues, from a network of friends and family to check on you, to talking with a licensed mental health professional. It’s up to each person to decide what level of support they need to thrive, but there is no shame in having it regardless of the source. Thankfully, therapy has become less stigmatized in recent years, but mental health professionals in some areas may still be too expensive or not in-network for patients’ providers. No matter the source, having someone to vent to can make all the difference in the world.

3. Schedule Time Off

You’d request off and schedule the time out of office in a full-time company job, so why not implement the same rule for yourself? The entrepreneurial instinct says to “go, go, go,” especially in a time where you can work anywhere on a laptop, but setting aside vacation time and sticking to it is crucial to avoid burnout. Whether it’s just a long weekend or a weeks-long trip, set aside time and delete your access to check email, Slack, etc. You can always re-download them when you’re back.

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4. Avoid Comparison

In an age of social media where not only every business but also every person has become a “brand,” it’s easy to compare yourself or your business to others. But as the adage goes, “comparison is the thief of joy.” Someone else’s journey or business model does not nor should represent your own, and to compare your success to someone else’s is a recipe for disaster (and cognitive stress). Focus on your own path, identify how you can improve at the rate and level that works for you and block out the noise. Your mind will thank you.

5. Self Check-In

Set some time to do a self-audit of where you are mentally and how you’re feeling in a recurring time frame that works for you. I personally started doing a monthly stock inventory on how things are in my life—in business, my personal life and my mental health—and it has really helped with taking the temperature on my mental state. Plus, having a track record to look back on can help you analyze patterns and where behaviors or burnout could be coming from. It could be written, it could be a quick thumbs up or down—whatever you’d like to make it. Just doing something to reflect will help you feel more in control of your life and your mental wellness.

6. De-Stress

This can take different forms for different people, but find some way to de-stress and let out all the tension from hustling. It could be scheduling some time for hobbies—yoga, painting, reading, etc.—or maybe it could be accomplished by another list item, like exercising or speaking with a therapist. Regardless of the method, having some way to relieve stress and recalibrate yourself is essential to maintaining mental wellness. Schedule the time for it (just like with vacations) and honor it. Not only will it help with mental health, but it’ll also fundamentally implement more work-life balance.

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Gaming New Releases

14 Games Like ‘Fallout’ to Play Right Now

Publisher and development studio Bethesda, known for revitalizing the Fallout franchise with amazing action RPGs, has fallen out of favor with gamers. Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas were outstanding last-gen experiences that took players into a post-apocalyptic expanse full of oddities to shoot and interesting conversations to participate in. And while Fallout 4 may have split fans regarding its overall quality, it still offered a worthwhile experience for those used to the franchise’s formula. Fast-forward to the highly lambasted Fallout 76 however and you now have a Bethesda that’s no longer as beloved. Bethesda just doesn’t have the juice anymore—so if Fallout 76’s unfinished state and unfulfilling gameplay depressed you to no end, keep hope alive because here are 14 games like Fallout in the wild that provide the type of themes you’re used to getting from the Fallout universe. These titles offer massive post-apocalyptic locales, nuclear monstrosities to blast and locals to chat with during your journey.

1. ‘The Outer Worlds’
Obsidian Entertainment

Fallout fans should be familiar with Obsidian Entertainment—the one responsible for putting out one of the better series installments, Fallout: New Vegas. Obsidian’s 2019 action RPG release, The Outer Worldsoffers everything you loved in previous Fallout games, but does so in an alternate future set in 1901. Mega-corporations are in control of various planets due to colonization efforts. As a newly awakened spaceship passenger who was set to start a new life on a space colony, you chart out a new path and interact with galactic factions along the way. The Outer Worlds lets you map out your own adventure by tinkering with your character’s stats, maneuvering them through interesting conversations and putting them alongside trusty allies during intense first-person skirmishes.

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https://www.amazon.com/Outer-Worlds-PlayStation-4/dp/B07SWT3C45?th=1
2. ‘S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl’
GSC Game World

In the world of this survival horror-themed first-person shooter, you’re tasked with heading into threatening territory. As the “Marked One,” your main goal entails moving through the dreaded Zone and taking out the mysterious force known as the Strelok. What makes your journey through the Zone such a terror-filled adventure is the fact that it’s smack dab in the middle of the area contaminated by the game’s second Chernobyl Disaster. This immersive title tests your survival skills as you gather helpful materials, artifacts that alter your stats and weapons that help you fend off the Zone’s many monstrosities. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl is a classic FPS experience that’s still worth venturing into.

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https://www.amazon.com/S-T-L-K-R-Shadow-Chernobyl-PC/dp/B0001X5YN4?th=1
3. ‘Metro: Redux’
4A Games

Nuclear war has stricken Moscow and forced the few remaining remnants of humanity to go underground. As Artyom, you travel through a litany of dark tunnels within the Metro and even venture above ground during your struggle against rival factions and the Dark Ones. If you’re looking for a survival FPS with a strong narrative and the type of difficulty that truly tests your mettle, then this 2-in-1 pack is a fine pick. Metro: Redux features visually and mechanically enhanced renditions of Metro 2033 and its sequel, Metro: Last Light. Extra features that offer a more challenging experience for both games and a host of other improvements make this collection the definitive way to play the first two Metro games.

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https://www.amazon.com/Metro-Redux-Xbox-One-microsoft/dp/B00KF7BE7G?th=1
4. ‘Metro Exodus’
4A Games

Once you’re done dealing with the many threats that come your way in Metro: Redux, you’ll be fully prepared to head into the franchise’s third adventure. In Metro Exodus, you’re once again placed in the role of Artyom. But this time, you permanently leave the underground Metro and head out on a dangerous trek across several continents aboard a locomotive called the Aurora. As you land in different open sandbox locales and more linear areas, you’ll have to contend with other survivors and some truly horrific beasts stricken by nuclear toxins. Metro Redux presents the series as a whole in a current-gen light and smartly builds upon the best features seen in the previous two installments.

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https://www.amazon.com/Metro-Exodus-Day-One-PlayStation-4/dp/B072JYVYGH?th=1
5. ‘Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden’
The Bearded Ladies

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden takes place within a world ruled by mutants. The aftermath of a deadly outbreak and global nuclear war have resulted in this new set of hybrid humans/animals, who now live their lives scavenging for goods and fending off vicious Ghouls. While this entry doesn’t take place from a first-person perspective, it still offers the type of post-apocalyptic thrills featured in recent Fallout games. Mutant Year Zero’s most commendable mechanic is its combat system, which is tactically similar to the one seen in the XCOM series. You’re going to be doing a whole lot of sneaking, scavenging and shooting during your mutant-filled journey through Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden.

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https://www.amazon.com/Mutant-Year-Zero-Road-Deluxe-PlayStation/dp/B07PN92ZF7?th=1
6. ‘Mad Max’
Avalanche Studios

It may have taken far too long to get one, but gamers finally received a AAA-level game based on the cinematic world of Mad Max in 2015. Everything you’ve come to expect from an interactive Mad Max experience is present and accounted for in this title—a massive desert location, high-octane vehicular combat, survival tactics and a super charismatic side character. There are moments of blood-pumping driving in your trusty Magnum Opus and on-foot gameplay segments that let you put Max’s melee/firearm skills to the test. Mad Max is a shining example of a game based on a film franchise that does a good job of replicating the best parts loyal fans have come to appreciate.

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https://www.amazon.com/Mad-Max-Xbox-One/dp/B00DFT0WVU
7. ‘Horizon Zero Dawn’
Guerrilla Games

This PlayStation 4 exclusive has you dealing with mechanized dinosaurs and other types of creatures instead of nuclear ghouls. With a bow and arrow in hand, you’ll move throughout a variety of gorgeous locales and attempt to discover Aloy’s mysterious origins. The post-apocalyptic world you’ll do all of your hunting and gathering in is ruled by some massive robotic wildlife that takes careful planning and execution to take down. By gathering the materials earned from those creatures, you’ll be able to upgrade Aloy’s equipment and have the means to take on even bigger mechanized beats. Horizon Zero Dawn and its much “frostier” expansion, The Frozen Wilds, offer PS4 owners an incredibly absorbing undertaking.

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https://www.amazon.com/Horizon-Zero-Dawn-Complete-Hits-PlayStation/dp/B07STWQ38X
8. ‘The Last of Us Remastered’
Naughty Dog

Naughty Dog’s highly celebrated PS3 epic (besides Uncharted, of course) has thankfully been brought over to the PS4 in remastered fashion. If you’re not up on The Last of Us at this point, then you’re truly bugging. Here’s a brief summary of The Last of Us’ engrossing tale: You’ll follow Joel and Ellie, two virus outbreak survivors who must rely on each other in a world ruled by infected humans and equally vicious survivors. The game’s single-player campaign will most definitely tug at your heartstrings and keep you on edge as you try to keep Joel and Ellie alive during their perilous journey. The Last of Us Remastered also comes with a surprisingly competent online multiplayer suite and an impressive prequel chapter that puts the spotlight on Ellie and her best friend.

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https://www.amazon.com/Last-Us-Remastered-PlayStation-4/dp/B00JK00S0S
9. ‘Far Cry 5’
Ubisoft

Ubisoft knows a thing or two about crafting first-person shooters in locales full of NPCs worth developing camaraderie with. With the fifth installment in the Far Cry franchise, Ubisoft has chosen to place the game in the good ol’ U.S. of A. You set out to take down a dangerous cult leader and put an end to the congregation known as the Project at Eden’s Gate. Once an initial plan to take down Joseph Seed goes awry, you set out on your own and attempt to right the wrongs within Hope County. Far Cry 5 gives you all the tools necessary to see that plan through and lets you call on the aid of non-cult members to help push you towards your own version of salvation.

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10. ‘Far Cry 5 New Dawn’
Ubisoft

After you’ve sat through the epilogue in Far Cry 5, you’ll be able to continue on through the aftermath in this direct sequel. Seventeen years have taken place since the events of this sequel’s predecessor. Hope County looks a whole hell of a lot brighter thanks to a world-altering event. The strange post-apocalyptic setting you’ll be placed within asks you to take on a crew of raving bandits known as the Highwaymen, who set out to disrupt the plans of a peaceful township. It’s up to you to stay well-armed and keep a few loyal Guns/Fangs for Hire within arms reach during your new mission. There are treasure hunts and cool Expedition quests to enjoy this time around, which makes Far Cry 5 New Dawn a fun spin on the adventure that came before it.

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https://www.amazon.com/Far-Cry-New-Dawn-PlayStation-Standard/dp/B07L1FTG1K?th=1
11. ‘BioShock: The Collection’
2K Games

Irrational Games’ magnum opus is the original BioShock, a thought-provoking game that challenged players’ morality and thirst for power. Maneuvering through the remains of the underwater city of Rapture defined this FPS and added a ton of meaning to your decision-making. BioShock 2, a sequel that lets you wield the power of the dreaded Big Daddy, was a solid follow-up for series fans. Both games embody the type of experience Fallout fans are looking for—an FPS that’s given more levity due to a heavy storyline and an interesting plasmids power-up system. With this collection, you get to play both games and the additional DLC expansions that came with the second game and BioShock Infinite (which is another worthwhile bonus game you need to play).

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https://www.amazon.com/BioShock-Collection-Xbox-One/dp/B01HIZF7XE?th=1
12. ‘Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut’
inXile Entertainment

The original Wasteland came out back in 1988. Fast-forward to 2014 and inXile Entertainment partnered with Deep Silver to produce a sequel no one ever thought would exist. This enhanced edition of the top-down RPG takes place within an alternate history timeline where nuclear war and a meteor crash have impacted planet Earth. Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut has a similar playstyle to the earliest Fallout games, which should be expected since this game comes from the original producer behind those retro titles. You and your Desert Ranger squad have your work cut out for you during your trials through the harrowing fallout zone. This Director’s Cut enhances the visuals, throws in extra squad customization mechanics, adds precision strikes for battles and features more lines of spoken dialogue.

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https://www.amazon.com/Wasteland-2-Directors-Cut-PlayStation-4/dp/B013CQHQFU?th=1
13. ‘RAGE 2’
Avalanche Studios

If Fallout’s dreary and somber environments bummed you out, then RAGE 2’s zany and bombastic world should lift your spirits. Your main protagonist is Walker, the last surviving Ranger of Vineland. The Authority has laid waste to your people and now it’s time for you to exact your revenge. The vast open-world you’re placed smack dab in the middle of is packed with baddies for you to blast, cool NPCs to chat with and big vehicles slam into with your dune buggy. Hideous mutants and members of The Authority will feel your wrath as you unleash your Nanotrite-based powers. The gunplay is exceptional and the on-road segments are just as fun to participate in. RAGE 2 is a post-apocalyptic thrill ride.

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14. ‘Dying Light: The Following–Enhanced Edition’
Techland

Dying Light’s storyline premise may be unoriginal, but its strong gameplay and remarkable parkour movement system give it an extra leg up on other post-apocalyptic survival games. After landing in a quarantine zone called Harran, you step out under the guise of an undercover agent to make sense of your current whereabouts. Your mission objective becomes a bit tangled once you discover the plight of Harran’s survivors, which leads you down a path of turmoil and redemption. Your journey becomes that much harder as you’re forced to hop all over the place and smash zombies in the face all the while. The Enhanced Edition comes with every amazing expansion Dying Light offers and then some. Zombie killing and rooftop running have never been more fun.

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https://www.amazon.com/Dying-Light-Following-Enhanced-PlayStation-4/dp/B019GNMT9Q
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Sports Strength

The Best Pro Wrestling Matches of 2019

There’s likely more wrestling being produced now than there has been in the history of the sport. It’s impossible to watch it all. 2019 was a year marked by upheavals, betrayals and paradigm shifts in the culture of pro-wrestling, but it’s a challenge not to feel exhausted by the 30+ hours of content being produced each week.

Luckily, we’ve narrowed down some of the highlights from the past 365 days of sports entertainment into an easily-digestible list: From emotional interfamilial struggles to exciting explosions of aggression and bravery from new talents.

Here are the 10 best matches from this year.


A quick note: despite Dave Meltzer’s on the record contradictions about quality vs. personal taste in evaluations of pro-wrestling, it’s important to remember this is all subjective and that there’s no real way to objectively evaluate quality. That being said, “best” here refers to exceptional in the areas of cultural and historical impact, emotional impact, and technical proficiency.

1. Jake Atlas vs Jamie Senegal vs Priscilla Kelly vs Devon Monroe vs Big Mama vs Elayna Black 6-Way Door Match, RISE Pride and Joy

In June of 2019, RISE reinvented itself as a gender-inclusive federation hoping to feature the best of pro-wrestling’s most under-appreciated talents. They solidified their new ethos with a six-way match featuring local stars, up-and-coming talents like Devon Monroe, and more established yet often disrespected icons like Jamie Senegal, Priscilla Kelly, and Jake Atlas.

What at first starts as comedic winds up getting deadly serious as each competitor is eliminated until Kelly and Atlas remain, starting a longer feud between the final two which has brought out the best in each of them. Revolutionary not only for political reasons, this match was a career-maker for new athletes but also solidified the esteem of several rising stars.

2. Becky Lynch vs Ronda Rousey vs Charlotte Flair Winner Take All, WWE Wrestlemania 35

The long and uncomfortable history of the WWE’s misogyny was temporarily tabled at Wrestlemania this year, when Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey battled for both women’s titles in a historic match and groundbreaking main event match. Rousey displayed her prodigious talent, Charlotte brought legacy, and Becky came with both populist and gender-bending energies—and although the finishing segment was somewhat botched, audiences were thoroughly rapt by the trio.

It’s possible WWE will never give this honor to women again, especially now that Rousey’s sort of out of the picture, so we’ll have to savor this triumph for a while.

3. Nyla Rose vs Riho, AEW: Dynamite

How could the 98-pound Riho possibly defeat the hulking and powerful Nyla Rose? What seemed like a bizarre mismatch of talents resulted in one of the most exciting matches in AEW’s short history, showing the United States skills each talent had carefully crafted in Japan. Although it would have been more historic had Nyla taken the belt and became the brand’s inaugural champion, Riho’s shocking and well-earned victory was all the more stunning.

4. Io Shirai vs Candice LeRae, NXT: Takeover Toronto

In most mainstream settings, women’s wrestling still isn’t nearly as respected as fights between men. Io Shirai and Candice LeRae are easily two of the best brawlers in the world, and although the feud leading up to this match had been long and somewhat incoherent, the duo stole the show in a non-title match that technically had no real stakes.

More than a narrative progression, this bout was about skill and in-ring psychology, which both combatants proved they had in spades—proving that women’s wrestling could easily be the main event of more cards if bookers were less stubborn.

5. Dasher Hatfield vs Boomer Hatfield, CHIKARA Anneriversario Scotch Mist

The Freudian psychodrama of the Hatfield clan reached its climax in Chicago when Dasher took on his son Boomer, with each fighter’s mask on the line. Although it’s a cliche to say this fight brought tears to the audience’s eyes, in this case, it was quite literal: Fans have a lot of protective transferences towards Boomer and seeing the Hatfield patriarch’s ruthlessness isn’t exactly easy to watch.

Dasher got increasingly desperate as his progeny kept coming up with new counterattacks, prompting the senior fighter to resort to illegal tactics in an attempt to snatch a victory. But Dasher was ultimately defeated, although it might have been a pyrrhic victory for Boomer, leaving the smaller fighter at odds with his entire family.

6. Cody vs Dustin, AEW ‘Double or Nothing’

The culmination of decades of family strife, Dustin and Cody Rhodes’ Shakespearean fight forced the entire industry to take AEW seriously. Although too vicious for many casual fans, the bizarrely feel-good finish provided a happy ending to this violent family feud.

7. Bate vs Walter, NXT UK Takeover: Cardiff

Another classic big vs little dynamic is at play in Tyler Bate vs Walter at Cardiff, Wales this Summer. It’s impossible to not immediately feel affection for the diminutive Bate, whose wiley antics are complimented perfectly by his unbelievable physical strength. Bate does manage to essentially deadlift Walter more than once in this bout, which is no small feat considering the latter is probably twice the size of the former. Tyler’s pluck couldn’t save him from Walter’s mass—meaning that a second title run for Bate is out of the question, at least for a little while.

8. Jon Moxley Vs Tomohiro Ishii, NJPW G1 Climax

Because of the sheer amount of matches in the G1, it’s almost impossible for anyone fight to stand out as particularly striking or magical. But Moxley (FKA Dean Ambrose)’s most savage bout of the tournament with the Stone Pitbull Tomohiro Ishii remains emblazoned in the minds of fans because of its sheer savagery. At one point, the two fighters were both on all fours, hoping to knock the other out with repeated headbutts. Sacrificing his brain cells for victory, Moxley got the pin, but even this win didn’t land him in the finals, somehow.

9. David Starr vs Mercedes Martinez, Uncharted Territory

David Starr’s mouthy personality—and outspoken leftist politics—have earned him scores of enemies on social media and in the ring, but the honorable Mercedes Martinez isn’t one of them. Starr offers an ultra-rare show of respect to open the match, but doesn’t hold back even slightly once the bell rings. The two battle for approximately 30 minutes before Starr delivers a flurry of genuinely frightening closed-fist punches to Martinez’s throat, but she just keeps kicking out, a testament to her inimitable resilience. Starr ultimately gets the pin here, but he’s probably never fought harder in his life.

10. Kofi Kingston vs Daniel Bryan, WWE Wrestlemania 35

WWE isn’t exactly known for being good at handling racial politics, and not-so-subtle hints that this story went far beyond the apolitical tone the company tends to maintain were repeatedly dropped into the buildup for this match. The universally beloved Kofi Kingston took on Daniel Bryan after battling with McMahon over the potential opportunity for months, but it was hard for even the most optimistic fans to believe that the sports entertainment company would get over their prejudices and allow a black heavyweight champion. Kofi nonetheless achieved victory, in a moment as breathtaking as it was groundbreaking.

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Sports Strength

How Do I Get Euro 2020 Tickets?

The biggest global football competition not named the World Cup happens next summer, and based on the teams that have already qualified, it’s going to be a doozie. While the Euro tournament doesn’t quite have the luster of Cup, which pulls from a global pool, the level of soccer is just as high: The worst-ranking Euro team in 2016, Iceland, made a deep run and knocked off the much-higher-ranked England. Iceland, before Euro 2016, was ranked number 35 in FIFA; the worst participant in the 2018 World Cup, Russia, ranked 70.

The first ticket window for Euro 2020 happened earlier this year, and even if you had entered, the odds were not in your favor—19.3 million applied for tickets, according to UEFA. But the next window arrives in December, and there will be opportunities in March/April 2020. So how do you attack? 

Registering

Right now, your best bet is registering with a team federation, groups that will make tickets available to its verified members in December. (Applications for most teams that have qualified, like England’s fan group and Wales’ Red Wall, are still open). England’s process is less intense, and Wales’ appears to be a one-time cost of 15 pounds. 

These are but a few of the many options, especially as more teams will be qualifying through a playoff. Once you’ve got an ID number for a federation, you’ll be able to apply via UEFA’s official ticket portal

General fans can still register. It seems like that’s the least successful route, though. 

Play-In Playoff

This year involves a playoff, where 16 countries compete for the final four spots in Euro 2020. This is the full schedule—these games will be hosted by the higher-ranked home countries, so if you’re looking for those tickets, consult the federations involved.

The four qualifiers’ fan bases will be able to purchase tickets through the UEFA in April.

Resale Options

Getting tickets to Euro 2020 isn’t impossible. But getting tickets for a decent price will be difficult. This year, in order to combat the resale market, the UEFA is setting up a resale site in March, where tickets will go for face value. If you’re willing to take finding tickets down to the wire, this is probably your best bet.

Obviously, StubHub and other resellers will have loads of tickets at inflated prices. However, these prices will fluctuate a lot before next summer—set up some alerts if you’re trying to hit some of the matches, no matter what. 

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Entrepreneurs Grind

How to File for an EIN to Start Your Own Business

Thinking about starting a business in the United States?

Well, you’ll most likely need an EIN, or employer identification number. The unique nine-digit number is used to identify American businesses by the IRS for tax filing purposes and to be able to pay employees. The number never expires and can never be reissued to another business, making it pretty similar to the concept of a Social Security number.

We understand that this information might be new and confusing, so we’ve laid out everything you need to know about EINs and how to properly file for one.

Do You Need One?

The IRS has made it simple for business owners to determine whether their company needs an EIN. 

Basically, if you answer yes to any of the following six questions, you should file:

  • Trusts, except certain grantor-owned revocable trusts, IRAs, exempt organization
  • Business Income Tax Returns
  • Estates
  • Real estate mortgage investment conduits
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Farmers’ cooperatives
  • Plan administrators

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you need an EIN number in order to legally run your business and ensure that taxes can be collected on your business. You’ll also need an EIN if you want to open a bank account for your company.

Other Reasons You Might Need an EIN

EINs are not just for filing taxes but also for opening a bank account with your business name on it, applying for a business credit card, applying for business permits and licenses and also applying for business loans. Additionally, the only time you’ll need to apply for a new EIN is if the ownership or structure of the business changes.

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How to Apply

Now that you’ve determined that you do indeed need an EIN, it’s time to apply. It’s recommended to apply as soon as you launch your business, as most banks and credit unions will not allow a business to open a business account until an EIN has been assigned. Applying is free through the IRS website and business owners should refrain from filing elsewhere, especially websites that claim a fee for the application.

Additionally, there are four ways to apply for an EIN through the IRS: online, by mail, by fax and by phone. The average turnaround time varies per form of application and will help business owners better decide which route they wish to take for filing. Online applications issue EINs immediately after the application is completed and information is validated during the session. Mailed applications take four weeks to process. Faxed applications take up to four business to process, and phone applications for international applicants can vary.

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Sneakers Style

This Week’s Top 5 Sneaker Drops You Should Know

We love sneakers. From the latest collaborations to retro kicks that bring you back to your first pair, we know that feeling when you open the box and inhale that brand-new smell. So we’re rounding up the best and most highly anticipated sneakers every week. Let’s get started.

As 2019 comes to a close, the penultimate month of the year brings an array of shoes you’re not going to want to miss. 

Kanye West and adidas are releasing one of the most anticipated silhouettes as Yeezy perpetuates his promise of Yeezys for everyone. Jordan Brand is dropping one of its best non-OG Air Jordan 1s to date. From Kobe to Penny Hardaway, basketball signature shoes are coming in hot. Also, UNDERCOVER makes its way onto one of the comfiest Air Max styles.

Take a look at the five best shoes releasing this week and tune in next week to see what heat is dropping across the board.

1. Nike Air Foamposite 1 “Shattered Backboard”
https://www.kixify.com/nike-air-foamposite-one-shattered-backboard
Kixify
https://www.kixify.com/nike-air-foamposite-one-shattered-backboard

Date: Nov. 27

Price: $250

Available on Nike.com and at select Nike retailers

The Foamposite 1 makes a strong return at the end of the year with one of the most beloved stories in Nike and Jordan’s history. The colorway is inspired by Michael Jordan’s famous dunk that broke the backboard during an exhibition match in Trieste, Italy, following his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls. The upper features a mosaic of broken glass patterns, and comes with orange laces to truly embrace the orange, black and white combo that has made the “Shattered Backboard” saga so adored.

Kixify
https://www.kixify.com/nike-air-foamposite-one-shattered-backboard
Kixify
https://www.kixify.com/nike-air-foamposite-one-shattered-backboard
2. Air Jordan 1 High OG “Bloodline”
https://www.nike.com/gb/launch/t/air-jordan-1-high-og-black-red/
Nike
https://www.nike.com/gb/launch/t/air-jordan-1-high-og-black-red/

Date: Nov. 29

Price: $160

Available on the SNKRS app and at select Nike retailers

There’s no greater combination in sneakers than a pair of Air Jordan 1s with a black, white and red makeover. The AJ1 features a primarily black and white upper with red piping that pops out in all the right ways. If this is the last Air Jordan 1 to drop in 2019, then it’s a grand finale.

Nike
https://www.nike.com/gb/launch/t/air-jordan-1-high-og-black-red/
Nike
https://www.nike.com/gb/launch/t/air-jordan-1-high-og-black-red/
3. UNDERCOVER x Nike Air Max 720
https://news.nike.com/news/nike-x-undercover-react-boot-and-am720-official-images
Nike
https://news.nike.com/news/nike-x-undercover-react-boot-and-am720-official-images

Date: Nov. 30

Price: $200

Available on the SNKRS app and at select Nike retailers

Jun Takahashi’s UNDERCOVER brand has reimagined lifestyle and performance sneakers thanks to his collabs with Nike and Nike Running. Takahashi’s UNDERCOVER provides a Midas touch to the Nike Air Max 720. The shoe promises all-around comfort, due to its Air Max unit that covers the entire sole. The pairs also come in signature UNDERCOVER colorways such as red, black and that bright citron that always stands out.

Nike
https://news.nike.com/news/nike-x-undercover-react-boot-and-am720-official-images
Nike
https://news.nike.com/news/nike-x-undercover-react-boot-and-am720-official-images
4. Adidas YEEZY Boost 380 “Alien”
https://stockx.com/adidas-yeezy-boost-380-alien
StockX
https://stockx.com/adidas-yeezy-boost-380-alien

Date: TBD

Price: $230

Available on Adidas.com and at select Adidas retailers

Kanye and adidas have officially unveiled the newest silhouette in the Yeezy line. The much-anticipated Adidas YEEZY Boost 380 in an intergalactic colorway is not one to be missed. The futuristic upper makes a great slip-on shoe when mixed with adidas’ revolutionary Boost technology. Every step will feel like you’re walking on a cloud.

StockX
https://stockx.com/adidas-yeezy-boost-380-alien
StockX
https://stockx.com/adidas-yeezy-boost-380-alien
5. Nike Zoom Kobe 4 Protro “Wizenard”
https://www.nike.com/id/launch/t/kobe-4-protro-wizenard/
Nike
https://www.nike.com/id/launch/t/kobe-4-protro-wizenard/

Date: Dec. 1

Price: $175

Available on Nike.com and at select Nike retailers

The Nike Zoom Kobe 4 reshaped the way performance basketball shoes are made and, ultimately, led to basketball shoes being a staple in streetwear and everyday fashion. The low-cut silhouette makes the shoe an excellent pick for your rotation or pick-up games. The colorway is inspired by Kobe’s children’s book, as the Mamba continues to make entrepreneurial strides off the court.

Nike
https://www.nike.com/id/launch/t/kobe-4-protro-wizenard/
Nike
https://www.nike.com/id/launch/t/kobe-4-protro-wizenard/
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Culture Music

Moneybagg Yo Tells Us About His New Album’s Theme and His Love for Designer Drip

Memphis has always been a fertile city for breeding some of hip-hop’s biggest stars. Names like Juicy J, Project Pat, Yo Gotti, Young Dolph and BlocBoy JB come to mind. In the past few years, one of the most memorable Memphis upstarts has got to be Moneybagg Yo, a brash, immensely skilled rapper with unmistakable slang and ferocious mic energy. 

Moneybagg Yo burst on the scene in 2016 as Yo Gotti’s protege with the well-received collab album, 2 Federal. He followed that up with his impressive solo project, Heartless, and from that point on, his place in rap’s landscape has been firmly entrenched. Recent highlights of his career include scoring a cameo feature from J. Cole on the 2018 track “Say Na,” and making mainstream noise earlier this year with the club banger “All Dat” with Megan Thee Stallion

On a recent NYC run to prep his next album, he stopped by ONE37pm to share info on his upcoming music, a newfound respect for timing and his passion for rocking fly gear.

ONE37pm: Tell us about this new album—is it part of your Heartless series? 

Moneybagg Yo: Actually it’s part of the Federal series, but I’m not calling it that. I’m calling it Time Served because this album [release date TBD] is all about perfect timing. It’s me telling you that timing is everything. It’s about 15 tracks on there, and ten of those tracks are what you’d expect from me, but I’ve got some different vibes too. 

What kind of different vibes are you serving up? 

Moneybagg Yo: I’ve got some laid-back West Coast vibes, fun vibes, songs that are really easy on the ear.

Who are the producers you’re working with on this album? 

Moneybagg Yo: I’ve got my in-house producers like YC, somebody that I just signed to my label. And I got Wheezy and Tay Keith on there too. Actually, I think the first single is the Tay Keith joint with me and Lil Baby. 

What’s the rollout looking like for this project? 


Moneybagg Yo: I’m shooting videos for the whole album. Every single song is going to have a video, and then I’m going on tour in March, so we’re stretching it all the way. And after I get off tour, I might drop an EP too. The whole key is keeping consistent.

Moneybagg Yo

When it comes to drip, I always say this, ‘It has to be in you, not on you.‘ It’s got to be a part of you like washing your face or brushing your teeth, so I take it seriously.

ONE37pm is all about maintaining a grind mentality and not procrastinating. How would you describe your own grind mentality? 

Moneybagg Yo: The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is pray before I get the day going. Next, I set my goals for the day and then get to it. I always have the mindset that we’re going to keep going and nothing’s slowing us up. 

Did you always have this go-getter mindset? 

Moneybagg Yo: No, that’s what this album is explaining. Timing is everything. I had to mature and grow into this state of mind. I feel that there’s no better time than now, because when I first got the money, I just blew it. 

What about the days when you’re not feeling the positive energy, and you need an extra spark—is there anyone you go to for inspiration or motivation? 

Moneybagg Yo: I talk to Kevin Gates a lot. If my day is going terrible, I definitely talk to him. He’s older than me and he’s been in the game longer, so he guides me and teaches me about a lot of stuff. And I talk to Yo Gotti a lot too. I also have a lot of Day 1s around me who keep me grounded. 

Let’s talk about your drip game because you’re one of the rappers that’s always fresh to death.

Moneybagg Yo: When it comes to drip, I always say this, “It has to be in you, not on you.” It’s got to be a part of you like washing your face or brushing your teeth, so I take it seriously. And also in this industry, appearance and image is everything. 

What are some of your favorite fashion brands and how often do you shop?

Moneybagg Yo: I like Louis Vuitton, I like Off-White, I like Gucci, Supreme, VLone, Fear of God. I like mixing it up. 

Sarah Jacobs for ONE37pm
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How often do you shop? 

Moneybagg Yo: Every day. It doesn’t matter what city I’m in. I’m always like, “Where’s the mall at?” Sometimes I will stock up, so I will be good for about two weeks, and then I’ll chill with the shopping.

Switching gears, can you tell us about your other side hustles apart from rap? 

Moneybagg Yo: I’ve got my merch thing, and you can find that at BreadGangStore.com. I also got the acting situation going. I have a movie coming out next year called 24 hours. I just like to keep busy. 

How do you make time for everything in your life?

Moneybagg Yo: If you have goals, you can’t rush everything all at once. You have to plan things out and really know what you want to do.

So the Grammy nominations came out and one of the artists you’ve collaborated with—Megan Thee Stallion—didn’t get any nods, even though she had a monster year. Do you have any thoughts about that?

Moneybagg Yo: It is what it is—she’ll be alright. Timing is everything. It’s going to get better and better. You can’t get discouraged. You just got to keep pushing, and it will all eventually happen.