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The New ‘Will Smith’s Bucket List’ Show Is a Big Win for Facebook’s Streaming Service

“Hey. Don’t ever let somebody tell you can’t do something. Not even me,” Will Smith’s character tells his son in 2006’s The Pursuit of Happyness. Well, now the actor is heeding that advice in the real world by checking off everything on his bucket list, and he’s letting us watch it all unfold in a new series fittingly titled Will Smith’s Bucket List.

In a major catch for Facebook, the social network’s relatively new video-on-demand platform Facebook Watch just dropped the trailer (above) and the show’s first episode (below). Smith skydives in the inaugural episode to celebrate his 50th birthday.

“Every time I confront this fear, I feel more free. I wanted my wife [Jada] to skydive with me,” Smith quips in the trailer before shouting out their three children. “Trey and Jaden are going to jump. Willow didn’t come; she told me it’s stupid.”

New episodes will debut every Wednesday, with at least five more already confirmed for the coming weeks. What’s next on his bucket list? Swimming with sharks, running a half marathon in Cuba, dancing in a Bollywood movie, doing standup comedy with Dave Chappelle and racing F1 cars.  

Smith is by far the biggest name on Facebook Watch, which launched in the United States in 2017, followed by an international rollout in August 2018. The service has a steadily growing list of dramas, comedies, reality shows, news programs, talk shows, docuseries and other forms of acquired or original programming.

Facebook Watch has started to offer live sports streaming as well. Notably, it will be reviving MTV’s The Real World, allowing Facebook’s 2.32B monthly active users to vote on the show’s final winner. 

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Taco Bell Is the Official Tortilla Maker for NASA

A lot of people eat at Taco Bell when they’re high, but only the best of the best get to slam a fourth meal at 250 miles above the surface of the Earth. That’sbecause Taco Bell is the official tortilla provider for NASA. 

Tortillas first made their out-of-atmosphere debut in 1985 when Mexican scientist Rodolfo Neri Vela requested to have them included as part of his provisions aboard NASA Space Shuttle Mission STS-61-B, according to the Instagram account First We Feast. Once in orbit, the crew noticed that Vela’s tortillas had one big advantage over bread: They didn’t make any instrument-clogging crumbs.

Tortillas soon became a space staple. NASA originally used fresh tortillas from a local restaurant, but in order to supply extended-duration missions, the agency began developing its own shelf-stable tortillas. When NASA realized that its tortillas started to turn bitter after about six months, they realized it was time to call in the professionals. NASA now stocks its cargo holds with Taco Bell’s extended-shelf-life tortillas, which can stay good for up to one year.

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#TheUnknownHustle: Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper, after graduating from Yale in 1989, was ready to enter the workforce as an investigative reporter. His brother, Carter Vanderbilt Cooper, committed suicide at age 23 by jumping off the balcony of their family penthouse. The tragedy propelled Cooper to tell stories of survival. “I wanted to figure out how to survive,” he told Maclean’s magazine in 2006. “My brother hadn’t survived. I wanted to go places where people were surviving and there had been tragedies and people were getting through them.”

His first attempt at breaking into journalism, starting from the bottom, did not pan out. “I started out trying to get a job answering phones at ABC and I couldn’t get it—which I guess shows the value of a Yale education,” he joked in a 2004 interview with Media Bistro. So in 1991, Cooper—with no professional training or experience—borrowed a Hi-8 video camera, asked a friend of his to mock up a fake press pass, and set off to Thailand.

Armed with his phony press credentials, a camcorder, and the faintest idea of a plan, Cooper set out to document Burmese refugees at the Thai-Burmese border as they attempted to overthrow their country’s military dictatorship. He sold the footage to Channel One, a closed-circuit television station where he had previously worked as a fact checker. Eighteen months later, he was hired as a correspondent.

For two years, Cooper toiled in political flashpoints like Bosnia, Croatia and Rwanda. His boots-on-the-ground approach to these rather harrowing stories gave him experience in front of the camera and showed a willingness to get into the thick of it. At 25, based solely on his work at Channel One, Cooper received an offer to work at ABC News—three years after they turned him down for a job answering phones. Now, Cooper works at CNN, hosting his own program, Anderson Cooper 360. He is worth a reported $100 million, and probably does not answer his own phone.

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9 Movies to Check Out at Sundance 2019

1. Apollo 11
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Still from “Apollo 11”

The space mission that spawned humanity’s first moon landing and launched Buzz Aldrin to hero status has never truly been explored beyond the available crackly radio transmissions and black-and-white footage from 1969. Director Todd Douglas Miller has crafted a documentary on the mission featuring never-before-seen 65mm Panavision footage that brings the seminal accomplishment into full-blown, hi-res color, just in time for its 50th anniversary.

2. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
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Still from “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile”

Zac Efron as Ted Bundy? Sign us tf up! After his 1979 sorority house murders, Bundy was convicted in the first-ever televised murder trial. Director Joe Berlinger, however, frames it as a story told through the perspective of Bundy’s girlfriend, Liz Kloepfer.

3. Velvet Buzzsaw

If you somehow forgot director Dan Gilroy’s bloodletting work of art Nightcrawler, starring a 30-pounds-lighter Jake Gyllenhaal, then go watch it, if only to prepare yourself for Velvet Buzzsaw. It again stars Gyllenhaal, this time in the role of art critic/gallery owner, Morf Vandewalt, a character in the vein of Miranda Priestly. But there are some supernatural forces at work and a deceased artist’s paintings come to life in a very Haunted Mansion way.

4. Honey Boy
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Honey Boy

Shia LaBeouf is making a biopic about his relationship with his father. Directed by Alma Har’el and written by LaBeouf, the story centers on his relationship with Jeffrey, a Vietnam vet and alcoholic. He was trained as a dell’arte clown, who essentially made LaBeouf junior masquerade as a clown on the streets for money as a preteen. LaBeouf would accompany his dad to AA meetings while they lived out of a motel in his Even Stevens days. LaBeouf plays a character loosely based on Jeffrey and Lucas Hedges will play a young Shia.

5. Halston
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Actress Liza Minnelli (right) relaxes at Studio 54 with fashion designer Halston and Bianca Jagger

In terms of American fashion designers, there are few rivals for the legendary womenswear designer Halston. He was the cream of the rag trade during the Studio 54 era. Directed by Frédéric Tcheng—the man who had a hand in Making a Murderer‘s second season and directed Dior and I—brings Halston’s rags-to-riches story, and ultimate downfall, to the big screen.

6. The Sound of Silence
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More on the arthouse side of things comes The Sound of Silence, which promises a kooky narrative about a “house tuner” (Peter Sarsgaard) who services New Yorkers to calibrate the sound in their homes to appropriately influence their moods. He diagnoses discordant sounds—a radiator with the whirring of a kitchen appliance, for example—and fixes it. When the tuner visits a new client (Rashida Jones), his formerly airtight theories are questioned and his profession comes under scrutiny.

7. Love, Antosha
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Anton Yelchin

Anton Yelchin—the formidable young actor and star of films like Star Trek and Like Crazy, who lost his life in 2016 due to a freak car accident in his driveway—will be the subject of Love, Antosha. Director Garret Price’s feature debut, the sweeping doc will tell the story of the Russian actor’s all-too-short life.

8. Honeyland
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Not to be confused with Honey Boy, the Shia LaBeouf dad biopic, Honeyland is a documentary about a bee hunter. The film is gaining a lot of buzz already. Film critics and the hive mind have really gotten stung by its charm. This story is about Europe’s last female bee hunter who has to course correct when too many nomadic beekeepers flout the golden beekeeper rule: Take half the honey, leave half for the bees.

9. The Great Hack
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The Great Hack

Directors Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim tackle the subject of data exploitation in The Great Hack, taking stock of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal through the eyes of the personalities who were involved. Noujaim, who directed 2013’s incredible documentary The Square, is back to take on the Zuck and dismantle the chilling ways in which data has become more valuable than oil.

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Instagram Is the New Press Release for Celebs and Brands

Whether used to express outrage or make big announcements, Instagram has become the go-to outlet for celebrities and brands to distribute their headline-making thoughts and news. Just look at Rihanna, Taylor Swift and The Rock, three of the most influential stars in pop culture, who have leveraged the social network to perfection in 2018.

In the past, statements from stars would be typed into a press release and disseminated to journalists and wire services everywhere. Comparatively, the process was relatively slow. Now more than ever before—in a digital world where speed and authenticity of information are paramount amid shortening attention spans and venomous keyboard critics—stars of all fame levels are using Instagram’s feed posts, Insta stories and IGTV videos to reveal personal and career tidbits in an unfiltered fashion.

Let’s take a look at how three A-list celebs have proven Instagram is the new press release, a trend that will only be further solidified in 2019.

Rihanna reacts to Snapchat’s ‘ignorance’

An interactive “Would You Rather” advertisement on Snapchat, which asked app users if they’d rather “slap Rihanna” or “punch Chris Brown,” drew immediate backlash and a swift response from domestic violence survivor Rihanna in March. The nine-time Grammy winner and entrepreneur, who was just named ONE37pm’s Most Entrepreneurial Musicians of 2018, posted a message on her Insta stories rightfully criticizing Snapchat for allowing an ad that made light of her and Brown’s past and that gamified abuse.

“All the women, children and men that have been victims of [domestic violence] in the past and especially the ones who haven’t made it out yet, you let us down,” Rihanna wrote on Instagram while Snapchat tried issuing a public apology, but the damage had already been done. “Shame on you. Throw the whole app-oligy away.”

After the offensive incident, Snapchat reportedly loss $800 million as users revolted by deleting the app in defense of Rihanna and as Snap’s stocks dipped in market value. Rihanna’s passionate public response to her more than 60 million Instagram followers, using only simple red text in her Insta stories, was more effective and more real than press releases of yesteryear and the move drummed up enormous media coverage on an issue bigger than herself—to help shed light on insensitive things affecting domestic abuse survivors. Rihanna has also leveraged Instagram to promote her acclaimed Fenty empire of makeup and lingerie with artsy posts and playful videos in her feed and stories, in turn helping her net worth soar to an estimated $260 million this year. 

Taylor Swift announces major industry news

In an important music industry shift, Taylor Swift decided to leave Big Machine Records, a label she has been with for more than a decade, to join the Universal Music Group family. She unveiled the news on Instagram, explaining to 100 million-plus followers and curious journalists that the fresh record deal also affects every artist at the label.

“I feel so motivated by new opportunities in the streaming world and the ever changing landscape of our industry. I also feel strongly that streaming was founded on and continues to thrive based on the magic created by artists, writers and producers,” Swift, a 10-time Grammy winner who has previously fought for fair pay for all artists in the streaming era, wrote on Instagram. “There was one condition that meant more to me than any other deal point. As part of my new contract with [UMG], I asked that any sale of their Spotify shares result in a distribution of money to their artists, non-recoupable. They have generously agreed to this, at what they believe will be much better terms than paid out previously by other major labels.”

Swift doesn’t often participate in many press interviews anymore, opting instead to use Instagram and other social platforms to give her opinions directly to her faithful Swifties fan base. She regularly updates her Insta stories while touring to offer behind-the-scenes access and to thank music journalists for their concert reviews. 

The Rock gets personal with his announcements

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson not only adorably Insta announced he and Lauren Hashian were expecting their second child together at the end of 2017, but they followed up this news this year by Insta announcing the birth of that baby, Tiana. 

In the past, and even sometimes now, celebrity media outlets would pay big money for the exclusive pregnancy announcements and first baby photos. But Instagram has put the power in the celebs’ hands to unveil their personal news themselves. 

And who knows? Maybe one day The Rock will take a break from his presidential sushi posts to announce his bid for the United States presidency on Instagram.

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More Adults Get Their News from Social Media Than Print Newspapers

20 percent of American adults said that they often get their news from social media, while only 16 percent said the same about print newspapers, according to the Pew Research Center. It’s the first time that timelines have trumped newsprint since Pew began asking the question.

Television (49 percent) is still most adults go-to news source, followed by news websites (33 percent) and radio (26 percent). But TV is officially on throne watch. Social media is the #1 way those ages 18 to 29 choose to stay informed.

In this era of “fake news” and misinformation, the idea that more and more people are getting their news from social media certainly sets a dangerous precedent. This isn’t to say that reporting from newspapers is always 100 percent accurate but the rapid exchange of information between people, thanks to social media certainly makes it a cause for concern. 

This study is hardly a surprise, as print media has been in a steady decline for years now and you’d be hard pressed to find a millenial that has purchased a newspaper recently. With the ability to get their news in an instant on their phone, newspapers have a very difficult time playing catch up. 

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ONE37pm’s 2018 from A to Z

When we launched ONE37pm in 2018, we set out to create content at the intersection of culture, style, music and sports, all through the lens of entrepreneurship. We’ve reported on the biggest cultural movements, the street-stealing style stars, rounded up the sickest playlists and covered sports highlights for five months. Our @ONE37pm Instagram account has grown to more than 107,000 followers, our @137pm Twitter account just surpassed 10,000 followers, and our editors utilize every minute of every day to keep you in-the-know.

Thanks for joining us on the journey.

A is for Amazon
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Here’s Why Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Banned PowerPoint Presentations

Amazon may be the highest-covered topic at ONE37pm, but can you blame us? Jeff Bezos has an estimated net worth of $138 billion. 

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B is for BAH’s Bangers
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BAH’s Bangers Music Playlist

Brian Anthony Hernandez, better known as BAH, is ONE37pm’s music maestro. He releases a bangin’ weekly playlist of music you should know. You can listen and subscribe to BAH’s Bangers on Spotify or Apple Music

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C is for Chris Brickley
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How Chris Brickley Made Waves in Basketball and Streetwear

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D is for Dog Documentaries

Netflix’s Documentary on Dogs Will Make You Adopt a Pooch

There is a new, six-part documentary on Netflix. It’s aptly titled Dogs, and follows the much-improved lives of dog owners around the world whose struggles are improved by the presence of a pup. The series is a telegenic anti-depressant, a cerebral palate cleanser. It will make you forget your woes and sign up for a bunch of dog adoption newsletters and meme accounts.

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E is for Esports
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Esports IRL: Why 20,000 People Went Wild Watching Gamers Play for $1 Million

Like avid music fans flowing into a stadium for a concert, tens of thousands of video game lovers walked into Brooklyn’s Barclays Center this summer for the final leg of the Overwatch League, a global professional eSports league with a top prize of $1 million. The Overwatch League Grand Finals attracted an astonishing 22,434 people over the two day competition in late July, with countless more watching the first-ever live primetime broadcast of an eSports event on ESPN in addition to live domestic showings on ESPN2, Disney XD and Twitch, as well as other international platforms.

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F is for Fortnite
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What the Heck Is Fortnite Creator Epic Games Going to Do With Its New $1.25 Billion Investment?

Remember when global phenomenon Fortnite made more than $1 billion from in-app purchases alone in less than a year of existence? Yup, and on top of that gigantic windfall, Fortnite developer Epic Games announced it received $1.25 billion in funding from several venture capital firms.

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G is for Grooming
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How to Start Your Own Grooming Brand, According to Four Recent Founders

The grooming market is absolutely booming right now. To help you collect some practical advice on what it takes to launch a business in this exciting but ever-crowded industry, we asked a few recent founders to share some words of wisdom.

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H is for Hockey Jerseys

Hockey’s Hottest Jerseys, Ranked

When watching a sporting event, the first thing you notice is the jerseys. Whether it’s the signature Lakers purple and gold or the pinstripe Yankees uniforms, a franchise’s jersey induces a nostalgic feeling. And few leagues have the history of the National Hockey League.

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I is for Instagram’s Best Dad
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Proof Pierce Brosnan Is Instagram’s Most Supportive Dad

“The name’s Bond, James Bond, but you can call me… ‘Daddy.’” I presume that is a line that Pierce Brosnan—Goldeneye and Tomorrow Never Dies Bond, arguably the most shook, least stirred Bond—employs earnestly when he talks to his children Paris, 17, and Dylan, 21. He has given up his former position as the granddaddiest of James Bonds post–Sean Connery. Now, in his sunset years, the 65-year-old actor has really leaned into his latest role: Supportive father, especially on Instagram, @piercebrosnanofficial.

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J is for JHart
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JHart Breaks Down Writing Lyrics for Justin Bieber, Camila Cabello, TLC, Keith Urban & Usher

Before JHart became the Grammy-nominated songwriter for chart-topping pop stars that he is today, he once dressed up as serial entrepreneur Richard Branson for his elementary school’s annual career day. He used a marker on his face to mimic Branson’s beard. After that day in fifth grade, JHart mailed Branson a photo of his costume with a short letter, to which the billionaire wrote back, “Nice stubble!”

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K is for Kendrick Lamar
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A Mid-Year Rewind for Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar is killing it. The 31-year-old won Best Album of the Year and Best Male Hip-Hop Artist at the BET Awards, continuing what has been a historic and just downright dope winning streak for the artist this year. From sell-out sneakers to that little thing called the Pulitzer Prize, K-Dot could take the rest of the year off and still call 2018 a success.

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L is for Leather Backpacks
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In Defense of Leather Backpacks

In today’s ever-evolving work culture that prizes jeans over slacks, the definition of “business casual” is changing. Starched button-downs and three-piece suits have been traded for comfort, and rightfully so. There is no longer a need to overdress for the workplace. But there is one facet of the modern man’s wardrobe worth elevating: The leather backpack, a contemporary’s briefcase. 

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M is for Modern Masculinity
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What Timothée Chalamet and Harry Styles Can Teach Us About Modern Masculinity

Two of the biggest names in teendom, who wield a following of 26.6 million on Instagram combined, talked over the phone this year. Pop star Harry Styles and actor Timothée Chalamet—tethered to the line like mutual admirers genuinely curious about how the other navigates fame and attention—discussed a topic that essentially never comes up in conversation between two cis men: masculinity.

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N is for Nas
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#LowKeyInvestor: Nas

Nas was suspended in the seventh grade for stabbing a kid in the neck with a pencil. A yellow No. 2 pencil, to be exact. By the eighth grade, he dropped out of school.  But, now he’s quietly acting as a founding member of a venture capital firm called Queensbridge Venture Partners. The number of investments to date is 127, according to Crunchbase

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O is for ‘Overwatch’ Legos
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‘Overwatch’ Lego Joins Short List of Video Games That Have Inspired Official Lego Sets

“Look out, world, Lego Tracer’s here!” Yup, Lego sets inspired by the popular Overwatch video game are coming soon. In a very vague video teaser, Lego and game developer Blizzard Entertainment just confirmed Tracer will be the first Overwatch character to be transformed into a Lego mini-figure. With esports exploding in popularity (22,000-plus people recently attended the sold-out Overwatch League Grand Finals), it’s no surprise Lego wanted in on the Overwatch frenzy.

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P is for Post Malone’s Postmates
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How Post Malone Spent $40,000 on Postmates

Imagine spending $8,000 on 10,000 biscuits. Hitmaker Post Malone did just that, using delivery service app Postmates to get those Popeyes biscuits to his Coachella party.

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Q is for Quality Products
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10 Products You Shouldn’t Cheap Out On (And 5 You Should)

We took the time to assess some essential everyday items, weighing out how much value they bring in comparison to their price point using state of the art equations and technology (not really). Here are the results.

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R is for Rap Beef
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The Evolution of the Rap Beef

As rap has ascended to the forefront of pop music, prominent rap beefs have taken on increased stature in pop culture. The war of words has elevated their battlegrounds from the early days of playground sound-offs to leaving it all in the booth. And lately, beef has been served up extra rare on the social media timeline.

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S is for Sushi
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Just How Presidential Are The Rock’s Sushi Sunday Meals?

Sandwiched between Instagram snaps of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson high-finning a beluga whale and bench-pressing a scrapyard’s worth of iron sits an innocuous photo of some sushi in front of a laptop. The screen is open to a streaming service. He’s about to sit down and soak in a documentary with a buffet of sushi. It’s probably one of the most familiar images for workaday millennials everywhere: What to order on Seamless and what to queue up on Netflix?

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T is for Track Pants
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NBA Stylist Courtney Mays Is Here to Help You Pull Off Track Pants

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U is for Unisex Skincare

Unisex Skin Care Is Here to Give You Skin as Nice as Hers

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V is for ‘Venom’

Why Is ‘Venom’ a Hit in China? Thank This Video Depicting Venom as a Socialist Hero

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W is for Wyclef Jean
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X is for X Games

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Y is for Young Style Leaders
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10 Young Style Leaders Who Launched Their Careers on Instagram

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A Love Letter to My $800 Plug-In Pizza Oven

Calling all pizza aficionados! Who owns a pizza stone? Who’s tried making cast iron skillet pizza? Same. I’ve tried basically every hack to try to achieve wood-fired pizza at home. Spoiler: None of them replicate it. And that’s not because my pie skills are lacking.

The number one issue is that home ovens don’t reach the same sky-high temperatures as wood-fired ovens. On average, their max temp is 450°F. For a tender but crisp crust—with an unmistakable leopard spot pattern of charring—you need a quick, intense heat.

That’s why when I was intrigued when Breville recently released The Smart Oven Pizzaiolo, the first plug-in countertop pizza oven that reaches 750°F.

I’ll preface my review by saying that I’m not about gadgets that have a single purpose, whether they’re mango peelers or smoothie-only blenders. But this pizza oven seemed like it was something different. For starters, it’s compact, about the size of a regular pizza oven. Furthermore, it promises to cook pizza in two minutes flat. And that promise, ladies and gents, I can’t resist.

To adequately test out the oven, I invited one of my heroes into our test kitchen: Paulie Gee, founder and owner of the pizza franchise Paulie Gee’s. He casually rolled up with 40 balls of pizza dough and toppings galore.

Although the oven took about 10 minutes to heat up, once it came to temperature, boy did it deliver. Paulie used the peel that came with the oven to slide in one of his signature “Hellboy” pies. Within 30 seconds, the dough was cooked through and beginning to char. Two minutes in, the pie was ready. Warm, crisp, crackling and gorgeously charred.

Heath Goldman

Paulie’s response? “I get to take this oven home with me, right?”

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NASA Voyager 2, JUICE WRLD, Sonic and More: The Stories to Start Your Week Off With

Another week, another batch of #content to sift through. The gang of ONE37pm editors met up to discuss stories that would make you—the reader—informed, entertained and amazed by what is going on in the world of hustle and grind. Some made the cut, while others were given the boot.

Here are some stories that were pitched that we just had to pull a Beyoncé on: TO THE LEFT, TO THE LEFT!

NASA’s Voyager 2 Probe Enters Interstellar Space

Voyager 2, a probe NASA created in 1977, has reached exponential heights as another historical feat was made yesterday. For the second time in history, an object created by a team of scientists has entered the space between the stars. The handmade object left the heliosphere—the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields generated by the sun. Voyager 2 has proven to be a huge feat for science in space because an item that was made to last five years has been in existence for 41 years, making it the longest-running mission NASA in history. 

Is There a Juice WRLD/Kid Cudi Collab in the Works?

Rising star Juice WRLD has been heating up the streets with his summertime hit “Lucid Dreams” as well as his collaboration project with Future titled “WRLD on Drugs.” Now, the Chicago-bred rapper is set to collab with another hit-making great. Juice WRLD recently took to Twitter to express his desires to work with rapper Kid Cudi.

WRLD has cited Cudi to be one of his inspirations to get involved in the rap game. He mentions how Cudi brings him inner peace. 

Is there world ready for an epic “humming session” from Cudder to go with the melodic trap sound of Juice WRLD’s artistry? Only time will tell if this collaboration inquiry will come through but Cudder, if you are reading this…..give the kids what, what they want!?

A SEGA video game classic is making his way to the theatres

A revolution is about to be revitalized as a classic video game hero will be making an epic big-screen appearance. Sonic The Hedgehog will be making his box office appearance on November 15, 2019. Ben Schwartz, who appeared in the comedy smash, Night School with Kevin Hart & Tiffany Haddish, will be the voice of the supercharged hedgehog. While James Marsden, Tika Sumpter and Jim Carrey will also star in the live-action film.

Who’s ready to see our favorite speedy, daredevil take down the evil Doctor Robotnik? Let’s get ready to take it back to 1991. Blow on the cartridge and let’s go for a ride.


Jay-Z shares his favorite songs of 2018

As we have roughly three weeks left to prepare for what to look forward to in 2019, it’s time to be on the lookout for year-end recaps. 

One year-end recap that has people buzzing about is the music that was most liked by none other than Jay-Z. Mr. Shawn Carter took to his streaming platform, TIDAL, to reveal a playlist he curated called, “JAY-Z’s Year-End Picks.” The Brooklyn lyrical mastermind chose 20 rap songs that were in heavy rotation throughout the year 2018. Some of the most notable songs Hov chose were Travis Scott’s, “SICKO MODE”, Sheck Wes, “Mo Bamba” and Drake’s “Emotionless”. He even blessed Kanye with a recognition by adding ” Freeee (Ghost Town, Pt. 2)” off of his collaborative project with Kid Cudi.


Guess when he’s not decapitating rappers on their own tracks, he has his ear to the streets. Hov has a bright future in putting some dope tunes together.

Be ready to have your head bopping to some of this year’s biggest hits on TIDAL like…….

End of an era

All eyes were set at the Staples Center as sports fans watched one final matchup of two of the greatest players ever to put on an NBA uniform.

The Miami Heat was in town to play against the LA Lakers which means fans get to witness one last showdown between LeBron James and one of his closest friends, Dwyane Wade. What makes this matchup so epic is that this will be Wade’s final time playing an away game for the Heat at the Staples Center. During the offseason, Wade announced that this would be his last year as an NBA player. 

The game came down to the last possession as Wade got the ball and James was guarding him. Wade made a move and fired a three-point shot that was way off. James secured the long rebound in which capped off an epic final showdown that Lakers won 108-105.

The real moment of the night came when the game ended, and two great competitors became friends and embraced one another like the true champions they are. Yes, you’re eyes were sweating, not mine. 

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Here Are 2018’s Most Tweeted About Moments in Entertainment

2018 has been filled with a lot of “WTF” moments. ICYMI happening in real time—everything from Pete Davidson’s brief engagement to Ariana Grande to the announcement of LeBron James signing with the LA Lakers—the Twitter timeline was there to hash out out some of the most interesting and animated hot takes in 280 characters or less.

Some were funny, others were annoying, but it’s undeniable that the social platform continues to excel at being the No. 1 outlet for any and all reactions. Just this week, Twitter released its annual data about the most tweeted about events shared on its platform, and the most discussed entertainment moments in 2018 are…


The movie Black Panther was a blockbuster hit. Starring Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan, it smashed a ton of box office records en route to becoming the 10th highest grossing movie of all time.

Now, the epic Marvel flick has become the most tweeted about movie of 2018. Securing two Golden Globe nominations for Best Motion Picture (Drama) and Original Score, Black Panther beat out Avengers: Infinity War, The Incredibles 2, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Deadpool 2 for the most mentions. By the way, Disney had four of the top movies on this list.

SNL Continues To Be The Show To Watch

Forty-four seasons in and SNL is still finding ways to stay relevant. The late-night sketch show was the most tweeted about TV show this year. Maybe it was thanks to Alec Baldwin’s reoccurring presidential impression. Or Robert De Niro channeling Robert Mueller? Maybe it’s because last year’s champs (Game Of Thrones) took the year off. OK, just kidding. We all know it’s because of the Pete Davidson/Ariana Grande breakup.

The K-pop Craze

K-pop sensation BTS had the Twitter timeline go from 0 to 100 … real quick.

The Korean boy band was the most tweeted about celebrity in 2018. The breakthrough sensations have been changing the game in the music industry as their latest album, Love Yourself: Tear went No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in May of this year. Selling over 100,000 units, they became the most successful Asian acts ever. They broke the internet when their rendition of Drake’s #InMyFeelingsChallenge became the most liked tweet of the year. When you get an international pop sensation and a Drake mashup, the internet crashes.