Popish: March 10

Swoosh

Nike’s brand promise is to “bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world” with the asterisk defined as “*if you have a body, you are an athlete.” In its latest demonstration of inclusion, Nike has come out with the Nike Pro hijab for headscarf-wearing women. The product uses Nike’s breeziest fabric and has been developed and tested with headscarf-wearing athletes. Zahra Lari, who is a figure skater from the UAE, shows that nothing holds her back: “I am covered, I am Muslim, I am from a desert country, and I’m doing a winter sport.”

 

Just by chance

Chance the Rapper is someone worth knowing. The independent artist won three Grammys this year: Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap Album. On top of that, he has kindly donated $1,000,000 to Chicago public schools. As Michelle Obama said, “When you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.”

 

Texas is where it’s at

This weekend is the first of SXSW (South by Southwest), the tech, film, music extravaganza in Austin, TX. Vice President Joe Biden is speaking on Sunday at one of the first SXSW events, a part of the Connect to End Cancer series. Connect to End Cancer aims to facilitate conversation and innovation among entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, celebrities, philanthropists, leaders in the industry, and SXSW attendees to help in the fight against cancer.

 

Tidbits:

  • Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan announce their second baby girl
  • Bottled water passed sodain volume and consumption per capita in the US. Y’all, it’s water
  • You know that baffling feeling you get when someone who manufactures tie clips and neckties uses scotch tapeto keep theirtie together? No? Here you go
  • Chelsea Clinton ruins pancakesand everyone is horrified
  • Elmo tweetsAdele to meet up in Australia
  • Yesterday, March 9th, marked 20 years since Biggie passed #RIP
  • Martha Stewart put Rick Ross’s (he’s a rapper) cover art on a cake– looks like M-Stizzle has really been hanging with the kool kids
  • “Becky with the good hair” was a category on Jeopardy. If you don’t know what this is, please stop by my desk and we can sip some lemonade
  • Puma announceship hop artist Big Sean as a Global Ambassador and Creative Collaborator for 2018
  • A whale surfaces and gets a big smoochfrom a whale watcher

 

Popish: March 3

Pizza pizza

If you’re still picking up the phone to order in pizza, you’re doing it wrong. Domino’s customers can get their pizza fix by ordering in a multitude of unique ways: tweeting or texting a pizza emoji, asking Alexa, chatting on Facebook Messenger, and ordering through Google Home. Current market-share king Pizza Hut has until now only had its website… the Hut just debuted pizza-ordering high-top shoes. Now you can gain shoe cred and reward yourself with a slice of heaven.

 

Who run the world?

In honor of Women’s History Month, our favorite paper towel man has stepped aside and been replaced with a woman – fierce red lipstick and all. Brawny updated its packaging this month and is using the hashtag #strengthhasnogender.

 

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If robots infiltrated the economy, would your job become obsolete? The researchers at Oxford have come up with the statistic that 47% of U.S. jobs could be automated within the next twenty years. Even though I am personally skeptical, I found the logic interesting. See if your job is on the list (looking at you, middle managers!) and tell me if you think this is a stretch.

 

Mamma mia!

Italians have got their feathers ruffled as news broke that their coffee will now be threatened by a green siren with two weird mermaid tails. Starbucks is opening its first store in Italia, the land that perfected the espresso. Howard Schultz’s company waited to open stores in 75 countries before finally moving to open one in Italy. It is a daring move, as Italians and their coffee come with deep traditions and high expectations. Local bar owners (in Italy, a “bar” is where one goes to “take” an espresso and nibble on brioche) aren’t too worried- they seem assured that both their shops and Starbucks can coexist since they both serve different purposes: one serves complex to-go drinks and the other is a no-frills part of Italian morning routine.

 

Tidbits

  • Tom Hanks sent an espresso maker to the White House Pres Corps (they need the caffeine!) with a note
  • Uber CEO argueswith his Uber driver. When video goes viral, the CEO pledges publicly to get help on leadership
  • No more blooms for Katy! Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry split, citing a need for “respectful, loving space.” As with any breakup, a new hairdois complete!
  • Rihanna wins the 2017 Harvard Humanitarian of the Year award for her work in the Caribbean, and she accepts the awardin a very RihRih way
  • Beyoncé can’t headline Coachella anymore because #twins so Lady Gagais yet again taking the place of Queen Bey (ahem,Super Bowl, ahem) #stillsalty
  • Paris Jackson, Michael’s 18-year-old daughter, has signed on with IMG Modelsand will have an acting role in a new Fox series called Star
  • Add this to book club: Barack and Michelle have signed book dealswith Penguin House for their memoirs

 

Popish: November 3rd

Short and sweet this time!

  • Lindsay Lohan has come back into the spotlight, complete with a new, unidentifiable accent. Hear it for yourself! Lindsay says,’It’s a mixture of most of the languages I can understand or am trying to learn.’ It’s a global accent for her latest venture: a nightclub in Athens, Greece.
  • The latest emoji update is adding in emojis to keep up with popular culture, such as the face palm emoji, the fox, fingers crossed, and an emoji doing the shrug (¯\_()_/¯)
  • Neil Patrick Harris becomes Count Olaf for Netflix’s rendition of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Kendall Jenner turned 21 today. Add another one to your “younger than me but more accomplished list”
  • Melania Trump just made a campaign speech in Pennsylvania today. Her focus as First Lady would be cyber-bullying and women’s rights. #ohtheirony
  • Speaking of Trump
  • The artists on the Hamilton mixtape tho! Sia, Kelly Clarkson, Nas, John Legend, Usher, and more
  • Last night was a historic and legendary night in sports, with the Cubs winning the World Series after over a century. The parade will be tomorrow starting at Wrigley Field
  • Queen B performed at the Country Music Awards last night with fellow Texans, the Dixie Chicks. The performance got a lot of backlash, but Bey still slays
  • If you haven’t voted yet, go vote!

Next time you get Popish, the world will be very different

Popish: October 28th

Warriors of the Amazon

Amazon keeps us on our toes, doesn’t it? Amazon’s newest 10-second ads got commended for showing Alexa shine in lifelike, funny situations, and they actually got compared to Target’s 2011 ad clips of a similar nature. Another Amazon win: reading reviews has become an integral part of how we shop now. In a move to gain consumers’ trust; Amazon has banned incentivized reviews.

 

The sky is falling

Earlier this week, The New York Times printed a list of everything and everyone (all 282) Donald Trump has insulted on Twitter since declaring his presidency; particularly enlightening are the endless glowing reviews of Hillary Clinton. Tired of emails? The FBI launchedanother foray into Clinton’s emails. Either way you vote, our country will enter a new era on November 8th.

 

Tidbits:

  • Do you really need that extra heater on? Ourplanet is at its hottest in 115,000 years thanks to climate changeexperts say
  • The new “The Dress”: these legs!“Once you see it, you can’t unsee it”
  • There are rumors that Drake and Taylor Swift are a thing now… no, Drake, noooo.
  • While it’s acceptable for girls to be tomboys, there is a huge stigma against boys wanting to do “girl things” – here we see anIrish toy company addefying the norm
  • That’s So Raven, my favorite Disney Channel show, is returning to TVsoon with Raven as a mother of two!
  • Vine, the company that brought you six seconds of crackling laughter at a time, is officially being shut down
  • This great Instagram postfrom fashion lifestyle site, Refinery29
  • It can be weird growing little humans in a world of constant media; here’s an articlethat tries to give parents structure on how to do it well
  • recipefor Monday night to practice for this upcoming winter

 

Peace, love, and pumpkin spice everything,

Aditi

Popish: August 26

Beliebe me when I say I’m gone

Justin Bieber has deleted his Instagram after an ignited comment-feud with his ex, Selena Gomez. Basically, after posting a ton of pictures with a chick presumed to be his girlfriend, fans were posting negative comments to which Justin replied asking them to care for someone he likes like they say they care for him. Selena commented with a snarky “then don’t post pics of your girlfriend lol” message and it all went down from there.

 

I feel like Benjamin Button

Twenty five years ago this week, the internet was born as a clunky WorldWideWeb that could upload and download information (slowly) across the world. As the Web progressed, it got faster, shinier, more higher-resolution, and complex. Imagine what we can do today with internet! Happy quarter-century birthday to surfin’ the net. To put it in more shocking terms, the inventor of the World Wide Web is only 61 years old today.

 

Just to be Frank

After four years of impatient anticipation from his fans, Frank Ocean finally dropped his long-awaited music album Blonde (stylized as Blond) earlier this week. There was a lot of buildup and hype generated by fans who were stalking Ocean’s website, eager to see if any lines of code had changed. The drop of this album also highlighted tension in the music industry: Frank Ocean’s album released through Apple Music, highlighting the unfairness that can come with streaming services. It also was a big middle finger to Universal Music Group; Ocean dropped a “visual” album the day before Blond dropped, thereby fulfilling his contractual agreement with the label and cutting them out of profits from the much-awaited Blond that dropped the next day.  

 

Tidbits:

·        A man goes on a honeymoon alone (#HoneymoonWithoutHoney) when his new bride misplaces her passport and can’t join him on their preplanned Italian getaway

·        Thursday marked fifteen years since the passing of Aaliyah, credited to be the angel of hip and R&B, even posthumously, after her untimely death in an airplane crash at the age of 22

·        The United States Postal Service is releasing a stamp this October in celebration of Diwali, the New Year/”Festival of Lights” holiday that many in India and the Indian diaspora celebrate

·        Forget the lazy millennial stereotype. A study published about by the HBR actually shows that Millennials actually have stronger work ethics

·        Rent the Runway, a site that lets you rent dresses and accessories, has turned to Snapchat to better answer their customers’ questions on fit and style when picking clothes online

Popish: August 5

Being an Obama

Barack and Michelle Obama’s daughters’ “how to be a good human” training starts young – Sasha Obama, 15, is working her first summer job at a seafood restaurant. Teaching the value of money and a strong work ethic are important, no matter whose kid you happen to be. Speaking of the President, last night on his 55th birthday, he published an essay he penned on raising his daughters and being a feminist. Must read!

 

It’s Britney, Beep

The Queen of pop is releasing her ninth studio album, called Glory, on August 26th on Apple Music. She called it “a beginning of a new era” – excited to see which celebs she collabs with on this one! (I heard whispers that Rihanna will be featured!)

 

Precious Cargo, or Not

A Wall Street Journal article about a very real and looming topic has taken the internet by storm. Probably the most argued-about topic in relationships that involve a man: cargo shorts. Women, most vehemently opposed to this polarizing article of clothing, express sentiments like, “It’s a reflection on me, like ‘How did she let him out the door like that?’“ Meanwhile, proponents of cargo shorts push the shorts’ practicality: “The pockets function for men like purses do for women.”

 

Golden Hour

After a tumultuous ride on the PR train, the 2016 Olympic Summer Games’ opening ceremony will begin around 7:00pm ET. Michael Phelps and his 22 medals will be bearing the United States’ flag. Who to watch: Simone Biles, American gymnast. How good is she? She’s got a move named after her! Biles is expected to take home about 5 gold medals this year – impressive!

 

*praise hands emoji*

Changing with the times is important, especially when it’s a language that’s used universally. Apple’s updating its Emoji keyboard with era-appropriate changes: adding a rainbow flag, girls rowing boats, boys in bunny costumes, and taking out the deadly pistol emoji and replacing it with a toy gun. These new Emojis come with the iOS 10 software update (expected to debut in the fall)

 

Oh, and Kim Kardashian’s Blackberry died and she’s in the market for a new phone: will be interesting to see how Samsung and Apple use this social media opportunity (if at all).

PopIsh: June 3

I’m all about fast fashion

H&M has announced its fall designer collaboration partner and it’s Kenzo. If you didn’t know who Kenzo is (and who Marimekko was either), no worries, that’s why I’m here. Kenzo is a French designer label founded by a Japanese designer: the fashion house’s look is indeed very modern and reflects the street style of Tokyo and Hong Kong while retaining French minimalism.

 

But first, let’s take a selfie

My hometown has made the front page of Buzzfeed this week, and the internet has gone cray over it. Sugar Land, TX just added a statue to its town square (which is City Hall plus a ton of boutiques and chain restaurants) of two girls engaging in this decade’s most common activity: taking a #selfie. The statue was donated by a local artist and is meant to reflect normal happenings in town square. Art is a reflection of society, so I can’t blame the artist.

 

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With nine years of consecutive South Asian-American winners, the Scripps National Spelling Bee has become subject of a misleading race-based narrative in an America where race struggles are only getting louder. Haters on Twitter (read the end smh) have made comments such as “only Americans should be able to win,” causing the American-born and raised winners to likely question what makes someone an American. This interesting article highlights why immigrant families from South Asia have been producing spelling bee champions, and it has a lot to do with India’s proficiency in English and the higher-class and education level (and therefore greater pressure on academics for their children) of immigrants from the region.

 

Put a ring on it

Karl Lagerfeld is famous in the fashion world for his quirky style, exaggerated persona, and being the head designer and creative director of Chanel. To get a taste, one quote from him is “Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.” Anyway, Karl Lagerfeld has teamed up with jeweler Frederick Goldman to create a new line of engagement rings marketed to millennials, with affordable prices ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. This follows the trend of “older” brands adapting to please millennials as the segment gains in purchasing power. In Karl’s words, for the millennial, he has designed these rings to be “elegant but not bling-bling.” Don’t propose just yet –these rings aren’t available till September.

 

Tidbits:

  • A proposed bill in Pakistan would allow husbands to “lightly beat” their wives. Pakistani women react with #TryBeatingMeLightly.
  • MySpace has been hacked– if you’ve been using the same password since like 2005, you should change it.
  • Rob Kardashian and his baby momma Blac Chyna are getting their own show. If you don’t know who they are, you’re not missing out, don’t worry.
  • How to use Snapchat to increase engagement and drive traffic – Burger King Argentinawill show you how.
  • POTUS has declaredJune 2016 to be African-American Music Appreciation Month. Let me start your playlist by suggesting J.Cole and Kendrick Lamar.
  • “I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.” – POTUS’s official declarationof June 2016 as LGBT Pride Month.

PopIsh: May 16

Sunday night plans

The Billboard Music Awards will take place this Sunday evening on ABC. The event is hosted by Ludacris and Ciara, and Madonna will be honoring Prince in what I am sure will be a heartfelt tribute to her good friend. The Beibs, Celine Dion, and Britney Spears are three of several artists in the performance line-up for the event. Someone in particular will go home with a bounce in their hair: The Weeknd is a finalist in 16 categories.

If you got a good thing going…

The internet has been freaking out over the new logo for Instagram. The new design is “more modern” but users are calling it basic and unnecessary. It’s always flattering when you have so many people so who fiercely care about you, and it’s best not to make them upset. Comments on the app’s Facebook page questioned whether Instagram even bothered to do any customer research before it updated its look. 

Let’s stick to texting

A British newspaper that insisted on being print-only has passed away after only 10 weeks of circulation. The goal was to target “lapsed” print readers with a five-day-a-week publication, sold for roughly 70 cents each. The fall of the print-only publication echoes the news industry’s decline in print revenue over the last few quarters. Readers are now accustomed to consuming free content online and on their cellphones, so a paid, physical newspaper seems cumbersome (and let’s be real, I bet you only pay for the Sunday newspaper for the coupons inside). 

Tidbits:

  • Radiohead, the iconic band with a loyal following, gets mixed reviews on its latest album, A Moon Shaped Pool.
  • My man Drake stole the show (and some hearts) on SNL this weekend.
  • Italy, largely Roman Catholic, finally takes a step towards recognizing same-sex marriage!
  • This GIF has been spiraling around the internet and visually shows the global temperature change over the last few decades.
  • The Festival de Cannes (going on now) may be more known for its red carpet fashion, but the purpose of the event is to develop and celebrate cinema and emerging talent, within origins in 1932.
  • Homer Simpson took fan questions on Twitter last night.