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Twitter agrees: OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder can’t sing

http://twitter.com/#!/wiredinpro/status/298174806648553472

Ryan Tedder, the lead singer for OneRepublic, is a brilliant and successful songwriter. But Twitter users agree he didn’t have all the right moves during today’s pre-Super Bowl show:

Ryan Tedder sounds so bad live.

— Lia Dough. (@LadyLiaDOLL) February 3, 2013

Ryan Tedder should just stick to writing incredible songs for artist instead of making mediocre music for his band.

— Christopher Neal (@Hisnameischris1) February 3, 2013

OneRepublic is awful. How does the NFL manage to get such horrible bands to play..

— dana marie (@danaa_mariee96) February 3, 2013

Wow. The singer of OneRepublic is absolutely awful. #fail

— Jeremy Wainscott (@romanticide18) February 3, 2013

One Republic are fucking awful live.

— Clare Geehan (@claregeehan) February 3, 2013

Ya’ll need to stop booking Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic for gigs. He ALWAYS sounds horrid live. #NFLhonors #STAHP

— Jen (@JeniEats) February 3, 2013

At least that awful OneRepublic performance was followed by a TV spot with “Radioactive” playing in it #ImagineDragonsWouldHaveBeenBetter

— Tom Ferguson (@TDTFerg) February 3, 2013

One Republic was terrible.Kind of felt bad for them.Maybe today was the day the music died?Granted, singing live is hard. Not too good

— Jo Jo Roca (@ChronicMarathon) February 3, 2013

OneRepublic is all a lie apparently. Awful live

— Alyssa (@Lyssaru) February 3, 2013

Even OneRepublic fans had to admit Tedder’s vocals fell short:

Well, at least no one will accuse Ryan Tedder of singing to a pre-recorded track. Still love One Republic. Pre game #SuperBowl

— Jeremy Laws (@jeremylaws) February 3, 2013

Sometimes I feel like I’m too harsh towards OneRepublic but in all honesty their quality of live performances is going down ๐Ÿ™

— Laura(@FTPUnicorn1R) February 3, 2013

Sadly, it isn’t the first time this has happened.

OneRepublic were one of the many performers to take the stage at the 2011 American Music Awards. Although they weren’t awful, their performance definitely fell short in comparison to the other artists who performed at the Nokia Theatre on Nov. 20. Ryan Tedder seemed to be struggling throughout the song, especially during the higher notes in the chorus of their hit track ‘Good Life.’

Look on the bright side: CBS could have booked a live performance by Nicki Minaj.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/02/03/twitter-finally-agrees-on-something-onerepublics-ryan-tedder-should-stick-to-songwriting/

Country music legend Merle Haggard joins Twitter

http://twitter.com/#!/merlehaggard/status/189857576350007298

Greetings all participators, especially all you sweet potaters. There's always something new… Any songwriters find a rhyme for that?

— Merle Haggard (@merlehaggard) April 11, 2012

According to the judicial standpoint upon the cummiltation of the poultry if it makes any difference to me and I find out that's all I hope.

— Merle Haggard (@merlehaggard) April 11, 2012

A little bit of honest, down-home gibberish to get it started! What an instrument this is!

— Merle Haggard (@merlehaggard) April 11, 2012

Doing a surprise appearance at All For The Hall. Proud to be part of it! #CMchat #CountryMusic #allforthehall #AllForTheHall2012 #cma

— Merle Haggard (@merlehaggard) April 11, 2012

@opry: Some cool things happened tonight… one of which was @MerleHaggard joined Twitter!” We are now following THE HAG!!

— The Oak Ridge Boys (@oakridgeboys) April 11, 2012

I leave twitter for a few hours and what happens? @KeithUrban gets invited to join the Opry and @merlehaggard is on twitter! What a night!

— Martina McBride (@martinamcbride) April 11, 2012

Haha this is cool! My dad on twitter and he just followed me lol.

— Ben Haggard (@BenHaggardMusic) April 11, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/04/11/country-music-legend-merle-haggard-joins-twitter/

These 10 CGI Works Of Art Are Just Too Creepy To Handle

Computer-generated imagery, or CGI, is an awesome technology that has allowed us to create amazingly realistic simulations in movies, video games, and more.

But while CGI enables us to produce cool effects, it can also inspire some people to bring the dark scenes in their heads to life. Let’s just say that these scenes, some of which you can see below, are completely freaky.

Prepare yourselves, because we’re about to take a journey down the rabbit hole.

1. Their smiles make me shudder.

2. Wait, nevermind — this one is much worse.

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3. I really, really don’t like those teeth.

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4. I’m 500 percent sure that’s going to show up in my nightmares.

Gfycat

Read More: When A Hotel Worker Went To Investigate Screams Coming From An Empty Room, THIS Walked Out

5. This isn’t the work of a serial killer at all…

6. How do you even come up with something this twisted?

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7. The music makes it so much creepier.

8. You might want to move back from your screen for this one.

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9. You’re also a terror-aholic.

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Read More: This Office Building Was Empty…But The Security Cameras Tell A Different Story

10. Well, that’s completely disturbing.

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I have to admit that these are cool in their own creepy ways, but they sure are unsettling, to say the least.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/cgi-horrors/

An Illustrated Guide To Writing People Of Color

(If you happen to be a person of another color.)

This post originally appeared at Midnight Breakfast, and is reprinted here with permission.

MariNaomi / BuzzFeed

Recently, a friend of mine asked for feedback on her manuscript. Her novel was filled with complex characters, a thought-provoking plot, and enough intrigue to keep the reader riveted. I did what any good editor and friend would do, honestly praising the good parts, and delicately noting which parts could use work. This part is confusing, I wrote. This part seems out of character. She nodded along while reading my notes, completely prepared for all of my comments, except for one: Where are the people of color?

When we discussed this later, she (a white writer) admitted she feels uncomfortable adding people of color (PoC) to her fiction, as it feels disingenuous. “Write what you know” and all that. How could she add, say, a Japanese person without it seeming like a token gesture?

OK, so maybe this isn’t the best tactic, as a person’s background, especially race, can affect so much of their day-to-day living. For example, a half-Japanese person like me, who grew up in a liberal California suburb in the eighties, will have a different perspective on things than an octogenarian Japanese immigrant who moved to Vancouver in her twenties, versus a fourth-generation British-Japanese man who grew up around Koreans, versus an Okinawan teen visiting New York for a month. Background can affect what this person eats for lunch, their views toward religion, politics, war, death, and pretty much everything.

So yeah, it’s gonna take more than a name change to add a little color to a manuscript.

On the other hand, we’ve all seen token ethnic characters fall prey to annoying stereotypes. My whole life I’ve avoided watching Asians in American film and television for exactly this reason. It’s a specific type of humiliation to be associated with these tropes. Think Long Duck Dong in Sixteen Candles, or the cute little Japanese girl in Candleshoe who busts out with karate moves in the middle of a fight scene, apropos of nothing. All throughout my childhood, my white schoolmates asked if I knew karate. Sometimes I let people believe I did, because why not? At least it’d keep those A-holes off my back if they thought I had a little bit of power.

And then there are the people who teach this kind of lazy characterization.

In college, I created an 8MM film starring my sister, who is half-Japanese like me. Quick synopsis: an escort (portrayed in black-and-white and always shown in close-up) is chauffeured to her next john. She falls asleep and dreams of a sweet little girl playing at the beach in an innocent white dress (filmed in color). When the escort wakes up, the camera pulls back, and you realize it’s the same 8-year-old girl in both scenes! Shocking!

The teacher had some things to say about the soundtrack, which involved industrial music in the stark, black-and-white scenes, and gauzy, ethereal music during the color scenes.

But I digress.

Aside from doing research in order to make a believable character, in addition to leaving one’s personal (and media-learned) biases at the door, I don’t know the right answer to my friend’s question. How can she infuse PoC into her story in a believable manner, when her experience has only ever been as a white person? What are some pitfalls to avoid, and some goals to strive for?

I’ve decided to pose this question to some of my favorite cartoonists — people who have experience not only writing diverse characters, but portraying them visually as well.

Yumi Sakugawa

Yumi Sakugawa / Via midnightbreakfast.com

First things first, check your privileges. I suggest reading White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh, which can be found online. Even stereotypes of PoC that seem positive on the surface (a really smart Asian person! A sassy Black woman!) are still harmful if they are stereotypes. This isn’t about censorship or being PC, but being extremely aware of the fact that as a non-PoC person, your depictions (or lack thereof) of less represented people can carry untold consequences to the people of that community who do not have the privilege of having diverse mainstream representations of themselves to choose from.

Yumi Sakugawa, author and illustrator of I Think I Am in Friend-Love with You

Keith Knight

Keith Knight / Via midnightbreakfast.com

Silly “ethnic” names and stereotypical dialect should be avoided. If you’re not sure about something, run it by a few of your PoC friends.

Sometimes I will pencil out a comic strip, and flip the gender and/or ethnicity of, say, a doctor or bus driver or whatever. Their dialogue stays the same, but it is important for me to show people of color in all sorts of situations.

Keith Knight, author and illustrator of The K Chronicles, Knight Life, (th)ink

Whit Taylor

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Don’t abuse stereotypical vernacular when writing African-American characters. Instead, vary speech patterns for your black characters, because we all talk differently!

Whit Taylor, comics critic, author and illustrator of The Anthropologists

Elisha Lim

Elisha Lim / Via midnightbreakfast.com

I’m Chinese, and in this panel I wanted to write about queer Black culture. Judge for yourself if I did it justice, but here’s my advice: Base your character, closely or loosely, on a real person. Consult with them as you write it. Let them edit it. Credit them generously. Repay them, at the very least with a copy of the book. If you can’t do this because you don’t have any friends of the particular background, then you probably don’t have the life experience to write that character convincingly. (Also a good moment to seriously reconsider your friend selection process.)

Elisha Lim, author and illustrator of 100 Crushes

Jennifer Camper

Jennifer Camper / Via midnightbreakfast.com

Creating only white characters to avoid writing about race is writing about race, albeit in a manner that is unrealistic, sad, and boring. If white creatives are truly unable to create realistic characters of color, then they might at least create white characters who live in a multi-cultural world. Also, they might brush up their skills.

Remember, too, that characters can be mixed — identity is increasingly about entwining multiple ethnic and racial backgrounds.

And, by the way, ­­not all Arab women are downtrodden, not all Arab men are evil, not all Arabs are Muslim, and not all Arabs are heterosexual.

Jennifer Camper, cartoonist and editor of Juicy Mother

Maré Odomo

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Don’t make your Asian character carry a katana and don’t put chopsticks in their hair (this isn’t a real thing, by the way). Ask your PoC friends to read your stories. If you have to ask if something is racist, it probably is. Base your characters on real people, but don’t just project your own feelings into a stranger’s life. Don’t assume that because someone is a minority that they’ve lived a certain kind of life.

Maré Odomo, author and illustrator of Internet Comics

Frederick Noland

Frederick Noland / Via midnightbreakfast.com

First and foremost, the artist must ask himself if he should add various ethnicities to the work. I support increasing the diversity in comics, but… what is his motivation behind inserting a PoC? Is it in service of the work, out of a feeling of guilt and obligation, or out of a (probably well-intentioned) desire to diversify? Not all motivations are alike just as not all intentions are created equal, and unless there is a reason beyond “I feel like I should,” it might be better to leave the character out until their reason for being in the work is as rich and nuanced as the others. It’s important to remember as well that, looking beyond racial and cultural differences, and as hackneyed as this might sound, people are people and share the same motivations and flaws. This should dictate their actions/presentation as much or more than their color. Keeping this in mind will help create richer and more believable characters.

Also, consider the environment that the PoC is being placed in and what effect that would have both on the PoC and those he or she interacts with in that world. As an example, there are effectively no blacks in NASCAR. A cursory Google search revealed three in the sport’s history. With this in mind, if one were to write a story with a black NASCAR driver, it is crucial that the uniqueness of the situation is at the very least addressed if not explored more deeply. Simply parachuting a character into that situation would be absurd because his experience would be so unlike the other drivers — their reaction to him, how he was viewed by the fans and media, would be entirely alien.

Frederick Noland, author and illustrator of Black Sheep and Infallible

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MariNaomi has been making comics since 1997. She recently created and launched the Cartoonists of Color Database, as well as the LGBTQ Cartoonists Database. Her work has appeared in I Saw You: Comics Inspired by Real-Life Missed Connections, Eisner-nominated No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, as well as her award-winning graphic memoir, Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume (Harper Perennial, 2011) and her newest collection, Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories (2D Cloud/Uncivilized Books, 2014). Mari’s work on The Rumpus won a SPACE award and an honorable mention in Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Comics 2013. She splits her time between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

To learn more about Midnight Breakfast, where this post originally ran, click here.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/marinaomi/an-illustrated-guide-to-writing-people-of-color

A mission AIMed at healing begins on a tuneful note

Art in Medicine (AIM), an exclusive centre set up with the support of doctors and musicians to tap the possibilities of de-stressing with music, has started functioning at Pottammal. K. Jayakumar, Vic

Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/kozhikode/a-mission-aimed-at-healing-begins-on-a-tuneful-note/article9043219.ece?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication

Video Feature: #GoodVibes new single from the EP “She Said” by The Highfields

Band: The Highfields. One half Nate Highfield, one half Kaelie Highfield

Genre: Electro Pop, Synth Pop

Last year, we featured this dynamic duo under new and noteworthy, and that they are! This year, they come bearing gifts with a sophomore Double EP– with Volume 1 slated for release on June 2nd 2017. The second EP around Summertime.

The new Double EP is called “She Said. He Said” showcasing the duo’s individuality. “She Said” features all of Kaelie Highfields’ vocals with Nate as supporting back up to the tracks. “He Said” will highlight Nate’s vocal styling.

The carrier single #GoodVibes is available for download now when you pre-order the EP. “Good Vibes” has that familiarity when you hear it and for us is a good thing! It is pleasing to the ears and will put you under good vibes for sure! The new sound suits the band really well, strengthening their cool vibe and style.

Social: 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/TheHighfields

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/thehighfields

ITUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-highfields/id965270114

WEBSITE: http://thehighfieldsmusic.com/

INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/thehighfields

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheHighfieldsMusic

SPOTIFY: https://play.spotify.com/artist/56BKud38VCBYMz2bvKINCN

This Kid Completely Stopped A School Basketball Game With His Sick Moves

Ten-year-old Seth Vangeldren from Port Orange, Florida, absolutely loves to dance.

The adorable fifth grader enjoys busting a move so much, in fact, that his dream is to become a hip hop dancer. He spends hours practicing in his room while watching choreography videos to get his routines just right. The only problem is that he’s been nervous about sharing his considerable talents with the world — but that all changed when he got his chance to shine at a high school basketball game.

During the warm-up at the Spruce Creek High School game, Seth heard his mom’s favorite song come on and decided it was time to conquer his fear and bust a move.

He probably had no idea he’d get such an amazing response from the crowd! Great vibes indeed, my friend.

Read More: High School Dancers Keep Going With Their Routine After The Music Cuts Out

Something tells me this kid is going to have a very bright future as a professional dancer. Be sure to SHARE this story if you’re impressed by his awesome skills.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/basketball-game-dancer/

Tennessee woman charged with vehicular homicide after giving keys to drunk boyfriend

http://twitter.com/#!/radleybalko/status/177380069759655936

The Tennesseean:

21-year-old Hermitage woman who had been out drinking late one night in December gave her car keys to her 23-year-old boyfriend, thinking he was sober enough to drive.

But the night turned tragic when her boyfriend struck and killed two young men about their same age on Demonbreun Street near the Music Row roundabout, then drove her Toyota Scion across a median and hit a taxicab head-on.

Erin Brown’s boyfriend was charged with vehicular homicide and assault. She had been in the passenger seat. But in a rare use of the law, police also are charging Brown with the same crimes.

She faces as many as three decades in prison.

I guess there’s no providing material support to a drunk law in Tennessee.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/03/07/tennessee-woman-charged-with-vehicular-homicide-after-giving-keys-to-drunk-boyfriend/

Twittersphere says goodbye to ‘One Tree Hill’

http://twitter.com/#!/RiverCourtSML/status/180366166622076931

On April 4th the world will have to say goodbye to one of CW’s most popular television series of all time when One Tree Hill concludes it’s nine year run in a two hour finale special.

Today thousands of die-hard fans flooded Twitter and thanked the show for various things throughout the years.

Thank you One Tree Hill for giving me a show that has changed and inspired my life so much!!

— Sophie (@BlondeAmbition8) March 15, 2012

Thank You One Tree Hill – You can find the good in anybody if you just give them a chance.. benefit of the doubt.

— Daphne Zuniga Fans (@DaphneOurHero) March 15, 2012

Thank You One Tree Hill for making me appreciate everything I have. For teaching me how to be loyal, and be there when I'm needed.

— Rawan Ali (@RawanTAli) March 15, 2012

https://twitter.com/#!/1D_lovealways/status/180368773419761664

Oh…and Thank You One Tree Hill for showing that not all TV shows need to be full of negativity.

— Jo P (@MrsPTeach) March 15, 2012

Thank you One Tree Hill for not letting me down, and being there for me every single week for 9 years.

— barackobey (@minkiiip) March 15, 2012

Thank You One Tree Hill for making me believe in the possibilities of new beginings and knowing how to forgive the ones you love.

— Fayrouz (@FayrouzSadek) March 15, 2012

If I start thinking about the reasons I have to thank this show, I'll start bawling and sobbing. Thank you One Tree Hill for EVERYTHING.<3

— One Tree Hill Fan (@liveonetreehill) March 15, 2012

https://twitter.com/#!/BbyVee24/status/180369084377075712

Thank You One Tree Hill for completing my childhood and teenage years. Gonna show my kids that show.

— mayanka (@PLL_mayanka) March 15, 2012

Thank You One Tree Hill.. for teaching me life lessons, making me laugh, making me cry, and making me buy every single box set <3 #OTH <3

— ✌️ (@jessisobel) March 15, 2012

Thank You One Tree Hill cause u tought me love; courage; repect; happiness; sadness; how to be a good person YOU TOUGHT ME LIFE

— Ines.B (@InesDavisScott) March 15, 2012

Thank you one tree hill for drawing a smile on my face everyday

— Fayrouz (@FayrouzSadek) March 15, 2012

Thank You One Tree Hill For showing us even the most evil people still have some good in them

— Yasmin (@Just_Yasmin_x_x) March 15, 2012

https://twitter.com/#!/BreezLikeBieber/status/180369598313541633

I can't believe One Tree Hill is ending. Don't know what to do with myself after it ends. OTH is my life. Thank you One Tree Hill

— HANI2011 (@hani2010UK) March 15, 2012

Thank You One Tree Hill for being one of the best shows ever. I can't believe it's ending I'm seriously gonna cry so much when it does ๐Ÿ™

— niamh winchester ❤ (@deanswinchestor) March 15, 2012

Thank you One Tree hill for teaching me that dreams come true everyday, because they do

— Fayrouz (@FayrouzSadek) March 15, 2012

Thank You One Tree Hill for laughter and private jokes, smiles and philosophy examples, friends and awesome music

— Helene Combes (@HlnCom) March 15, 2012

Whether you’re a fan of the show or not, these goodbye’s are so heartfelt and touching they could bring a tear to anyone’s eye. It will be missed forever, but never forgotten.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/03/15/twittersphere-says-goodbye-to-one-tree-hill/