Alex Trebek Undergoes More Chemotherapy For Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis 

It was only about two weeks ago that Alex Trebek was back to hosting Jeopardy! after completing a round of chemotherapy since his pancreatic cancer diagnosis. Unfortunately, the 79-year-old was hit with unfortunate news when his health declined and he had to be readmitted to the hospital for more chemo treatments. "I was doing so well, and my numbers went down to the equivalent of a normal human being who does not have pancreatic cancer," he recently told Good Morning America.


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"So we were all very optimistic and they said, 'Good, we're going to stop chemo, We'll start you on immunotherapy.' That unfortunately did not work out well. I lost about 12 pounds in a week. And my numbers went sky high. Much higher than they were when I was first diagnosed. So, the doctors have decided that I have to undergo chemo again. And that's what I'm doing."

While Alex is undergoing more chemo, he will continue to host season 36 of the beloved show to the best of his ability. 

"[It's] the season that comes before number 37. That's it. It's another day at the office. But what a wonderful office to go to do your work," he added. "As long as I can walk out, and walking out is more of an effort now than it used to be, as long as I can walk out, and greet the audience and the contestants, and run the game, I'm happy."

OxyContin Maker, Purdue Pharma, Files For Bankruptcy To Clear 2K Lawsuits 

North America, specifically, has been trying to combat a major opioid crisis that we're facing. Big Pharma companies are mainly to be blamed for it. According to NBC, Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin, has filed for bankruptcy as part of their settlement deal with local and state governments over the opioid crisis.


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The announcement comes just days after the company and the Sackler family offered $10-$12 billion to settle lawsuits pertaining to the opioid crisis. The company was accused by states, cities, and counties of fuelling the opioid epidemic. The lawsuits claim Purdue and the Sacklers misled the public and fed false information to hike up sales of products such as Oxycontin.

The worst part about the bankruptcy filing is that they'll likely be removed from the first opioid trial that was set to begin on Oct. 21. This means that anyone who wants to get money from the company for the opioid crisis will have to take it up with the bankruptcy court. 

The Sackler family agreed they'd pay $3B in the settlement, at the very least, but some states haven't accepted that. Many of them plan to shut contest the settlement in bankruptcy court and continue to litigation with the Sackler family.

Even with allegations of falsely marketing the product and aggressively pushing its marketing, the Sackler family said they have "deep compassion for the victims of the opioid crisis," adding that the lawsuit "is an historic step toward providing critical resources that address a tragic public health situation."

Air Jordan 12 "Reverse Taxi" Coming This Fall: In-Hand Photos 

While the Air Jordan 12 is best known for giving birth to the "Flu Game" colorway, there is no denying just how important the "Taxi" version is to the culture. The "Taxi" colorway was known for its white leather upper and black overlays which created an incredibly clean and fashionable shoe. Over the years, the "Taxi" model has seen a couple of re-releases and now, it seems as though Jordan Brand is looking to give it a fresh update, this time opting for a "reverse" offering.

The Air Jordan 12 "Reverse Taxi" uses all the same colors as the original "Taxi" model except now, the color scheme has completely changed. As you can see from the in-hand images below, courtesy of @solebyjc, the shoe's upper is all black and is made of both suede and leather. From there, white appears on the midsole while gold and red accents can be seen throughout.

It's a shoe that will certainly appeal to all of the OG sneakerheads out there. If you're a fan of the Air Jordan 12 and have been looking for a nice clean option, this is certainly a great place to start. As of right now, the release date is set for Saturday, November 9th with a price of $190 USD.

Young Thug Renames His Tour "Justin Bieber Big", Shows Off Merch  

We all know Young Thug changes his mind a lot and, when he does, he will usually reveal his latest impulsive decision through Twitter. He has gone on there to rename his albums several times. Before landing on So Much Fun, Thug's latest album's title was supposed to be GOLDMOUFDOG. He has even tried to give himself a new alias, once claiming that he would be recording under his birth name, Jeffery. However, that just ended up being assigned as title of his 2016 mixtape. He later announced that he wished to be referred to as "SEX", which unfortunately, didn't stick. Actually, Thugger might still be trying to make that pseudonym work, as he shouts "Young SEX" on his new song, "Lil Baby". 

Anywho, it appears Thug's latest whim was to change the name of his upcoming tour, which he will be co-headlining alongside Machine Gun Kelly. The tour initially did not have a name, but, as of yesterday, as per Thug's tweet, it has been deemed the "JUSTIN BIEBER BIG" tour. Perhaps Young Thug attaining his first #1 album with So Much Fun has gotten to his head, now believing he is comparable to one of the biggest pop stars on the planet. Either way, Young Thug will always occupy the biggest place in our hearts, so we'll forgive his delusions of grandeur. 

Either Young Thug had decided on this tour name prior to tweeting it out or he had some merch made incredibly quickly because that same day he posted a photo of himself on Instagram in a pink hoodie with Bieber smoking a cigarette on it. It goes without saying that the garment is a must cop. There doesn't seem to have been any public endorsement of the tour from the Biebs, although he has collaborated with Young Thug on the classic Travis Scott track, "Maria, I'm Drunk". 

The "JUSTIN BIEBER BIG" tour kicks off in Toronto on September 30, and will also bring along Killy, Polo G and YBN Nahmir as openers. 

Andrew Yang Says "Pornography Is A Real Problem" In New Tweet 

Until this point, Andrew Yang has been one of the internet's more popular candidates, but this new opinion might not be his most popular. In a new tweet, Yang decided to take on access to pornography writing, "As a parent of young kids I believe rampant access to pornography is a real problem. We need to empower families to be able to moderate what our kids see and when."

The tweet resulted in a very polarizing response. Some users were very against Yang's position, leaving responses such as, "bro you just lost like 95% of your support" and "This ultimately falls on the parents chief, not the governments problem." Some were also supportive of the presidential hopeful, "It's great to see a presidential candidate brave enough to say this publicly! Porn isn't a partisan issue. Thinking that kids shouldn't be regularly using hardcore porn before their first date or first kiss isn't 'anti-porn.' It's common sense."

As for how Yang would regulate the internet is unknown. One user made this important point saying, "In 2019 with the technology we have, do you HONESTLY think you can limit much of anything anymore? There’s nothing you can do. Somethings in this would just exist. You figure out how to live with it."

Young M.A Keeps It Real In "No Bap Freestyle" Visuals  

Young M.A is ready for the release of her album HERstory in the Making next week, but in the meantime, she still has bars for the people. Young M.A touched down with new visuals on Saturday to go along with a freestyle she pieced together for her fans. The track is brief, M.A raps for maybe 2 minutes, but she entertains during that short period of time. Wordplay and street talk are thick on this one, and the visuals keep it simple. 

Directed by ShotByCisco, the "No Bap Freestyle" is shot in one location with Young M.A and her squad surrounding her. Graphics illustrating her words appear on the screen at random intervals, but for the most part, this video is just M.A rapping at the camera. Check out the video and get prepared for HERstory in the Making, dropping on September 27.

Vince Carter Will Play His Swan Song Season For The Atlanta Hawks 

Vince Carter is the oldest player in the NBA, and it will remain that way for one last season. According to ESPNCarter will return for a record 22nd season this year, and will play for the Atlanta Hawks. He plans on retiring after the 2019-2020 season. If Carter makes it to the new year, he will be the first player in NBA history to appear in a game in four different decades, according to Elias Sports Bureau research. Carter was the 1998-99 Rookie of the Year and 2000 slam dunk contest winner. He has scored 25,430 total points over his career with the Toronto Raptors, New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, and Sacramento Kings.

Carter played 1,481 games and averaged 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.0 steals. The Hawks are bringing the veteran back after last season in which he averaged 17.5 minutes, 7.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in 76 games. Carter is widely regarded as one of the best dunkers of all time, but he has never won a championship. His legacy will be placed on the pillar along with Allen Iverson, Steve Nash, and other greats that never won a ring. Carter's final season in the NBA begins when the Hawks play the Pelicans next month for the preseason opener. 

ASAP Rocky Previews CPFM x Nike Air Force 1 Low Collab In New Colorway  

Nike and Cactus Plant Flea Market apparently have a collection of Air More Uptempo-inspired Air Force 1 Lows in the works, and a number of artists have already gotten their hands on them.

ASAP Bari first previewed a white leather colorway about a week ago, and a few days later Travis Scott stepped out in a similarly styled pair. The latest rapper to lace up the CPFM Air Force 1 Low was ASAP Rocky, who took to instagram to share the first photos of a black colorway.

Just like Bari's white colorway, Rocky's AF1s feature "AIR FLEA" spelled out across both sneakers in the bubbly Air More Uptempo style font.

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Release details have not yet been announced, though it is believed the latest CPFM x Nike project will be up for grabs sometime this Fall. It also remains to be seen just how many colorways are in the works, and whether or not they'll be customizable like the recently released Blazer Mid collab.

Continue scrolling for a closer look at the black version, and click here to preview the white pair.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Free Beta Is Now Open To Everyone 

Call of Duty is headed back to one of it’s most popular era’s, the modern warfare era. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare doesn’t release for another month; however, starting today, fans have to opportunity to test out the game for free before it launches. From now until September 23rd, the beta is completely open to all players on Xbox One, Playstation 4 or PC.

The game will also support cross-platform play, so if your friend group is not on the same system, now is the time to get everyone together for some gaming. Players will have access to a near-complete version of the game. One aspect fans are particularly excited for is the new 32 vs. 32 player ground war game mode, and it’s available in the beta.

Morgan Park of PC Gamer says of the game, “Of course, Modern Warfare is still Call of Duty at its core. Enemies can eat a few headshots before going down with most weapons and the hitboxes are chunky and forgiving to aim. But in Modern Warfare, I’m listening hard for enemy footsteps and using information gadgets, careful things I don’t really associate with the chaos of CoD.” It’s this style of realism, similar to a Battlefield or Rainbow Six game that is new for the series. Download the beta on your own system to try it out for yourself.

Check out some gameplay courtesy of IGN below.

Storm Area 51 "Raid" Barely Draws 100 People To "See Them Aliens" 

The "Storm Area 51" raid didn't really go according to plan. It started as a joke event on Facebook and evolved into a nationwide experience. The event, which was canceled after the US Government got involved, stated, "We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry. If we Naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Let's see them aliens." The post was obviously a farce, but it gained national attention after garnering roughly 2 million replies from Facebook users. The memes flooded in, but they died out in the usual meme fashion after a few weeks. Still, authorities were worried thousands of people would show up to the desert. It was more like 100.

“It’s a relief that it’s not as bad as we thought it was going to be,”  Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee told USA TODAY. “My nightmare was the 30,000 people,” Lee said. “I truly thought we were going to have bumper to bumper.” Rachel Nevada, the closet town to Area 51, has roughly 50 residents. The tiny town was not prepared to take on thousands of Naruto running alien enthusiasts, and even the 100 that did show up was already double Rachel's population. 

Instagram Classifies Cosmetic Surgery Promotion As Age Restricted Content 

Instagram announced a new decision today to restrict posts that promote cosmetic surgery, as well as diet products, to users under the age of 18. Social media is continuing to grow every day and the company understands that regulation needs to keep up. 

According to Complex, Instagram public policy manager Emma Collins has said of the deal, "We want Instagram to be a positive place for everyone that uses it and this policy is part of our ongoing work to reduce the pressure that people can sometimes feel as a result of social media.”

Actress and advocate, Jameela Jamil, is a big fan of the news and took to the platform to write, "After a bunch of shouting, screaming, and petitioning... we have managed to get the attention of the people at the top, and they have heard us and want to protect us. And this is just the beginning of our efforts. As of now, if you’re under 18, you will no longer be exposed to any diet/detox products, and for all other ages; all fad products that have bogus, unrealistic claims will be taken down and easy to report," she said. "I’ve been working with Instagram all year towards this, who were amazing to deal with, and they expressed that they passionately care about creating a safer space for us all online."

You can check out the update for yourself. Head over to Instagram and see if the application will let you view these types of posts without an age restriction.

Medhane Asserts His Commitment To Staying On Track On "Always" 

For a few months, Medhane turned off the faucet that was releasing a steady flow of loosies on his SoundCloud page. The Brooklyn rapper also put out an excellent six-track EP, titled BA SUBA, AK JAMM, last July, and then his social media presence and musical output waned. He returned forcefully on September 3 with "Routine" and promised "more slaps on the way." He followed through on this promise, releasing "Always" this week. 

While Medhane is also a gifted producer, the lo-fi, woozy instrumental of "Always" is supplied by Yang. The song possesses all the elements that make a Medhane track so enjoyable. Raps evidencing trenchant self-awareness are delivered in his unwavering tone over an entrancing loop with a dull pattering of drums. Also, like most of his tracks, it hovers around two minutes in length. However, there's a steadiness and sturdiness to his songs that allow them to seamlessly cycle back into themselves if left on repeat. They can form a closed system that trap you in Medhane's deliberation. As the bars return, you approach the clarity that he imbued when penning them and they begin to cut across as self-evident truths. 

Quotable Lyrics

Trudging through the marsh, n****s frontin' like they feel me
Looking for the real me, n****s need the real cream
Problems in the past, get that moment make it last
Seen enough to know it could be over in a flash


Fortnite Releases New Batman Themed Update 

Today, September 21st, is Batman Day and Epic Games is celebrating by releasing a new update for their wildly popular Fortnite game. Batman Day marks the 80th anniversary of DC Comics’ debut of the Dark Knight. A newly released trailer for the game shows Batman and Catwoman patrolling the city of Gotham.  

Tilted Town has been transformed into Gotham and players are able to choose between two different batman suits and a Catwoman suit for their characters.

In addition to new skins, there are added weapons and challenges. Players will be able to use both the Batman Grapnel Gun and the Explosive Batarang to complete one weapons-related challenge. The other challenges include lighting up bat signals around the map, defusing Joker canisters and more.

The new update is only a limited release and will end on October 6th. This isn’t the first time Epic Games has collaborated with comics. In the past, they have done two updates in celebration of Marvel’s Avengers.

The update also coincides with the highly anticipated release of the upcoming Joker film starring Joaquin Pheonix which releases on October 4th. Critics are loving the film after it’s debut festival run. Some are even saying Pheonix’s performance is Oscar-worthy. Check out the trailer for the film below.

USC Running Back Gets Unsportsmanlike Penalty For Dapping Up Reggie Bush 

Reggie Bush's legacy has its highs and its lows. Bush attended the University of Southern California from 2003-2005 and was a superstar. The USC Trojans won a national championship and Bush won the coveted Heisman trophy, and their reign was written in the history books. Until it was wiped clean. After a very lengthy investigation by the NCAA, Bush was stripped of his awards, USC was stripped of their title, and the school was banned from bowl games for years. The punishment was handed down after the NCAA found that Bush was heavily compensated with rewards and gifts by the school. The NCAA sought to punish players, who generate billions, for receiving monetary or valuable compensation. They still have the same attitude in 2019.

Reggie Bush was banned from USC unless it was in a work capacity, so on Saturday, he made his triumphant return to the university. Bush works as an analyst for Fox Sports 1, and he was on-site covering the USC-Utah game. Bush made his way down to the field during the game, and was standing just outside of the endzone when USC's running back Markese Stepp scored a touchdown. In celebration, Stepp gave Bush a quick dap, and the referee called an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the young running back for the interaction. The penalty felt like a subtle jab to Bush and a warning to players from the NCAA that getting paid is frowned upon by the organization. 

 

Moby Has A Massive New "Vegan For Life" Neck Tattoo 

Vegans are anything if not dedicated, but Moby has proven his commitment by way of a very grand gesture: a huge neck tattoo that reads “VEGAN FOR LIFE.” The songwriter/animal rights activist has now been vegan for more than 30 years, and didn’t feel too nervous about the tattoo. He revealed the tattoo for the first time on Instagram with the caption “I’ve been a vegan for almost 32 years, so getting this tattoo seemed like a pretty safe bet. Also, working for animal rights and animal liberation is my life’s work. And to state the obvious, it’s a double entendre.” Kat Von D, also a vegan, is responsible for the work. PETA responded to the tattoo, stating that, “We LOVE it! Your dedication to helping animals is far beyond the commitment to this tattoo.” Other followers were more surprised at the size of the tattoo.

Moby did his first in-person premier of the new tat at the Mercy For Animals 20th Anniversary Gala in Los Angeles. The singer also sported a T-shirt that read “Corporate Death Burger”, and had Ronald McDonald on it.

Remember folks, if you want to show your commitment to something or someone, you can always take the Moby approach and tat it on your neck.

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Jaden & Willow Smith Surprise Fans At Climate Strike In NYC 

Jaden Smith has been an outspoken advocate for the environment for a long time now. He uses his eco-friendly water company, Just Water, to help the environment by making a product that is 100% responsibly sourced spring water, uses paper cartons and uses caps made of sugarcane. He took yet another step towards spreading environmental awareness yesterday when he joined an estimated 250,000 people in New York City who marched from Foley Square to Battery Park as apart of the global strike for climate justice. 

He, along with his sister Willow, surprised the crowd by opening for climate advocate Greta Thunberg on stage. The two Smith siblings were met with roars from the crowd as they performed a handful of their most popular songs like “Icon” and “Summertime In Paris.” “We gotta create an impact, we gotta change people’s minds. We gotta show people that we really care about this. There’s 250,000 of us out here right now. This is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” he told fans before breaking out into song. 

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He transitioned to his song “Summertime in Paris” by pointing out how hot the summers have been in recent years, “These are the hottest summers ever recorded in human history and we have to know that and we have to understand our environmental impact on this earth and really make a difference.” The Climate Action Summit will take place on September 23rd.

Jonah Hill Directs IGTV Anti-Bullying Docuseries, "Un-filtered": Watch 

Instagram knows that their app is conducive to bullying. Children and teens create Instagram accounts at incredibly young ages when they don't fully understand the potential consequences of bullying. With so much of the app's experience being based on physical appearances, people are left vulnerable to attack and open to being privately criticized in DMs. For this reason, Instagram is taking it upon itself to get all this abuse in check, through algorithms that flag harsh language, features that allow you to review other people's comments on your posts, and content that fosters empathy for the bullied. 

For it's latest attempt at tackling this issue, Instagram commissioned Jonah Hill to direct a docuseries for their IGTV feature. The docuseries, titled Un-filtered, shows Jonah Hill interviewing people aged 13-25 about their experiences with bullying. In a statement made in Variety, Hill said, “It was an incredible experience to direct this project. I tried to create an environment for young people to be heard and listened to. I wish there was a platform to hear other’s struggles and experiences when I was growing up. I hope that this will be inspiring for young people to share their stories and feelings and not feel so alone.”

The series' four episodes - which are all about five minutes long - have all been released, respectively titled: "When Loving Your Body is a Battle", "When Banter Turns Bad", "When People Stare" and "When It Hurts to Be Yourself". Watch them below. 

Air Jordan 1 "First Class Flight" Release Date Revealed: Detailed Photos 

Over the years there have been hundreds of Air Jordan 1 colorways to choose from and in 2019, Jordan Brand has been blessing sneakerheads with even more fire kicks to choose from. If you're a fan of the silhouette, you've probably picked up one of the new colorways this year and if you've been missing you, well you're going to get another chance at a new model later this week.

Yes, that's right, Jumpman is coming right back with another AJ1 model, this time calling it "First Class Flight." The colorway is inspired by the Jordan Brand shipping facility. This becomes obvious when you see the mesh materials that cover the upper as well as the bar codes that make their way throughout. The swoosh on the outside of the sneaker is white, while the inside swoosh is yellow. Yellow accents ban be found throughout the silhouette although the base color is white.

According to Sneaker News, this colorway will be dropping on Thursday, September 26th for $160 USD. Let us know in the comments if you plan on copping these or if they're a skip.

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Image via Titolo

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Cashmere Cat Flips An XXXTentacion Sample For The Single "Moo" 

Cashmere Cat dropped of the EP Princess Catgirl this past week, and the project features some heavy-hitting singles. XXTentacion's "Moonlight" is one of his more popular tracks, and so Cashmere Cat decided to add his own spin to the record. For the single "Moo" Cashmere Cat flips "Moonlight" to create a more dance-happy banger. 

Colorful synths and playful piano keys illuminate "Moo," although pieces of the original "Moonlight" do shine through at opportune moments to bring the song together magically. XXXTentacion's pitched cries of "moonlight" punctuate the track sporadically, but just when I was really getting into the record, it ended. Short but sweet, "Moo" is a fun and energetic single. 

 

Slowthai Brandishes Decapitated Effigy Of Boris Johnson At Awards Show 

Slowthai has never been one to bite his tongue. The British rapper's newest album, Nothing Great About Britain, is an honest criticism of modern life in his home country, but his attacks against the establishment don’t end with music. 

Slowthai brandished a decapitated effigy of the new prime minister, Boris Johnson’s, head during this week’s Mercury Prize ceremony. He had just finished performing “Doorman” off his new album when he yelled “Fuck Boris Johnson. Fuck everything,” while waving the head. The move resulted in an uproar of cheers and befuddlement by the event's hosts.

Slowthai took to Twitter during and after the event to comment on the move. During the ceremony, he promoted a new line of “Fuck Borris” shirts that are on sale now. Later, he posted a long message reading, "Last night I held up a mirror to this country and some people don’t like the reflection. Yet this is exactly where we're being taken, cut off and at all costs. The people in power who are trying to isolate and divide us aren’t the ones who will feel its effects the hardest. They’re not the ones queuing at food banks, not the ones navigating Universal Credit and not the ones having to deal with systematic oppression and hate crimes at the hands of privileged politicians who say what they want without fear and consequence. We as a people are not being looked after and our best interests are not being served by those in government - this is their job and they're not doing it well enough. This ‘act’ was a metaphor for what this government is doing to our country, expect what I did was present it in plain sight.” 

He ended the post by adding, “No Boris Johnson’s were hurt in the making of this slowthai performance. I don’t condone violence in any form.”