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If you needed proof that necessity is the mother of invention, look no further than Verzuz, the virtual head-to-head battle of creatives helmed by producers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz. This webcast has been making serious waves amid the pandemic. In fact, it’ll feature on The Carlos Watson Show soon. In the meantime, check out Clubhouse, another 2020 innovation that’ll put you in a room with stars, meet the Denver hoopster with Sudanese greatness in his genes, fit yourself into a keyhole and get refreshed with juices from the gods.
Legislators are poised to vote on a $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill today that’ll include checks worth between $600 to $700 to lower-income Americans. President-elect Joe Biden called it a “down payment” for what’s to come. (Source: WaPo)
2. Extra Dose
It’s a Christmas gift America needs. Hospitals have found that they can extract an extra dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from each Pfizer vial, meaning more people might get immunized faster. Meanwhile Nigeria expects to receive its first vaccine shots in January. But it’s not all good news. South Korea recorded its highest single-day death toll from the virus Wednesday. And French President Emmanuel Macron tested positive for COVID-19. (Sources: NYT, CNBC, Reuters, Bloomberg)
3. Tech It or Leave It
Google colluded with Facebook to shut out rival ad exchanges, creating an online advertising monopoly, 10 states have alleged in the latest lawsuit to hit Big Tech.(Source: WSJ)
4. In Black and White
Major League Baseball has announced it will finally recognize statistics of Negro League players between 1920 and 1948 Wednesday, rewriting MLB’s history books to include the heroics of once-barred Black stars like Josh Gibson. Does MLB need to do more to address its racist history? Vote on Twitter. (Sources: NPR, CNN)
5. Times, They Are a Chang’e-ing
China’s Chang’e-5 spacecraft has brought back the first samples of moon rock since the 1970s, bolstering the nation’s growing stature as a space power that can compete with the U.S. and Russia. (Source: Al Jazeera)
They Kan(garoo) Talk
It’s a giant leap — for science, and for Australia’s adorable kangaroos. Scientists have discovered that the marsupials can intentionally communicate with humans, including “asking for help.”
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Make this the Cariuma conversation that gets you in a pair of IBIs, because if history tells us anything, their waitlist with 16K people will be back.
How do you navigate your cash flow? How can you adapt to today’s economic challenges? What are successful businesses doing right now? JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Sekou Kaalund shares details on Advancing Black Entrepreneurs by Chase for Business, a free toolkit for business owners to improve everything from supply chains to vendor relationships.
Beyond ’Fear Factor’
The iconic American TV show has been revived periodically. But if you liked it because of the bizarre asks of contestants, you’ll love these shows even more.
It doesn’t get more fierce than Japanese game shows — and it doesn’t get crazier than Brain Wall, otherwise known as “human Tetris.” To keep from getting eliminated in this game, you must contort your body into the incoming hole’s shape, which can be anything from a light bulb to a large hand to a keyhole.
These days you’d be hard pressed to find someone bragging about how little sleep they’re getting — unless of course, there’s a million-dollar cash prize on offer. That’s what Netflix’s new game show Awake offers contestants who complete the most tasks — which can be as random as counting quarters — after staying up 24 hours.
3. De Férias com o Ex
Ten single men and women, all staying at one resort to find love. What could go wrong? Nothing but the arrival of their exes to join the fun! This Brazilian show gives you a fascinating glimpse of the country’s dating culture and reminds you of the perils of screwing up in love.
The NBA's Next Stars
The NBA is another arena where you need to be fearless to succeed. Meet the emerging stars who could become the next household names.
The youngest of seven children, Flynnlearned earlyhow to grab his chance when he got it. Today he’s an unlikely Toronto Raptors first-round pick. The 22-year-old was the second player from the San Diego State Aztecs to be named to the John R. Wooden Award All-American Team. As a rookie, he’s already shooting 3-pointers at a 42.9 percent clip and playing tough defense in the team’s preseason games.
2. Talen Horton-Tucker
With LeBron James as his biggest cheerleader, Horton-Tucker might appear to have it all going for him. But that wasn’t the case when he graduated from an inner-city high school in Chicago. He was the 66th-ranked prospect in his class and last year was on the bench for the Los Angeles Lakers. In 2020, though, he has impressed in practice and during the preseason, averaging 26 points per game — tied for the most in the NBA with Nikola Jokić.
3. Bol Bol
With a father like Manute Bol — the Sudanese-born athlete stood 7 feet, 6 inches and was once the tallest man in the NBA — Bol Bol literally has big shoes to fill. But where does the Denver Nuggets forward fit? He’s 7 feet, 2 inches tall and a slender 209 pounds, so maybe play him on the wings? But he’s also got shot-blocking acumen and unusual ball skills. What’s clear is his potential — after all, it’s in his genes.
Today on ‘The Carlos Watson Show’
CNN journalist and star of This Is Life, Our America and The View, Lisa Ling opens up about her cutting-edge journalism — from prisons and biker gangs to teenage porn addicts — and her personal struggles with fertility. She offers surprising advice to young, ambitious women. Watch later today.
The Next Social Networks
Like Ling, we pride ourselves on being ahead of the curve as OZY journalists. Also a few steps ahead of their competitors are these social networks that could be the next big thing.
"Is Kevin Hart funny??" It’s one thing debating that question with your buddies over a beer — another thing entirely having the comedian defend himself, as he did on this brilliant, invite-only audio app. Started this year and still in the beta stage, Clubhouse has virtual “rooms” where multi-platinum producers host beat battles, experts like TIDAL’s chief content officer Elliott Wilson drop knowledge about the music industry and artists like Wiz Khalifa talk about their fitness journeys.
You could call it a LinkedIn for women. Elpha focuses on helping women find jobs, business opportunities and assists in building networks of personal and professional support.
It’s a big hit, literally. The social ecosystem created by South Korean music label Big Hit Entertainment — which is behind the global K-pop sensation BTS — is allowing the company to sell tickets and engage fans without once leaving its platform. Weverse helped Big Hit rake in $437 million in the first nine months of the year.
Heavenly Fruit Juices
When you do find time to unplug (and I hope that’s soon), might I suggest doing so with these sweet nectars — all from rare fruits that are also super healthy.
That’s what the lucuma (loo-coo-ma) is called. Flavors of maple, custard and caramel meld into one delicious symphony when you bite into this Peruvian wonder fruit — or better still, if you make a shake out of it. Orange-golden on the inside, it’s rich in vitamins and antioxidants that are good for the heart.
Otherwise known as white star apple, this dark yellowish fruit is common to the tropics of Africa and produces a sour and acidic juice usually fermented into wine or distilled into spirits. Like the others, it’s rich in nutrients that help with digestion and the immune system.