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June 2016

The Oscars has finally done something about its diversity problem — sort of

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The 2016 Oscars gained a lot of flack for the lack of diversity among nominees, so much so that the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite sparked national debate, and Spike Lee along with Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith went as far as to boycott the Academy Awards altogether. In response, Cheryl Boone Isaacs (president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences), issued a statement that both apologized and promised change in the near future. The Academy soon after voted unanimously toward amending membership rules and stated the ultimate goal is to double the amount of diverse members by 2020. The first step toward achieving that goal was revealed this week.

The Academy invited a record-breaking 683 new members, a pool of people that consists of 46 percent Keep Reading

See Keith Urban Jam 'Rocky Mountain Way' With Joe Walsh

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Throughout the Seventies, rock guitarist Joe Walsh was a fixture in three separate bands with varying degrees of success: James Gang, Barnstorm Keep Reading

Spotify petitions Congress after Apple rejects its app from iTunes store

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As the streaming wars rage on, Spotify and Apple have clashed once again. This time, however, it’s not over exclusivity or user numbers, but billing practices. Spotify has lodged a complaint with members of Congress that Apple has blocked the latest update to the Spotify app because it doesn’t force users to use Apple’s billing system.

Basically, Apple charges a 30% fee for all subscriptions or purchases made within an app like Spotify. That inflates the cost a monthly Spotify subscription from $10 to $13, unless you sign up through the streaming giant’s website. Currently, the Spotify iOS app actually doesn’t given users the option to subscribe through the app, thus circumventing Apple’s billing system. They allege this is why the App Store has blocked the latest update.

Though neither company has publicly comment commented on the reports, it would appear that this is one tricky way Apple is trying to bring users to its own streaming platform, Apple Music, which costs $9.99 a month. The idea being that if music streamers either don’t Keep Reading

Brad Paisley Pledges Cash to West Virginia Flood Victims

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Earlier this month, historic flooding overtook Brad Paisley’s home state of West Virginia, killing 23 people, the highest death toll from Keep Reading

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