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#BlackGirlMagic Meet The HBCU Grad Who Created The ‘Kulture Karaoke’ Card Game Coming Soon To Target

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#BlackGirlMagic Meet The HBCU Grad Who Created The ‘Kulture Karaoke’ Card Game Coming Soon To Target

A #BlackGirlMagic maker has created a card game that blends Black nostalgia with karaoke.

Source: Dae Fenwick / Kulture Karaoke

Dae Fenwick is the owner and creator of Kulture Karaoke, a group-friendly card game set to release in Target stores nationwide on November 8, 2021.

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Source: Dae Fenwick / Kulture Karaoke

Last year on her birthday, Fae invited family and friends to an Atlanta karaoke lounge and decided to put her own spin on the evening. Fae had guests pull a card and select a song to sing based on categories like “a song that reminds you of middle school”, ultimately bringing Kulture Karaoke to life.

To play, participants can choose between two options; Karaoke Night – where they “just pull a card, pick a song, and have fun” with a karaoke microphone, or Karaoke Battle where 3 players (or 3 groups) battle once again with a mic for the win. A description for option two reads:

If playing as individuals, 2 players will each pull a card, pick a song, and perform. The 3rd player will act as the judge and decide who was the best performer. Keep going until each player has battled at least 4 times, and then declare a winner! For groups, play the same way, with 2 or more groups battling at a time, and 1 group serving as the judges.

Fenwick, a Detroit native, 80’s baby, attorney, HBCU graduate of Clark Atlanta and Texas Southern, and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., believes in making products “for us, by us” and is anxiously anticipating her Black culture celebrating card game expanding to Target. It’s currently available online at KultureKaraoke.com.

“I am so excited to bring Kulture Karaoke into Target stores,” said Fenwick via a statement. “Over the past few years, Target has become a prime retailer for party games. Also, with their commitment to supporting Black-owned businesses, it is the perfect match.

She’s also looking forward to expanding Kulture Karaoke to include other music genres.

“One thing that the success of Kulture Karaoke has shown me is that the sky’s the limit,” said Fenwick. “The game in its current form focuses mainly on 1990’s and early 2000’s Hip Hop and R&B categories. But there is so much other great music that I plan to explore in the future, like 80s music, 70s music, and other genres. Also, since the game focuses on culture, there is the opportunity to expand into other categories, like Black TV shows or movies. I am excited to create additional products that will continue to celebrate our culture. “

 

Will YOU be playing Kulture Karaoke this holiday season?

 

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Source: Dae Fenwick / Kulture Karaoke

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Omicron cases start to climb as WHO warns the variant poses a ‘high infection risk’

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Flight cancelations are seen on the information board at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 30, 2021. Japan confirmed on Tuesday its first case of the new Omicron coronavirus variant. (Shinji Kita/Kyodo News via AP)

Politics Insider for Nov. 30, 2021: New cases in Canada; a military apology; and Steven Guilbeault’s bicycle

More cases in Canada: Two people in Ontario and one in Quebec have been infected with the Omicron variant of COVID-19, CBC reports, in addition to the two Ottawa cases announced on Sunday. Patricia Treble, writing for Maclean’s, has a roundup of what we know now. Cases are being detected daily around the world, CNN reports.

High risk: The World Health Organization warned Monday that the variant poses a “high infection risk,” the BBC reports: “Omicron has an unprecedented number of spike mutations, some of which are concerning for their potential impact on the trajectory of the pandemic,” the WHO said.

Alarm bells: In the Globe, André Picard explains that it is too soon to know whether Omicron is more dangerous than earlier variants.

Despite its ominous moniker – Omicron, the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet, sounds like the name of a bad guy in a superhero movie – it’s not a given that the newest variant will be dramatically worse than previous ones, nor that it will displace Delta, the now-dominant variant. The reason Omicron has scientists worried is its “Frankenstein mix” of mutations. Viruses mutate, but usually do so fairly slowly. The new variant has set off alarm bells because it has 32 mutations on its spike protein alone. The spike protein is what coronaviruses use to enter human cells, so that raises fears (at least theoretically) that Omicron could spread more easily and circumvent immune protections, both those from infection and vaccination. But none of this is clear yet.

Reluctant Ontario: In the Star, Bruce Arthur argues that Doug Ford’s government should ponder the uncertainty and get more serious.

Israel moved hard on ventilation, contact tracing, boosters, and border restrictions, because Israel knows an emergency when it sees one. If Omicron is a real leap — and many virologists say its 25 to 30 mutations are at least hypothetically suited to potential immunity evasion, transmission and virulence — then the rules of the game will change. Some would likely stay the same, too. This government has set certain boundaries at this point which will influence the vulnerability to whatever Omicron or any other variant might be. It’s a broken record at this point, but this government has been truly reluctant to push vaccination from the premier on down. The result is about 1.4 million unvaccinated Ontarians over the age of 12, including some 350,000 over the age of 50. Every one is a walking alarm bell.

Why only Africa? The Globe has an opinion piece from U of T prof Ambarish Chandra, who argues that our travel restrictions are poorly thought out.

The speed with which the latest travel bans have been imposed on southern African countries suggests yet again that Canada is quick to impose harsh measures on the developing world but reluctant to do so with wealthy, Western countries. Multiple reports suggest that the Omicron variant was already present in Belgium and the Netherlands at the time these bans were imposed, but there is no discussion of extending measures to those countries.

Not vaccine apartheid: In the PostRupa Subramanya argues that vaccine hesitancy and logistical problems, not access to vaccines, are behind slow uptake in the global south.

There is no doubt that the purchasing power of rich countries makes it easier for them to procure vaccines, yet it is not true that poorer countries don’t have access to vaccines, as they can purchase them at concessional rates from the pharmaceutical companies, or draw from the World Health Organization’s COVAX facility. Rather than a lack of access, much of the disparity in vaccination rates in the developing world results from logistical problems and vaccine hesitancy, sometimes coupled with outright COVID-19 denial.

Conversion therapy ban: The Liberals tabled a bill Monday to ban conversion therapy, and not just for children, the Star reports.

The bill goes beyond the government’s previous attempt at a ban on conversion therapy. Bill C-4 would make it a crime to make anyone undergo conversion therapy, regardless if they consent. That was a key demand from survivors and advocates, who said the government’s previous attempt at a ban, Bill C-6, still allowed for conversion therapy to be provided to adults who consented. Advocates have said a person cannot consent to what amounts to fraud and torture.

Minister, CDS to apologize: Defence Minister Anita Anand, deputy minister Jody Thomas, and Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Wayne Eyre will apologize to victims of military sexual misconduct on Dec. 13, CTV reports.

“As part of our efforts to restore relationships with those harmed, we will offer a public apology to all current and former members of the Defence Team who have been affected by sexual assault and sexual misconduct, including harassment, and discrimination, “ the release states.

A prop bike? Conservative MP Ed Fast accused Steven Guilbeault of using a bicycle as a prop during a session of hybrid Parliament on Monday, CTV reports.

Fast raised a point of order following question period, arguing that Minister Steven Guilbeault hung the bike behind him to “make a statement about his environmental cred.” “Mr. Speaker, the point is, there’s a rule that you cannot do indirectly what you cannot do directly. What the minister has done is blatantly use a prop because he’s now doing it from the safety of some other office,” Fast said.

Guilbeault responded on Twitter: “The bike has been there long before we started doing virtual Parliament. In fact, it has also been there for months as I was taking questions as heritage minister. Strange that after almost a year, it’s become an issue,” he said.

In a related story, the deputy speaker warned MPs appearing from home to keep their garb professional, CP reports, but he didn’t say anything about bikes.

Tech tax: The Liberal government intends to proceed with plans to implement a digital services tax targeting tech giants, the Post reports. Critics in the business community think the government should wait for an international agreement before acting.

Nomination survey: Some Conservatives think a membership survey is laying the groundwork so that Erin O’Toole can centralize the nomination process, the Hill Times reports.

Confront dissidents! Also in the Hill Times, former CPC MP Tom Lukiwski argues that O’Toole should call a leadership review so that he can silence internal critics.

Still fighting: Green Party officials are still engaged in a damaging internal feud, CBC reports.

Syrup to flow: The people behind Quebec’s strategic reserve of maple syrup said Monday they will release 50 million pounds of maple syrup–worth about $150 million–onto the market by February, responding to rising international demand, CP reports.

— Stephen Maher

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Rihanna Declared National Hero of Barbados, Queen Elizabeth II Removed as Head of State

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Rihanna was awarded the honor of Barbados National Hero on Tuesday, after the island nation ousted Queen Elizabeth II and declared itself an independent republic.

The pop singer was honored in her birthplace of Bridgetown, Barbados by Prime Minister Mia Mottley who referenced her 2012 song “Diamonds” during the ceremony.

“On behalf of a grateful nation, but an even prouder people, we therefore present to you the designee for national hero for Barbados, Ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty,” Prime Minister Mia Mottley said.

“May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation.”

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Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son and heir to the throne, Prince Charles (far right), attended the ceremony, as the Queen was unable to travel due to recent health issues.

He said slavery was an “appalling atrocity which forever stains our history.”

Britain played a prominent role in enslaving Africans, many of whom were dropped off on the island nation on the way to North America.

On Tuesday the queen sent a congratulatory message to the country’s new president, Sandra Mason (4th from right), who was sworn in at midnight.

“I first visited your beautiful country on the eve of independence in early 1966, and I am very pleased that my son is with you today,” the British monarch said. She added that Barbadians had long “held a special place in my heart.”

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Rihanna, born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, has held the title of Ambassador for Culture and Youth in Barbados since 2018. The island’s residents continue to celebrate February 22 as “Rihanna Day.”

The 33-year-old singer is semi-retired from music and focuses on growing her billion-dollar makeup and fashion empire.

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Jessica Alba’s Daughter Honor, 13, Looks Just Like Her Mom In New Thanksgiving Photos

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The ‘Fantastic Four’ star’s eldest daughter is growing up so fast in sweet family photos that Jessica Alba shared from their holiday celebration.

Thanksgiving and the holidays in general are a time for family and seeing how much you’ve grown. Jessica Alba shared a sweet photo of her whole family from over the holiday weekend on Monday November 29, and her oldest child Honor, 13, is growing into a young woman, who bares a striking resemblance to her mom. Jessica celebrated a lovely time spent with her family. “[Photo dump] from an awesome week with my sweet fam bam and our besties,” she wrote in the caption.

The first photo Jessica, 40, shared was her posing right next to honor and the rest of the family, including her husband Cash Warren, 42, younger daughter Haven Garner, 10, and son Hayes, 3. The whole photo was a really cute shot of the whole family. Jessica rocked a plunging white dress with a black design, while Honor sported a flowing dress, but in blue. The mom and daughter duo also both had their hair cut into similar black bob.

Other than the family photo, Jessica also shared a shot of just her kids, where they all acted silly, while on vacation in Cabo for the holiday. Honor lied down on a ledge, while Hayes gripped tight onto her arm. Haven stood over her and hilariously rested her arm on her older sister’s knee. After a few photos of Jessica and her husband enjoying cocktails with friends, Jessica shared a few more sweet photos of her kids, including a funny photo of her son wearing a blue outfit and sitting in huge basket. She also posted a sweet sisterly shot of Honor giving Haven a big hug, while they sat near the beach.

Jessica Alba speaks at Nasdaq alongside her family. (Erik Pendzich/Shutterstock)

Jessica has shared plenty of photos of her family and her look-alike daughter recently. The family all sported matching lion costumes for Halloween in an adorable photo-op. Jessica also celebrated her daughter on September 1 in an Instagram post, when she sent her off to her first day of eighth grade. The actress said that she was “A proud (& obviously crying) mama” in the caption.

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