By Sarah E. Needleman WSJ Sat., Feb. 23, 2019 Three days after Electronic Arts Inc. thanked 25 million people for playing its new, surprise hit videogame “Apex Legends,” the company behind cultural juggernaut “Fortnite,” revealed its own surprise: It offered players a bundle of free virtual goodies in what is widely seen as a counterstrike. The rapid ascent of “Apex Legends,” a free shooter game EA launched with no fanfare early this month, marks the first serious challenge to Epic Games Inc.’s “Fortnite,” which has amassed more than 200 million fervent players, drawn influential fans such as Drake and redefined the videogame industry. “Apex Legends” reached the 25 million mark in its first week, benefiting in no small part from the massive attention “Fortnite” has brought to the last-man-standing videogame genre since its launch in 2017. It took “Fortnite” more than a month to … [Read more...] about ‘Apex Legends’ Is EA’s Move to Out-Fortnite ‘Fortnite’
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Updated 11:50 am PST, Tuesday, February 19, 2019 People gather at Republique square to protest against anti-Semitism, in Paris, France, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. The banner refers to French jews assassinated recently with the words reading : It is enough. In Paris and dozens of other French cities, ordinary citizens and officials across the political spectrum geared up Tuesday to march and rally against anti-Semitism, following a series of anti-Semitic acts that shocked the nation. less People gather at Republique square to protest against anti-Semitism, in Paris, France, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. The banner refers to French jews assassinated recently with the words reading : It is enough. In ... more Photo: Thibault Camus, AP Photo: Thibault Camus, AP Image 1 of / 27 Caption Close Image … [Read more...] about The Latest: French rally to say ‘No’ to anti-Semitism
Black History Month is underway, and black people are getting all the feels that come with historical blackness. The month of February signifies a celebration of all things black. Together, we collectively acknowledge the African American experience—dating back to 1619 when the first enslaved African pressed his feet onto American soil. It is only right to pay homage to our ancestors’ malleability, black excellence, and those who have impacted our history as well as the culture. It is also a good time to soak up all the unknown stories and marvels of our heritage. Plenty is surfacing online via social media. However, black books are the ultimate source to immerse ourselves in the resilience and wonderment of blackness past and present. 18 Best Black Books for Black History Month 1. Incidents in the Life Of A Slave Girl This slave narrative by Harriet Ann Jacobs was originally published in 1861 just as the American Civil War began. Jacobs fictionalized her own … [Read more...] about The 18 Best Black Books of All Time for Black History Month
Although there were no surprise cameos by big-name stars, SpongeBob Squarepants did make an appearance during the Super Bowl 53 halftime show headlined by Maroon 5. The band led by Adam Levine was joined by Atlanta native Big Boi and rapper Travis Scott, during the halftime performance. A standout moment for Twitter users occurred when the SpongeBob character Squidward introduced Scott's song "Sicko Mode." Maroon 5 agreed to headline the halftime show knowing they would be criticized because of the NFL's treatment of Colin Kaepernick and other players who took a knee during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and injustice. Some celebrities, including filmmaker Ava DuVernay, rapper Common and Nick Cannon, boycotted the Super Bowl to show support for Kaepernick. On Thursday Levine told Entertainment Tonightthat no one thought about the consequences of performing more than he did, and he anticipated backlash after it was announced his band would headline the event. "No one … [Read more...] about Maroon 5 headlines the Super Bowl 53 halftime show with help from SpongeBob
Ron Charles, The Washington Post Published 9:13 pm PST, Sunday, December 30, 2018 The Catcher in the Rye Little, Brown - handout The Catcher in the Rye Little, Brown - handout Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 The Catcher in the Rye Little, Brown - handout The Catcher in the Rye Little, Brown - handout Is 'Catcher in the Rye' still relevant on Salinger's 100th birthday? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery The Catcher in the Rye By J.D. Salinger Little, Brown. 240 pp. $8.99 - - - Tuesday is J.D. Salinger's 100th birthday, but Holden Caulfield is still 17. The iconic teenager of "The Catcher in the Rye" is forever suspended in the amber of our youthful alienation. Although a few pious schools continue to ban Salinger's only published novel, for millions of adults, a faded copy of "The Catcher in the Rye" is a sweet teenage treasure, as transgressive as a trophy from band … [Read more...] about Is ‘Catcher in the Rye’ still relevant on Salinger’s 100th birthday?