LEGO and IKEA Collab Will Have People Lined up for Blocks

IKEA and LEGO unite to release BYGGLEK Storage
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Since the creation of the very first LEGO in 1932, people around the world have struggled with the same problem. How do we keep these alarmingly sharp blocks from stabbing us repeatedly in the foot? You might be thinking, “if it’s really that big of an issue, just stop buying LEGOs.” But how can we when they keep making adult-themed ones. Plus, all parents know that childhood isn’t complete without this simple yet brilliant toy.

Fortunately, IKEA is teaming up with LEGO to solve this ever-present problem once and for all. Together, the two brands have created a line called BYGGLEK (wonder who won the coin flip on that naming convention), which combines the classic playfulness of LEGO sets with the storage genius that is IKEA. According to the press release, “reorganizing children’s creative space during playtime not only disrupts their play but also their creative expression and growth.” The statement continues, “Therefore, the IKEA and LEGO brands wanted to create a storage solution that itself offers a fun and playful experience.”

 

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Four products will be available in the BYGGLEK collection. A set of three small boxes, two larger boxes, and a set of classic LEGO bricks compatible with all other LEGO sets. The top and front parts of the storage boxes will have LEGO studs so children can build and store their creations right on the box.

Rasmus Buch Løgstrup, designer at the LEGO Group explained, “BYGGLEK is more than boxes. It is storage and play intertwined. BYGGLEK provides families with a product range that helps create space for more play in their everyday – fuelling creativity and making it.”

LEGO sets prepare kids for the inevitability of one day having to assemble a piece of IKEA furniture – it only makes sense that the two would eventually team-up. You can get your very own BYGGLEK set at IKEA stores throughout Europe and the US starting on October 1, 2020 – until then, watch your step.

Tony Hawk Helps 12-Yr-Old Skater Return From Injury and Conquer Mega Ramp

Hawk Helps Sky Brown
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Tony Hawk is the most famous skateboarder of all time. A pioneer in the sport, an X-Games legend, and the man behind some of the most popular video games of all time doesn’t have anything left to prove, and yet he keeps proving that he’s a great guy.

Hawk is older now, obviously, and has moved into the “dad” phase of his life, even becoming a friend of The Dad as we share countless stories of his generosity, general good-naturedness, and continued ambassadorship of skateboarding.

The skater is often in the news, and for every story of a burrito being named after him, there’s one of him doing something like changing the name of an old trick to honor the deaf skateboarder who invented it.

Now a video is going around of Hawk helping a young girl overcome her nerves and conquer an intimidating 100-foot skate ramp.

Sky Brown is a 12-year-old skateboarding phenom (Hawk called her “a unicorn”), who’s ascent in the sport was slowed when she had a bad fall at a Tony Hawk skate park. She fractured her skull and injured her wrist, among other things, and spent two months recovering.

Now she’s making her way back, and she has some jitters, understandably. So Tony Hawk, the legend, stood by her side to help her get back on the horse.

In this case, the horse is the HUGE Mega Ramp. Just looking at it makes me nervous! But with Tony’s encouragement, Sky makes it look easy.

A unicorn? More like a pegasus!

Watch the full video of Sky’s jumps:

Netflix’s Hill House Sequel, The Haunting of Bly Manor, Has a Trailer

Haunting of Bly Manor Trailer
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A few years ago, just before Halloween, Netflix dropped The Haunting of Hill House, and it became a sensation.

Director Mike Flanagan helmed the series that adapted Shirley Jackson’s classic ghost story and expanded it to include a cast of kids and adults, showcasing how childhood trauma lingers and can continue to haunt a person well into adulthood. Pun intended. Now, Flanagan – and some of the original cast – are back for another supernatural Netflix series, and the first trailer just dropped.

It’s called The Haunting of Bly Manor, and here’s the synopsis:

“From The Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan and producer Trevor Macy comes THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, the next highly anticipated chapter of The Haunting anthology series, set in 1980s England. After an au pair’s tragic death, Henry Wingrave (Henry Thomas) hires a young American nanny (Victoria Pedretti) to care for his orphaned niece and nephew (Amelie Bea Smith, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) who reside at Bly Manor with the estate’s chef Owen (Rahul Kohli), groundskeeper Jamie (Amelia Eve) and housekeeper, Mrs. Grose (T’Nia Miller). But all is not as it seems at the manor, and centuries of dark secrets of love and loss are waiting to be unearthed in this chilling gothic romance. At Bly Manor, dead doesn’t mean gone.”

Several previous cast members return in new roles, including Henry Thomas (who played the younger version of the father), Victoria Pedretti (Nell), and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Luke) in a brand new storyline that takes place in England and is inspired by spooky Henry James stories.

Here’s the poster for the series, which lands on October 9th.

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Blame Canada: The ‘Brokini’ Has Arrived

Canadian Friends Invent Brokini Bathing Suits
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If you’ve ever gone to your local Target looking for a bathing suit, chances are you’ve wandered through aisle after aisle of women’s swimwear in hundreds of colors and styles before finally stumbling upon the single shelf of swim trunks. It seems to be a theme across all types of fashion – women getting nearly endless choices to showcase their individuality, while men essentially have to choose from five different combinations of shirt and pants. Two friends from Toronto were fed up with the monotony of men’s swimwear, so they decided to do something (very weird) about it. If women get to wear bikinis, then dammit, men should get to wear Brokinis.

In a style reminiscent of Borat but more absurd somehow, the brokini is basically a speedo with a single over-the-shoulder strap connecting the front to the back. Chad Sasko and Taylor Field describe their creation as a “bathing suit revolution of schmedium proportions”. Can’t argue with that, mostly because we wouldn’t know where to start. Though the entire line of brokinis seems like one big spoof on itself, the innovative Canadians, bless their hearts, built a fully-functional website to showcase their product.

Two patterns are for sale for $45 each on the Brokini website, but even if you’re not in the market for a “Bromingo” or “Fineapple” Brokini, the product’s site is well worth a visit. “We (the founders) excelled in high school and found classes to be a joke. We therefore didn’t develop any work or study ethic and spent most of our time playing hacky sack and sword fighting with meter sticks,” the “about” section explains. “We somehow made it into business school and were both perfectly mediocre and that is why we are stuck running a business that loses money like crazy.”

The pages of the Brokini site are filled with the two friends modeling their creation, posing with inflatable water animals, and frolicking about – my God, there is so. Much. Frolicking. In case you need more information about the Brokinis themselves (pretty sure we get it), the product pages provide some handy facts. ”The perfect swimwear to make your parents question where they went wrong,” the site aptly states. “2 out of 2 moms polled said our website is: ‘it looks great honey.’”

Whether or not Brokinis are the next swimsuit craze to hit Holiday Inn pools around the world is yet to be determined, but there is one thing I can say for sure: if you have the confidence to unironically rock a Brokini in public, you’ve already made it.

Marvel and Black Panther Director Share Stirring Tributes to Chadwick Boseman

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Since news of Chadwick Boseman’s shocking death after a private four-year battle with colon cancer broke, the internet has been awash in tributes to the Black Panther star.

Fans took to social media to express dismay at the passing of the man who brought T’Challa to screens and inspired millions of people, young kids and adults alike, who finally got to see a black superhero on screen. Boseman brought dignity and nobility to his role as Black Panther, and to his previous roles as some of America’s most prominent and accomplished African-Americans like Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and Thurgood Marshall.

Over the weekend, Ryan Coogler, the director of Black Panther, shared a heartfelt tribute to the star, detailing his experiences in meeting and working alongside Boseman, who brought kindness and dedication to the set every day.

He was a special person. We would often speak about heritage and what it means to be African. When preparing for the film, he would ponder every decision, every choice, not just for how it would reflect on himself, but how those choices could reverberate. “They not ready for this, what we are doing…” “This is Star Wars, this is Lord of the Rings, but for us… and bigger!” He would say this to me while we were struggling to finish a dramatic scene, stretching into double overtime. Or while he was covered in body paint, doing his own stunts. Or crashing into frigid water, and foam landing pads. I would nod and smile, but I didn’t believe him. I had no idea if the film would work. I wasn’t sure I knew what I was doing. But I look back and realize that Chad knew something we all didn’t. He was playing the long game. All while putting in the work. And work he did.

Coogler expressed his sadness at not being able to direct Boseman in the Black Panther sequel, slated for 2022.

I haven’t grieved a loss this acute before. I spent the last year preparing, imagining and writing words for him to say, that we weren’t destined to see. It leaves me broken knowing that I won’t be able to watch another close-up of him in the monitor again or walk up to him and ask for another take.

(Read the director’s full statement on CNN.)

Last night, ABC aired Black Panther commercial-free, followed by a special tribute special to Boseman, detailing his life and career. Beforehand, ABC shared a video tribute from Marvel Studios, highlighting Boseman’s work within the MCU.

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Dad Shares Video Chadwick Boseman Sent His Son While He Battled Cancer

Chadwick Boseman's Message to Boy
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On Friday, the world lost one of the good ones. At just 43 years old, on-screen and real-life hero Chadwick Boseman passed away after a 4-year-long battle with colon cancer. The news came as a devastating shock, with Boseman somehow managing to keep his illness a secret – even more incredible, Boseman continued to work and give back to his fans while simultaneously fighting a battle more terrifying and strenuous than anything found in a Marvel movie.

In a recently-resurfaced video from the 2018 press tour of Black Panther, an emotional Boseman discussed his communication with two young fans battling terminal cancer. According to the boys’ parents, they wanted so badly to see the movie that would show them that anything was possible, that heroes really did exist. Fighting a battle that no person – let alone a child – should experience, the boys were just “trying to hold on till this movie comes.”

Tragically, the two boys never did get to see their hero on the big screen. Watching the interview now, seeing Boseman’s immense pain and grief over two children he never met is gut-wrenching – even more so after realizing that the actor likely felt a kinship with his young fans, knowing they were all fighting the same fight.

After the resurgence of Boseman’s 2018 interview, an unexpected voice joined the chorus of those mourning the talented young actor. Brian Hammond, the father of one of the boys Boseman mentioned in the interview, took to Twitter to share just how much the Black Panther star meant to his son, Taylor.

“Chadwick was talking about my son when he broke down and cried,” Brian wrote. “He was heartbroken that Taylor didn’t get to see the finished product. When all of the world’s eyes were on him, his heart & mind was on our angel.”

Now, years after the loss of his son, Brian shared a video that had meant the world to Taylor – a video that allowed him to forget about illness and fear, and for a minute, be nothing more than an ecstatic kid with a personalized message from his hero.

The never-before-seen clip shows Chadwick Boseman talking directly to Taylor, giving him a message of support. “Just wanted to give you some love, and some positive energy,” the Black Panther star says. “A dear friend of mine was telling me how courageous, and how strong you are.”

The clip then cuts to Taylor, beside himself with excitement. “Thank you T’Challa, AKA Black Panther,” Taylor squeals, adorably echoing Boseman’s own introduction. “I’m so excited that you said ‘lots of love to my family’ – thank you so much!”

Though the entire exchange is under a minute long, it tells a deep and heartbreaking story. A man living out multiple dreams at once – the dream of becoming a successful actor, and the dream of embodying a hero that Black youth could identify with. At the same time, we see a man who is fighting for his life, giving a message of hope and courage to a little boy doing the same.

The positivity that Boseman brought into the world extended far beyond one little boy who needed a hero – Taylor’s palpable joy is something that Black youth will feel for decades to come. Any time they watch Black Panther, when they see a superhero they can relate to, they’ll remember that they too can do and be anything. And that empowerment, the pride in who they are, that is Chadwick Boseman’s legacy. And it’s not going anywhere.

Playing With Dolls: It’s What Dads Do

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I never really planned to be a dad who played with dolls. I wasn’t against it or anything, but I grew up in locker rooms around lots of macho bull stuff, and I guess I just never saw myself in that role. Then we had a baby girl.

We worked hard to avoid gender stereotypes as she was growing up; to let her follow her own interests, but this kid just absolutely loved playing with dolls. And I loved being with her — so I quickly found myself in tiaras and tutus at tea parties, chilling with a squad of dolls consisting of floppy bunny rabbits to those American Girl Bitty Babies: Lilly, Rose, Lilly Rose, and Lillyrose. (It was much less confusing once you got to know them.)

Fast forward to today, and my daughter is a 14-year-old high schooler, who also happens to be my best bud in the world. I don’t want to jinx it and bring on our first “I HATE YOU!” moment, but I’m really proud of the bond we share — and I chalk a lot of that up to our days of playing with dolls together.

My wife was working crazy hours in those days, so a lot of the time it was just my daughter and me for hours. During make-believe, she usually ran the show in the role of a teacher, or a mom, or a boss, while the Lillies or Roses and I listened attentively…or caused the occasional ruckus.

We had so much fun, and so many laughs, and while I didn’t fully realize it at the time, I’ve come to realize we were also modeling behaviors and role-playing social interactions that are a foundation of who my daughter is. The way she learned to treat those Bitty Babies is the way she still treats people, and I was right there, in on all the action during this really formative time.

From the way she loved, nurtured, and empathized with the dolls to the way she reprimanded them (which was hysterically lifted word-for-word from my wife and I’s playbook). It was like I had a front-row seat to how she internalized and externalized the world around her. If I was acting-up and picking on one of the “girls,” she would step in and explain that “we don’t use our hands, we use our words.” Or if I started whining because she kept calling on the Bitty Baby in class instead of me, we could talk about patience and taking turns. Her imagination allowed every interaction to be an opportunity to help model different behaviors, and for her to test the waters of social interactions in a low-risk environment. 

Now, to be clear, I wasn’t thinking so deeply about it at the time. It was just fun to be silly with my daughter, and see her captivated by the world she was creating. Now with college on the horizon and I’m getting all nostalgic, I think about how our time together back then did so much to shape our relationship. We laughed like crazy, there were some blowups and tears…and sometimes she got upset, too.  But we learned to navigate emotions, create a sense of trust, and we built so many memories. 

We’ve basically never stopped playing the way we did back then. Maybe, a Bitty Baby isn’t involved anymore, but there’s still that space for us to share our thoughts and feelings. We talk about everything together (sometimes more than I’m ready to handle), and we have the kind of openness in our relationship that I always wanted to have with my kid. People tell you you can’t be a friend and a parent, but I disagree. I’m proud to be both — and really glad I decided to start playing with dolls.

Bitty Baby™ from American Girl from American Girl helps dads and daughters discover a world of make-believe together while learning the importance of love and kindness.

Father Figures: Metal Dad

“This is my husband Kyle. He and I tried for many years before we had our son, and we owe it to the miracle of IVF.

From the beginning of our journey with IVF, Kyle has been a devoted father. From giving me daily shots in the butt to supporting me throughout my pregnancy and cheering me on during a very difficult labor, he was always the rock that I knew I could rely on when I was struggling.

He’s been a devoted father from day one. He even took on the role of being the primary caregiver during COVID-19 when Henry’s daycare closed and he was home from work. Kyle was the primary caregiver while I worked for 3 months for Henry.

Kyle is a huge metal fan, and he often is wearing the shirt of his favorite bands. One fun thing he’s done since Henry was born is take photos wearing different metal band shirts – he calls them his “metal dad” photos.”

– Ella Schwotzer (See more on Kyle’s IG: @MetalDad313)

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Check out the previous editions of Father Figures here.

Denzel Washington Secretly Paid for Chadwick Boseman’s Acting Classes

Denzel Washington Paid for Chadwick Boseman's Acting Course
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Throughout our lives, countless people come and go – some barely make an impression, while others completely change our trajectory. Chadwick Boseman was a young college student studying directing at Howard University when one man quietly slipped in and out of his life, unknowingly influencing everything that would come after. Though Boseman was pursuing directing, Howard’s program required him to take acting classes at some point during his college career.

Boseman’s teacher and Cosby Show star Phylicia Rashad recognized his talent and suggested he take an acting course over the summer at Oxford. This was an exciting but unattainable prospect for Chadwick Boseman, as he couldn’t afford to enroll in Oxford’s program. Confident in Boseman’s abilities and undeterred by the roadblock, Rashad reached out to a friend for help. In a pivotal moment that would change Boseman’s entire life, Rashad’s generous friend agreed to cover the cost of tuition.

In a 2018 interview with Jimmy Fallon, Chadwick Boseman recalled the mind-blowing moment he realized just who funded his acting program at Oxford. Boseman told Fallon, “I’ve basically been holding this secret my whole career. When I came back, I got a beneficiary letter and it said Denzel Washington paid for you.” In the video, we hear the audience audibly gasp as soon as Boseman drops the surprising news to which he responds, laughing, “that’s what I did!”

“There is no Black Panther without Denzel Washington,” Boseman said at the 47th AFI Life Achievement Award, in a tribute to the influential actor.

It wasn’t until 2018 that Chadwick Boseman finally got to meet the quietly generous man who changed his life. At the New York Black Panther premiere, Denzel Washington and Chadwick Boseman had the most endearing exchange imaginable – after telling Washington about the fateful acting course he so generously covered, Washington teased, “Oh, so that’s why I’m here – you owe me money! I came to collect!”

The two talented actors’ connection ran deep, even before Washington was aware of it. In Boseman’s final film, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Washington was a producer. In a storybook conclusion to the pair’s long history, the wide-eyed college student turned award-winning actor stood next to Washington – not as a fan, but as a peer. Now, two years after their first in-person meeting and many more years after the day Denzel Washington changed the course of Chadwick Boseman’s life, Washington mourned the young star’s death.

“He was a gentle soul and a brilliant artist, who will stay with us for eternity through his iconic performances over his short yet illustrious career,” Washington said in a statement following Boseman’s death on Friday. “God bless Chadwick Boseman.”

Chadwick Boseman Talks About Kids Who Had Terminal Cancer In Heartbreaking Clip

Chadwick Boseman Letters to Kids With Terminal Cancer
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It feels rare in Hollywood these days, finding a star that embodies everything we look for in a role model. Someone who lives their life working hard both professionally and personally, determined to leave the world better than they found it. Even before we learned of his tragic 4-year-long fight with colon cancer, Chadwick Boseman was just about as close as a person could get to a real-world superhero. To say that Boseman worked hard to accomplish his dreams would be a drastic understatement – the talented young actor appeared in over 15 movies, but it was the characters he played that rightfully made him a hero, especially to Black youth.

Throughout his entirely too-short career, Chadwick Boseman portrayed Black American trailblazers such as James Brown, Thurgood Marshall, and Jackie Robinson. Boseman breathed new life into Black leaders throughout history, but he was best known for his starring role in Black Panther. The on-screen bravery of his character T’Challa gave Black children a superhero they could identify with, while his off-screen kindness and humility were perhaps just as inspiring.

It brings an entirely new dimension to the final years of Boseman’s life, knowing he was fighting a private battle that took every ounce of strength he had. Not only did he continue working, but Boseman was generous with his limited free time – especially when it came to kids who saw him as a hero.

In a recently-resurfaced video from the 2018 press tour of Black Panther, an emotional Boseman discussed both the cultural significance of the film and the letters he exchanged with two young boys fighting terminal cancer – a fact that now makes our minds race and our hearts break.

In the SiriusXM Town Hall, Boseman revealed that the two boys he’d been communicating with throughout the filming of Black Panther had passed away. Shakily, Boseman explains that according to the boys’ parents, the two had been “trying to hold on till this movie comes.”

Boseman goes on to explain how everything he does throughout the day – going to the gym, practicing his lines – it all gained a new sort of significance after learning how much the movie meant to these kids. “They anticipated something great,” Boseman recalled. Thinking back to his own childhood, the actor remembered how he too had lived his life waiting for one great moment after the next.

At the end of the video, Boseman begins to say “when I found out that they had…” but stops, becoming too emotional to finish the sentence – the pain of the boys’ deaths too much to revisit. After taking several seconds to compose himself, a tearful Boseman concludes with, “it means a lot.”

Watching the video in 2018 meant watching an actor you admire show enormous empathy and compassion towards two boys he’d never met. Watching the video now means seeing a man fighting for his own life show a staggering amount of love and support to two little boys doing the same. This heartbreaking interview showed Chadwick Boseman stepping up as the hero these two sick boys desperately needed – and at times, it felt as if Boseman was embodying the very hero we all need during life’s most trying times. The hero who understands, and the hero who – with every fiber of his being – genuinely cares.

Teen Creates Clothing Company to Promote Love Over Violence

Love1 Clothing
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It’s exhilarating to watch your favorite superhero beat the everloving heck out of their arch-nemesis, but it’s important to remember that in real life, violence is pretty much never the answer. We’ve seen far too much of it lately, and too often, guns have played a major part. 18-year-old RuQuan Brown of Washington, D.C. knows all too well about the crushing and extensive effects of gun violence. In the span of just over a year, both Brown’s teammate, as well as his stepfather, were shot. Neither survived. Two years later, RuQuan is absolutely crushing it. He’s a star athlete, he was accepted into two dozen colleges, and he even earned 16 full-ride scholarships (!). Through all of his successes though, RuQuan has never forgotten the pain he experienced as a result of his unimaginable losses.

RuQuan is clearly not one to let things continue unchanged when action is needed. Filled with resilience and perseverance, RuQuan found a unique way to cope with the loss of his loved ones. He started a clothing company called Love1 – but this is no ordinary brand. Not only is he donating 20% of the proceeds, but those proceeds go directly to an organization called One Gun Gone. OGG is a New Jersey-based initiative that purchases guns in local communities and transforms them into beautiful works of art.

 

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One Gun Gone collaborates with adult artists like Jordan Seabury. We gift artists one of our Crayon Gun Sculptures. Since children are the primary users of crayons, we have used crayons and crayon wax to create the physical form of a gun. To us, the Crayon Gun Sculptures communicate that children are learning about gun violence too early. The artist takes our sculpture and transforms it into their own expression of how they feel about gun violence. Here Jordan Seaberry transformed our sculpture into a gun melting or exploding into, onto or through a pile of open books. Whatever the interaction is… the books and the knowledge within them are being changed forever. Is this artwork about gun violence in schools? Is this about the effects of trauma after gun violence? Maybe that is up to the viewer. This work is now in a private collection. The profits were added to our gun buy back, which currently stands at $9000. #contemporaryart #artcollector #collectart #curator #endgunviolence #endginviolencenow #honoreithaction #enough #dosomething #pvd #pvdart #iloverhodeisland #youtharts #giveback #community

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RuQuan told Because of Them We Can, “I started it to honor the lives of my teammate and step dad, who were murdered a year apart. I wanted to beat gun violence to the punch so that our families don’t have to continuously fall victim to tragic losses.”

With every step on the road to his company’s success, RuQuan knows that he’s doing something tangible to honor his teammate and his stepfather. Perhaps more importantly, he knows he is taking concrete steps to prevent other kids from experiencing loss as he did. RuQuan explains, “We’re eliminating a small fragment of the problem in order to reduce the amount of our loved ones being taken from us.”

The Love1 website features t-shirts, hoodies, and keychains with the company’s logo. You can make purchases directly from the website if you’d like to support this awe-inspiring teen.

McDonald’s Spicy Chicken McNuggets Announcement Gets Roasted by Wendy’s

McDonald's Spicy Chicken McNugget
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It’s never too early to teach your kids about the value of kindness, help them appreciate nature, or increase their tolerance for spicy food so they can one day kill it on Hot Ones. They supported us through our vegetarian phase and now, McDonald’s is standing by our side as we prepare to ascend the Scoville scale (also known as the scale used to measure the spiciness of various chili peppers). Though they’re far from the first fast-food chain to dive into the world of spicy chicken, these nuggets pack a punch that has much more significance than your standard specialty item.

You see, the McNugget was first offered at all McDonald’s locations in 1983. In the nearly four decades since, the menu item has become iconic. The crispy outside, the juicy inside – there really hasn’t been much of a reason to change the classic recipe. I mean, why mess with a good thing, right? So they haven’t. In 37 years, McDonald’s has never released a flavored McNugget – until now.

On September 16th, for a limited time only (all the best things are), McDonald’s is releasing a tempura-coated Spicy Chicken McNugget. These hot nuggets will feature both cayenne and chili pepper for the ultimate kick, leaving no taste bud unstirred. If the nuggets themselves don’t pack enough heat for you, McDonald’s is also releasing their first new dipping sauce in three years – the Mighty Hot Sauce contains crushed red pepper, garlic, and even more spicy chilies.

 

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Linda VanGosen, vice president of menu innovation at McDonald’s said in a statement, “As our customers have been asking for Spicy McNuggets for some time now, we couldn’t think of a better time to bring them to our menus.”

In a time where so much feels out of our control, it’s helpful to know that we at least have a say in something. Although, it isn’t only about us – menu items featuring spicy chicken have been hugely popular at other fast-food restaurants. Popeyes’ insanely popular spicy chicken sandwich was such a hit, the chain sold out of them for two months. Wendy’s and Burger King, McDonald’s bitter rivals, already offer their own versions of a spicy chicken nugget. In fact, upon hearing the news that McDonald’s was jumping on the bandwagon, Wendy’s had some choice words for its golden-arched nemesis.

Dang. Didn’t even need the chili peppers to feel that burn. Stop by your local McDonalds on September 16th for your first taste of the Spicy Chicken McNuggets – who knows, if we get lucky, maybe they’ll be here to stay.

Tributes Pour in for Chadwick Boseman, Star of Black Panther

Tributes for Chadwick Boseman
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His career was only beginning.

Chadwick Boseman, a rising star who portrayed Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and Black Panther, has died at 43, of colon cancer. Apparently the actor, most famous for his role as T’Challa in the Oscar-nominated Marvel movie, had been battling colon cancer for four years.

He didn’t let it slow him down, filling several movies while he was sick and in between treatments, including this summer’s Spike Lee movie Da Five Bloods.

His family posted a photo and a brief statement on his Twitter page, revealing the long battle Boseman had secretly been fighting as his star was rising.

“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.⁣

Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.

A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. ⁣

It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. ⁣

He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. ⁣

The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”

The news came as a shock to the general public, who were expecting the star to appear in Black Panther 2 and play a large role in the MCU for the foreseeable future. Instead, the respected actor, who toggled between serious films and the MCU, is the subject of countless tributes on social media as fans reel from the news of his unexpected death.

The Avengers and other actors were blindsided:

And Athletes:

 

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Rest In Paradise King 👑! #TheHellWith2020 #FCancer

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Boseman had an eye for biopics, breaking out as Jackie Robinson, then playing James Brown and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall before he became the center of the first superhero movie to be nominated for Best Picture.

As Black Panther became a cultural phenomenon, he was always quick to flash his huge grin and do the Wakanda salute, fully embracing his role in the MCU. Young fans of T’Challa are sure to be devastated, especially young black fans who were finally seeing a superhero version of themselves on movie screens.

This is quite a loss. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Now is an even better time to use the Wakanda Salute.