Luxury loot box sponsorships are tearing YouTube apart

Luxury loot box sponsorships are tearing YouTube apart

Some of YouTube’s biggest channels are facing backlash from both viewers and other YouTube creators after promoting a form of loot box-style gambling with a company called Mystery Brand. Both Jake Paul and Brian “RiceGum” Le have run sponsored videos promoting Mystery Brand — a $100,000 offer that other YouTube creators said they’ve also received and turned down. The sponsored videos show Paul and Le clicking on a variety of mystery boxes looking to win…

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Sexual misconduct allegations against R. Kelly spanning 25 years, in one timeline

Sexual misconduct allegations against R. Kelly spanning 25 years, in one timeline

Here are all the sexual misconduct allegations against R. Kelly since 1994, in one chart. The #MeToo reckoning is continuing to slowly engulf R. Kelly. This week, Lifetime premieres the documentary series Surviving R. Kelly, an overview of Kelly’s life and career — and of the decades’ worth of accounts that accuse him of having sexually abused young women and children. (Kelly’s lawyer has said the series is full of lies and has threatened to…

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The historic new Congress, in 17 pictures

The historic new Congress, in 17 pictures

A record-breaking number of women were sworn into the House and Senate on Thursday. Thursday’s House speaker vote and opening of the 116th Congress set up a striking visual moment in the lower chamber: On Democrats’ side of the aisle, a historically diverse class of women and people of color were clad in bright outfits as they were sworn in, while on the Republican side, a relatively homogeneous group of mostly white men wore nearly…

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