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Boonk Gang Net Worth



Boonk Gang Net Worth

The 22-year-old super star Boonk, made his fame doing crazy Instagram videos, which often got him arrested but in no time Boonk has gained so much popularity that he no longer had to do similar style videos. With a great fame comes great wealth. What is Boonk Gang net worth? and how he achieved his success?

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Early Life of Boonk Gang

John Robert Hill Jr. aka (Boonk) was born on August 3rd 1996 in Jacksonville Florida. When he was growing up his dream was to become famous rapper. He has tried many different things to rise up in fame. In 2017 he decided to become the face of hood humor and went from working in pop-eyes restaurant to robbing one.

With in one year he was able to manage to pull in over 5 million Instagram followers who were entertained by his hood humor. Boonk also did a collaboration with supremepatty who happened to be doing the same style videos as boonk claimed that all supremepatty’s videos were staged and his weren’t.

Boonk also was arrested many times for doing what he was doing for fame. After being able to make some solid money Boonk never had a car and the very first time he bought himself a car was BMW 3 series. The day after he ended up crashing it.

Boonk Gang Net Worth

Boonk Gang Net Worth

What is Boonk Gang Net Worth?

Boonk Gang Net Worth is made out of the combinations of his Instagram and concert sales. As of 2018 his Instagram account has been suspended for violation of platforms policies. After posting some videos of him getting shot. It is unknown who was the shooter and boonk claims that it was some street rivals. On the other-hand many of his fans think he shot himself!

Boonk Gang Net Worth is estimated to be $1,200,000. After losing the giant source of traffic that leaves him with only 1 source of revenue which is his music.

Although boonk has lost 5 million Instagram followers he still has the large fan base.

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What Are The Benefits of CBD Oil?





One of the popular remedy used for common ailment is the cannabidiol oil commonly referred to as CBD which is one of the 104 chemicals found in the cannabis and marijuana plant.

Unlike THC (Tetrabydrocannabinol) that makes people get high, cannabidiol is not psychoactive. Its quality is what makes it appealing to relief pain, suppress and cure other symptoms.

To make CBD oil, CBD is extracted from cannabis plant and is diluted with any carrier oil like hemp seed oil or coconut oil.
Since research and studies have shown that it has various health benefits and plays a vital role in treating variety of ailment, the unique oil has gained momentum.

How does CBD work?

Cannabinoids are known to always produce effects in the body by attaching to certain receptors because the human body is known to produce certain receptors called CB1 and CB2.

CB1 deals with pain, appetite, mood, memories and coordination, they are found in the body but higher concentrations are found in the brain while the CB2 receptors deal with inflammation and pain and they are found in the immune system.

Initially, researchers believed that the CB2 receptors are what CBD attaches to but it doesn’t work that way. CBD directs the body to make use of more of its own cannabinoids.

The health impact of CBD in the body cannot be overemphasized but here are some of the beneficial effects;

It helps in relieving pain

The anti-inflammatory and natural pain relief properties made CBD oil useful in relieving pains and stiffness. It can also be used for the treatment of chronic pain.

Helps reduce anxiety disorders

THC have been known to amplify the feeling of anxiousness but research on Neurotherapeutics showed that CBD is beneficial in reducing anxiety in people with certain disorders like general anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Treatment of Acne

This is one of the promising uses of CBD oil, because of its anti-inflammatory effect it helps in lowers the production of sebum. Sebum is the oily substance produced by the body and when it is over produced, it causes acne.

It is useful in the treatment of Type I diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is a result of inflammation that occurs when the cells in the pancreas are attacked by the immune system. The anti-inflammatory effect of the chemical makes it useful in the treatment of the disease.

Useful in fighting cancer

Researchers have made it known that using CBD oil will help reduce and combat cancer by suppressing the growth and promoting the destruction of cancer cells.

Beneficial for heart health

Another benefit this great product provides is that it lowers high blood pressure which is linked to numerous health conditions like metabolic syndrome, stroke and heart attack.

In a recent study, CBD oil was used in treating ten men with high blood pressure. The result of the treatment showed that their blood pressure was lowered after they took 600mg of CBD oil.

Other benefits of CBD include;

  • Anti-tumor effect
  • Treatment of substance abuse
  • Treatment of Alzheimer disease and
  • Epilepsy treatment

Holistically, the benefits of CBD cannot be overemphasized.


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Gold’s Gym Brings Exceptional Fitness To The Daytona Beach Community



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Fitness enthusiasts in Daytona Beach have a lot to look forward to this December, as Gold’s Gym makes its way to the Shoppes at One Daytona. With an exciting rollout, a massive new store, and an innovative pre-sale event planned, Gold’s is set to make an explosive entrance into the world’s most famous beach.

And it’s in good hands, too!

Gold’s Gym and the Ward Family

Ormond Beach Gold’s Gym franchise owners, the Ward family, will be taking over the lease at the Daytona location. Co-owner, Tyler Ward, spoke about the family’s experience owning the store since 2001, what prompted the expansion, and his hopes for the future.

“We’ve been looking to expand for quite some time, now,” Ward said. “Branch out, and, with a few folks we had worked with before, we started a discussion about leasing out this space.”

What To Expect

The location in question clocks in at an impressive 29,300 sq ft, surpassing the available work area at the Ward family’s current location. It’s also the largest available space at the Shoppes at One Daytona. Management is predicting staff members at the new location will number around 50 workers, with a full complement of gym equipment. It’s a strong introduction into the community from one of the leading fitness brands in the country, and translates into increased job opportunities within the city itself.

“One thing that will be unique to the new location is going to be more of a studio style or boutique style of classes. We’ll have five different class spaces with five different offerings going on at any time of the day. We’re bringing a host of classes under one roof and allowing our guests to pick. So, where once you may have had to go from one location to another, do this but not that because of time, now you can take any combination of classes you want.”

The gym will feature a team training center, as well as facilities for yoga, cycling, and exercise. Guests can also look forward to hydrotherapy massage facilities, and there’s even an onsite Kids Club for busy parents.

Classes will be half-hour slots, so guests can combine classes without becoming exhausted. “We want people to be able to fit their workouts in before work, during lunch, and after work.”

Another bit of innovation behind the launch is an interactive pre-sale area, going up in Shoppes at One Daytona in mid-September. “We will have a small pre-sale space opening right there in the shopping center while the new gym is still under construction. And that pre-sale area, what it’s going to offer is a sneak peak view into the look and feel of the facility.”

The area will feature massive picture frames, showing off 3D renderings of each the gym area, long before it’s finished being built. Future guests can walk in, look around, and get an almost exact idea of what they will be experiencing when the gym has its grand opening, later this year.

And to top it all off: “We’ll have actual gym equipment set up in the pre-sale room as well, for people to get a full-on tactile experience of what we’ll be offering.”

A Note On Service

Ormond members understand the Ward family’s involvement with their location. This is something Tyler and Ward co-owners, his father, grandfather, and aunt are all proud of. “We’ve grown with Ormond beach, as a family as well as a company. The reciprocation of the members – their love of the facility is the foundation of what Gold’s Gym is, here in Ormond.”

“We were at about 10,000 sq ft and 1200 members back in 2001 and we’ve grown this into over a 5,000 member base and 27,000 sq ft of space. It’s been amazing over the years to see how many members have joined with us and continue to stick with us because, when they come in every day, they get a ‘Hello’. We work in that way to brighten their day, give them a good start to their day.”

Ward spoke about his hopes to bring that same personable model over to operations at the Shoppes at One Daytona. “Our tagline within this facility has always been ‘Friendliness, cleanliness, and professionalism’. And in the time that we’ve been operational, we’ve created programs to duplicate that work ethic and carry that with us, over and over again, wherever we go.”

“We put the value to the customer long before anything else,” Ward said. “Within both facilities, you’re part of our Gold’s Gym family – you’re not a number to us. When you join us, you’re joining a family.”

Gold’s Gym, Daytona

Memberships are priced per month, for individuals and families, but Ward says to look out for special offers in the following months. “Pre-sale rates, grand opening offers – guests can look forward to that. Keep your eyes open.”

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Jack Manley Net Worth – $500,000 or Less?



The rise of Jack Manley, the 20-year-old super star who has Almost a million followers on YouTube and is on his way to reach his first 100,000 followers on Instagram. With a great fame often comes great wealth, so what is Jack Manley net worth? and how he sky-rocketed up in fame?

Jack Manley Net Worth

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Who Is Jack Manley?

The 20-year-old social media star has built a career off the YouTube.

Found on the YouTube channel Jack Manley TV. His videos consist of doing street interviews with random girls. His Midwestern good looks, slapstick humor, and intricately planned and executed viral videos have earned him millions of views and legions of die-hard fans.

Jack Manley Net Worth – $500,000 or Less?

Jack has begun his journey since February of 2017 and has been doing videos ever since. The speed of slow-motion Jack has published only 28 videos. Although he has a fewer uploads than many other YouTubers in industry, Jack has managed to stack up almost 100,000,000 channel views.

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Jack Manley Net Worth —  According to social blade!

This is of course a estimate of his earnings just from YouTube and there not any advertisement deals included in this revenue. Another problem is, YouTube has released the update in early 2017 where they cut down the Adsense. Which resulted in massive monetization termination for many channel, especially the ones that were not advertising friendly.

According to googles advertising policies Jack Manley TV YouTube videos do not fall into the category of being advertisement friendly. The traffic itself is worth as Social Blade platform estimates but the content does not meet the advertisement policies. This doesn’t mean jack is not gonna be making money, Jack has been working on massive update for his channel and has recently released the announcement releasing what he has been working on for very long time.

If you watch the video below skipping to 04:55 – you can see the new project that will take jack manley net worth to another level. 

The project is called “Manley Method” that’s a course created by jack himself. Pretty much it is his life’s transformation from being a person with no confidence in-himself, how he was never able to talk with pretty women and how he achieved what he has achieved today.

Jack Manley Birthday:  231998

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Woahhvicky Net Worth !



Woahhvicky Net Worth

Woahhvicky Net Worth – and what is included, what does she own and what makes her net worth!

Who is Woah Vicky? Instagram star Victoria Waldrip

Woah Vicky, real name Victoria Waldrip, is the Instagram star who burst onto your timeline when she was arrested in a North Carolina mall for assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.

The 17-year-old has a huge following of 1.4 million fans, and made her name by claiming to be black (she is very much white). A lot of her posts involve her talking in an exaggerated blaccent about getting money. Woah Vicky is also friends with Lil Tay, the nine-year-old rap star whose mom is a Canadian realtor.

You’ve probably got questions about Woahhvicky Net Worth, so here we go.

  • Woahhvicky Net Worth: $1,500,000 
  • Woahhvicky Net Worth 2018

5 Fast Facts You Need to Know About Woahhvicky

#1. Woah Vicky,’ Who Has More Than 1.4 Million Instagram Followers, Posted a Video Showing Her Being Pushed to the Ground & Handcuffed During the Incident

#2. She Has Been Released on Bail, but Faces Up to 210 Days in Jail if Convicted of the Misdemeanor Charges

#3. Waldrip Generated Controversy by Claiming She Is Black After an Ancestry Test & Then Posting Videos Using the N-Word, Rapping & Twerking

#4. She Also Apologized After Posting a Racist Music Video About Asian Men Titled ‘Ching Chong’

#5. Woahhvicky, Who Grew Up in Georgia & Got Her Diploma From the Online Penn Foster High School in January, Has Been Making Paid Appearances & Selling Merchandise

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T-Shirts, Toilet Paper and Rotten Mangoes. This Chinese App Sells It All.




BEIJING — Apple, Gucci, Tesla. Many Chinese shoppers love their top-shelf brands.

But another big slice of the population goes gaga for a 40-cent pair of earrings, a $1.50 wireless smartphone charger and 50 rolls of toilet paper for $4.75.

These are the shoppers on Pinduoduo, a Chinese app that drew close to 350 million customers in the past year, more than the entire population of the United States. Its parent company is expected to list shares on the Nasdaq stock exchange on Thursday, just three years into its existence.

The lightning-fast ascent of Pinduoduo (pronounced a bit like “PING-daw-daw”) suggests that China is not done producing high-flying internet upstarts, despite the vast reach of incumbents such as Alibaba. It also illustrates the clout of an underserved category of Chinese consumers.

They live outside the country’s prosperous megacities, in the cities, towns and hamlets that over a billion Chinese call home. They skew older, less internet savvy. And they absolutely cannot resist a bargain, even if the stuff they’re buying isn’t exactly top of the line.

In the southern city of Foshan, Li Tianqiang and his wife sell rice noodles and other breakfast food out of a three-wheeled truck to hungry factory workers. Over the past two years, Mr. Li, 45, has bought nearly $1,000 worth of merchandise on Pinduoduo — the equivalent of around two months’ income for him. Among his purchases: an inflatable paddle boat, a fishing bag and a cherry-red motorized car for his young daughter to drive around.

Mr. Li knows he is a little addicted. And regretted purchases? He has a few.

Some were made out of curiosity. In other cases, the items were of such lousy quality that he threw them out after they arrived. The toys he has bought for his daughter — including dolls, a violin and a keyboard — have been particularly bad, he said.

It is all so inexpensive, though, that he said he didn’t mind the occasional misfire.

“It’s nothing, really,” he said of his spending on the app.

For many years, China was a byword for shoddy goods produced at mass scale. But that is changing. Wages are rising, forcing manufacturers to compete on quality. Communist Party leaders want to nurture brands known globally for their innovations. Gadget makers such as Xiaomi and Huawei are investing heavily in design, chasing cool and cachet.

To shop on Pinduoduo, however, is to be reminded that many Chinese consumers still check prices first, and that low-end suppliers remain a big part of the country’s economy. The Pinduoduo app’s main page is a bottomless cascade of groceries, fast fashion, household sundries and electronic bric-a-brac — all carrying wildly improbable price tags.

A pair of stretchy, “Playboy”-brand men’s pants: less than $3. Eleven pounds of rice: $4. A four-pack of boxer briefs printed with an image of a wolf’s head: $2. A purple water kettle with “LOL” written along the bottom: $3. A pink, around-the-neck smartphone stand that lets you lie down and watch videos at the same time: $1. A vibrating electric belt that goes around the midsection and supposedly helps shed fat: $6.

Shipping is always free.

Pinduoduo wants shoppers to involve their online friends in the process. Group orders receive discounts. New users who persuade others to sign up are rewarded with one of a selection of free purchases. Tiny pop-ups within the app provide relentless, real-time updates on what others are buying, creating a sense of urgency. Everyone is getting great deals and you are not.

Between the deliriously strange product selection, the next-to-nothing prices, the barrage of coupons and deals, and the ease with which purchases are made, the experience feels less like shopping and more like playing a shopping video game. In regulatory filings, the company calls the app “a combination of Costco and Disneyland.”

Pinduoduo started operations only in 2015. The app is a platform for merchants to sell products: Sellers pay for their wares to be promoted on the app, and pay a fee for each sale. The company, which is based in Shanghai, has grown swiftly enough to attract powerful backers including the venture firm Sequoia Capital and the Chinese internet giant Tencent. It expects to raise $1.4 billion in this week’s share offering. That would give the company a valuation of more than $20 billion.

Because it offers so much cheap stuff, however, Pinduoduo is still way behind its rivals in the total value of goods sold. The company, which is unprofitable, said that its average shopper spent less than $90 on the platform last year. That translates into revenue per shopper of a dollar and change.

“This is the lowest quality of traffic you can get,” said Steven Zhu, an analyst in Shanghai with the research firm Pacific Epoch. And if older people are driving Pinduoduo’s popularity, Mr. Zhu added, then its prospects for long-term growth are grim by default.

The platform has also been accused of being awash with knockoff products. Last week, the company was sued for trademark infringement in the United States.

Pinduoduo declined to comment. But in its filings with stock regulators, the company said it immediately removed counterfeits from the app. And this year, the company’s founder, a former Google engineer named Colin Huang, described his philosophy on price versus quality to the Chinese business magazine Caijing.

His own mother complained to him when two of the nine mangoes she had bought for $1.50 on the app turned up rotten, Mr. Huang told Caijing. Still, he said, she continued to use Pinduoduo. “If you can buy seven good mangoes for $1.50, you’re not losing out,” he said.

For the most part, Kang Xia agrees. Ms. Kang, a 52-year-old retiree in the southwestern city of Chengdu, has used Pinduoduo to buy shoes, clothes, gadgets — “quite a lot,” she said, although the quality isn’t always great.

This spring, she got stung by two bad purchases. First, there was a $5 wardrobe with colorful fabric panels and a “real wood” frame. One touch was all she needed to realize the thing was no good. Then she bought a chiffon skirt with a floral pattern — less than $6, including a yellow T-shirt to wear with it — that arrived with a jagged tear down the side.

Ms. Kang said she is now less likely to buy things on Pinduoduo solely because they are cheap. But she still looks at the app every day.

For the established big shots of Chinese e-commerce, it is unwelcome news that many shoppers will buy very nearly anything if the price is right.

To retain customers and avoid regulators’ ire, Alibaba, which served more than 500 million buyers last year, has fought sales of fakes on its Taobao marketplace. The retailer, which had around 300 million buyers, has courted upmarket brands and cultivated a reputation for reliability.

“From time to time, there are new players, but the question is whether they can sustain themselves,” Alibaba’s chief executive, Daniel Zhang, said at a recent event in San Francisco. “We are also climbing.”

Terry Yao lives in Dandong, a small city in China’s northeast. After looking at some sneakers on Pinduoduo — pairs that should retail for more than $100 were going for a tiny fraction of that, he said — he made up his mind about the authenticity of the platform’s products.

“China has developed so much,” said Mr. Yao, 28. “But if residents of these third- and fourth-tier cities can only use things like Pinduoduo, it feels to some degree like a big failure. We’ve gone backward.”

But Pinduoduo does not have to be stuck in the bargain bin forever, said Tian X. Hou, founder of T. H. Data Capital, a research firm in Beijing. Now that it has used low prices to attract so many users, it can do as Alibaba did and go premium.

“Once you have this trust, you can grow out of the current business and create a new business,” Ms. Hou said.

That might turn off the most fervent deal hunters. But it could raise Pinduoduo’s profile among other consumers.

Zhang Huajin, 34, a manager at a tech company in Guangzhou, bought an iPhone 7 Plus on Pinduoduo this month. Or he thought he did. What arrived was a smartphone, but it was not made by Apple.

Mr. Zhang got his money back, though. And if Pinduoduo improves quality control and helps big brands sell directly on the app, he will probably buy from there again, he said.

Taobao managed the transition, he said, and shoppers’ expectations shifted accordingly. On Taobao, Mr. Zhang said, “everybody already knows what kinds of product should be sold at what price.”

Zhang Tiantian and Claire Fu contributed research.

Follow Raymond Zhong on Twitter: @zhonggg.

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Trump’s Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame Is Shattered by Vandal



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President Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was destroyed early Wednesday morning by a man with a pickax, the police said.

Around 3:30 a.m., officers received a call about the vandalism, and soon after found the pink terrazzo star, which Mr. Trump received in January 2007 for his NBC show “The Apprentice,” broken into pieces, said Officer Ray Brown, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department.

The suspect had pulled a pickax out of a guitar case, smashed the star — in the 6800 block of Hollywood Boulevard, near Highland Avenue — and then walked away, leaving the tool at the scene, according to NBC.

The suspect’s actions were caught on surveillance video, and soon after, he turned himself in to the police, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which administers the Walk of Fame, said in a statement.

Mr. Brown confirmed that the suspect was being held in custody, but would not disclose the suspect’s identity.

The Hollywood Historic Trust will seek to repair the star, and in the process, it will be covered up for a few days, according to the Chamber of Commerce.

To get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, people must apply to the Chamber of Commerce, and demonstrate success or talent in the entertainment world. If selected, they pay $30,000, part of which goes to the Hollywood Historic Trust, and part of which covers the installation of the star.

An estimate of the cost of the repairs was not immediately available.

This is the not the first time the star has been vandalized. A man attempted to remove the star by smashing it with a pickax and sledgehammer in October 2016, and pleaded no contest to felony vandalism in February 2017. He agreed to pay $4,400 for the damage, and was sentenced to three years probation and 20 days of community service.

In 2016, an artist built a six-inch “wall” around the symbol, with razor-wire and “Keep Out” signs. Other times, people have smeared ketchup on the star, painted it purple, or have decorated it with a Bernie Sanders bumper sticker.

Mr. Trump’s star is not the only one that has been vandalized in recent years. Bill Cosby’s star has also been damaged. In December 2014, someone wrote “rapist” three times on the star in marker.

In 2015, a petition sought to have the Chamber of Commerce remove Mr. Cosby’s star in light of allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

The chamber rejected the request, saying that the Walk is historically preserved. Despite protesters’ actions, a star has never been removed from the Walk of Fame.

“The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an institution celebrating the positive contributions of the inductees,” said Leron Gubler, president and chief executive of the Chamber of Commerce.

“When people are unhappy with one of our honorees, we would hope that they would project their anger in more positive ways than to vandalize a California State landmark,” Mr. Gubler said of Wednesday’s incident with the Trump star.

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If We’re 40 and Single, Let’s Get Married. Deal?



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When Paige Anderson was 20 years old, she made a pact with her best friend, Grant Lowe: If the two remained single by age 30, they would get married.

On June 8, 2014, the day after graduating from Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., Ms. Anderson (now Ms. Lowe) and Mr. Lowe wed. At 22, eight years before the deadline, their wedding was held on campus at Alumni Hall among friends, family and faculty.

Their initial informal promise was a safe way to flirt, because the two were afraid to reveal their mutual feelings. “You can back out of it if no one believes it; you can tell yourself it was just a joke,” said Ms. Lowe, noting that her husband once agreed to a similar arrangement with a friend from high school. (Mr. Lowe has no previous marriages.)

The verbal contract between Mr. and Ms. Lowe was a conversation opener to their progression beyond friendship. But, often, small-talk marriage pacts are not binding. They are guided by the fear of being alone, according to Lynn Saladino, a clinical psychologist in Manhattan who focuses on relationships.

“It’s one of people’s biggest fears in dating,” Dr. Saladino said. “They want to know they’re not going to be by themselves long-term — that someone’s going to be there.”

John FitzPatrick, 50, an owner of Anthony Bruttaniti Architecture and Design in Philadelphia, almost married his best friend, Moira Appicelli, 50, of New Brunswick, N.J.

They met in ninth grade at Spotswood High School in Spotswood N.J. “I saw her walking down the hallway, and I knew that we were going to be friends forever,” Mr. FitzPatrick said.

Although neither party was ever romantically interested, when they were in their 20s, the two devised a solution to being perpetually single, Ms. Appicelli said. “If we’re not married by 40, we should just get married.”

The pact resurfaced when Mr. FitzPatrick, then 36, suffered from sciatica. He considered back surgery but didn’t have health insurance. Ms. Appicelli offered to marry him, so he could utilize her benefits.

“At that point, I was already with my now-husband,” whom, Mr. FitzPatrick added, he legally married three years ago.

Beyond hidden feelings or inheriting job perks, marriage pacts are also forged for emotional support.

“People are looking for a sense of security and having backup in case something doesn’t work out,” said Dr. Saladino. “People like to know that they’re going to end up with someone, and also someone that they like.”

Dawn-Maia Simmons, 40, a registered nurse in Garland, Tex., met her husband, Jason Simmons, when they were 17.

“I was actually dating a good friend of his,” said Ms. Simmons, who simultaneously swore to marry Mr. Simmons if they were single at 33. “In our heads, that was right at the starting point where you were almost too old to have kids.”

About a year after promising to be life partners, when both were single and 18, they unexpectedly became pregnant with a boy. “We weren’t together,” Ms. Simmons said. “We weren’t a couple. We remained friends who had a baby together.”

The relationship didn’t evolve until Mr. Simmons suggested they move in together. In 2000, at 21, they decided to marry, validating their marriage pact on Valentine’s Day.

“Through all the things that we’ve been through, our friendship has saved us every single time,” said Ms. Simmons, who has been married 18 years and also has a daughter with Mr. Simmons. “It’s not been the kids. It’s not been financial. We still enjoy the things we did as teenagers: going to concerts, sitting around laughing at dumb TV shows and watching movies. Our time together after all these years has been the most valuable thing.”

Deep friendships and commitments are necessary for successful relationships, according to Angelica Magana-Rossin, a licensed marriage and family therapist in Manhattan. “Overcoming the challenges is a lot easier when there is that base. There ends up being an implicit contract to work on something: even if it feels hard, even if it doesn’t feel magnetic or intoxicating anymore; to work toward creating these dynamics.”

Arranged marriages, in some aspects, are similar to marriage pacts between friends that aren’t induced by passion. Some lead to falling in love, anyway.

“There is an agreement, first and foremost. People agree to show up in the relationship and make the best of it,” said Ms. Magana-Rossin. “When there are fewer options and more direct focus, that really can help make the relationship a lot more intentional.”

There can be some confusion, though, about pacts themselves. Dr. Saladino advises both parties of the agreement be transparent about their realistic objectives when verbalizing the future. “It depends how seriously each person is taking the pact. If they are restricting themselves from putting themselves out there, that could potentially hold them back from some very good partners.”

Alissa Jacob, 32, a founder of Reservoir, a retail store in Los Angeles, made a marriage pact with her childhood best friend, Joey Kuhn of Boston. “It was always pretty clear that he was going to be coming out of the closet,” said Ms. Jacob, who refers to Kuhn as “hubby,” even though she is engaged to someone else. “We talked about having a kid together or living together like ‘Will & Grace.’ It was never going to be a sexual marriage.”

Ms. Jacob does, however, plan to wear a white wedding dress down the aisle at Mr. Kuhn’s wedding, should he get married.

“I still call Alissa ‘wifey’,” said Mr. Kuhn, 33 and a filmmaker, who has a long-term boyfriend. “She’s like, ‘You will be his husband, but I will always be his wife.’”

Despite the duo’s strong ties — Mr. Kuhn is officiating Ms. Jacob’s wedding in October — he admits Ms. Jacob wasn’t the only person he casually promised ‘til death do they part. “I was a closeted gay guy in middle and high school and was friends with a ton of girls.”

It isn’t only the pact-makers who have the potential to be disappointed by those hypothetical promises.

Years ago, Mr. FitzPatrick visited his father, nearing the end of his life, in the hospital. “He was in bed, and he goes, ‘John, you married Moira, right?’”

“I could see the puzzled look on his face. He forgot that I was gay for a second,” said Mr. FitzPatrick, who had been with his life partner for 14 years at that point.

And then, it clicked.

His father, speaking about Ms. Appicelli, said, “I always loved her.”

Mr. FitzPatrick, who remains close to Ms. Appicelli, and even has a bedroom for her in his brownstone, replied, “I know, Dad. I still do.”

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Opinion | Trump, ‘He’s Like a Rapper’




Some people are baffled by Donald Trump’s fawning admiration of the world’s strongmen. I am not.

If you know anything about Donald Trump’s formative years in his native New York, you know that this has been part of his life since the beginning.

In particular, he was a young man in the city when the hip-hop cultural movement was born here in the 1970s. He witnessed the birth and ascendancy of hip-hop in the city, the moguls it made, the bravado it brandished.

He liked it, envied it, aped it. He created of it something all his own: He learned to assert white privilege and emulate black power.

There have always been white people like Trump who fetishize black culture — thrill seekers who want to dip their toes into what they view as exotic, but also want to stay dry and removed from it.

Trump practiced the racism of exceptions: He disdained poor minorities — those who wanted to rent his property; criminal suspects like the Central Park Five, of whom he wrote, “I want to hate,” and whom he wanted to have executed. But he marveled at the exceptional, those who amassed money and power while projecting a counterculture aesthetic and ethos.

He admired the men who learned how to monetize swagger. He has learned from them and applied their lessons to his largely white world.

That’s why I think this racist actually believes on some level that he is not a racist. He counts his flirtation with rich black rappers and athletes as proof of his egalitarianism.

As Donald Trump Jr. told The Daily Caller in February while defending his father against charges of racism: “You know it’s amazing — all the rappers, all his African-American friends, from Jesse Jackson to Al Sharpton, have pictures with him.”

Perhaps Trump’s most notable and consequential hip-hop relationship was his odd friendship with the troubled boxer Mike Tyson, who has also rapped from time to time. Tyson sometimes entered the ring with Public Enemy’s “Welcome to the Terrordome” blaring. In a way Tyson was the epitome of hip-hop: Brash, bold, raw, powerful, dangerous, reckless.

Despite Tyson’s many issues — his drinking, his drug use, his problems with the law, his rape conviction — Tyson remained a hero to Trump.

As Chris Ayres wrote earlier this month in British GQ about this strange relationship: “From an early age, Trump, like his brothers, Freddy and Robert, had been instructed by his father, Fred, to think and act like a ‘killer.’ And the world had seen no better or more celebrated killer than Iron Mike. In particular, Trump was fascinated by Tyson’s disruptive, asymmetrical tactics.”

Ayres makes a grand assertion, one that has merit:

“It was Tyson — not Steve Bannon or even Vladimir Putin — who planted the strategic seeds for Trump’s hostile takeover of the United States of America in 2016.”

I would say that it wasn’t only Tyson, but also New York City’s hip-hop culture writ large that Trump weaponized. He is the Elvis Presley of politics, a cultural appropriator who took the coarser side of the black men whose thrall he was in and repackaged their qualities behind a white face.

Indeed, his previous and present relationships with hip-hop royalty have put the hip-hop royals in a bind, because the racism we see was not their experience of him. For them, his racism was muted by their money.

In 2015 Russell Simmons penned an open letter to “To My Old Friend Donald Trump” in which he writes, “You’re smarter and certainly more loving than you let on.” And after Trump’s atrocious Charlottesville comments, Simmons said of Trump, “He’s not acting on any real belief.” In April, Kanye West tweeted: “You don’t have to agree with Trump but the mob can’t make me not love him.”

I guess the relationship status between Trump and some in hip-hop should read: “It’s complicated.”

In 2015, when Trump was a candidate, rapper Ja Rule said of him: “Trump is very entertaining. He speaks very openly and candidly about what he feels. I think it’s a breath of fresh air for everybody to hear it. It’s not always the politically correct thing, but I think that’s what people are enjoying about Trump being in the running. … Trump is crazy. He has always been an outspoken person. I’m not shocked by anything that comes out of his mouth at all. He’s like a rapper.”

At least Trump was a wannabe rapper. He wanted to be associated with the power rappers projected, with the glamour and the girls and the gangster motif. That is the same way he’s now operating on the world stage.

The problem for America is that men pretending to be strongmen will always yield to stronger men. They will always bow to the men they want to be. In the presence of the real thing their mimicry is made mockery. As we would say in hip-hop, Trump is faking the funk.

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Cap$ Capozzoli: Coming Back To Life.



Cap$ Capazolli: Money

Caps Capozzoli: Coming Back To Life

Hip-hop is one of those musical genres where the lifestyle is, famously, as important as the music itself. Whatever subgenre you fall into, people want to hear you rapping earnestly about it in order for them to muster up half a hot damn.

And they respond to it because it sounds like an authentic piece of that lifestyle. Meaning that, when 2 Chainz gets arrested in Oklahoma City for obstruction of justice, his credibility as a rapper shoots through the roof because we trust him more, now. He’s more valuable to us as a rapper if we think he could be hiding in our trunk with a gun and some duct tape, waiting to punk a beat cop.

His music could be produced by a time-traveling Rick Rubin with the help of God himself, but it’s that sweet street cred that we value most of all.

Which is tough because, honestly, not everybody can come from slinging dope, rolling deep, and / or smoking indo, whether sipping on gin and juice or not. A lot of rappers have to embellish parts of their life to write convincingly. When they say they got taken in for dealing, what they mean is their moms took away their XBox for stealing Baby Aspirin out of the medicine cabinet. When they claim “the streets were hard”, they mean the road was physically solid, and they had to wear extra soft shoes on their two-minute walk home from school.

Not everybody gets the kinds of credentials we value in rappers. Not everybody can claim to have dealt drugs, or nearly died, or even started their own businesses.

But Caps Capozzoli can.

A Climb Out Of Somewhere Dark

During our fifteen minute interview, Cap$ told me about his upbringing as a troubled youth, starting down a struggling path of questionable decisions, big money, and Florida cliches. “I was in and out of trouble since the time I was fourteen years old, for selling drugs. You know, just basic South Florida shit.”

His move up to Daytona Beach, at the insistence of his family, to “calm down” in 2011 kicked off a period of ups and downs for him that would last for the next four years. Bouncing between his burgeoning tree service and a few brushes with the law, Cap$ walked a tightrope between legitimate business and his past as a drug dealer. The business would develop, then take a hit because of legal matters. It would do better than ever before, then he’d lose everything except the name. The 90s pop-rap crossover that is this period in his life would be Paula Abdul and Mc Scat Cat singing “Two steps forward, and two steps back.”

Then, an unexpected tragedy.

And, by that, I mean an impressively tragic tragedy.

“I died.”

Cap$ was admitted to hospital in 2015 having accidentally overdosed (though this may have been an unintended poisoning – more on that in future episodes the rollercoaster of this man’s life). His heart had already stopped once by the time paramedics got to him, but it was in the hospital, when it stopped a second time, that doctors had to save him.

“After an experience like that,” he says, “I just realized that everything from then on was bonus time, and I had to maximize it.”

Capozoli, who’d had experience with hip-hop for years preceding this, began a long, slow, painful recovery process that ultimately lead him to pursuing a career as a rapper. But there was one problem. “When I came to,” he explains, “The doctors didn’t think I’d be able to walk again.”

Given that he was sitting across from me without any crutches, wheelchair, or other walking aid, a mere three years later, I assumed that wasn’t the case. I was right. As it turns out, years and months of intensive corrective physiotherapy and exercise can work miracles, and prove doctors of all walks of life wrong.

Cap$: Looking Ahead

Which brings us neatly to his current venture. “We’ve put together a series of songs and music videos that will be released over the course of the next year. The first one being ‘Broward County’.”

Cap$, who’s consistently released great music in the interim years since his accident, was excited to share this news with us. And why shouldn’t he be? The man’s only died twice to get here. “I’m very grateful, you know? Very blessed. This is crazy! That’s really just it: it’s crazy.”

We’ll be watching eagerly for his upcoming releases and, with a backstory like that, hoping he gets everything he’s worked so hard to get. Get it, Cap$!


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2018 Daytona Bike Week 77th Anniversary Goes Wild



Daytona Bike Week

Daytona Beach celebrates its 77th Bike Week Anniversary this week. Thousands of bikers from all over the United States headed to the heart of the celebration at Main Street in Daytona Beach. This is by all means one of Daytona’s biggest boost in the local economy. Planning on making your way to Daytona Bike Week? Here are some tips that can come handy.

Daytona Beach is located on the central East Coast of Florida. It is 88 miles south of Jacksonville and 60 miles northeast of Orlando.

Bike Week centers around the Daytona 200 motorcycle race and a variety of motorcycle racing events and shows at the Daytona International Speedway as well as activities throughout the area.

Our visitors come from all over the world. There are more languages spoken at Bike Week than at any other time of the year. In 2005, an estimated 700,000+ people came for Bike Week. They stay in hotels, motels, condominiums, and at campgrounds throughout the county.

The Speedway offers a full week of racing excitement including the BMW “Legends of Racing”, dirt track races, the Daytona Supercross by Honda, the Harley-Davidson TwinSports, 600cc SuperSport International Challenge and the Daytona 200 by Arai. Other events include the Harley-Davidson Museum, indoor show and Dresser Light Show, and several other motorcycle shows including vintage and custom bikes, European & Japanese motorcycles, sidecars and trikes. There are concerts, fashion shows, technical seminars and demo rides. You can join in a Poker Run, go to a motorcycle swap meet, learn how to “Stud Your Duds,” or enjoy one of the several free bar-b-ques.

While visiting here, the cyclists travel north to St. Augustine, south to the Kennedy Space Center and west to Orlando and even Tampa. However, one of the biggest activities of Bike Week is watching the other people and their machines, especially on Main Street in Daytona Beach.

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