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In May 2020, I was searching for something — anything — to bring me joy. The world had become a dark place, and I just wanted to feel hopeful. And so, rationally, I went looking in the most obvious place: Twitch. And what I found was the Twitch stream of music producer Kenny Beats.

Kenny Beats, born Kenneth Blume III, is best known for his work with artists like Denzel Curry and Vince Staples. On his YouTube series, The Cave, he’ll produce a beat for artists in just 10 minutes. I’d been a fan of his music for some time, but like most producers, I knew very little about Kenny: he was just a name in a list of song credits who happened to have a YouTube show I enjoyed.

Prior to 2020, I was not a regular Twitch user. But as I worked a job I hated to pay my bills and hoped every day for the pandemic to end so I could return to my normal life, I learned that Kenny Beats was now streaming regularly on the platform. On a whim, I decided to check it out.

What I found was intriguing: here was a guy, arguably one of the hottest producers in hip-hop, showing hundreds — at times, thousands — of people how to make music. He was taking time out of his day to share the secrets of the trade, giving back to the next generation of musicians. I found this to be a nice way to pass the time, almost like sitting in on a professor’s class on a subject you are not currently taking.

Over time, the community became a bigger part of the experience, with certain usernames becoming instantly recognizable and offering consistent content for Kenny to feed on. Kenny began to do a series called the pain chat, where viewers could submit questions for him to answer about various trials in their life. There were the Beat Battles, where subscribers were given a sample and provided a set amount of time to make a beat, submit it, and have it be voted upon by other viewers. Winners of the Beat Battles have received gifts of various kinds, and some have even gotten publishing deals and opportunities because of the Kenny Beats stream.

I don’t make music, but watching Kenny make music was like watching athletes play sports or Twitch streamers play video games. It’s always a thrill to see someone operating at the top of their game. His creativity inspires me, and I often find myself pitching my friends on whacky ideas in an attempt to recreate the environment that Kenny has created.

What helps all of this is how overwhelmingly welcoming Kenny and this community are to people, like myself, who are not here to make music. Instead of making the stream just for experienced producers, Kenny answers questions that some may consider dumb about the process of making music. (At one point, I didn’t understand how someone could produce while not touching a mouse or keyboard, and he had to explain the breadth of a producer’s role on stream.) On stream, you can feel how thankful Kenny is for the audience he has and how thankful the audience is to have his art in the world. This extends to his Discord as well, where inclusion is encouraged, and channels such as the community support channel offer a place for people to get help with their more serious life problems.

My experience with this community only grew after attending the Don’t Over Think Shit (D.O.T.S, Kenny Beats’ creative company) show in Central Park in 2021. I went alone, but the people in that crowd didn’t feel like strangers. Instead, these were the people I was talking to on Twitch, the people whose music I was listening to and supporting in Discord. By the end of the show, I had made friends, including one who helped me navigate the subway. A tone of love and positivity was set by Kenny on stream, and that tone extended to real life. I still have little to no idea how to produce music, but I have seen firsthand the proper way to build a relationship with your fans that is meaningful and long-lasting.

On July 21st, Kenny Beats streamed for his 40th day in a row. It was also the last day in that streak. He’s talked recently on stream about taking a long break from streaming, potentially permanently. It would be sad to lose the stream and would take away one of my few reasons for visiting Twitch, but I wouldn’t be losing everything. The people I’ve found in his channel truly care and want to support each other, whether in our creative endeavors or personal struggles. Even if Kenny Beats’ streams go away, the community is still here.

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David Arroyo is a graduate of Penn State University and is currently working in television production. He hosts There’s A Lot Going On, a sports-focused podcast.

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The Mean One and his victim who knows who

The Mean One and his victim who knows who?
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This trend is so edgy, right? I guess if you want to satisfy your inner child who is into this sort of thing, The Mean One might be for you; it definitely looks to prove that the lowest forms of entertainment keep it “real” by bastardizing children’s IP without any real intention outside of making Bambi, Pooh, and now the Grinch go homicidal.

This Dr. Seuss parody—whose budget clearly went all in on the makeup for “the mean one” and for casting Terrifer 2‘s David Howard Thornton—looks cheaper than an Asylum film and shot in a rando town retrofitted as a slasher. Like, that’s it and I don’t know who’s asking for this. The trailer, released through IGN, is giving more Christmas cringe than killer vibes.

The Mean One – Official Trailer: Grinch Horror Parody (2022) David Howard Thornton, Krystle Martin

As you can tell, I’m already over this dark parody of various children’s characters done for those with cynical cold hearts that never grew three sizes. Don’t get me wrong, though—horror comedies with kids and holidays like Anna and the Apocalypse or the upcoming Violent Night, done with earnest intent and camp with clever re-imaginings, work. Just… not here, where you can tell the effort didn’t go further than “wouldn’t it be sick to make the Grinch homicidal in a small town?

Directed by Steven LaMorte, The Mean One hits U.S. theaters on December 9.


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A hot potato: The controversy over the catastrophic implosion of FTX is stirring the pot between investors and officials. Those who lost money claim the Bahamian government is shielding FTX and Sam Bankman-Fried from the potential consequences of mishandling their funds. The backlash prompted the country’s attorney general to go on the defensive in a live-streamed statement that almost nobody watched.

Bahamas Attorney General L. Ryan Pinder spoke out over the weekend regarding the FTX collapse and the public’s interest in the legally “free” status of Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF). The AG live-streamed the presser via the Bahamas Office of the Prime Minister’s Facebook page, where it racked up a whopping 623 views (embedded below via YouTube repost).

Pinder assured the public and investors that Bahamian regulators are doing their jobs by conducting due process and not buying into the mob mentality that wants to see SBF hung by the neck until dead.

“The Bahamas is a place of laws. The rule of law and the exercise of due process characterize the integrity of our jurisdiction,” the AG said.

Investors feel the country’s officials are harboring a criminal and accusing it of being a haven for crypto money laundering. Officials even challenged an FTX bankruptcy filing in Delaware earlier this month, claiming it has jurisdiction over the company’s liquidation.

On the one hand, due process is undoubtedly prudent in a free nation. Gathering a case against SBF before filing charges is precisely what would happen in the US or UK. On the other hand, people who lost virtually every penny they invested are outraged that authorities haven’t made an arrest. After all, it seems evident that there was some blatant mishandling of FTX investor funds.

Bankman-Fried spent millions bailing out other failing cryptocurrencies. He paid sports teams, athletes, and celebrities to promote his coin. The cryptopreneur also went on record admitting that he lost billions in FTX funds in another of his ventures called Alameda Research.

In a text-message interview with Vox, SBF said Alameda went under because it invested heavily in LUNA stablecoin, which also tanked earlier this year. Bankman-Fried avoided mentioning how much it lost and where Alameda spent that money. His excuse for the loss was “messy accounting.”

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However, it is another area due for investigation, considering that Wall Street Journal sources said SBF and other execs were well aware FTX gave about half of its investors’ money to Alameda — funds that evaporated between May and June of this year.

In the meantime, investors have their pockets turned out while SBF is still supposedly sitting in his Bahamian palatial estate. Indeed many have concluded that they will never get their money back and want the satisfaction of seeing SBF behind bars, but that could be a while.

Pinder stated that his investigation was “very complex” and is only in the “early stages.”

“We understand the enormous interest in this story, but as a government, we decided right away that what was most important was not to engage in speculation or gossip but instead to proceed methodically and deliberately in accordance with the exercise of due process and the rule of law,” the AG said. “There is still no agreed-upon standards globally. Regulators from around the world are still grappling with how to regulate digital assets.”

Pinder continually harped on how other countries should have done their part in keeping their eye on FTX since it operated globally. Of course, this flies directly in the face of his office’s insistence that it be given complete jurisdiction over FTX’s bankruptcy hearings.

“Any attempt to lay the entirety of this debacle at the feet of the Bahamas because FTX is headquartered here would be a gross oversimplification of reality,” Pinder admonished. “We have been shocked at the ignorance of those who assert FTX came to the Bahamas because they did not want to commit to regulatory scrutiny. In fact, the world is full of countries in which there is no legislative regulatory authority over the crypto and digital asset business.”

Pinder seemed to spend just as much time pointing out that investors should not point fingers at the Bahamian government as he did reassuring them he was doing everything he could to uncover what happened and hold parties responsible if necessary. The problem is that his voice is mostly falling on deaf ears.

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What can you get that’s actually cheap this Cyber Monday that doesn’t, well, suck? It turns out a lot more than you might think. While we’ve seen some significant discounts on OLED TVs, gaming laptops, and other expensive items, we’ve also stumbled upon budget-friendly deals on stuff that’s actually quite good. We know this because we’ve either tested or tried these items ourselves, like Amazon’s latest Echo Dot, which is currently half off at $24.99. Oh, and did we mention it comes with a free Philips Hue smart bulb as well?

So if you’ve got a lengthy list for your upcoming holiday gift exchange — or you just need to stretch your budget a little more this year — look no further than these Cyber Monday deals under $25 you can grab now.

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