It’s The Weeknd’s birthday so he blessed us all with a new video featuring Drake

Twenty-seven years ago today, The Weeknd, ne Abel Tesfaye, was born. To celebrate, the R&B crooner has gifted us all with an unexpected video for the song “Reminder,” off of his latest album Starboy.

The video, which can be found on VEVO, is a subdued glimpse at what is probably a normal day in the life of Tesfaye. Of course, there are women draped in expensive furs, fancy cars and whatnot, but the best part of the video is the unexpected cameos.

YG, A$AP Rocky, Bryson Tiller, French Montana, Travis Scott, Metro Boomin and more make appearances in the video, but the reunion of Toronto’s most famous stars is what’s really makes this a birthday treat for us all.

Drake and The Weeknd were frequent collaborators early in their careers but have since had a vague public relationship that never quite escalating into a full blown beefbut never necessarily returned to the buddy-buddy terms they once occupied in 2011 when The Weeknd was seen by some as Drake’s protg of sorts.

All that aside, look how happy they are.

OVOXO might live on after all.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/02/16/the-weeknd-music-video-reminder/

Donald Trump won’t fill out a March Madness bracket, which isn’t surprising at all

If you hadn’t realized by now, Donald Trump and Barack Obama are very different people. Here’s your latest evidence.

Trump will pass on Obama’s annual tradition of filling out an NCAA March Madness bracket, the Washington Post reports. Obama, a basketball fanatic, made his predictions with ESPN each of his eight years in office.

When ESPN invited Trump to complete a bracket on-camera, the White House declined,but expressed interested in working with ESPN down the road, according to the Washington Post.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise for anyone who’s watched Trump’s early interactions with the world of sports. Sure, during his first month in office he’s played golf and touted the New England Patriots, even (correctly) predicting them to win the Super Bowl.

But take a look at how his Super Bowl viewing party differed from Obama’s.

One looks like a posh wedding. One looks like the ultimate sports viewing experience.

It’s still early, but Trump doesn’t appear to be the sports fan Obama is.

Obama embraced American sports perhaps more than any other president before him. Of course, he went about the customary traditions of his predecessors throwing out the first pitch at a baseball game, inviting championship teams to the White House but Obama took his passion for sports even further.

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In addition to his men’s March Madness bracket, he also filled one out for the women’s tournament. He stayed aboard Air Force One for 10 minutes to watch the 2016 NBA Finals conclude. He could shake hands and talk shop with every member of a team, even throwing in the occasional trash talk.

He tuned in for the nation’s biggest games, like the Women’s World Cup Final in 2015.

So many times, when politics and sports collide, it feels like a publicity stunt. But with Obama, he genuinely seemed to be just another sports nut. His fandom gave him everyman appeal. Some say he used that as a campaign prop.

Prop or not, it worked.

Obama and LeBron James.

The jury’s still out if Donald Trump will do the same. To his credit, though, Trump’s busy first month in office hasn’t left many chances to interact with the world of sports.

But with the Super Bowl over and Trump passing on a March Madness bracket, the early results don’t look so good.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/02/15/donald-trump-barack-obama-march-madness/

Watch: LGBTQ couples to keep holding hands, even when it’s uncomfortable

Public displays of affection aren’t an easy thing for the LGBTQ community, even down to the simplest things such as holding hands.

That’s the subject of a heartfelt ad by an Australian bank ANZ, which consists of various couples “letting go” when encountering the looks of other people in public.

Encouraging them to keep holding hands even when it feels uncomfortable to do so, the ad has an accompanying hashtag, #HoldTight.

And yes, while it might be just an ad, the campaign has inspired some people to do just that.

“This highlights the daily pressures that the LGBTIQ community faces,” Terese Casu, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO, said in a statement.

“It’s a simple and loving gesture to hold your partner’s hand, however for fear of discrimination, and experiences in violence and abuse the reality is that many in the community still don’t feel safe. We love the awareness that ANZ is raising about this issue for the community.”

The bank has long shown its support for the LGBTQ community, with its rebranded GAYTM automatic teller machines and glammed-up branches during Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

But the bank’s also been accused of pinkwashing in previous years, with some community members saying they “cash in” on the rising support for marriage equality and LGBTQ rights.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/02/15/anz-ad-hold-hands-mardi-gras/

Putin cuddling a pregnant Trump isn’t the Valentine’s Day image we need but it’s the one we deserve

A weird, wacky Valentine's Day image
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While there are infinite ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Hater, the dating app that connects you with people who hate the same things, took an unusual route in celebrating love this year: by projecting a drawing of Vladimir Putin cuddling a pregnant Donald Trump.

That’s not a typo; that’s really the image it projected in several locations around New York City on Tuesday night.

The projection at 14th & 8th

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The image was projected at three locations throughout NYC: N 6th and Wythe, 14th and 8th, and 15th and 9th. The projections also included Hater’s logo, the upside-down heart, and its slogan, “#LoveThroughHate.”

As for why the app decided to take this approach, Brendan Alper, CEO and Founder of Hater said it was all for the lulz: “Theres a lot of animosity out there, regardless of which side youre on. Were just trying to make people laugh. Through humor, hate can turn into love.”

It’s not the first time a disturbing romantic image of the pair has piqued our interest.

Artists in Lithuania painted a mural of Putin and Trump engaging in a passionate kiss while a billboard featuring Trump locking lips with Ted Cruz went up on a Cleveland billboard ahead of the 2016 GOP convention.

Sweet dreams.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/02/15/hater-app-putin-trump-photo/

The ‘Bill Nye Saves the World’ correspondent whose clever commentary you need to see

Nazeem Hussain is one of the correspondents for Bill Nye’s upcoming Netflix show.
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Bill Nye has a new talk show coming to Netflix called Bill Nye Saves The World, and along with it comes a new team of correspondents.

The team features the likes of Karlie Kloss, Derek Muller and Emily Calandrelli, but it’s Australia’s Nazeem Hussain you really, really need to familiarise yourself with.

A Melbourne guy of Sri Lankan descent, Hussain’s a proud Muslim and having studied science at university, it’s a solid bet he’ll bring the strong banter to Bill Nye’s show.

A fixture of the country’s stand up comedy scene for ages and a host of a few television shows, Hussain is acclaimed for challenging stereotypes and mistruths around race and religion with clever social commentary, boundary-pushing public pranks, over-the-top characters and affecting personal stories.

You might’ve seen him around as his character, Uncle Sam.

Uncle Sam is Hussain’s character who presents as a stereotypical Muslim cleric, first appearing on the hilarious TV show Salam Caf. Here he is visiting the majority anglo-saxon Melbourne suburb of Frankston, to see what they “know” about Muslims.

Or impersonating Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.

He’s a master of incredible skits on his show, Legally Brown.

But he’s also an excellent stand-up comedian too. Both on his own…

And as one half of stand-up duo ‘Fear of a Brown Planent’ alongside fellow comedian Aamer Rahman.

While Hussain will be saving the world soon with Bill Nye, he was saving taxi drivers first.

Or showing how hard people try not be racist… kinda.

And alongside fellow Australian export, The Daily Show’s Ronny Chieng, he’s been teaching people how to dance…like a white guy.

In conclusion: Get ready to fall in love with Nazeem Hussain, world. That is, if you weren’t already.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/02/14/nazeem-hussain-comedian-bill-nye-correspondent/

Migos-themed Valentine’s Day cards are exactly what your significant other needs

Hip Hop group Migos on the green carpet for the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta.
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Sure, you can celebrate your love of Migos any day you’d like, but thanks to a creative project from Spotify, celebrating Valentine’s Day with the Atlanta trio and someone you love just got more exciting.

The streaming service created a website for the holiday that lets you plug a name into the Migos card generator and voila! You’ve got a custom “raindrop, drop top” messagea phrase repeated from the group’s smash hit “Bad and Boujee.”

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If you’re unfamiliar with Migos, the Atlanta group rose to prominence with the help of a remix from Drake in 2013. They, however, soared in popularity when they landed their first song atop the Billboard charts with “Bad and Boujee” which Donald Glover famously shouted out while onstage at the Golden Globes.

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The catchy refrain of “raindrop, droptop” spawned countless memes, with people taking their own spin on the verse.

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Now you too can make your meme, fit to send your significant other on Valentine’s Day. Swipe “dat way” on their site to see all of the hilarious cards and share them across the internet.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/02/14/migos-valentines-day/

‘Boyfriends of Instagram’ Facebook page shows how far guys will go to make their girls look perfect

For girls, taking the perfect Instagram picture is both insanely important and difficult.

It takes a ton of posing and reposing to look flawlessly breezy, candid and carefree. And posing to look like you’re not posing is truly an art form.

Behind every great Instagram photo is a great photographer we don’t usually think about. The “Boyfriends of Instagram” Facebook page features the men behind the social media beauties and the ridiculous lengths they go to to capture a pic that will get ALL the “likes”.

The beach shot is the most delicate of the Instagram photos, so doing the absolute most is necessary:

If you don’t take a picture of her doing yoga on the beach, how else will she let everyone she knows that she does yoga?

The classic “follow me” pose will make all of her friends jealous, so you better get it right:

The “Haha oh my God, I didn’t see you there” shot is especially hard to master, but these guys got it:

Don’t be fooled: The “I work out!” pic is always planned.

Without these guys taking seasonal Instagram pictures for their girls, we just wouldn’t understand the passing of time:

The real MVP:

Next time you see a girl with an amazing Instagram picture, don’t forget to appreciate the man behind the camera.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/02/14/boyfriends-of-instagram-facebook-page/

‘Please tell me that’s not your penis’ is surely the finest TV cliffhanger ever

New Zealand’s “Shortland Street” takes the cake for the most incredible ending to an episode ever.
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Look, we’re not accustomed to New Zealand’s TV scene, but the cliffhanger ending to an episode of the country’s biggest (and possibly only) soap opera Shortland Street makes us wish we were.

Let’s set the scene: Two teenagers enter a home, hoping to do what teens do when there’s an empty house. The only problem is the boy’s dad is there, and he knows all about what’s about to go down.

We’d explain the rest, but it’s better if you just watch it.

With the crescendo of drums at the ending, New Zealanders (and now the world) have been gripped by this epic cliffhanger on Friday.

Is it the boy’s penis on the tablet? What if it is? If not his, whose? So many questions. But one thing’s for sure, New Zealand television has reached incredible new highs.

Breaking Bad, eat your heart out.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/02/13/shortland-street-penis-ending/

Musical.ly’s new mysterious app sounds a lot like Snapchat

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The team behind Musical.ly has a new video messaging app it says will be the “ultimate video messenger” just don’t expect to be able to use it yet.

Called pingpong, details about the app are scarce but it appears as though the company may be positioning it as a possible Snapchat competitor.

The app was quietly added to the App Store Feb. 9, according to analytics from App Annie, but it appears as though it’s still in some sort of pre-launch phase as users can’t log into the app or access anything beyond the initial launch screen.

Still, we can glean a few details based on the App Store description and the app’s slash screen. Described as “the ultimate video messenger” in its App Store description, pingpong allows you to record video messages you can share with your friends.

While it’s not clear how long the messages can be or whether they disappear after a certain period of time, the simple interface visible in the one screenshot in the App Store looks as though regular Snapchat users will be more than comfortable using pingpong.

A representative for Musical.ly did not respond to Mashable’s request for comment on the app.

Pingpong isn’t Musical.ly’s first foray into a more personal video app. The company launched a group video chat app in January, called Squad, which enables group video chats. Pingpong, on the other hand, appears to be geared more toward recorded video messages.

h/t: ProductHunt

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/02/13/muscial-ly-app-pingpong/