The lights dimmed and in a blink of an eye, the princess of pop had taken the stage. And yes, we are talking about Selena Gomez here. Last week, she had made a stop at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn as a part of her Revival Tour. DNCE and Bea Miller also made an appearance to kick off the start of an amazing show.
Selena performed a majority of songs from her most recent album, which is titled Revival. Some of the hits that she performed included, “Kill Em with Kindness”, “Good For You”, “Me & My Girls” and “Nobody”. She also performed some throwback tunes including, “Who Says” and “Come and Get It”. From the glittery costumes to the dance routines, there was never a dull moment throughout the entire show.
Over the past few years, Selena has gone through many rough patches. Including her extremely public breakup and also being diagnosed with lupus. This tour meant a lot to her and her confidence had made it clear that this was in fact, her revival. “This show is so centered around me, and I mean that in a way of confidence, of strength,” Gomez says. “It has a beautiful feel to it, but it is about me, so if I wanted to come in one day and say I want to change [a song in the show] or add this, I can do that. That’s the first time I’ve ever really been able to do that in my life. And I feel, I feel great about it. It’s not me making sure I hit all the dance moves. There’s so much I want to prove to myself for this tour and it’s just based on me, it’s based on my voice, it’s based on what I say to my crowd,” she adds. “That’s all I really want.”
Selena is also taking this tour to bring awareness to lupus. She will be donating the proceeds from each ticket sold to the Alliance for Lupus Research. “Based in New York, ALR (Alliance for Lupus Research) is a national voluntary health organization whose mission is to find better treatments and ultimately prevent lupus. Gomez’s camp says ALR was selected because of its broad reach. Gomez revealed her lupus diagnosis in a 2015 Billboard cover story.” With the success of her current tour and with all of her future plans, Selena is definitely taking the world by storm.
Many years before movies were around, there was popcorn! Archeologist have made us believe that popcorn is actually a “stone age snack”.
Researchers found 80,000-year-old corn pollen below Mexico City. These corn pollens are exactly the same as modern corn pollen, meaning cave people most likely had popcorn.
The oldest corn pollen ever found was discovered in the “Bat Cave” of central New Mexico. This pollen is believed to be 5,600 years old. Archaeologists have found prehistoric kernels of popcorn that are so well preserved that they can still pop!
In fact, popcorn only became popular to Americans in the 19th century. It became a well-known snack food which is why you can now find it in parks, movie theaters, at sporting events, and even street vendors.
During World War II, when sugar was rationed, Americans were forced to change their snacking habits. Americans were now eating three times as much popcorn as they had before compared to other sugary treats.
Today, the perfect place to eat popcorn is at the movies. Back in the 1930’s and 1940’s, it was the exact same scenario. However, when television took off in the 1950s, popcorn sales dropped for a while.
Americans now consume more popcorn than could fill the Empire State Building. That is more than fifty popped quarts per person, per year. That’s a lot of popcorn!
Celebrate National Popcorn Day, today, and get popping.
Written By: Amanda Haase
The Starbucks secret menu is no longer a secret. This past Monday, starbucks released 6 new bold Frappuccino flavors. These dessert inspired frozen drinks are in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Frappuccino. These delicious new flavors include Lemon Bar, Caramel Cocoa Cluster, Cupcake, Red Velvet, Cotton Candy and cinnamon roll. There’s a sweet twist to these new flavors and that is they won’t be here for long. Customers can try the fan flavors and vote for their favorite through June 19. On June 26, the top three will be narrowed down and fans can again vote for the winning flavor to be announced on July 3. To celebrate its blue ribbon status, Starbucks will then offer the top Frap from July 3 through 6 for $3 from 2 to 5 p.m. PT.
“Frappuccino really epitomizes two things: one is that we offer Frappuccino really in response to what customers were asking for. Starbucks listens to our customers. That beverage is a great example of us listening to our customers and offering them a beverage they were looking for,” Starbucks spokesperson Erin Shane told ABC News. Now you can also get involved and choose the flavor you like best! So far I’ve tried them all and cotton candy is my favorite. Make sure to try them all and vote on your favorite.
Written by: Sandra Costanzo
Your Friday morning coffee pit-stop is about to get a little sweeter.
Today, June 5th is National Doughnut Day, and to celebrate, Dunkin’ Donuts is offering a free donut with the purchase of any beverage.
“Donuts have a special place in our country’s history and culture,” said Jeff Miller, executive chef and vice president of product innovation at Dunkin’ Brands. “We are proud to celebrate this timeless favorite on National Donut Day.”
You can find a Long Island location near you at dunkindonuts.com. Make sure you don’t miss out on making your day extra sweet!
Written by: Sandra Costanzo
Good news for all Starbucks lovers! It`s getting closer to summer and that only means one thing, it time for Frappy Hour (Frappuccino Happy Hour)! This annual event is a dream come true for any Frappuccino lover. This limited time event will only be here from May 1st through May 10th. How it works is any customers who visits a participating Starbucks store from 3-5 .p.m. may enjoy half-priced Frappuccino blended beverages, any flavor and any size. And it gets even better, any my Starbucks Rewards member gets an extended Frappuccino Happy Hour which lasts till 6 p.m., if you use your registered Starbucks Card.
Along with Frappy Hour, Starbucks is introducing a new Frappuccino and bringing back a classic Frappuccino. The new drink of the summer is a S`mores Frappuccino. Inspired by the nostalgic summer experience of roasting s’mores, this layered Frappuccino starts with marshmallow-infused whipped cream and milk chocolate sauce, adds a creamy blend of graham, coffee, milk and ice, and is finished off with whipped cream and a graham cracker crumble. The returning classic Frappuccino is the Caramel Ribbon Crunch. This returning summer favorite is inspired by Starbucks customers’ love for caramel. This is a blend of caramel syrup with Frappuccino roast coffee, milk and ice, then topped with a layer of dark caramel sauce, whipped cream, caramel drizzle and crunchy caramel sugar topping. Besides these two summer drink choices, there are more than 36,000 ways to customize a Frappuccino so it is perfect for you.
Written by: Denise Visco
Here`s some good news for all you coffee lovers out there! As coffee may seem like a necessity to a person`s daily routine, it is actually proven that there are many more benefits then to just give you energy. Here are 5 reasons why a person should drink coffee everyday. The first reason is that coffee is a popular way of how most Americans get their antioxidants, according to a study in 2005. While fruits and vegetables also have tons of antioxidants, the human body seems to absorb the most from coffee. The second reason is that just smelling coffee can make you less stressed if you suffer from sleep deprivation. This was proven by a study conducted by the researchers at the Seoul National University. The third reason is that coffee can lessen the chances of a person developing Parkinson`s disease. ScienceDaily reported in 2012 that drinking coffee may help people with Parkinson’s disease control their movement. Ronald Postuma, MD, the study author, said, “Studies have shown that people who use caffeine are less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, but this is one of the first studies in humans to show that caffeine can help with movement symptoms for people who already have the disease.” The fourth reason is coffee can make you more intelligent. CNN reports that coffee actually makes your brain work in a more efficient way. Time Reporter, Michael Lemonick says, “When you’re
sleep-deprived and you take caffeine, pretty much anything you measure will improve: reaction time, vigilance, attention, logical reasoning — most of the complex functions you associate with intelligence.” And the last reason is that coffee can increase your athletic performance. This is a good tip for any athlete. The New York Times reports that “Scientists and many athletes have known for years, of course, that a cup of coffee before a workout jolts athletic performance, especially in endurance sports like distance running and cycling.” The reasoning behind this is that caffeine increases the number of fatty acids in the bloodstream. This increase allows athletes` muscles to absorb and burn those fats for fuel, therefore saving the body’s small reserves of carbohydrates for later on in the exercise. So next time you are about to enjoy a cup of coffee just remember there are many more benefits to a cup of coffee besides the energy boost.
Written by: Sandra Costanzo