“Negative emotions like hatred destroy our peace of mind.”
– Matthieu Ricard
Money Can’t Buy Happiness
Echoing the harrowing sentiment of Queen, “Another one bites the dust” – news broke out Monday morning that yet another young, iconic artist had died of the hands of suicide.
Keith Flint, singer from famous bands like Essex and Prodigy, was found unresponsive in his home early this week. While there has yet to be confirmation as to how the musician chose to end his life, rumors of a drug overdose seem to be the popular consensus.
It’s an eerie and heartbreaking story that we have become all too familiar with – celebrities that seem to have it all, only to later be discovered that, behind the scenes, they were suffering significantly. In recent years, iconic personalities that have fallen victim to suicide Include Chester Bennington, Chris Cornell, Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain, and Avicii – to name a few.
Heartbreaking as these incidences are, each death should serve as a harsh wake-up call that depression is insidious, common, and easily disguised. Thankfully, the dialogue surrounding depression and suicide has shifted to be less taboo and more openly acknowledged, but we still have a long way to go.
To read more about the history of Keith Flint and his final days, click here.
Dating in the 21st century is completely different than it has been in decades past. There are numerous reasons the dating game has significantly changed, but the main perpetrators that have shifted the courtship process are as follows:
Cell phones: Gone are the days’ people had to wait by their phone in hopes that their love interest would call, allowing a lot more freedom and independence for individuals.
Texting: People don’t communicate via phone calls anymore. Texting has replaced verbal interaction, which can be useful in some instances but can also lead to a lot of miscommunication and misinterpretation.
Online Dating Apps: it’s very commonplace for single people to be looking for potential suitors online. This expands one’s prospects greatly, but it can also make it hard to get a good read on people.
Non-Labels: The lines have been blurred regarding interaction among people. Are you hooking up? Hanging out? Dating? In a relationship? Non-committal attitudes have made it difficult to foster potential, long-term relationships – which is totally fine if that’s what you want.
Collectively, all of these aspects have made dating easier in some ways but has also come with its set of challenges.
Here are 18 popular terms used in modern society when describing dating behaviors that simply didn’t exist before.
Black Conservatives Debate Black Liberals on American Politics (Extended Version)
By popular demand, this is an extended cut of the original version of this debate we published.
Who voted for Donald Trump? Who voted for Barack Obama? What’s it like seeing a black person wearing a MAGA hat? Has the black vote been taken for granted?
Black conservatives and liberals hash it out in the VICE Office.