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Cindy Crawford’s 18-year-old daughter Kaia Gerber has been making waves in the modeling industry — but lately, she’s been in headlines for one other reason. Cole Sprouse, who rose to fame as a child with Disney showÂ The Suite Life of Zack & Cody (also starring his twin brother Dylan), has been spotted with Gerber a few times since his split withÂ RiverdaleÂ co-star Lili Reinhart. While 27-year-old Sprouse has previously denied dating Gerber, he was once again spotted with the model this Sunday at a Black Lives Matter protest. For many, Sprouse’s story doesn’t add up.
While rumors about Sprouse and Reinhart’s split had been circulating since July 2019, they didn’t actually break up until this spring. They’ve removed images of each other from their social media, and have been quarantining separately ever since Covid-19 lockdown orders went into effect.
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Rumors of Sprouse and Gerber dating started in April, but Sprouse was quick to shut them down, saying this on his Instagram story: “I tolerate a lot of rumors and slander from people online claiming to be my fans. Fans who feel entitled to my privacy precisely because I never indulge them…When I first stepped into a public relationship this was one of the foreseeable consequences. And while I truly never intended to indulge any part of my private life to the ravenous horde, it’s clear my restraint in updating them has allowed them to push their own agenda onto my habits and lifestyle.”
Spotted: Cole Sprouse at a protest with Kaia Gerber on Sunday. It’s been rumored that the Riverdale actor cheated on his ex and costar, Lili Reinhart, with Cindy Crawford’s daughter.
While that calmed the rumor mill briefly, Sprouse and Gerber’s appearance together this weekend has fans newly furious. Many believe that Sprouse cheated on Reinhart with Gerber, and even blame her for the relationship ending. Others take issue with Gerber and Sprouse’s 9-year age gap. But Sprouse defenders continue to dismiss the claims, saying he and Gerber are simply part of a larger friend group.
Cole Sprouse fans STILL wonâ€t acknowledge the he cheated on Lili & continues 2 spend time w a teenager. Wake up & stop defending him. https://t.co/TQQVkZ1WvY
People really still believe the cheating rumors from cole and kaia? Wtf. 1: cole is not that person. He would never. And 2: yes kaia was at the protest but mads and cami were there too you really think theyâ€d be there if he cheated with her bcs lili is friends with cami and mads.
We may never know what truly happened to real-life Bughead (that’s Riverdale‘s beloved Betty and Jughead, for the uninitiated), but we do know this: bullying Gerber for Sprouse’s alleged mistakes is definitely not the answer. This stunning young model is guilty of nothing other than exercising her right to protest with a group of similarly famous young adults. Bughead aside, we’d say that Gerber’s hands are clean.
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The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that one in four people experience mental illness at some point in their life. For Black people around the world those stats are even more staggering. Research indicates that Black/African Americans are 20% more likely to suffer from psychological distress compared to their white counterparts. Within the Black community, mental health conversations and discussing experiences with conditions like anxiety and depression is still taboo, especially for Black men. The media often depicts Black men as aggressive and violent with few representations of them being vulnerable. These perceptions of how Black men should behave likely play a role in why the mental health stigma persists within the Black community. Black men are expected to be stoic and strong 24/7, which can lead to increased feelings of anger, resentment and isolation. Public figures like Charlamagne Tha God, who wrote a book on his experiences with anxiety, are outspoken advocates for Black mental wellbeing and are starting to open up more conversations about Black mental health. Eric “Kleankut” Dixon is a celebrity barber and mental health advocate who uses his barbershop as an outlet for Black men within the community. Eric sat down to discuss why he started his barbershop, his experiences contracting a rare condition, and the transformative power of therapy.
Janice Gassam: Could you share with the Forbes readers a little bit about you, your background and what made you decide to open up your own barbershop?
Eric “Kleankut” Dixon: Well, I was born and raised in Maryland—P.G. County, Maryland, by way of [Washington] D.C. I grew up here and…I’ve always been an artist…and then eventually I became a barber. Unfortunately, I got into barbering because of an infection I got from an inexperienced barber. It affected my scalp really bad. It caused dissecting cellulitis, it’s a rare germ from uncleaned tools…it was a bad experience so I learned to cut my own hair…which led to me becoming really good at it…it became a passion over time. I love working for myself and I love the art form of cutting hair…the best part of it is to be able to have the ability to make people feel good…and look good.
Gassam: How do you feel your barbershop creates a safe space for Black men to feel comfortable communicating?
Dixon: For someone to come to a barber and allow the barber to cut them, there’s a trust factor that you’re already building with your barber. Then, once you build that trust…it’s a place where men go where they can actually be free and take out their stress…whether it’s from a job, home, family…being able to go somewhere and really unwind…learn from others and even be the one to give knowledge to other people.
Gassam: The life of an entrepreneur is very stressful, so what are some forms of self-care that you utilize and what are some self-care practices that Black men should be taking advantage of more?
Dixon: Well…I go to a therapy myself. Just…to keep me focused. It’s always good to unpack. Some things you can’t just talk about with anybody. A therapist is able to dig deep into discovering who you are…so you can be better mentally…I definitely go to my therapist. Honestly, my job can be hard on the body a little bit. I go and I get great massages. I love it! It takes all the tension out of you…also for me, I’m an artist. I like to draw; I like to paint…I love music. I have different playlists for different moods. It relaxes me. I’m starting to read a lot more books as well.
Gassam: How do you use your platform to serve within your community?
Dixon: Now that I’ve realized that I can be a part of helping someone, what I’m doing currently is I am in class to become a Certified Advocate. So, I can be able to assist properly…I know a few therapists that are in the area…having conversations with therapists to have a better understanding of how I can help…being able to connect with other therapists so I can actually have an idea of where I can send Black men who are seeking help…I want to get the information on cost and how to seek the right therapist. Me being that person where, me being transparent about myself and being able to guide someone in the right direction.
Gassam: What are some resources you would recommend for someone reading this interview who wants to speak with a therapist but who has never had one before?
Dixon: I’m having a conversation and trying to figure out how can we help and make therapy more accessible and more affordable as well…there’s Therapy for Black Men…there’s [also] therapy via the web where you can talk to a Black therapist in other states. I know a few folks who do therapy sessions over the computer…what I want to do is get a group of therapists who are interested in creating something that is more accessible and affordable for people…when it comes to searching for a therapist, sometimes certain therapists…you’re not going to feel comfortable with…it’s important to feel like you can be comfortable…that’s the key. Being able to vibe well with that therapist. If you don’t, then it’s okay…that’s one of the main things you have to have with your therapist—being able to get a good vibe and be comfortable.
To learn more about Erik “Kleankut” Dixon, click here.
This interview has been lightly edited for brevity and clarity.
Along with WhatsApp, other firms being targeted in these scams include PayPal, Facebook, Microsoft and Netflix.
If you are concerned about these types of online attacks then the UK’s National Cyber Security Center has some good advice for consumers.
Here’s their top tips for avoiding phishing scams online.
• Many phishing scams originate overseas and often the spelling, grammar and punctuation are poor. Others will try and create official-looking emails by including logos and graphics. Is the design (and quality) what would you’d expect from a large organisation?
• Is it addressed to you by name, or does it refer to ‘valued customer’, or ‘friend’, or ‘colleague’? This can be a sign that the sender does not actually know you, and that it is part of a phishing scam.
Expired cert blamed on Microsoft Teams outage; rancor over Iowa caucus app; and an artist with 99 smartphones causes traffic mayhem in Berlin
This week didn’t get off to the smoothest of starts for Microsoft Teams users, as widespread reports surfaced on Monday that the collaboration software had ground to a halt.
From around 8:30 ET on February 3, users around the world were unable to log into Microsoft’s Slack-like group messaging service, leaving them with nothing else to do but post impromptu memes on Twitter.
At around 10:00 ET, Microsoft said it had discovered that the problem was due to an expired digital certificate.
The Teams service was restored later that day, although with a reported 20 million daily users being locked out of their accounts, the episode no doubt left the chat app’s devs more than a little red-faced.
In the US, social media feeds have been clogged with news of ‘The App That Broke the Iowa Caucus’.
Tech outlets were quick to jump onto reports that the results from Monday’s Democratic caucus in the midwestern state had been delayed because of problems with the smartphone app that was being used to report votes.
The confusion delayed the announcement of the winner in the first round for presidential hopefuls. Unsurprisingly, the fracas attracted no small amount of controversy, with many directing their ire towards the app developers.
Speaking to CNET, Irfan Asrar of cybersecurity company Blue Hexagon, said: “What we believe is, this is an oversight, and an example of the app being rushed into production.”
Offering their own take on the situation (and framing their article with a pointed reminder that “trust and transparency are core to the US elections”), Motherboard published the full .apk file of the app that malfunctioned and sent the caucus into a tailspin.
From unreliable apps to shady social media accounts, Twitter said it has suspended a large network of “fake accounts” that were being used to exploit its API in order to match usernames to phone numbers.
According to TechCrunch, a bug in the microblogging platform opened the door for an attacker to submit “millions of phone numbers” through an official API, which returned any associated user account.
The news comes as Indian website The Print reported allegations that “nearly 18,000 Twitter accounts” were spreading fake news on behalf of the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“Approached for comment, both the BJP and the Congress [a rival Indian party] denied the allegation that they supported accounts propagating misinformation,” the report reads.
And finally this week, an artist has shown how Google Maps could be abused to cause potential chaos on the roads, after he wheeled 99 smartphones in a wagon around Berlin in order to create a fake traffic jam.
In his ‘Google Maps Hacks’ performance piece, Simon Weckert demonstrated how it was possible to turn a ‘green street’ to ‘red’ on the popular online mapping service – showing how one small step for a man could have a giant impact on other road users, who would be directed into taking alternative routes from an actually clear road.
A video posted to Weckert’s YouTube account offers a real-time demonstration of what The Daily Swig is dubbing a ‘Distributed Denial-of-(Road) Surface’ attack. *bows*
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