Rihanna turns 28, drops “Work” music video preview

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 13:  Singer Rihanna performs onstage during the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Lionel Richie at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 13: Singer Rihanna performs onstage during the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Lionel Richie at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

Happy birthday RiRi! The singer turned 28 today, but on an equally important note, teased the new music video for her single “Work” on Twitter.

The status went up yesterday at noon, and linked to a 30-second video starring her and Drake, who features on the song. The two are dancing in a dimly lit room, packed with people dancing in slow motion and a full-length mirror for Rihanna to dance in front of.

The video already has 1.8 million views on Youtube, and video comes out Monday, according to Rihanna’s tweet.

Even though you cancelled and rescheduled on us, we (kind of) forgive you, Rihanna.

Whataburger’s Twitter is the celebrity accountability tool we need

It’s been a big week for Kanye West.

His new album, “The Life of Pablo,” dropped late Saturday exclusively on music-streaming service Tidal. The album has been getting great reviews, but most of the headlines mentioning Yeezy this week have nothing to do with music. And Whataburger was there to capture it all, according to Revelist.

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It all started the day before “Pablo’s” premiere at the Yeezy Season 3 Fashion Show, when West, well-known for his use of social media, began firing on all Twitter cylinders. The Texas-based burger chain promptly fired back.

Two days later, West came under fire for the subject of some of the lyrics to “Famous,” where he took a swipe at Taylor Swift in the latest volley of a feud that’s been going on since 2009:

“I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/ Why, I made that b—- famous.” (West apparently thinks he made the pop singer famous when he, you know, interrupted her acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.)

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Whataburger was there to monitor the hip-hop star’s actions, though.

And to her credit, Swift shot back in her Grammys acceptance speech Sunday night when she took home the Album of the Year Award for “1989.”

“There are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success, or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame, but if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you …” Swift said.

As if that weren’t enough, some of audio of West, leaked from backstage at “Saturday Night Live,” hit the Internet earlier this week. Highlights (lowlights?) include West calling Swift a “fake-a–,” and proclaiming himself to be “50 perfect more influential” than director Stanley Kubrick, evangelist Paul the Apostle, painter Pablo Picasso and drug dealer Pablo Escobar. (The last three names presumably factored into “Pablo’s” album title).

And who could forget West brazenly asking Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for money to “invest in Kanye West ideas”?

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The latest subtweet from Whataburger to West on Monday left things on a warmer note. The chain posted this message:

Which was probably in response to another Wonderful West Tweet:

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This wasn’t the first time Whataburger has inserted itself into celebrity feuds. The brand famously took on the Drake/Meek Mill spat last year, and they started a beef with Wingstop shortly after the Drake battle.

Hopefully whoever is running the Whataburger’s Twitter account will keep up the good work. They’re not the superhero we need in these troubled, feuding times, but they’re the hero we deserve.

Now — time to go get a burger.

5 Lunchtime Links: Shia LaBeouf locks self in elevator

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1. Shia LaBeouf is back with more art.

After live streaming himself watching all his own movies consecutively in his #ALLMYMOVIES performance, Shia LaBeouf is back with more art. The 29-year-old actor has announced he and two other performance artists will remain in an elevator for the next 24 hours in Oxford, England, riding it up and down in #ELEVATE. People are encouraged to take rides with the performers, and can take pictures and ask questions. The performance will be live streamed, but you can only glimpse LaBeouf when the doors of the elevator open. You can watch the live stream of this performance here. Here’s to hoping Solange Knowles does not pay LaBeouf a visit.

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2. Harper Lee dead at 89.

Beloved Alabama author Harper Lee, who won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for fiction with her novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” has died at 89-years-old. “To Kill a Mockingbird” explores racial tensions in the South through the story of a black man on trial accused for molesting a white woman. Much of the book was believed to be autobiographical in nature, as Lee was similarly the daughter of a lawyer. After sequel “Go Set a Watchman,” which was reportedly found in a vault, was published, Lee’s health and care-taking came under scrutiny.

3. Weekly SXSW band drop includes MSTRKRFT.

It’s Friday, and just as with in weeks past that means SXSW has released a whole new bunch of bands that fest-goers can expect to see come March 11. The big names in this week’s 100+ band drop includes MSTRKRFT and Soul Asylum. Rappers Doughbeezy from Houston and Virginia’s D.R.A.M. were also added, along with DJ Jazzy Jeff. Baltimore’s Wye Oak and Lousiana indie pop band Givers will also make appearances. There’s plenty to look forward to, but even more yet to come next Friday.

4. Rihanna reschedules Austin tour date.

Pay me what you owe me. Rihanna’s Austin appearance has been pushed back two months after production delays pushed back her “ANTI” tour date’s kickoff. The tour is now scheduled to start on March 12 in Jacksonville, Florida, and will make its way to the Frank Erwin Center May 14, instead of its original March 4 scheduling. The original tickets will be honored, but if holders choose instead to be refunded they will be able to do so starting Feb. 22.

5. Britney meets Hillary.

Two very influential (albeit in very different ways) women met Thursday night in Las Vegas when Britney Spears ran into presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. The pop star is in Vegas for her “Britney: Piece of Me” residency and Clinton is in Nevada campaigning ahead of Saturday’s caucus. Spears said Clinton has a “beautiful voice for women around the world.”

5 Lunchtime Links: Broad City returns

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1. Broad City returns.

The broads are back. Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer returned to premiere their third season of “Broad City” Wednesday night and things were just as surreal, real and weird as we left them. Unsurprisingly the episode involves a lot of bathroom humor. Things pick up right where they left off with the pair wearing joke T-shirts they bought off the street to cover up spilled red wine, and progresses as we get glimpses of their lives during the past year — much of which is set (you guessed it) in their side-by-side bathrooms.

2. Musicians added to Antone’s Paul Ray tribute.

Austin’s Gary Clark Jr. will join Jimmie Vaughan, Chris Sexton and Denny Freeman in honoring late DJ and musician Paul Ray, who died Jan. 15. The musicians will play Cobra songs, the band which Ray fronted for many years, at Antone’s. General admission tickets are $35 and will support the Paul Ray Memorial Fund. Additional performers for the show are expected to be announced soon.

3. Untapped Festival to return to Austin in May.

You got your craft beer festival in my live music festival. Untapped Festival will return to Austin, a city that dearly loves both its components, May 14 at Carson Creek Ranch. Tickets for the fest go on sale today. More than 75 breweries will provide a total of 300-plus beers, and bands like Atlas Genius, Deltron 3030 and Lady Lamb are set to perform. Although the festival was held in Austin for the first time last year, its annual goal is to bring “thoughtfully paired music to seasoned beer drinkers and to introduce new and exciting craft beers to discerning music fans.”

4. Happy National Drink Wine Day!

Whether red or white; whether the glass is stemless or stemmed — pour yourself some wine, because it’s National Drink Wine Day. Push the beers to the back of the fridge and instead learn about a few fun wine facts, including: Without any sort of assistance grapes become wine. Not necessarily good wine, but wine nonetheless. And did you know a cork functions to allow air into a bottle? The air helps smooth out the taste of the bitter tannins. Still too bitter? Mix in a little Coca-Cola. It’s a real thing.

5. Today is your last day to apply to be an astronaut.

NASA wants you! Well, maybe not you, but they’ll decide after sifting through applications. Today is your last day to apply to be an aspiring astronaut. There are a few prerequisites — NASA expects you to have a degree in engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science, or mathematics, and have quite a bit of flying time under your belt. What are you waiting for? Apply now!

Try this Spanish drink of wine and Coca-Cola for National Drink Wine Day

Left, From the Santa Rita portfolio, (from left) the 2010 Bougainville Petite Sirah, 2007 Pehuén Carménere, 2008 Triple C red blend and the 2010 Casa Real Cabernet Sauvignon. Photo by J. Gwendolynne Berry via The Palm Beach Post. Right,  In this July 9, 2015, file photo, bottles of Coca-Cola are on display at a Haverhill, Mass., supermarket. On Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, Coca-Cola Co., reports financial results. Photo by Elise Amendola via AP
Left: From the Santa Rita portfolio, (from left) the 2010 Bougainville Petite Sirah, 2007 Pehuén Carménere, 2008 Triple C red blend and the 2010 Casa Real Cabernet Sauvignon. Photo by J. Gwendolynne Berry via The Palm Beach Post. Right: In this July 9, 2015, file photo, bottles of Coca-Cola are on display at a Haverhill, Mass., supermarket. On Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, Coca-Cola Co., reports financial results. Photo by Elise Amendola via AP

Called a Calimocho (or Kalimoxto), this cocktail sounds pretty weird, but people in Spain have been drinking it since the 1970s. And it’s simple to make.

You’ll need:

  • Coca-cola (or a store brand version)
  • Cheap red wine

Take equal amounts of coke and wine and mix. Pop in some ice cubes and enjoy!

Or, if that’s too much effort, check out the articles on wine on our Spirits blog and find some cool Texas wine options.

NASA wants you to apply for its open astronaut positions before it’s too late

STS-54 Mission Specialist Greg Harbaugh (red stripe) and Mission Specialist Mario Runco, both wearing their space suits, pose with Mission Specialist Susan Helms as they emerge from the mid-deck airlock with Helms' assistance. Harbaugh and Runco returned from a series of EVA tasks designed to increase NASA's knowledge of working in space. They tested their abilities to move about freely in the cargo bay, climb into foot restraints without using their hands, and to carry large objects in microgravity. Photo via NASA
STS-54 Mission Specialist Greg Harbaugh (red stripe) and Mission Specialist Mario Runco, both wearing their space suits, pose with Mission Specialist Susan Helms as they emerge from the mid-deck airlock with Helms’ assistance on Jan. 18, 1993. Harbaugh and Runco returned from a series of EVA tasks designed to increase NASA’s knowledge of working in space. They tested their abilities to move about freely in the cargo bay, climb into foot restraints without using their hands, and to carry large objects in microgravity. Photo via NASA

Looking for a dream job? NASA has an application out for aspiring astronauts, but today is the last day you can apply.

The position, which is listed as full-time, pays $66,026.00 to $144,566.00 per year, according to the application. There are a few spots open for astronaut candidates at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston. The job description includes extensive training (it takes two to three years to prepare for a three to six month mission on the International Space Station) long periods of travel in other countries, and being the public face of NASA.

NASA requires applicants bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science, or mathematics. NASA will not consider degrees from other fields, such as technology, nursing or social sciences.

You also need to have a lot of flying time or an advanced degree.

A rating panel (made up of “discipline experts”) will read the applications and rate applications as “qualified” or “highly qualified.” If your application is “highly qualified,” you move on to the next round.

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NASA will then ensure you are medically qualified (you need 20/20 vision, but also are allowed to wear glasses) and put you through interviews and orientation. The panel looks for things such as mental/emotional stability, performance under stressful conditions and teamwork skill, and then selects the “best qualified” applicants. Those people are ranked on a combination of the panel’s evaluations and their interviews.

A slide from a presentation presented at the 122nd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association on August 8, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Photo via NASA
This  slide from a presentation explains the demographics of astronauts selected over the years, and was presented at the 122nd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association on August 8, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Photo via NASA

NASA wants the best of the best to continue their legacy.

“The next class of astronauts may fly on any of four different U.S. spacecraft during their careers: the International Space Station (ISS), two new commercial spacecraft being built by U.S. companies, and NASA’s Orion deep-space exploration vehicle,” the application reads. “NASA is in the midst of an unprecedented transition to using commercial spacecraft for its scheduled crew and cargo transport to the ISS. For the last 15 years, humans have been living continuously aboard the orbiting laboratory, expanding scientific knowledge and demonstrating new technologies. Future crewmembers will continue this work.”

Expedition 46 Flight Engineer Tim Kopra on a Dec. 21, 2015 spacewalk, in which Kopra and Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly successfully moved the International Space Station's mobile transporter rail car ahead of Wednesday's docking of a Russian cargo supply spacecraft. Photo via NASA
Expedition 46 Flight Engineer Tim Kopra on a Dec. 21, 2015 spacewalk, in which Kopra and Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly successfully moved the International Space Station’s mobile transporter rail car ahead of Wednesday’s docking of a Russian cargo supply spacecraft. Photo via NASA

“Additionally, the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft, now in development, will launch astronauts on missions to the proving ground of lunar orbit where NASA will learn to conduct complex operations in a deep space environment before moving on to longer duration missions on the journey to Mars.”

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That’s right, Mars.

What are you waiting for? Apply now!

5 Lunchtime Links: Dog show favorites

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Rumor, a German shepherd, is shown in the ring during the Herding group competition during the 140th Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Rumor won the best in Herding group. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

1. Who is favored in tonight’s dog show?

Which of the some 200 breeds of dogs participating in Tuesday night’s Westminster Kennel Club dog show will come out on top? Tune in tonight to watch all kinds of purebreds strut their stuff, including German Shepherd Rumor — currently ranked America’s No. 1 show dog. Only one German shepherd has ever won Westminster, but Rumor has 101 best in show titles under her belt… er, collar. She isn’t without tough competition however: Toy winner Panda the shih tzu and nonsporting champ Annabelle the bulldog promise no easy defeat.

2. Uchi group rebranding, bringing new concept to Austin.

The Uchi Restaurant Group has changed its name to Hai Hospitality and announced it will introduce a new concept to South Lamar next year. The group has not yet released any details about the new restaurant, but has already ventured outside of sushi and fine dining with the opening of restaurant Top Knot in Dallas earlier this month. The group’s new name comes from the Japanese word “hai” which translates to “heard.”

3. North West takes a stand.

Although her mother’s daughter, North West is not interested in releasing a book of selfies anytime soon. In fact, an Instagram video Kim Kardashian posted for all of her 60.6 million followers shows a defiant West demanding her mother put down the camera. “No pictures!” the toddler yells while reclining, clad in a fur coat. Considering the moment was taped and posted online, we don’t expect Kardashian is heeding her daughter’s request anytime soon.

4. Texas Craft Beer Club brings craft beer to your door.

It’s sort of like Birchbox or any other monthly delivery subscription, except it’s beer. The Texas Craft Beer Club sends four different beers from two different breweries to the front door of its subscribers each month. The beer-of-the-month club started by friends Marc Atnipp and Rob Banzhaf will also deliver beer merchandise, like koozies, and hopes to provide subscribers with beers they “might not run into on a regular basis.” The club has gained almost 300 members within its first month of business.

5. Gardner to close, reopen as new concept.

Veggie-specializing Gardner will close March 11 while owner Ben Edgerton and chef Andrew Wiseheart transform their restaurant into Chicon, a more casual establishment similar to their first restaurant Contigo. Chicon’s menu will be released later in March. Wisehart said the pair are excited to “make food for the every day,” and create a neighborhood-friendly restaurant. Chicon will have an outdoor patio and expand on Contigo’s ranch aesthetic.

North West is done with taking pictures

Kim Kardashian West has 60.6 million followers on Instagram, the social media account where she shares hundreds of selfies, pictures of her family and the occasional plug for her own products (she has posted about her “Kim Kardashian Hollywood” game and the new “Kimoji” app) or for Kanye’s. And like every doting parent, she likes to share photos of her 2-year-old daughter, North West.

North, however, is done with her mother’s penchant for capturing everything on her phone’s camera.

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“No pictures!” North yelled as she burrows under her tiny fur coat and rolls away from the camera.

Kim handled the situation with humor, captioning her video with the emoji “🚫📷.” Even if Kim is a bit of a paparazzi mom, at least North knows she’ll always be in a stylish outfit.

 

5 Lunchtime Links: Plus-size model makes Sports Illustrated cover

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14:  A photo professional views the historic three covers of 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue on a smart phone on the streets of Midtown Manhattan on February 14, 2016 in New York City. Pictured left to right are the three cover models Hailey Clauson, Ashley Graham and Ronda Rousey.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
A photo professional views the historic three covers of 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue on a smart phone on the streets of Midtown Manhattan on February 14, 2016 in New York City. Pictured left to right are the three cover models Hailey Clauson, Ashley Graham and Ronda Rousey. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

1. Ashley Graham becomes first plus-size model to make Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover.

Saturday night revealed 2016’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition cover featuring Ashley Graham as the first-even plus-size model to grace such a cover. Graham is a 28-year-old plus-size model from Lincoln, Nebraska who dedicated the cover to “every woman who felt like she wasn’t beautiful enough because of her size.” Graham also has her own clothing line and has hosted a TED Talk on body diversity.

2. White people stunned to discover Beyoncé is black in new SNL sketch.

“SNL” provided another sampling of on-the-nose commentary when the show revealed Beyonce’s race in its sketch “The Day Beyoncé Turned Black.” The sketch aired on Feb. 13 in response to anger over the singer’s controversial Super Bowl halftime performance referring to her “unapologetically black” heritage. The skit is styled as a horror film trailer and shows white fans rioting and falling apart as they all realize what race their beloved artist. “Beyoncé is black? But what about ‘Single Ladies?’” Kate McKinnon asks. “She was black in that,” Kenan Thompson answers.

3. Celebrate President’s Day with $1 hot dogs from Sonic.

What better way to celebrate the men who shaped our country than with a dollar-hot dog? Sonic Drive-In is offering customers a choice between two hot dogs for $1. Either the 6-inch All American Hot Dog, topped with ketchup, yellow mustard, relish and chopped onions, or a 6-inch Chili Cheese Coney.

4. Austin pair brings ready-to-drink bloody Mary mix to stores.

After spending several years perfecting the recipe, Austinites Jordan and Joey Kindred have finally perfected their “Bloody Buddy,” a ready-to-drink bloody Mary mix to hit shelves as soon as June. The pair is now focusing on acquiring a Dripping Springs warehouse to begin production. The mix comes ready-to-drink with a vodka infused with a “special blend of chili peppers.”

5. What did you miss this week in viral news?

The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport sold how many breakfast tacos in 2015? Where can you get a pair of those Whataburger Nike Dunk Lows? (Hint: You can’t, anywhere.) What does “Portlandia” have to say about Austin? They did what in the Franklin Barbecue line? Catch up on all of your buzzy news with this week’s Webb Report.

 

White people stunned to discover Beyoncé is black in new SNL sketch

In this photo taken Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, U.S. singer Beyonce performs at the Red Sea resort of Port Ghalib, Egypt. Islamic conservatives in the country had branded her show an "insolent sex party" that threatened the Muslim nation's "social peace and stability." (AP Photo)
In this photo taken Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, U.S. singer Beyoncé performs at the Red Sea resort of Port Ghalib, Egypt. Photo via AP

Saturday Night Live once again provides on-the-nose commentary, with their sketch called “The Day Beyoncé Turned Black.”

Working off of the coverage of the singer’s newest song and music video “Formation,” actors in the comedy sketch look aghast when they realize the song is about black culture and issues.

The sketch aired on the Feb. 13 episode of SNL. Styled as a horror film trailer, the video opens with cliché background music and a shot of a happy couple in their kitchen, a woman jogging outside, and three coworkers laughing in an office, all white. The music grows ominous and the scene changes to a montage of news channels reporting on Beyoncé’s latest work, calling it an homage to “her black heritage” and “unapologetically black.” The tension grows as a woman watching these headlines roll across her TV rises from her chair and frantically calls her husband.

“Honey, get in here.”

Her husband walks in. “What’s wrong?”

“Beyoncé is black.”

The rest of the video shows white Beyoncé fans rioting and falling apart as they all realize what race their beloved artist is. The black actors on SNL all watch the panic escalate with disgust.

This SNL sketch illustrates how Beyoncé’s race and career don’t always connect in listeners’ heads. Former New York mayor Rudy Giulani expressed his anger over her new single on Fox & Friends Feb. 8, saying “This is football, not Hollywood, and I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us, and keep us alive. And what we should be doing in the African-American community, and all communities, is build up respect for police officers. And focus on the fact that when something does go wrong, okay. We’ll work on that. But the vast majority of police officers risk their lives to keep us safe.”

His comments are not unique; after she released her single, the hashtag #BoycottBeyonce sprang up on Twitter, from outraged people who said her song was “anti-police.”

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Her fans were quick to respond:

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As Kate McKinnon says in the video, “Beyoncé is black? But what about ‘Single Ladies?'”

Kenan Thompson: “She was black in that.”