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William and Kate have finally announced the name of their new baby boy. The boy was born earlier this week on Monday, April 23, 2018, but the announcement of the name of the latest member of the royal family was delayed by a few days. Now, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released their baby son’s name. His name is Louis Arthur Charles, a combination that few people expected.

The name was announced on Friday, April 27, 2018, by Kensington Palace. “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles,” the statement from Kensington Palace said. “The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.”

Louis was an unexpected name choice for the new prince. The most predicted names were Albert, Arthur, Alexander, James and Philip. Those betting on a Prince Louis were given odds of 18:1.

Louis is normally associated with France making it an unusual choice for the first name of an English monarch, but what the name lacks in traditional British pedigree, it makes up for in sentimental family connection. The Earl Mountbatten of Burma, the uncle of Queen Elizabeth’s husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, was named Louis. Louis Mountbatten served with distinction in World War II and became the last Viceroy of India, the head of the British colonial administration in India. Unfortunately, he was assassinated by the Irish Republican Army in 1979 when they placed a bomb in his fishing boat.

Louis Arthur weighed a total of eight pounds and seven ounces when he was born and is fifth in line for the throne. That he is fifth in line for the throne and not fourth is significant for the royal family. Prior to the Succession to the Crown Act of 2013, Prince Louis would have jumped ahead of his sister Charlotte in the line of succession. With the 2013 act, however, a younger brother can no longer usurp his sister’s claim to the throne. Princesses have an equal chance at becoming the ruling monarch.

With Prince Louis’ name officially announced, most royal family watchers are now free to turn their attention to the upcoming wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. The ceremony is set to occur on May 19, 2018.

 

203F54C5The internet loves to scrutinize celebrities, and pretty, popular stars like Carrie Underwood are some of the social media legion’s favorite targets. This was certainly the case following Underwood’s performance at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

In November 2017, Carrie Underwood suffered from a broken wrist and injuries to her face after she fell down the stairs at her home. The country megastar required surgery to fix her wrist and needed 40-50 stiches in her face. Underwood stayed largely out of the limelight for several months but posted a note on Instagram in January warning her fans about potential appearance changes resulting from her injury.

“I’ll spare you the gruesome details, but when I came out of surgery the night of my fall, the doctor told [my  husband,] Mike[,] that he had put between 40-50 stitches in,” Underwood wrote, “Now here we are 7 weeks later and, even though I’ve had the best people helping me, I’m still healing and not looking quite the same. I am determined to make 2018 amazing and I want to share things with you along the way. And when I am ready to get in front of a camera, I want you all to understand why I might look a bit different.”

Fans immediately began to take a morbid sort of glee in anticipating the damage to Underwood’s face. One Instagram user stated that they were “expecting [an] Al Capone scar” while others touted conspiracy theories that Underwood’s injury was nothing but a cover-up to hide her decision to get elective plastic surgery. Underwood later posted an image of the titanium plate embedded in her wrist, but the theories about a plastic surgery conspiracy continued.

With all the hype surrounding the potential damage to Underwood’s face, fans were glued to her performance at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Underwood’s performance earned her a massive standing ovation, and she looked as beautiful as ever. Ironically, fans were not ecstatic about the recovery of their idol. Instead, they felt cheated and angered by the fact that Underwood was not disfigured.

Plenty of Twitter reactions betrayed fans’ bizarre desire for Underwood to have suffered irreversible damage.

“It literally makes me sick that Carrie Underwood made such a big deal about her face needing stitches,” said Casey Bradley.

“I am a little disappointed in all the hype Carrie Underwood gave up about her face and how it’s going to look different. She looks the same to me in every way.” said Becky.

Thankfully, some fans of Underwood were happy to see that the mother and singer had recovered fully.

“The obsession over Carrie Underwood looking ‘perfect’ after needing 40 stitches in  her face is gross,” said Rebecca Ruiz.

“Annoyed by all this talk about #CarrieUnderwood’s appearance and negativity projected onto her for the lack of a ‘gruesome’ face…her own trauma shouldn’t be stigmatized,” said Tania Hussain.

Some have decried the obsession with Underwood’s scars, or lack thereof, as sexist, while others have pointed out that this sort of imagined betrayal on the part of fans is common with any celebrity. Either way, Underwood’s return to the stage is a welcome event for most country music fans, and her refusal to get caught up in the negativity and morbid fascination with her injury is admirable regardless of what the social media scrutinizers say.

The internet loves to scrutinize celebrities, and pretty, popular stars like Carrie Underwood are some of the social media legion’s favorite targets. This was certainly the case following Underwood’s performance at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

In November 2017, Carrie Underwood suffered from a broken wrist and injuries to her face after she fell down the stairs at her home. The country megastar required surgery to fix her wrist and needed 40-50 stiches in her face. Underwood stayed largely out of the limelight for several months but posted a note on Instagram in January warning her fans about potential appearance changes resulting from her injury.

“I’ll spare you the gruesome details, but when I came out of surgery the night of my fall, the doctor told [my  husband,] Mike[,] that he had put between 40-50 stitches in,” Underwood wrote, “Now here we are 7 weeks later and, even though I’ve had the best people helping me, I’m still healing and not looking quite the same. I am determined to make 2018 amazing and I want to share thing with you along the way. And when I am ready to get in front of a camera, I want you all to understand why I might look a bit different.”

Fan immediately began to take a morbid sort of glee in anticipating the damage to Underwood’s face. One Instagram user stated that they were “expecting [an] Al Capone scar” while others touted conspiracy theories that Underwood’s injury was nothing but a cover-up to hide her decision to get elective plastic surgery. Underwood later posted an image of the titanium plate embedded in her wrist, but the theories about a plastic surgery conspiracy continued.

With all the hype surrounding the potential damage to Underwood’s face, fans were glued to her performance at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Underwood’s performance earned her a massive standing ovation, and she looked as beautiful as ever. Ironically, fans were not ecstatic about the recovery of their idol. Instead, they felt cheated and angered by the fact that Underwood was not disfigured.

Plenty of Twitter reactions betrayed fans’ bizarre desire for Underwood to have suffered irreversible damage.

“It literally makes me sick that Carrie Underwood made such a big deal about her face needing stitches,” said Casey Bradley.

“I am a little disappointed in all the hype Carrie Underwood gave up about her face and how it’s going to look different. She looks the same to me in every way.” said Becky.

Thankfully, some fans of Underwood were happy to see that the mother and singer had recovered fully.

“The obsession over Carrie Underwood looking ‘perfect’ after needing 40 stitches in  her face is gross,” said Rebecca Ruiz.

“Annoyed by all this talk about #CarrieUnderwood’s appearance and negativity projected onto her for the lack of a ‘gruesome’ face…her own trauma shouldn’t be stigmatized,” said Tania Hussain.

Some have decried the obsession with Underwood’s scars, or lack thereof, as sexist, while others have pointed out that this sort of imagined betrayal on the part of fans is common with any celebrity. Either way, Underwood’s return to the stage is a welcome event for most country music fans, and her refusal to get caught up in the negativity and morbid fascination with her injury is admirable regardless of what the social media scrutinizers say.

800px-Justin_Bieber_-DSC_0371-10.20.12_(8107445118)Coachella Music and Arts Festival was in for a surprise when Justin Bieber decided to take stage and lead a few worship songs.

Justin Bieber, known for sharing his Christian faith with fans, made an appearance at a Churchome event at the festival where he led the attendees in worship. Bieber isn’t on the official line-up for the Coachella but one of Churchome’s leaders is Pastor Judah Smith, a friend and mentor of Bieber’s.

Several festival attendees posted videos of Bieber leading the Sunday morning worship, passionately singing songs and raising his hands in praise.

One of the songs Bieber sang was “Reckless Love” by Cory Asbury. Bieber previously had posted a video to Instagram of himself passionately singing this song while he’s sitting in a vehicle.

“God’s love is reckless, and he loves you mad tons,” he wrote in the caption.

Bieber began making public declarations for Jesus last year, and many questioned his intentions and doubted that his faith would survive the pressures of fame. However it has been quiet the opposite, and Bieber’s faith seems to be growing with each day.

He frequently uses his social media platforms as a way to share the Good Word with others. During Easter, Bieber shared a gospel presentation through Instagram. Last year, he preached about God’s goodness at a benefit concert for terror victims in the UK.

Reports are spreading that Bieber’s next album will include themes from his Christian faith.

April 15: Justin at churchome event in Indio, California #justinbieber #churchome

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2000px-Logo_of_YouTube_(2015-2017).svgTeen YouTuber Emma Mae Jenkins posted a video about her morning routine in order to inspire other young women. Unlike many YouTube videos about routines, Jenkin’s video was not about how she achieves perfect winged eyeliner or her secret to growing luscious hair. Jenkin’s morning routine focuses on God with prayer, praise and Scripture reading. In line with social media and Google’s growing anti-Christian sentiment, Jenkin’s video came under fire from another YouTuber.

YouTuber Cinnamon Toast Ken started out posting gaming videos to his channel. He took a break from this, however, to rip Jenkins to shreds. In an 11 minute video, Ken attacked Jenkins for everything from her faith to her appearance. “The first thing she needs to ask Jesus for is some eyebrows,” Ken sneered as his friends laughed and jeered.

Ken’s mocking video was criticized by a number of people as it was clearly cyberbullying. Pastor Jarrid Wilson, for example, condemned both Ken’s video and YouTube’s lack of response to the attacks on a teenage girl. “Shame on @cinnamontoask for cyber-bullying @emmamaej99 because of her faith in Jesus. @YouTube gonna do anything about this?” Wilson asked in his tweet. Others were swift to note that YouTube refused to remove Cinnamon Toast Ken’s video even after pressure began to build.

Jenkins, however, has spoken out about how she deals with those who attack her because of her faith. “I am human and words are powerful. You either have the power to speak life or speak death over someone. To receive those words that I’m not pretty, and that I’m not here for a reason, or that I need to not live anymore. Especially being a girl, too, with insecurities. Satan will definitely use that and highlight it. I will sometimes take a second look in the mirror,” Jenkins admitted. “That’s when it became so important that I have God’s word so deeply ingrained in who I am–because that’s not true. It is so crucial to have God’s word everywhere. Have it engraved upon your heart.”

Jenkins’ strength and deep faith has inspired many people despite Ken’s best attempts to tear her down, and Jenkins has no intentions of allowing herself to be cowed by such attacks. “I’ve read that my singing makes [people’s] ears bleed. I’ve read that [people] wish I was dead, that my Jesus is fake and that I’m not using my platform wisely. I’ve been told that I’m ugly. I’ve heard words that I didn’t even know those words existed,” Jenkins said. “If I use my social media just to post pictures of myself and see how many likes I get, then I’ve completely missed the point…If I didn’t get made fun of and persecuted for my faith then I would be questioning my walk. Jesus said that if others hate you, if the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. That comes with the beauty of being His because He is different.”