Can YouTube couple channels ruin a relationship?

Nia Brevard | Contributing Writer

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In 2018, most people are creating vlogs.

Vlogs, or video blogs, are used as a way to communicate with the world and share things that interest yourself and/or others.

Vlogs range from beauty tutorials, technology reviews, fashion advice, DIY (do it yourself) hacks and health/fitness instructions.

The most popular types of vlogs are couple channels.

YouTube and other video sharing platforms are flooded with vlogs of love interests playing pranks on each other, doing skits, telling stories, and competing in social media challenges.

And, viewers can’t get enough of them.

These are a few couple channels that have grown impressively popular over the past few years:

– De’arra & Ken 4 Life: They have been vlogging since July 2015 and are considered one of the favorite couples on YouTube.

– Dwayne N Jazz: They are considered the honest couple and best known for skits and dances.

– Chris and Queen: Having publicized their relationship struggles, breakups, and family obstacles, they have gained a lot of attention through their drama, scandals and commotion.

Although vlogging with your significant other may seem like a great idea, there are some serious issues that can arise and potentially ruin the relationship.

These social media couples who blossom into popular, viral personalities are considered to be famous. In most cases, fame brings about drama and unnecessary problems.

Being a YouTube super couple, the fans, subscribers and followers on other social media outlets appear quickly, and it can be life-changing.

These couples start receiving other perks such as money from monetizing their viral videos, gifts from fans and followers, publicity and other on-camera opportunities.

However, these perks can also deteriorate these couples’ most valuable asset, their relationships.

“The weight of our relationship is the weight of our careers [and that] is the weight of our whole lives, and that pressure is not good for a relationship,” then-YouTube super couple Jesse Wellens and Jeana Smith said to Independent.

“Everybody thinks everything’s perfect, that we have a perfect life, and it’s really not it at all,” Smith said. “Everybody has problems, everybody has issues but we choose not to put that in the videos usually.”

Everyone deals with things differently, and despite being a couple and vlogging together, the “life of a star” will not have the same effect on both people.

This can cause miscommunication in the relationship, leading to you and your partner only staying together for the vlog and not the relationship.

A relationship takes time and communication in order for it to work. But being a YouTube couple, it’ll take a lot more.

If something happens within the relationship, you may have to let it go for the sake of the channel if you all are dependent upon it.

Chris and Queen were once a YouTube couple, and everyone knew them and their life. But as of right now, they are no longer together.

It was stated that Chris cheated on his wife, and that ended things. He made an apology video about the whole thing, but fans were not accepting.

“I never really watched their YouTube channel, but I would see them on all social media sites,” said Kayla Cosby, a chemistry major from Silver Spring, Maryland.

“Like any other YouTube couple, they seemed stable and as if things were going good. Now after everything that happened, it made me question if the relationship was real.”

It takes a lot of effort to become a YouTube couple and maintain that status. Some couples that are now separated will even continue the vlog for its viewers and just focus on the channel.

Nevertheless, there are YouTube couples who are staying strong and balancing the life fame. So yes, couple YouTube channels can ruin a relationship, but if the relationship is really worth it, it will work out.

Is your zodiac sign accurate?

Nia Brevard | Contributing Writer

Rapper Lil Wayne said it, and now I’m saying it.

“I need your name and zodiac sign in order for me to talk to you.”

Zodiac signs can hint relationship and friendship compatibility, career possibilities and specific personality traits.

However, for those who have no clue what zodiac signs are, mean and can represent, let me explain:

A long time ago, a few astrologists analyzed the sun, moon and positions of the planets. What came from their findings and theories were 12 zodiac signs that fall under the water, air, earth or fire elements.

Aquarius, Jan. 20 to Feb. 18

The first of the zodiac air signs, an Aquarius is independent and very creative. They enjoy fighting for causes and are never afraid to be themselves. Great lifelong memories are created with these people. Aquarius is said to be most compatible with Leo and Sagittarius.

Pisces, Feb. 19 to March 20

This water sign is known to be very likable. Their best traits are said to be wise, compassionate and selfless. Pisces are ruled by the planet Neptune and find comfort in being alone and music.

Aries, March 21 to Apr 19

An Aries is said to be confident and optimistic. They find comfort in positions of power. They are compatible with Libras and Leos.

Taurus, April 20 to May 20

Introduced as an Earth sign and ruled by the planet Venus, a Taurus does all the groundwork. As one of the hardest working people you’ll ever know, their stubborn ways push them to get things done.

Gemini, May 21 to June 20

The Twins. The only sign to represent two different personalities into one person. They are always ready to have fun and love to experience new things. Their gentle nature allows them to get along with a wide variety people.

Cancer, June 21 to July 22

Ruled by the moon, Cancers are the crab of the signs. With loyalty always coming first, Cancers support system is like no other. Their mood swings and emotions can take over at times,  ut because of this they are sympathetic.

Leo, July 23 to Aug 22

Leos are creative, born leaders. They are most compatible with Aquarius and Geminis, all sharing that creative nature. Being charismatic and passionate balances out the leadership role and any decisions made.

Virgo, Aug. 23 to Sept. 22

Virgos have a shyness that is misunderstood and may come off as being rude. But these Virgos are so kind and always have an approach to life. They pay attention to the minute details and are very practical.

Libra, Sept. 23 to Oct. 22

This element of air is all about balance. The Libra is fair-minded and diplomatic in situations. However, they still maintain a peaceful lifestyle. Always fighting for equality and forming partnerships along the way.

Scorpio, Oct. 23 to Nov. 21

Scorpios are very fierce but have a sensitive nature to go with it. They are one of the most determined signs and this shows their passionate side. A Scorpio is brave and assertive in life situations.

Sagittarius, Nov 22 to Dec. 21

Being one of the most energetic signs, a Sagittarius has a great sense of humor. They also have great compatibility with Geminis and Aries. They have ruled by the planet Jupiter.

Capricorn, Dec. 22 to Jan. 19

The last sign, Capricorns are one of a kind. While being reserved, they are still never afraid to aim high for their goals. Ambitious drive helps them in the professional world.

These signs and predictions have been deemed true and scientifically backed by many individuals, according to a study done by The National Science Board of Science and Technology Indicators, showing that 58 percent of Americans ages 18 to 24 view astrology and zodiacs as logical.

It’s fun to read and makes you curious to discover if it really does describe you. You may hear people joke around and say, “If we are not compatible, then it won’t work out,” or they always check the person’s zodiac first.

“I actually do believe in the zodiac signs, and I enjoy reading them,” said Phoebe Iloanya, a sophomore psychology major from Prince George’s County, Maryland. “With me being an Aquarius, I relate to the things they say about us, and it constantly makes me think.”

But on the other side, certain people don’t believe it and find the signs to be unreal. They say there are no proven facts, and the views are always changing.

“I’m a Scorpio, but I don’t believe in zodiac signs because I’m the complete opposite of what they say Scorpios are supposed to be,” said Pierre Sow, a first-year journalism major from Teaneck, New Jersey. “It says basically that I am a shallow introvert, and that’s not really me.”

Blaire Baker, a sophomore criminology major from Long Island, New York, added: “I personally don’t think there’s any truth to horoscopes and zodiac signs. I’m a Capricorn, but the signs change every year. So how can this information be true?”

If you ever want to check your horoscope now and then, Snapchat provides magazine articles links on its storyboards, and Twitter usually has a thread or page dedicated to the signs.

Is the dorm life really that bad?

Nia Brevard | Contributing Writer

As we all know, it’s a love/hate relationship when it comes to dorm life. When you come to college, getting the dorm together and making it your own can be exciting; but after a couple of weeks, things can change.

  1. Bathrooms

Sharing a bathroom with your siblings is tough, but sharing a bathroom with 10 other girls that you don’t know is another story. On top of that, the bathroom may not be the cleanest, and only one shower may work. This was a huge problem for me and was the main reason why I wanted to move out.

“I have to constantly depend on the cleanliness of others, and that is something I am not used to. The bathrooms are almost never [kept clean by by dorm mates], and if one day they are, it doesn’t last long,” said Kayla Waite, a first-year theater performance major from Brooklyn, New York.

2. Privacy

Everyone loves alone time, but dorm life makes it impossible to be alone. A private conversation involves either whispering really low or leaving the room at 3 a.m. However, if you come back to your dorm and your roommate is not there, by all means, I say enjoy that time.

3. Loud neighbors

It’s 1 a.m., you have an 8 a.m. class that you’re praying gets canceled, and everyone in your hall is making noise. So, what do you do? You could tell them to quiet down, but the chances of them actually being quiet are slim. The only realistic option is to tune them out.

“In my dorm, there is never a moment of silence,” said Mathieu Christopher, a sophomore five-year MBA major from Atlanta. “There is always noise from day to night. I personally don’t mind the noise during the day, but at night it starts to get annoying.”

 

However, despite the downs, there are a few good things about dorm life.

 

  1. Roommate/Meeting new people

College is all about socializing and trying new things. Luckily, I befriended my roommate and we met new people together. I also suggest talking to the people in your hall because you may meet other people who have things in common with you.

“I appreciate the dorm life because I have met so many new girls. I don’t think I would’ve obtained the complete college experience if I didn’t live in a dorm,” said Geneva Ansley-Cornick, a freshman from Brooklyn, N.Y.

 

2. Going the distance

Now, I have to say that although the dorm life wasn’t for me, the one good thing was how close all the buildings were to me. Each building was only a five-minute walk from my room.

“On those days when getting up for class was a struggle, knowing the building wasn’t far motivated me to go,” said Kayla Cosby, a sophomore from Silver Spring, Md.

 

3. “Can you pay my bills??”

Although moving out sounds nice, it comes with tons of responsibilities and bills. Bills can be manageable, but when you live in a dorm, you don’t have to pay household bills.

 

The dorm life will always have its ups and downs, but in the end, it’s all about adjusting to it.

 

 

We want more Derrick

Nia Brevard |Contributing Writer

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A sprained wrist, back issues, ACL tear and now blurry vision.

With too many injuries occurring, a former Most Valuable Player is stepping back from his team to make a life-changing decision.

Derrick Rose may have to say farewell to the NBA.

Chicago native, Derrick Rose is an eight-year veteran point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

While a freshman at the University of Memphis, Rose was drafted by the Chicago Bulls as the 2008 first overall pick.

He then went on to become the youngest player to be awarded NBA MVP in 2011.

Rose was such a highly favored player because of his unique play, being able to execute the perfect layup or the perfect reverse. His game-winning shots always had the crowd going crazy.

Despite his injuries, some still say he will always be one of the greatest.

“Derrick Rose is still a good player because of the print he left on the NBA,” said Chima Osuagwu, a sophomore political science major from Washington, D.C.

“He had his era where he was a threat on the court along with being the youngest MVP in NBA history,”

Looking back, Rose had impressive stats, topping some of today’s best players. According to ESPN statistics, during one of his best seasons, Rose averaged 25 points per game, 7 assists, and 4 rebounds.

Still, no one knows what next to expect from Rose, as he figures out whether to return.

His overall stats this season are at 14 points per game, 1 assist and 2 rebounds, a noticeable differenc for a player of his past caliber.

“Derrick Rose’s career is practically over. His history with injury makes him less and less of a distracted player in the league. His body and his health should be his No. 1 priority, and it wouldn’t make sense to continue to put his body under the constant stress of the NBA lifestyle,” said Mildred Goode, a sophomore biology pre-med major from Bowie, Maryland.

ESPN columnist Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted information that he received from a Cavaliers source.

Several coaches and teammates said they are supporting him from afar, after his recent ankle injury this season, and few still believe he can make a comeback despite the injuries.

Fans of Rose don’t want this to happen. A great basketball player might not be able to play again because of what he loves to do.

Even I want to see Rose on the court again and make a remarkable comeback. But after suffering endless injuries throughout his career, it really shows how quickly life can change.

When Rose decides on what he wants to do, I’m sure all his fans will still support him, no matter the decision.

This is something that will take time, and nothing can speed up his recovery, until he’s ready.

The hard-knock life of a child star

Nia Brevard | Contributing Writer

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Looking from the outside in, it seems that child stars have it all. They get to meet amazing people, travel the world, make thousands of dollars, and…be famous! But unfortunately, all of this luxury comes with a price.

“When I was younger, I did want to be a child star because of what I saw. But looking back on it, and seeing what fame actually did to [child stars], I now realize why my mom was against it,” said Queen Angu, a sophomore psychology major from Montgomery County, Md.

A USA Today article by Donna Freydkin titled Why Do Some Child Stars Implode? quotes Sister, Sister actress Tia Mowry on what it’s like being a child star.

“You’re a child who is working. You have a job. That job is a hard job. Everybody thinks being a child star is glamorous. But when you’re on a show, you are often carrying a whole show and you know that. You have to pull it off. You have to know your lines. People are making money off you,” said Tia Mowry.

Many child stars, such as Hilary Duff, Dylan and Cole Sprouse, Kenan Thompson, Brandy and Tia and Tamera Mowry, overcame the child star obstacles and hardships pretty well, continuing to have flourishing careers along with a well-functioning lives.

They all didn’t let the fame ruin them. However, not all child stars were this fortunate. Raven Symone, Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes, Macaulay Culkin and Miley Cyrus are just a few of the known child stars that “fell in the hole” of growing up as a child star. Rehab, breakdowns and often times therapy took over their lives following those sweet, innocent child star years. With them constantly being in the spotlight, the media often exposed to the public aspects of the stars’ life that the he or she didn’t want highlighted, like personal matters or scandals. These are invasions of privacy and that can cause anyone to lose it.

“When I would go on Twitter and see certain child stars rebelling and going crazy, I’d automatically judge them and say things like, ‘they need to do better’, and then I’d start to [dislike] them,” said Ikenna Nwagbara, a sophomore electrical engineering major from Atlanta. “Now, I realize being a child star can permanently damage you.”

With all of this being said, Stranger Things stars Finn Wolfhard, 14, and Millie Bobby Brown, 13, are currently going through the downfall of being child stars.

Although Brown isn’t receiving the same type of harassment, she still is being subjected to looking older because of her choice of clothing and makeup.

Brown often passes as an 18-year-old just based off her choice of clothes. Many took to social media to say that she doesn’t look her age, but honestly, she still is presenting herself as a young lady. Her level of fashion is just high quality.

Finn Wolfhard is experiencing a lot of  harassment being a young celebrity. Recently on twitter, Ali Michael, 27-year-old model, tweeted to Wolfhard, “Once you turn 18, hit me up,” implying that Wolfhard, in his young age, is visually appealing. This tweet received a lot of backlash because of Wolfhard being only 14. Also, if the roles were reversed, with Wolfhard being a young girl instead, the outcomes would have been different, to say the least.

TMZ asked Wolfhard about his thoughts on the tweet, and to sum it up, he wasn’t pleased. Even though the tweeter apologized, Wolfhard still called the situation “gross” in the recent interview.

These are just a few obstacles and difficulties that most child stars, if not all, have to endure. To say that the life of a child star is full of glitz and glamour is definitely a fictitious statement. One must add pressure, harassment, privacy invasion and childhood robbing, to correct it.