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2023-04-02 10:25:22

John Boyega makes emotional speech to Black Lives Matter protesters in London

Star Wars actor John Boyega is one of the many people taking action in wake of George Floyd's death.

John Boyega makes emotional speech to Black Lives Matter protesters in London(图1)

Floyd died on May 25, after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly 9 minutes, and in the week since, protests against racism and police brutality have spread around the world.

Thousands of people in the UK gathered to protest in solidarity with the U.S. over the weekend, and on Wednesday, the British actor was seen delivering an emotional address in the middle of a Black Lives Matter protest at London's Hyde Park.

Photos show Boyega speaking to the crowd of fellow protesters through a megaphone, and videos shared to social media caught snippets of his powerful speeches.

"Black lives have always mattered. We have always been important. We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless. And now is the time. I ain't waiting," Boyega shouted into the megaphone.

SEE ALSO: Thousands protest racism and police violence around the globe in solidarity with U.S.

The 28-year-old was seen wiping tears from his cheeks at the event, and also encouraged everyone around him to take a knee at one point.

"Thank you for coming out today. Thank you for being there to show your support to us. Black people, I love you. I appreciate you. Today is an important day. We're fighting for our rights, we're fighting for our ability to live in freedom, we're fighting for our ability to achieve," Boyega said. "Today, you guys are a physical representation of that."

You can watch Boyega's full speech below.

Last week Boyega addressed the death of George Floyd on his Twitter account(Opens in a new tab), and has since fired off several other tweets condemning racism and criticizing those who took issue with him speaking out. The actor also spoke to followers in an Instagram Live video(Opens in a new tab), during which he said, "Although I don’t live in the States, I’m black…So I'll say it again: Fuck you racist white people. I said what I said. And if you don’t fucking like it, go suck a dick."

Boyega and other protesters in London defied coronavirus restrictions to attend these rallies. As of right now the UK is still under severe coronavirus restrictions, and the government has stated that groups should not contain more than six people(Opens in a new tab).

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    Others chose to look on the bright side, pointing out brilliant fast food cultural fusions like Taco Bell's nacho fries.


    You can find these loaded pasta chips at your local Olive Garden for about $7.49, dependiong on your location, and they're even available for take-out -- just in time for the Super Bowl.

  • Youre probably gonna need a fidget dreidel to celebrate Chanukah in 21st century style

    Youre probably gonna need a fidget dreidel to celebrate Chanukah in 21st century style


    Nothing says Chanukah like putting a twist on an old tradition.

    A company is selling fidget spinners, but with a dreidel flair. They combine the old traditional toy with what was once the hottest product in the market for kids (and some adults) this year.

    SEE ALSO: Will this phone-sized fidget device fix your mobile addiction?

    Fidget Dreidel(opens in a new tab) is not the first of its kind, but is the first universal dreidel out there. The goal is to connect Jewish people to their culture as well as unite them with all of their languages.



    The fidget dreidel comes in two colors with one dedicated to the national colors of Israel - white and blue. They both also have Hebrew letters surrounding each side.

    "The universal design of the Fidget Dreidel unifies the Jewish people throughout the world by having one side representing the phrase "a great miracle people," while the reverse side representing "a great miracle happened here," the website(opens in a new tab) stated.


    Each spinner cost $12, but if you buy both it only cost $18. If you're not convinced to buy your own and impress all the kids at the Hanukkah party, the beginning of this weird informational will surely seal the deal... maybe.

    So spin your way through the first day of Chanukah in style... or with a great distraction for all the rowdy children this year.

  • Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is a hot alternative to the Apple Watch

    Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is a hot alternative to the Apple Watch


    Roast me all you want, but Samsung's new Galaxy Watch Active 2 is one hot smartwatch.

    At first glance, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 looks virtually identical to the Galaxy Watch Active, which only launched this past spring. But place your finger on the edge of the display and turn it clockwise or counterclockwise and you'll see Samsung's signature rotatable bezel control has returned.

    The Galaxy Watch Active 2 also comes in two sizes (40mm and 42mm) as opposed to the Galaxy Watch Active's one-size-fits-all model, two finishes (aluminum and stainless steel), an LTE version, and double the amount of tracking sensors to more quickly provide out readouts.

    Samsung's new smartwatch isn't replacing the Galaxy Watch Active. Starting at $279 for the 40mm version and $299 for the 44mm model, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 will be sold alongside the $199 Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Watch, which starts at $349.

    I spent some time with the Galaxy Watch Active 2 and, frankly, I think it's Samsung's best smartwatch to date. It's sharp-looking (especially the stainless steel model), has all of the same smartwatch and fitness-tracking features of the Galaxy Watch, and the digital rotating bezel is a delight to use. Plus, it's cheaper than an Apple Watch Series 4.

    If you own a Samsung or Android phone, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 is easily the only new smartwatch to consider getting.

    SEE ALSO: Samsung's Galaxy Tab S6 is the iPad Pro's only serious competitor

    OK, let's talk aesthetics. Like I said, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 looks virtually the same as the Galaxy Watch Active.

    The 40mm has a 1.2-inch screen and the 44mm has a 1.4-inch display. Both come with 360 x 360 resolution. The screen's round, sharp, and bright — exactly what a good smartwatch display should be.

    The bands are interchangeable and easy to swap out, too. Samsung showed off rubber and leather straps.

    Hello, gorgeous! Credit: raymond wong / mashable

    The digital rotating bezel around the screen is the most interesting upgrade on the Galaxy Watch Active 2. Though I personally wasn't bothered by the fact that the Galaxy Watch Active doesn't have a physical rotating bezel like on the Galaxy Watch, I love that the Galaxy Watch Active 2 has a digital version of it. Not only is it less chunky-looking, but it works really well. Just look at how buttery smooth it is to fly through different app screens:

    Easy, peasy! Credit: raymond wong / mashable


    I'm also liking the stainless steel version of the smartwatch. Aluminum's fine, but stainless steel gives the Galaxy Watch Active 2 are more luxurious look and feel. I'm less impressed with a few of the Apple Watch-inspired details, though. Like the red ring inside of the round button — it's so clearly a copycat of the red ring on the Apple Watch's digital crown.

    This is a round-screen smartwatch done right. Credit: RAYMOND WONG / MASHABLE

    Inside, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 is pretty standard smartwatch stuff: 4GB of storage in both models, 768MB of RAM in the 40mm and 1.5GB of RAM in the 44mm, Bluetooth 5.0, and built-in GPS. The watch is also water resistant in up to 164 feet of water for up to 10 minutes.

    The 44mm Galaxy Watch Active 2 next to a 44mm Apple Watch Series 4. Credit: RAYMOND WONG / MASHABLE

    As with the rest of Samsung's smartwatches, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 runs Tizen OS and has a built-in heart rate sensor. If you've used a Samsung smartwatch before, there will be next to no learning curve with the Galaxy Watch Active 2.

    Tizen OS is fast, smooth, and easy to navigate, especially with the digital rotating bezel.

    The built-in heart rate monitor also detects falls, gives ECG readouts, and monitors sleep. Credit: RAYMOND WONG / MASHABLE

    A few new Tizen OS features worth highlighting: Twitter, YouTube support, and Google Translate. With Twitter, users will be able to see tweets, favorite tweets, and retweet.

    For YouTube, you'll be able to watch entire videos on your wrist, either in their original aspect ratio or zoomed in; Samsung doesn't expect you to watch a 10-minute video on the smartwatch, but maybe more for short movie trailers.

    And with Google Translate, you can say something into the smartwatch in one language and have the app translate it in another. Google Translate requires an Internet connection and the translations aren't done on device, confirmed Samsung.

    Twitter on your wrist is pretty convenient. Credit: RAYMOND WONG / MASHABLE
    And YouTube is cool...I guess. Credit: RAYMOND WONG / MASHABLE


    While the software is mostly the same, Samsung's beefed up the Galaxy Watch Active 2's sensors. Samsung tells me they've improved the sensors and doubled the sensitivity inside of the smartwatch to get faster readouts and be better at tracking your sleep, automatically detecting workouts, and monitoring your heart.

    Samsung's doubled the sensor sensitivity to improve health tracking. Credit: RAYMOND WONG / MASHABLE

    Also great: the Galaxy Watch Active 2 has many of the same health features as the Apple Watch Series 4, including fall detection, Afib notifications, and an ECG monitor.

    Not gonna lie, it's looks really sleek. Credit: RAYMOND WONG / MASHABLE

    Short as my time with the Galaxy Watch Active 2 was, I really liked what I saw. The Apple Watch Series 4 remains the remains the best smartwatch you can get, but with the Galaxy Watch Active 2, Samsung's narrowing the gap.

    Truthfully, I was getting bored with the selection of smartwatches for Android. Wear OS by Google smartwatches have all but fallen by the wayside and the Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Watch felt very uninspiring. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 seems to strike the best balance between style and health-tracking features. It's by far the best-looking and most capable round-shaped smartwatch I've ever used.

    How well Samsung's new smartwatch compares to the Apple Watch remains to be seen. We'll find out when it come Sept. 27 when it's available on and other retailers.

  • Peloton is making a video game you can play on its bike

    Peloton is making a video game you can play on its bike

    Peloton is getting into the gaming game, attempting to combine video games and exercise.


    The Verge first reported that the company is planning a game(Opens in a new tab) tentatively dubbed "Lanebreak," in which users will control a large, rolling wheel with their bikes. Riders will modify their speed and resistance to hit goals and score points in the game. They'll also be able to control the type of music and difficulty of the game.

    The game will roll out a beta mode this year and will eventually be available to only Peloton bike owners and subscribers. The planned official launch is scheduled for 2022.

    Peloton confirmed to Mashable that it was working on a project tentatively called "Lanebreak." The company noted in an email that it was a "work in progress, we are testing with Members now, and the mechanics are not yet final."

    Here's how the game looks in its current iteration.

    In "Lanebreak," you control a wheel avatar. Credit: Screenshot: Peloton

    Ashley Carman of the Verge wrote that they tested it once and "found it boring and confusing to follow, especially compared to instructor-led classes."

    Carman wrote, however, that they typically prefer Peloton classes based on music and instructors. There could, of course, be folks who prefer a gamified version of spinning.

    I recently tested out the Ergatta rower, and the planned game from Peloton sounds a lot like what Ergatta does. The rower uses games effectively to motivate you to go faster or pull harder; to hit goals or outpace a competitor. It seems reasonable that Peloton might make a game to do the same.

    Peloton grew wildly during the worst of the pandemic, in part because a number of its instructors proved to be charismatic, helpful trainers while folks were cooped up. As my colleague Nicole Gallucci wrote in April, for lots of folks, "Peloton and its instructors became saviors in a hellish year at home."

    The game might never be as popular as instructor-led classes, but I'd be interested in trying it out.

  • Rudy Giulianis puzzling unfinished tweet brings out the best in Snark Twitter


    Rudy Giulianis puzzling unfinished tweet brings out the best in Snark Twitter

    It's no "covfefe," but really, can anything ever beat that?

    Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and Donald Trump's perhaps overly talkative lawyer, sent out a tweet on Sunday morning that quickly went viral.

    SEE ALSO: The internet mocks Alex Jones' conspiracy theory with #SecondCivilWarLetters

    It was clearly a mistake, and may now be serving as a helpful distraction for the beleaguered Giuliani. But it's prompted some first-class responses.

    First, here's the tweet.

    It's the kind of accidental posting any of us could share, and get roasted for. Twitter did exactly that.

    Since signing on to represent Trump, Giuliani has gone on TV again and again to reinforce the president's lies. This past week he's been getting hammered in the news(opens in a new tab) for saying that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen "has lied all his life," a sharp reversal from Giuliani's earlier claims dating all the way back to May that Cohen is "honest" and "going to tell the truth."

    That could be why "You" hasn't been deleted, especially after an unfinished Saturday night tweet(opens in a new tab) from Giuliani also caught fire on social media.

    Tons of folks took "You" as a musical cue

    Others used it to rib Giuliani

    And of course, some folks just took the opportunity to dunk on Trump

    But the best of the tweeting just got real weird about "You"

  • Immigrants trusted Maryland to give them licenses. Then ICE betrayed them.

    Immigrants trusted Maryland to give them licenses. Then ICE betrayed them.

    Today in corrosive public policy, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been running warrantless facial recognition searches of Maryland driver's licenses allegedly as a way to hunt down undocumented immigrants, according to a report from The Washington Post(Opens in a new tab).


    Why Maryland? In 2013, the state passed a bill that allowed undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses, a policy intended and proven(Opens in a new tab) to increase public safety. The state has issued more than 275,000 of these licenses to date.

    ICE says that it mostly conducts the license searches to look for child exploitation or cybercrime and that it does not "routinely" use it for immigration enforcement. However, immigrant activists reportedly began to suspect something was amiss when ICE conducted raids on individuals who had recently obtained the special licenses.

    Experts see the move as a betrayal of trust for a vulnerable population that attempted to abide by state safety laws. Database searches like these could force these individuals further underground.

    ICE is able to search DMV licenses in Maryland because state law allows federal agencies to access a broad state database without a warrant. The idea being that facial recognition could match an individual to a profile or a group that ICE is searching for. However, experts say that the technology is so prone to error — especially when identifying people of color — that it could cause agents to go after the wrong individuals.

    Maryland lawmakers are attempting to pass a bill that exempts ICE from searching the database without a warrant.

    “We don’t want to do anything that impedes criminal law enforcement investigations,” Delegate Dana Stein told the Washington Post. “It’s unfair for individuals who have been law-abiding — even though they are technically undocumented — who have built families and built businesses to be picked up and deported without any notice just because they got a driver’s license. It’s bad public policy.”

  • This stray cat who crashed a fashion show is my favorite supermodel

    This stray cat who crashed a fashion show is my favorite supermodel


    Some cats are born to walk the runway. Well, maybe only one cat. But it's definitely this one, who crashed a runway(opens in a new tab) at a Vakko ESMOD International fashion show in Istanbul.

    No one seems to know how the cat accessed the runway, but she really made the most of her time there. She rolled around, she strutted a little, she licked her butt, she tried to get a model to hang out with her -- all the good stuff. (The model ignored her.)

    SEE ALSO: Some good news: Doughnut the 28-pound cat has a new home

    Here's footage of the cat's shenanigans. Please watch. Also, please book this cat for more shows. She is clearly a natural and deserves an illustrious career.


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  • Who would have guessed Tessa Thompson and goats have so much in common?


    Who would have guessed Tessa Thompson and goats have so much in common?

    On March 18, the internet changed for the better.

    That's the day @tessasgoats(opens in a new tab) began. It's a Twitter account dedicated to showcasing goats that look like actress Tessa Thompson every day. While the account has been up for less than a week, it's already won over thousands of hearts, including Thompson's herself, and it's just the plain adorable content we all deserve.

    SEE ALSO: Reviews find 'Annihilation' twisted, gripping, and mostly satisfying

    There's nothing fancy to it: it's simply stills of Thompson from films like Thor or Annihilation, or red carpet appearances, and goats dressed similarly or doing similar actions. It's beautiful, simple and amusing beyond belief.

    The account @tessasgoats(opens in a new tab) has only three side-by-side pictures on it's timeline, but fans quickly caught onto the fun and tweeted their own findings to Thompson.

    Thankfully, Thompson is into it. "Bless The Human Who Did This," she tweeted, before retweeting a bunch of Tessa-goat pics. "The Internet is a Keeper Today."

    Sometimes, we really do deserve the internet.

  • Gucci serves Game of Thrones realness on the runway with Khaleesi-style baby dragon

    Gucci serves Game of Thrones realness on the runway with Khaleesi-style baby dragon


    The mother of dragons is an inspiration to us all. Even Gucci, by the looks of things.

    SEE ALSO: Gucci posted a load of weird memes and the internet is cringing hard

    At Milan Fashion Week, Gucci was serving Game of Thrones realness in its Fall/Winter show.

    One model carried a baby dragon down the runway à la Daenerys Targaryen.

    Mother of dragons. Credit: Pietro D'aprano/Getty Images

    Could 2018 be the year of the dragon accessory?

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    Models also wielded severed heads as part of their aesthetics.

    And, just in case that wasn't creepy enough, these unusual accessories were replicas of the models' own heads.


    Is Gucci channelling a bit of Ned Stark gore?

    Not creepy at all. Credit: Pietro D'aprano/Getty Images
    WTF. Credit: Pietro D'aprano/Getty Images

    What should we expect next season, Gucci? White Walker chic?

  • How to make group texting suck less for you and the whole group

    How to make group texting suck less for you and the whole group


    Most would agree that group texts are the absolute worst.

    They take up more time than you ever anticipated, reading through all of your messages is a chore, and they seem to never end. Like, never end.

    SEE ALSO: Group texts are the new cliques for teens and tweens

    It's also sadly inevitable that the day will come when you're forced into a group text, probably one full of many people. But there's a way to make it more bearable — and to become a better group texter as well. (Odds are, you're not always on your best behavior, either.)

    In an attempt to make the group texting experience more bearable, we've put together a list of tactics and things to consider when messaging multiple people simultaneously.

    Read on to group text better.

    Think about who you're texting

    Whether you're in a group text with your parents, friends, schoolmates, or work friends, consider what you're sharing — and who you're sharing it with.

    Parents may not be interested in the latest memes and explaining their nuances can be a pain. If you're in a school or work-related thread, avoid sending crass or "edgy" messages.

    It's common sense: Just consider what you're sending before you do so. You don't want to confuse people or make them uncomfortable. If anything that will just result in more texts — and honestly, who needs that?

    Be mindful of people's schedules

    While not everyone's schedules are the same, most people are busy during typical work week hours, so sending a million mid-day texts isn't always ideal.


    Some people rise early or get to bed early (for instance, people with kids, or who have unusually early work days). Avoid including them on a text that you know will solicit a bunch of responses super late at night or early in the morning.

    Don't be afraid to mute the conversation

    If you're a part of a group texting thread that never ceases to quiet down no matter how often you plead for less texting, feel free to mute the conversation or set the chat to "Do Not Disturb."(opens in a new tab)

    You may be concerned that muting the conversation will make you seem rude or absent from important conversations, but if something is really important, someone will alert you.

    Otherwise, you'll be able to check in at your leisure without receiving notification after notification. It's a group texting dream.

    Name the group!

    If you have the ability to name the group texting or messaging thread you're on — this is possible on an iPhone(opens in a new tab) or when using Facebook Messenger(opens in a new tab) — I strongly recommend you do so.

    It may seem like a frivolous move, and not everyone will love the name you choose, but naming your group thread will help you keep track of all your ongoing conversations. It can prove especially helpful if you happen to be in other texting threads with some of the same people.

    Plus, the people in your chat will likely appreciate this, as they'll reap the same rewards as you.

    Don't write lots of one-word texts

    Please, if you must text in the group thread, don't deliver multiple short answers in a row. Everyone will despise you.

    If you have something pressing to share or say, try to sum it up in one brief text. If you have a lot to say, maybe try writing an email. Or, give someone a call. And, while we're at it, try to be judicious with your group texts in general.

    If you have an iPhone, utilize iMessage reactions

    This doesn't apply to all, but if you have an iPhone and most of the people you're chatting with do as well, using iMessage reactions can be extremely useful.


    Just hold your finger down on a text, and you'll have the option to react with a heart, thumbs up, thumbs down, "Ha ha," exclamation, or question mark reaction. Doing this can cut down on texts that glom up your thread and let the people you're chatting with know that you've seen their message. It's an honest to god lifesaver.

    If you're not exactly sure how to use iMessage reactions, this handy Medium post(opens in a new tab) can clear a few things up for you.

    Don't be weird about other people's phones

    If you're in a group thread with people you know don't have the same phone or texting capabilities as you do, don't be a jerk about it. In fact, don't mention it at all. It's immaterial and makes you seem like a total dick.

    Don't point out a lack of activity

    Nothing is more grating than receiving a text that says little more than, "Hi," or asks, "Is anyone else still in here?"

    Don't remind people you're in the group text just because there's been a lack of activity. Literally no one cares. Just appreciate that sweet, sweet silence, my friend.

    If you're leaving the thread, let people know

    If you must go — just as you would at a party, alert the people in your group thread that you will no longer be a member of said texting thread. You can give a brief explanation, and then feel free to remove yourself, but to just bounce without saying anything is a tad rude.