John Green Announces His Most Personal Book To Date

John Green has finally announced his new book. Better yet: you’ll have it in your hands in just a few short months.

On Thursday (June 22), Penguin Young Readers announced that Green’s new novel, Turtles All the Way Down, will hit bookshelves on October 10, 2017. The publisher describes Turtles All the Way Down as the story of sixteen-year-old Aza Holmes, a young woman “looking for clues in the disappearance of a fugitive billionaire, while grappling with mental illness.”

Here’s the full synopsis, which includes a brief mention of Star Wars fan fiction. Green, you have my full attention:

Turtles All the Way Down begins with a fugitive billionaire and a cash reward. It is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. In his long-awaited return, John Green tells Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity.

According to the bestselling author, Aza’s story, especially her struggle with mental illness, is incredibly personal to him.

“I’ve been working on Turtles All the Way Down for years, and I’m so excited to share it with readers this October,” Green said in a statement. “This is my first attempt to write directly about the kind of mental illness that has affected my life since childhood, so while the story is fictional, it is also quite personal.”

Green has been candid about his own struggles with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, commonly known as OCD. He’s been an outspoken advocate for the destigmatization of mental illness and chronic medical conditions for years, and his openness has helped his legion of fans and fellow Nerdfighters recognize that there’s no shame in talking about mental health. More importantly, there’s no shame in living with mental illness.

Green’s last novel, 2012’s The Fault In Our Stars, was a critical and commercial success, and was even adapted into a hugely popular film starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.

Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/3022207/john-green-turtles-all-the-way-down/

Katy Perry Just Broke A Record With Three Of Her Biggest Hits

Katy Perry has plenty to celebrate this week: Her latest album, Witness, debuted at the top of the charts, and three hits from her past have teamed up to help her break a massive record, too.

Thanks to some insane sales, Perry is now officially the first artist, ever, to have three songs — “Firework,” off 2010’s Teenage Dream, and “Roar” and “Dark Horse,” the smash singles off her 2014 album, Prism — achieve diamond status. That means they’ve sold the equivalent of 10,000,000 units each, or gone 10 times platinum, to make Perry one of the best-selling singers in the game.

The Recording Industry Association of America, a.k.a. RIAA, threw out a congratulatory note to Perry after crunching the numbers. She, in turn, flipped out.

You’ve always been a plastic bag diamond to us, Katy. Congraaaats.

Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/3022227/katy-perry-diamond-riaa-roar-firework-dark-horse/

Chance the Rapper Apologizes To Dr. Dre For ‘Publicly Disrespecting’ Him

During Chance the Rapper’s recent Be Encouraged Tour, he took a bold stand against major labels by performing in front of a backdrop mocking them. Among the labels he satirized were Def Jam Records (changed to “Don’t Join Records”), Sony (“Phony”), and Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment (“Can’t Do Math Entertainment”).

Now, Chance has apologized to Dre and Aftermath for calling them out.

“I want to formally apologize to Dr. Dre and all of Aftermath for publicly disrespecting their hard work and contributions to music,” the Chicago MC wrote at the start of an eight-tweet thread. “I made the mistake of including Imprints which not only dulled my overall point of trying to uplift artist… But also singled out artist-owned ventures that have only worked to progress the culture.”

The point of Chance’s label mockery was a nod to his own independence (he’s proudly never signed to a label) and a jab at the companies that control the bulk of the music industry. But as Chance notes in his tweets, Aftermath’s story is different.

“Dre is a premier example of creating space for wealth and ownership in an industry designed for creatives to be the foot soldiers,” he continued. “His work with Beats, Compton Schools and artists like Kendrick Lamar, Game, Eminem, .Paak, 50 NWA and others is unmatched and how I inspire to be. I set out to empower and I completely missed the ball and I know that now.

He concluded, “Once again Sorry to Dre, all the artists/producers at Aftermath and all the other folk trying to make a difference in music that I belittled.”

Good on him for apologizing. Now on to happier Chance news.

Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/3022261/chance-the-rapper-apologizes-dr-dre-aftermath/

Desiigner Is An ‘All-Out Champion’ In His Wild New Video

After premiering “Outlet” back in February, Desiigner has unleashed the hype anthem’s sports-themed video.

Co-directed by Desiigner himself, it stars the reliably energetic Brooklyn MC working as a janitor in a massive stadium. Soon enough, though, he ditches the mop and turns up in the locker room while French soccer star Paul Pogba gets game-ready. Both of them sport the latest Adidas Manchester jersey, and both of them definitely fit that repeated description of an “all-out champion.” Surrender to the hype:

“Outlet” is expected to appear on Desiigner’s forthcoming G.O.O.D. Music debut, The Life of Desiigner, which drops this summer.

Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/3022077/desiigner-outlet-video/

True Life Update: Does Robert Still Want To Become A Professional Poker Player?

MTV’s “True Life: I’m Gambling for My Future” followed three people — twins Ryan and Sean, plus a man named Robert — who want to spend their lives gambling. We had an opportunity to check in with Robert and Ryan to see how their lives have changed since filming wrapped. Take a look at our follow-up QA below:


Robert
 

What have your poker results been lately? 

Poker started off great upon my return from Vegas with big wins and my longest winning streak ever. Lately — this past week or so — it’s gone in the opposite direction. Ups and downs. Part of the game. 

Have your recent poker results affected your drive to play more full time? 

I have been playing much more now that things have settled. I have been playing 20-30 hours per week, almost double what I usually did. I am taking more time off and dislike my regular job more. 

How do you feel about remaining in Oklahoma City for the time being? Have you thought about moving to a city with more poker action?

I’m staying here because of my mom and sister and Anissa’s family. Moving to Vegas is a possibility later in life — just not now with Dad passing recently.

How did your trip to Las Vegas influence your goals for poker?

Vegas has influenced me to continue working on my game and progressing, and it showed me I’m capable of tolerating/surviving that environment.   

Has anything changed or progressed in your relationship with Anissa?

Things are still slowly progressing with Anissa, but not big changes, just experiencing the holidays with both families now. That’ll be interesting. 

Have you taken any steps toward marriage, or is that still on the back burner? 

Currently, poker profits are going toward buying an engagement ring in the future. I would love for poker to buy her the ring of her dreams. 

How did Vegas influence your relationship goals with Anissa?

I also want to use poker to pay for a down payment on a home, rent out my condo, venture into rental properties, start a family with Anissa, and maybe have two or three kids. Hopefully, I’ll quit my day job and work my rental properties and play poker for a living. 


Ryan
 

How was it being away from Sean for five days? 

Being apart is something we think we can’t do because we don’t have anyone else. But honestly, when we are apart, we are so much better. I felt so much more positive when I was away from Sean even knowing that I can’t stay away from him, and it’s the same for him. 

What types of things can you do on your own now?

It’s still hard for me to do things alone, and it takes a lot to get me out of the house without Sean. This might so simple, but now I can do little things myself sometimes. Yesterday, I went to the drug store by myself, and honestly, it was hard. It’s extremely hard for me to do things on my own. 

Are you still struggling to stay sober? 

I am drinking again, but way less. When I went into detox, I was drinking 13 beers a day, and now I function with about 5 beers a day. Sean has always drank more than me, and he continues to outdrink me. He still believes that drinking is not his problem. 

Is gambling still part of your life?

Unfortunately, we can’t afford to gamble anymore. We spend so much money on beer, cigarettes and partying that we cannot afford to spend money on scratch-offs or any other form of gambling. 

What’s the current situation with your website?

Aintaboutthatlife.com was bought and is doing well, but it’s hard for us to accept that it has been taken over by someone else who is now profiting. 

What are your future business ventures?

We have created a new website called “Lick the pickle” and we currently have about 1,000 viewers per day. We are trying to re-invent ourselves, gain new viewers and hold on to our loyal fans.

How has your relationship been with your kids since detox?

The relationship with my children’s mother was improving but has since fallen apart due to parenting disagreements. My ex is currently in a new relationship, and I am struggling with my children having another man around the house, and it has led to huge fights. 

What have you done to work on the relationship with friends and family?

Sean and I have never really had a sense of family, and that hasn’t changed much. My father helps out with the kids but still keeps his distance with us. 

Where do you hope to be in the next six months? 

Sean and I have a lot going on, but we are really excited about the new website and some other online content we want to be a part of. My son is about to start kindergarden, and I know that now it’s time to get serious. I need to get settled now that he will be a in a school system, and I need to give him a normal kind of life. He is about to start learning, and I need to be there for him.

Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/3011288/true-life-update-robert-sean-ryan-gambling/

True Life Update: Is Kevo Still Organizing Neighborhood Protests?

MTV’s “True Life: I’m Saving My Hood” followed two people who are trying to change their community for the better. We had an opportunity to check in with Kevo and Klea to see how their lives have changed since filming wrapped. Take a look at our follow-up QA below:


Kevo

Have you recorded any new music?

Yes! I’m wrapping up a project with a couple of artists who are signed to a major record label. I was basically writing and producing tracks for them. I’m also finishing up my own project, which will be released this spring. The music can be found on websites like Complex, XXL, Hip Hop DX and some other online outlets. We’re calling my project Do It For Yourself and it’s in memory of my cousin, who was recently shot and killed.

Have you continued doing the neighborhood watch?

Since the show ended, I haven’t really done anymore neighborhood watches, but I have been vocal in other ways — specifically, with Stop Beefin radio.

What have you done with Stop Beefin to help with violence in the community?

I’ve been really active with the youth, and we are in the process of putting together another summit. Big Unc started a chess club for the youth, and basically he teaches the kids the game of chess and how it intertwines with life. You have to really think about your decisions before you make a move.

Do you have any plans to keep making a change with more neighborhood protests?

We haven’t been out in the streets doing protests, but I’ve been spending more time with the kids. We bring them to the Stop Beefin studio and try to show them a new direction and show them they can do something else besides just running the streets. We help to redirect the energy.

Have you been in touch with Big Dave, David’s dad?

Big Dave is like family, so I talk to him all the time. He has been staying busy by coaching basketball. He is still going hard with the Little David Foundation also.

Have you gathered any new information regarding the case and trial?

As far as the trial is concerned, it keeps getting pushed back. I definitely will be attending that trial, and I am hoping to get some friends, family and other families who lost loved ones due to violence to attend the trial. The idea is to bring more awareness and to show the movement for peace is alive. Whether the defendant gets the maximum sentence or not, we are still pushing for peace.


Klea

What’s new with Doll Face?

We have about 15 new members since I last checked. It’s hard to keep up with making enough of the exclusive uniform shirts for all of the girls in the club. One year is coming up, so we are planning a formal that is going to be ’90s-themed with bombers and tennis shoes to celebrate our anniversary and the hard work the girls put in. I have continued to do as much as I can, and the momentum is moving quickly. It’s pretty cool when the universe works with you.

You said you wanted to open new chapters of Doll Face all over the country. What other locations are you working on?

So far, other than New York, we have Rhode Island and Huntington Beach in the works. I feel like the women who have reached out to me to have their own chapter in their area have the potential leadership qualities to uphold my reputation and brand.

Have you reached out to your friend who you tried to help? If so, what was the outcome?

Yes, I have reached out to her. The last time I saw her, it did not go so well. The homegirl Ashley and I pulled up to the spot she’s staying at, and there was a pitbull blocking the entrance. It was as if something evil didn’t want us to get to her. It was crazy. She came out, and she wasn’t in her right state of mind, so it was really hard to try and communicate with her. I have texted her once a week since then to let her know I am waiting on her.

Have you helped get any other girls off the street and into Crash recently?

I get hit up about once a week, and so far, only one girl has made it to Crash recently. All of the other girls always chicken out last minute, but that’s okay because at least the seed has been planted, and they know who to call when it’s time for [something different].

Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/3020042/true-life-update-is-kevo-still-organizing-neighborhood-protests/

Ryan Gosling And Harrison Ford Think The Blade Runner Sequel Is A Very Big Deal

Blade Runner is one of the most iconic sci-fi movies in the history of film, and fans of Ridley Scott’s 1982 film were thrilled when it was announced that Harrison Ford would not only be reprising his role of Rick Deckard in a forthcoming reboot, but would also be joining Ryan Gosling in the next chapter of the futuristic crime drama.

It turns out that Ford, Gosling, Scott, Jared Leto, and pretty much every crew member of the sequel are on the same page: They know it’s a huge challenge to put out a sequel to a benchmark movie 35 years after it initially played in theaters, and they’re more than up for it.

“The story, the themes, the stunning visual elements — it was a pleasure getting back to the world of Blade Runner again,” Ford told Entertainment Weekly for this sneak peek of Blade Runner 2049. “I think it’s fun to play a character 30 years later. I’m used to trying on old clothes. Happily, they still fit.”

Both Scott and the director of the sequel, Denis Villeneuve, echo that sentiment as clips from the film — including one of Gosling being serenaded by a Frank Sinatra hologram — give us a longer look beyond the initial trailer. Gosling was just as on board as Ford was from the jump, although his trench coat is a bit newer than Decker’s duds.

“When I heard that Ridley was continuing the narrative, I was already invested,” he said. “I already wanted to know what happened next.”

Same, tbh. Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters October 6.

Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/3021833/blade-runner-2049-ryan-gosling-harrison-ford/

Sansa Stark Delivers An Ominous Message In Epic New Game Of Thrones Season 7 Trailer

In honor of the official first day of summer, Game of Thrones just dropped an epic new Season 7 trailer to mentally prepare us for the brutal (and bloody) winter that lies ahead in Westeros.

The trailer is packed with new footage from the forthcoming season, which premieres on July 16. Jon Snow and a group of men — who possibly include The Hound, Beric Dondarrion, and the Brotherhood Without Banners — are seen going head to head with a group of White Walkers beyond the Wall.

Is that Stannis Baratheon’s sword Lightbringer, forged from flames, we see with Beric Dondarrion? Or some kind of Lord of Light magic? It’s possible that Melisandre ran into the Brotherhood upon leaving Winterfell, so we’re curious to see how this plays out. Whatever happens, there will most likely be casualties.

Meanwhile, Daenerys Targaryen, having claimed her ancestral seat of Dragonstone, wages war against the Lannisters in a battle that appears to play out at the Lannisters’ own ancestral home of Casterly Rock. A readily armored Grey Worm is seen leading a group of Unsullied to battle, while Jaime Lannister is doing some damage on a scorched battlefield with a lance in hand.

But perhaps the biggest shock is seeing Jon Snow, and Ser Davos, outside of the North — and in what appears to be sunny Dragonstone. Get ready for the Jon and Dany meet-cute you’ve been waiting for.

The trailer ends with Sansa delivering an ominous message to an unknown someone: “When the snows fall, and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives.”

While it would be easy to assume that the lone wolf in this situation is Jon Snow, we’re going to go out on a limb and suggest these are Sansa’s final words to Littlefinger — before she has him killed, obviously.

Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/3021894/game-of-thrones-season-7-trailer-sansa-ominous-message/

Niall Horan Says It Would Be ‘Weird’ To Collaborate With His One Direction Bandmates

Hoooooooold on a second. We get that everyone’s off and doing their own things — you know, casually launching successful solo careers and breaking records with their debut albums and making babies and such — but to go ahead and say a One Direction reunion in the studio would be “weird” is … weird.

Not to call out Niall Horan or anything, but yeah: We’ll respectfully agree to disagree on that assessment.

Although Liam Payne said he was “certain” that 1D would eventually bring their current hiatus to a close and reunite, Horan told ETCanada that he wasn’t so sure about that — or so sure about that in the near future, anyway. The question posed to Horan was one regarding his forthcoming album, and whether or not a collaboration with one of the 1D lads would find its way to the track list.

“Can’t rule anything out really, can you?” he replied. “I suppose right now, it would be a bit weird; I never rule anything out, to be honest.”

Fair enough, as every single one of the dudes is moving in a different direction at the moment, in a musical sense — could two songs sound more different than “Sign of the Times” and “Strip That Down?” — but still.

It wouldn’t be weird. It would be magical. Jussayin’.

Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/3021872/niall-horan-one-direction-reunion-weird/

These Students Fought SB4 — And Now They’re Getting Ready For What Comes Next

SB4 has not been kind to Samuel Cervantes’s sleep schedule. The Texas state senate first passed the sanctuary city ban in February, shortly after Cervantes dove headfirst into immigration activism following the unexpected denouement of the 2016 election. The law — which would allow law enforcement to ask anyone about their immigration status at a traffic stop or during any other police interaction, and penalize any elected official or higher-up who might try to stop them — could have an intense effect on schools and universities. That reality sent Cervantes, a DREAMer and senior at the University of Texas at Austin, ping-ponging between his classes and protests at the state capitol for months.

Maria Gonzalez-Trevino, who wants to be an immigration lawyer, was at church when SB4 passed. When she began crying, her family immediately knew why. She thinks she’s been to at least 10 protests since the election, and has spent the past few months shuttling herself and other University of Houston students up to Austin. Gonzalez-Trevino, a senior and an honors student, struggled to find enough time in the day to do her classwork along with trying to fight SB4. “I honestly had moments where I wanted to quit, even school itself,” she told MTV News. “And then a few hours later, I’d be like, No, Maria, you’ve got this. You’ve come this far. But it’s not easy.”

At Paredes Middle School in Austin, Nancy Cox’s students were also thinking about the immigration bill. The nonprofit Generation Citizen set up shop in the U.S. history teacher’s classroom, offering students a crash course in civics by letting them pick an issue and showing how they could get involved locally, despite not being old enough to cast a ballot. The students chose SB4, and spent months organizing phone banks and reaching out on social media to stop the bill from passing.

SB4 passed anyway, and was signed by Governor Greg Abbott in May. The policy battle has now relocated to the courts, as the ACLU and many cities across the state have sued Texas to block the law. It is unclear if a potential preliminary injunction could stop SB4 before it goes into effect on September 1, right at the beginning of the new school year. The many young activists who filled the rotunda at the state capitol with echoing chants of “Hey, hey, ho, ho, SB4 has got to go!” are now focusing on trying to answer the most important question left behind in the legislation’s wake: How do we make sure the rest of us feel safe?

The effect would be devastating to anyone’s ability to continue to go to class, to continue to engage in what students need to engage in.

Of course, plenty of undocumented families held concerns about their immigration status well before SB4 was introduced. They’ve been afraid of deportation since November, and will continue to be afraid regardless of whether the law is blocked by the courts. Montserrat Garibay of Education Austin, a teacher’s union that protested SB4 at the state capitol, told MTV News that they “received calls from teachers” on the day after the election saying that their students were “overwhelmingly asking” questions like, “We heard Trump won, what’s going to happen to my mom? My mom says we need to go back.” Rumors of raids are rampant — an inevitable side effect when the Trump administration cloaks inaction in hyperbole and scattershot anecdotes of immigrants detained for a traffic violation or minor offense have gone viral.

Elementary and high schools are exempted from the directives laid out in SB4 — the Supreme Court case Plyler v. Doe, which celebrated its 35th anniversary last week, protects access to free education for all students, regardless of immigration status. But although safe in schools, younger undocumented students or citizens with undocumented parents could still be affected by SB4. Many parents have already stopped driving their kids to school for fear of being stopped. And nothing would prevent police officers from targeting teenagers as soon as they leave school. “If you’re a high school student,” Thomas Saenz, president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, told MTV News, “you won’t know in advance if a police officer who decides you’re jaywalking will ask questions about immigration or not.”

Juan Belman, who first got into activism after his father was detained for a traffic violation, has been working with Education Austin, too. Belman, who just graduated from UT Texas in May — and once made the news for heckling President Obama enough to win a short meeting — helps facilitate the organization’s “Know Your Rights” sessions at summer school, during which parents are told to make sure their kids know: Don’t open the front door, come get me instead. Don’t let law enforcement in if they don’t have a warrant. Here’s who you need to call if I don’t come home.

Higher education, however, is not exempted from SB4’s directives — which means that law enforcement could have the power to go on campus and ask students about their immigration status. “The effect would be devastating to anyone’s ability to continue to go to class, to continue to engage in what students need to engage in,” Saenz says.

The wording of the law is vague enough to allow those affected to imagine worst-case scenarios for what enforcement might look like. Undocumented students off-campus worry that they could be stopped by police on the way to class for something as innocuous as a broken taillight, asked about their immigration status, and end up deported. Many also worry that undocumented students might stop reporting crimes on campus, afraid they might be racially profiled while merely telling the authorities that they witnessed a crime. It’s not an unfounded concern; as one Houston police officer recently told NPR, the “chilling effect” has already begun: “People are afraid to talk to the police, and how does that help us as police do our job?” Fear of deportation, prompted by the Trump administration, has already settled over Texas like foreshadowing fog. Gonzalez-Trevino, who also serves as president of the Youth Empowerment Alliance, a student group for the undocumented and their allies at the University of Houston, says that attendance at meetings had already dropped sharply before SB4 was even introduced.

Josue Romero, a DREAMer who came to the U.S. when he was 7, already has firsthand experience in what happens when a student is detained. He was briefly held in February at a detention facility in Bexar County after being charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession. Romero, currently a sophomore at the Southwest School of Art, has become more active in rallies and marches, while continuing to figure out how to process what happened through his art. He’s also been waiting four months for news on his DACA renewal application, without which he can’t apply for a new driver’s license or job.

“My dad’s whole reason for being here was for my sake,” he says. “Having this happen shattered everything we’ve been living for for the past 14 years.” His father is already thinking about going back to Honduras if SB4 goes into effect, leaving Romero alone in the U.S. “Driving wouldn’t be viable,” Romero says. “He’s bound to get stopped eventually, just for being a person of Honduran descent.”

Cox’s students, who go to a school where “if they’re not undocumented, they know someone who is,” were devastated after SB4 passed. The semester after the election served as a useful lesson that movements are rarely victorious after launching a single volley, and that one loss doesn’t necessarily constitute a failure, but a part in a much longer battle. As the seventh- and eighth-graders trudged through the highlights of America’s past in class, similarities to the present day appeared, hidden in Indivisible ink. A quick gaze at the headlines would prompt questions like, “Isn’t that a violation of the First Amendment?” and complaints about protests would make them ask why no one remembers that our country itself was founded on a spark of protesting.

While these students are learning about how we got here, other young activists are educating everyone else on what comes next. Gonzalez-Trevino is trying to make sure that the many undocumented students afraid to go public have the information they need to stay safe. Know Your Rights sessions will be held in the first week of classes this fall if SB4 goes into effect; Cox made sure to put information about the sessions at the corner of her chalkboard before the end of the year. The University Leadership Initiative at UT Texas, meanwhile, is trying to work closely with the student government to make sure that information is available online.

Romero is still optimistic that the law will stumble, wondering, “How do you defend that in court?” That question, like all the other questions about immigration in the Trump years, has yet to be completely answered.

Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/3021673/these-students-fought-sb4-and-now-theyre-getting-ready-for-what-comes-next/

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