Spike Lee, Run the Jewels, and 89 other pop-culture musts for June 2020

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Get ready for the return of ‘Queer Eye,’ Judd Apatow, and Haim with your creative calendar for June 2020. It’s a challenging time to be the head of a movie studio. Each of them now has much more cold cinematic calculus to do about which projects to drop upon the premium-video-on-demand (PVOD) masses, and which to hold for when theaters reopen, particularly at full capacity. Read Full Story

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5 traits of CEOs who successfully take their companies public

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These two executive coaches have some surprising takes on introverted vs. extroverted leaders. It’s IPO season. Since June, more than 20 companies have filed S-1s. This includes seven companies filing in one day, on August 24, which is unprecedented. With dozens of CEOs planning to take their companies public, how do we know which ones will pop and which will flop? Read Full Story

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Economists say these cities will be hardest hit by a COVID-19 recession

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More than one in four jobs in these three states are at risk of disappearing because they are in vulnerable industries. While our health is at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, the repercussions on the economy are certain to affect almost everyone’s livelihood as the disease decimates businesses globally. Here in the U.S., economists and policymakers are increasingly anticipating a recession. Goldman Sachs recently estimated that the U.S. GDP will wither about 24% between April and June 2020. Read Full Story

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What TikTok teens fooling Trump means for the 2020 election

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Though teenagers on TikTok may have tricked the Trump campaign during its recent rally, the same forces on social media could be used to undermine election integrity in November. The lower-than-expected attendance at President Trump’s rally in Tulsa on June 20 was attributed, at least in part, to an online army of K-pop fans who used the social network TikTok to organize and reserve tickets for the rally as a means of pranking the campaign . Read Full Story

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Spotify Q2 2020: Global consumption hours recover to pre-pandemic levels as MAUs grow 29% YOY

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“As of June 30, global consumption hours have recovered to pre-COVID levels,” the company revealed. The world’s largest streaming music service has posted its Q2 2020 earnings. Overall, most of the company’s metrics were up in the double digits year-over-year and, more importantly, quarter-over-quarter. However, QOQ numbers were only up in the single digits. Yet, for the most part, it seems the streaming service is holding up well in our COVID-19 times. Read Full Story

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Dave Chappelle just surprise-dropped his rawest Netflix special yet, inspired by George Floyd

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Recorded on June 6, this special finds the legendary comedian in a conversational, searching mode, trying to make sense of the moment. “This is weird, and less than ideal circumstances to do a show,” Dave Chappelle says, kicking off his new comedy special. His overture has two meanings. The first is that he is recording this show on June 6, 2020, in a socially distanced venue, 87 days since Chappelle last performed on stage. Ordinarily, the comedian famously has security lock the audience’s phones in Yondr bags so they won’t record him; this time, he has security taking their temperatures so nobody with COVID-19 slips through and kills him. Read Full Story

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Where Trump and Biden stand on the future of policing

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Joe Biden says he won’t defund the police, but has a host of police reforms he supports. Trump wants ‘law and order,’ but with little specific policies attached (except for cutting funding to police). According to a June 2020 poll , more than two-thirds of Americans say that the criminal justice system needs either “major changes” or “a complete overhaul.” How would four more years of President Donald Trump or a first term of Joe Biden affect that system? Here’s an overview of where they stand on criminal justice reform. Read Full Story

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