Former Miss USA Chelsie Kryst died by suicide

Former Miss USA, Cheslie Kryst, died by suicide on January 30, 2022. Kryst was a lawyer who helped to reform America’s justice system. She was also a fashion blogger, and a host on Extra. The New York Police Department has reported she jumped from the top of her apartment building in Manhattan.

Her family has put out a statement saying: “In devastation and great sorrow, we share the passing of our beloved Cheslie, her great light inspired others around the world with her beauty and strength. She cared, she loved, she laughed and she shined.”

Kryst started her career as a teenager when she entered the Miss Northwestern Pageant, and in 2019 when she was crowned Miss North Carolina. She then competed in Miss USA and won, becoming the oldest contestant to ever win. Later that year, she represented the United States in the Miss Universe Pageant, where she finished in the top 10.

Kryst was an advocate for mental health and she shared that she talked with a counselor. “When I’m not talking to my counselor, I take time at the end of every single day to just decompress,” she said. “I unplugged. I shut my phone off. I don’t answer messages. I just sit and watch my favorite movie.”

In an interview with ‘The Hilltop’, she discussed the topic of mental health once again. She discussed her mental health. She shared three things she does for her self-care. One, “I try to set a regular schedule so my alarm rings every day at 6:45. Two, I try to set very clear boundaries, so even though I’m at home and I’ve got my computer, my phone with me, I’m done answering emails at 6 o’clock, I’m not responding to messages. It’s over.” Third, she said, “I have a regular workout schedule that keeps my body healthy and my mind sharp.”        

Kryst’s legacy will continue on, and inspire black girls after her. She was always one to turn down stereotypes, she shared that pageant girls aren’t supposed to be model-tall and slender, don bouffant hair, and have a killer walk. She was an advocate, she was involved in her community, and she was also vocal on black girl magic.

*If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or are experiencing a mental health crisis please call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, hours are 24/7

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Tech superpowers at war

By: Reed Morris

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In early January of 2022, Microsoft kicked off the new year by purchasing the video game development company Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion in cash. The acquisition marked a major turning point of the ongoing “Console War” in the gaming industry.

Microsoft, who owns Xbox, now also owns one of the biggest game development companies in the world. Along with purchasing the company, they also acquired all IPs (Intellectual Properties) associated with Activision Blizzard. This includes well known games such as the ‘Call of Duty’ franchise, ‘Overwatch’, ‘Candy Crush’, and a handful of other major titles.

Ever since the acquisition happened the public has been waiting for a response from Microsoft’s main competitor in the “Console War”, Sony. Sony is the company behind the very popular PlayStation gaming console which is the primary rival of Xbox.

As of the end of January 2022, Sony announced their acquisition of game development studio Bungie for $3.6 billion. The acquisition is a big deal, as Bungie is the studio behind legendary titles such as ‘Halo’, and ‘Destiny’.

The purchase of Bungie by Sony helped level the playing field, and also has brought more attention to the future of PlayStation. Both Microsoft and Sony are still in competition, but now they both own a major slice of the market they rely on for content.

This is not only a big step for Sony’s gaming branch, it’s also a major step for the company as a whole. With another company acquisition to add to their list, Sony is going to become that much more of a global tech superpower.

Where will they go from here?

There has been lots of speculation that the previous IP’s and any future game production out of these two studios will be exclusive to their new owner’s respective platforms. These rumblings however, have been shut down by both Sony and Microsoft. Sony said in a statement, “Bungie will remain a multiplatform studio with the option to self-publish its games.” Microsoft also followed up their acquisition with a similar statement regarding any Activision Blizzard properties.

While both Microsoft and Sony are willing to cooperate with one another, there is still competition regarding both platforms’ subscription models. While Xbox does have more subscribers to their service, Sony now has a means of reducing that gap and balancing the fight for gaming and corporate supremacy.

Why did One Direction break up

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By: Musab Mohamud

A question that still is widely asked by many fans across the globe: “Why did One Direction split up?”

The boy band consisted of recognizable faces such as Harry Styles, Zayn Malek, Louis Tomlinson, and others. The band started with a decision to combine their talents on the show British X-Factor. Shortly after the season’s conclusion the host of the show, Simon Cowell, offered them a record deal. The boys gladly took him up on his offer and began to record songs together.

The band quickly garnered international fame and fandom across the world. From appearing in Super Bowl ads, releasing platinum albums, and going on global tours, the young band seemed to be on top of the world. They released many songs headlined by the hit pop song “What Makes You Beautiful”.

They continued to trek the globe performing and publicizing their songs. However, while on a tour publicizing their album in 2014, the first blow struck the popular band. Zayn Malik, the beloved vocalist of the group had left the band.

Shortly after, in 2015, the band announced they were going on an indefinite hiatus.

Years later, with many members of the band releasing solo music, fans are left wondering what happened. One fan has many theories on why One Direction broke up. “I think Harry and Louis had a romantic split,” she says. Another fan goes in a different direction and says, “I think Zayn and Harry thought they were too big time”. 

The more realistic opinion is that all bands must come to an end eventually, and while they obviously all greatly liked each other it was time to leave their comfort zone. Another option is their record deal being too restrictive and not allowing the creative freedom that they desired.

The band gave many fans, young and old, great pleasure to this day and will not be forgotten any time soon.