Here’s Your Guide to the 2018 MTV VMAs

One of the more fun events of the awards season, the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, is almost here. Rap artist Cardi B leads the nominations with 10 including Video of the Year and Artist of the Year. Behind her with eight nominations are power couple the Carters (aka Beyoncé and Jay-Z) and rounding out the pack are Childish Gambino and Drake who both have seven nominations.

Don’t expect too many changes to the awards show from last year’s event. MTV is still keeping the gender neutral categories, but they are swapping the “Fight Against the System” category for this year’s “Video with a Message.” “Best Latin Video of the Year” is also new, perhaps in response to criticism after last summer’s Spanish-language massive hit “Despacito,” which was initially not nominated for an award. MTV is also introducing a new category “Push Artist of the Year” to highlight emerging artists like Noah Cyrus and Hayley Kiyoko.

With 2017’s big winner Kendrick Lamar out of the race this year, it could be anyone’s night to take home the top prize, the moon man.

Below is your guide on the 2018 VMAs from where to watch the show to who will win.

When are the VMAs?

The awards show will kick off with a red carpet pre-show live on Twitter at 7:30 p.m. EST with hosts Justina Valentine and Winnie Harlow. Then turn on MTV to catch the rest of the pre-show at 8 p.m. EST hosted by Jersey Shore stars Pauly D and Vinny Guadagnino alongside Terrence J and Nessa.

The main event, the 2018 Video Music Awards, will begin at 9 p.m. EST in New York City.

How can I watch the show?

At 8 p.m. EST you can tune into watch the 2018 MTV VMAs pre-show on both MTV and online at MTV Live. This vamp up to the actual awards show will feature performances from Bazzi, Bryce Vine and the much-hyped Backstreet Boys, who are making their first appearance at the VMAs in exactly 20 years as presenters later in the broadcast.

MTV will begin broadcasting the 2018 VMAs at 9 p.m. EST. You can also catch the show live on VH1, Comedy Central, BET and CMT. If you’re not near a television or want to watch on another device, you can go to MTV Live and log-in using …read more

Source:: Time – Entertainment


6 homes with beautifully decorated interiors

Warren, Connecticut. Joseph Cicio designed the late Joan Rivers’ home; this three-bedroom country house was his personal residence. Built in 1950, it has three fireplaces, a library, and a master suite with a sitting area and marble spa bathroom.

The 6.8-acre property includes manicured gardens, a bluestone patio, stone walls, a post-and-beam barn, and a pool with a cabana. $2,495,000. Mark Madonna and Jeffrey Phillips, William Pitt/Sotheby’s International Realty, (860) 868-6600.

Venice, California. This home’s interior was the vision of Los Angeles designer Kim Gordon. The four-bedroom house has French oak floors, custom windows, a curved staircase, a secret playroom with a mural, and a master bedroom with floor-to-ceiling windows, spa bathroom, and balcony.

The yard includes an oversize Jacuzzi, a covered patio, an outdoor shower, and a bonus studio. $3,895,000. Kerry Ann Sullivan, Halton Pardee + Partners, (310) 621-2662.

Palisades, New York. The Clock House, designed by Ernest de la Torre, stands in the creative community Snedens Landing. The 1957 three-bedroom home features a metal-and-glass staircase, 19th-century barn beams, a Georgian marble fireplace, and a master bedroom with upholstered walls and a silver-paper ceiling.

The property, in a dell with mature gardens, is a short walk from the Hudson River. $3,600,000. Richard Ellis, Ellis/Sotheby’s International Realty, (914) 393-0438.

New York City. Set in a Park Avenue mansion built by Stanford White, this two-bedroom duplex condo is the creation of Matthew White, one of Architectural Digest’s “Top 100 Designers.”

Details include coffered ceilings, a sweeping staircase leading to a mezzanine library, stained-glass windows, and a master bedroom with 12-foot ceilings. The Beaux-Arts building is close to Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library. $4,350,000. John Barbato, Stribling, (646) 613-2633.

Northbrook, Illinois. Renowned designer Richard Himmel furnished this 1971 estate as his country retreat. The four-bedroom house showcases different styles in each room; details include floor-to-ceiling windows, herringbone wood floors, multiple skylights, and wall space for large art.

The 2-acre Japanese-influenced property has a pool, a koi pond, and flowering trees. $1,395,000. Honore & Kelly Frumentino, KoenigRubloff Realty Group, (847) 945-7653.

Phoenix. Built in 1979, this three-bedroom home has been extensively remodeled by the selling agent and owner, with new mechanics, bathrooms, and kitchen. The open-concept space features exposed beams, a master bedroom with a sliding barn door, and a kitchen with graphic tiles.

The walled property is a prepped canvas for future landscaping, and …read more

Source:: The Week – Lifestyle


How to be happier

Professor Laurie Santos didn’t set out to create the most popular course in the history of Yale University and the most talked-about college course in America. She just wanted her students to be happy. And they certainly look happy as they file into a church — a literal church, Battell Chapel, that’s been converted to a lecture hall — on the Yale campus on a sunny April afternoon, lugging backpacks and chatting before taking their seats in the pews. They’ve just returned from a two-week spring break. The weather outside is gorgeous. Professor Santos is playing her pre-class get-pumped playlist, featuring the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling.” And, let’s not forget, all of these students are currently going to Yale. What’s not to be happy about?

Quite a bit, it turns out. The very fact that Santos’ new course, Psych 157: Psychology and the Good Life, is so wildly popular, with over 1,200 enrolled students, suggests that she’s onto something when she tells me one day, pre-lecture, “College students are much more overwhelmed, much more stressed, much more anxious, and much more depressed than they’ve ever been. I think we really have a crisis writ large at colleges in how students are doing in terms of self-care and mental health.” Then she adds, “Sadly, I don’t think it’s just in colleges.”

Santos is right. College students aren’t happy. According to a recent survey by the American College Health Association, 52 percent of students reported feeling hopeless, while 39 percent suffered from such severe depression that they had found it difficult to function at some point during the previous year.

In the face of this epidemic of unhappiness, Santos decided to design a course in “positive psychology” — i.e., the field of study that focuses on well-being, as opposed to psychological dysfunction. “The thing that makes this course different is that we also focus on what I call ‘behavior change’ — the science of how you move your behavior around,” she says. “How do you actually change your habits and use your situation to your advantage?”

In her very first lecture, Santos emphasizes to her class that she wants to teach them not just the science of happiness but the practice of happiness. And happiness, it turns out, does take practice. But first you have to learn what exactly happiness is.

Of course, you don’t have four months (or a Yale student ID) to …read more

Source:: The Week – Lifestyle