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  • From the same people who gifted the Internet with "#Xmas Jammies" comes a new production inspired by snow days.

    Parents Penn and Lynn Holderness and their children Penn and Lola in Raleigh, North Carolina, star in "Snow Day: The Musical." The video chronicles a typical day in which the kids are home because there is no school due to inclement weather. The singing family decided to produce this video on Wednesday, when schools in Raleigh were closed.

    The song's story begins at 6 a.m., when father Penn wakes up with a sigh and feels "like Bob Costas's left eye." He superimposes the sportscaster's head on his for the full effect. By now, the kids are already awake and well aware that the white stuff is falling from the sky.

    By 7 a.m. the family is outside sledding, and at 10 a.m. young Penn is well, creating yellow snow outdoors. Apparently he is wearing too many layers and "going inside would spoil [the fun we're having]."

    The Holdernesses move inside at 4 p.m. to watch a few movies. By

    Read More »from Parent's 'Snow Day' Musical Shows Realistic Side of Having Your Kids Home from School
  • A Dallas sportscaster is earning praise after defending the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. That player, Missouri's defensive lineman Michael Sam, announced on Sunday that he is gay.

    Dale Hansen has anchored sports reports at ABC affiliate WFAA since 1983. He started his " Unplugged" segment on Monday by noting that Sam came out to the world and that he was projected to be picked in the third to fifth round of the NFL draft. Hansen then offered up what he believes was the most alarming part of the story.

    "The best defensive player in college football's best conference only a third to fifth round NFL pick? Really?" Hansen asked incredulously. "That is shocking, and I guess that other thing is, too."

    The TV anchor referenced a Sports Illustrated article that quoted anonymous NFL executives saying that Sam's draft stock would be affected by his announcement. Also in the report, an NFL player personnel assistant said an NFL locker room is not ready to embrace its first openly gay player.

    Read More »from Dallas Anchor Dale Hansen's Plea for Acceptance of Michael Sam's Sexuality Goes Viral
  • Students who attend Durham Academy in Durham, N.C. do not have school today due to the winter weather hitting the east coast. In what appears to be a growing trend, they were given the news via YouTube.

    Head of School Michael Ulku-Steiner and Assistant Head of School/Upper School Director Lee Hark teamed up to announce school’s cancellation by covering Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby.”

    After starting with the obvious, “Stop! Collaborate and listen!” the duo put their own spin on the 90’s hit.

    “Ice is back and the roads will glisten,” rapped Ulku-Steiner, who began his tenure in July of last year. “Polar vortex has ahold of us tightly. Wind like a hawk boom, daily and nightly.”

    The school administrators then trade lines before reaching the chorus and announcing, “No school kids!”

    Durham Academy also announced the closing in a more traditional fashion on its website. A link to the video was posted with the message that pops up on the homepage.

    “Yep! The best snow school-closing announcement

    Read More »from School Administrators Rap to 'Ice Ice Baby' Video To Alert Parents and Students of School Closure
  • John Cena is not just the champion of the squared circle. The athlete is also a champ when it comes to making kids’ wishes come true.

    “We would like to thank John Cena for his commitment to Make-A-Wish, and congratulate him on being the first celebrity to grant 400 wishes!” the foundation wrote on its website this week. Make-A-Wish also noted that Cena’s 300th wish came in June of 2013. The foundation helps grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.

    Mark, 9 years old, met Cena with his family before a World Wrestling Entertainment event at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. The meeting marked the 400th wish granted, more than anyone in the charity’s history. According to the WWE’s website, Cena is Make-A-Wish’s most requested celebrity wish granted.

    “I think it boils down to the fact that John connects with children in a really special way,” Josh deBerge, a spokesperson for Make-A-Wish, told us regarding Cena’s popularity. “I think that (the kids) have seen not only how he

    Read More »from John Cena Grants 400th Request for 'Make-a-Wish'
  • A Brooklyn, N.Y. bride is so distraught over her wedding video that she is suing the company that filmed it for six figures.

    Monica Nikchemny married Felix Komrash in September of 2012. The wedding was held inside the Crystal Plaza in Livingston, N.J. In a blog post on the venue’s website, the Nikchemny’s and Komrash’s praise both the property and its staff.

    “We could not have asked for a better outcome despite the weather,” they wrote in a letter to the Crystal Plaza. “You definitely handled everything in a professional manner and we could not be more happier! Everything was perfect. It was everything a bride could expect and more.”

    But not everything on their big day went according to plan. The family hired Brooklyn-based Visualaz to produce the wedding video. According to a lawsuit filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court, there were conflicts from the get-go. Nikchemny and Komrash asked the production company months ahead of the wedding to play a short “love story” clip during the ceremony.

    Read More »from Bride Sues Videographer for $122,000 Over 'Worst' Wedding Video Ever


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