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“Black-ish” Star Marcus Scribner Partners Up with DoSomething.Org

At least 72% of students say personal finance stresses them out,1 and COVID-19 could put an added financial burden on many young people, from disrupted financial aid to layoffs to a challenging post-graduation job market. Now more than ever, students need education and resources to help them understand how to make it through these difficult financial times.

That’s why DoSomething.org, the largest organization for young people and social change, and HSBC, one of the world’s largest banking and financial organizations, have partnered to launch “Would You Rather?”, an engaging and impactful financial literacy campaign in time for Financial Literacy Month, designed to educate young people on making and saving money. The campaign is fully digital, so young people can learn to budget and save while safely social distancing.

Through “Would You Rather?”, tens of thousands of young people will answer 5 amusing financial questions such as: To save money, would you rather… a) Share a cellphone with your grandma? or b) Share a closet with your ex? After each question, they’ll receive a personal finance tip and, ultimately a comprehensive digital personal finance guide they can use and share with friends to take control of their financial lives. Students around the country will also be able to use the campaign’s resources to facilitate in-person financial literacy workshops at their schools and communities. The finance guide and the workshops were created in partnership with HSBC expertise from the bank’s “Your Money Counts” program and their partners at Greenpath Financial Wellness.

“Considering the student debt crisis, the cost of education, and the cost of just life in general, it’s no surprise that money is a huge point of stress for students,” says Carrie Bloxson, Chief Marketing Officer of DoSomething.org. “That’s why we’re so proud and excited to team up with HSBC for “Would You Rather?”. Sure, the questions are amusing, but the impact is real — through the campaign, thousands of young people will educate their friends on financial literacy and empower them to take control of their financial lives.”

In the campaign’s PSA launch video, the magnetic and hilarious Marcus Scribner – best known for his role on Black-ish – hosts (and competes in!) a “Would You Rather?” style game show of questions and answers designed to engage and educate young people on the topic of financial literacy, and encourage them to sign up for the campaign.

“For lots of people my age, dealing with money can feel intimidating, overwhelming, and honestly just stressful. That’s why I’m so pumped about “Would You Rather?”, because young people can learn really important stuff about making and saving money just by taking the kind of quiz they would take online anyway,” says Scribner, 20.

Influencers who are passionate about financial literacy for young people are also lending their platforms and voice to support this campaign, including self-proclaimed “financial hype woman” Berna Anat, who paid off $50,000 in debt in 2017 and now creates helpful and informative financial content for Gen-Z and Millennials, Katherine Berry, whose popular YouTube channel is dedicated to life and work advice for young people, and Gen Z entrepreneur and creative strategist Jade Darmawangsa, whose podcast, “The Raisn Brand”, helps other entrepreneurs use social media to grow their business.

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Veteran Comic David A. Arnold Showcases Homespun Humor in First Netflix Special

Standup comic, writer and producer David A. Arnold provides his fans a little comic relief and another show to binge watch with his new Netflix special, FAT BALLERINA.

Arnold returns home to Cleveland, and shares his funny POV on life, relationships, and family to an enthusiastic hometown crowd. Out of the writer’s room and back on stage, the seasoned comic/comedy writer brings his home-spun humor to Netflix, in his first special, talking about everything from making a living doing nothing to how making plans for a divorce ultimately saved his marriage.

The special, FAT BALLERINA, was filmed at the Cleveland Improv. It’s executive produced by Hollywood powerhouses comic Kevin Hart and manager Dave Becky of 3 Arts Entertainment in association with Manor House Entertainment. FAT BALLERINA is one of the most popular and trending selections, streaming on Netflix!

“As a standup comic who’s been hitting the road and tickling the funny bones of fans for many years, I am excited to showcase my comedy prowess on Netflix to a larger and broader audience,” said Arnold. “Now, folks can experience my brand of comedy, up close and personal, in the comforts of their home.”

Marilyn Denis Launches New Podcast

CTV announced an expansion to its podcast portfolio with MARILYN DENIS DOES A PODCAST, a brand new podcast from multi-talented broadcaster Marilyn Denis, launching today, Wednesday, April 1.

From Bell Media Studios, the new original podcast brings Marilyn’s iconic lifestyle and entertainment topics to listeners at home, from her home. With the help of experts from THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW plus new special guests, Marilyn will engage in meaningful discussions to try to make sense of these extraordinary days. New episodes are available every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

MARILYN DENIS DOES A PODCAST is a conversation-driven experience that explores the unprecedented times Canadians and the rest of the world are trying to navigate. On her debut episode, Marilyn is joined by family therapist Joe Rich, who gives practical advice on the challenges that are facing many families during isolation and explains how we can push the reset button on our lives when this is over.

Additional confirmed guests joining Marilyn remotely include THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW fan-favourites like Tuscan–based author and designer Debbie Travis, Tony award-winning actress Andrea Martin, New York–based TV personality Carson Kressley, travel and design expert Tommy Smythe (WHERE TO I DO?), real estate entrepreneur Scott McGillivray, celebrity stylist Joe Zee, New York–based author and TV host Daphne Oz , and more.

“I’m at home and in isolation so there is no better time to start a podcast,” said Marilyn Denis. “I’ll be talking to some familiar people from my radio and TV shows, sharing great stories, conversations, and some laughs. It’s the stuff we talk about when the mic is off and during commercial breaks. You’ll get to know guests a lot better – you’ll be in on the conversation.”

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Smart TVs Gain new Movie Streaming App

LG Electronics USA and Movies Anywhere™ announced the arrival of the Movies Anywhere app on LG Smart TVs, led by the critically-acclaimed LG OLED TVs. Movies Anywhere lets users enjoy their favorite purchased or redeemed digital movies combined in one simplified, personal collection. LG is the first TV manufacturer to offer the streaming app, allowing users to bring together more than 7,900 digital movies, including new releases and classic films.

Movies Anywhere is the simplest way for users to bring their favorite digital movies together from across different digital retailer accounts, all in one place. No other service provides this benefit across so many studios, platforms and digital accounts. Additionally, with the recent announcement of the Screen Pass beta, Movies Anywhere has made it easier for users to share their love of movies with other movie fans in a seamless, innovative way.

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New Baseball Short Film Highlights Little League World Series

On what would have been Opening Day weekend, when thousands of fans would have been packing the stands and millions more watching baseball on television, the United States Conference of Mayors in partnership with Major League Baseball, is releasing a short film, The City Behind Us: The Story of the Elmora Troopers. The film highlights the Elmora Troopers’ journey to the 2019 Little League World Series – a goal never before achieved in the city of Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Many of the Elmora Troopers players first participated in USCM’s PLAY BALL program, a joint initiative launched in 2015 with Major League Baseball, which encourages mayors to engage with citizens, families and their respective city departments to organize individual and community “Play Ball” events. More than 350 mayors participated in the program in 2019.

Just yesterday in a letter to fans, MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred said, “While we aren’t on the field today, there will still be plenty of baseball for you to watch.” The City Behind Us will give fans across the country the chance to watch a story that shows how the little league team caught the attention and love of their city, and eventually the whole nation. During the team’s championship run, Major League players such as Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs adopted the “Jersey Shake” as a post-home run celebration in recognition of the team and ESPN began airing their games during peak ratings hours.

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