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What does ‘wheedler’ mean? According to Dictionary.com, a wheedler is someone who ‘attempts to influence others by using smooth, flattering, or beguiling words or actions’. Well, you can rest assured that I am NOT going to wheedle any of the visitors to this blog, although, I must say you are all extremely good-looking and intelligent.

I started this site to highlight some of my favorite music, but I have extended it to include my thoughts on life, stupidity, football (the English type) and anything else of interest to educated, interesting people like your good selves. (See how I wheedled there?)

At the top of my site is a young Grace Slick, of Jefferson Airplane.

Instagram tests new feature that looks suspiciously like TikTok

Instagram tests new feature that looks suspiciously like TikTok
Instagram is testing a Tik-Tok-like video tool,  according to a new report.
Instagram is testing a Tik-Tok-like video tool,  according to a new report.

Image: Thomas Trutschel / Photothek via Getty Images

By Brenda Stolyar

It’s no secret that if there’s a popular app or feature Facebook can’t buy, the company simply creates its own version. First it was Snapchat. Now, it’s TikTok. 

In an attempt to steal the crown of best viral content generator, Instagram added a new feature called Reels, TechCrunch reports. The video tool allows users to create short 15-second clips, with music and all, that can be uploaded to their Stories. 

News of the feature comes almost a month after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, expressed censorship concerns over TikTok during a speech at Georgetown University. It also comes only a little over a year after the tech giant dropped Lasso, Facebook’s first attempt at creating a TikTok clone. But rather than having to download an entirely separate app, the company plugged a similar tool into Instagram — an app you probably already spend hours a day scrolling through anyways.

Based on the demo video, the feature looks simple to use. Swipe to the right on the Instagram app and you’ll find Reels nestled among Boomerang and Super-Zoom modes within Stories. You can either record your short clip in silence (if that’s your thing) or choose a song from Instagram’s music library. Additionally, you can also pull audio from other public Reels.

Reel’s editing tools aren’t as extensive as TikTok’s … yet. You can adjust the speed of your video, add captions, and overlay scenes for smoother transitions. When you’re done, you can upload your masterpiece to Stories, Close Friends, add it to your Highlights, or send it to someone via a Direct Message. In an effort to encourage viral hits, public Reels have the chance to land on the Top Reels section in the Explore tab.

“Instagram Stories has always been a home for expression and we believe this new format has huge potential to enable more creativity for people,” Robby Stein, director of product at Instagram, told Mashable. 

But don’t get too excited. While available on Android and iOS, Instagram confirmed Reels is only being tested in Brazil for now, with plans to incorporate user feedback to improve the feature over time.

Ciara and Russell Wilson nailed their Beyoncé and Jay-Z Halloween costumes

Ciara and Russell Wilson nailed their Beyoncé and Jay-Z Halloween costumes

By Nicole Gallucci

It takes a talented and ambitious couple to successfully pull off Beyoncé and Jay-Z Halloween costumes.

Many have tried and many have failed over the years, but as Halloween 2019 approaches, two people finally did the musical power couple justice: Ciara and Russell Wilson.

On Wednesday, Ciara revealed the extremely on-point Halloween costumes on Twitter. The two dressed as Bey and Jay, but really went the extra mile by imitating the outfits and iconic Mona Lisa scene from the couple’s joint “Apeshit” music video, which was filmed in the Louvre.

For reference here’s the full music video, and a GIF of the Bey and Jay moment that Ciara and her hubby used for inspiration. They absolutely nailed it.

Ciara and Russell Wilson’s outfits bear uncanny resemblances to the Carter couple’s clothes, but they did make one change Bey and Jay’s scene. Can you spot it? Instead of the Mona Lisa Ciara and her hubby posed under a framed photo of Barack and Michelle Obama. 

In case the fashion and video wasn’t flawless enough, Ciara also channeled her inner Beyoncé and shared three dramatic solo shots of herself that have real Bey Instagram Energy.

Great Halloween costumes apparently run in the family this year, because on Tuesday Ciara gave Twitter and Instagram followers a glimpse at her kids’ costumes. They dressed as “The Jacksons,” and their costumes are equally brilliant.

Though Beyoncé has yet to reveal her family’s Halloween getups this year, she’s known for slaying the costume game as well, and will definitely be impressed by Ciara’s efforts.