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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ star Alaska gives glamour tips for quarantine before Digital Drag Fest

After the global spread of the novel coronavirus forced the cancellation of RuPaul’s DragCon, which was set for May 1-3 in Los Angeles, and the bars and clubs shut down in West Hollywood, drag queens and other LGBTQ artists quickly adapted to streaming content to help save their livelihood. “We don’t miss a beat, honey,” Los Angeles-based drag performer Alaska, who was runner-up on season five of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and winner of the second season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars,” said during ...
Tags: Instagram, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Alaska, Jeremy, Jesse Eisenberg, West Hollywood, Rupaul, Kenny Rogers, Sherry Vine, Clairol, Marcel Marceau, Magnus Hastings


FBI arrests Southern California man accused of promoting bogus methods to prevent, cure coronavirus

A Southern California man who falsely claimed Earvin “Magic” Johnson was on the board of directors for his company was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of wire fraud related to bogus claims he had drugs to prevent and cure coronavirus, officials said. Keith Lawrence Middlebrook, 53, was arrested by FBI agents, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles said in a statement. Middlebrook is associated with residences in Newport Beach, Murrieta and Westwood in Los Angeles. At least 2 million people ha...
Tags: News, Instagram, California, La, Senate, Los Angeles, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Magic Johnson, Justice Department, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Southern California, U S Justice Department, U S Attorney s Office, LA County


Officials: FBI arrests Southern California man promoting bogus medications to prevent, cure coronavirus

A Southern California man who falsely claimed Earvin “Magic” Johnson was on the board of directors for his company was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of wire fraud related to bogus claims he had drugs to prevent and cure coronavirus, officials said. Keith Lawrence Middlebrook, 53, was arrested by FBI agents, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles said in a statement. Middlebrook is associated with residences in Newport Beach, Murrieta and Westwood in Los Angeles. At least 2 million people ha...
Tags: News, Instagram, California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Magic Johnson, Justice Department, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Southern California, U S Justice Department, U S Attorney s Office, LA County, Garcetti


How the coronavirus is changing the influencer business, according to marketers and top Instagram and YouTube creators

Marketers and digital creators are adjusting to rapid changes in the influencer-marketing industry as the coronavirus continues to spread globally. As with most businesses in the ad industry, professionals are trimming budgets, cancelling events, and looking for alternative revenue streams. Business Insider spoke to influencer-marketing professionals across the industry to better understand how they are adjusting their businesses to continue to earn a living during the coronavirus pandemic and...
Tags: Instagram, Bali, Rihanna, Youtube, La, Sway, Trends, Ken Burns, Izea, Oneika Raymond, Fenty Beauty, Lauren Bullen, Tiktok, Mae Karwowski, TikTok Instagram YouTube, Sway LA


Rihanna's Fenty Beauty house, where 5 TikTok stars were staying and making videos, is shutting down temporarily due to the coronavirus pandemic

Rihanna's new TikTok collab house, Fenty Beauty House, is temporarily closing out of caution due to the coronavirus pandemic, a spokesperson for the brand told Business Insider.  Rihanna announced the new TikTok creator hub earlier this month during a launch party.  Collab houses, like Sway LA or Hype House, are a popular trend among influencers, and a way for these stars to create content together. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Rihanna's TikTok creator hub, Fenty Beauty...
Tags: Instagram, Rihanna, La, Sway, Trends, House, Ken Burns, Business Insider, Instagram YouTube, Fenty Beauty, Tiktok, TikTok Instagram YouTube, Sway LA, Fenty Beauty House, Business Insider Rihanna, TikTok Rihanna


Rihanna's Fenty Beauty house for TikTok stars is closing temporarily due to the coronavirus pandemic

Rihanna's new TikTok collab house, Fenty Beauty House, is temporarily closing out of caution due to the coronavirus pandemic, a spokesperson for the brand told Business Insider.  Rihanna announced the new TikTok creator hub earlier this month during a launch party.  Collab houses, like Sway LA or Hype House, are a popular trend among influencers, and a way for these stars to create content together. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Rihanna's TikTok creator hub, Fenty Beauty...
Tags: Instagram, Rihanna, La, Sway, Trends, House, Business Insider, Instagram YouTube, Fenty Beauty, Tiktok, TikTok Instagram YouTube, Sway LA, Fenty Beauty House, Business Insider Rihanna, TikTok Rihanna, TalentX Entertainment


A brand testing TikTok's demographic and behavioral ad targeting says the platform is up to 400% cheaper than Instagram for driving website visits

TikTok's self-serve ad platform is still in its infancy. But some of its beta users say it's more cost effective than competing products at Instagram and Facebook for driving website visits and app installs.  One of its beta testers, the Australian teeth-whitening brand HiSmile, said TikTok's self-serve ads are three to four times cheaper than ads on competing apps for driving traffic to its website. While TikTok has been a lead generator for HiSmile, the app's ability to drive purchases is st...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Australia, La, Trends, Ken Burns, US UK, Dunkin, Instagram and Facebook, Chipotle WalMart, HiSmile, Tiktok, Charli D Amelio, Hype House, Justin Gaggino HiSmile, Gaggino


A teeth-whitening brand studied TikTok's algorithm to decide which influencers to hire and ending up gaining 100,000 followers in a week

HiSmile is a teeth-whitening brand with a history of paying high-profile influencers like the to promote its products on social media. Now the brand is turning to TikTok. The Australian company recently hired TikTok stars from the Hype House and Sway LA — two Los Angeles-based "collab houses" — to try to create a wave of attention-grabbing videos on the app.  Creators involved in the campaign wore matching sweatshirts and rolled out sponsored videos sequentially over a 24-hour period to maxi...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Australia, La, Los Angeles, Trends, House, Ken Burns, Conor Mcgregor, Kim Kardashian West, Frank Ocean, US UK, Dunkin, Gregg, Keech, Abrams Artists Agency


A marketer using TikTok's self-serve ad platform beta says it has been up to 400% cheaper than Instagram's for driving website visits

TikTok's self-serve ad platform is still in its infancy. But some of its beta users say it's more cost effective than competing products at Instagram and Facebook for driving website visits and app installs.  One of its beta testers, the Australian teeth-whitening brand HiSmile, said TikTok's self-serve ads are three to four times cheaper than ads on competing apps for driving traffic to its website. While TikTok has been a lead generator for HiSmile, the app's ability to drive purchases is st...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Australia, La, Trends, Google Photos, US UK, Dunkin, Instagram and Facebook, Chipotle WalMart, HiSmile, Tiktok, Charli D Amelio, Hype House, Justin Gaggino HiSmile, Gaggino


Inside the whirlwind romance of Snap CEO Evan Spiegel and model Miranda Kerr, who are raising 3 kids together while each running their own companies (SNAP)

Miranda Kerr and Evan Spiegel are one of the most influential power couples, each having dominant presences in their respective industries. The Snap CEO and Australian supermodel began dating in 2015, got married in 2017, and had their second child together last October. Here's the story about how the two met and a timeline of their whirlwind romance. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Snap CEO Evan Spiegel and Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr are incredibly influential ind...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Shania Twain, Instagram, La, White House, US, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, Trends, Snapchat, Sergey Brin, Sydney, Venice, Evan Spiegel, Harrison Ford


How a teeth-whitening brand gained 100,000 followers on TikTok by sponsoring a 'wave' of content from the Hype House and Sway LA

HiSmile is a teeth-whitening brand with a history of paying high-profile influencers like the to promote its products on social media. Now the brand is turning to TikTok. The Australian company recently hired TikTok stars from the Hype House and Sway LA — two Los Angeles-based "collab houses" — to try to create a wave of attention-grabbing videos on the app.  Creators involved in the campaign wore matching sweatshirts and rolled out sponsored videos sequentially over a 24-hour period to maxi...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Australia, La, Los Angeles, Trends, House, Ken Burns, Conor Mcgregor, Kim Kardashian West, Frank Ocean, US UK, Dunkin, Gregg, Keech, Abrams Artists Agency


Jui$e Leroy – “824”

Kobe Bryant 1978-2020 The world still mourns the loss of soon-to-be first ballot NBA hall-of-famer Kobe Bryant. In honor of his memory, Jui$e Leroy has released a new song paying tribute to the late-Los Angeles Laker and his daughter. Produced by Zac Brunson (Justin Bieber), in “824,” the star on the rise channels his Mamba mentality as he reflects on the life and times of the icon which he remembers iconic moments in his career like his five championships and inspirational messages. Leroy crea...
Tags: Instagram, La, Nba, Jazz, Kobe Bryant, Singles, Dallas Texas, Los Angeles California, Kobe, Los Angeles Laker, Leroy, Jui, Shamar, Zac Brunson Justin Bieber, Black Mamba Jui, LegnaConnekGroup FangGang Records Mamba Forever


Adobe Did a “Panorama Fest” Post and It’s So Good!

Josh Bury did a how-to post on Adobe’s own blog about Panoramas and it’s really, really good — so well written, illustrated, and just plain helpful (shout out to LRKT commenter/LRguru Lyle Stavast for the heads up). It’s part of Adobe’s “From the ACR Team” series, (ACR being the acronym for “Adobe Camera Raw” which is part of Lightroom — it’s Lightroom’s Develop Module, which is Photoshop’s Camera Raw, or vice versa). Anyway, Josh’s post doesn’t just cover Panos but also Lightroom’s HDR...
Tags: Photography, Featured, Adobe, La, Los Angeles, Develop, Lightroom, Acr, Josh, Adobe Camera Raw, Panos, Panoramas, Josh Bury, LRguru Lyle Stavast


The 21 most influential digital creators based in New York who rule Instagram, YouTube, and other social-media platforms

Business Insider is recognizing the leading digital stars who live and create content around the Greater New York City area. We are highlighting these 21 top creators based on audience size, creativity, and their impact on the influencer business as a whole. These New York-based creators run successful digital businesses across platforms like YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok. Click here for more BI Prime stories. Los Angeles often takes center stage when it comes to the influencer world. Headli...
Tags: Facebook, Nordstrom, New York, Beyonce, Instagram, Minnesota, Adobe, Rihanna, NYC, Youtube, La, Massachusetts, New York City, Digital, US, Los Angeles


Jeff Bezos just pledged to spend $10 billion to fight climate change. Here's how the richest person in the world makes and spends his billions.

Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest person alive, has pledged to spend $10 billion to fight climate change. Bezos became nearly $2 billion richer after selling some of his Amazon stock earlier this month. As Amazon's founder and CEO, Bezos was the first person in modern history to accumulate a fortune of over $100 billion — and he currently has a net worth of $130 billion, Bloomberg estimates. He spends his fortune on real estate across the US, a $65 million Gulfstream Jet, and his space exploration co...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Post, Elon Musk, Instagram, Yahoo, California, La, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Bloomberg, Nasa, Earth, Washington Dc, Bill Gates


Fubar has the hottest go-go dancers in LA, and we have the evidence

For 18 years, BFD at Fubar has packed in “drunk homos and those who love them"
Tags: La, Lifestyle, Los Angeles, Pics, Queerty, Gaycities Link, West Hollywood, Party Haus, Dive Bars, BFD, FUBAR, Goods


Beyond Frieze: Art Highlights in LA

Site-specific installations, large-scale sculpture, surreal digital self-portraits and other must-see work In a few days, Los Angeles will briefly become the center of the art world. With art fairs Frieze, Felix and Art Los Angeles Contemporary in Hollywood and Spring Break in DTLA, the weekend of 14 February is slated to be an exciting one for art enthusiasts. But LA is an art-centric city all year, and …
Tags: Art, Photography, Hollywood, Design, Exhibits, La, Los Angeles, Culture, Sculpture, Exhibitions, Illustrations, Performance, Paintings, Portraits, Art Festivals, Art Fairs


A 22-year-old beauty YouTuber explains the main ways she makes money, from a merchandise line, to a makeup palette with Tarte Cosmetics

Beauty and fashion influencer Adelaine Morin, is 22-years-old and has over 2.5 million subscribers on YouTube.  Morin was born in Canada, and she started her YouTube channel in 2011, posting makeup tutorials and fashion videos. We spoke to Morin about her influencer business and the main ways she makes money, from a popular merchandise line sold on FanJoy, to a makeup palette with Tarte Cosmetics.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When Adelaine Morin was 13-years-old, she ...
Tags: Google, Instagram, Youtube, La, Los Angeles, Trends, Canada, Ken Burns, UTA, Usc, Ethan, Morin, Bethany Mota, Tarte Cosmetics, Grayson Dolan, Fanjoy


Valley-inspired candles ignite aroma of nostalgia … and Northridge, Pacoima and Ventura Boulevard, too

By Marianne Love, Correspondent The San Fernando Valley has been memorialized in many ways. There are museums about its history. Painting and sculptures depicting days and people gone by. But for Michelle Alvarado, it’s candles and the sights and smells that make up her fondness for the valley where she moved at two years old. Her scented candles are named after such valley icons as “Northridge CA,” a sweet orange aroma representing the citrus groves that once LDN-L-VALCANDLES-0209dominated the ...
Tags: Florida, Hollywood, Instagram, Etsy, La, China, America, Sport, Soccer, Alaska, Venezuela, Universal, El Salvador, Lapd, Istanbul, Northridge


Board Question #92841: Dear 100 Hour Board writers, What are your top 5 ...

Q: Dear 100 Hour Board writers,What are your top 5 favorite songs?Extra credit: what's your favorite song that you're least likely to share with others? Maybe it's a guilty pleasure you don't want people to know you like, or an unpopular genre, or you have some other reason. Why the secrecy?- songbird A: Dear Songbird, My top 5 favorite songs mean what are the 5 songs that I don't skip over and play on repeat on my Spotify account at this very moment... So if you had asked this last week it wo...
Tags: Spotify, Utah, Taylor Swift, Instagram, Lorde, California, La, Disney, Billie, Chicago, Netflix, Canada, Ed Sheeran, Morocco, Broadway, Tokyo


Kobe Bryant’s death leaves Jerry West, NBA community in shock

Kobe Bryant’s death on Sunday left all of basketball heartbroken and reeling. Bryant, 41, was among nine people killed, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, when the helicopter they were on crashed along a Calabasas hillside. “The news we’ve all received today is the most devastating news that anyone can imagine,” Hall of Famer Jerry West said in a statement. “I am so saddened for Kobe’s parents, Vanessa, Natalia, Bianka, Capri, Kobe’s sisters and all of the NBA fans that hold Kobe in the...
Tags: Instagram, La, Boston, Sports, Sport, West, Soccer, Gigi, Michael Jordan, San Diego, Nba, Philadelphia, Espn, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Rivers


With a new LA office and a forthcoming creator studio, TikTok is poised to take on Instagram and YouTube (GOOG, FB)

Short-form video app TikTok just announced it would open a studio for creators. TikTok, which is owned by the China-based company ByteDance, also recently opened an office in Los Angeles and i for a US CEO. Building up US operations may be a sign that TikTok might be looking to take on social media giants Instagram and YouTube. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Short video app TikTok announced on Wednesday that it would open a content creation studio this summer. With a new ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Navy, Youtube, La, China, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Snapchat, Army, Tokyo, North America, Cnbc


Regime Critic Says Saudis Tried to Kidnap Him on U.S. Soil

A suspected agent of the Saudi government attempted to kidnap a regime critic on American soil, according to the critic and multiple U.S. and foreign sources familiar with the episode. The young Saudi man says the FBI saved him from becoming the next Jamal Khashoggi.Abdulrahman Almutairi is a 27-year-old comedian and former student at the University of San Diego with a big social-media presence. After Almutairi used social media to criticize the powerful Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman over the...
Tags: Amazon, Post, News, Instagram, Obama, California, Washington Post, Youtube, Washington, Saudi Arabia, La, America, Los Angeles, Fbi, United States, New York Times


See inside TikTok's new five-story LA office it built to take on US social media giants like Instagram and Youtube

Shortform video app TikTok — which has grown 400 employees in the US — announced on Wednesday it has opened a new LA office. TikTok is owned by Chinese company ByteDance, which is currently seeking a new head for US operations. TikTok also revealed that it will open its own content creation studio in the summer. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. TikTok seems to be everywhere right now. The app, which allows users to share audio and pair it with different videos, has become a...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, La, China, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Culver City, Palo Alto California, Bytedance, Tiktok


Shadows’ Dylan Flinn and Kombo’s Kevin Gould on the business of ‘virtual influencers’

In films, TV shows and books — and even in video games where characters are designed to respond to user behavior — we don’t perceive characters as beings with whom we can establish two-way relationships. But that’s poised to change, at least in some use cases. Interactive characters — fictional, virtual personas capable of personalized interactions — are defining new territory in entertainment. In my guide to the concept of “virtual beings,” I outlined two categories of these characters: virtua...
Tags: TC, Instagram, Entertainment, La, Marketing, Disney, Social Media, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Media, Machine Learning, Caa, Twitch, Clutter, Robinhood, Influencer Marketing


Gender-fluid actor and model Harry Hains dies, aged 27

View this post on Instagram purraaaaa vidaaaaaa despedida costa rica A post shared by Harry Hains (@harryhains) on Dec 19, 2019 at 6:49am PST A rising actor and model has died at the age of 27. Harry Hains’ death was announced via his mother, Jane Badler, on Instagram. She posted: “On Jan 7 my beautiful son died . He was 27 and had the world at his feet . But sadly he struggled with mental illnes...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, London, Instagram, Life, La, US, Lifestyle, Diana, Harry, Melbourne, American Horror Story, Austalia, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Melbourne Australia


Watch Warriors' Klay Thompson drain long shot on outdoor Clippers hoop

The Warriors star, who has missed the entirety of the regular season while he rehabs his torn ACL, posted a video on his Instagram story Tuesday of him nailing a shot from just inside half-court ... on an outdoor court that might or might not have been NBA-regulation length. Thompson didn't geo-tag the video, but the Los Angeles Clippers logo on the hoop would seem to give away that he is in Southern California. Of course, had this happened a year ago, the then-pending free agent surely wou...
Tags: News, Instagram, La, Nba, Los Angeles Clippers, Thompson, Southern California, Klay, Watch Warriors Klay Thompson


A YouTube video editor who works with David Dobrik's Vlog Squad told us what it's like to film top creators, from private jets to quick turnarounds

Joe Vulpis, 29, is a YouTube video editor and creator known for appearing in and working for several members of David Dobrik's Vlog Squad.  Vulpis, who runs his own YouTube channel with 580,000 subscribers, shared what it has been like to work for some of the top creators on YouTube.  He said working freelance as a film editor and videographer for YouTube creators is completely different than what he thought a career in filmmaking would be like when he was in college.  He also revealed the mos...
Tags: Google, Instagram, California, Youtube, La, Trends, Harvard, New Jersey, Miami, Ken Burns, Business Insider, Joe, Nash, Josh Peck, Shane Dawson, Brandon Rogers


This holiday season, Brogan is refusing to “hide part of myself and be inauthentic” with family

As the holiday season nears, we asked a series of influencers what about their deepest, darkest year-end hopes and secrets–in addition to what they hope to see under the tree December 25. Logan Fletcher aka Brogan moved to New York a few years ago from Minnesota to create his chosen family–and spend time asking strangers on the street if he can pet their dogs. The pup lover (“the gay category kind AND our four-legged friends”) is an active supporter of New York’s local drag queens and nightlif...
Tags: Gift Guide, New York, Instagram, Minnesota, Life, La, Lifestyle, America, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Brogan, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Holiday Guide, Logan Fletcher


KISS disrespects Japan's number one Kiss tribute band

KISS takes money from the Tokyo fans one last time. KISS Haneta , the former number one KISS tribute band in Japan, and one of the best in Asia, made a public appearance at Tokyo Dome as special guests of the band. "We were voted the best KISS makeup era tribute in Japan in 2010 through 2015, then again in 2018 by the KISS Army Japan. We got fucked over this year by that dumb comedy tribute, Gene Simmonz Cherry Red Asshole this year. The Japanese KISS fans spoke and we need to respect ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Asia, Europe, Japan, Instagram, La, Germany, Philippines, Tokyo, Shinjuku, Kiss, Rich, Gene, Vault, Mick Mars



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