March + April 2024 Newsletter: What’s Up with Gen Z!?

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March + April 2024 Newsletter: What’s Up with Gen Z!? 05.06.24

Here’s what you need to know about the most trend-obsessed generation in history:  

Gen Z Slang 

  • Yap/yapper/yapping: When someone is chatting about nothing, often with friends. You can also be a yapper. 
  • NPC: originating from a video game term meaning “non-player character” (a character run by the computer/game), Gen Z now uses the term as an insult to refer to someone who lacks independent thinking.

TikTok Trends On The Rise 📱

  • Rock, Paper, Scissors: A twist on the classic rock, paper, scissors game. If you lose the round, you run while your partner eats bites of a shared meal until you’re back for another round. 
  • But I Just Can’t Date A Dude With A…: Playing into Kesha’s musical comeback, people use this sound to share attributes they dislike in a potential partner.
  • You wouldn’t last an hour in the asylum where they raised me: Set to Taylor Swift’s new song “Who’s Afraid of Little Old Me?”, people are using this lyric to share something they went through that made them tougher, such as a previous job, school, etc.”

Celebrity Drama & News ⭐️

  • Beyoncé Shared Her Natural Hair Routine & Nearly Broke The Internet: Bey posted an Instagram video featuring a rare close-up of her long, curly hair being washed, conditioned, straightened, and styled using Cécred products. The singer also addressed the backlash the brand has received.
  • Sam & Ronnie Reunite On Jersey Shore: Family Vacation: The former couple had not seen or spoken to each other since 2014 but came face to face this season.
  • Drake vs. Everybody: Since the release of Future & Metro Boomin’s joint album, “We Don’t Trust You,” members of the rap community such as Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, The Weeknd, and A$AP Rocky are teaming up against Drake over long-standing beef that’s been under wraps for a while.
  • Did Taylor Swift Release A Song About Kim Kardashian?: On April 19, Taylor Swift surprised her fans with 15 extra songs on her new album, “The Tortured Poets Department.” One song, “thanK you aIMee,” spells out “KIM” with capital letters. The song portrays a school bully, and the chorus seemingly alludes to Kim’s attacks on Taylor.

Trending TV Shows, Movies, Music, Restaurants, Fashion Styles, Beauty Hacks, & More 🤩 

Beauty & Fashion Trends We’re Following

  • Delaney Childs Messy Bun: Influencer Delaney Childs shared her method for the perfect messy bun, and it’s all the rage on TikTok.
  • Tankini: Tankinis are back, baby! Not only are they more modest than bikinis, but they’re also incredibly flattering. 
  • Capris: Mom jeans, who? The return of capri jeans has officially been decreed by the runways and adopted by Gigi Hadid.
  • Perfume For Bed: The latest beauty trend taking over TikTok is applying perfume before bed. The trend has over 122.9 million views.

Hottest NYC Restaurants We’re Eating At 

  • Mēdüzā Mediterrania: The latest sensation in the Meatpacking District is a vibrant Mediterranean restaurant crafted by the team behind acclaimed eateries Toca Madera and Casa Madera.
  • San Sabino: This Italian-American seafood restaurant is a favorite among influencers and is run by the team behind Don Angie. Try the Scottie’s Martini—garlic bread vodka, spicy brine, and giant olives stuffed with feta, all dipped in spicy Tajin.
  • Gotham Burger Club: Oldie-but-a-goodie burger club where the line wraps around the block. Our personal favorite is the Beastie Boy.

TV Shows & Movies We’re Binging

  • “Challengers”: Starring Zendaya, this flick follows a professional tennis champion who plots a comeback with the help of his wife, a famed tennis prodigy who retired after an injury. The final match pits him against another up-and-coming player, who also happens to be his wife’s former lover.
  • “Dune: Part Two”: Featuring Zendaya and Timothee Chalamet, this science fiction film follows the story of a man born into a destiny beyond his understanding who travels to dangerous planets to ensure the future of his family and people.
  • “Summer House”: Isn’t it everyone’s dream to live in the Hamptons for the summer? Starring the founders of Loverboy and a group of NYC locals, this Bravo TV series follows the crew as they head out to the Hamptons every weekend to enjoy the beach, food, and bars.

Songs & Podcasts On Repeat

  • Beyoncé’s “Cowboy Carter”: “It’s not a country album, it’s a Beyoncé album!” The singer released her eighth studio album spotlighting the overlooked contributions of Black pioneers to country music with surprise features from Miley Cyrus, Post Malone, Dolly Parton, and Linda Martell.
  • Dua Lipa’s “Illusion”: The queen of pop and dance music released her newest hit single in April and is dropping an album on May 3.
  • Sabrina Carpenter’s “Espresso”: – The princess of pop released a new single and people are obsessed. A sped-up version is also going viral on TikTok.
  • Taylor Swift’s “The Tortured Poets Department”: Released on April 19, this album included a fun surprise for fans: 31 total tracks instead of just the 16 advertised. The music is, of course, already taking over TikTok and Twitter as fans discuss and break down all the lyrics.
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