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See how Kittens Incorporated formed in music video for “The CoConspirator”

Acoustic and jazzy breeze-pop group Kittens Incorporated have released a new music video for their song "The CoConspirator." The video features a mysterious figure delivering packages to the members of the band throughout various locations around C-U. What is in said packages? Watch to find out. 

Also, that saxophone is catchy as heck. Check out the video below. 

Top image from "The CoConspirator" music video. 
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Leah Marlene is in American Idol’s Top Five

Leah Marlene, a 20 year old musician from Normal, has made it into American Idol’s top five. She’s been a favorite of the judges, and clearly the viewing audience, too. Check out her most recent performance below. Her latest single drops this Friday, May 13th.

 

Watch and vote for Marlene on ABC Sundays at 7 p.m.

Top image from Leah Marlene’s Facebook page. 


 

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Instagram Story Takeover with The Idea Store

Our next installment in our Instagram Story Takeover series takes place this Thursday, April 28th. Our friends at The Idea Store in Urbana are going to be taking over our account for the day, showing us how things work and all the awesome things to see at their store in Lincoln Square Mall. They're gearing up for their annual Jewelry Jackpot event, so this is a great time to have them take us all through their world ahead of that.

Follow us at @SmilePolitely on Instagram to follow along with this installment of our Story Takeover series. Check out The Idea Store on Instagram — give them a follow as well if you don't already. Head over to our Instagram Highlight section to see our previous installments we've done in the past.

Top image by The Idea Store.

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Check out this cool video from PSYONIC

PSYONIC, a C-U startup founded by U of I graduate (Ph.D. in Neuroscience and M.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering) Dr. Aadeel Akhtar, created the Ability Hand, "the fastest bionic hand on the market and the first to give users touch feedback." They've teamed up with a teenager in Wisconsin to raise awareness about the technology of prosthesis. 

Kate Ketelhohn has a prosthetic hand, and in the video she brings back the 2016 trend of bottle flipping to show just how much can be done with the Ability Hand. 

Top screenshot from YouTube.
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Oksana Masters was featured on HBO's Real Sports

Oksana Masters, the decorated Paralympic athlete that lives and trains here in Champaign-Urbana, was interviewed by Soledad O'Brien for Real Sports on HBO. Masters was born in Ukraine with severe physical defects due to radiation poisoning from the Chernobyl disaster, and was eventually adopted by Gay Masters, a Champaign native. She now competes in Nordic cross-country skiing, biathalon, rowing, and cycling, and has medaled in both the winter and summer paralympic games.

Here is the trailer for the episode, which features some familiar terrain.

Top photo from NBC Olympic Talk Twitter.

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This sweet TikTok about a local family went viral

Centennial grad Kayla Campbell made this really sweet TikTok about her dad starting a new job after 30 years at his previous one. It has nearly 4 million views.

@kayla_campbell65 take this as a reminder that it’s never too late to do something that will make you happy ❤️#greenscreen #fyp #dad ♬ slipping through my fingers - favsoundds

Just a little warm fuzzy for your Tuesday. 

Top screenshot from TikTok.

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Normal native Leah Marlene is on this season of American Idol

Leah Marlene, from Normal, is a contestant on this season of American Idol (the show’s 20th, if you can believe it). Marlene got a golden ticket to head to Hollywood, where she will compete against a whole bunch of other very talented people. 

She seems very quirky and sweet and endlessly endearing. She’s pretty talented, too. 

You can watch her Idol audition below, and see videos of her performances on her Facebook page. Hollywood week episodes will air next week on ABC. 

 

Top image from Leah Marlene’s Facebook page.

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Check out the new music video for “Illini Anthem”

The music video for Jarrel Young and Lamont Holden's "Illini Anthem" has just dropped, and it's a lot of fun. 

The video, filmed at the State Farm Center, features Young and Holden performing the track on the arena floor. The video also features shots of the basketball games, the student section, and showcases how higher education is supporting and embracing people of color. 

Check out the video below. 

Top screenshot from the "Illini Anthem" music video.