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YouTubers Logan Paul and Vitaly go head-to-head in slap battle

Published: 9/May/2019 0:40 Updated: 9/May/2019 0:42

by Virginia Glaze

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Controversial YouTuber Logan Paul is gearing up for a slap-battle against some of Russia’s strongest champions – but he made sure to get in some practice with a fellow content creator ahead of time.

YouTuber Vitaly Zdorovetskiy threw down with Paul in mock slap-battle on May 4, during Jake Paul’s massive house party thrown in honor of American rapper Desiigner.

Of course, not just anyone would be doing the slapping: the YouTubers first played a game of “rock, paper, scissors” to determine the slapee, which ended up being Paul, after he incorrectly guessed “rock” against Vitaly’s “scissors.”

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Logan brushed off Vitaly’s vicious slap with a shake of his head, embracing him with a good-natured handshake before assessing his own readiness for his upcoming stint in Russia.

“I’m not gonna lie – I’m ready for Russia, bro,” Paul said of the slapping.

Paul was announced as a participant in the upcoming ‘Battle on the Volga’ by Russian media outlet ‘Generation Iron’ on April 24, which reported that he would be going up against two of the country’s greatest slap champions.

One of these competitors is the formidable “Russian slap champion” Vasily Pelmen, also known as ‘Dumpling.’

Weighing in at 370 pounds, ‘Dumpling’ took the Male Slapping Championship at the 2019 Siberian Power Show in a landslide victory – marking a major opponent for Paul.

‘Dumpling’ isn’t the only slap-champion Paul will be facing, either; the YouTuber is likewise set to throw down with “the enormous Uncle Serozha,” which will take place at the ‘Volga’ from May 24-27.

Dmitry Kotov, VICELogan Paul is set to fight Russian slap-fighting champion ‘Dumpling’ in late May – giving him a two-week window to prepare for the competition.

This leaves Paul with a mere two-week period to train for the upcoming battle – which some fans speculate may be tied to Paul’s upcoming documentary, as he hasn’t released much info on the topic.

Paul himself described his next documentary as a “five course fucking meal” in a cryptic Tweet ahead of the ‘Volga’s’ announcement, following the release of his Flat-Earth ‘mockumentary’ in late March.

While Jake Paul’s house party provided a brief insight into Logan’s next adventure, it wasn’t all sunshine and roses; allegations have since arisen that a group of female party-goers were purportedly drugged at the event, although none of the claims have yet been verified.

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Charli D’Amelio invests in $50 million banking service for teens

Published: 2/Dec/2020 19:00

by Virginia Glaze

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TikTok’s most-followed content creator, Charli D’Amelio, has invested in her very first startup, and it’s a $50 million mobile banking service specifically aimed at teenagers.

In true D’Amelio fashion, Charli has decided to invest in her first company, Step, along with a slew of other celebrity investors.

What is Step?

Step is a mobile banking service directed toward teenagers aged 13-19, which announced this morning that it has raised over $50 million during its Series B funding stage.

Step has grown to over 500,000 users in two months after its official launch, and features a variety of elements seen in apps like Venmo and PayPal, allowing users to send money to friends via peer-to-peer technology.

 

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The service also offers its teen customer-base FDIC-insured bank accounts without any fees, easing their foray into the financial world. Step even gives users a Visa card that allows them to establish credit prior to turning 18.

Charli D’Amelio on her Step investment

As for Charli D’Amelio, she seems to be quite jazzed about the bank’s entire concept, having risen to prominence in the mobile world before turning 16 this year.

“As a Step partner and customer, I’ve been able to see firsthand how easy Step makes it to manage your money while providing the educational resources that today’s teens need but have largely been unable to find—myself included,” D’Amelio stated.

 

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“I’m excited to be able to use my platform to help close this gap and have made a direct investment in Step to help them develop even more useful products.”

Charli isn’t the only big name putting some stock into Step; A-list celebs like Will Smith, the Chainsmokers, and Justin Timberlake are also investing in the bank, making for a truly star-studded affair for the emerging company.

Step is planning to partner with even more celebrities and influencers in the future, and hopes to help its teenaged customer-base with everything from student loans to building credit in the long-term.

Charli D'Amelio invests in Step mobile banking
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Step aims to help teenagers ease into the confusing financial world.

“Student loans are a big thing. Being able to extend credit to these folks. Being able to offer new products and services so they’re not paying these outrageous, predatory banking fees and high interest credit cards,” Step CEO MacDonald said of the service.

It looks like Charli is making big waves with this major investment, and all eyes are peeled to see if her 101 million TikTok followers will hop onto the Step trend, too.