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Zion Harvey Becomes First Child Recipient Of Successful Double Hand Transplant

The bubbly 9-year-old lost his hands in feet at the age of two and is looking to play every sport possible after the monumental surgery was a success. 

A year after doctors at Penn Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia performed the first double hand transplant on Zion Harvey of Baltimore, the now 9-year-old can write his name, throw a football and grab his mother's hand. The moments are brand new for Zion after he lost his hands and feet to an acute case of staph infection at the age of two.

In an interview with People, Harvey and his mother Pattie Ray share the journey that has allowed Zion to be just like any other kid. "Now I can play soccer and I can play football and I can play all these other sports and they can't isolate me out anymore," Zion said. After thanking the doctors for performing the groundbreaking surgery, he thanked the parents of the donor who helped made the surgery a reality. "I just want to write a letter to the parents for giving me their son's hands because they didn't have to do that if they didn't want to."

On Tuesday (Aug. 23), doctors and researchers released a video showing his progress and praised Zion for his mature manner and unstoppable drive."He has exceeded our every expectation," Dr. L. Scott Levin said. "He eats. He writes. He goes to the bathroom. He dresses himself. He plays baseball. He can do pull-ups on a bar."

His mother Pattie, 27, described the feeling of seeing her son move with his new hands. When it comes to walking, Zion has grown to run and play with his prosthetic legs. "It's not weird to see him with the hands, it's just like an old feeling coming back," the phlebotomist said. "I've seen him with hands and I just want to touch them and kiss and hug him."

With the help of rehab, Zion made "tremendous" progress in eight months. Doctors claim they plan to go back at a later date to remove excess skin from the child's arms. Extra skin was used to help give space for Zion's hands to grow. Zion's mother says the time in the hospital helped build a strong bond, although she's thrilled he's able to do things like taking his medication on his own.

After dominating school and sports, Zion wants to help spread awareness about the surgery and speak to other children who are going through a similar situation. "I'm looking at my wheelchair right now and I'm remembering that when I needed it, [it] was always there for me. Now have a right hand and left hand. They can always help me when I fall down. I can get back up. If  any kid is watching this and going through a rough time, never give up on what you're doing. You'll get there eventually."

Let the waterworks subside here.

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Ty Dolla $ign Releases New Album Feat. Nicki Minaj, Roddy Ricch, Kanye West And More

After a three-year album hiatus, Ty Dolla $ign released his latest studio effort, Featuring Ty Dolla $ign, on Friday (Oct. 23).

The 25-track album features appearances from Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi, FKA Twigs, Roddy Ricch, Jhené Aiko, Kehlani, 6lack, Young Thug, Music Soulchild, Skrillex, Quavo, Anderson Paak, Post Malone, Kanye West, and more.

Powered by previously released singles, “Ego Death,” Expensive” and By Yourself,” the new album flexes a different music muscle for the Grammy-nominated recording artists who steered clear of  making club records.

“I was intentionally trying to not make club songs [talking about] hoes and *itches and all the sh*t I used to talk about,” Ty told Vulture in a recent interview. “I was trying to, like, talk about my life, and what it is now, and really do something different with it. I got a daughter going to high school this year, and she’s paying attention, and all her friends are paying attention, so I can’t talk as crazy or do the crazy sh*t that I used to do.”

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Jay Z Launches His Own Cannabis Brand

Jay Z is venturing into the world of cannabis. The  mogul officially announced the launch of his new cannabis brand, Monogram, on Friday (Oct. 23) marking his first product collaboration since becoming chief brand strategists of the Northern California-based dispensary, Caliva, last year.

“Monogram seeks to redefine what cannabis means to consumers today,” the company said in a press release. As many marijuana storefronts have implemented new rules amid the global pandemic, Monogram is also planing to launch an e-commerce sales option, “In an effort to provide a more tailored customer experience.”

Caliva and Hov opened their first Southern California storefront last year. Besides providing quality products, Hov aims to use his position at Caliva to help the formerly incarcerated (many of whom are not reaping the benefits of marijuana legalization) through advocacy, job training, and employee and workforce development.

According to the company website, Monogram uses “expert growers” to ensure that each marijuana flowers receives the “respect it deserves” in every stage of the growth process. Additionally, Monogram flowers are grown in small batches so that every plant gets “personalized attention.”

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Kehlani Plays Bryson Tiller’s Love Interest In “Always Forever” Video

Kehlani stars as Tiller’s love interest in the intimate new music video for “Always Forever,” released on Thursday (Oct. 22).

The stunning visual, directed by Glenn Michael of Toronto’s Kid Studio, is a creative take on how a relationship can become your entire universe. Tyler and Kehlani cuddle up, kiss, and hold hand in the steamy visual, prompting some fans to question the chemistry between the two. They might look pretty cozy, but Kehlani and Tiller are just friends (Tiller welcomed a child with girlfriend Kendra Bailey last year).

 

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🌎🎥💫Thanks Guys. #alwaysforever @kidstudio_ @ichiki @kehlani

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Kehlani shared some close-up stills from the music video on Instagram along with a message thanking Tiller for being a “solid” friend. “To one of my dearest friends…matching tattoos, years worth of stories, nights of dying laughter and holding each other down in the roughest times…I’m so proud of you. Thank you for being solid.”

The post was deleted after fans in the comments continued to speculate if the two were an item. Kehlani shared a follow-up message on her Instagram Story explaining in part, “I post lengthy captions about all my friends. You would have to follow me to know that.”

 

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#Roommates, #Kehlani explains her previous message to #BrysonTiller. (SWIPE for previous post)

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“Always Forever” is the latest single from Tiller’s newly released ANNIVERSARY LP.

Watch the video below.

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