What's Up with All These Fireworks?

New Yorkers have been hearing constant explosions throughout the night. Is it a conspiracy?

If you live in a large metropolitan area like New York City, Black Lives Matter protests likely aren't the only things you hear making noise in the streets.

In the past couple of weeks, as Black Lives Matter supporters march in memory of George Floyd and countless other Black people killed by police, the sounds of fireworks can be heard virtually every weekend. More than just your average Fourth of July shindig, these explosions often trail into the wee hours of the morning.


According to Gothamist, there were 6,385 total "311" complaints about fireworks in New York City from June 1 to June 19—up from 27 during the same time period last year. "This is not the simple firecrackers and little small toy-type rockets, but it was very elaborate," Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams told Gothamist. "That in itself is raising a high level of concern with me... When you see the large displays along Brooklyn and in Manhattan, Upper Manhattan, you're seeing extremely sophisticated type fireworks displays that can be extremely dangerous in the hands of the wrong people."

Anything more powerful than a sparkler is illegal in New York, but that hasn't stopped regular folks from buying the type of fireworks you'd see in a professional display. But who is buying these fireworks, and what are they trying to accomplish? There are some wild theories.

NYPD, FDNY appear to let illegal fireworks show play out, video shows

NYPD, FDNY appear to let illegal fireworks show play out, video shows nypost.com

As author Robert Jones, Jr. pointed out in a lengthy Twitter thread, antics by "bored Black and brown kids" tends to be the general assumption made by most mainstream media. "My neighbors and I believe that this is part of a coordinated attack on Black and Brown communities by government forces; an attack meant to disorient and destabilize the #BlackLivesMatter movement," Jones wrote.

One goal Jones proposed was that white people were the ones setting off the constant fireworks in an attempt to "stoke tensions between Black and Brown peoples." Many have voiced their frustrations online about the sheer volume of the fireworks they hear, and a shared annoyance is growing.

Another motive Jones proposed was that the fireworks are being used as a desensitization method to acclimate citizens to the sounds of the blasts—which often sound like gunshots. "When they start using their real artillery on us we won't know the difference," Jones wrote. "It's meant to sound like a war zone because a war zone is what it's about to become."

Police don't seem too concerned. The New York Post shared a video this week of fireworks being set off behind an NYPD precinct in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. No officers appear to deter them. A similar video in Harlem, Manhattan also shows a flock of police cars—none of which seem to mind the explosions.


Another video shows what appears to be Brooklyn firefighters setting off fireworks:

Video shows FDNY firefighters light off illegal fireworks in Brooklyn

Video shows FDNY firefighters light off illegal fireworks in Brooklyn nypost.com


Today, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he was forming a task force to combat the illegal fireworks. "Illegal fireworks are both dangerous and a public nuisance," he said. "We're cracking down on this activity at the source to ensure the safety of all New Yorkers and the ability of our neighbors to get some sleep."


But if over 6,000 complaints have been made about fireworks to seemingly no avail, it seems a task force won't merit much of an improvement.

Many seem to agree with the theory that inconspicuous government officials have been offering fireworks to Black children, newly on summer vacation and hungry for ways to ease their quarantine boredom. As with many issues going on in America, these constant fireworks will probably be just another way for the government to further discriminate against marginalized groups.

At least we can always rely on memes to spread the good word.

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Try beers from all over the world–from your phone.

With breweries and distilleries out of business for the foreseeable future, your favorite beer may feel particularly out of reach this time of year, especially with the weather changing. But don't let quarantine suck all the fun out of summer. Luckily, thanks to technology, a lot of craft beer is now deliverable straight to your door step. Here are a few of the best apps to help make sure you stay up to date on the latest trendy brews.

Tavour

Tavour

Simplistic and elegant, Tavour allows users to easily fill up a box of beer over a period of time before shipping. The app offers more than 650 different breweries both local and national and is perfect for those who like to experiment. It's easy to use, and their menu rotates regularly so you and your beer never grow stale.

TapRM

TapRM

TapRM offers a wide range of both craft beers and hard seltzers. While based almost exclusively in New York City, the app offers fast, same day delivery from some of the best beer brands in the world. They also provide a unique selection of beers to help you find your new favorite. All you need to do is download the app and place your order!

Drizly

Offering a stark variety of craft beer, Drizly allows its users to mix and match 12-packs, sixers or by the bottle. Their guarantee is that they can have whatever you order delivered to your house in less than an hour. You can even schedule your delivery for a specific time, with each delivery taking around 20-40 minutes.

Saucey

Saucey takes delivery very seriously. When you order with them they guarantee that they'll deliver in 30-minutes or less, or they guarantee two day shipping. Also, beer aside, their entire liquor cabinet is also up for grabs. From tequila and whiksey, to vodka and wine, nothing is off the table for Saucey.

Beer Menus

BeerMenus

For those who enjoy strictly local beers, BeerMenus features a tap list from local bars and a broader stock list from your neighborhood beer store. With that, you can make sure to create a list of your favorite beers in your neighborhood, so that when they're in stock you can be ready to go.

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When my social life suddenly dried up one weekend, I spent it with myself, and that meant I finally had more time to play with my hair.

I usually just throw it up in a ponytail, but I was French braiding, blow-drying, and having so much fun with it. It also meant I got to really study my strands, and I noticed they seemed drier and less shiny than they used to.

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Week One

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The Rest: I also got the custom hair serum for styling, the weekly hair mask, and the leave-in conditioner.

When everything arrived, the colors were prettier in person, and everything smelled amazing. They at least looked high quality! I was excited to see if they would really help my hair.

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Week Two

I figured I'd forget to use some of my products some days, but everything smelled so good, I was really looking forward to my self-care hair routine!

The S & C: So, because I chose the strong scent for my shampoo and conditioner, every time I shower, I get to smell the rosiness in my hair for hours! That's a really nice touch.

The Serum: I'm using the hair serum now before I blow-dry my hair, and it definitely makes a difference - I notice my hair gets more volume without looking so dry and looks much glossier.

The Mask: The weekly hair mask was super goopy in a good way - it'll definitely last a while, even with medium-long hair. I don't know if I noticed a difference afterward, though.

The Leave-In: The leave-in conditioner isn't greasy at all, which is fantastic, and sooo much better than the last one I used, that would also leave me looking a lil' greazy.

Week Three

I was doing the mask when video chatting my friend in a different state, and she thought I was dying my hair blue. Since my hair is looking healthier, it gave me the idea that maybe I could dye it lighter soon, and not turn it into a pile of straw.

Oh, my Function of Beauty package also came with stickers, so I spent a night putting them on all the bottles.

Week Four

Ok, my hair definitely looks healthier.

This guy I was talking to on a dating app asked to FaceTime me the other day, and I was super nervous - what if we had no chemistry? Or literally, anything to talk about?

I did a fun blowout just to calm my nerves, but we ended up having a weirdly huge amount of things in common, like breaking the same 2 bones - so weird!! We're making plans to meet up sometime in the future.

After four weeks of taking care of my hair with Function of Beauty products, I can't imagine using anything else - even if my hair changes (like, if I do dye it blonde), I can easily change my formula for special purple shampoo or change my hair goals, to keep it healthy.

I really like all the products and their scents, and it's so convenient getting everything shipped to my door every 3 months (you can also choose every month, every six months, or a one-time purchase).

Since the packaging is so cute, I'm probably going to gift this to my best friend for her birthday! We can do hair masks together online, while she walks me through my upcoming date. 😂

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Do Function Of Beauty's Products Really Work?

I tried their natural shampoo & conditioner for a month

When my social life suddenly dried up one weekend, I spent it with myself, and that meant I finally had more time to play with my hair.

I usually just throw it up in a ponytail, but I was French braiding, blow-drying, and having so much fun with it. It also meant I got to really study my strands, and I noticed they seemed drier and less shiny than they used to.

My cousin is a hairstylist, so I asked for her honest rec's, and she told me a lot of her clients have switched to the customized Function of Beauty haircare line, especially since it gets delivered to your door.

The packaging looked beautiful, and they had everything I needed to repair my hair. I decided to sign up and document my process to see if their stuff actually made a difference. Here's how my first month went:

Week One

The Quiz: Function of Beauty starts with a quiz. They ask for information on your hair type and your top 5 hair goals, so they can customize. For example, I wanted to cut down on frizz, so my shampoo and conditioner contained tamarind extract + argan oil.

The Basics: For scent, I chose the limited edition "strike a (r)ose" fragrance in strong, and for color, I went with a pink shade for both, but you can mix and match if you like.

The Rest: I also got the custom hair serum for styling, the weekly hair mask, and the leave-in conditioner.

When everything arrived, the colors were prettier in person, and everything smelled amazing. They at least looked high quality! I was excited to see if they would really help my hair.

Pink Function Of Beauty Shampoo Bottle

Week Two

I figured I'd forget to use some of my products some days, but everything smelled so good, I was really looking forward to my self-care hair routine!

The S & C: So, because I chose the strong scent for my shampoo and conditioner, every time I shower, I get to smell the rosiness in my hair for hours! That's a really nice touch.

The Serum: I'm using the hair serum now before I blow-dry my hair, and it definitely makes a difference - I notice my hair gets more volume without looking so dry and looks much glossier.

The Mask: The weekly hair mask was super goopy in a good way - it'll definitely last a while, even with medium-long hair. I don't know if I noticed a difference afterward, though.

The Leave-In: The leave-in conditioner isn't greasy at all, which is fantastic, and sooo much better than the last one I used, that would also leave me looking a lil' greazy.

Week Three

I was doing the mask when video chatting my friend in a different state, and she thought I was dying my hair blue. Since my hair is looking healthier, it gave me the idea that maybe I could dye it lighter soon, and not turn it into a pile of straw.

Oh, my Function of Beauty package also came with stickers, so I spent a night putting them on all the bottles.

Week Four

Ok, my hair definitely looks healthier.

This guy I was talking to on a dating app asked to FaceTime me the other day, and I was super nervous - what if we had no chemistry? Or literally, anything to talk about?

I did a fun blowout just to calm my nerves, but we ended up having a weirdly huge amount of things in common, like breaking the same 2 bones - so weird!! We're making plans to meet up sometime in the future.

After four weeks of taking care of my hair with Function of Beauty products, I can't imagine using anything else - even if my hair changes (like, if I do dye it blonde), I can easily change my formula for special purple shampoo or change my hair goals, to keep it healthy.

I really like all the products and their scents, and it's so convenient getting everything shipped to my door every 3 months (you can also choose every month, every six months, or a one-time purchase).

Since the packaging is so cute, I'm probably going to gift this to my best friend for her birthday! We can do hair masks together online, while she walks me through my upcoming date. 😂

UPDATE: Function of Beauty is offering our readers a special offer! Get $20 off your first order above $60! Follow this link and start the hair profile quiz!