As the refugee/migrant crisis continues to impact Europe and as individuals and families open their hearts and their homes in order to help, Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has lend his voice to a new short film in aid of Save The Children.

Titled ‘Help Is Coming’, the film coincides with the release of a limited edition 7″ and download of Crowded House’s song of the same name. Neil Finn from the band said of the track which was recorded in 1995 and first released in 1999:

“It was always a song about refugees, even if at the time I was thinking about the immigrants setting off on ships from Europe to America, looking for a better life for their families in America. There is such a huge scale and urgency to the current refugee crises that barely a day goes by without some crushing image or news account to confront us. We can’t be silent any more.”

The band together with Capitol Records are to donate all royalties and profits from the sales of the track to Save The Children.

Cumberbatch, currently on stage at the Barbican Theatre in London where he is playing Hamlet, introduces the piece by reciting a few lines from ‘Home’ by the poet Warsan Shire before declaring:

“As people watching this tragedy unfold from the safety of our homes, with our safe children, we want to say that we see you, we hear you and help is coming.”

The idea for the film was spear-headed by writer Caitlin Moran and her broadcast husband Pete Paphides who, like so many others, were horrified, upset and angered by the image of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi’s lifeless body being carried ashore after he, together with his elder brother and their parents, attempted to make the perilous journey to Europe. Aylan, along with his mother and brother drowned when their overcrowded dinghy capsized and the three of them were buried back home in Syria a few days ago.

Explaining what led she and her husband to lead this renewed call to help refugees, Moran said:

“Whilst committees convene and resolutions are published and squabbles break out between this government and that, normal people just become very practical: they roll up their sleeves and say, ‘Right, if I’d just fled my country with my family, what would I need?’ Shelter, food, and clothing, maybe some books for the kids. Let’s get started now. So, Pete and I were just doing what everyone else was doing, really. He’d found the perfect song – Help Is Coming, about refugees on their way to Ellis Island, with ‘Empires crumbling’ behind them, and I just went on Facebook and told everyone what we were doing. And everyone was desperate to help, everyone felt the same way.”

“Help Is Coming” is available to download on itunes now.
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A year after “the Dress” broke the Internet, friends and families are divided yet again, this time over the actual color of an Adidas jacket.

It all started when Tumblr user Nina, a 16-year-old from Southern California who goes by the handle poppunkblogger, turned to her followers to settle a dispute she was having with a friend as to whether a particular item of clothing was black and brown or white and blue

“I hate to make a new blue/black white/gold dress meme but my friend has this jacket and she says it’s white and blue but i see black and brown pls tell me what you see,” she wrote.

Unlike the dress, which divided people firmly into two camps (blue and black against white and gold), the jacket has elicited a wider ranging response. It’s hard to tell just how many people are submitting what they see in good faith, but the responses run the gamut.

After it went viral, her friend commented, “NINA WHAT DID YOU DO[?]” to which she replied “IDK IM SORRY IM SCARED IM SO SCARED IM CRYING.”

So what do you think? Is it white and blue, black and brown or something else entirely?


If you’ve been on the Internet at all over the past few days, you’ve probably wondered who is “Damn Daniel”, and why is everyone talking about his Vans? Fortunately, I’m here to clear the air for you, and try to make sense of a phenomenon that is the “Damn Daniel” meme. Spoiler alert: this has about as much logic as Alex from Target meme in 2014 (except hold onto your chair, because this is even more insane yet fantastically hilarious).

Last Monday, a high schooler named Josh uploaded a video featuring a few different segments of his friend Daniel walking around, on top of which he narrated “Damn, Daniel,” along with a running commentary on his white Vans sneakers. For reasons unbeknownst to really, uh, anyone, the video was retweeted more than 250,000 times, and it’s become nothing short of a phenomenon.

Daniel Lara now has almost 150,000 followers on Twitter, and is understandably stoked at what’s going on. His video has prompted all kinds of things to arise out of the strange corners of the Internet, including a “Damn Daniel Starter Pack” which consists of white Vans, jeans, a t-shirt and a red backpack; dance routines; remixes of the 30-second audio, and all kinds of other shenanigans. Needless to say, the video is officially meme-famous, with people going as far as taking pictures of their white sneakers in bathroom stalls and posting: “Thinkin’ about you, Daniel.”

But who exactly is Daniel Lara? According to his Twitter page, he’s a teen living in Los Angeles, California (who clearly knows how to dress to impress). His username is danlaraa on Instagram, which, despite only having five photos, has already amassed 195,000 followers. In one of his photos, he even shows us what he is wearing on his feet on the rare day that he is not spotted in his white Vans. (PLOT TWIST, you guys: it’s black Vans.) Although he hasn’t said much yet the meme started trending, he has expressed his gratitude to his many thousands of new fans. You can follow him @daniel_laraa

As with most things on the World Wide Web, it’s hard to say whether or not this will be just a passing trend, or if Daniel will be with us for the long-haul. Check out the original video below, and some notable tweets from fellow humans partaking in the method and madness that is this boy named Daniel, who is now the only thing your friends will be talking about for at least another week.