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■ Eminem has un­leashed a pro­fane lyri­cal tirade against Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump — say­ing he “came to stomp” and tak­ing aim at Trump’s Twit­ter habits, pol­icy, ap­pear­ance and sup­port­ers. The rap­per on Tues­day un­veiled The Storm, a 4½-minute freestyle rap video recorded Oct. 6 in a Detroit park­ing garage that aired as part of BET’s Hip Hop Awards. Eminem slammed the Re­pub­li­can pres­i­dent as “a kamikaze who will prob­a­bly cause a nu­clear holo­caust” be­fore crit­i­ciz­ing Trump’s on­go­ing cam­paign against NFL play­ers’ na­tional an­them protests. “But this is his form of dis­trac­tion, plus he gets an enor­mous re­ac­tion when he at­tacks the NFL, so we fo­cus on that in­stead of talk­ing Puerto Rico or gun re­form for Ne­vada. All th­ese hor­ri­ble tragedies and he’s bored and would rather cause a Twit­ter storm with the Pack­ers,” he rapped. He later men­tioned for­mer NFL quar­ter­back Colin Kaeper­nick, who’s cred­ited with start­ing the on­go­ing an­them protests. Kaeper­nick told the rap­per on Twit­ter, “I ap­pre­ci­ate you.” The 44-year-old rap­per closed out his piece with a mes­sage to his fans who sup­port Trump, say­ing, “I’m draw­ing in the sand a line, you’re ei­ther for or against.” The White House didn’t re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment on the video.

■ A new doc­u­men­tary about anx­i­ety ar­gues that ev­ery­one to some ex­tent suf­fers from stress, nerves and so­cial fear. And, to make their point, the film­mak­ers have en­listed as Ex­hibit A the most dec­o­rated Olympian in his­tory. Michael Phelps ap­pears in Angst to share his story of be­ing bul­lied and de­pressed, lead­ing to se­vere anx­i­ety. The swim­mer, win­ner of 28 Olympic medals, would look in the mir­ror and not like what he saw. “Once I opened up about that and things that I had kept in­side of me for so many years, I then found that life was a lot eas­ier. I got to the point where I un­der­stood that it’s OK to not be OK,” he says in the film. Angst, an IndieFlix film de­signed to be screened at schools and com­mu­nity cen­ters, fea­tures can­did in­ter­views with chil­dren and young adults dis­cussing their anx­i­ety, along with ad­vice from men­tal-health ex­perts and re­sources and tools. “I’m grate­ful be­cause my mis­sion with this film is to help make the world a bet­ter place, and I be­lieve he is so ad­di­tive on that level,” said Scilla An­dreen, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and co-founder of IndieFlix. “If we can in­tro­duce preven­tion, self-care and well-be­ing to our chil­dren — even in the pre-K and kin­der­garten years — they can have a com­pletely dif­fer­ent life.”



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