It’s Famous Friday!

Lewis Capaldi

Lewis Capaldi

It’s Famous Friday. This week’s focus is on musical artist Lewis Capaldi. Lewis Marc Capaldi was born in Glasgow, Scotland on October 7th, 1996. Capaldi is of Scottish, Italian, and British descent. His mother Carol, is a nurse while his father Mark, is a fishmonger. Growing up as the youngest of four siblings, Capaldi began learning to play the guitar and drums at the age of two. His singing career began seven years later when he started singing in restaurants and pubs near his home in Bathgate, which is where he lives today.

As many young artists do, Lewis began uploading his music onto SoundCloud when he was a teenager. SoundCloud is an online music platform and is recognized as the, “largest community of artists, bands, podcaster, and creators of music.” After recording a video of himself singing, Capaldi was discovered by manager Ryan Walter. Shortly after, in March of 2017, Capaldi released his first song, “Bruises.” His career took off from there, with the song acquiring over 28 million plays on Spotify alone, making him the fastest unsigned artist to reach 25 million plays in Spotify history. Not long after, Capaldi signed with Universal Music Group and his music is now distributed by Virgin EMI Records as well as Capitol Records.

Capaldi’s fame has since continued to grow. By 2018 he was named Vevo’s “Artist to Watch.” In the same year, he also joined renowned singer-songwriter Sam Smith on his, “The Thrill of It All” tour. Capaldi then proceeded to release two albums, titled “Breach” and “Divinely Uninspired To a Hellish Extent,” for which he received massive recognition. Capaldi’s track, “Someone You Loved” made him BBC Teens Award’s “Best British Singer” in 2019. Most recently, the same song landed him a Grammy nomination for “Song of the Year.”

Matheson Bossick

Project Race Teens Vice President



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Blacks and Cardiac Death


A very interesting article appeared recently in The New York Times called “Blacks are Twice as Likely as Whites to Experience Sudden Cardiac Death.” The study is seen as extremely well-researched and appeared in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The researchers controlled for a wide-variety of factors, including education, physical activity, diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, income, and more. But even after accounting for the differences, they found that the risk for sudden cardiac death was still 97 percent higher in blacks than in whites.

Although the multiracial population was not specifically studied, we at Project RACE completely agree that more medical research needs to be done. This subject has been in disagreement in the community with some people’s knee-jerk, head-in-the-sand reaction that medicine should not look at racial differences. The fact is that there are differences that show up in bone marrow, Tay-Sachs disease, sickle cell anemia, etc. However, those facts are of no concern to them. We are not saying, and it should not be misinterpreted as our saying, that there are physical variations that cause medical problems. We are saying that it needs to be studied further, which is what the study leaders are pointing out. –Susan Graham for Project RACE



Multiethnic Beauty Consumers on the Rise

As the ethnic makeup of the U.S. consumer continues to become more multiracial, cosmetics companies are looking to address a more nuanced audience. This past year, brands like Dior, L’Oréal Paris and Burberry Beauty have expanded their shade offerings to meet increasing demand for a spectrum of skin tones. In addition, retailers like Target Corp. have risen to the challenge, stocking their shelves with ethnically oriented indie brands once relegated to the salon channel.