The Best of 2018 so far: Drake

I don’t care what anyone says but I will say that this year Drake has been on top with his songs and music videos. His three big songs/music videos has been “God’s Plan,” “Nice for What,” and “I’m Upset.” The first two are downloaded on my phone amd listen to them on a regular basis and I just heard “I’m Upset” and watched the music video today. Each song and video holds something special. I love “God’s Plan” because the song is fire but video ia just heart warming. Drake gives away almost a million dollars to regular peoplw of Miami…cars, stacks of cash, a scholarship, shopping sprees. Drake just outdid himself and then after that video he comes out with “Nice for What” paying homage to successful women and the song isn’t bad either. Then his latest, possibly greatest video if you’re an old school Degrassi fan, the tv show where Drake came to fame. The music video foe “I’m Upset” brings people my age a twinge of nostalgia because it’s all about a REUNION! Yes, Drake decides to bring all of his old castmates back together for a 10 year “high school reunion” which was the premise of the music video. Drake is definitely doing his thing….giving to charity, representing women, and nostalgia. What more can you ask for?

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Women empowerment in music

For years music has always has had a way of highlighting social issues in society. Nothing has changed and nusix remains the same. Of course music evolves but it’s function as a platform for social and political issues remains relevant. So far this year there have been two songs that have spoken to the #metoo movement. Drake’s “Nice for What” and Maroon 5’s song “Girls Like You.” Not only aew these songs appreciating women but they’re straight head bangers. To fully appreciate both of these songs though you really have to view thw music video first. Both videos are full of women who are doing great thins in the entertainment industry and beyond. Both videos incorporate women like Issa Rae, Tracee Ellis Ross, Tiffany Haddish, Ellen Degeneres, Camilla Caballo, Aly Raisman. Interesting thing about Aly Raisman’s (Olympic gold medalist) cameo in Maroon 5’s video is that she’s wearing a shirt that says, “Always Speak Your Truth.” She was standing up for the #metoo movement having spoken up about her sexual assault experience while being a U.S. Olympic gold medalist. Both videos and songs are extremely powerful, ans we honestly just need more music that is empowering. Not just empowering for women but for everybody.

Celebrities deserve a voice too

When celebrities talk about political and social injustice it really bugs me when people on the internet say that these celebrities should just stick to what they do. Why should they? Because they’re celebrities do they bit deserve a voice? Are they also not citizens of this country? Tgey have every righr to speak up about injustices or voice their opinions. Celebrities are still human. In actuality they’re in a better position to express their viewpoints BECAUSE of their platform. Celebrities can use theie platform to bring light to a situation. Most people on the internet don’t make sense anyway.

Starting my own business

Lately I’ve been going through hell at my job, and it’s extremely depressing. I know that the only thing I really enjoy and that I’m passionate about is writing. I’ve always had this notion to help people through my writing, so I really want to get serious with my writing. I’m searching for writing gigs, and I also want to start my own freelance writing business. I know to start my own business I need to do a lot of research and market myself. I would just rather work for myself than deal with the headache of working for other people. I’m determined to rise and be an inspiration.

Maroon 5

Is it unusual that the only member of Maroon 5 that I know is Adam Levine? I don’t even know what the other members look like, but one thing I can say is that I don’t think there’s one Maroon 5 song that I haven’t liked. What amazes ne the most though anout Maroon 5 is that I can instantly tell if it’s their song playing on the radio. They or should I say Adam Levine has such a distinct singing voice that it’s almost instantly noticeable. I think that’s important for the success of an artist. An artist should have distinct tone that sets them apart from the crowd, and I believe Adam Levine accomplishes that.

E-readers vs. The real deal

Ahhh the life long debate…e-readers vs. the real deal (a physical book). What’s your opinion on the subject? Some people prefer e-readers such as Amazon Kindles or the Barnes and Noble Nook. I personally have a Kindle and I love it, but I also love the feel of a physical book. I believe that both the Kindle and a real book has its advantages. With a Kindle you can download tons of books, which you can havr tons of books in your purse without weighing you down but with physical books there’s nothing like that nrw book smell. The feel of the crisp pages when you first buy a book. As for me I’m not sure whether I have a preference. I’ll just say I see the benefits of both ways to read, but as long as you’re reading who cares?

Author spotlight: J.K. Rowling

I just finished watching Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone. It has been quite some time since I last watched the movie or read the novel. I had stopped getting involves with Harry Potter for reasons I would rather not say but before that I was a huge Harry Potter fan and that feeling never really left me. I LOVE Harry Potter, and I think Rowling had such a genius mind to come up with a concept such as the Harry Potter series. It has garnered so much love across the globe from generation to generation. My generation grew up with Harry Potter. I remember the first movie coming out when I was in 5th grade because went on a field trip to see it. However, what I love most about Rowling is that she didn’t put herself in a box. She was always known for Harry Potter but after she finished Deathly Hallows she ventured out and wrote something that had absolutely nothing to do with the Harry Potter universe, which was Casual Vacancy. I’ve never read it myself, but I plan on it in the future and she also has other non-related Harry Potter novels. I just think it’s awesome that she wasn’t subjected to stay in one genre. Casual Vacancy actually had great success. It became the 15th best-selling book of 2012 during its first week of release. Within the first three weeks the book’s total sales topped one million copies in English in all formats across all territories, including the US and the UK. The book also set a Goodreads record for the all-time biggest “started reading” day, later winning the Best Fiction category in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2012. I think this success is due to the fact that everyone was curious to see what Rowling could do outside of The Harry Potter universe. She proved that she wasn’t a one hit wonder, and I respect her for that as a writer. I haven’t read anu of her other books, but I plan on making time for them.