In American Idol’s 20th season premiere this Sunday, singer-songwriter Taylor Fagins blows judges away with his original song honoring Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. The season’s judges, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, watched silently as 26-year-old Taylor performed “We Need More.” Richie is the first to speak after Taylor’s performance asking, “How do you feel?” “I’m shaking,” Fagins replies. Richie agrees, “Me, too.”
Month: February 2022
Last week, Republican Senator Rick Scott announced his “11-point plan to rescue America,” a 31-page agenda of economic and political actions which includes conservative projects like the elimination of the Education Department, building former President Donald Trump’s border wall, and declaring that there are only two genders. We have read it and it’s as scary as it sounds. The first point of this plan is on education where they would stop teaching children revisionist history and to close the federal Department of Education. Jumping onto point four is immigration.
“With heavy hearts, in light of current events we feel it necessary to cancel our upcoming show in Moscow at Spartak Stadium.” Green Day, an American alternative rock band, cancels their upcoming stadium concert in Moscow, Russia, after the recent attacks on Ukraine. The band was scheduled to perform on May 29th during their Hella Mega Tour in UK and Europe, featuring Fall Out Boy and Weezer, but they announced the cancellation on their Instagram story Sunday evening saying, “We are aware that this moment is not about stadium rock shows, it’s much bigger than that.”
The Screen Actors Guild Awards is one of the biggest Hollywood celebrations since 1995. In this event, 2,100 random members of the union vote for the winners in two different committees: one for film and one for television. The awards are considered an indicator of success at the Academy Awards in acting categories. Being one of the very few awards ceremonies where both film and television performances are recognized on the same night, celebrities walk the silver carpet dressed up to the nines.
Sitting at your desk for many hours a day can have a lot of negative consequences on your overall health. This can be counteracted with short stretching breaks every one or two hours, maintaining a balanced diet, and doing a good workout session before or after your working hours; however, most of these measures don’t target eye health specifically. If you spend many of your waking hours sitting, it’s highly probable that you do it while staring at a screen.
An Australian middle-distance runner and state governor, John Landy made a legendary dash by running the mile in less than four minutes. He may be fast, but he sure does take time to enjoy the beauty that life has to offer. On February 24th, 2022, Landy passed away in Castlemaine, Australia, where he had Parkinson’s disease for a very long time. Running a mile in less than four minutes seemed impossible for humans, even for the fastest runner, but Landy’s performance and perseverance showed that nothing truly is impossible.
Stomp. Boom. Crr. The Kyiv train station is flooded with people trying to make the move to Lviv. The missiles made a dent in some buildings. At the train station, a haunting picture instills cold reminders of World War II as families right then and there are split for the war effort. Then, there are women and men in Ukraine who are staying behind to fight for their country.
From Rhode Island, 11,000 pairs of dance shoes twirled their way to Queens. Materials for the Arts is a large warehouse in New York City that partnered with the Joyce Theater and Karen Brooks Hopkins to give away shoes to dancers. The shoes were estimated to have cost $600,000.00. Ocean State Job Lot donated a lot of dance shoes that range from toddlers to adults. These shoes would be provided to dancers in New York City’s theaters and organizations so they can get these with no extra cost.
Also called “fairy hair,” these fun glitter extensions are all over TikTok. There are a variety of colors to choose from, including black, silver, pink, rose gold, gold, blue, purple, and multicolored. Celebrities like Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Beyonce, and Heize have all taken a turn at this vibrant hairstyle. Easy to apply and easy to maintain tinsel can be incorporated into all hairstyles, straight hair or curls braids, and plaits for sparkly looks.
It’s been two weeks since the NCAA announced their new guidelines for “Athlete Inclusion, Competitive Equity, and Eligibility Policy,” which cleared the way for the University of Pennsylvania’s Lia Thomas to compete at nationals. Since then, many swimmers have taken their state in favor or against them. Nancy Hogshead-Makar, former U.S. Olympian who now fronts the Champion Women organization for promoting equality and accountability in sports, said that such discussion centered around the inclusivity of trans athletes into female sports, but forgets to take into account the negative impact it can have on biologically-born women.
American jurist and federal judge for the District of Columbia, Ketanji Brown Jackson has just been nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States by President Biden. In doing so, Biden will be appointing the first Black Woman on the Supreme Court. Jackson served as a United United States District Judge from 2013 to 2021. During her time on the District Court, jurist Jackson expressed multiple decisions against positions of the Trump administration.
I was listenin’ to the ocean. I saw a face in the sand. But when I picked it up. Then it vanished away from my hands, down. These are the lyrics to Norwegian singer AURORA’s “Runaway.” This is one of Billie Eilish’s inspirations when she creates her songs.