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In 2017, an 18-year-old was introduced to the world through YouTube and social media as a young man capable not only of writing, but wrestling, singing, and potential being a voice for the LGBTQ+ community. Throughout two-and-a-half years, Geick had populated his content throughout social media, talking about his on-and-off relationship with Jackson Krecioch, vlogging with his friends and brother, and addressing silly and sometimes serious topics on his short-lasting podcast Out of Frame. It’s 2020, and Geick’s channel lies empty without updated content and a trail of breadcrumbs that left him leaving the spotlight possibly for good.
Sunday, we celebrated the hardship, failures, and suffering that LGBTQ+ youth and community endure and have endured since the beginning of time. We also celebrated the successes, stories of hope, and love and connection that make this community one of the unique and essential aspects of human history. National Coming Out Day was first observed in 1988 after a massive march for LGBTQ+ rights outside of Washington, D.C., took place a year prior. Thirty-two years later, the month of October has turned into a month that is bigger than getting free candy in a costume. It’s a celebration of love and the lives of the LGBTQ+ community that continues to fight for the right of all humanity — which is equal treatment for all of humanity everywhere. To commemorate this historic event, we look at the top five LGBTQ+ films.
In the mid-70s, France’s music scene was spurring with a new sensation that would forever change the music world. Manu Dibango intermixed a series of instruments that had a “funky” appeal with their hit “Soul Makossa.” This was later picked up by New York’s underground music industry. Roller-skating, disco balls, “Soul Train,” and other iconic American culture-esque features would begin a culture of its own that would span for a decade. However, some artists in the pop industry today may be dipping their toes back into the culture of the 70s.
Going back out into the real world can be scary, with businesses beginning to reopen, and this awkward transition period the world is in. If you find yourself in need of another reality, fall in love with one of the most passionate and well-written authors of our time. I encourage you to dive into one of five novels by the illustrious author, screenwriter, and playwright Cormac McCarthy. McCarthy has captured an enormous fan base while telling gripping tales of horror and mischief around the United States. He is like no other author in his grasp of storytelling, and his work will stand the test of time. Several of McCarthy’s works have been turned into films, and you may recognize some of them. With 10 novels published, McCarthy has written some groundbreaking narratives. Let McCarthy’s dark world take you with these five novels of justice, revenge, and real evil.
The three-member rock band Point North has returned with their third album Brand New Vision. Originally founded in California, the band consists of vocalist Jon Lundin, guitarist Andy Hershey, and drummer Sage Weeber, who play progressive rock. The rock genre has undergone many phases since the 90s with bands like Nirvana and All-American Rejects, and 20-plus years later, mainstream rock has evolved into something more pop-inspired, but with the same emotion that rock provides.
“This digital life was not for them. Not in a mean way, they meant no offense. It’s not you; it’s them, and they needed more. They didn’t know what that ‘more’ was, but they needed it, so they went to find it, and this is that.”
This year has been full of surprises but nothing quite as crazy as the surprise release of Taylor Swift’s latest album Folklore. This is Swift’s eighth album, and it’s a great one for sure. Quarantine has been good to Swift, and she reveals her full potential once again with the follow-up to Lover — which was her greatest album to date. The cover art of Folklore is perfect with its ominous black and white forestry. There is nothing like an unexpected, album drop from one of the greatest female artists of our time, and album eight shows that surprises are worth waiting for. At last, the Swifties have been saved.
Neon Trees’ six-year break has paid off with the band releasing an innovative album full of quirky fun and frenzy that makes their sound unique. 2014’s Pop Psychology was a success, but album four shines with brighter passion. The Neon Trees have always captured that sense of youth and confusion as a young adult, much like Foster the People and The 1975. Many artists with a pop background discuss being young and unsure about life through their tracks, and Neon Trees are no different; however, they are doing better with differentiating themselves. Their new album I Can Feel You Forgetting Me is both a triumph for the quirky band and a blessing in this grim year we’ve all been living through. While Pop Psychology relied on simple pop physics and dance beats, this fourth album gives its listeners a new edge to the band’s sound with a familiar message of love and marauding life as we know it.
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With everything going on in the world right now, it’s natural to feel some nostalgia for simpler times, like the 90s, when you could throw on a bright neon shirt, some baggy jeans, and go out and see all your friends. Luckily, I have compiled a list of the ten best movies from the decade to help you live out your 90s nostalgia during quarantine.
Since their founding in 2003, All Time Low has always done what they do well—rock. The band originally began with seven members, but now has only four: Alex Gaskarth as lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Jack Barakat as lead guitarist, bassist and backing vocalist Zack Merrick, and drummer Rian Dawson. All Time Low has been consistent with their discography by releasing nine albums so far. Their previous album, It’s Still Nothing Personal: A Ten Year Tribute was released in 2019.
In 2009, Justin Bieber released his first album My World, which sold 137,000 copies within the first week. Flash forward 11 years, Bieber is now married to model and TV personality, Hailey Bieber (formerly Hailey Baldwin) and has five studio albums including Changes. His music has gotten better over the years and there is a positive jump from his last album Purpose to Changes. Bieber is different now with both his music and his personal life. Changes is Bieber’s most unique album to date and possibly his best.
After five years, Selena Gomez has returned to the music world with her latest album, Rare. This new album was inspired by several events that helped shape who she is; for instance, her rocky relationship with Justin Bieber and her battle with Lupus. Despite these struggles, she is now finishing out the low chapter in her life. To start 2020 on a high note, Gomez has released her latest album. And what a high note it is.
Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello has dazzled America this year with several song additions and her relationship with singer Shawn Mendes. After receiving her latest award for “Collaboration of the Year,” she has now released her latest album Romance.
Carrie Underwood is well-known in the country music world for relying on faith during pressing times. She has a specific style and way of doing her music. No other female country artist can do what Underwood does. Her latest album, Cry Pretty, never shies away from what she knows. Dealing with hardship and loss is the prime theme in this album. She does a great job at keeping her name around among this new wave of country music. Much of country music today consists of one-night-stands gone wrong, repeating phrases over and over and having rap in the background. It seems as almost country has lost its way and I don’t know what that means for the future of country music. There are few artists who have stuck to their way of writing music. Carrie is one of them. This is one of her strengths and why she is great at what she does.
For those heist movie lovers, this film provides a good twist on a familiar franchise. Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), leads a pack of women to pull off a large heist at the annual Met Gala. This film takes a fresh spin on the original Ocean’s movies that featured George Clooney. Ocean’s Eleven featured all-males and featured Danny’s love interest, played by Julia Roberts, as the only female in the casting. Heist-wise, it’s more complex however not entirely different. Danny attempts to steal cash from a popular casino in Las Vegas that is run by his arch nemesis, Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia). Although the film features a cast made up of women, it doesn’t provide that feel that the original movies had. This movie is still worth the peek and is a good symbol for women in the film industry today.
Charlie Puth returns with his new pop songs on his latest album, Voicenotes. Although this album doesn’t differ compared to his earlier hits, this album still provides what Puth is all about. A man that can hit those sexy high notes while talking about his mystery girl—whoever that might be. Voicenotes perfectly symbolizes an artist who has grown along with his music.
When Tyler New was studying at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), he hoped to finish his education and go into a career he would love. People had been encouraging him to attend and graduate college for years.
Warning: This review may contain spoilers for this episode and previous episodes of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.
Warning: This episode may contain spoilers for this episode and previous episodes of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.