I-Days Showcase

www.tru.ca/internationaldays/

The I-Days (March 11-14 2014) is a yearly even which is performed by students of TRU who come from different parts of the world and the country as well. There were variety of performances and even fashion parade of different attires from all over the world.
One of the students I interviewed said:
“It is such a blessing and a privilege for me to be able to connect with other cultures from all over the world. it makes me feel like I have gone all over the world through their eyes.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDQGOs9C2sw&feature=youtube_gdata

 

No Spoilers

I have not watched the second installment of the movie “The Hunger Games” yet, but I have heard from more than a few people about its greatness and how I have to watch it. The Hunger Games for those who don’t know is about last man standing competition, to the death, executed by children.

Since this being one of the “movies of the year”, I have a few friends already asking me to go watch it with  them. But just like the first of this series, I chose not to listen to any details about the movie or watch any reviews. This idea is relevant to the topic of meaning we talked about in class. For the past couple years I have gone into movies with no prior knowledge about them and therefore no expectations. I love it. I have enjoyed movies more and it has helped me make my own opinions about them.

One of the better movies I have done this for is Inception. Although it was hard to avoid the buzz about the movie since many people were talking about it, I went not knowing a thing. Whether it was drama or thriller, love-story or fantasy, or if there was a lesson to be learned. This way of viewing movies and all artistic forms (music, television, books) give you a sense of open mindedness in a world where you are always told what to think and what you are supposed to take from watching or listening to something.

What do you think about this? Is it a waste of money? Should we as viewers always know what kind of movie we’re watching, how good or bad it is, and what the major plot points are before we watch anything? Or is being uninformed a better way?

Offensive?

Recently Eminem’s new album “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” came out, and there has been some controversy around his use of homophobic slurs throughout the album. One particular song receiving the most flack has been his single “Rap God,” which uses the word “gay” several times in negative terms, stringing together lyrics some people may find offensive. When the song came out, many people were disappointed thinking that Eminem still hasn’t grown up with the times, but is still that ignorant boy. But in Eminem’s defense, he’s known for dissing and has been like that from the beginning of his career. Also, his new album is revisiting his past Marshal Mathers LP that came out in 2000, and he’s taking the form of his alter ego Slim Shady who was sent in Eminem’s words, to piss the world off. Even though many of Eminem’s lyrics in the past and today have been highly homophobic, he claims that he has nothing against the LGBT community and means nothing offensive of his words. Do you guys find these lyrics offensive? Can Eminem really be said to support the LGBT community?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7cQ3b0iqLo

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1717209/eminem-gay-slurs-controversy.jhtml

someday, I wish my name would be found here; What a man can do… you finish the sentence.

Just today, I woke up this morning to read the news, both home and abroad and I bumped into Forbes’ list of richest singers. I know I am the most introvert person I have ever met but I wanna be a triple threat: singer, dancer and actress. I love entertainment so much and to tell you the truth, the only reason I work out in the gym is just because I want to be physically fit enough for my job as an entertainer. so as I was saying, i ran into Forbes’ list of world’s most paid musicians and the richest were women. All those people who consider gender first or under estimate women should take a look at this list. Women topped men and you can imagine Beyonce earned more than Jay Z last year.

culled from Forbes

1. Madonna – $125 million
2. Lady Gaga –  $80 million
3. Bon Jovi – $79 million
4. Toby Keith – $65 million
5. Coldplay – $64 million.
6.  Justin Bieber – $58 million
7. Taylor Swift – $55 million
8. Elton John – $54 million
9. Kenny Chesney – $53 million
9. Beyonce – $53 million (tie)

See the rest after the cut….

11. Sean “Diddy” Combs – $50 million

12. Sir Paul McCartney – $47 million
13. Calvin Harris – $46 million
14. Jennifer Lopez – $45 million
15. Roger Waters – $44 million
16. Muse – $43 million (tie)
16. Rihanna – $43 million (tie)
18. Jay Z – $42 million
18. One Direction – $42 million (tie)
20. Dr. Dre – $40 million
20. Red Hot Chili Peppers ($40 million, tie)
22. Rolling Stones – $39 million (tie)
22. Katy Perry – $39 million (tie)
24. Tim McGraw – $33 million (tie)
25. Pink – $32 million (tie)
25. Tiësto – $32 million (tie)
                              Well, my only wish is to be here, someday.

 

Beauty

So after listening to Summertime Sadness, I decided to check out some other Lana Del Rey songs that I hadn’t before.  As I was creepin’ her, I remembered a song I had heard a while ago from a movie I went to see The Great Gatsby, called “Young and Beautiful.”  This Lana Del Rey song just makes the movie.  The lyrics fit the characters absolutely perfectly, because the song is about a love that is hoped to last a lifetime.  Money and parties are main themes in this book turned movie.  From the extravagant clothes, to the elaborate parties, both these themes add up to one thing, beauty.  The characters are also extremely focused on the way they look and the way they present themselves.  Gatsby holds parties every weekend decorating his mansion from top to bottom, hiring singers and performers; all of this hoping one day his old lover Daisy would come to one of his parties so that they can be reunited.  The chorus of the song sings “will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful?”  The message this is sending out is that as you age, the less attractive you become, which are the exact thoughts of the characters in the movie, hence the emphasis on beauty.  Although this song fits a fictional story, the message it sends is not particularly a good one to the real world.  It is basically teaching younger boys and girls that they can only be attractive while they are young, and it’s not certain if anyone will still be attracted to them once older.  The song continues “will you still love me when I’ve got nothing, but my aching soul?” This is saying that looks come before personality, and that the way a person looks matters a great deal more than what they have to offer.  Although brilliantly written, the song portrays narcissism.  This is not a message that seems fitting for children or teenagers who can be easy influenced. This is another example of how the media is portraying the need to be perfect at all times. Do feelings really change when appearance changes?

I hope she’ll be a fool – that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Te11UaHOHMQ

Summertime Sadness

The summer is many people’s happiest time and that is certainly the case for me.  During the summer I was in Vancouver for almost the whole vacation, visiting family and friends and it was an overall really fun time. Coming back to Kamloops, especially for school, wasn’t exactly the thing I most wanted to do.  During the summer we listened to the radio a lot,  and one song that was constantly playing was Lana Del Ray’s “Summertime Sadness”.  The version they played on the radio however, was a remix much more upbeat and fun version.  This pretty much became one of our summer jams because we’d listen to it so much through good times.

Recently, I decided to actually listen to the full version of Lana’s original song, and it’s much more different than what is playing on the radio.  The song is way slower and more somber, giving off not so much a happy vibe anymore.  The original version actually makes me more nostalgic than the remixed version now.  It’s interesting how fitting both the versions are that during the summer fun times, the remix was playing and now during more sad post-summer times, I’ve been listening to the original.  It’s funny how both the songs give off such different vibes, and how they were discovered at times matching my situation.  Summer always means good times with friends and family and at the end of it, everyone parts ways.  People go back to their real lives, immersing themselves with school and responsibilities.  Since recently it’s hit me that summer is really over, and that the dreaded winter will be coming, I thought I would write about this song because it fits my current situation almost perfectly.  Therefore the song being called “Summertime Sadness,” is the perfect title for this song.  The more I listened to the song I realized that maybe it’s a metaphor for a person/people. “Kiss me hard before you go, summertime sadness. I just wanted you to know that baby, you’re the best” represents people you love parting ways whether it be family, friends, or a boyfriend/girlfriend.

It’s interesting to note that a vast majority of people feel happiest in the summer.  Even medically this has been shown.  In my abnormal psychology class we were talking about a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder or “SAD,” where many people start feeling depressed during the fall when the days become shorter and there’s less sunlight, continuing through to early summer, making winter the time of worsening and summer the time of bettering.  Now I’m not saying that this is nowhere near to what I have or am feeling, but it’s intriguing to know that the love of summer can affect a person so much. Summer is over, but that just leaves more good memories to be made next year. So why do you guys think summer is by most the happiest month?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akhmS1D2Ce4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVjsGKrE6E8

Does My Skin Colour Determine if I’ll sell well like Eminem,Beyonce or Adele?

Have you listened to to J. Cole’s Crooked Smile? anyone?? So, I was listening to this song (which is my favorite rap song of all time) and I heard this line in a verse that goes “If my skin pale/will I then sell like Eminem or Adele”, of course, he is talking about album and music. I didn’t take that line so seriously because I just felt in music, you can say whatever you want. just this week, my I was with my friend and we were talking about top artistes then she mentioned Brandy as her favourite and I told her Brandy’s good she just doesn’t do much, these days, then i also said maybe she should get some marketing concepts from Beyonce. My friend said that’s true but there’s just one thing, Beyonce sells well ‘cos she’s light skinned and I was completely surprised to hear that. I never thought of things that way. she said look at Kelly Rowland, look at Brandy and other dark skinned artistes, they are all good.. so so good but none of ’em sell like Beyonce and what’s common with them? They are all dark skinned. wow!!! That made me to have a quick reflection on J. Cole’s line in Crooked Smile and made me do the puzzle, J. Cole may have meant what he said in his song. Or maybe it’s lack of appreciation or show business fear and anxiety, you are dark skinned, you fear you may not sell well because you are not light and if you are light skinned (like J.Cole), you fear you may not sell well because you are not pale. What do you think about the Music Industry? Does your skin colour determine if you will sell well or not?

Interesting Connection

I was watching some new music video’s recently because I was bored with nothing better to do, and I noticed that music video’s nowadays haven’t really been anything special or out of the ordinary.   Most times it’s just the singer standing and singing, especially rap videos when they’re just standing or sitting there rapping surrounded by fancy cars and women.  But one particular music video, had more of a pop culture movie connection.  There was a new song that came out about a month or two ago by the rapper Drake called “Hold on we’re going home,” and I fell in love with it the first day I heard it.  So naturally, when the music video came out a few days ago, I had to watch it immediately.  The music video was not at all like I imagined, it was much more theatrical.  In fact, the music video is being said to be a Scarface remake because of how over the top it is, and how similar.  It has an old school Miami 1980’s vibe to it and is basically a big rescue mission.  It’s about Drake’s girlfriend getting kidnapped, and his crew going in with weapons trying to rescue her killing everyone in sight to get to her. It’s like the ultimate boy saves girl story.  Interestingly enough, the music video also features Steven Bauer, also known as Manny Ribera in the 1983 Scarface which is just another reason for comparisons with the music video and Scarface.  The Miami setting, the mansion, the club, and the suits worn greatly resemble the old movie.  At the end of the music video once again, Manny from Scarface is killed but by Drake in a shootout this time.  The video is shown to be a Scarface-esque montage of violence and romance.  Another interesting connection this music video has to popular Hollywood is that it’s directed by Bill Pope, cinematographer on “The Matrix” films.  Although this is a music video, it’s made to be more like a short film which is interesting how they can incorporate Scarface into this love song.  It is definitely not your typical music video.  Steven Bauer even said that while shooting the music video, he was taken back to the Scarface shooting days because the scene seemed so similar.  Can you see the similarities between the “Hold on we’re going home” music video and Scarface?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxgqpCdOKak

Steven Bauer interview on the music video:

http://www.vibe.com/article/qa-steven-bauer-talks-working-drake-hold-were-going-home-video-0

 

Micheal Jackosn, Legend and Legendary… undeniable

hi guys!remember this video I showed y’all in class? I think it was really interesting and it’s one of my favorites. Nigerian duo artistes P-Square paid homage to Michael Jackson in the 4th year memorial after his death.. I loved the way they combined his legendary dance steps, from moon walk to thriller and also some creative steps made in honor of M.J. what do you think about the video?