8 Artists To Add To Your Rotation

8 Artists To Add To Your Rotation

If you're looking for new sounds, check this out!
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Music is medicine. It helps mend a broken heart, turn frowns upside down and most importantly creates great vibes. There is literally an artist/genre out there for everyone!

Having a diverse music rotation is a MAJOR key. It can open your eyes to different lifestyles, backgrounds and cultures. Who doesn't want that?

Here's 8 uniquely diverse artists & a song to check out by them to add to your repertoire:

1. Brent Faiyaz/Sonder

The Baltimore singer, Brent Faiyaz is flat out perfect and his distinct, sultry voice can be heard on every track. He is also the lead singer of the trio, Sonder. Sonder is made up of Brent and two producers by the names of Atu and Dpat.

Gang Over Luv x Brent Faiyaz

Too Fast x Sonder

2. Jhené Aiko

Jhene's latest album, Trip, is about taking a psychedelic, healing journey after the death of her brother.

Psilocybin x Jhené Aiko

3. Masego

Masego is what I would call a "one-man band." He sings, produces and can play a number of instruments, however, his signature instrument is his saxophone. He actually gave his sax the name "Sasha" and her own Twitter page!

Sasha the Sax's Twitter

Girls that Dance x Masego

4. Smino

Smino. A true hip-hop artist. He has a quick rapping style and delivers puns and metaphors that are seriously top-notch!

blkswn x Smino

5. Kelela

She's eccentric and sings over wavy beats. What's better than that?

Frontline x Kelela

6. Jorja Smith

She's free-spirited with a calming voice to match. She has kind of an Amy Winehouse aura, but she is definitely one of a kind.

Something in the Way x Jorja Smith

7. Steve Lacy

Steve. Lacy. Listen to him. NOW!!!

Some x Steve Lacy

8. Kali Uchis

The Columbian sweetheart with badass bangers. She's known for her features with Tyler the Creator but she has definitely accumulated quite a few of her own hits.

Ridin Round x Kali Uchis

Cover Image Credit: Maségo / Twitter

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Bella Swan From "The Twilight Saga" Is Deeper In The Books

Bella Swan's character is complex with a darker twist
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To begin, I am a fan of the books and movies and have watched and read them many times. I have never seen a book shared with such intensity, and the first novel came out in 2005. The fervor with which it was read has been unparalleled except for the Harry Potter books. I gave my copy of the Twilight books to some of my friends, and before I knew it every girl was asking if she could borrow them too. Every teenage girl at school was either Team Edward or Team Jacob.

Overall the movies do a good job of bringing the story to life, with a lot of engaging action and dialogue. The cinematography of the films is beautiful with that blue and green filter, and the use of camera angles really pulls you into the action sequences. The supporting characters were fleshed out and I enjoyed their presence even more in the films than I did in the books.

However, in the movie I found Bella’s character to be more of a husk of a character. In the books, she is a fan of classic literature such as Jane Austen and Wuthering Heights, knows how to cook and keeps to herself because she is introverted. She's clumsy to a fault and loathes gym class as she is always dropping things and tripping over herself. She doesn’t pay much attention to her appearance and thinks she isn’t that pretty because she has brown eyes and hair and is pale as porcelain. She doesn’t see how stunning she looks, nor does she understand all of the new attention that is paid to her at her new school. She’s very feminine and curious about other people. Most of her conversations involve her asking questions of others because she likes to steer the conversation away from herself.

She’s a smart student as she was in several AP classes at her old school in Phoenix. She also seems to suffer from mild depression in her mood and thoughts. Once she moves to Forks to live with her dad, she frequently cooks for her him and herself and helps out around the house.

In the movie, she is just kind of there. No interests, no life, nada, with kind of an edgier vibe. Most of the conversations between her and Edward are silenced by a track of alternative rock, and you don’t get to hear their personalities or how they get attached to one another. Instead of Bella’s home cooking, she and her dad go to the local diner. Her intricate and fantastical dreams make up a significant part of the books, however, her dreams only made it into the movies near the end of the series.

Another important change was the glossing over of the sequence in "Twilight" where she gets lost in the city of Port Angeles. It is intensely altered and it shifts the whole tone of the story. In the movie, Bella is harassed by a group of belligerent intoxicated frat boys. In the book, she is stalked by a straight up serial killer, and it’s terrifying. I and many other women have had similar experiences and the book played out an all too familiar scene.

The danger that women live under is trivialized in the movie where the threat level is downgraded from a 10 to a 3. Realistically, in the situation in the movie, she could have just kept walking quickly back to the busy street and would have been fine. In the book, she’s cornered by a serial killer and probably rapist in a back alley far away from anyone who could find her. Edward is only able to find her because, as he is telepathic, can hear the thoughts of the men following her. She would have died and worse if Edward hadn’t found her.

This sequence makes his following her a lot less creepy because he actually saved her life. He can hear the thoughts of people concerning her, and he could tell that she would be in danger because she is attractive and a daydreamer. The sequence in the movie was not a life-threatening situation. The books would have ended near the beginning if Edward had not found her.

Her character is often criticized for just giving up and sitting there doing nothing after Edward leaves in the second book, "New Moon." However, her behavior speaks strongly to her having PTSD after being attacked by the rogue vampires at the end of the first book. Nightmares, social withdrawal, depression and seeking out dangerous situations. Edward's leaving was the final domino. Not only does her boyfriend leave but he removes any evidence of himself or his supernatural family by taking all of the photos away. This was meant to make it easier to forget him, but what it does is it messes with her mind. She starts to doubt her own memory and what she knows to be true. She continues to go to school but avoids everyone except for her friend Jacob.

Her condition deepens when she actively hallucinates that Edward is there. In the book, it is just his voice but in the movies, it includes actually seeing him in front of her. Bella is hardly just "sitting there" after the attack on her life and the Cullen's disappearing. Being heartbroken is a real condition that shouldn't be made light of. At that point in the story, she needed a serious intervention from a professional and even an antidepressant. Her family and friends don't do much to help her, in fact, most avoid her. This is, unfortunately, an all too realistic reaction.

Part of a reason for the popularity of the Twilight Saga is that she is a feminine female character. The only other equivalent character in popular culture in terms of being a shy, smart and sweet girl is Rory Gilmore of "Gilmore Girls." The insane popularity of the books speaks to the demand for female characters that are more realistic and relatable.

Bella's rich interior life was not translated onto fruition on the big screen, which focuses on the exterior elements of the plot. She is smart, feminine and resourceful, while having realistic insecurities and fears, and that is a big part of why the books went viral. However, her introverted personality is silenced in the movie by a lack of details about her interior life, interests or feelings.

Cover Image Credit: Katrina Belle

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23 Hit Songs That'll Immediately Bring You Back To The 90s

Everyone wants to take it back in time with music every once in a while. This one is for the 90s kids!
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The 90s were hands down the best of times. Ask any 90s baby and they will tell you that all things good started in the 90s. Music is by far at the top of that list. Here are 23 hit songs take you back, and sure to put you in a good mood.

1.(1990) "Hold On" by Phillips

2.(1990) "All or Nothing" by O-Town

3.(1991) "Everything I Do" by Bryan Adams

4.(1992) "Jump Around" by House of Pain

5.(1992) "Jump" by Kris Kross

6.(1993) "All For Love" by Bryan Adams

7.(1994) "Only Wanna Be With You" by Hootie & The Blowfish

8.(1994) "I Swear" by All 4 One

9.(1995) "This Is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan

10.(1995) "Tha Crossroads" by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

11.(1996) "Wanna Be" by Spice Girls

12.(1996) "C’mon n’ Ride It (The Train)" by Quad City DJ’s

13.(1997) "I’ll Be" by Edwin McCain

14.(1997) "I Knew I Loved You" by Savage Gardens

15.(1997) "All My Life" by K-Ci & Jojo

16.(1997) "Too Close" by Next

17.(1998) "Whoomp! There It Is" by Tag Team

18.(1998) "I Do (Cherish You)" by 98 Degrees

19.(1998) "Wide Open Spaces" by Dixie Chicks

20.(1998) "I Can Love You Better Than That" by Dixie Chicks

21.(1999) "No Scrubs" by TLC

22.(1999) "All The Small Things" by Blink-182

23.(1999) "Scar Tissue" by Red Hot Chili Peppers

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