Where Is The Love?

Where Is The Love?

Lately I've also been wondering where the love is...

Black Eyed Peas just recently released a remake of their griping song “Where is the Love?” Where the message is both inspiring and has an impact to countries around the world. The purpose of the remake comes in light of the recent issues and events from Black Lives Matter to the attacks in Paris.

This song has always had a powerful meaning, but now it seems that it couldn’t come at a better time since we have seen so much hate this past year.

Pictured Above: The Group's Symbol for the remake of "Where is the Love?"

The main difference between the original 2003 version and the remake is that there is a lot more involvement and support from both familiar and unfamiliar faces. Some of the familiar include Mary J. Blige, P. Diddy, Usher, DJ Khaled, Justin Timberlake and more.

The group has made sure to make the unfamiliar faces familiar and show that they are just as important to the message as the familiar faces. The features include: Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown, Valerie Castile, the mother of Philando Castile who was killed by police, and Sandra Sterling, whose nephew Alton Sterling was also killed by law enforcement.

So why did the Black Eyed Peas decide that this song needed a revamping? The reason is simple - the world needed a reality check and a little togetherness. Lately, I've been feeling like the world I've been living in has been so full of hatred and disgust towards other people and I've been questioning why this has been happening.

Maybe the world has always been like this and now we're finally starting to see it for what it really is. It's possible that certain figures have triggered tragic events to occur. Whatever the reason may be, it needs to stop. As I'm writing this article, I keep hearing commercials of election sound bytes in the background and they're all filled with so much hate. It seems that wherever I turn, I can't seem to escape it. The Black Eyed Peas must have felt the same way and decided that it was time to speak out again through their music.

Pictured Above: The Black Eyed Peas in their video remake of "Where is the Love?"

Seeing this 2003 hit being remade in the midst of all of this tragedy gives me hope that there are still some of us who can still see the good in people and imagine a world where love can overpower the hate. This song gives me the hope that it will reach people from every corner of the world again like it did in 2003 and the result of that will a better world.

If we can come together and accept one another for who we are, where we come from, and what we represent, then maybe the world can still be fixed and we can get back to a place where we celebrate our advances rather than wondering why we have to live in fear.

This song may not stop the fury, but it's a start to help us realize the kind of world we're living in and it'll make us question if this is the kind of world we want to continue living in. Next time you hear of another tragic event or you even catch yourself judging someone because of their skin or their background, just ask yourself where is the love?

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Why I Listen to Depressing Music Even Though I'm Depressed

Music that's powerful, music that speaks to me, music that means something.

It took me a long time to find my preferred genre of music. In middle school, I remember listening to pop songs that I often heard on the radio. I could (and still can) rap the entirety of Super Bass by Nicki Minaj and I dreamt about my crush professing his love to me by serenading me with Stereo Hearts by Gym Class Heroes. 

By my freshman year of high school, those songs were no longer cool, so I went along with the crowd and started listening to the next most popular type of music: trap music. In my experience, these artists talked solely about fucking bitches and smoking ganja, even though, at that point in my life, I had no intent of having intercourse or "doing" the marijuana (boy was I naive). Though I listened to these genres to appease everyone else, I never felt completed like so many people claimed to feel when they listened to music. I did not have a passion for any bands or artists and I did not feel any sort of deep connection while I was listening.

It wasn’t until my sophomore year that I decided to explore certain genres that I hadn’t yet explored. The first bands I really grew to love were the Arctic Monkeys, Cage the Elephant, and The Kooks. Their music not only sounded great, but the lyrics actually meant something. They spoke about relationships, internal struggles, mental issues, and societal problems. Their lyrics resonated with me, and, surprisingly, the most depressing of their material resonated the most.

I have suffered from depression for as long as I can remember, though I was not diagnosed until a little over a year ago. I’ve been on meds and have learned coping techniques, but the most counterintuitive of those techniques is listening to these depressing songs.

One of the hardest struggles I have with depression is not being able to tell people how I am feeling, not because I don’t want to, but because I don’t have the words. I find that listening to others put into words the exact emotions that I have not been able to convey myself is quite reassuring.  These songs help me better understand my own emotions and give me an idea of how to turn those emotions into spoken language. 

When Alex Turner says “you can shriek until you’re hollow or whisper it the other way” or when AJJ says "everything is real, but it's also just as fake” I feel as if someone has entered my thoughts and put into lyrics the fears and feelings I struggle with on a daily basis. These songs make me feel as if there is a whole community of people out there who experience the same, seemingly-lonely experiences that I do. I feel more connected to the world when I listen to this type of music. I feel understood.

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Two Inspiring Movies Everyone Should See

Movies that take you on an emotional roller coaster.

I have always loved watching movies, especially ones with inspiring and emotional storylines. I get very invested and intrigued (maybe a little too much), but I love having that whirlwind of emotions throughout the entire movie.

Recently, I got the opportunity to see two amazing movies that I think are very important and had a huge effect on me. The films were “Lady Bird” and “Call Me by Your Name”. Both of these films came out in 2017 so they are fairly new. They are making a huge impact and receiving a lot of deserved recognition.

“Lady Bird” has such a special storyline. It follows the relationship between a mother and daughter in such a realistic way. As many girls know, a relationship with a mother is not always an easy one and the film really captures that frustration.

It follows the life of a young girl that is about to leave to go to college. So many things change for girls during this time and there are so many emotional challenges and obstacles. I absolutely love how this film displays this situation and many relationships in a very graphic and honest way. I think it is so important for young girls to watch this film and channel all those feelings. It is incredibly relatable and it reminds girls to be courageous.

“Call Me by Your Name” is seriously one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. It is a love story, which we have seen is countless movies, but this film displays a relationship in such a unique and beautiful way.

The best thing about this movie is that it is awkward at some points and maybe even a little uncomfortable. I admire this because love and relationships aren’t always magical and perfect. It expresses a type of love that is so unapologetic and pure. I could watch it over and over and still have the same inspiring feeling at the end. If you are a fan of emotional love stories or small independent films watch this movie. You will not regret it.

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