One Last Time

One Last Time

What has become of the world?

“Seven children among 22 people killed.” These are the words that formed a hard lump in my throat as I read about the terrorist attack in Manchester last Monday night.

It’s awful how the words “terrorist” and “terrorism” have become commonplace upon the last few years. But to me, this time was different.

No child should ever experience what so many did at Ariana Grande’s concert last week.

I remember my first concert. Over the last few days, memories from that night that I did not even know I had, have surfaced in my mind.

I was 10 years old and could not contain my excitement to see the cast of my favorite Disney Channel movie, High School Musical, in concert. We booked the tickets months in advance. Our seats could not be higher up in the nosebleed section; we were practically three rows from the last row of seating in the venue. But I didn’t care.There was nothing in the world that could bring me down.

I still remember the energy of excitement lingering in the air, as the crowd found their seats before the show. I remember the smell of popcorn and pretzels circulating the stadium. I even remember the brown dress with pink polka dots I wore, and the high pony-tail I had worked so hard to perfect on my hair.

But there’s really no way to describe the feeling of watching your favorite artists perform onstage. It’s something special, magical even. I remember leaving the Staples Center that night, and feeling on top of the world. The first thing I did when I arrived home after the show, was put on my High School Musical t-shirt souvenir, right before I fell asleep peacefully in my bed.

Seven children who attended that concert in Manchester last week, never got the chance to go home that night. They never got the chance to go to school the next day and brag about the concert to their friends during recess. And for those who were lucky enough to escape, their experience will forever be shadowed by a dark, dark memory.

I wonder how many little girls in the crowd were also there to experience their first concert. I wonder how many of them felt that same spark of magic that I had felt nine years ago.

“One last time, I need to be the one who takes you home.”

These were the words of the last song Ariana sang, before 22 people were murdered at the hands of a terrorist.

It pains me to think about all the people singing along with their hands in the air, unaware that it would be their “one last time.” I cannot bear the thought of all the the proud moms who held their children tightly, seconds before that bomb detonated, “one last time.”

That song reminds me of my junior year in high school. Newly licensed, my friends and I would drive down Sunset Boulevard with the windows rolled down, that song blaring loudly from the stereo. For me, “One last time” will forever evoke happy memories of dancing, singing, and laughter.

It’s tragic that no one who walked out of that concert in Manchester, will ever be able to say the same.

I don’t have the power to fix the painful reality of this tragedy, and I can’t offer words that will make it all better.

All I can do is pray. I will pray for all the lives that were taken from this world that night, and I will pray that no one will ever have to experience such darkness and evil again.

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Lil Yachty's 'Lil Boat 2' May Not Be Enough To Keep Him Afloat

Here's what you need to know about "Lil Boat 2."

On March 9, Lil Yachty dropped his newest album, “Lil Boat 2.” The album consists of 17 songs, most of which were probably better off not being on the album and seriously failed to impress me, despite its early success on iTunes.

In all of the reviews I have ever written, I normally organize it song-by-song, giving feedback to each track. This time, however, I think I can save all of us time on this article by just being completely honest about Lil Yachty’s “Lil Boat 2.”

Most of the songs from 1-10 on the tracklist are NOT worth listening to.

Other than those three, every other song from the top ten songs on the tracklist were absolute garbage.

The beats to the songs weren’t that bad but, overall, it just sounded like Lil Yachty and his features were WAY too high to be in the studio.

Yachty’s flows, bars and rhyme schemes were ALL weak throughout the entire album, and if it weren’t for the final six songs on “Lil Boat 2,” this review would be nothing but bashing Lil Yachty.

From the 12th track on the album, "MICKEY" (ft. Offset, Lil Baby) the album runs through much more smoothly, regardless of how basic those last couple of songs are.

I imagine Lil Yachty’s fanbase consists mostly of teenagers who eat Tide for Internet views and anybody who knows nothing about what a real rapper is.

Seriously. I cannot stress how elementary this album is. If you’re looking for new rap music to listen to, check out Tory Lanez’s album, “MEMORIES DON’T DIE,” or Logic’s “Bobby Tarantino II.”

Both of those albums are so much better than “Lil Boat 2” that they make Yachty look like an amateur — which he is.

Final Score: 5.8/10
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Did Draco Malfoy Ever Get The Clout He Deserved?

Yes, he was literally the worst for a majority of the series. But does this one moment make up for it all?

The new trailer for the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” series just dropped and I have a LOT of feelings. Mainly:

With the release of this new trailer, the only natural thing to do is to binge watch the "Harry Potter" series. Now, if you don’t know about "Harry Potter" series, I’m going to assume that you were born literally minutes ago. For those of you who do know what I’m talking about, let’s chat.

Throughout the series, we see some pretty rotten witches, wizards and muggles. The worst being Bellatrix LeStrange, in my opinion.

*Side note: Voldemort killed meticulously and with his own “reasoning” that supported his actions. Bellatrix killed for sport. No reason was necessary to support her choices. Regardless of who I thought was worse, it doesn’t change the fact that they were both 100% assholes.*

Throughout the movie, and even more so throughout the book, we are able to see slight character arcs for a majority of these lesser-evil villains, such as Petunia Dursley, Narcissa Malloy, Snape, and Draco Malfoy.

After Snape, Draco had one of the biggest character arcs in the series. He saved Harry and, ultimately, through his actions, gave Harry one last chance to defeat Voldemort. How? Well, Pottermore explains it best, but to put it simply, he refused to give Harry, Ron, and Hermione up to Bellatrix and the Snatchers.

This moment is so pivotal and apparent in the books, yet on screen, while it’s still a huge moment, it still gets downplayed. The weight of the moment isn’t truly felt and could be taken as more of a mistake on Malfoy’s part. That moment, if not understood correctly, could change many viewers' opinions about Draco's transformation from elitist, bigot, selfish snob to a (slightly) unknowingly ignorant, scared, defeated teen.

Damnit, J.K. Rowling, you’ve done it again. Even after all these years, somehow I still always seem to find something new.

Now let’s talk about how the new movie will allow the Ministry to apparate onto Hogwarts?!

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