A Thank You Letter To Star Wars, The Franchise I Grew Up With

A Thank You Letter To Star Wars, The Franchise I Grew Up With

From one nerd to the next.
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As "The Last Jedi" came out earlier this month, no spoilers I swear, I decided to write a love letter, as well as an appreciation letter, to the series I grew up with. A series that helped me bound with my family and friends all through life, a series that I can contribute my love of films to. As well as a large reason I wanted to become a filmmaker myself.

Dear Star Wars,

Before I thank the universe and all who inhabit it I first need to thank the creator, George Lucas. A man who insisted on creating something he was proud of, going against all who told him he couldn't. George Lucas, like many artists, had his ideas shot down, his sci-fi world was approached with disgust and hate.

The studio refused to believe Lucas's creation was going to be a success. After the set was destroyed a week into filming Lucas had to use any and all props he could find from other movies to create the low budget film, "A New Hope." He created his own VFX Studio in order to create the flash of a lightsaber and the flash of light that destroys the death star.

Thank you, George, for fighting the studio, your crew, your actors, and all who doubted, "A New Hope" and the world you created.

Thank you for being the prime example of the artist's struggle for proving all who doubted you wrong and showing every young artist and fan to never give up.

To the beloved characters I grew up with and once imagined naming my pretend children after, thank you, for being fierce fighters and lovable heroes.

Han Solo taught me how to be the lovable sarcastic person I am today, his sass and blunt remarks have fueled my humor.

Laia's love and fierce attitude is a characteristic I've fought to have forever. To be as strong as Laia is something I'm still working on, but she was always a fierce fighter and role model for me.

Luke, for being thrust into something he couldn't understand and just dove head first to fight for what he believed was right. To fight for needed justice and brought the Jedi's back to the Star Wars world.

Lastly to the person who was always overlooked, to the character who fought for his love. Although in the end Anakin Skywalker turned to the Darkside and became a cold-blooded killer, Darth Vader, he did all he could because of his love for Padame. It, in turn, broke everything for him and his love ultimately was his biggest downfall, but even once he turned to the Darkside he still had a shiver of love in his heart.

Like every tragic artist, Darth Vader is a symbol of change and hope, plus he's been through some rough shit and was still a badass who was loved by all, even when he killed all those baby padawans.

My love for Star Wars was always strong and for many years I found judgment for my sheer nerd love for the series. Star Wars was a way to connect with my grandfather and then how I connected with my step-dad. It's helped me have intellectual conversations through college thus far and I'm so glad that something that was created at the time my mother was a child is now continuing to be created as my younger siblings are in their first decade of life.

Star Wars will forever be a part of my life and my families and I thank this universe and George Lucas for such an amazing set of films to pass on for generations.

Cover Image Credit: @star.wars.art on Instagram

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Lil Dicky's 'Earth' Is The Most Influential Song Of 2019, Change My Mind

And the music video may be even better.

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Lil Dicky is a known musician know for his songs 'Pillow Talking' and 'Freaky Friday' featuring Chris Brown. The songs are fun silly and are very catchy. Last week, Lil Dicky released a new song titled 'Earth' featuring about 30 plus artists including Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Brendon Urie, Zac Brown Band, and many others. This song is just as enjoyable as his other songs; however, this one carries an extremely important message.

In this song, Dicky brings awareness to the condition of the Earth along with the idea of world unity. Through the inclusion of several animal species, he shows how the earth doesn't just belong to us as human, but to the animals as well. Oftentimes, the human race can be extremely selfish and forget that we do share the planet with other species who are just as important as us.

In one of his last verses, Dicky mentions the way we are harming the earth through pollution and fighting wars. This part of the song becomes more serious to emphasize the importance of this topic. In the music video, the colorful visuals turn dark and gray which can bring to attending the dying planet.

In his effort to save the earth, Dicky calls for unity among all countries and continents. Saying how all past issues are in the past and we all need to come together since we live on the same planet. With all the political issues happening on a global scale, the earth and its health are often pushed to the end of the priority list. By adding this part to the song, Dicky brings awareness of that topic back to the top.

'Earth' by Lil Dicky is the most important song of 2019. Through his creative artistry and inclusion of over 30 artists, people will notice the message of this song and hopefully begin to make changes that will impact the earth in positive ways. If you haven't watched the music video or listened to the song please do.

Earth is the only planet we have; thus, we need to show how much we love it by actually taking action to care for it.

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A Beginner's Guide to Milwaukee Sports

Part I: The Bucks

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Being a college student in Milwaukee has its perks, especially for sports fans. Now, while some may have brought their hometown teams to college, others (myself included) may have warmed up to the Cream City teams without knowing much about them. If this is the case for you, then these pointers can help you start enjoying Milwaukee basketball without looking and sounding like a bandwagon fan.

Quick History

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Here are some facts about the Bucks that can make you feel more knowledgeable about the franchise:

- They have only won one championship (back in 1971) and have lost one NBA Finals series (1974) (Land of Basketball)

- They have only had one* MVP-caliber player in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (#33) during the 1971, 1972, and 1974 seasons (Land of Basketball)

- Other Notable Players Include: Oscar Robertson (#1), Sidney Moncrief (#4), Jon McGlocklin (#14) and Ray Allen (#34) (Land of Basketball)

*Giannis Antetokounmpo may win the MVP award this year

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Gear Up

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This one is a bit of a no-brainer. Wearing team's colors or spirit wear is a must, especially if you're going to a game. Most items like hats and t-shirts are perfectly acceptable, and these are great if you're not trying to break the bank. Buying your gear from a sporting goods store will usually be cheaper than buying them from the team store (the main one of which is located in Fiserv Forum). Most online stores like NBA.com, Fanatics, Fansedge, and sometimes even the team's online store will have sales on sports gear, so getting a good deal on team wear is always a plus!

A Word of Caution: Jerseys

All three of these players are not part of the 2018-2019 roster and #77 and #3 have been reused by current players Ersan Ilyasova (#77) and George Hill (#3)

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If you're willing to go the extra mile, buying a jersey can really get you into locked in and pumped for the live action. However, it should be kept in mind that official Nike NBA jerseys range from $110-$250, so they definitely are an investment. While there are other options available like the FastBreak jerseys by Fanatics, they are a simpler (still official) knockoff of the Nike jerseys. Also; beware buying sale jerseys. There are usually three reasons why jerseys are ever on sale (aside from a storewide sale): a player is injured, a player doesn't play much and is about to be traded, or a player has been traded. While there is nothing wrong with having the jersey of a player who went on to another team (like Kareem and Allen), you are not exactly going to get brownie points for wearing a Jabari Parker or a Thon Maker jersey anytime soon.

Know The Current Squad

Fiserv Forum, Home of the Milwaukee Bucks

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Everyone in Milwaukee has heard of Giannis Antetokounmpo, but who else is part of the supporting cast?

Starting Five for the 2018-2019 Milwaukee Bucks (Basketball Reference):

- #6 Eric Bledsoe at Point Guard

- #13 Malcolm "The President" Brogdon at Shooting Guard

- #22 Khris "Money" Middleton at Small Forward

- #34 Giannis "The Greek Freak" Antetokounmpo at Power Forward

- #11 Brook "Splash Mountain" Lopez at Center

Student Perk

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Using your university email, you can get special discount ticket offers for home games by signing up for the Bucks' Student Rush Program. Tickets usually start at $15 per ticket, and the seats available may depend on who the Bucks are playing (and how well they are doing during the season).

Get Involved and Have Fun!

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Don't be afraid to get into it! The Bucks are an amazing team to watch and they love Bucks Nation. In addition to cheering at games, going to team events and player appearances can be great ways to make memories and even get an autograph or two!

Are You a Bucks Fan Now?🦌

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I think Giannis would agree!

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