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NFL Protest

Protests against police brutality and racism have already begun this NFL season. Following Colin Kaepernick kneeling for the national anthem last season, Michael Bennett chose to sit on Sunday before the game against the Los Chargers.

In a brave decision, the Seattle Seahawks defensive end remained seated during the National Anthem with a towel draped over his head. This action was a result of the horrific and barbaric far-right violence in Charlottesville over the weekend. Following the game, Bennett described how the recent events spurred him “to use my platform to be able to speak on injustice”. The horrendous nature of the Charlottesville violence has been further exacerbated by Trump’s apparent reluctance and failure to publicly reprimand the protestors.

It is somewhat suspicious that Kaepernick’s actions he has not been signed this season – making the racial divide in the NFL explicitly clear. Other players must follow the lead of Kaepernick and Bennett as an important step in making the world aware of the injustice and racism that people are being forced to face on a daily basis.

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Trump vs Twitter

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There are many thought provoking questions that could be discussed but the most striking one to me currently is how on earth is Donald Trump still on Twitter?! It dawned on me today that in years to come history books will probably refer to Trump’s tweets as a basis for source analysis – hopefully not as an explanation for how World War 3 began…

Various articles, such as this one, have discussed whether or not Trump has violated Twitter’s terms of service. From the UK, Trump’s antics are shocking, scary and becoming increasingly less comical. It’s hard to imagine Theresa May in the same position; the PM is regularly mocked on social media due to outfit choices, behaviour in PMQ’s or scandalous antics involving fields of wheat. In comparison to the US, our leader seems somewhat stable (note: I had to roll my eyes at saying stable after “strong and stable” haunted the British public during GE2017).

It is frightening that Trump’s Twitter madness is not a new phenomenon, the President has been tweeting like a madman for as long as he has been socially relevant. The real madness is that despite his erratic Tweets, he was still elected! Am I the only person that feels as though Trump’s presidency feels like a joke that has gone on for too long?

Perhaps it’s refreshing for a politician to not be censored and to speak honestly… It’s just a shame that Trump’s opinions are ones that I think are best not enacted on or shared with the public.

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One Direction Solo Appreciation

Hearts were broken when the beloved One Direction announced that they were (ironically) going their separate ways. However, judging from what the boys have produced this year it may be possible that splitting up was one of the best things that they could have done for their careers!

Back to You – Louis Tomlinson ft Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals

It seems fitting to start with the newest release so please make way for Louis Tomlinson! I have a feeling this song will be lingering on the radio for a long, long time. Bebe Rexha’s vocals perfectly suit Louis Tomlinson and the pair perfectly execute the bittersweet love song; “I tell myself I’m done with wicked games/ But then I get so numb with all the laughter / That I forget about the pain”. Something a lot of people can relate to! Despite the masochist theme, the song is an awesome summer hit – it’s super catchy with an EDM vibe x with a chilled piano riff. Bravo, Louis. I’m sure get a number 1 hit out of this one.

Strip that Down – Liam Payne

I’ve declared my love for this song in a previous Yelemusic, which you can read here. Nearly two months after being released I’m still not bored of it! This song goes down so well in clubs and bars where everyone embraces their inner stripper (… not literally). Throwing a bit of shade towards the other 1D boys, “y’know I used to be in 1D, now I’m free”, Liam makes no effort to hide the fact that he is ready to become a solo star. A bold song and a far cry from the “What Makes You Beautiful” days – Mr. Payne has definitely been reinvented.

Sign of the Times – Harry Styles

wowowowow – the level of emotion in this song was not something that I expected from Harry Styles. This song absolutely blew me away. It’s incredibly mature and vastly different to One Direction’s hits. I don’t know why but the music video always makes me laugh, so that somewhat ruins the seriousness of the song but I absolutely love listening to it. In addition to this, Harry’s recent part in Dunkirk proves that his celebrity status is going to continue to soar.

Slow Hands – Niall Horan 

Confession: until now I didn’t know Niall was the artist in this song! This gentle song with a therapeutic acoustic set is exactly what I’d expect from the cheekiest member of One Direction. Whist being a little understated in comparison to the other singles released by the boys, I feel as though Niall could have found his niche and may possibly the next best thing to Ed Sheeran. I just want to cuddle with him and eat pizza.

Still Got Time – ZAYN

In comparison to Pillowtalk, this song seems a lot more mainstream – just in time for the summer season! I love the simplicity and repetitive nature of this song. I’ve had many car journeys recently with this song playing and I’ve felt completely carefree! Equally, it’s a good song to keep you relaxed about finding a soulmate. Finally, a song in the charts that doesn’t make me feel as if I’m going to die alone!

 

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Honesty & Politics

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General Election fever is growing and, in all honesty, it’s becoming increasingly childish. Whilst UK politics is anything but dull, I am so fed up with various parties tactics. Following the success of the smear campaign against Ed Miliband following that bacon sandwich photo, it appears that politicians are focussing more on personal insults to their opponents rather than their own party policies.

And another thing – I am hating the politician approach to questions. It would be so refreshing if a politician answered a question directly! As a voter that is aware of the dishonesty of politicians in the past, I would much prefer a potential MP to answer a question with an “I am unsure” rather than spouting a vacuous, evasive and rehearsed speech. Additionally, it would make watching interviews with Diane Abbott a lot less uncomfortable if she admitted defeat instead of mumbling on with guess answers.

As for now, I’m registered to vote and excited to be actively involved in the future of this country. Due to the evasive approach exhibited in various debates on TV, I’m relying largely on my own research into the different parties manifestos to make a decision. With a rise in fake news and incredibly biased opinions I would advise you all to do the same – it’s a big decision to make and an exciting one, cast your vote wisely my friends!