By Danielle Gorman
The newest season of The Bachelorette started a few weeks ago and this season is looking like it won’t disappoint in the drama department (I expect nothing less from the producers who prod the contestants into fights, and the editors who make you think people hate each other when they’ve actually never spoken to one another). JoJo, The Bachelorette, is already up against some freakishly huge hunks of men in this testosterone-filled season of love.
But that’s where the problems begin—love. The show claims to help people fall in love, but I disagree. For every successful Bachelor/Bachelorette story you can find seven broken engagements, 4 lawsuits, and 3 public apologies for disorderly behavior. The show genuinely brings out the worst in people; it’s like a drug being pumped into the air that makes totally rational people become drama-crazy, violent jerks who want to back-stab everyone and their mother for a chance at a one-on-one date.
Confusing Lust and Love
It happens every season—they instantly click on the first night, and it’s like fire every time they’re together. If it doesn’t fizzle out during the duration of the show, and they make it to the end, we often find that they’ve burned out the relationship in the 3 months following filming, or a year later it pops up on the news: “Bachelorette breaks up with hunk from season 10.”
Why does this happen? You spend 3 months with someone and think you’re in love, but are you? How can you know what love is until you do the little things? Grocery shopping, getting lost on the way to the restaurant, arguing about dishwashers—it’s the ordinary things of life that make you stay in love. Anyone can fall in love when they’re jet-setting around the world, taking helicopter rides to mountain tops or drinking champagne inside a castle where the ground is sprinkled with rose petals. Staying in love means living through the annoying habits and stupid moments without leaving. Lust is purely physical and the result of feeding each other fruit on a beach at sunset before heading off to roll in the metaphorical hay; love is holding hands while you drive two hours to the nearest IKEA to get furniture for your first apartment together, knowing you want to spend the rest of your life as a team.
When Entertainment/Shock Value Overrides Sincerity
Take, for example, a recent episode where JoJo took the men on the group date to a “sex talks” performance. JoJo claimed that talking about intimacy is important in a relationship—and it is. But intimacy is also private. Let me stress that again, private. Parading it around, turning it into a joke, and making people uncomfortable for the sake of discomfort takes away the sacredness and beauty of it. But because sex is controversial, the producers decided to throw the men into the deep end and get the most out of their embarrassment.
Getting Caught Up in the Attention (of the cameras)
I don’t want to spend a lot of time on this one because it’s the most ridiculous thing about the show. For heaven’s sake--do not lie your way into a relationship and drag the vulnerable girl or guy along just for a bit of airtime every week. If you really want attention that badly, do it through the Internet; you could become a vlogger on Youtube without forcing your way into someone else’s life and still receive the attention you so desperately seek.
Forgetting to See Through the Smokescreen of Stylists and Free Vacations
The show is made to appeal to people’s fantasies. For that to be the case, everything must be perfect. The women must be shapely and beautiful without a hair out of place. The men must be muscular, suave, and charming (or cutely funny, at the very least). They almost never see each other bare-faced or in sweats. And that’s real life. Real life is going three days without showering because you can’t be bothered. Real life is morning breath. Real life is the Holiday Inn outside Mesa. Real life is farts. Real life is waxing off your unibrow. Real life is NOT perfect outfits, perfect hair, and perfectly FREE vacations. Contestants tend to forget that until their released back into a world without sequined dresses and helicopter transportation.
These were my thoughts on The Bachelorette—what are yours? Do you love the show? Hate it? Think its garbage, but are addicted nonetheless? Does anyone want to discuss the train-wreck that is Chad? Let us know in the comments.
By Alex Doria
The stories that you grow up with have a tendency to stay with you. When you’re a kid, you don’t just watch a movie or read a book passively; you take the stories in and they become an essential part of yourself.
For me, one of those essential stories is Beauty and the Beast. When the news broke that Disney would produce a new live-action remake of my favorite childhood film, I could feel the little kid who used to wear her Halloween costumes while she watched Disney VHSs begin to wake up.
My inner child became even livelier when she saw the new teaser trailer and proceeded to watch it fifty times over on YouTube. From the gorgeous previews of the Beast’s majestically revamped castle to the familiar music of Alan Menken, the trailer promises a beautifully reimagined film that will still hold true to its predecessor.
What’s especially great about what we see in the trailer is what we don’t see. We hear the Beast’s growling voice (as well as Lumiere’s) and of course our courageous heroine, Belle. Belle is aptly being portrayed by Emma Watson and we catch a small glimpse of her face obscured by the enchanted rose. Trailers these days tend to show way too much of the film so that by the time I actually sit down to watch the movie, I feel like I’ve seen it already. This trailer’s subtlety was a nice change of pace.
Although the trailer is brief, it was a reminder of why I have always found this story so beautiful; it’s about a young woman, whose love of reading made her perfectly accessible to my bookwormish self while growing up, who yearns for more in her life.
Cue the scene where Belle runs off into a field after rejecting Gaston (Ew, I can only imagine how awful he will be in this new film) and sings the words that have always been playing in the back of my head ever since I heard them: “I want adventure in the great wide somewhere / I want it more than I can tell / And for once it might be grand / To have someone understand / I want so much more than they’ve got planned.”
Belle is referred to by the residents of her town as “a beauty but a funny girl.” The “funny” thing about Belle is that she reads books for fun and doesn’t fall into the designated categories that a woman should be i.e. a preening princess who swoons after Gaston. She is criticized for her curious mind and for not caring about the things that her society deems the most important (one of those things not being literacy, I guess…)
But watching Belle while growing up showed me that none of that commentary matters because the girl who reads wins the day in this story. Her character, her intelligence, her kindness, and her love, tame a beast. Yeah, sure, she walks alone through town with a book in front of her face and doesn’t fit in, but she has every head turned. Belle saves the day and breaks the curse because of who she is, not what the rest of the world wants her to be.
Since the new film will not be out until March (sigh), I will have to content myself with watching the animated film over and over again. But let’s be real, is that such a bad thing? And besides, we all a need a dose of Disney from time to time.
By Jensen Argyle
Hallelujah! It is finally summer! (If you doubt me, just take a look at my sunburn. Well, actually you can’t, but trust me it’s there.) You know what that means right? Summer blockbusters. But the blockbusters I am talking about are not Suicide Squad or Finding Dory. No, I am talking about book industry blockbusters, because some of the best books come out in the summer.
So, without further ado, here are four books coming at you in June:
1. First Comes Love by Emily Giffin – Coming out June 28th, this is the latest from the author of Something Borrowed. This books shares the story of two sisters who have become estranged after tragedy struck their family. Fifteen years later, both are on different paths and both must learn to reconcile their differences and face the choices that they made in this beautiful and poignant novel.
2. The Girls by Emma Cline – Based on the real-life story of the Manson family, this book tells the story of Evie Boyd, who gets drawn into a cult. The more involved she gets, the more she learns not to see the evil acts she is committing. Shocking and mesmerizing, this book is definitely one of the most hyped for June.
3. Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand – Hilderbrand’s latest novel relates the story of three women who all married the same man and have the unspoken agreement of never meeting each other. That agreement is broken when the man they all have in common dies and they all visit his Nantucket beach house to fulfill his dying wish to have his do-it-yourself family all there. There is enough drama and intrigue to keep you riveted to the last page.
4. Since She Went Away by David Bell – Jenna Springer is hoping to reconcile herself with her lifelong best friend, Celia. When she arrives late, she finds that Celia has mysteriously disappeared. She desperately searches for Celia, to no avail. When Jenna’s son’s girlfriend also disappears, Jenna is finally able to unravel the web of secrets and discover the truth behind Celia’s disappearance. This is a good old fashioned thriller to keep your mind busy while you’re tanning. Hopefully you can remember to reapply sunscreen.
And there you have it. Those are just some of the many exciting books to look forward to this June. Be sure to add them to your summer reading list. And as always, happy reading.
By Danielle Gorman
Every girl needs a few role models to base her life off of; she needs the type of women that inspire, engage, and try to change the world in their own little (or big) ways.
The only problem is the volume of women in the world—how on earth can you choose? I wrote down categories of inspiration to help me decide: Family, Humor, Writing Skills, and Life. Where one woman inspires my writing, another may inspire my humor and happiness. Of course, the list can be fairly fluid—you might have women that fit in multiple categories.
Here is how I arranged mine. Here are the 4 women that give me #LifeGoals:
If you haven’t heard of Chewbacca Mom, watch this first.
Chewbacca Mom, a.k.a. Candace Payne, bought herself a Chewbacca mask from Kohl’s and uploaded a video to Facebook so her friends and family could see that the mask was hers, not her children’s. Within hours she had thousands of views, and the numbers just kept growing. Because she has become a viral sensation, she has been given gifts, scholarships for her family, and appearances on talk shows. In all of the chaos, she has been grateful and incredibly cheerful. She finds humor in the situation that one video has brought her, and for that she gives me #HumorGoals.
Author of several bestselling series’ (Gallagher Girls, Heist Society, Embassy Row), Carter is my inspiration for the type of novel writer I would like to become and gives me some serious #WriterGoals. She’s down-to-earth, relatable, and writes engaging content you can’t put down. I’ve known for a decade that I wanted to be just like her. Witty and humorous, and oh-so-talented with character development and plot. When she visited my city for a reading/book signing event, I couldn’t help but take the chance to meet her!
If you’re a writer who is struggling, then check out her advice on how to not let the biggest road block keep you down here: Dirty Water
Check out the first Gallagher Girl novel here: I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You
If you ever plan to follow a travel blogger, you’ve got to follow Adventurous Kate. She’s made it her mission to visit every UNESCO World Heritage site in the world. So far, she’s visited over a hundred out of the nearly thousand sites, so she’s well on her way! Her blog claims the following:
“At age 26, I quit my job to travel the world alone. I spent six fantastic months in Southeast Asia and turned my travel blog into a full-time business. Today, I travel full-time, going anywhere that sounds wacky or beautiful or interesting. My goal is to show YOU how you can travel the world on your own -- easily, safely, and adventurously.”
She highlights beautiful destinations around the world while teaching safety tips and fun anecdotes of people she meets. If you want to know what it’s like traveling to a particular country, odds are Kate has been there and will give you some wonderful tips and #TravelGoals.
Check out Adventurous Kate’s website here.
Kate Middleton, now Her Royal Highness Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, should give everyone in the world #FamilyGoals. She married into royalty, and now the whole of her life is on display—or it would be, if she wasn’t so awesome and keeping the balance between sharing certain things with the public and keeping certain things private.
Take, for example, her children. Little Prince George and Princess Charlotte are lucky to have a mum who doesn’t shove them in the limelight. Kate does things on her own terms. We don’t see pictures of the kids unless Kate and Will release them to the public, and for that I commend them. The average person would let the fame, fortune, and recognition go to their heads—not Kate. She stands strong and protects the privacy of her family.
And how can you not also love her killer fashion style?
There you have it! Four amazing women who give me #LifeGoals. Do you have any ladies who inspire you? Let us know!
By Danielle Gorman
I don’t often come into contact with celebrities. In fact, I never do. But I have met someone who is on her way to becoming a musical sensation. And her name is Emily Ray. A confident, talented Brazilian singer who has moved to the U.S. to study business and build a musical empire, Emily Ray is starting to make a name for herself among local musicians. She has even started her own production company, Emily Ray Entertainment.
We here at Blithe & Bonny sat down with Emily Ray to ask her some questions about life as a musician starting out.
BB: When and why did you start playing and performing music?
E: I started singing when I was four years old and playing instruments when I was seven. I started playing the piano, then the guitar when I was eight and the flute when I was nine. I used to travel with my family to my cousins house and they would say “Hey Emily, if you sing for us, we’ll give you 10 bucks.” So I said “Sure!” I wanted money to buy candy. So that’s why I started singing when I was four years old and living in Brazil.
BB: About what time did you start actually performing in the capacity that you are now—with a band, doing recordings, that sort of thing?
E: I started [performing with a band] when I was 16. I was a back vocal to learn how to sing on stage. I was performing with famous artists in Brazil. I started performing with my actual band when I was 17. Then I moved to the U.S.
BB: Do you have any musicians that inspire you?
E: The musicians I most admire are Alicia Keys, Rhianna, and, of course, Beyoncé (she’s a Queen!), and Whitney Houston—she’s a Queen too. Houston has most inspired my musical life today.
BB: I have to ask—how do you handle mistakes during a performance?
E: That’s super funny. Sometimes I forget the lyrics! I just try to talk to the audience so they won’t notice. Other times I try to do riffs to cover the parts I missed. I’ll try to raise the energy in order to fix the mistakes and cover up that I’ve forgotten something!
BB: Do you ever find that normal obligations of work and school overwhelm you because you’re trying to do music at the same time? Does one take precedence over the other?
E: Yes. I try to be really positive, because when I’m positive I handle things better. I’m not perfect! I have friends in Rio and it’s hard because with the different time zones I can’t answer all of their calls. I’m either at work or singing. Luckily, my friends are amazing and try to support and understand me. I try my best to talk to them every time I’m free. I try to explain if I’m busy, and not only to them, but my family as well. My family is very supportive. They’re what make me strong every day.
BB: That’s wonderful. Are there any current projects in the works?
E: I just signed a contract for a two-month tour this July and August (I can’t tell you any details about it because it’s still in process). We have many shows coming up as well. And I’m producing my new album, which has a new single, with the help of my producer in North Carolina and my producer here.
BB: And will all the tracks be original songs?
E: Yes, all originals. No covers. For the shows, I’m going to mix my own songs with cover songs. I’ve got competitions in Brazil that I may be traveling to Rio for. I just can’t wait to tell everyone what’s happening in the next few months.
BB: Did you write the single by yourself or with a co-writer?
E: I wrote it myself but I did have my producer fix the English mistakes! Writing songs is one of my favorite hobbies.
BB: With all of the experience you’re garnering, does this mean your goal is to be an international music star?
E: Yes! Like Shakira or Ricky Martin, they’re not only famous in their country, but here as well. And that’s what I want to bring—my Brazilian culture to the U.S. and also the songs I write in English to Brazil. So it’s mixing my Brazilian culture with my American culture.
BB: What inspires your song-writing?
E: I’ve been writing since I was 8 years old, when I first got my guitar. Some people ask “Hey Emily, do you have a love story that you experienced? Is that why you wrote this song?” And there are some songs I write that are inspired by things that happened to me but I’m also inspired by other people’s stories.
BB: Has your music evolved?
E: Yes. When I first started writing and singing, my style was Pop and MPB. And a bit of Pop Rock too. As I started growing up I changed my style to R&B—like Bruno Mars, Beyoncé, and Mariah Carey. Really, though, I’ll sing anything. I like most genres. Today, for example, I sing lots of American music.
BB: How can fans gain access to your music? Do you have a website or CD?
E: I’m getting my CD ready right now. But basically if you go onto YouTube, and you type Emily Ray Oficial (the Brazilian spelling) you can find my music. Soundcloud has my music too; I have many recordings there. My website is emilyrayoficial.com which has updates on my musical career, events, pictures, videos, and an online store. You’ll also find my biography there. My album is coming out soon, in English and Portuguese and I’m so excited.
BB: What advice would you give to beginners which are nervous?
E: If you love music, or if you love singing, and you think you have great potential to reach success, then go for it! Don’t hesitate. If you’re nervous, just follow your heart. If you know you love music and can’t imagine doing anything but singing on stage, then don’t think twice. You have to have passion for any career you chose to follow, and if it’s music—which is competitive—sure, you’re still beginning, but don’t let anybody tell you that you’re not capable or able to reach your goals. Or to do the things you love. Let yourself do it. And that means working hard and doing your best to prove to other people and yourself that YES, you’re able to do the things you love.
Check Emily out on Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and Facebook.
By Courtney Willis
I’m one of those people who gets really frustrated that Hollywood is running out of creativity and can’t produce a single original idea. Seriously, how many remakes do we need? And why do we need a spinoff of every cartoon, book or game ever created? (I’m kind of excited about Angry Birds though).
In spite of that, I find that I’ve recently been drawn to those kinds of books, different retellings of old favorite stories. I don’t know if it’s the familiarity or the differences that I find attractive, but I just wanted to list a few books for you that I’m excited to read.
1. Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
I’ve never been very pleased when reading Jane Austen sequels or prequels. I don’t mind retellings of the familiar stories – I’ve practically seen or read all of those. But no one has quite been able to take Austen’s characters and continue with the same charm or wit. However, I’m always slow to jump on bandwagons, and I remember hearing a big deal about this book when it came out back in 2011. I finally got around to seeing the BBC mini-series and was absolutely enamored by it. Fantastic character development, and both romance and mystery were on point. I’ve heard the book is a little different, but I have high hopes.
2. Cinder by Marisa Meyer
I’m not huge into reading fantasy or SciFi, and I think Hunger Games was my first and last attempt dystopian, but I’ve heard such a great things about this entire series, so I might as well take the plunge, right? And besides, who doesn’t love a good Cinderella story?
3. Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell
Anyone who knows me at all knows how much I love Peter Pan. It was one of my favorite stories as a child, I own every movie adaptation, and now read through every spinoff I can get my hands on. This is the newest retelling with the tagline “This is not the Neverland you know.” It promises to be haunting and dark, yet with the same charm and romance as always. Where do I sign?
4. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
A modern YA murder mystery based on Sherlock Holmes? I accept. It’s supposed to be snarky and interesting, and with all the buzz around the current BBC Sherlock series, it’s bound to be a hit with young and old alike.
5. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Currently reading this one, and already I’m blown away. A fantastic spin on Beauty and the Beast with poetic, masterful writing. It’s set in a magical city where the beast is a demon with a charming shadow. I’m not even halfway through and I’m hooked, because I have no idea how it’s going to end. I probably need to get back to reading now.
If you’ve read any of these or have other retellings to recommend, please let me know in the comments below!
Until next time, book enthusiasts <3
By Jensen Argyle
In Sarah J. Maas’s heart-pounding sequel to Á Court of Thorns and Roses we find Feyre living with the man she loves (I guess maybe faerie she loves?), Tamlin, preparing to marry him. But those who have read the first book will remember that she also has an agreement with Rhysand, High Lord of the Night Court. When he comes to collect her, and pulls her into the confusion of politics, desire, and supremacy that is the Night Court Feyre realizes that there is something much more evil looming in the shadows.
First of all, I want to clarify something. A lot of people confused and think that this is a young adult series. It is not. It is a new adult series. The distinction is important, because this book was written for more mature audiences. So there you go.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about the book. Maas’s writing is beautiful, as always. Her craftsmanship is just as majestic, whimsical, and breathtaking as the story she tells. And she knows how to add twists and turns that will catch you off guard and break your heart.
Feyre and Tamlin have changed a lot since the first book, and readers of the first book will recognize those changes. Feyre is going through PTSD, and element that I loved because it made her situation feel very real. Tamlin is trying to help by keeping her locked away safe in his estate, even though she continually begs him to let her out to help the people who lost their homes and to join in the hunt. At first, I resented the changes in Tamlin’s character.
There were a lot of changes to his character that surprised me. There were actions he took that dismayed me. I resented this, thinking Maas was trying to make me ok with the impending love triangle and the heavy Rhysand focus in this book. While this may have been a factor, I have come to accept that the changes in Tamlin’s character do make a lot of sense considering what happened in the first book. For you Tamlin fans, I’m gonna warn you that he is not in this book for about 80% of it. I know, I was a Tamlin fan too, but I came to be ok with this.
Now onto Rhysand. Oh Rhysand… he is equal parts cunning, charming, and witty. He loves pushing Feyre’s buttons. The thing I loved about Rhysand in this book was how much he respect and encourages Feyre. He trains her and believes in her, believes that she can fight. He respects her wishes and doesn’t try to keep her in a box and away from danger. That esteem he holds for her was what really made the relationship grow on me.
Now I will address that love triangle we all knew was coming. There isn’t one. At first you think there is going to be one, which annoyed because I despise love triangles like nobody’s business. But Feyre makes a clear choice, her affections make a clear transition. This is a story about growth and moving on from an unhealthy relationship to a healthy one that heals and uplifts you, an aspect that I loved.
Hopefully I haven’t spoiled anything for you, reader.
And I won’t spoil the ending, but I will tell you that the ending is torturous. It is not precisely a cliffhanger, but it will whet your appetite enough to make you eagerly anticipate the next installment in this fantastic series.
Go check out A Court of Mist and Fury if you love a good story about love, power, and intrigue. And as always, happy reading.
By Natalie Issa
Before we start, let me say one thing—I am all for women characters kicking butt and taking names. I am totally down for empowering women who have a nasty right hook or a killer roundhouse kick. But lately, it seems that that’s all we’re getting for “strong” female characters.
Let me backtrack a bit—a while ago, in the age of Bella Swan-esque characters, there seemed to be an outcry for strong female characters to be role models for young women. Some authors heard our cries, and we were graced with a few strong female characters in fiction.
But for the most part, we were granted with female characters such as these: sexy, butt-kicking, scantily clad ladies who utter phrases such as “I’m not like other girls” (gag) or “You punch like a girl” (ugh) or “Stop being such a girl” (BLECH) all the while portraying an emotional constipation typically reserved for their action-hero male counterparts.
To be clear, I enjoy seeing ladies kick butt as much as the next gal. It can be empowering to watch. But when that’s all we’re presented with as “strong female characters”, it gets kind of old. And discouraging. And unrealistic. Like, am I only considered strong if I can take down a dude twice my size?
Why is that strong female characters are constantly portrayed as tough, hard, and emotionally distant? Why do they have to be so dang tough? Why do they put down other women? Why are they so sexy?? Why??
It baffles me. Because when I look around in my own life, I see a ton of strong women that aren’t being portrayed in the entertainment world. I see a bunch of kind moms, BA teachers, creative businesswomen, intelligent students, and tough saleswomen.
All of these ladies are complicated. They’re not perfect—they have their strengths and their weaknesses. They’re real. And they’re strong.
You can’t just stick women into one category. It just doesn’t make sense. A women isn’t just “kind” or “intelligent”. And women aren’t just “strong”. Especially since, nowadays, strong is often defined as tough, punch throwing, and emotionally distant.
Do you know what’s actually strong? Ladies who are real and flawed. In a world where women are expected to be so much, women who unapologetically fall short are undeniably BA. Being kind and soft and feminine in a hard world is strong. Women who are terrified but keep moving forward are strong. Even women who are terrified and don’t move forward, but try again the next day and the next—they’re strong too.
So to all my writers out there—write ladies who are real. Who are unapologetically imperfect. Write tough and ruthless women characters. Write soft and kind characters. Write morally-strong, academically-strong, or even emotionally-strong ladies.
It’s time that we get real. Women are complicated, and we should celebrate that. So ladies—be yourself. Revel in your strengths and your imperfections. In a world where we’re constantly being told what to be and how to act, being completely you is absolutely, and undeniably strong.
By Sonia Billadeau
There is a great line of movies coming out this year. From action flicks to soon-to-be Indie classics, people will be waiting in line to step from their realities into some fresh storytelling. But deep down into the core, the world is aching to get seats to a Disney/Pixar movie.
And what's even more exciting is that most of the upcoming Disney/Pixar movies have strong women leads capable of running the story.
So, here is a list and published descriptions of the mind-mending, animated adventures that awaits the public eye. Write these dates in your calendar; you are in for a real treat.
Alice Through the Looking Glass
May 27, Rated PG
“When Alice wakes up in Wonderland she must travel through a mysterious new world to retrieve a magical scepter that can stop the evil Lord of Time before he turns forward the clock and turns Wonderland into a barren, lifeless old world. With the help of some new friends, Alice must also uncover an evil plot to put the Queen of Hearts back on the throne,” according to IMDB.
In theaters June 17, Rated PG
“Finding Dory” reunites the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the true meaning of family along the way. The all-new big-screen adventure dives into theaters in 2016, taking moviegoers back to the extraordinary underwater world from the original film,” according to Disney’s webpage.
In theaters July 1, Rated PG
“Not all giants are scary, as a young girl named Sophie discovers when she meets the Big Friendly Giant. Instead of gobbling up boys and girls, the BFG is a kind soul, even if he looks dangerous,” according to the Washington Post. “Sophie soon discovers that her magical, dream-collecting friend has been cast out by his fellow giants for his kindness. The BFG and Sophie team up to escape the bad guys and convince the Queen of England to capture them.”
The Secret Life of Pets
In theaters July 8, Rated PG
“Taking place in a Manhattan apartment building, Max's life as a favorite pet is turned upside down, when his owner brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke,” according to IMDB webpage. “They have to put their quarrels behind when they find out that an adorable white bunny named Snowball is building an army of abandoned pets determined to take revenge on all happy-owned pets and their owners.”
Queen of Katwe
In theaters Sep. 23, Rated PG
“This film is an adaptation of the novel “The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster” by Tim Crothers, which is an biography of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan girl who rose from a poverty-stricken community to become a world chess champion,” according to the Disney Wiki webpage.
In theaters Nov. 23, Rated PG
“A sea voyaging enthusiast, Moana Waialiki, uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui and spirits taken from real mythology,” according to IMDB.
By Sydney Fromm
The fight for Kesha to work outside of the contract with Sony has gone on for far too long. She made a surprise appearance with Zedd at Coachella singing “True Colors.” Does this signify her return to the world of music? Apparently insiders at Sony have said that the company will be dropping “Dr” Luke Gottwald in the near future. For those of you who are not familiar with Kesha’s battle, Kesha is suing her producer for emotional, sexual, and physical abuse that she says, “nearly ended her life.”
All Kesha is asking, is that she be allowed to exit her contract with Sony and “Dr” Luke. She wants to make music and be free of the man that has made her life miserable. However the courts thus far have denied the artist her freedom. The main reason that Sony has even considered breaking Kesha free of her contract is the response from fans and fellow artists. There has been an immense backlash from the public towards Sony, “Dr” Luke, and the courts for how they have treated the artist.
Many artists have offered to help Kesha make new music and a play to record. Fans have even created a website, www.freekesha.com, that brings light to Kesha’s situation and how we can help the situation. There are several quotes from Kesha herself and many pieces of information that inform visitors to the site how to fight back against restriction on creative control.
When Kesha walked onto stage with Zedd during Coachella, it was a symbol not only of her fight but it showed us that music is a form of freedom itself. The lyrics of the chorus of the song “True Colors” even shows how serious Kesha is about her fight.
“All my life, one page at a time
I'll show you my, my true colors
No, no no no I won't apologize for the fire in my eyes
Let me show you my, my true colors, it ain't no rainbow”
At this point the fight seems to be at a standstill, but the outlook is positive: freedom for Kesha.