Since the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, congressional Republicans have made more than 60 attempts to repeal it. After Donald Trump took the oath of office on January 20th, 2017, Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and now-President Trump made it clear that repealing the supposedly “disastrous” law was one of their top priorities.
Antifa is in desperate need of a PR makeover.
In terms of suffering and loss, the United States drug crisis is the human meat grinder of our generation as the Vietnam War was to our parents. Apart from being wildly profitable, the major difference is the former will kill more of us in just this year than the latter did for its entire duration.
Among the many pejorative monikers given Hillary Clinton during her 2016 presidential campaign, "Grandma Nixon" gained wide bipartisan traction. It was a perfect comparison in the narrative of Mrs. Clinton as her detractors understood her: an intensely private political pragmatist, a creature of the establishment willing to resort to any scheme (including the destruction of evidence) to achieve her ends, known to hold a bitter grudge. Classic Nixon, and a popular assessment of Mrs. Clinton's decades in public life.
During a year where marginalized people had their identities questioned, and had to fight to feel legitimized and heard at every turn, music may have been the only arena where people of these groups were allowed to live and experience their emotions without fear. Listed below are my favorite albums/the albums that got me through 2017 in one piece.
We’re back with another edition of Frankly Good Tunes, a weekly music recap series from the Frankly Music team. Each week we’ll be highlighting some of our favorite new tracks. More in-depth looks into our favorite albums are sure to follow.
Following the kickoff of festival season with Coachella (two weekends back to back) and Record Store Day this past Saturday, the 22nd, we’ve got quite a few tracks to share with you. Here are five of our Frankly Good picks from this week.
This week marks the beginning of Frankly Good Tunes, a weekly music recap series from the Frankly Music team. Each week we’ll be highlighting some of our favorite new tracks. More in-depth looks into our favorite albums are sure to follow.
Last Tuesday, the Brooklyn-based queer punk duo PWR BTTM announced the release date for Pageant. Over fuzzy power chords and pounding drums, Ben Hopkins sings about how patriarchy’s coercive gender roles have trapped men into acting a certain way based on their assigned gender, countering this norm by suggesting that, instead, we celebrate being ourselves even in face of societal rejection.
Sunday night at the 59th Annual Grammys Red Carpet, “Princess” Joy Villa made, what some are calling, bold move in her wardrobe choice. Sporting a dress that endorsed the President, she left some shocked and others celebrating the mainstream recognition.
Chance the Rapper, Chicago hip-hop wunderkind and label warrior, just won Best New Artist at the 2017 Grammys. To win, he had to beat out West Coast up-and-comer Anderson .Paak (who had the best 2016 in music out of anyone, don’t @ me), pop-country rookies Kelsea Ballerini and Maren Morris, and pop music industry leviathans The Chainsmokers. By all accounts, this should have substantial ramifications for the music industry, or at least how the industry rewards its artists.
The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards Ceremony airs this Sunday, February 12th and we couldn’t be more excited to put both hands over our ears and close our eyes while yelling “la la la la I can’t hear you!”
Eugene was so surprised by Craig Deare's directness that he nearly spit out the coffee he was drinking. Craig was an army guy, and, I mean, Eugene liked army guys—they understood respect and organization and knew tons of acronyms, all of which was right up Eugene’s alley. They also were trained to kill people, however, and Eugene was the kind of guy who fainted while watching Full Metal Jacket.
Eugene tapped his foot nervously, as was his habit when making a difficult decision. It was 3:15 in the afternoon, there was enough of the work day left that he couldn’t pretend like there wasn't enough time to do what needed to be done.
“I used to have a keycard but they made me return it. I didn’t know I was coming back to work here again.”
It’s barely been a month, and already we've seen a dangerous, potentially unstable man sworn into the highest office in the world while millions of people across the globe rally against him and all he stands for. If 2016 was one big slog of a year (and it was), then 2017 promises more of the same.
Daniel James Leopold is a mess. He’s an emotional, uninhibited, unbridled hot mess. As the front man for rock band Leopold and His Fiction, he seemed desperate to express that with the release of their new album, Darling Destroyer. I had never heard of LAHF before, but came across Darling Destroyer while browsing the new releases on Spotify on a Friday in late January. I pressed play and heard a sound that had more kick than the half gallon of coffee I had already consumed that morning. Ear-melting guitars and loud vocals pulled me in; I was hooked.
Their website proudly proclaims, “Four girls about to take over the world”, and with their refreshing mix of beauty and pop/rock prowess, The Aces just might. Hailing from Utah, the four-piece released their single “Stuck” last summer. Combining modern indie rock with elements of 80’s dance pop, the song makes you want to go on a long drive with the top down. It would feel just as natural to see them billed with Two Door Cinema Club as it would to see them open for the likes of Cindy Lauper. Front woman Cristal Ramirez wales with emotional confusion over fun guitar licks and a driving bass line that might just lead you to the dance floor.
Information has never been more accessible and communication has never been easier than in the 21st century. But here we are, often only informed by one viewpoint and struggling to understand one another. As a nation and a world of nations, we are more divided over everything from ideas to values to our very definition of truth than most of us can remember.
For the American news media, sensational has become profitable. Punditry is substituted for debate, and opinions are given instead of shared. Discussion is frequently replaced by argument, and arguments replaced by insults. We’ve exchanged enthusiasm for the challenge that is achieving compromise for the exultation of one-sided triumphs in our politics and our conversation on our politics. It’s more important to be right than to be thoughtful and aware.
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