Category Archives: The World

Marvel: Creating a Cultural Revolution

Ever since the 1930’s America (and now the whole world) has been fascinated with the idea of super powered beings that fight for justice against the prowess of evil. The creation of DC’s comics and their groundbreaking superhumans like Superman and Wonder Woman entranced youth world wide. Thirty years later Marvel comics was created and introduced a new set of heroes to amaze the imaginations of many. As the years went by fans stayed intrigued in the universes inside the comics caused the popularity to rise among young and old fans. Eventually the power of film brought these universes to life on the TV screen a new craze began.

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Meghan Markle: Shaking Up the Royal Family

The British Royal family has always been of large interest by the entire world, the family’s activities draw million of fans interest daily. The royals entered into celebrity status with the televised recording of Queen Elizabeth’s II coronation ceremony, the first royal event to be published. When Elizabeth released home videos from inside the castle the public was able to gain even more access into the the royal life that they all had fantasized about. When Princess Diana came to the public eye everyone was either bewildered or amazed by her incredible compassion and boldness. She acted as a conventional princess would but managed to enthrall all with her personality. After her death the world was shocked to have loss such a wonder. Then 14 years late the royal wedding to Prince William was broadcasted and the world went crazy for the stunning Kate Middleton. She brought the elegance that is a young duchess back into the public eye, keeping the public even more interested since. Then, just little over two years ago the remarkable Meghan Markle was able to live out every regular little girl’s dream and marry a prince; and now the Royal family has a new addition, a little baby boy.

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Avengers: Endgame Recap

The continuation of Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War came on April 26th with the release of the much awaited and anticipated Avengers: Endgame. Fans of the MCU have been left hanging since April of last year for the answers to so many questions. Are many of their favorite characters still alive? If so, can they be brought back? Who was Nick Fury paging at the end of the movie? Some answers were given with the release of both Captain Marvel and Ant Man and the Wasp but a lot is still left up in the air. Continue reading Avengers: Endgame Recap

Sri Lanka Bombings

Sri Lanka was recently attacked on Easter Sunday (April 21 2019), a wave of bombs ravished the area killing 321 civilians and tourists and injuring hundreds more. Suicide bombs were set off in a series of hotels and churches across the country.

Sri Lanka has since declared a state of emergency, further marking April the 23rd a National Day of Mourning. In the past days since the attack there has been immense global investigation by the FBI and Interpol into finding the culprit of this mass attack. 53ce7f86-66ee-49a7-82de-55a0c4664f6fWhile Isis has taken responsibility for the attack a total of 40 people in connection have been taken into custody. There were warning threats the days prior that officials were aware of.

In the capital of Colombo the attack was less of a surprise, intelligence services in India and the U.S., had received news of the threats in early April. The threats were so extensive in their detailing that officials were given a list of suspects. It’s still not clear as to why these threats were not taken action on since the Sri Lankan government did admit to failing to act, or why the threats were sent out in the first place. The country has been facing a lot of political divide since last year when President Maithripala Sirisena tried to replace Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. In December Wickremesinghe resigned but since then the government has remained in wrecks. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said on the 24th that there are “Still people on the run with explosives”. db611e57-7c95-42cf-81de-71dcb6036317The community there fears that due to the feuding in the government there was a opportunity for an attack to be made when there was a lapse in security. On April fourth foreign intelligence informed Sri Lankan officials of the potential attacks against the christian community as well as the widely populated tourist areas. Five days later As Easter Sunday approached the frequency of the threats increased, and so did the urgency to taken action. The bombers were able to enter three churches and three fancy hotels with no security checks. Wickremesinghe reported at a news conference on the 21st, saying “We, if it was known, certainly could have prevented many of the attacks in the churches and have more security in the hotels”, he also said that the situation could have been avoided had there not been a breach in communications in Sri Lanka.

It has since been uncovered that the two suicide bombers were brothers from a prominent family in Sri Lanka.

Kanye’s Easter Sunday Service

On Easter Sunday morning 2019, Kanye West performed his much anticipated Sunday Service in front of over 50,000 fans. West sat atop a man made mountain at California’s famous Coachella music festival, accompanying him were numerous famous faces in pop culture including Chance the Rapper, Teyana Taylor, Kid Cudi, DMX and 2 Chainz just to name a few. West also brought along a massive gospel choir and a full band. Continue reading Kanye’s Easter Sunday Service

White Supremacist sentenced to life in prison

In 2016, a white man chased down a young black man in his jeep and killed him. Just recently, a judged sentenced Russell Courtier to life in prison for the racially motivated murder of 19 year old Larnell Bruce Jr. Courtier won’t have the possibility of parole for at least another 28 years.  

Coutier is a member of a gang called European Kindred. The gang is a white supremacist prison group based mostly in Oregon corrections system.

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5 Cool Things That Could Make the World a Better Place

Everyone wants to make the world a better place. With new technology advancing every year, and electric cars being introduced, entrepreneurs are predicting big things for the year of 2030. Bullying, sexual abuse, public education, and many more are some examples of things that need to be changed as we grow up.

Some social entrepreneurs are ” tackling a range of daunting issues: child sexual abuse on the internet, youth unemployment, mental health crises, counterfeit drugs, and lack of access to medicine. (npr.org)” Many people are trying to fund groups that can make a profit to stop these things that are happening in our world today. It would be a big step if social entrepreneurs could help decrease those problems we are having. Although, they are going to try to take it one step at a time.

The first step is to make young unemployment come way down. Many kids across the world that are high school students or graduates are working so that they can have the money they need. However, ” in South Africa, every year 1.1 million young people graduate from high school or college — or else they drop out. (npr.org)” Some of the kids that are still in high school or graduates that are trying to go to college , find a job but over in South Africa, it is a very low number. It is very hard to find a job over there because some of the places that hire are looking at specific things like their work ethic, how well they can speak English and how well they can work with people at public venues.

A nonprofit group called Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator is in effect so that kids that can’t land a job, are able to have one. It is basically training and assessments for kids so that they can be able to perfect their language portion of the job; as well as a stronger work ethic and people skills. If all goes well their prediction is that by 2030 kids who are unemployed and who want to work will get a job when they graduate high school.

The second step is for kids who are feeling depressed. A helpline will be created so that their can be people for kids to talk to when they are feeling helpless, lost, or very emotional. It’s a great way for teens because of how much they are on their phones. A simple text to the Crisis Text Line can really make a huge difference if their are kids out there who are struggling and don’t have anyone to talk to about how they are feeling.

The third step is making sure African pharmacies don’t run out of medicine. To ensure that, ” Rockson came up with a company called MPharma so that there can be negotiation for lower prices because of people buying large quantities of medication. (npr.org)” With that, Africans will be able to get what they need at a reasonable price.

The Fourth step is to have no worries about buying fake drugs. In Africa, buying fake drugs or medicine is a big problem. Bright Simons had made a company called mPedigree to ” give consumers confidence that medicines and seeds they buy are the genuine article and not poor quality knockoffs. (npr.org)” He is hoping that by 2030, people will be able to trust the system so that they can get what they need and not have to worry about it being a knockoff.

The fifth and final step is no more child sexual violence in online images. Social media has taken over teens way of life. Sexual abuse has occurred over the internet and in the U.S it is illegal. However; there are still reports out there. “Cordua the CEO of Thorn, has developed software to help social media companies find the user generated  images and take them down and has created software to assist law enforcement agencies as they try to find the children in abuse materials. (npr.org)” She hopes that by creating this, it will completely diminish child sexual abuse everywhere.

Notre Dame Cathedral Catches Fire

Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris begun construction in 1163 and is the most visited monument in all of France. Nearly 12 million natives and visitors walk through the church each year. From the stong gargolyles to the stained glass Notre is one of the truly great architectual masterpieces in the world. A literal and figurative center of the city, Notre Dame’s significance and maning for the city of Paris and the world is immeasurable. Continue reading Notre Dame Cathedral Catches Fire

2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

The Pulitzer Prizes were established 103 years ago in order to honor excellence in journalism and the arts. Presented annually by Columbia University, The 2019 winners were announced on Monday, April 15th, as newspapers and online publications around the country were recognized for the achievements regarding reporting and investigating that took place in the last year. Many pieces that were recognized included multiple month coverage, investigation and articles, some lasting up to 18 months. Speaking on both heartbreaking and serious topics, this year’s winners are some of the most deserving.  Continue reading 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

Timmothy Pitzen

On May 11, 2011 Timmothy Pitzen was dropped off at school by his father for his kindergarten class as Greenman Elementary School. His mother checked him out of class in the morning saying there was a non-existent family emergency. They were missing for a span of 3 days and the last they knew Timmothy was with his mother was between 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm on May 13 in the background of phone calls. She checked into the Rockford Inn where she was found the next morning and she had taken her own life. There was a note left apologizing for the mess she had created along with an explanation that Timmothy would never be found, but he was safe with people who would care for him. During the investigation, there was a concerning amount of blood found in her car that belonged to her son Timmothy. The father, James Pitzen, has stated that he believes his son is still alive.

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