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Disney Bans Smoking and Over-sized Strollers in its Theme Parks

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Earlier this year, Florida’s Disney theme parks concluded that the toleration of designated smoking and large strollers would be banned from their facilities. Claims state that the announced ban will allow for guests to have a more enjoyable time in each park. The removal of such will allow for guests to move along more freely without the feeling of being congested by others who are taking up too much space.

While the ban has set to be in effect as of May 1st, Disney has also reported that loose and dry ice, generally carried by a guest containing the ice in a cooler, to also be banned. The report states the the loose and dry ice ban is in effect immediately after announcement.

Various sources have expressed their views on the matter and while some believe that the new policy is a plausible decision, others have expressed their annoyance with the ban.

According to the New York Times, the President of the International Theme Park Service, Dennis Speigel, stated that the Disney theme parks chose the “right course.” He continued to explain that in a family-oriented setting, nobody wants to encounter a person smoking.

Alongside the distraction of a smoking individual in a family-crowded facility, smoking in general poses a health risk toward the other guests inside the Disney parks themselves.

At Durant High School, 12th grader, Kyle Harper, explained that those who are smoking in the theme park create a hazard toward guests who have a difficulty breathing or struggle with asthma-related symptoms.

“Including myself, it’s not fair for those who have to worry about other people spreading hazardous smoke in the air at a theme park like Disney, where they should be able to enjoy their visit without worrying about symptoms acting up,” Harper said.

Even though smoking may be an enjoyable way for people to relax at their favorite theme park, other guests are put at an unfair risk. With the new rule being put in place, Disney hopes  that their action will allow all of its guests to feel safe from hazardous chemicals that put their health at risk.

According to a New York-based study in 2007, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,  scientists concluded that the implementation of laws prohibiting smoking in restaurants, bars and other indoor workplaces would reduce the amount of hospital admissions for myocardial infarction in 2004.

Disney’s new rules will completely reduce the number of guests who are victim to secondhand smoking on theme park property.

In addition to the composed health risks, guests who are victim to secondhand smoking would face congestion within the theme parks due to guests taking up space to smoke. Confirmed in an interview by the Tampa Bay Times, the communications manager at Walt Disney World Resort, Lisa Mendillo, stated that designated smoking areas will no longer be available to guests to clear space in the park.

Another ban taking place to clear up the congestion within the walkways of Disney parks is the prohibition of oversized strollers. Strollers that exceed a width of 31 inches or a length of 52 inches will now be prohibited nder Disney’s new restrictions.

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Among the list of banned strollers, the infamous “wagon stroller” (pictured above) is no longer accepted into Disney theme parks. Photo by FavoriteGrampy.com

Similarly to the smoking ban, the banning of oversized strollers will allow Disney fans to walk more freely among the parks.

Durant High School seniors, Delton Newsome and Omar Gonzalez, shared their views on the current circumstance of oversized strollers in Disney parks.

“A larger stroller could be used to contain important supplies that a parent may need to provide aid to their kids,” Newsome stated.

While it is important for a parent to meet the needs of their children, Newsome agreed with the Disney’s restriction because certain strollers may be excessive. Restricted oversized strollers allow for guests to walk around the park with more ease.

“The rule is justified for those who want to walk around the parks more freely because too many families take advantage of the walking space that Disney provides for every guest,” Gonzalez added.

In order to make the parks safer and easier to maneuver to guests, Disney’s new restricts are now in affect until bigger issues arise. For more information regarding Disney’s park restrictions and policies, visit the official Walt Disney World website.

 

 

 

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Child hockey player mic’d up during team practice; makes hilarious commentary

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The mind of a four-year old is difficult to process, and every parent wants to know what is happening inside their mind whenever they do the ridiculous activities that kids are known for. Young children contain an amount of energy that knows no bounds.

To waste a child’s almost-limitless amount of energy, many parents decide to include their child in sports activities that includes a lot physical exercise. Children who play sports tend to have a certain lack of focus, compared to an older adolescence.

As a result of children giving little-to-zero dedication toward their sport, coaches and parents often wonder what is contributing to the mindset of their child’s actions.

While some parents question the actions of their unattentive children, other parents are in the works to figure out what is happening in their young brains.  Well, to give a humorous answer to this scenario, coach Jeremy Rupke from Ontario, Canada attached a mic to his four-year-old son, Mason, during a practice for the Timbits minor hockey team in order to hear exactly what is happening in his son’s mind during practice.

The mic would pick up and record any commentary that Mason would speak.

After Mason was recorded during the practice, Rupke decided to post his experience online with the rest of the world. Following the recent sharing of the recording from many big-name Twitter accounts, such as JJ Watt; player for Houston Texans and ESPN, the video containing Rupke’s recordings of his son soon became viral across social media. What went on out on the ice was a fun way to observe how young children think in correlation to how they perform on and off their field of play.

View the video below for the full commentary from Mason, as recorded by his father.

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R. Kelly accused of sexual assault

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Robert Kelly, famous R&B singer who goes by R. Kelly, has been accused of sexually assaulting and preying on young black teenagers specifically, for the past twenty years. Now, with the largely established #MeToo movement, R. Kelly’s alleged crimes are brought to the forefront of the public’s attention as women continually share their stories of his alleged sexual abuse done unto them.

Most prominently the Lifetime special “Surviving R. Kelly” has created controversy regarding R. Kelly’s alleged crimes against young black women. Many take to social media to share their opinions on: whether Kelly is guilty or not, and assuming he is guilty, whether his music should be muted or respected based on a separation from Kelly’s character.

Celebrities such as Taraji P. Henson and Erykah Badu’s morals have been called into question online. Henson claims that her statements about Kelly were misconstrued and she is in full support of the alleged victims. Badu, contrarily, has been criticized for her rumored refusal to take part in “Surviving R. Kelly,” which producer, Dream Hampton, asked her to join.

Although, Kelly has never been found guilty on any counts, many accusations have been made against him; in 1994 Kelly married an underage Aaliyah while she was just 15 and he was 24, in 1996 Kelly was sued by Tiffany Hawkins for sexual misconduct, in January of 2001 Kelly was indicted on child porn charges and found not guilty, in August of 2001 Tracy Sampson sued R. Kelly for alleged sexual abuse, in 2002 Patrice Jones sued Kelly for assaulting her when she was 16, and in May of 2002 Motina Woods sued Kelly for taping their sexual encounter without her consent. Kelly settled all cases of sexual assault and misconduct brought against him and many of the women signed non-disclosure agreements.

Kelly’s avoidance of any legal repercussions is not definitive proof of his innocence and does not indicate, as many argue, that the women who have shared their stories are lying. According to BBC.com only about 8 percent of all rape accusations are false. This percentage being much smaller than the number of rapes which go unreported each year.

The controversy surrounding R. Kelly in the media right now, regardless of his stance as an innocent or guilty man, could be detrimental to his career and may forever damage his image as a respected artist.

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In Focus: Gage Young

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While entering the final inning of his high school education, Gage Young now must consider the opportunities he may encounter in a new ball field. Due to his diligent and consistent hard work completed in high school Young will find little difficulty in his transition to higher education, on this new field.

Before anything else Young is a baseball player, his coaches and experiences playing baseball have shaped him into the person he is today. Young’s future and past is filled with baseball and he finds it difficult to imagine a life without it. After graduation, he hopes to play baseball for as long as circumstances allow.

Young’s successful 15-year baseball career thus far has entailed- a near entry into the little league world series, a placing of twelfth out of 104 teams in Cooperstown, a district title his freshman year, and several district appearances.

Young describes one of his most memorable high school experiences as, “Wining the district title freshman year, seeing all of my brother excited and excelling in something they love to do is very heartwarming.”

Young is thankful for every baseball coach and teacher who has impacted his life but a few such as Coach Smitty [Mr. Smith] and Tony Saladino have had influences on his life that he will not forget.

About Tony Saladino, Young said, “He has coached me from the time that I was seven and during that time has helped me to become the person and baseball player that I am today.”

Coach Smitty though, being Young’s Criminal justice teacher has opened life opportunities for him. After completing Criminal Justice this year, Young will received his unarmed Security guard license, which, he says, is one step towards a possible career in law enforcement.

Young explained that his parents have been his biggest support throughout high school; they are persistent in motivating him to keep his grades up, staying involved in clubs such as National Honor Society, Student Government Association, and Students All Connected.

In alignment with Youngs accomplishments in baseball, his academic career has been above average- he has taken AP and honors classes which help to bring his weighted GPA up to a 5.1 and he scored an 1100 on his SAT.

After high school, Young plans to attend Palm Beach State College where he will play baseball for two years before he transfers to a four-year college.

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Big Hit’s new entertainment group is “TXT”

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Big Hit Entertainment is a company that created the most successful, worldwide music group BTS. Big Hit announced a new boy band on January 10, called “TXT.” Big Hit shared an introductory film to the act.

TXT stands for “Tomorrow X Together”, but Big Hit tells Billboard to read it as “Tomorrow by Together,” as it is written in Korean. The first introduction film, titled “What do you do?”, introduces the first member, Yeonjun, in TXT. At the end of the video, it goes blank and shows a Morse code that fans quickly decoded to translate into “Dreaming.”

Shortly after the introductory film, terms like “Yeonjun,” “BigHit” and the hashtag #TOMORROW_X_TOGETHER began trending, worldwide on Twitter. TXT is Big Hit’s second group after six years since Billboard 200 chart-toppers BTS got their start in 2013. Big Hit has yet to announce TXT’s debut date or the amount of members in its lineup but that doesn’t stop billboard to reach out for further details.

Big Hit Entertainment states: “Tomorrow X Together is a bright and youthful boyband where each member is different from one another, shinning in their own way to create a synergy. Just as how their name suggests, the different members have all come together under one dream in hopes of building a new tomorrow.”

The company also described Yeonjun as a “19-year-old member with outstanding dancing skills.” Big Hit tells billboard that he is the eldest in the group. The company also tells billboard that the name signifies how the act has “all come together under one dream in hopes of building a new tomorrow.”

Since Yeonjun was revealed as the first member of TXT, Big Hit shared teaser videos and imagery for Soobin and Hueningkai over the past few weeks. Each member has been introduced with his own distinct setting and sonic backdrop with their short intro videos all titled “What do you do?” featuring bright rock and roll, EDM and pop. All members are teens.

According to Big Hit Entertainment, Soobin is 18 and the leader of the group, while Hueningkai is 16 years old. Big Hit has gained a lot of attention for weaving a creative storyline throughout BTS career, and already TXT is promising to feature a similarly intriguing narrative, one who dreams are likely to play a key factor.

Already there have been multiple references to dreams in the lead-up to the group’s launch, including Morse code at the end of each intro video spelling out “Dreaming.” It’s unknown whether the idea of dreams has to do with the group’s first single or album title, but it is a bit of a throwback; BTS debuted with the song “No More Dream” in June 2013.

It’s unknown when TXT’s first song will be released because Big Hit has only revealed some of the members and other tidbits, so it is unknown when they’ll put out their first release, but anticipation is high.

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Emma Poole is Durant star student

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Plant City, Fla.–Emma Poole, a junior at Durant High School, is the epitome of a successful Durant student!

Poole explained her various endeavors, such as her recent victory with Durant Calendar Girl Pageant. Poole’s first pageant was when she was in ninth grade, the FFA Sweetheart Pageant, where she won the title First Maid.

“After that, I just took a liking to pageants and decided to continue doing them,” Poole said.

Unfortunately, Poole was unable to compete in the Calendar Girl Pageant her sophomore year due to her participation in a FFA pig show. Poole is competitive with Durant’s FFA program, recently winning a Floriculture Award. However, she didn’t let her commitment to FFA detour her from pageants this school year. In the 2018 Calendar Girl Pageant, Poole won Miss February and she was ecstatic about it.

Poole’s impact on the community is a big part of what sets her apart from others. During the summer, Poole is the summer intern at the East Hillsborough Historical Society. Plant City and our surrounding community have lots of rich history in agriculture and Poole believes that it is very important to educate the community about that history.

“Through the Historical Society, I’ve been able to put photographs in catalogs, bring in new items to the museum and take people from all over the country on tours to tell them about Plant City and what a wonderful town it is to live in,” Poole said.

Alongside doing her summer internships and Calendar Girl, Poole is also a part of the Durant football team. Her position on the team is the water girl and she loves it.

“Some of my very favorite Durant activities are the football games because of my role as the water girl. We’re one big family on the team,” Poole said.

Poole also participates in Durant’s Got Talent. Poole sings and plays piano in the show. She discussed her love for playing the ukulele and how she is also trying to learn to play the mandolin.

“Other than that, I volunteer at everything! If I’m not busy 24/7 I don’t know what to do with myself,” Poole said.

Emma Poole is definitely a great example of a star Durant student. She has a bright future ahead!

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The History of the ‘Meme’

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We all know what memes are. You know, the funny little pictures and videos? We are like moths as memes are like lamps; memes draw us in.

Over the years, memes have evolved into a massive part of pop culture; they have become engrained in our society and virtual lives. But where did they come from? Let’s start from the beginning.

Earlier this year, a comic from the early 1920s was posted to Twitter, which later stirred controversy if it was possibly the first meme ever.

According to a man by the name of Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, memes are “ideas that spread from brain to brain.” Basically, memes are variations of one original joke or picture, and it pertains to a wide variety of people.

Back to the original meme, many credits this as being the first meme, as it set out the first category of memes: the “Expectations vs. Reality” joke.

Memes are a huge part of pop culture. They tend to revolve around events taking place in society during a specific time. They are ever changing, meaning memes are only relevant for a very short period of time, often a month or two on average. After that month or so, the meme slowly becomes less and less relevant, all the while the emergence of a new meme occurs.

Memes became a huge part of our culture along with the rise of the internet and smart phones. While cell phones have been around since 1973, the rise of “smart phones” began in the early 2000s. Brands like Nokia and Blackberry were among the first smart phones, and were the platform for the emergence of other smart phone companies, including, Samsung, Android, and perhaps most popular of them all, Apple. In 2007, the very first iPhone was introduced to the public, and became known as the “father of all smart phones.” This phone was a computer and a camera in one, all the while being touch screen.

This iPhone revolutionized the way people communicated, and changed pop culture forever. People were able to take photos of themselves, upload them on a social media site, like Facebook and/or Instagram, and share their lives with the world.

The idea of uploading images and words online became easily accessible for everyday people; families can now stay in touch online, friends can share funny pictures and videos to others, and ultimately, the door was opened for everyone to be connected.

While it is hard to track down the very first internet meme, meme trends became prevalent on various social media sites. Some of the most iconic memes of the late 2000s included the Pepe meme, Bad Luck Brian, Doge, and of course, the “But that’s none of my Business” meme.

Over time, variations of memes like these led to the creation of new ones. In the 2010s, memes began to display overlaps in society, as they appear to follow trends and events that are occurring in the world.

Memes may only appear to simply be funny pictures with lots of different captions, however there is a deeper meaning behind memes; they are forms of expression. They are essential to understanding the pop culture of Millennials and Generation Z, as memes are apart of the culture of these generations, and how humor has evolved overtime with the influence of technology and global events. They can be put as inside jokes that relate to everyone, as they connect people together and display the growth of a culture. With that, we can say, “Thank You Memes, Very Cool!”

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Pres. Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, sentenced to prison

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Michael Cohen, President Trump’s Ex-attorney, was sentenced to three years this Wednesday for crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to conceal his boss’ alleged sexual affairs, telling a judge that he agreed time and again to cover up Trump’s “dirty deeds” out of “blind loyalty.”

Cohen, 52, watched with self-disdain as a judge pronounced his sentence for evading $1.4 million in taxes, lying about Trump’s business dealings in Russia and violating campaign-finance laws in buying the silence of porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy centerfold Karen McDougal, who claimed they had sex with the candidate.

Cohen claimed that if it wasn’t for his “blind loyalty” for the president, things could have been different. “Time and time again, I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds rather than to listen to my own inner voice and my moral compass,” said Cohen, who once claimed he would “take a bullet” for trump.

The question now is, what will happen to Trump? He has ignored any questions about the issue and has denied having any sexual relations with the two women. Cohen, although he was once on his side, has been praised for speaking out against the most powerful man in the country.

Even with the President’s lack of cooperation, impeachment may not be out of the picture.

In an article by USA Today, it discusses a similar situation that occurred 20 years ago, the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.

The price the accusers must pay in an impeachment are high. Many Republicans lost house seats in the election following the impeachment and Democrats are fearful that, if they go through with the impeachment of Trump, they may have to deal with the same repercussions.

“It’s hard to impeach somebody who hasn’t done anything wrong and who’s created the greatest economy in the history of our country,” the President stated in an Oval Office interview last week. “I’m not concerned, no. I think that the people would revolt if that happened.”

Trump, according to this quote, isn’t fearful of the consequences that his actions may bring because he believes he has done nothing wrong, he believes this even with physical evidence and many allegations against him by people who know the most.

Although he publicly believes he will not be impeached, the worry is still there. If Democrats take majority in the house, impeachment may become a real possibility for Trump.

Further words about the presidents fate has yet to be released. With about one year left in Trumps term as president, the investigation could lean either way.

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Opinion: Animal testing is wrong

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Sixty-eight percent of U.S. households, or about 85 million families, own a pet. I’d bet that everyone in this room with a pet probably loves it, and if anything were to happen to them you’d be heart broken. Why does this change when the poor, innocent animal is put in the hands of a merciless scientist.

The tradition of Animal testing is cruel and inhumane. According to Humane Society International, animals used in experiments are commonly subjected to force feeding, forced inhalation, food and water deprivation, prolonged periods of physical restraint, the infliction of burns and other wounds to study the healing process, the infliction of pain to study its effects and remedies, and “killing by carbon dioxide asphyxiation, neck-breaking, decapitation, or other means.” [47] The Draize eye test, used by cosmetics companies to evaluate irritation caused by shampoos and other products, involves rabbits being incapacitated in stocks with their eyelids held open by clips, sometimes for multiple days, so they cannot blink away the products being tested. It’s awful how these animals are treated and how the people who treat them this way get off harm free because it’s in the “name of science.

Even with all the cruel and inhumane testing, animals are very different from human beings and therefore make poor test subjects. The anatomic, metabolic, and cellular differences between animals and people make animals poor models for human beings. [52] Paul Furlong, Professor of Clinical Neuroimaging at Aston University (UK), states that “it’s very hard to create an animal model that even equates closely to what we’re trying to achieve in the human.” Alternative and more effective methods such as in vitro (or in glass) testing, such as studying cell cultures in a petri dish, can produce more relevant results than animal testing because human cells can be used.

To further show the irrelevance animals should have in drug testing, the 1950s sleeping pill thalidomide, which caused 10,000 babies to be born with severe deformities, was tested on animals prior to its commercial release. Later tests on pregnant mice, rats, guinea pigs, cats, and hamsters did not result in birth defects unless the drug was administered at extremely high doses. Also, 94% of drugs that pass animal tests fail in human clinical trials.According to neurologist Aysha Akhtar, MD, MPH, over 100 stroke drugs that were effective when tested on animals have failed in humans, and over 85 HIV vaccines failed in humans after working well in non-human primates.

In conclusion, animals don’t deserve the cruel, unnecessary treatment that these drug testing labs put them through. All their suffering is put to waste in the need due to the lack or relation between humans and these lab animals.

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Stranger Things Two coming out this summer

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Last year, Stranger Things season two left fans questioning what would come of their favorite characters in the forthcoming season. Since the second season dropped last October, fans have been anxiously awaiting the release of any information regarding the return of the wildly popular show.

Since the start of shooting for season three back in April, fans have begun formulating theories as behind-the-scenes pictures and videos circulated around social media. In July, the first official teaser for the coming season unearthed a new location in the Stranger Things universe: a shopping mall.

The teaser was in the form of an old-fashioned television ad, detailing the stores that would be available. In the teaser, the Starcourt Mall was advertised as Hawkins’ newest innovation.

On Dec. 9, Netflix released a second official teaser for the long-awaited third season, revealing the titles of the eight upcoming episodes and giving fans a glimpse of some of the season’s themes.

Among the newly released episode titles were “The Mall Rats” and “The Battle of Starcourt”, raising suspicion from fans about the significance of Hawkins’ new shopping center.

There has been no official announcement regarding when the full trailer will launch, but it is speculated that it may come out in early 2019.

The third season of the series is set to hit Netflix in Summer 2019.

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BTS’ impact is spreading worldwide

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As the time passes, BTS’ impact on the world is steadily expanding. Their fanbase is unmatched, their loyal supporters residing all over the planet.

BTS’ songs hold powerful messages and the group addresses important topics such as mental health, societal pressures, self-expression, and loneliness in their lyrics. Their socially conscious lyrics and authentic and humble personalities are what draws most of their fans to them.

The group is very passionate about self-love, their recent album series, Love Yourself projecting a message of self-advocacy. The series ends on a hopeful note, highlighting the importance of loving yourself.

In September, BTS spoke at the United Nations for UNICEF’s Generation Unlimited launch, with RM giving a powerful speech on the significance of having your own voice and speaking for yourself instead of letting others speak for you.

“No matter who you are, where you’re from, your skin color, gender identity: speak yourself,” said RM. “Find your name, find your voice by speaking yourself.”

In November of 2017, BTS entered into a partnership with UNICEF Korea and began the Love Myself campaign. The campaign is focused toward ending violence and spreading love in the world. All funds raised during the two-year collaboration will go toward protecting adolescent victims of domestic and sexual assault and providing educational opportunities in local communities.

It has been brought up multiple times that BTS is playing a role in redefining masculinity and erasing barriers that limit what an individual can and cannot do or be based on their gender. During a Billboard interview, the interviewer brought up the fact that the songs on the Love Yourself: Her album seemed to be gender neutral.

“I was reading the lyrics are gender neutral, which I think is really powerful,” said the interviewer. “Was that a conscious decision?”

RM replied, “The lyrics were based on rare and special things in life. So, I thought, those feelings transcend genders, cultures and barriers between people.”

Western audiences have a preconceived notion of what men should look and act like. Self-care and precise attention to appearance are considered feminine by Western standards, but BTS defies all of these ideas, sporting full-face makeup and impeccable fashions.

In 2016, BTS did a photo shoot for Singles Magazine in which they dressed in skirts and fishnets in open protest of gender norms.

There is a long-standing toxic belief that men should not cry or show emotion. BTS’ emotional vulnerability and authenticity in their lyrics goes against this belief and encourages others to disregard predetermined gender roles and live their lives the way that they desire.

In Suga’s song, ‘The Last’, recorded under his solo stage name, Agust D, he opens up about his struggles with depression, OCD, and social anxiety, including lyrics such as, “On the other side of the famous idol rapper stands my weak self, it’s a bit dangerous. Depression, OCD, they keep coming back from time to time.”

This degree of honesty and openness is uncommon for Korean hip-hop artists, who typically practice censorship when it comes to personal feelings such as these.

Even out of the studio, BTS is very vocal about their views on the importance of mental health. There is a long-standing stigma in Korea around mental health that prevents many people from seeking help and BTS’ outspokenness about sensitive subjects such as this defies all notions that individuals should keep their feelings hidden.

In a Billboard interview, BTS spoke up about mental health after the suicide of Jonghyun, a member of the K-Pop group, SHINee.

“I really want to say that everyone in the world is lonely and everyone is sad,” said Suga, “and if we know that everyone is suffering and lonely, I hope we can create an environment where we can ask for help, and say things are hard when they’re hard, and say that we miss someone when we miss them.”

The new wave of musicians and innovators like BTS bring new hope to the world and have the potential to change the music industry forever.

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“Frozen 2” to be released in 2019

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Pixar’s Frozen proved to be an enormous success, earning a whopping $1.3 billion at the box office and earning the title of the highest grossing animated film in history.  Frozen’s impact spreads farther than the theater, as you can find Frozen toys and merchandise almost everywhere. The film even got its own Broadway show.

A Frozen sequel was announced back in 2015 and has been in the works for the past two years.

The four core cast members, Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathon Groff, and Josh Gad are all confirmed for the new film along with some new cast members. According to Variety, Sterling K. Brown and Evan Rachel Wood are set to play roles in Frozen 2, though their characters have not yet been announced. Directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck are also returning for the movie.

The songwriters from the original films are working on Frozen 2 as well, and four songs have already been written for the movie so far.

While little information has been revealed regarding the plot, it has been revealed that Anna and Elsa will embark on an adventure far from their home, Arendelle. It has also been said that the audience will get to know Anna and Elsa better in the new film.

According to DigitalSpy, filmmakers established the end of the movie before anything and are working backward from there.

The sequel is set to hit theaters on Nov. 22, 2019.

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