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Up and coming singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez tore up the stage this week on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon,” playing her silky, sad song “Figures.” The 27-year-old singer of Colombian descent appeared to pour her heart out and received a standing ovation for it. Hailing from Toronto, Canada, this was her first late night performance in the U.S. Reyez brought it, using her unique raspy pipes and powerful lyrics to tell a story we all know too well; a tale of unrequited love and betrayal. Reyez has been working to achieve her musical dreams for some time now, discussing the trials and tribulations of her journey through her songs.
In a recent interview with YouTube page HardKnockTV, Reyez talked about her struggles, including fighting off a producer’s advances, which led to her song “Gatekeeper.”
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She also gets into why she chose the name of her album “Kiddo,” and the album’s cover art as well: a picture of her niece with her face covered by a singular red balloon.
In another segment of the interview, she talks about Latinos in popular music, her parents’ influence, and what drives her to make music “con todo pulmón.”
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Supportive Latino parents are the best! She also shouts out other up and coming Latinas like Princess Nokia and Kali Uchis.
Her future is looking bright, having also recently been featured on Romeo Santos’ “Un Vuelo A La” from his new album “Golden.”
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She’s also tearing up the charts on her own, as Fallon mentioned, with over 30 million streams of her album “Kiddo” worldwide.
Kamala Harris appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where she slow-jammed the news and dunked on a gun-loving college bro. The audience was made entirely of college students who, during one segment, got to ask Harris a question. When someone tried to challenge Harris’ position on gun control, she was happy to set him straight on the matter.
While the United States does not have the most gun violence of any nation, it has the most gun violence of any developed nation, and honestly, it isn’t faring too well when compared to developing countries.
“The United States has the 28th-highest rate of deaths from gun violence in the world: 4.43 deaths per 100,000 people in 2017 — far greater than what is seen in other wealthy countries,” according to NPR. “And the national rate of gun violence in the U.S. is higher than in many low-income countries.”
That time a college student tried to come for Kamala Harris
During a segment, Senator Harris and Fallon took questions from an audience of college students. A bro from Fordham University named Andrew tried to come for Senator Harris’ wig. Now, regardless of how you feel about her, one thing is objectively true about Harris — she is a no-nonsense, cunning prosecutor who can think quick on her feet. I would not try her.
“Do you believe in the mandatory buyback of quote, unquote, ‘assault weapons,’ and whether or not you do, how does that idea not go against, fundamentally, the Second Amendment?” Andrew asked.
It was at this moment that I began to fear for Andrew’s life. Harris was happy to state her position.
“Great question, I do believe that we need to do buybacks, and I’ll tell you why,” Harris said. “Let’s be clear about what assault weapons are, they have been designed to kill a lot of human beings quickly, they are weapons of war, with no place on the streets of a civil society, I’ve seen assault weapons kill babies and police officers.”
Harris said she plans to take executive action regarding gun control if elected President and if congress fails to ban the importation of assault weapons, pass universal background check requirements, and mandatory buybacks.
Harris dunks on bro using his own experiences
Then Harris led Andrew through a little mental exercise by reminding him of what country he lives in — the one where mass shootings are a regular occurrence, you know that one.
“How many of you guys, as college students, had to have a drill during high school or middle school or elementary school or even in college were you learning about how you need to hide in the closet or crouch in a corner in the event that there’s a mass shooter roaming the hallways of your school?” Harris asked.
Of course, Andrew’s hand went up along with everyone else’s. Shooter drills are the new normal for American students.
“Look at that, look at that. And here’s the thing, it terrorized you. It is traumatizing. I don’t want that any of our children should have to sit in class when you should be paying attention to what’s happening in the front of the classroom, letting your mind open up to the wonders of science, math or our, or whatever, and instead have to be worried about who’s going to come banging through the door carrying some kind of weapon,” Harris said.
Leaders need to lead on gun violence
“Leaders need to lead on this issue. So I’m telling you, when elected, if Congress fails to act, I will give them 100 days to get a bill on my desk for signature, if they do not do what I will put in place, by executive action, a comprehensive background check requirement and a ban on the assault weapons and importations of assault weapons in our country,” Harris said, finishing her speech with. “I’m done.”
Andrew was no longer standing, the crushing weight of being owned on national television seemed to have taken the wind out of him. He didn’t need to take several seats just the one to realize the audience, who was roaring with applause at Harris, did not share his ignorant beliefs.
Support for gun control is at an all-time high
It should be said that most Americans don’t share Andrew’s beliefs. Gun control has overwhelming bipartisan support. People are pretty against themselves randomly being killed by gun violence, which makes sense. So while it is the GOP preventing legislation from passing, it is not for a lack of support from Republican constituents! This is why Democrats, Republicans, and Independents should be demanding that the Republican Senate pass legislation — oh wait, we all have been for years they just don’t care if we live or die as long as those donations from the National Rifle Association keep coming in.
The 35th MTV Video Music Awards were last night in New York City and they were everything you expect from the music awards show. While there is a lot of talk about Madonna and her non-tribute tribute to Aretha Franklin, Latinos showed up and cleaned up when it came to the awards.
She was just a young girl when she auditioned for “X-Factor.” Look how far she has gone. Never limit yourself.
Congratulations to all of the winners from the 2018 MTV VMAs.
JLo the first Latin artist to win the Video Vanguard Award, J Balvin & Bad Bunny winning a VMA with Cardi B, Balvin winning another one for Mi Gente, Maluma singing Felices Los 4 on the show and Camila Cabello taking home Video of the Year for Havana. Latinos took the night #VMAS