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The Killers Teamed Up With Spike Lee To Create A Music Video Highlighting The Migrant Crisis

Spike Lee is using his talent to tell another necessary story.

Famed director Spike Lee, who has just been nominated for an Oscar for his film “BlacKkKlansman,” is taking on another controversial topic for his latest project. The topic is immigration and the thousands of Central Americans seeking asylum in the U.S.

In a recent interview, during the government shutdown, Lee spoke to the women on “The View” about the music video “Land Of The Free” that he directed for The Killers. He said singer Brandon Flowers reached out to him after watching “BlacKkKlansman.”

“He called me out of nowhere and told me he has a song and it’s a protest song,” Lee said on “The View.” “I said, ‘Send it to me,’ and I said, ‘Let’s do it.'” Lee said the song is about “people who were seeking peace.”

“It’s so relevant because over 800,000 Americans are not being paid — because of what’s happening on this thing,” he said, speaking in regards to President Donald Trump seeking billions for the border wall.

“[Trump was] saying, ‘All Mexican’s are rapists, murderers, drug dealers.’ And then he said with the caravan that was coming, ‘Well there’s some people from the Middle East,’ so he was trying to say there were terrorists,” Lee said. “They’re people who walk hundreds of miles in flip-flops, so unless they made some nuclear bomb flip-flops..” and added: “This is bananas, this is a crazy time.”

Here’s a portion of the lyrics:

“When I go out in my car, I don’t think twice/But if you’re the wrong color skin (I’m standing, crying)/You grow up looking over both your shoulders/In the land of the free/And we got more people locked up than the rest of the world/Right here in red, white and blue (I’m standing, crying)/Incarceration’s become big business/It’s harvest time out on the avenue.”

Flowers said via Twitter that the song began taking shape in 2012 during the school shootings in Sandy Hook. He added that everything that our country has endured since Trump’s election made him complete the song.

“We dishonor our values, our ancestors, and our heritage, and we tear gas our brothers and sisters seeking asylum. I see my family in the faces of these vulnerable people.” He finished by saying: “I love my country. I know these are complicated times, but whether you stand to the left, or the right, or straddle the line, you gotta believe that we can do better.”


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Demi Lovato Gasses Up Her Teen Self In Her Latest Music Video ‘OK Not to Be OK’

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Demi Lovato Gasses Up Her Teen Self In Her Latest Music Video ‘OK Not to Be OK’

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Demi Lovato is hardly a stranger to opening up about the things that have plagued her. The “Sorry Not Sorry” singer has long used her voice and platform to shed light on the issues that so many young girls struggle with. Namely body image. Like many young girls across the country (who are reportedly more likely to suffer from the pressures of our society’s pressure to obtain the “ideal body”) Demi Lovato has been open about her years struggling with eating disorders. Moreover, in recent years Lovato has positioned herself as an advocate for young girls suffering from similar issues.

In a recent music video, Lovato is opening up about her pain by doing so with a girl she can relate to on a completely different level: her younger self.

Lovato’s newest song comes with a heartwrenching and brilliant collab with Marshmello.

In her latest video, Lovato finds herself transported to her childhood bedroom, waking up in her old bed. When she looks in the mirror, she finds herself staring straight into the face of her younger self (a la Camp Rock). Marshmello also wakes up in his own childhood room, and the two artists end up settling with their past demons throughout the rest of the video. 

The lyrics of the song detail the process of coming to terms with dark emotions and mental health struggles. “Don’t get lost in the moment, or give up when you’re closest,” Lovato sings in the new music video. “All you need is somebody to say, it’s OK not to be OK.”

Throughout the video, the teenage and adult versions of Lovato and Marshmellow rage in their bedrooms in the video before ultimately finding a balance. The video concludes with both versions of Demi holding hands and meeting up with the teenage and adult versions of Marshmello while dancing down a street.

“I think it’s just such an important subject,” Marshmello said about the song’s release on World Suicide Prevention Day. “I think a lot of people, about negative feelings and negative thoughts that are affecting them are kind of scared to bring it up, scared to talk about it. When in reality, they’re scared because maybe the person won’t relate or the person won’t understand, when in reality most of time the person that you could bring it up to, will most likely has felt like this or will understand or can relate as well. So I think it’s very important to talk about it.”

Check out the music video below!

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Court Orders ICE To Release Children In Their Custody As COVID-19 Tears Through Detention Centers

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Court Orders ICE To Release Children In Their Custody As COVID-19 Tears Through Detention Centers

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COVID-19 is spiking across the U.S. with 32 states watching as new cases of the virus continue to climb day after day. California, Arizona, Texas, and Florida are among states that have set daily new infection records. With this backdrop, a federal judge has ruled that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) must release children, with their parents, by July 17.

A judge ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release children in detention by a certain date.

U.S. Judge Dolly Gee ordered ICE to act quickly in response to the rampant COVID-19 spread in detention centers to protect the health of migrants. Judge Gee is giving ICE until July 17 to comply and release all children that have been in the agency’s custody.

U.S. Judge Gee ruled that the threat of the pandemic is great where the children are being held.

“Given the severity of the outbreak in the counties in which FRCs are located and the Independent Monitor and Dr. Wise’s observations of non-compliance or spotty compliance with masking and social distancing rules, renewed and more vigorous efforts must be undertaken to transfer (children) residing at the FRCs to non-congregate settings,” Judge Gee wrote in her order.

Concerned politicians and public figures are celebrating the judge’s order.

The order is aimed specifically at the Family Residential Centers (FRCs) and Office of Refugee Resettlement camps across the country. The virus has been running rampant in detention centers and prisons and, according to the judge, unsurprisingly the virus has made it to the FRCs.

She continued: “The FRCs are ‘on fire’ and there is no more time for half measures.”

National leaders are calling on ICE to follow the ruling by a federal judge.

The judge’s order is aimed at the three FRCs in the U.S. Two are in Texas and one is in Pennsylvania. Unaccompanied minors in various shelters are also included in the order.

“Although progress has been made, the Court is not surprised that [COVID-19] has arrived at both the [Family Residential Centers] and [Office of Refugee Resettlement] facilities, as health professionals have warned all along,” Judge Gee wrote.

This story is developing and we will update as new information arises.

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