For #ICBLombard we also have to take online classes. These past three weeks have been creative writing/journalism and I thought that I would just share some of my articles here. Finding these topics to write about was not an easy task and was definitely NOT done alone. So I would like to take this time to say, “THANK YOU!” to my lovely wife, Lauren.
Orange is the new black and strait is the new lesbian
With ‘Orange Is The New Black’ (OITNB) in its third season, the new character played by Ruby Rose is turning more than heads. According to elitedaily.com the actress has straight women feeling romantic urges. Rose has confirmed that she is a lesbian but does not identify with a gender. One fan tweeted, “Ruby-Rose is legit enough to turn me gay. Please dear god why did you bless someone with so much perfection?!” another tweeted, “I’m being deadly serious when I say I would turn gay for ruby rose, most beautiful human iv ever seen (sad face) #sexuallyconfused #notevenjoking”. Rose even has many male viewers confused, one male tweeted, “I’m a guy and I’d go lesbian for ruby rose”. Even with all of these fans being wrapped up into a web of lust, I think the real question is how does it affect actual lesbians? OITNB has a reputation of stirring up feelings whether they be controversial or political. This is the third season for the series and the first season of ‘OITNB’ for the Australian bombshell, but I have a feeling that we will be seeing a little bit more from her in seasons to come.
CHICAGO, Ill- According to the Chicago Tribune, Navy Pier is dismantling their Ferris wheel this fall to build a taller ride with updated technology just in time for the pier’s 2016 centennial. The new and updated gondolas will be fully enclosed with padded seating for ten, as apposed to the current six available. Other upgrades include; TV screens and speakers, a condensation system that will keep the windows from fogging up and climate control. The wheel’s rim and spokes will have programmable lights that change colors for special occasions. Brian Murphy, chief operating officer of Navy Pier Inc., commented, “We will have nightly light shows… We expect to have a lot of fun with it.”
Although nothing has been determined, ticket prices are speculated to rise from the current eight dollars. However, if the prices should go up, it wouldn’t be in vein. The new ride offers to increase its time from seven to twelve minutes with three revolutions instead of just one. The new Ferris wheel is being manufactured by Dutch Wheels in the Netherlands and stands just shy of fifty feet taller than the current, but still smaller compared to the original built for the 1893 World’s Fair by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr.. Even though that Ferris wheel was built to rival the Paris Eiffel Tower, the intent for the new modern Navy Pier wonder is simply to mark the Pier’s Centennial and revamp tourist revenue. Only time will tell if Chicago’s Navy Pier can accomplish its goal.
Taylor Swift seems to have written Apple in her “BLANK SPACE”, posting her concerns on tumblr last Sunday, about the Apple Music policy.
-According to a post on tumblr last Sunday titled “To Apple, Love Taylor”, Taylor Swift gave her official disapproval of Apple’s policy regarding Apple Music. In an attempt to steer the public towards paid streaming, Apple is offering its Apple Music as a free three-month trial. The catch however is that Apple has also stated that they will not be paying the artists, writers and producers for these free three-months.
The starlet is quoted saying that she finds Apples actions to be “…shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.” Swift continues further to state that her concerns are not for herself but for the new artists and writers with a hit single, “This is about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success. This is about the young songwriter who just got his or her first cut and thought that the royalties from that would get them out of debt.” Closing out her argument with “We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation,” must have struck a chord with Apple.
According to people.com, rather than continue creating “BAD BLOOD”, senior vice president of Internet software and services Eddy Cue tweeted that, “#AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming, even during customer’s free trial period.” In a follow up tweet Cue stated, “We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple.”
GOTHENBURG, Sw – After only two songs, the Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl fell off stage playing “monkey wrench” and broke his leg at a concert in Gothenburg this friday. In a Youtube video uploaded by a fan, Dave Grohl states, “I think I just broke my leg… I think I really broke my leg.” Dave Grohl then re-assures the crowd that “…the Foo Fighters (are) going to come back and finish the show.” However, not before a pit stop at the hospital where the Foo Fighters confirmed the broken leg by posting an x-ray on twitter. The caption to the photo read, “Thank you Gothenburg. That was amazing.” While Grohl was at the hospital, he asked his drummer, Taylor Hawkins, to keep the crowd entertained. After the hospital visit, Grohl returned to the concert and kept his promise to play again.
Grohl, 46, is not only the front man and guitarist to the Foo Fighters but also paved the way for a new genre in music, when he was the drummer of Nirvana. He is an accomplished musician, as well as a producer of both music and a documentary. Widely known in the music world as a completely self-less “Robin Hood-type” figure, Grohl seems to have sealed his nomination in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Some time after the concert, the Foo Fighters Facebook page was flooded with warm comments and well wishes for the newly crippled musician. One fan posted “You are the reason why people call the foo fighters the last rock band”… “Awesome show! Especially now that Mr. Grohl does his own stunts,” said another. With over 6,000 comments, 10,000 shares and 93,000 likes, the feelings and thoughts of the Foo fans are that of gratitude and a speedy recovery to the “Epic” man know as Dave Grohl.