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    September 11th, 2011Jillian GWorldly

    Part of me didn’t want to write this post, but part of me felt I had to. This website is never too serious, but as a writer I wanted to get this out..

    10 years ago today, I was sitting in my 5th grade science class when a teacher ran in and asked if anyone’s parents worked in New York City. I raised my hand and she looked at me in terror. Thank God, my parents were not affected by the tragedies that were taking place at that moment. Others in my school were not as fortunate.

    I hate the expression “always remember, never forget”. First of all, both expressions mean the same thing, and yet mean nothing at all. The terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001 were not exactly something you just “forget”. As I sat awake in bed last night until 4 AM, wondering what would take place on the 10th anniversary, I realized there was no point in being fearful. The attacks on our country were malicious, hateful, and angry. The attacks on our country made us closer, stronger, and prideful.

    As a 9-year old child, I didn’t even know what “World Trade Center” meant as I walked home from school early with my parents that day. All I knew is that I would never again see the symbolic Twin Towers stand above our beloved city. I didn’t feel anything. I was a child. Today, I look back at the people who lost loved ones, feeling an unreal amount of unforgiving sadness. Children like myself who did not know such hatred existed, who did not even understand what terrorism was, had their families robbed of them, never to be the same again. We can never turn back time, and we can never understand why innocent lives were stolen from us on that day. We can only hope for the end of hatred and the beginning of a peaceful era. My thoughts and prayers are with the families who were broken 10 years ago today. God Bless America.

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    May 22nd, 2011Jillian GChill, College, Pop Music, R&B, Video, Worldly

    As you may or may not remember (depending on your brain capacity), I recently posted pop singer Alex Young’s new song, “Something’s Coming”. “Something’s Coming” is a chilling wake-up call to our generation (and the other generations) to come together and make the changes necessary to save our world. With all the crises around the planet today, including natural disasters, poverty, pollution, wars/violence, etc…something MUST be done to stop it all, and it is our job to make these changes before something really tragic happens. Today was the supposed “end of the world”, and AY dropped the new video at exactly 3:33 PM EST. Check out this message from Alex describing why she wanted to make this haunting new video:

    “With all of the social, economic and environmental turmoil we are experiencing in the World today, I wanted to dedicate a song to that reality and through it generate a sense of human responsibility, connection and a call to action for changing our trajectory.

    Something’s Coming is a song of truth, hope and action. It is imperative that we as a human race recognize our fragile state and start making changes to put our planet back on track. We are all accountable. We can take it back and need to start now by putting our words into action, locally and globally—for the sake of our planet and the humans that inhabit it as its ‘guests…’”

    If this video doesn’t make you want to get out there and change the world for the better, I don’t know what will.

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    April 24th, 2011Jillian GChill, College, Pop Music, R&B, Worldly

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    Ready for the next biggest movement in pop music? I PROMISE you will like this song and your emotions will run wild.

    If you haven’t heard of Alex Young.. you’re behind! Not only is she the next hottest pop diva on the scene, but she’s a diva with a message. Her latest single, “Government Name”, did extremely well, garnering the #4 position on MTV Logo’s Pop charts and sustaining this position for over 6 weeks (it’s still there!). Now, Alex is back with a new single called “Something’s Coming”.

    The first time I heard this song, I instantly got chills down my spine, and couldn’t get it out of my mind for weeks. With the deep crisis the world is in, there is a huge need for hope and a greater need for change. “Something’s Coming” is a message of both. We NEED to make a change in this world before something really tragic happens, like the tsunami in Japan or the earthquake in Haiti, to name a few. You MUST listen to this beautiful song – the instrumental is incredible, the lyrics are moving (to say the absolute LEAST), and AY’s vocals are beyond amazing. Truly touching.

    Stay tuned for this soon-to-be-viral music video dropping very soon! I will post the download link with the video.

    Add Alex on FACEBOOK and TWITTER by clicking those links, or visit her website at alexyoungmusic.com

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    June 21st, 2010Jillian GWorldly

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    So K’naan’s song “Waving Flag” was rerecorded and used as the official song of the 2010 World Cup. That’s a pretty awesome accomplishment for K’naan. I think it’s a great remake of the song, it has that inspirational African/worldly sound to it, like Lion King, but not as good.  As much as I like this song, nobody does African/worldly beats like Simba.

    Here’s another 2010 World Cup song by Shakira, called “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)”. I love music like this, I’ve always liked African beats and Indian music.  Ever since I was a baby I would “coo” to it. Every time I hear Shakira I think of that classic quote from “Whenever, Wherever”: “Lucky that my breasts are small and humble, So you don’t confuse them with mountains”. That’s good writing. Anyway, here’s “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa) below.

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