Rihanna vs. Snapchat

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Back in 2009, Chris Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting Rihanna during an argument. This news was all over the Internet. Everybody was shocked to hear this news because people thought of them as the perfect couple. This incident made Chris Brown lose many of his fans because they didn’t tolerate domestic violence. According to CNN Judge Patricia Schnegg: “I want Mr. Brown treated as any other defendant who comes to this court.” At the time, Chris Brown was 19 years old. He felt like abuse was a way to express his feelings, because that’s how Brown was raised. Allegedly, his stepfather used to beat his mother and it influenced him. What he did was not okay, but he thought it was. Obviously, he was wrong.

Rihanna is criticizing Snapchat for advertising domestic abuse. The ad is mocking her domestic violence incident with former boyfriend, Chris Brown. The ad for the app called “Would you Rather?” featured photos of the two singers and asked the app users if they would rather “slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown.”

The, “Would Rather” ad was removed sometime last week, and Snapchat released an apology on The Verge: “The advert was reviewed and approved in error, as it violates our advertising guidelines.”

Rihanna won’t accept Snapchat’s apology and said they did it intentionally. Rihanna went to Instagram to let her fans know how she felt about the whole ordea,l and she said, “This isn’t about my personal feelings, cause I don’t have much of them…but all the women, children and men that have been victims of domestic violence in the past and especially the ones who haven’t made it out yet…you let us down!” Snapchat responded to Rihanna’s post and said that it was a disgusting thing and it would never happen again.

The issue with American soccer

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It all starts with the kids.

After the United States failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, many turned to the Division I system, in college, and the player development clubs and academies, to find something/one to blame.

The indisputable fact is that soccer is the most popular sport in every country, in Central and South America. Even with nowhere near the population that the U.S. has, Trinidad and Tobago ousted the U.S., with a score of 2-1, in the United States’ final qualifying game.

The reason these countries can win against such a big country like the U.S., is because every kid is playing every day since the ages of 4-5 and it is every kids’ number one sport.

In the U.S., kids have the opportunity to play basketball, football, baseball, tennis, and many other sports. While a good number of kids still play soccer, it does not become their sole focus, usually, until about the age of 10 or 11. When kids choose a sport to focus on, it is usually basketball or football, but soccer is becoming increasingly popular in U.S.

I believe the U.S. will never make the semis of the World Cup unless soccer becomes the most popular sport in the country.

The fact that in almost every other country in the world, soccer is the most popular sport, outweighs the number of people those nations have. Because these foreign countries have been playing soccer (football) for such a long time, they have greatly improved their academies and national teams; often attracting the top young players from the U.S., to play abroad to play against better competition.

Trinidad and Tobago is a prime example of a smaller country having more skilled and polished players, even with 322 million fewer people in their country. Fundamentals are the most important skills of any sport, including soccer. Maintaining a solid base in soccer is key for the most important skills in the game: first touch, passing, and vision.

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Outstanding dribbling is a given for countries out of South America, but first touch is also, at times, overlooked. Since focusing on one sport, from a young age, is so important for becoming a master of the skills involved, this is why countries such as Trinidad and Tobago, with a population of 1.6 million, has realistic chances against the U.S. Because of this, some have started to blame our college system after the devastating loss on October 10, 2017.

Since Division I programs only want to win their conference, and make it to the NCAA Tournament, they are not focusing on developing the skills of their players, but rather playing the tactics that the coaching staff wants. Yes, this is a problem, but all of the problems, that can be pulled out of our academies and college programs, are the way they are because of the shortage of players we have committed to the game of soccer in the first place.

The simple fact of the matter is: we need more youngsters getting into the game that most other countries cherish with massive amounts of love and attention.

NFL free agency

The NFL free agency started of with a few key players moving around. First, the Denver Broncos signed quarterback Case Keenum. The Broncos are hoping that Keenum can emulate his success from last year, where he lead the Minnesota Viking to a heartbreaking NFC Championship game loss.

The Viking continued the theme of losing all of their quarterbacks as Sam Bradford signed with the Cardinals and Teddy Bridgewater signed with the Jets.

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The Vikings picked up Kirk Cousins from the Redskins. The Vikings believe Cousins can be their quarterback of the future.

Drew Brees also re-signed with the Saints. This move keeps New Orleans in the hunt for the playoffs and maybe the Super Bowl.

This free agency shook things up quit a bit. Above were the big moves made by teams, but every team made moves that will be significant next year, whether we know it or not. NFL teams are still signing players in free agency even though all the star players are signed. At this point of the year, teams are looking to fill in holes in their team. Most of those holes are at positions like offensive lineman, and getting a third cornerback that fits your system.

After free agency, teams look to secure their future through the draft. The draft allows teams to take risks, and potentially draft a star player. Some teams will be making smaller moves later in the draft while other teams such as the Cleveland Browns will be attempting to draft a franchise player in order to give themselves a glimmer of hope that things will get better.

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Harry Styles “Medicine”

Harry Styles recently started his 2018 tour, which was to be more inclusive with the people that wanted to go, considering that his tour last year, 2017, was small venues only, in limited locations.

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During his concerts, he sings his whole album, and adds in a few extra songs. Last year, he sang songs like “The Chain,” and songs from his group One Direction. This time, he has released two songs that have never been heard; he wrote them when he was writing his album, but they were cut from it.

My personal favorite is “Medicine.” It is a really fun and upbeat song that also gets slow in some parts. This song has caused a lot of talk about it. First off, the song is amazing. People are mad that it was cut from the album and he hasn’t released a studio version. Then, there’s the lyrics. They were analyzed because the song was live and it’s kind of difficult to hear them clearly. Harry Styles basically came out as bisexual in the song by saying “the boys and girls are in, I mess around with him, and I’m ok with it.”

Many news websites, and all over social media, have people talking about Harry, and his lyrics. His fans are really glad that people finally see that he’s bisexual, as we have known/guessed for years. He has been open about it in the past, giving hints, but never saying it straightforward. In an interview he was asked if gender matters when he’s dating, and he said it didn’t matter to him personally; people skipped over this. Harry is now out. He knew what he was doing when he sang this song live, and I’m really happy for him.