Troye Sivan

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Troye Sivan is a 21 year old singer, songwriter, and actor. He was born in South Africa, but now lives in Australia.

He has released one album, Blue Neighbourhood, in 2015Since then he has released several singles. One of note is “There for you” which just came out May 26, 2017 and was produced by Martin Garrix, the major international DJ.

This young performing is an up and coming star amassing youtube followers in the millions.

What is also significant is Troye is openly gay. Becoming more and more mainstream with every song he puts out. This shows the amount of progress which has been made for LGBT performers globally.

From Logo.com “At last month’s GLAAD Media Awards, Sivan, who came out publicly on YouTube at the age of 14, became the youngest recipient of the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is presented to LGBT media professionals who promote equality and acceptance in their work and life. He honored trailblazing LGBT activists like Peter Staley, Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Gilbert Baker in his acceptance speech.”

http://www.newnownext.com/troye-sivan-lgbt-heroes-glaad-awards/04/2017/

Teaching us all that music can unite.

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http://www.troyesivan.com/

Instagram Story

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I’m sure you are aware of Instagram. It’s an app that let’s you upload photos and share them. It’s a visual way of sharing your social media story.

Recently, Instagram launched Instagram Story as a way for users to now create photos, videos, boomerang, and more to share.

It’s only posted for 24 hours and allows the user to be playful and quick with giving some insight into their days.

At the top of the scroll it lists all the people you follow who have created stories and allows you to watch them one after the other.

And for the person who posts, you get to see who viewed it. Plus you can save it or post it to your regular feed.

And it’s just a little bit addictive. Have fun sharing.

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My Life as a Zucchini

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My Life as a Zucchini is a wonderful French stop-motion animated film (Ma Vie de Courgette) which was nominated for an Academy Award. This heartfelt gem contains complex characters which happen to be made out of clay. Due to steady direction, solid writing, and deep compassion, it’s a special film.  It centers around the story of a boy, Icare, who is suddenly orphaned from his mother who nicknamed him “Zucchini”.

At the foster home he discovers a unique set of kids where he will be living. It there he learns that home is sometimes where you choose.

There are both French (with English subtitles) version, as well as an English version.

Be sure to check this one out.

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I Don’t Wanna Live For

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Have been listening to this song on repeat for about a week now. A collaboration between Taylor Swift and Zayn, made for the upcoming Fifty Shades Darker film.

At first the song doesn’t hit you, but then on second and third listen it really starts to have impact. Already Number 1 in 80 countries. Enjoy.

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La La Land

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La La Land. It’s rather extraordinary. And have already have seen it twice.

The story is about Mia and Sebastian, both with the desire to pursue their dreams in Hollywood. Mia is an actress and Sebastian is a musician. They meet and struggle to love and follow their dreams.

What makes this film special is the nostalgic and modern sensibilities smashed up together. It feels both familiar and fresh at the same time. And the talents of both Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are on full display.

It’s also a musical, but a touching and affecting one.

My friend Tyler said he took from it that “Some dreams come true, some dreams change.”

This one is for the dreamers.

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Rogue One

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is quite an accomplishment. Consider what is at stake: make another blockbuster, have it fit into the cannon of Star Wars films and the created film universe, have it fit in the story as seemlessly as possible, deliver effects, action, characters, and heart.

From the two times we have already seen the film, all of this is accomplished in Rogue One.

It’s also worth noting the female lead character, another strong female role.

And the Director, Gareth Edwards, a super fan, has clearly worked hard and researched extensively for this film. The film has some of the most realistic war sequences in Stars Wars. The pathos of war, the sacrifice, the loss, the heroism are all on display here.

It’s surprising and moving.

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