After canceling a game to allow the players time to grieve, the Lakers held a memorial honoring Bryant on Jan. 31 prior to their game against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Laker players wore Kobe jerseys with the No. 24, shed tears, and consoled each other, remembering their friend and inspiration. Lebron James, who has been with the Lakers 19 months, did his best to commemorate Bryant for his lifetime hard work and addressed the Laker nation with heartfelt, healing words. “As I look around this arena, we’re all grieving,” James said. “We’re all hurt. We’re all heartbroken. But when we’re going through things like this, the best thing you can do is lean on the shoulders of your family.” Since the day of Bryant’s death, citizens of Los Angeles gathered out of the Staples stadium, creating makeshift shrines with candles, flowers, and balloons.
On Jan. 31, 2020, Lil Wayne released his newest album, “Funeral.” This came soon after his last album, “Tha Carter V,” in 2018, and was sure to surprise fans with its recent release. This album is unique in the way that it is named“Funeral” and when flipped upside down, the cover spells out Lil Wayne. “Dreams” was one of his more shocking songs for its intensity. In the chorus, he screams, “Thank God it was a dream.” The dark sounds of the song definitely threw many fans off to the point that the lyrics could not be focused on. When revisiting the song later, it became clear he basically had a dream where he lost all his fame and fortune but was glad that he was dreaming and still has the “American dream.” This definitely served as a relief. The loud yelling into the microphone is much different than his usual music that fans are used to.
Despite his personal issues, he has a keen ability of offering sexual and romantic advice to his peers thanks to his therapist mother. Otis partners up with a classmate, Maeve Wiley, to open up a sex clinic in school and make money by giving advice to their peers, so it is not surprising that chaos ensues.
The start of a new year brings the promise of new music. Some of the biggest names in the industry will be releasing albums throughout 2020.
On Jan. 17, 2020, Tyler Perry released his first movie to Netflix called “A Fall From Grace.” While some might argue the performances and narratives are stronger than one would see in a Madea movie, for example, Perry’s work in this film was still amateur.
With the 2020 presidential race around the corner, you may be wondering how the election’s most popular Democrats differ, or you may be a progressive voter trying to distinguish who to lend your support to. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are the leading progressives of the race, and although they have many similarities, they are also perceived as two sides of the same progressive coin. Nonetheless, both are liberal populists who want to fundamentally change the current economic system to help working and middle-class Americans.
For many decades now, as technology continues to advance and become increasingly accessible to the common populace, many have claimed that print media is dying if not already dead from the mainstream perspectives. The introduction of laptops, tablets, Kindles, smartphones, etc., have caused thousands of readers who relied on paper-based information to move on to arguably cheaper and space effective sources of digital journalism. Sources of physical journalism, such as magazines and newspapers, have since struggled to regain their foothold in the hands of the public with many in the field of print media losing faith that the medium can recover. upcoming journalists should still embrace and work in some aspect of paper journalism. Upcoming journalists should still embrace and work in some aspect of paper journalism, even though it’s becoming increasingly difficult to become financially successful in print media.
On Feb. 8, Willimantic will be hosting the Annual Chocolate Festival. There will be multiple events to participate in including an event called “Cupid Made Me Do It.” According to cupidmademerun.com, this event is a two-mile road race or walk, that will benefit the Windham Area Interfaith Ministry. The Windham Area Interfaith Ministry, as stated by this same website is a “is a coalition of 40 churches serving over 8,000 people annually in 12 area towns with clothing, furniture, appliances and emergency financial assistance.”
On Jan. 28, at 2 p.m., senior, track and cross-country runner Samara Johnson, was awarded the Hartford Healthcare Connecticut Courage Award. This award, according to hartfordhealthcare.org, is given to students who, “demonstrate courage in the face of adversary.”