On Wednesday, exactly one month after 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire at his former high school in Parkland, Florida, students across the nation took part in National Walkout Day in protest of gun violence – capping off a busy first month of the student-led #NeverAgain movement. More than 185,000 students from more than 2,500 schools across the country were expected to participate, with students walking out of their classrooms at 10 a.m. local time for 17 minutes, one minute for each of the 17 people killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. In some cities, like New York, the demonstrations expanded beyond school property, spilling out onto the streets and into parks. In Washington, D.C., students carrying signs gathered en masse outside the White House and on Capitol Hill. Sites of previous school shootings, including Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, also took part. Internationally, students from Israel to Tanzania also walked out of … [Read more...] about National School Walkout: What Have Adults Done Since Parkland?
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There’s a song on Blake Shelton’s 2013 album Based on a True Story… titled “Granddaddy’s Gun” that sums up the warm feelings you can have for a cold, inanimate weapon. Written by Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Bobby Pinson, the nostalgic ballad connects the narrator to his family history, specifically to the influential figure who is no longer here: “I can still hear his voice when I put it to my shoulder / ‘a gun’s like a woman, son, it’s all how you hold her.'” I can relate. I too inherited my grandfather’s gun. Two of them, in fact: a .308 that he carried into the Pennsylvania mountains every November in search of a whitetail buck; and the .38 that he wore on his hip as a small-town police officer. I sleep with the latter by the bed, and I’ll load the other in a few weeks when I go deer hunting, with him very much on my mind. I’d wager that many country artists have similar stories. Shelton for … [Read more...] about Why Country Stars Need to Sound Off on Gun Control at the CMA Awards
Disney+, the highly anticipated streaming service from The Walt Disney Company, launched today in the U.S., Canada, and The Netherlands. With nearly 500 films and 7,500 episodes of television from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more, Disney+ is the exclusive home for some of the world's most beloved stories as well as a robust slate of original content ready to be discovered. "The launch of Disney+ is a historic moment for our company that marks a new era of innovation and creativity," said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. "Disney+ provides an exceptional entertainment experience, showcasing our library of beloved movies, TV series and exclusive original content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic." As part of the launch, the service premiered its first original series and films including The Mandalorian, the epic first-ever live-action Star Wars series; "Lady and the Tramp," a … [Read more...] about Disney+ Launches, The Mandalorian Is Finally Here, Here’s How to Watch
After announcing his involvement in the Toms apparel company’s campaign to support universal background checks in the firearm industry last week, Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard went one step further on Monday, calling out 34 fellow country artists to add their voice of support to Toms’ “End Gun Violence Together” campaign. In an interview with Rolling Stone Country, Hubbard expanded on his decision to speak out on the issues of gun violence and gun control, and explained the reasoning behind his call to encourage a wide range of country artists — including Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt, Luke Bryan and even fellow FGL bandmate Brian Kelley — to join him in the campaign. “We’ve been given a platform and a voice for a reason, and it’s really time to start using that voice for more than just talking about our music and ourselves,” Hubbard says. “Whether it’s at a country bar or a … [Read more...] about Why Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard Is Calling for Firearm Background Checks