"No one ever wants to admit if the new girl is awesome."
Stylistically this is giving me updated Avril Lavigne vibes especially in the bridge. Turns out it's no coincidence. "I was talking with Jordan Sapp, one of my producers, about how how we missed the early 2000's pop music. There isn't enough of it! I knew I wanted to get back to that and thought I could start to bring it back with my music. A few weeks later, I heard Hot and immediately knew that was the song I wanted to cut. After taking it to Jordan, we discussed our vision for the song and built the production around it. Before I knew it, the single was born!" says Marisa inspired by the music of the early 2000's. She thinks others miss the nostalgic feeling this kind of music evokes too and I'm right there with her. I long for the days that "A Thousand Miles," ruled the radio sometimes. In addition to the nostalgia, the song ultimately is about letting go. She says, "I feel like this song has a message that I want to always stand for...learn to let things go and move on." She knows that as much as you want to hate your ex's new girl "sometimes you just can't" and you may as well move on.
Marisa Maino is a former ballerina, actress, and avid multi-tasker. She says that songwriting is the only time she can slow down her mind and focus on one thing. In that way it is sacred to her and she feels that she's truly honed in on what she's meant to do after trying just about every art form. When an injury stalled her dance career, she moved to LA to pursue acting, when she grew frustrated with the one track mindedness of some casting directors, she decided to audition for the X Factor. One thing led to the other and she landed in Nashville with an exciting music career on the brink. She says, ""I'm really inspired by those who do music becausethey love it - and not because they just want to be famous. There's so much that we can do with music in the arts. Society is trying to grow in this but I sometimes feel like it doesn't grow fast enough. Music has taught me so much. Listening to interviews with celebrities has taught me about living life and that's not what you learn in the classroom. That's something I'd love to give back."
Even to this day, "Dark Tournament" remains the defining shonen "Tournament Arc."
Oftentimes, it's impossible to separate the quality of the anime we grew up watching from the sense of nostalgia those series evoke.
Case in point: Dragon Ball Z. Historically, DBZ is likely the most influential anime series of all time, both redefining the shonen genre for every series that came after it and introducing an entire generation of Western kids to Japanese animation through the legendary Funimation dub on Cartoon Network's Toonami block. Chances are high that if you meet someone who loves anime and grew up in the late '90s or early 2000s, they'll have a deeply personal bond with DBZ.
At the same time, it's hard to argue that DBZ holds up in the modern day, especially for new viewers coming in with fresh eyes. The pacing of the original series is super slow, the fights drag out forever, and while DBZ created so many of shonen's most prevalent tropes ("This isn't even my final form!"), almost everything DBZ ever did has since been done better by other series.
About a year after being accused of selling furniture to ICE detention centers, e-commerce site Wayfair is in another controversy.
Wayfair, the e-commerce website beloved by millennials on a budget who don't want their apartments to look just like IKEA showrooms, is no stranger to controversy.
Last summer, employees of the company organized a protest after allegations surfaced that Wayfair had sold $200,000 worth of furniture to border detention facilities. Now, Wayfair is being suspected of trafficking missing children in their furniture.