Shenna Extends a Yearning for Connection and Truth in Life.
The newcomer longs for clearer understanding.
It's pretty easy to understand exactly how and why social media has adversely impacted real life relationships. We conduct our every single move through black mirrors ⎯⎯ every day could be an episode of that popular Netflix show, to be honest ⎯⎯ and in the process, we've lost touch with ourselves and each other. Subsequently, dealing with problems and interpersonal issues has become increasingly difficult. R&B newcomer named Shenna, a previous pick for our weekly #WomanCrushWednesday, claps back, you could say, with a new single called "Conversation," a slow-burn depicting her frustrations with the whole damn thing.
"Can we be honest?" she implores through a magical blanket of velvety production, finger snaps cooing up and over the corners. "Tell me what you want to say," she later sings, flyaway vocals that are lush and somehow calming, coming in foamy waves. On the song, she says in a press release, "I wrote this song because I feel that a lot of times people avoid telling someone they care about the truth, afraid they will hurt them but in reality it's hurting both sides by not having a real personal conversation to hash out problems."
So, next time you think about blasting someone on Twitter, rethink and unplug ⎯⎯ and go talk to them, face-to-face. In might just completely blow your mind.
Her caramel vocal is paired with quite a rich cultural heritage. "My father being Arabic and my mom African-American, I have been exposed to the best of both worlds. My father's side is very musical and I grew up watching videos of famous Middle Eastern singers and copying their vocal techniques. My mom raised me on so many different types of styles which has influenced my creativity," Shenna told us back in April. Unsurprisingly, she "was always encouraged to sing by my mom at a young age. She would sing songs she loved to me and I would memorize the lyrics and present them to her in our living room as a 'mini concert."
The actor's Instagram post about being detained during a Santa Monica protest shared thoughtful reflection on racial and class privilege.
With 32.3 million followers, the 27-year-old Riverdale actor knows very well that eyes are on him.
But during this current moment of national protest and collective outrage over the death of George Floyd, police brutality, and all forms of oppression against people of color, attention shouldn't be on rich, white, straight actors–and Sprouse knows it, according to his recent Instagram post. While participating in Santa Monica protests, the actor was among a small group of protesters who were directed to disperse by police but found their exit path blocked by police. In the resulting confusion, a few dozen individuals, including Sprouse, were zip-tied.
White people: We need to look to BIPOC leadership before participating in any anti-racist actions, online or otherwise.
As protests against racist police brutality continue across the United States and the world in the wake of the brutal murder of George Floyd, many people are taking to social media to share their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Posts shared across Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook include information on how to help protestors, how to financially contribute to black led organizations, how to protest safely in the face of police force, and how to be a better ally to the black community. Much of this is vital information that shows how helpful social media can be when harnessed for good.
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