If you have been following the latest in K-pop groups you have noticed that some of the artist coming from the K-pop scene are serious contenders in talent. While a lot of American artist seem to be skilled at either rapping or singing, many of the Korean artist are skilled at both forms of art. Take one of my favorites Jessi for example! She is a Korean/American female artist who actually comes from New Jersey. She moved to Korea as a teen and has become one of their top female solo artist.
Jessi has managed to stay valid in a country that pretty much likes to discourage women from showing their sexuality. In many K-pop videos women are dressed up to model almost a perfect dream of what a woman should be. However, Jessi pushes upwards with her unique style and unrelenting talent. She is gritty, beautiful, soulful and a truly awesome female rap artist.
In her newest song, she reminds you just how multi-talented she is and her presence as always commands attention with sounds that pop and stress the importance of being true to self. In many ways Jessi would belong in the K-pop hip hop group because she is just as talented as a rapper as she is a singer. Her song Drip which is entirely in English cased some heads to turn when commentators stated that she was being culturally insensitive when she compared her diamonds like blue Crips. Yet, many people forget she is from Jersey and some do not realize that Korea also has Crips and Bloods. So here’s my girl and her new song.
Jackson Wang is also one of those multi-talented artist. He is Chinese and is also a singer in the K-pop group GOT7.
Have a great weekend! To my readers in India, what are some names of Indian artist? I would love to get to know some new Bollywood.
There will come a time in the near future that requires our attention to detail. It will require our knowledge of the past as well as our ability to judge our future based on the present. Today we are standing at the edge of a cliff as a country. We are neither bad or good by default. Most of us are strong willed people with great values. We hold those values close to our heart. We all come from different walks of life and have different views of what it takes to be a good citizen. However, in order to truly protect our country we must accept the need for a different path.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
This is perhaps one of my favorite quotes of all time because it shows the need to grow. Reflection is thinking about things we have done, or that will be done. It is almost like a set of directions that one must understand before they are able to put those directions into play. It reminds me of the time when my husband and I were stationed at our second duty station. We had just purchased our first bookshelf. I was very excited because I had never had a bookshelf. There we were excited to the max over owning our first bookshelf. Jon took it inside and pulled out the instructions.
After what seemed like hours, we finally had our bookshelf. He took the time to reflect or study the directions. It looked just like the picture on the box. If we were judging by imitation, the bookcase was a success. However, after we placed our first few books in the top shelf our bookcase shattered to the ground. It looked sturdy, ideal and perfect without any defect. Yet, our best efforts had proven to be a little lacking. Jon thought he could memorize the details of the directions which was our downfall.
Voting is a little like putting together a really expensive bookcase. In order to understand the person you are looking to place into office, you must understand their ability to reason for the betterment of the people. It is easy to stand and say all the right words especially when they are given to you. You might even be able to imitate ruling to some degree until a situation calls for the heart of a real leader. In those moments that a country barely stands, a leader is needed to pull them up. COVID-19 brought us and other nations to our knees. Our leader did not lead because he did not have the experience in dealing with a country in crisis mode. Our cabinets have rarely been manned properly since he has been on office due to high turnover rates. Perhaps, this is how one can run a business, but this is not how one runs a country.
Do you remember what you were doing three years ago? I was getting used to my new surroundings and trying to mend my relationship with my children. We were talking about border security, health care, and a healthy economy. Then, out of nowhere COVID-19 came and changed the conversation.
It changed the way we celebrated life, mourned death and prepared for the afterlife in many ways. The old conversations no longer made any sense. The arguments over border security were pushed to the back of the room because we had a new problem. We had an enemy so lethal that it would push into our living rooms and tear at the very heart of America.
COVID-19 changed the way we lived, loved and hated one another. It taught us that we often thrive and decline as one. We are stronger together and that holds true from the entire country.Just as family members who hadn’t spoken in years rushed to call each other and ask about their estranged member’s well-being, we must act in a similar manner towards each other.
I remind you again to pick up your phones and reach out to those you love. We might not know what tomorrow brings, but we know what this second can gift. We are together in this and married to this situation for better or worse. The only thing we can do at this point is build a protective wall around those we love. That protective wall includes sensible thinking and a protective spirit for our brothers and sisters.