Terror in France

Another tragedy has occurred in the beautiful country of France Thursday evening on July 14, 2016. In the city of Nice, France an attacker rammed through the streets with a cruel intention.

In an article on theguardian.com, they explain “Witnesses said the driver was aiming the vehicle at the crowd and ‘zigzagging’ so he could hit as many people as possible. It was reported that the attack lasted for 2km.” The estimated length of the night attack was about a mile and a half.

The vehicle contained arms, also with loaded grenades French police say. The attack happened on the celebrations of Bastille Day. Eric Ciotti, a representative of the Nice in the French Parliament, said 77 people were killed, 65 injured, including 15 critically. Authorities also said the driver was firing on the crowd as he drove.

On an article in theguardian.com they reveal witnesses explained the event as scenes of terror and chaos on the beachfront of Promenade de Anglais. In the crowd of the victims there included families, babies, and children.

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Pictured above: Bodies covered at the attack site. (Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters) 

Police eventually killed the loaded assassin driver.

Previously earlier on Thursday, French President Francois Hollande, said the state of emergency of France will be lifted this month. This was due to the previous terrorist attacks on Paris in November 2015.

Story is being further developed as more news come.

Sources:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2016/jul/15/bastille-day-truck-attack-truck-in-france-in-pictures

https://gma.yahoo.com/nice-lockdown-amid-fears-terror-attack-215606296–abc-news-topstories.html

Written by: Karina  Bran

Chicago Native to NBA MVP

Bulls DRose

Famed former Bulls basketball player, Derrick Rose, is one of the biggest names in basketball. He was born October 4th 1988 in Chicago, Illinois. Rose’s three older brothers, Reggie, Allan, and Dwayne, taught him how to play basketball. Rose played high school ball at Simeon Career Academy where he landed in the national spotlight. Through his efforts against the nation’s top teams, he garnered such awards as the USA Today’s National High School Player of the Week. In college Rose played for the Memphis Tigers for the 2007-2008 season. His basketball IQ, slick moves, and leadership helped lead the Tigers to a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Shortly after in 2008, Derrick Rose decided to enter the NBA draft. In spite of unbelievable odds, the Bulls landed the #1 pick and the hometown kid. Rose thrived in his first year in the NBA and helped lead the Bulls to the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. In April 22, 2009 Derrick Rose was named Rookie of the Year. Then in May 3, 2011 he received the MVP Award.

Despite the various injuries Rose has amassed, he still plays fearlessly on the courts. On June 22, 2016 Derrick Rose was traded to the New York Knicks. New York traded center Robin Lopez and guards Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant. The chairman of the Bulls, Jerry Reinsdorf, said the trade was a “hard one” to make. In an article on espn.com, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek and general manager Steve Mills said that the team was interested in upgrading its point-guard position in the offseason. For them the decision of acquiring Rose was set in stone. Despite the trade and an uncertain future, Chicago natives say farewell. Without a doubt Rose’s legacy and the memories he left will be remembered for years to come.

Sources: http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/16427840/new-york-knicks-acquire-derrick-rose-chicago-bulls & drosehoops.com 

Written by: Karina Bran

She Kills ‘Em with Kindness

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Some of you may know her as the former Disney girl on the television show “Wizards of Waverly Place”. You may also know her as part of the Taylor Swift squad, she is the talented and beautiful Selena Gomez. One of her tour stops landed in Chicago, Illinois on June 25, 2016 at the United Center. This tour is called “Revival” as she recently released her newest CD, Revival. Gomez had two opening acts, Bahari and DNCE. Bahari is a band of three females who recently did an ad for Forever 21 and DNCE includes Joe Jonas and his band. The two opening acts riled up the crowd who were anxious to see Gomez perform. After multiple intermissions, there was a euphoric and stunning entrance of Gomez’s first song. She walked gracefully from the smoke in a black high-low outfit singing “Revival”. Throughout the night she had an array of stunning, dreamy wardrobe changes. Her hit songs  “Can’t Keep My Hands to Myself”, “Good for You”, “Same Old Love”, and “Sober” were performed with grace and elegance. The on stage performance was excellent featuring Gomez’s sultry dance moves and talented back up dancers. A combination of lights, lasers, and stage setup mesmerized the crowd. It was a stunning show!!!

As a big fan of Selena Gomez for years, it was such an honor to finally attend another concert. The last Selena Gomez concert I went to was in 2010 when she performed in the Springfield, IL state fair. She has grown up so much as an artist and it’s so inspiring to see that. The song that she performed that amazed me was “Me and My Girls”. She entered the stage in a golden chariot with matching gold ensemble along with enormous red roses. It reminded me of Alice in Wonderland because of the roses and her resemblance to the Queen of Hearts. Also on screen in the background there was a montage of Gomez posing and dancing in a Dia De Los Muertos theme. Selena Gomez honestly killed it with kindness at the United Center on June 25, 2016!

Written by: Karina Bran

Love Over Hate

Orlando

Imagine going out on a Saturday night with friends to enjoy the weekend together. You all go to a nightclub and dance it out. You’re having a BLAST and seeing your friends smiling, warm faces. But all of sudden everything changes and this exactly happened to many clubgoers on June 12. On June 12, 2016 around 2 A.M., Omar Mateen, entered Pulse Nightclub a gay nightclub located in Orlando, Florida and created a tragedy. He had an AR-15 type assault rifle, a handgun, and multiple rounds of ammunition which proceeded the shooting. This horrific and inhumanely act caused 49 innocent, lives to be killed. There were also 53 wounded and 30 survivors. About 15 to 20 people who hid in the bathrooms called and texted their loved ones for help. At 5 A.M. police freed the hostages and had a shootout with the gunman, where he was killed.

Many grieving families are struggling with their emotions and still in shock. On the internet as well as on the television there has been many interviews with families. President Obama visited Orlando on June 16, 2016 met with survivors and family members. Obama and Vice President Biden also payed tribute to the victims. Many families when interviewed, said positive words about them. As well taking a time to remember them with such great love and warm thoughts. Akyra Monet Murray’s mother remembers her as a dream child and couldn’t ask for anything better. Friends of Edward Sotomayor Jr. remember him as a sweetheart and kind, loving man. An avid traveler, pharmacy technician, barista, recent high school graduate, telemarketer, and bouncer- a description of some of the victim’s. Young and bright futures ahead for them all, but stolen forever by violence.

After hearing and reading what happened that night in Orlando, my heart grieves for everyone who was affected. No family or friends should EVER have to go through agony and horror. There needs to be change immediately because enough is ENOUGH. Guns are the mass killers along with dangerous people. Here’s to love, justice, and peace.

Sources: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/06/12/us/what-happened-at-the-orlando-nightclub-shooting.html?_r=0 , http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/pulse-orlando-nightclub-shooting/victims/os-pulse-nightclub-orlando-shooting-victims-htmlstory.html , http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/13/us/orlando-victims-profiles/

Written by: Karina Bran

 

 

The Night of Vivid Fashion Couture

The first extravagant Monday in May, is the biggest iconic nights in the fashion world. It’s called the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit, that raises money for the Costume Institute; basically the fashion department of New York. Celebrities, film starts, politicians and business guests are invited to the event. The exhibit for 2016 is called “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” with the honorary chairwoman of the gala, Anna Wintour.

From the star studded stars, there were many who were very well dressed and others who dressed up in their own world. Starting off with one of the best dressed guests is Claire Danes. The designer of her dress is Zac Posen and he truly created a masterpiece. It is a walking Disney dream, which lights up in the dark. The structured silhouette of the dreamy gown fits to the occasion of glamour and high fashion. The next best dressed celebrity was Demi Lovato, who wore a sequined Moschino gown by Jeremy Scott. This gown matched her edgy style of clothing and personality. As well as the exhibit, using the printed gold detail of the dress, most likely using technology. Lastly, Kate Hudson was another celebrity whose outfit choice was fabulous. It seems her dress is laser cut by the design and shape of bodice. Overall, it was a statement design by Versace!

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Pictured above: Claire Danes in Zac Posen 

Some celebrities who dressed in their own world, their outfits were interesting but not too elegant. To start off with is Michelle Monaghan, whose gown was unflattering. It looks like the designer just threw ideas onto a dressed and sewed it from there. The design is too wild with the ruffles, metallic bodice, and uneven straps. Another celebrity is Lady GaGa; with her sky high heels, fishnet tights, and geometric bodysuit and jacket. The whole look is messy because too much is going on and doesn’t look professional. The last celebrity who did not wear her outfit gracefully is Michelle Williams. Her short black dress is not flattering at all because it makes her torso look short and stout. It also looks like she is uncomfortable by looking at her posture.

May 1st is a night filled of glamour, exquisite design, and vivid fashion. Thank you to the designers who create intriguing and magical designs!

Sources:

www.usmagazine.com

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/03/fashion/what-is-the-met-gala-and-who-gets-to-go.html?_r=0

Written by: Karina Bran