The Marvel Netflix universe has been far more successful than anyone could’ve anticipated. With their previous shows (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage) all receiving critical praise, people had high expectations for Marvel’s newest show Iron Fist. Unfortunately, for some people, it hasn’t lived up to the hype.
Through ten years of schooling, one topic that was covered in those ten years was American History. So, now I can be sure that I know it all, right?
Every year there’s a film that comes along and completely floors audiences with great storytelling and compelling characters. In 2016, that film was Moonlight. Directed by Barry Jenkins and starring Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monae, Alex R. Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes, the film focuses on the life experiences of a man named Chiron from childhood to adulthood as he tries to find his sense of identity in a rough Miami neighborhood. Of course, Moonlight has captured a lot of headlines recently for winning Best Picture at the Oscars in the most awkward way possible.
In the beginning of this school year, Michigan released a new LGBT policy. It was made up of a series of guidelines that defended LGBT rights, including allowing transgender students to use the bathroom of their preference, and anti-discrimination policies to protect their human rights. But although the state of Michigan has decided to protect the LGBT students, our national government, under President Donald Trump, is not taking the same stance.
On February 11, Planned Parenthood held a march in their location in Ann Arbor. My friends and I decided to join the march that included strong and resilient women fighting for their rights and men fighting for the rights of their mothers, daughters, and sisters. Hundreds of people attended this protest and even some pro-lifers who respectably stayed on their side of the sidewalk in front of Planet Fitness.
Changes have been coming quickly since President Trump’s inauguration, many of them setting limitations, such as who is “eligible” to live in and enter “the land of opportunity”. These changes have resulted in a great deal of pushback from the public and even some in Washington, so it is no surprise that there have been various reports about the Trump administration restricting communications between government agencies and the public. The question now becomes, what exactly can these government employees say and to whom?
Though Valentine’s Day in the United States is supposed to be a holiday spent giving gifts and telling those near and dear to us about how much we love them, a war is raging against the holiday of love.