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My heart is frozen and I am completely choked up. I don’t even know what to feel or say. This is more than sad, terrifying, disgusting, and disappointing. I am angered and flabbergasted. The Las Vegas shooter was evil and undeniably a terrorist! I actually heard on TV that this does not fit the dictionary definition of terrorism. How can that even make sense?? Of course, this is terrorism no matter what! I have goosebumps and heavy tears. I am disillusioned that Trump wanted to “make America great again”, since he has made America anything but great! Mr. Trump, how can you be stagnant at a time like this. It may be inappropriate to attack anyone when so many are ailing and grieving, but I cannot help it. This is ridiculous and I want to hold Donald Trump, his administration, and Congress accountable and responsible for this! I am not the only one! #prayforVegas #loveyouVegas

I am so resentful and disdainful towards Mr. Trump. He is dangerous and should be removed from the White House! Donald Trump is a contradiction to American values. It is so ironic that he is currently and of course very unfortunately, elected as president. He is validating white supremacy among other terrible things. He needs to be stopped in his path to try to desensitize America to racism and overall bigotry. As a humanitarian, I stand with the LGBT community, the racial and ethnic minorities, ideological and nonreligious and religious groups and salute people, whether famous or not, and athletes, all over for standing up. Evil doesn’t win, Mr. Trump, and you need to reconsider your harsh words and rhetoric! You should think before you speak and act. You are irresponsible, mean-spirit, and impetuous and should not be presiding over a nation! #NotMyPresident #TakeaKnee

Did Congress really just reinstate Trump’s Muslim Ban??

If what I have heard is true, and congress really did reinstate Trump’s hateful, despicable travel ban WHICH IS a Muslim ban, I am enraged. I was so happy they were not going through with it. What is Trump afraid of? He is just a mean-spirited man who is just being mean!

Muslims are not bad people. Sure, there are those who commit absolutely INDEFENSIBLE, DEPLORABLE, HEINOUS acts in the name of Islam. These are not actual Muslims, and I wish people would understand that. Plus, I really do not understand the ban since most of the terrorist are homegrown. Why is Trump so adamant on banning a whole religion or community for the wrong and criminal acts of some of the people who just commit crimes and associate them with that group, race, or religion?? I want answers, and I am not the only one.

RIP Nabra ;(

As a Muslim, I do not believe these hate crimes are at all justifiable. Of course, the news will tell you people like Nabra’s killer were unfortunately plagued with mental illness, while when someone (who is not even exhibiting the beautiful things and manners that the exquisitely wonderful religion of Islam teaches Muslims and seeks to spread) commits heinous crimes against humanity we are all antagonized and Islam gets unceasingly associated wit terrorism. I just want to make a plea for people to enlighten themselves before they commit acts against Muslims. It is unacceptable to set fires like at Nabra’s memorial! Stop attacking us! Muslims are not your enemies. Just like other communities, Islam is a group/ community, it has its terrible people that do commit terrorism and claim to be Muslim, and then it has moreover peaceful and amazing people. Islam, thus, deserves not to be treated any differently. Spread love and not hate. I do not go to the mosque much, I admit, but none of us should be scared to worship at a mosque. We would just be going about our routines and doing our stuff. This is my desperate plea to spare us, speak up and do not spread more hate under Trump. It is undoubtedly maddening how Mr. Trump stays silent when a Muslim or any minority group (Muslims in this case) are targeted. Mr. Trump makes me sick a do the heinous, deplorable people with no heart. If you have read up till here, thank you and please do not ignore my words!





Why do some Muslim people generally fail to realize I have no control over my sexual orientation? I know Islam is a beautiful and generous religion that promotes wonderful ideas, and I kniwa it is not bad I complicit.  People always pressure me to “turn straight.” It is in no way a choice. If it was a choice I would be straight, because I feel mortified when I think about the fact that I may have to tell my parents one day. I just want the Muslim population to be more tolerant and embracing of homosexuality, because being gay doesn’t make me any more or less bad or any more immoral. When people pressure me to “be straight”, it adds pressure and stress to me. I would appreciate f everyone stopped telling me to change myself or that it’s a “choice.” It’s REALLY not that easy. I can’t tell you what happened that I am so adamantly and fiercely saying this, but I in no way intend to angry or annoy anyone. I just want to be understood. I want to be genuinely lived and accepted. I just do. Today, I am confronting the prospect that I may never be able to come out to my parents, which is strangely unsettling… But they’d never understand and treat it as foreign and alien. I would like to just be my honest self, even around family. But I’m going to live it up and succeed. That is my rant… If you got to read it all, I personally thank you, even for taking a brief look…

On Trump… Against Trump… He is a heartless monster!

Donald Trump does not think the White House should be concerned with human rights. The Republicans need to stop acting like this. Trump has done enough damage. I still will not utter the words “President” and “Trump” right after each other. Trump is not my President. He bullied and cheated his way into the presidency and the Republicans did not bat an eye at it! I am extremely concerned and overwhelmed that Trump is doing deplorable things and making terrible decisions. I am not the most political person, but I do know we cannot have such a heartless disaster of a “leader” or a “president” in the White House. This is my plea for Donald Trump to be stopped and to stop being so despicable. I know for a fact I am far from being the only one. This is downright unacceptable the way people support him and the way he is using his undeserved power to benefit himself. No more Trump! Seriously, please!

BANKS… one of my favorite musicians

   I would like to shed some light on an artist I have had my eyes on for a long time, Jillian Banks, aka BANKS. I am surprised she has gotten little to no recognition by many platforms so far. Although I will admit, her hit song (my favorite by her), “Beggin for Thread”, is played fairly a lot on the alternative radio here in Southern California, I would enjoy seeing her rise in popularity. I just don’t understand. Her distinguishable, soulful voice and sound is remarkable and deserves acclaim. I have an eye for detail, and just like I can usually make a decision of if I want to approach or be friends with someone partly due to their image (I hope that doesn’t sound shallow), I can recognize awesome music. This is awesome music.
   With her downcast alternative music in a downtempo sound, tinged with elements of electronica and R&B, BANKS is definitely a force in the indie music scene. Her song “Beggin for Thread” is a dark, adventurous, and moving journey through a story appropriately titled “Beggin for Thread.” It opens with electronic and rock-ish elements and is a trip-hop-like, alternative R&B-style explication of having “edges that scractch” and being “tired of eating all of my misspoken words”, as BANKS herself says in the song lyrics. The song did gain moderate popularity and recognition, but still not as much as it should. My other favorites include a myriad, but I would like to talk about “Waiting Game”, which was featured on her amazing and commendable debut studio album, which reached 12 on the Billboard 200 albums, “Goddess” along with “Beggin for Thread” and other awesome tunes like “Brain” and “Goddess” and “Alibi.” “Waiting Game” also was featured in Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson-starring movie The Longest Ride. “Waiting Game” is a slower, even more rhythm and blues-oriented song featuring electronic elements and alternative pop elements. It is an emtional track outlining an uncertain phase between her and a possible lover.

Her album, “The Altar” debuted at 17 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and featured singles like “F*ck with Myself” and “Gemini Feed.” I would like to say that “Gemini Feed” easily became my second favorite song after “Beggin for Thread.” “Gemini Feed” is an electropop/ alternative pop ballad outlining a relationship. The song mentions how her love thought he could get her to the altar and how she felt “like a dog that needs water.” A bass-heavy and catchy indie/ alternative tune, it complements the other massively magnificent songs from this album. BANKS deserves this profound praise, epsecially from a voracious fan like me. Her music should be better-acclaimed because it delivers more than music. She tells narratives and sends messages through music, which is appreciable to say the least!

  She is releasing a new song, which I desperately searched for and heard a snippet of on Facebook. The track is named “Crowded Places.” It seems to be a slower song with electronic R&B undertones. One her Facebook page, Jillian Banks says it premieres tomorrow! I cannot wait! BANKS never disappoints… ever! Rock on Jillian Banks! Never stop impressing fans with your fervent attempts at delivering genuine, introspective messages through promising, perceptive, and amusing tunes that I, for one, am exceptionally fond of!
-Umar Siddiqui, 4/6/17