In the Wrapped Up column, we present a quick and easy round up of the all highlights of culture over the past week. This week we looked at some special moments in music, sport and politics.
Moment Of The Week – Usain Bolt Stripped of ‘Triple Triple’
Popular athlete and world’s fastest man Usain Bolt received some unfortunate news this week. The Jamaican athlete learned that he would be stripped of his unprecedented ‘triple triple’ gold medal record after his team mate Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned stimulant in the 4 x 100 relay following a retest of his blood sample. The world of Sport were gutted for the charismatic runner who had been punished for something that was no fault of his own but the superstar responded graciously, explaining that he and Carter had attended high school together and that he felt no resentment towards him. The reduction leaves Bolt with a whopping total of eight gold medals. Despite his misfortune, Usain Bolt has made his mark in history and will always be respected as the greatest ever sprinter and it’s his fantastic personality which makes him even more likeable. He has done so much to put Jamaican culture at the forefront and has become a cultural icon who is loved and respected worldwide; his legacy remains in tact.
Video Of The Week: ‘Juice’ – Kris Wu
It was Chinese New Year over the weekend. With millions celebrating the year of the rooster across the globe. Chinese culture has become a pertinent part of Western culture. From the food to the traditions, Chinese culture has become increasingly loved and embraced in the western world. That is why it is apt that our video of the week goes to Chinese Canadian rapper Kris Wu who’s blend of Chinese Hip Hop has found international success for its brave blend of cultures which shows why integration is a great thing. It features US Actor Vin Diesel and the song will be included on the soundtrack for the movie ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage.’ Check out Kris Wu’s breakthrough video ‘Juice’ below:
Album of The Week – ‘Culture’ – Migos
Rap trio The Migos have cemented themselves as cultural icons. From popularising ‘the dab’ dance move last year to their meteoric track ‘Bad and Boujee’ which has skyrocketed since Donald Glover claimed it was the greatest track ever written and compared them to The Beatles at the Golden Globe awards, their highly anticipated and appropriately titled ‘Culture’ album was always going to be album of the week. The Atlanta rappers have come a long way since their 2014 banger Versace featuring Drake. Impacting the rap game with their triplet flow, this year we predict the Migos will outgrow their cult following. They are a somewhat odd but cool collective and their chemistry is clear for all to hear and see. With all the crew members being blood relatives (Quavo is Takeoff's uncle, and Offset is Quavo's cousin), their contagious adlibs and iconic videos have certainly made them cultural icons. Stand out songs from the album include ‘Bad and Boujee’ featuring Lil Uzi Vert, ‘Kelly Price’ featuring Travis Scott and ‘T-Shirt.’ Big props go to Metro Boomin and Zaytoven who were responsible for most of the production on the album.
Serena Williams made history again this week. After beating her sister Venus in the Australian Open final, Serena Williams has now won a staggering 32 grand slam titles; eclipsing Steffi Graf’s record for major titles in the Open era. Considering Serena and her sister are from the rough streets of Compton and they have been dominating the very middle class sport that is tennis for over a decade now, it is remarkable that the sacrifice that their father made all of those years has finally paid off. He would fight local gang members for the right to the local tennis court for his daughters to practice. This year has been a year of wins for Serena both on and off the court. She recently announced her engagement to Reddit owner Alex Ohanian and now she has won her seventh Australian Open. The superstar has unfortunately always had more barriers to recognition of her success, whether these are racial or sexist opinions she has somehow managed a way to defy them and now must be considered as the greatest tennis player of all time.
Not quite from hero to zero but last week’s winner has certainly become this week’s loser and we’re pretty sure this will not be the first time this year. President of the USA Donald Trump first sparked outrage this week by pushing his policy of building a wall around the USA to stop illegal immigrants from Mexico entering the country which he will make the Mexican government pay for. Disputes over the wall led to the Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto cancelling a scheduled meeting with Trump. As if this was not extreme enough, Trump again showed his political inexperience by signing an executive order banning all immigrants from Muslim countries such as Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen who cannot enter the US for 90 days, or be issued an immigrant or non-immigrant visa. Trump gave the reason that he was doing it in the interest of national security.
Countries such as Saudi Arabia were omitted from the list of countries despite the fact that 19 of the 9/11 bombers were linked to Saudi Arabia. Trump also omitted countries that he had business links to from the list. The executive order has sparked outrage from prominent Muslims such as Olympian Sir Mo Farah and London Mayor Sadiq Khan. His actions have sparked protests in the streets and at airports. Announced on International holocaust memorial day, this ban is akin to the scapegoating of Jews that occurred in Nazi Germany as it is a blanket policy which lacks the sensitivity necessary to achieve security – the exact reason this ban was supposedly imposed.
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