1 American’s Viewpoint On Kneeling and ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ Just after Meghan Linsey ‘Takes a Knee’

Even even though this is a place audio-connected web site, and I myself have coated the market in just one kind or a different because 1991, it truly is a pop normal that is on my brain now.

“Everybody’s Talkin” by Harry Nilsson.

Mainly because, of class, every person is speaking now. For the previous yr, considerably has been manufactured of the determination of certain NFL athletes to consider a knee in the course of the efficiency of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in a tranquil protest for social activism. For a small around a yr, it has been pretty considerably a scorching topic in the earth of pro soccer. Then, this previous week, President Trump manufactured a speech where by he instructed that gamers (“sons of bitches” in our main executive’s individual terms) be fired by their entrepreneurs need to they make your mind up to consider the knee. The NFL rallied about every single other, with various teams electing to not even mail their gamers out on the subject in the course of the efficiency. That would seemingly spare them the controversy – time will explain to if that holds correct or not.

Then, a musician bought associated.

Meghan Linsey, a previous member of Metal Magnolia – as perfectly as a contestant on The Voice – was selected by Titans brass to perform the National Anthem at Nissan Stadium before their activity against the visiting Seattle Seahawks. She knocked it out of the ballpark – as predicted as Linsey’s soulful stylings has manufactured her just one of the most revered artists in town. Then, at the conclude of her efficiency, the singer – in an act of solidarity with a lot of of the gamers (even though none ended up on the subject at the time) – took a knee.

And, social media erupted. In just a several hrs, Linsey has been either praised or torched for her actions. So, suffice to say, everyone has been speaking now. And, with superior explanation. There’s a whole lot to discuss about.

Initial of all, soccer gamers are no distinct than musicians – who are in switch, no distinct from you or I. We all have our thoughts, but it appears that in the mild of the comments manufactured past week in Alabama, our distinctions are turning into larger than that which binds us. And, that’s a sad issue.

Most likely the most significant case in point of a public determine talking their brain was The Dixie Chicks’ comments about President Bush in 2003. Those comments don’t need to have to be rehashed for the 234,432nd time. We know what they are. But, immediately, they ended up branded America haters, Anti-Armed service, and banned from pick providers that owned place radio stations for their thoughts. And, I nevertheless say that’s improper. As People in america, they have the suitable to categorical their impression. Are there rates to pay back for that decision? Sure. If you don’t think that’s correct, check with Hank Williams, Jr – who is on the other conclude of the political spectrum. Have been it not for some of the statements that he has manufactured around the several years, there would be a plaque of ‘Bocephus’ in the identical Country New music Hall of Fame that his father was an inaugural member of. But, but, everyone else – still left and suitable – have manufactured their thoughts regarded now, so why not artists? If they are ready to consider a stand, you have to regard that – regardless of whether you concur or not.

So….(not that you asked)…..am I in arrangement with not observing the flag the identical way that we have carried out for several years? That is a difficult just one. Let me start out by stating that I am an American citizen, and happy of it. This place – flaws and all – is nevertheless the finest country on the world. We have been blessed with freedoms that have been given to us as a result of the sacrifices of guys and girls – considerably like my retired father of 72, and my son of 19 who is in the Kentucky National Guard. If you disrespect the armed service and their actions, I don’t give a damn regardless of whether you voted Bush or Clinton, Obama or Trump. I disagree with you vehemently. There’s a aspect of me that when I see another person not offering that sacrifice the regard it deserves that would make me irate as I can be.

At the identical time, allow me say with out concern that I have never been handled unfairly primarily based upon my race or ethnic history. The gamers that manufactured the headlines have consistently taken these stances say they are performing so simply because of the social injustices that have taken put in America. For me to dismiss that sentiment is just asinine. Although I do consider they are other strategies to categorical on your own, I don’t automatically think that performing so is disrespectful to this place.

And, just one of my positions is as a broadcast announcer for substantial school soccer teams in Tennessee. That implies I have stood – and will proceed to stand – in the course of “The Star-Spangled Banner” just about every Friday night time because 1994. I speculate often if we as People in america consider the time to know what the song is about. I consider that’s truthful to say.

In my impression, correct patriotism is a whole lot more than sporting a Red, White, and Blue shirt or turning up Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless The U.S.A.” each time it gets performed.

Liberty – as outlined by Webster – is “The top quality or condition of remaining totally free: this sort of as the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in decision or action.” So, if I am to interpret that suitable, flexibility is remaining ready to accept someone’s suitable to really feel a little something that I don’t – probably a little something that I disagree with so powerfully that I want to operate in the woods and scream. At the conclude of the working day, if you think in the terms of the Francis Scott Key song – or the sight of a flag flying at a ball activity on a Friday night time – then, you must also think in the aspect that you may possibly not concur with. At the conclude of the working day, that’s what flexibility is about – you make your individual options. Nobody else.

Nonetheless, this is about as passionate of a subject as just one can approach these days, and touches on so a lot of concentrations. I understand that. And, I don’t consider that any of these 1,167 terms is going to adjust your brain. But, probably you may possibly hear to Johnny Funds.

1 night time in concert, before doing his 1975 solitary “Ragged Old Flag,” Funds resolved the scorching topic of flag burning. “I consider God for all the freedoms we have bought in this county. I cherish them. Even the legal rights to burn the flag, you know, I’m happy of these legal rights.” Followers – specifically Cash’s pursuing in the American heartland – ended up thrown for a loop, commencing to boo the singer. Then, he extra the ultimate aspect of his impression.

“But I’ll explain to you what. We have also bought a suitable to bear arms and if you burn my flag I’ll shoot you.” Watch below.

Liberty. It’s a large word. But, it implies for all. Each individual of us – even if yours pisses me off. And, to quotation Forrest Gump, that’s all I bought to say about that.

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Gwen Stefani attends memorial for Carson Daly’s mother

They began dating after sitting on the judges panel together on The Voice.

And on Sunday, Gwen Stefani, 47, and boyfriend Blake Shelton, 41, attended a memorial service for their The Voice co-star Carson Daly’s mother.

The couple walked side by side as they arrived for the service in Palm Desert, California. 

Gwen Stefani, 47, and boyfriend Blake Shelton, 41, attended a memorial service for their The Voice co-star Carson Daly's mother on Sunday

Gwen Stefani, 47, and boyfriend Blake Shelton, 41, attended a memorial service for their The Voice co-star Carson Daly's mother on Sunday

Gwen Stefani, 47, and boyfriend Blake Shelton, 41, attended a memorial service for their The Voice co-star Carson Daly’s mother on Sunday

Showing up: The loving pair are both long-time friends of Carson, who has hosted the NBC show The Voice for 13 seasons.

Showing up: The loving pair are both long-time friends of Carson, who has hosted the NBC show The Voice for 13 seasons.

Showing up: The loving pair are both long-time friends of Carson, who has hosted the NBC show The Voice for 13 seasons.

The loving pair are both long-time friends of Carson, who has hosted the NBC show The Voice for 13 seasons.

Other stars such as Jimmy Kimmel and Savannah Guthrie were also there in support of their friend and colleague.

Pattie Daly Caruso, 73, died las week at her home in Palm Springs, California, after suffering an early morning heart attack.

The breast cancer survivor was close to her son, and their large family. 

Good friends: Other stars such as Jimmy Kimmel and Savannah Guthrie were there in support of their friend and colleague Carson Daly

Good friends: Other stars such as Jimmy Kimmel and Savannah Guthrie were there in support of their friend and colleague Carson Daly

Good friends: Other stars such as Jimmy Kimmel and Savannah Guthrie were there in support of their friend and colleague Carson Daly

The death was announced in a statement to local newspaper The Desert Star.

‘It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our mother, wife, grandmother, Pattie Daly Caruso. She passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 17th, 2017,’ read the statement.

‘Kiki, as she was known to her grandchildren and many others, touched so many lives with her kindness, her giant spirit, and her love of life. She will be terribly missed by her family and the world, but her spark will shine for eternity.’ 

Supportive: The loving pair are both long-time friends of Carson, since he has hosted the NBC show The Voice for 13 seasons

Supportive: The loving pair are both long-time friends of Carson, since he has hosted the NBC show The Voice for 13 seasons

Supportive: The loving pair are both long-time friends of Carson, since he has hosted the NBC show The Voice for 13 seasons

Supportive: The loving pair are both long-time friends of Carson, since he has hosted the NBC show The Voice for 13 seasons

Supportive: The loving pair are both long-time friends of Carson, since he has hosted the NBC show The Voice for 13 seasons

Blake and Gwen were seen walking to the memorial service hand in hand.

The two have been dating since November 2015, only a couple months after Blake filed for divorce from ex-wife Miranda Lambert.

The Hollaback Girl songstress divorced her rocker husband Gavin Rossdale also in 2015, and share three sons Kingston, 11, Zuma, nine, and Apollo, three. 

On October 6, Gwen is set to release a Christmas album that features the song, You Make It Feel Like Christmas, an upbeat duet with love Blake. 

Upon arrival: Boyfriend Blake wore jeans, a black button-up shirt and a black blazer

Upon arrival: Boyfriend Blake wore jeans, a black button-up shirt and a black blazer

Upon arrival: Boyfriend Blake wore jeans, a black button-up shirt and a black blazer

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Choreographer:
Jeannine Bruderer – @jeanninebruderer

Dancers:
Alicia Kopp – @alicia.kopp
Corina Gyger – @coriiinaa
Christine Dürr – @christiine.d
Nicolas Döbelin – @nicodebelin
Nina Räber – @ninanarissa
Jeannine Bruderer – @jeanninebruderer

Videography:
Nicolas Döbelin – @nicodebelin

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Jennifer Lopez’s Donating $1 Million to Aid Hurricane Relief

On Sunday, Jennifer Lopez joined New York governor Andrew Cuomo in a press conference announcing she was donating $1 million from the proceeds of her Las Vegas show to aid hurricane relief in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

First in Spanish and then in English, Lopez, 48, shared her announcement in a speech that was live-streamed on Twitter.

“Alex Rodriguez and I, who are both New Yorkers, are utilizing all our resources and relationships in entertainment, sports and business to garner support for Puerto Rican and Caribbean relief efforts,” Lopez said.

In addition to her own personal contribution, Lopez announced that the New York Yankees and the MLB “have both committed to join us in giving a significant contribution to this cause.”

RELATED VIDEO: Watch Jennifer Lopez Tear Up Remembering Her Twins Being Born

Lopez shared that together with her ex-husband Marc Anthony, they were working to spearhead “additional relief efforts” to “rush the relief that our brothers and sisters in Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean desperately need.”

She announced she was also working with Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank star Mark Cuban and Dallas Mavericks Puerto Rican player J.J. Barea to send over two airplanes filled with supplies and generators to San Juan, Puerto Rico  they’re just waiting for air clearance.

“I’ve been so moved by the initial responses,” she continued. “They have been overwhelming, nobody has said no. Anybody we’ve have called is right there asking what they can do. They’re all very eager to help.”

In her speech, Lopez confirmed that she still has not heard from all of her family members in Puerto Rico.

“My cousin and I and our family still haven’t been able to hear from all of our family over there and we are concerned for them and for everybody on the island,” she said, echoing the news she revealed on Thursday.

“The conditions are dire,” the star told PEOPLE. “We need to do as much as we can to help the people of Puerto Rico.”

In the meantime, Lopez is doing everything she can to help raise awareness and money for Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the devastating storm.

“Jen and Alex are making personal phone calls to their celebrity friends and heads of corporations and asking them to donate either funds, planes or money to get supplies to Puerto Rico,” says a source.

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Lopez, Rodriguez and Anthony are among other stars with ties to the island making impassioned pleas for donations and aid. Ricky Martin, “Despacito” singer Daddy Yankee and Rosie Perez are also using their star power to help raise awareness and money.

“What’s on my mind is what’s going on in Puerto Rico. The devastation is beyond belief,” J Lo said in an Instagram post backstage from her Las Vegas residency show. “Me and my cousin still haven’t been able to hear from our families over there.

“What’s foremost on my mind and many others is trying to figure out the best way to help,” she added. “Today, Puerto Rico needs our help. I urge you to support and donate to the efforts of the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Areizaga. Together we can help rebuild our island, and the Caribbean.”

  • with reporting by ELIZABETH LEONARD

Janet Jackson’s unsuccessful marriage to Wissam Al Mana: 6 fascinating new statements

In April, the entire world acquired that Janet Jackson’s marriage was over.

While the new music legend, 51, and billionaire Qatari businessman Wissam Al Mana, 42, had just welcomed son Eissa in January, Janet had designed the stunning decision to transfer ahead with a divorce.


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On Sept. 12, People today get rid of mild on Janet’s alleged factors for leaving Wissam, in accordance to brother Randy Jackson. “There is certainly a ton of agony. Janet’s been by means of a ton with her divorce,” Randy informed the journal. “It was very an abusive situation. It came on afterwards in the romantic relationship, verbal abuse and currently being [made to feel like] a prisoner in her individual home. No expecting lady requires to go by means of currently being named a b—- day to day. There ended up things like that. That is what she went by means of.”

Wissam’s lawyers informed People today in a statement that he “is not going to dignify these unique and deeply hurtful allegations with a reaction,” adding, “The breakdown of his marriage to Janet Jackson is a induce of fantastic sadness to Mr. Al Mana, and it is the effectively-currently being and privacy of their son, Eissa, that remains his sole aim.”

On Sept. 23, Web site 6 posted a prolonged story headlined, “Inside of Janet Jackson’s rocky marriage — and unappealing split,” which options far more revelations and allegations about what took place in the course of the really personal couple’s courtship and split. Below are 6 of the most fascinating statements:


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1. While they came from diverse worlds and Janet was nearly a ten years more mature, when the Muslim-elevated businessman and the pop star, who grew up in the Jehovah’s Witness faith, locked eyes after assembly at the opening of the Armani Lodge in Dubai in 2010, “It was a person of individuals enjoy-at-initial-sight-kind things,” a Jackson family resource informed Web site 6. “They failed to care about each individual other’s past.”

They saved their courtship exceptionally personal. “She’d acquire him jackets with his initials inscribed and he’d purchase treats from Switzerland and other spots as a way of saying ‘Good early morning, sweetheart,'” the insider shared, adding that the pair courted over dinners in Russia, shopping visits in Italy and getaways on luxurious yachts.

2. As they fell deeper in enjoy, Janet begun to improve. She in no way converted to Islam, but, the family resource informed Web site 6, Wissam’s good friends observed “Janet complying [with] Islamic traditions, together with her costume with head coverings.” She also fasted “in the course of times of religious reflection,” the New York Put up column claimed. Janet’s family observed she was “not talking out of change when in the corporation of other people. [Wissam] took the lead.”

3. In February 2013, they unveiled they’d quietly married the prior year after about two yrs as a pair. They desired to wed promptly, the family resource informed Web site 6, mainly because “He actually desired a toddler and Janet was prepared.” But Janet was already in her late 40s. “At the very least two times, she assumed she was expecting, and each individual time, she realized that she was not, and I am not positive who was far more disappointed,” the family resource described, adding that the recurring poor news fueled tensions and led both of those to blame each individual other. They would “level the finger at a person a different as currently being the rationale they couldn’t get expecting,” the family resource mentioned.


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4. Janet was nonetheless producing new music and touring, but Wissam reportedly failed to want her in her usual attractive stage costumes, so she protected up. An employee informed Web site 6 that when Janet was getting ready to perform at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, Wissam dominated rehearsals. “No skin, no dry humping and none of that American [stuff],” the employee mentioned Wissam demanded.

5. Janet cancelled her “Unbreakable” tour in 2016 (she re-introduced it in early September 2017 as the Condition of the Environment Tour) when she and Wissam eventually bought fantastic news: She was expecting at 49. But as things moved ahead, the family resource claimed, the “s— hit the fan. Janet usually ate effectively, exercised properly and saved herself searching fantastic, but Wissam type of freaked out, pondering she’d be this ‘fat pig.’ He was on her all the time about executing things appropriate, eating appropriate, as if she [weren’t] already.”

6. Son Eissa was born on Jan. 3. Not lengthy after, Janet still left Wissam with the enable of her brother. The family resource informed Web site 6 that Randy orchestrated Janet leaving the London home she’d shared with her spouse. Randy, the Put up writes, “quietly organized for their more mature sister Rebbie and mother Katherine to fly to London to stop by Janet — and map a way out.” Her family gave her the strength she desired to “depart her controlling spouse,” the family resource claimed.