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Just an ordinary journalist who likes to share her thoughts and passions while keeping her journalistic skills sharp and chase the dream career.

KANYE WEST Shares Intimate Moments During ‘DONDA’ Listening Party

JannahBBy JannahB
EIC, The Bold Opinion

Mr. West has been awakened!

Global recording artist Kanye West took to his birth town of Atlanta to debut his long-anticipated album titled after his late mother, Donda West. The artist’s tenth studio album was set to release to the public at midnight July 23rd, after the event. However, due to late submissions from featured artists, the album’s new release date is set for August 6, 2021.

Tickets to Kanye’s public listening party sold fast and was able to sell out the arena in a matter of days; a feat nearly unheard of. On top of that, the event shattered Apple Music’s live streaming record with over 3.3 million live viewers.

The Scene

The energy at the Mercedes Benz Stadium was very similar to concert atmosphere. Fans came dressed in edgy streetwear, Yeezy kicks, and/or full-headed masks, to emulate the artist himself. 

Theatrics were minimal. The stage was a simple, white canvas stretching corner to corner, designed specifically for projector art. Fog machines and a white screen on the stadium’s circular jumbotron kept the space feeling “cloud-like”. The mood was fresh and airy.

Once the first track started to play, nearly two hours after ticket time, fans instantly levitated out of their seats with open ears and cell phone cameras ready to absorb what was to come next. 

The crowed rocked in unison the entire time. They allowed Kanye to guide them on an emotional rollercoaster with inspirational messages, energetic lyrics, and even soundbites from his late mother. Hearing Donda West’s narration throughout the project and seeing Kanye’s body language, simultaneously, gave the audience a sense of pause in respect for the artist. 

Kanye West during the chorus of “24” / JannahB for TheBoldOpinion
Album Review

The initial release date of ‘Donda’ was July 23rd at 12:00am, but as of today, fans still have nothing to bop to. Apparently, tardy vocal submissions have aided in the pushback of the album. There are reports that Kanye has taken residency at the Mercedes Benz Stadium, equipped with living quarters, studio equipment, and a private chef to help him get the job done on location! That’s dedication. 

With that said, the album is incomplete and I don’t have much more to say other than give testimony to what was heard — and it sounds great so far!

In my opinion, the album in its entirety was the perfect blend of Kanye’s spirituality, self awareness, self assurance, wisdom, and turn up! He’s geniusly found a great balance of energy and I can appreciate the time it took to mold it over the years. Features from artists like Pusha T, Lil Baby, Travis Scott, JayZ, and Quavo gave the album quite a unique range. Mixing that with those intimate soundbites of his mother’s audio gives you a peek into the mind of a Gemini — all over the place, but if done right, EPIC. 

5 Podcasts to follow for the 2021 Olympics

JannahBBy Jannah Bolds
EIC, The Bold Opinion

 

Despite the controversy in from of this year’s Olympic Games, here’s a short list of notable podcasts for deep convos, exclusive interviews, and unique perspectives leading up to the Tokyo 2021 Games.

  1. Olympic Channel Podcast
    The Olympic Channel Podcast is the official home of exclusive, insightful interviews from coaches, athletes, and participants across the Olympic arena. This production publishes weekly.

  2. Japan Sports Stories
    This podcast explores the untold stories of Japanese sports and the hype leading up to the 2021 Olympic Games. Each episode the podcast team will interview athletes, academics, and sports professionals and dive into Japanese professional sports. Publishing on a weekly basis, this production gives you a unique peek into foreign athletic identities.

  3. Around The Rings
    This Atlanta based podcast keeps listeners updated on the latest Olympic news from an intelligent sports business perspective. Around The Rings publishes on a weekly basis and is a pivotal listen for those interested in the business side of world class athleticism. 

  4. The Podium
    Produced by NBC, this Olympic podcast covers the 17 days of intense training and competition for the Summer Tokyo Games. The Podium takes a deep dive into the personal stories and events that define the special athletes and their efforts to make it to the podium.

  5. Olympic Dreams
    This podcast is exclusive to the San Diego, California professional athlete circle, as it concentrates on athletes in their prime with sights set on representing Team USA in Tokyo. Releasing weekly, tune in to find out how these American athletes rise to the top of their respective sports. 

Podcasts mentioned in this post are not mentioned exclusively and authentically provide insights of professional athletes, their craft, and journey to gold medal status. 

Please visit the official Olympic Games website for official updates and news.

American Privilege; Marijuana Chokes Chances of Olympic Competitor Sha’Carri Richardson

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By Jannah Bolds
EIC, The Bold Opinion

THC is not classified as a performance enhancing substance. Why is she being punished? A portion of the nation in uproar.

In an age that marijuana production and recreational use becomes more normal as each day passes, someone, somehow, seems to experience negative, life-changing scrutiny over consuming the herb. 

This time, Olympic trial participant, Sha’Carri Richardson fell into the spotlight of controversy as she tested positive for THC, after securing her spot in the 100m dash at a blazing 10.86 seconds. A sentimental victory for the twenty one year old. In an interview, Richardson mentioned that she’d lost her mother shortly before competition; a reasonable circumstance for aided relief.

“We all have our different struggles. We all have our different things we del with. But to put on a face, to have to go in front of the world and put on a face to hide my pain, I don’t know… Who am I to tell you how to cope when you’re dealing with pain or deal with a struggle you’ve never experienced before?”

Sha’Carri Richardson, NBC’s Today Show

Richardson mentioned to have visited the US state of Oregon recently, where reefer is prohibited recreationally; a regional factor, but globally?

That’s the point I’m reaching to communicate here.

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