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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. 

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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Four Ways To Best Utilize Twitter Spaces

Written By JannahB
EIC, The Bold Opinion

Drive engagement and have fun.

If you haven’t heard by now, Twitter Spaces is Twitter’s new audio drop-in chat feature. The trailblazing social media feature is still in beta testing mode and hasn’t fully rolled out to the masses yet. So for Twitter users still exploring, here are a few pointers to drive engagement, be effective, and have fun as a host.

1) Topical Conversation 
This is the most common type of Space. Conversation with reasonable context is the best way to communicate with others. Hosting a Space with good, quality convo will keep listeners engaged and speakers active. Interviews are cool, but group conversation is way better!

2)  Interviews
I’m a super journalism fan, and whenever I can get a good interview with someone for content purposes, I’ll jump right at it. Twitter Spaces is a great place for journalists to interview their subjects in an easily accessible fashion. It also gives the public to hear words straight from the horse’s mouth, so there’s no confusion or misquotes.

3) Game Night
The idea of an audio-only game night with “strangers” seems awkward, but you’ll be surprised at how many random participants who’re looking for interaction you’ll get while hosting a virtual game night via Twitter Spaces. Brands like FamFoolery provide amazing trivia and engage with you without leaving the Twitter app

4)  Music Party
Music is a universal language. Feature your favorite playlist to host your own dance party and allow your listeners to become verbally non-committed and just vibe out. Be your Space’s DJ, take requests via DM, and create a place for people to virtually escape.

Here are other Twitter Spaces topics:
– “Twitter Spaces Is Better Than Clubhouse
– “Twitter Spaces Etiquette