Hillary Clinton has apparently begun to right the ship of her sluggish Presidential campaign and has started to grow her base of support in the Democratic party- according to a new poll out today.
The poll, commissioned by CNN, shows Clinton extending her national lead over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, while Vice President Joe Biden sits in a strong third place.
The survey of 392 Democratic leaning voters was taken by phone on September 17-19 and has a margin of error of 5 percent. Clinton takes 42 percent of the vote according to the survey, while Sanders scoops up 24 percent.
The poll is good news for Biden, as it is one of his strongest showings in a national survey- he comes in at a strong third place with 22 percent.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that Jill Biden, the wife of the Vice President supports her husband in running for president.
The first Democratic debate is October 13.
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History is often criticized for repeating itself.
Whether it is with politics, economics or social justice, people tend to avoid going back to what was meant to stay in the “good ol’ days.”
However, a surge of emerging musicians are breaking this trend.
The Economist describes soul music as a genre that “originated in the 1950s that grew out of the blues, R&B and African American church music.”
Some say the revivalism of “the oldies” began with Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Special” album, which included the ever-popular “Uptown Funk,” featuring Bruno Mars.
The funky beat and old school music video was a huge hit with younger audiences, introducing young people to the tunes that got our grandparents to get down.
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The trend continues with Meghan Trainor, who fuses 1950s pop and modern hip hop through songs like “All About That Bass” and “Like I’m Gonna Lose You (featuring John Legend).”
This year, some of the most famous artists of 2016 are coming out of hometown bars and theaters with sounds that only used to be popular in the mid-20th century.
Leon Bridges, for example, is a 26-year-old Texas native whose soulful sound captivated Spotify listeners and shot him to stardom.
Bridges quotes himself on his website saying “I’m not saying I can hold a candle to any soul musician from the ’50s and ’60s, but I want to carry the torch.”
Bridges’ popularity chips away at the stigma that all teens listen to nothing but top 40 and rap music. He closes a wide generational gap, which is hard to do when in this day and age, young people feel disconnected from their elders who “just do not understand.”
Bridges is an artist that anyone can love, and that connection is rarely seen nowadays, especially in the entertainment scene.
Watch: Leon Bridges’ Smooth Sailing
Young people are actually getting a slice of culture from artists like Bridges. His music pays homage to a beloved time period that cultivated artists like Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye. This was not just music; it was an entire way of life.
Bridges is doing an aesthetic favor by channeling this era through his sounds.
Young people pick up on this stuff, and their musical perspectives widen far beyond what is played on the radio.
The same can be said for musicians like Mumford and Sons, who recently traveled to India and Africa in order to incorporate those cultures into their work.
While this is a mix of traditional music from other civilizations instead of reviving a time period, the product is the same.
The new age incorporation of music from any culture or time period creates the most beautiful harmony that serves the same purpose.
Young people might not know it, but they are opening their minds to a whole new world of music. It is as if these artists are teachers by extension, offering a bit of history through their music for us to learn.
The Sugarman 3 frontman and Daptone Records co-founder Neil Sugarman says in an Economist article that “even with her big pop hit ‘Rehab,’ it was honest to Amy [Winehouse]. It was real. That’s the essence of soul music. It’s honest.”
This example speaks to a lot of emerging artists who do not want to become one-hit wonders or fall into the mainstream of bubblegum pop and modern rap music.
Soul singers are those who embrace struggle in their recordings, and wearing their hearts on their sleeves is what sells out concerts.
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In the 1960s, African American jazz musicians wrote of their hardships with civil rights and the struggle of living in a time of racism and misfortune.
Their music was raw and uncaged; they made their voices heard through their music, because in that time, music was one of the few options that allowed them to do so.
And today, this is the very same concept that these new-age soul singers try to embody.
A song so deep and meaningful will catch the heart of a listener, while more mainstream tunes might be fun for a moment, but get skipped the next time they appear in a playlist.
Young people like connections, and sharing the feelings that are sung in a favorite song makes them love that musician much more than cookie-cutter pop singers.
These are songs that urge people to look up lyrics, decipher meanings, figure out the intention behind the art. These songs make the listener want to know the artist, not just enjoy the work.
Whether or not this trend will last remains in ambiguity, because not even the most profound musicologists can predict what teens will love next.
For decades, country music stays consistently popular, but still gets tweaked each year by whatever artists who make it big.
And as long as we have prepubescent teenage girls and boys, upbeat breakup songs and boy bands will never go out of style.
However, the love of soul is proven to be more than just a music style.
The fluidity and swagger of soul outlasts many other genres, and manages to stay consistent at the top of the charts.
So while other styles continue to change and evolve, soul will remain timeless.
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PEOPLE POWER: Mizzou System President Resigns After 7 Day Campus Hunger Strike, Football Team Strike
UPDATED: 11:29 AM EST
Tim Wolfe, the president of the University of Missouri system has resigned after a 7 day hunger strike led by graduate student Jonathan L. Butler.
The mass protest, organized by the #ConcernedStudent1950 movement was given support by a large number of football players and coaches who refused to practice or play until Wolfe resigned.
A day after over 30 African-American football players at the University of Missouri announced their intention to strike until university system Tim Wolfe resigned, the rest of the team and coaching staff has joined the effort.
Head Coach Gary Pinkel announced the solidarity of the team via Twitter in a message that quickly went viral:
— Coach Gary Pinkel (@GaryPinkel) November 8, 2015
By using the #ConcernedStudent1950, Pinkel and his team linked themselves to a growing campus movement that is demanding change.
A graduate student and campus activist named Jonathan L. Butler has been on a hunger strike for the past 5 days. He is a leader of the #ConcernedStudent1950 movement.
Butler has demanded that Missouri system president Tim Wolfe resign or Butler will starve himself to death.
Wolfe has been the target of a large protest over the past week due to perceptions among some students that he does not care about recent racially charged incidents that were reported on the campus.
“There is no reforming him,” Butler told Rise News of Wolfe. “With him as a leader, he has not taken a firm stance on these issues or tried to make it a more inclusive campus.
Last night, over thirty black players on the Mizzou football team announced that they would not participate in any further football related activities until Wolfe left office.
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–He’s been called a “radical” who supports “socialist” policies that are dangerous for the state of Florida. But is any of that true?
-We look into Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum’s boldest policy ideas.
1) He supports legalizing marijuana in Florida and taxing the sales of it to pay for public education.
2) After being elected, he would immediately expand Medicaid to give healthcare to a million lower income people who currently don’t have it.
3) In the long-run, he supports a “Medicare for All” universal health care system for Florida. He’d raise corporate taxes to pay for it.
4) He wants to make Florida the “solar capital” of the country and wants to make the state a leader in combating climate change.
5) He wants to raise Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.
6) He supports efforts to abolish ICE.
7) He supports an assault weapons ban, mandatory background checks on those who want to purchase a gun, closing the gunshow loophole and banning the purchase and possession of armor piercing bullets. He’s also been taken to court by the NRA due to gun control measures he’s taken as mayor of Tallahassee. He won that suit.
8) He would “suspend” use of the death penalty until he could be assured that it was being applied equally to all, regardless of race.
9) He would use his executive authority as governor to declare a state of emergency to temporarily suspend Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law for 60 days. He would push for it to be overturned.
10) While not an official policy, it’s worth noting that he supports impeaching President Donald Trump.
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