Vol. 2 Issue 7 | February 19, 2016

Vol. 2 Issue 7 | February 19, 2016

Three Things This Week

1. Tay Tay v. Ye

What It Is: During her acceptance speech for Album of the Year at Monday’s Grammy Awards, Taylor Swift seemingly addressed Kanye West’s recent lyrics claiming that he made her famous.

Why It's Important: She pointed out that young women should not listen to people who try to take credit for their accomplishments, but instead ought to realize that their own hard work is what made them succeed. Though it’s not hard to put two and two together to figure out what prompted her remarks, she chose to encourage others rather than publicly say something hateful about Kanye. A great conversation would be to ask your students if this was passive-aggressive or a modern example of Jesus’ command to ‘turn the other cheek’.

2. Fuller House

What It Is: All episodes of the reboot of Full House go live on Netflix on February 26.

Why It's Important: As an icon of wholesome family entertainment during its original run, many who grew up watching it will want their own kids to love the Tanners as much as they did. Though watching it isn’t necessarily a bad thing, “wholesome” and “family” entertainment has changed a lot in the 29 years since the first episode aired. The show will be a good indication of how our culture’s values have changed in the last three decades, as well as a safe(r) place to begin teaching children about media discernment.

3. Kendrick Lamar

What It Is: The rap artist won big at the Grammys, taking home Best Rap Album and four other awards, as well as had the most-talked-about live performance.

Why It's Important: Lamar is turning heads for his lyrical genius, raw talent, and desire to use his influence for good (like addressing racial problems, as he did in his Grammy performance). However, as a professing Christian, his body of work is highly controversial, full of vulgarities (just read any of his lyrics) while giving all glory to God. On the one hand, he raps about his real-life experiences (e.g. growing up in gang culture) and isn’t afraid to tell it like it is, but on the other, his message is more than a little confusing for students looking for positive role models who also create authentically good music. Here’s a great article about what Lamar believes.

Top 10 Songs This Week

1. "Love Yourself" by Justin Bieber
Theme: Breaking up with a girl, telling her all the horrible things she did and to go love herself instead.

2. "Stressed Out" by Twenty One Pilots
Theme: Reminiscing over how easy it is to be a kid and how being an adult today tends to lead to stress, pressure, and caring about the wrong things.

3. "Sorry" by Justin Bieber
Theme: Apologizing for past mistakes; might be Bieber's apology to fans for his previous behavior.

4. "Work" by Rihanna ft. Drake
Theme: A woman wants more out of a relationship, but all he wants is sex.

5. "My House" by Flo Rida
Theme: Going out is sometimes overrated, especially if the women are willing to come to his house and sleep with him.

6. "Hello" by Adele
Theme: Reaching out to an ex to apologize and possibly to see if he still cares.

7. "Pillowtalk" (warning: obscenities!) by Zayn
Theme: Making sex the ultimate focus in a relationship.

8. "Me, Myself, and I" (warning: f bombs!) by G-Eazy and Bebe Rexha
Theme: I don’t need anyone else because I’m the only one I can count on for anything.

9. "Roses" by The Chainsmokers ft. Rozes
Theme: Someone’s love is so good, it’s like paradise, and it becomes the other’s purpose in life.

10. "Stitches" by Shawn Mendes
Theme: Moving on from a breakup and learning to let go.