1. Redemption Tour Continues
UNC is back in the Final Four by virtue of an incredible, game winning jumper from Luke Maye that propelled the Heels to a 75-73 victory over Kentucky in the Elite Eight on Sunday. Carolina is in the Final Four for an NCAA record 20th time and Roy Williams now has nine Final Fours under his belt. Only John Wooden, Dean Smith and Mike Krzyzweski have more. Up next is a date with Oregon on Saturday night.
I've been a fan of this talented artist for several years. You may recall me featuring Eben Franckewitz - who simply goes by Eben - a few years ago. I figured I'd revisit him since some things have happened since that post.
1. Elizabeth Warren Silenced
This week, the U.S. Senate debated the confirmation of Jeff Sessions for attorney general. His nomination has come under heavy scrutiny, given past allegations of racism which ultimately sank his nomination for a federal judgeship by Ronald Reagan. According to NPR, Sessions admitted to making insensitive comments and called civil rights groups like the ACLU "un-American." Per NPR, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) became the first sitting senator to ever testify against a colleague's nomination when he did so against Sessions last month. In his testimony, Booker cited concerns with Sessions' "commitment to defending minorities, the LGBT community and voting rights," according to NPR.
This week, I'm featuring a duo of American Idol alums: Danny Gokey and Jordin Sparks.
The pair teamed up for a duet called "Chasing" for Gokey's new album Rise. This is Gokey's fifth studio album since his stint on the eighth season of Idol and it's coming off the heels of a GMA Dove Award win for his Christmas project, Christmas Is Here.
I'll just go ahead and say it: 2016 sucked.
Maybe it's been okay for you, but I can't say the same. There haven't been many bright spots in my life this year. Heck, in the world. For starters, I never realized the amount of change my life was in for at the beginning of this year. I had to grow up fast as I lost both my grandmother and dad, just four months apart from each other.
This week's post includes talk on a GOP power grab in Raleigh, my thoughts on Survivor and more.
It's WEEK TWO of my annual "Christmas Tunes" series and this week's featured artist is a fantastic talent.