A word of jubilation that is uttered by mainly Hispanics, especially within the Puerto Rican community. It normally is yelled at high volumes in a nasal manner, especially after something that is celebrated.
“Wepa” normally means, “All right! Good job! Congratulations! Yeah!”
“Wonder Woman” made history this weekend as it became the first-ever female-led superhero blockbuster!
After receiving rave reviews from fans and film critics alike, it also ruled at the box office, grossing $100.5 million in the US and Canada and over $220 million worldwide. Directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, the film’s spectacular debut set a new record for the biggest opening for a female director.
This was a huge achievement for female filmmakers in general observed media analyst Paul Dergarabedian who said,
“Any ridiculous notion that a woman may not be suited to direct a big budget superhero movie is hopefully once and for all shattered.”
The film also proved any naysayers about the appeal of a female-led superhero film wrong – on the film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, “Wonder Woman” earned a 94% approval rating from critics and 93% from fans, with the site’s critical consensus stating:
“Thrilling, earnest, and buoyed by Gal Gadot’s charismatic performance, Wonder Woman succeeds in spectacular fashion.”
With the year’s passing of beloved musician and composer Leonard Cohen, it only seems fitting that his timeless song “Hallelujah” should be going viral once again.
At the Killard House School’s choir concert in Donaghadee, Northern Ireland, young Kaylee Rodgers sang a stunning version of Cohen’s most classic tune with modified lyrics. Kaylee’s voice is soaring and rich, but it’s her story that is perhaps most uplifting.
Kaylee happens to have autism and ADHD, and because she was so shy at school, she had a hard time participating in class.
The principal of Killard House, Colin Millar, explains that she
“wouldn’t really read out in class … so to stand and perform in front of an audience is amazing …
It takes a lot of effort on Kaylee’s part.”
Kaylee’s music teacher, Lloyd Scates, played a large role in helping her find the confidence to sing.
Her mother divulged that “she always loved singing, but it wasn’t until she started at Killard House School that she really came into her own. Mr. Scates is like her safety blanket – he’s amazing.”
Watch the video below to witness Kaylee’s touching transformation.
The lyrics of this modified version were written by contemporary Christian rock band Cloverton.
Everything on the earth bristled, the bramble
pricked and the green thread
nibbled away, the petal fell, falling
until the only flower was the falling itself.
Water is another matter,
has no direction but its own bright grace,
runs through all imaginable colors,
takes limpid lessons
and in those functionings plays out
the unrealized ambitions of the foam.
Donald Trump Tax Returns Reportedly Show $916 Million Loss in 1995
Donald Trump’s income tax returns from 1995 reportedly show he declared a $916 million loss, according to the New York Times, which said it received three pages from Trump’s filings that year.
The Times posted three pages it said were from Trump’s New York, New Jersey and Connecticut state income tax filings from 1995, all of which declared a loss of $915,729,293.
The documents came to the newspaper by mail, with a New York City postmark, the Times reported.
The paper said the legitimacy of the documents was confirmed by Jack Mitnick, a lawyer and certified public accountant who handled Trump’s tax affairs until 1996 and who was listed as the preparer on the New Jersey tax form.
“There it is,” said campaign manager Robby Mook.
“This bombshell report reveals the colossal nature of Donald Trump’s past business failures and just how long he may have avoided paying any federal income taxes whatsoever.
In one year, Donald Trump lost nearly a billion dollars. A billion.
He stiffed small businesses, laid off workers, and walked away from hardworking communities.
And how did it work out for him?
He apparently got to avoid paying taxes for nearly two decades – while tens of millions of working families paid theirs.