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‘Captain Marvel’ Brings On the Girl Power

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It only seems right that Captain Marvel is being released on 2019’s International Women's Day. Since 2008’s Iron-Man, Marvel has presented a good chain, albeit a bit short, of strong women characters starting with Pepper Potts. Black Widow became the first Marvel female superhero to grace the screens in Iron-Man 2 followed by Scarlet Witch, Gamora, Mantis, The Wasp, Okoye and Shuri. But today, Brie Larson heads the first female-driven superhero movie for Marvel Studios.

Let’s just get this out of the way – this movie packs a “girl power” punch without putting men down in the process. While their intentions are good, too many films try to present a message of female empowerment while emasculating men in the process. Sure, the opposite has been true for many years, but this is no way to move on with injustice and certainly isn’t a message that today’s girls need to here.

Marvel Studios has toyed with an “anything you can do, I can do better” attitude between its men and…

Blanca Shares ‘Real Love’

Blanca release "Real Love" EP.
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Blanca released the Real Love EP last Friday and the five-track set is now available at all digital and streaming outlets and features the title track, which is currently impacting radio and streaming charts worldwide. For instance, upon its release, Spotify immediately added the lead single to its New Music Friday Playlist, which boasts more than 2 million followers. In less than a week, the track reached Top 20 status on Spotify’s all-genre Global Viral 50 Chart and Top 15 on the United States Viral Chart. Real Love has been streamed over one million times during its first month of release, including nearly half a million plays of the song’s music video.

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Real Love was written in the wake of the recent death of Blanca’s mother, who lost her fight to cancer in December 2016. It was through facing her mother’s cancer battle and subsequent passing that Blanca realized she craved more than surface religion. It’s a theme that permeates the track listing of her new EP, a collection that fuses her unique blend of rhythmic pop, hip-hop and soul. The fresh songs, all written or co-written by Blanca, continue her commitment to vulnerable, transparent songwriting showcased on her critically-acclaimed self-titled solo debut.

She’s currently working on a follow-up full-length studio project due in 2018; but in the meantime, she’ll preview new music throughout the fall on the Big Church Night Out Tour alongside Newsboys, Sidewalk Prophets, 7eventh Time Down and more.

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