Jordan Peele's 'Us' is a Creepy Tale That Sadly Mirrors Our Reality

On May 25, 1986, approximately 6.5 million Americans stood hand in hand forming a human chain that stretched from New York to California for an event called Hands Across America. It was a fundraiser project from USA for Africa (the same people who produced the “We Are the World” single the year before) in hopes of raising $100 million to fight hunger and homelessness. The hope was that everyone who participated would donate $10 for the cause. Families stood and sang together for 15 minutes. And then it was over.

I had trouble remembering if Hands Across America really happened or if it was a gimmick for the film when the original commercial for the event flashed on the big screen during the opening of Us. I only vaguely remember the event, which might have to do more with the fact that I have lived in Washington State my whole life and we weren’t involved in the project. I doubt that I’m the only one and I suspect that was also some of Jordan Peele’s reasoning as well whe…

Have You Met 'The Young Escape'?

The Young Escape
The Young Escape (The Media Collective)


Hailing from Southern California, The Young Escape is a quartet of singers who also just happen to be siblings. With an average of 18, the group includes Ryan, McKenna, Kyrstenand Luke Johns. Unlike other young groups who are Christian but shy away from the title and rarely sing about their faith, The Young Escape appear to be the complete opposite singing out on themes of insecurity and anxiety and offering hope.

"Love Me Like You" by The Young EscapeToday, the group drops their single, “Love Me Like You” which follows their previous songs, “Good Life” and “Neverfade.” You’ll begin to hear the song that features nobigdyl beginning on August 3, but you can get a head start by watching the music video below.

"I’ve always found that it’s a love that never runs away when things get hard. His love stays because He never breaks a promise and He never will. Way before I was acceptable, He chased after me. He knows my failures and my secrets. He knows the emptiness and the struggles I face in life, and yet I get to stand on His perfect, real love that never ends," said McKenna Johns. "I think the more we understand God’s love, it makes us unstoppable because we never have to depend on people or on our circumstances to fill us up. So, for all of the broken situations in life that don’t make sense, and for everything that’s fallen out of place, know that you haven’t fallen out of God’s love & that you never will. Nobody’s gonna' love you like Jesus."


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