It’s been no easy musical journey for 30-year-old singer-songwriter, Kesha. After twelve years of making music with producer Dr. Luke—who allegedly sexually, mentally and emotionally abused her—battling mental health issues, an eating disorder, rehab and being forced to then continue to work with Dr. Luke after asking for an injunction, she’s finally getting to heal. And we couldn’t be happier for her, or for her music.
When talking about the Syrian refugee crisis and the ongoing conflict in Syria people often time speak in abstracts, “war,” “conflict,” “government,” “revolution,” or statistics, “6 years of conflict,” “approximately 1 million Syrians killed” – huge concepts and numbers with no humans or heart to which we can attach.
But a child – the sound of their voice, or their smile, or lack thereof – has the power to hit much closer to home. And that is the beauty of Apo W. Bazidi’s “Resistance is Life.”
It goes without saying that the name Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta is a mouthful. It’s a lot to swallow and not particularly easy on the ears. But as happens to most artists born without fame-worthy names, it was condensed to the punchier, more digestible, more theatrical Lady Gaga. Gaga cited in a 2013 article in People magazine she needed to depart from being Stefani in order to perform and be an actual artist.
And that, in a sense, is the heart of “Gaga: Five Foot Two,” the 2017 documentary film centered around the production and release of her fifth album, “Joanne” and her halftime performance at the Super Bowl 51.