Simon Biles with her coach at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, on July 27, 2021. Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Everyone was surprised when the top American gymnast, Simone Biles, decided to withdraw from the Olympics because of mental health challenges. The news came as a bombshell, mainly because she has already over the course of her career dealt with the pressure of competing. Let’s not neglect the fact that she is the defending Olympic champion, and a four-time gold medalist. She knows what success tastes like, so she isn’t doing this for the attention.

It all started during the team final event. She suddenly left after an event. Her teammates were all surprised by her performance, seeing her struggle…

A vaccination clinic in a stadium, in California. Bing Guan/Bloomberg

The hesitancy to take the COVID-19 vaccines from people in wealthy countries is alarming. Staying locked up in our homes for over a year is abnormal. COVID isn’t just the flu, it kills people.

To date, roughly 60% of Americans 18 years old and up have been vaccinated, which is far from enough to reach herd immunity. Around 187.6 million Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Let’s hope that this percentage goes up drastically in future weeks, as 12+ are now eligible for the approved vaccines across the 50 states. There are now around 51,000…

In the movie Moonlight, this is where the two main characters meet as adults and reconnect. Jimmy’s East Side Dinner, in Miami. Google Maps and designed in Canva.

Humans, well some of them, tend to reminisce past life twists (the ugly and the beautiful).

A portion of the population is more in touch with their emotions, their feelings and their reality in all of its forms. Many know better who they are and what they want from their lifetime.

This isn’t the case for everyone. We shouldn’t let it break our sensitive hearts. The battle will be a short escapade, even when the sky gets darker and darker. Be high-spirited, remain true to you. Most important, don’t compare yourself to others.

If you can find a meaning to…

Nigambodh Ghat crematorium, on the banks of the Yamuna river coast in New Delhi, is cremating a ton of COVID-19 victims. Amal KS/Hindustan Times/Shutterstock

The images and clips coming from India are staggering. In one way, it is kind of selfish to complain about lockdown measures here in North America, when we take a look at what is going on elsewhere on the globe, where cases keep going up.

The situation is getting out of control in hospitals where resources such as oxygen supplies are running out. This leaves no chance to people who are suffering the most from the disease.

For the past few days, India has been reporting more than 300,000 cases every day. Over 3,000 Indians are dying daily. Let’s not…

In the midst of a global pandemic, and as summer approaches, Benny Sings released his new album, Music.

The Dutch singer-songwriter Benny Sings rocking the guitare in studio. Larry Hirshowitz

Looking for tremendous jams during quarantine? Look no further than Benny Sings’ new album, Music.

A basic name for an album that gives us a little bit more than what is on radios at the moment. His pitchy voice is unique and make heads turn around. Between folk and indie pop, his projects are getting lots of traction online.

The way he moves around rhythm with the electronic keyboard is impressive. Undeniably, it has a peculiar R&B touch to it.

For 28 years, the French duo Daft Punk made people around the world dance worry-free. Here is their last album cover, Random Access Memories, released in 2013. Genius

For 8 years, music fans have been on the edge of their seats, waiting for the return of the two French robots. That comeback will never happen. A few weeks ago, the legendary French duo decided to part ways after 28 years of collaboration. Daft Punk changed the world of music not only with their unique electro beats, but also by the way they disclosed their art and their messages. An entire generation will only keep good memories of their rhythmic vibes that brighten up our days.

They collaborated with the biggest names in the industry, breaking barriers along the…

Facebook to remove COVID-19 vaccine misinformation from its platform

Facebook’s headquarters located in Menlo Park, California. Noah Berger/ Reuters

It is not the first time, and it won’t be the last, that we are addressing the issue of fake news and misinformation on social media. The pandemic has only exacerbated this reality.

Last week, Facebook announced that they will remove posts that have been debunked by public health experts when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines. The misinformation policy was updated. This will also apply to Instagram, being owned by Facebook.

Formally, the company was “downranking” falsehoods, making it less visible in everyone’s news feed. In previous months, some of the…

I’m Thinking of Ending Things, a masterpiece signed Charlie Kaufman

Jake and Lucy, as they are driving back from Jake parents’ place. Mary Cybulski/ Netflix

In September, the movie I’m Thinking of Ending Things was released and it changed the way I perceived art and cinematography.

Being released during a pandemic, didn’t really allow the movie get the traction it deserved, in my opinion. Online, you can find many interpretations of the film. The best one may be your personal one; as soon as you finish the over two hours feature film.

To be honest, if you didn’t get anything out of that movie, you didn’t think about it enough or you may have been…

Authentically Brilliant: Neon Trees New Album

I Can Feel You Forgetting Me, Neon Trees new album, released July 24. Genius

To be honest, this article was supposed to be published back in July, just after the new Neon Trees album came out. I slept on in for a while. Life experiences made me think about the angle this one needed to take. Crazy how some lyrics can mean so much more when you’ve lived them and went through some bruising moments.

Back in 2014, the colourful music group Neon Trees got everyone’s attention with Pop Psychology. That project remains to this day a vibrant pop album that had everyone dancing in clubs.

At that…

With The Weeknd’s new album

After Hours album cover, the latest from The Weeknd- iTunes

The world will never be the same. This is a fact, unlike those given by Trump and the US coronavirus task force team. Everything will change, from the way we interact with others to the products we consume on a daily basis. What is happening is surreal, no one could have predicted a virus capable of so much damage. Consistently watching the news- with new developments happening by the hour- can be overwhelming.

For some, this unbelievable situation may bring lots of anxiety in their new temporary life. We are required to change the way we are living; no more…

Olivier Pilon

Graduated with a masters degree in politics from the University of Quebec in Montreal. Human rights, LGBT issues, sports and music. Twitter: @OlivierPilon

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