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City Ties: The Rise Of Canadian Rapper Zeelix




An artist’s connection to where they are from can drive and inspire their careers. Rappers like Drake, Meek Mill, and Jack Harlow have long boasted the struggles and fame that come from their respective homes. Ontario, Canada, has seen the rise of rap and R&B artist Zeelix. Originally born in the city of Brampton, he currently lives in Welland and claims a strong connection to his Jamaican heritage. Zeelix moved houses constantly as a child, changing schools and re-adapting with his many siblings. However, recently he has found consistency in the same location and has strictly been able to focus on his music.

In an interview, Zeelix discussed the inspiration that comes from seeing artists grow out of their cities. “I would say I am inspired by Drake because his music reflects all aspects of life. Obviously, he is a huge world-known artist, but he is from Toronto Canada which is basically right where I am from. I find a lot of hope knowing someone made it out of the city and blew up as much as he did, and still continuously drops hits after being in the industry for so long.” Zeelix has begun to see some of this success as well, gaining thousands of streams as he releases music. He also hopes to one day work with fellow artist Toosii saying, “His music speaks volumes, and I feel like we would create an amazing track because we have a similar vibe.”

Zeelix values the connection to those he is reaching with his music. He relates, “I want to reach an audience who can connect with my music and relate to the stories and lyrics I write. I am pretty diverse with each song, so of course, I want people to vibe and enjoy the music with the beats, but also relate on an emotional level to the lyricism.” The understanding of where he came from, the vision of where he is going, and the bond to those with him on the journey are sure to keep Zeelix on the rise.

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“The Firing Squad”: I Cried Buckets of Tears




Sitting in the dimly lit theater, I had no idea what to expect as the opening credits of “The Firing Squad” began to roll. Little did I know that I was about to embark on an emotional journey that would leave me reaching for tissues and struggling to catch my breath.

The film follows the true story of three Christians facing execution by firing squad in a third world country. Directed by Timothy A. Chey, it features a stellar cast including James Barrington, Kevin Sorbo, and Cuba Gooding Jr. Each actor brings their character to life with such authenticity and depth that it’s impossible not to be fully immersed in their struggles and triumphs.

As the plot unfolded, I found myself drawn into a world of despair and desperation, but also one of unwavering faith and hope. The characters’ journey from darkness to light, from despair to redemption, resonated with me on a deeply personal level. I couldn’t help but be moved by their courage and resilience in the face of unimaginable adversity.

But it was the performances that truly stole the show. James Barrington’s portrayal of the protagonist’s internal turmoil was nothing short of mesmerizing, while Kevin Sorbo and Cuba Gooding Jr. delivered powerhouse performances that left me in awe.

And then there was the message of the film—that no matter how bleak the circumstances may seem, there is always hope. That even in our darkest moments, faith has the power to transform lives and bring about redemption. It was a message that hit me like a ton of bricks, leaving me with tears streaming down my face and a renewed sense of purpose.

As the credits rolled and the lights came up, I found myself struggling to put into words the impact that “The Firing Squad” had on me. All I could manage was, “I cried buckets of tears.” And I wasn’t alone. As I looked around the theater, I saw others wiping their eyes and exchanging emotional glances.

In the end, “The Firing Squad” wasn’t just a movie—it was an experience. An experience that left me feeling inspired, uplifted, and profoundly grateful for the power of cinema to touch the soul. And for that, I will be forever grateful.

The movie is set to premiere in the theatres worldwide on August 2, 2024. And this is definitely a must watch movie, reminding people of the strength of faith.

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