Living with Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited chronic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system of about 1,200 children and adults in Ireland. A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections. It also obstructs the pancreas … Continue reading Living with Cystic Fibrosis

4 horrifying facts about sleep paralysis

Sleep paralysis is when you temporarily can't move or speak when waking up or falling asleep, it is not harmful in any way but can be one of the most frightening things to experience. For some, it happens regularly, even nightly. Others may only experience once or twice in their lifetime. Whether you have experienced … Continue reading 4 horrifying facts about sleep paralysis

yungtada: Hip-hop video director talks working with Lil Mosey, coming from Seattle and dream collaborations

Three years after directing his first music video, Marvin Llantada a.k.a. yungtada has established himself as one of the young videographers leading the new wave in hip-hop music video production. Shane McGannon spoke to the L.A. based music video creator to find out who the person behind the camera is and how he turned an … Continue reading yungtada: Hip-hop video director talks working with Lil Mosey, coming from Seattle and dream collaborations

The growing acceptance of mental health in hip-hop

Shane McGannon interviews Irish rap artist UPPBEAT about the changing attitude towards mental health in hip-hop and the importance of an open dialogue. Mental health has become one of the most prominent topics of discussion in modern day hip-hop with artists opening up about their own mental health issues and their personal struggles, including battles … Continue reading The growing acceptance of mental health in hip-hop

Why moving to a country doesn’t guarantee that you’ll learn the language

As a native speaker of English, I have now lived in Milan, Italy for just over three months and no, I am not fluent in Italian. Far from it. I will go into some more detail about reasons why I have failed to pick up the language so far but to start, let me tell … Continue reading Why moving to a country doesn’t guarantee that you’ll learn the language