I wrote a new piece over at The Billfold, which you can read here. It’s about school and money and clothes, and what could be better? Give it six minutes (according to Medium, that’s how long it’ll take to read) of bathroom reading time. You won’t regret it!
Also, here’s a chill tune for exam season by one of my favourite contemporary composers:
And listen to the album if you need something longer:
I’m feeling really good today. I got a good night’s sleep (an extra 15 minutes in the morning works wonders for your mental state for the day) and a decent breakfast/morning food starter, and I finished a lab report and did the work I needed to for the day. And it’s only 11:37 AM where I am! It’s unusual for me to be so on top of my personal to-do list—I’m the despicable kind of person who’s always running behind or 10 minutes late to everything—so…I’m feeling good. And I want you to feel good, too, so here are some things to fill ur mind ‘n’ soul with, if you are so inclined.
After about a month of watching this video virtually non-stop, I’ve finally got a good handle on the choreo (I was too cheap to shell out $4.99 USD for the official tutorial, but maybe I’ll go for it someday). Every dancer in this vid is straight fire, and it’s inspiring. Backstory time: I’ve danced for the vast majority of my life, and all I have to say is if you’re as entranced as I was the first time I came across a clip of this A-MAZ-ING Tricia Miranda choreography to Missy Elliot’s “WTF,” then damnit, drop what you’re doing and GO LEARN IT! (I did it by just watching it over and over and copying the movements one by one.)
And if you think you “can’t” or “shouldn’t” dance: Dance is fun, and I wish more people would stop thinking they “can’t” dance or that other people will laugh at them if they try to learn. (If people laugh, they are gross losers and you don’t want their approval anyway.) Dance, any kind of movement to music, sweating it out to choreo you’ve worked hard to perfect, adding your own spin to something you’ve been taught, is so therapeutic. So if you wanna punch it like these sicc dancers, I’m telling you that you absolutely can. GO 4 IT!!!
Things to read:
I’m reading Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me for English class (we’re studying Andy Weir’s The Martian right now, but *nasally nerd voice* WHY NOT GET A HEAD START, RIGHT?), and I’ve gotta say I agree with Toni Morrison’s sentiment that it’s required reading. Extremely/especially relevant and necessary right now—and as a POC myself some parts of it were particularly relatable to me, even though I can never truly or fully understand the entirety of the Black American experience and all its nuances. In short: Everyone should devour it from cover to cover.
Emma Watson (one of my primary girl crushes) recently launched a feminist book club, Our Shared Shelf, over at Goodreads. I think it’s A++, but there are a whole bunch of different opinions and facets on it. If you wanna read more on it, there’s a pretty good post at Slate that goes over a lot of the different concerns people have raised about what it means to have a “feminist” book club and Emma’s general absence from the club itself.
Things to listen to:
I’ve got this psychedelic Majid Jordan track on loop lately. (Fun fact about me nobody asked for: I listen to all my songs on repeat, sometimes for hours on end.) I really love the beat, and I find it easy to work/write to when I’m not dancing in my chair. Woohoo!
Equally easy on the ears and flowy to indulge in, this track by JABS and Willow (Smith) is great for long bus rides…subway rides…all kinds of transit. I like to close my eyes and envelop myself in the sound.
Things to watch:
This video by Ryan Higa makes me laugh. (Almost everything created by Ryan Higa makes me laugh, but this was a real recent gem.) It’s also where I got the title of this post from, because a particular tidbit at around 4:30 made me chuckle fervently.
This ad by Axe is one of the few YouTube ads I’ve ever watched in full, and it’s so happy-ing and easy and self-assured and FIND YOUR MAGIC. Even if you don’t end up enjoying the ad (because it’s still an ad, and because of that it’s still saturated in commercial intent and etc etc etc) I still think you should take its main message—to realize and notice and appreciate what you’ve got going on instead of pining after what you don’t—to heart. ♥
ADDENDUM: The piece I wrote about the ins and outs of bras and chest-holder-uppers is now up on Rookie! Read it here.