Thursday, October 16, 2014

Live Life to the Fullest

If I had to share one tip, it would be for everyone to live life to the fullest; everyday- no matter what it takes. This is so important to me because I don't ever want to look back on life and regret not taking a chance or not doing something new.

The idea of living my life to the fullest came to mind recently when I wrote a letter to my 10-year-old self. In doing so I thought about how carefree children really are. Their minds can’t even start to comprehend the things adults stress over and worry about. 

The main piece of advice I offered my young self in the letter was to enjoy my carefree days. Enjoy every bit of depending on my parents and only having to worry about what I was wearing to school the next day; because these days wouldn't last forever.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

"You Don't Sound Black"

I never noticed that "I didn't sound black" until I went to college and my peers constantly pointed it out to me.

"You talk like a white girl," "Where are you from?” “We don't talk like that around here.”

After constantly hearing this, I remember thinking, "I don't sound black because I use proper English?" But with the ever present desire to fit in, I never acknowledged the comments. And sometimes felt embarrassed because I didn’t talk like everyone else. 

That was completely different from how I felt while growing up. Before college I loved my proper English. I would always (and to this day still) correct my parents’ mix of Spanish and English words. The English language and the pronunciation of it has always been a part of me.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Material Girl: Custom Color Sneakers

Since moving to NYC I have kind of become a sneaker head. So I'm always
happy to come across shoes that are different from the norm, yet still fashionable.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Two Weeks without Social Media and I Didn’t Die

I went to Panamá for two weeks in August to visit family. In addition to all the excitement leading up to my trip, I was very anxious about the fact that my grandparents do not have Wi-Fi in their home. With the killing of Michael Brown taking place four days before I left, I was concerned about missing updates about the case. And was also worried about missing all the randomness of twitter and Instagram. But I was definitely thankful that I would be away from the nausea that is Facebook.

I never thought of myself as someone who depended on social media. But before leaving for Panamá I realized I was, and I still am. In comparison to others, I may not tweet a lot or post that many pictures. But Twitter and Instagram have quickly become my past time. So the thought of not having the option to login while in Panamá had me a little worried.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

"Hair"- Elizabeth Acevedo

I am a fan of anyone who can use their creativity to express themselves, and use it to speak/educate people about their culture and who they are. Not only is it inspiring, but it's also motivating. And that is exactly what Elizabeth Acevedo's poetry does for me. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Bandz A Make Her Dance: Examining Hip Hop's Strip Club Love

A throwback from 2012...

Money, cars, women, liquor, clothes, and jewelry. For many years these items have been constant themes in Hip Hop music. It’s very rare to hear a rapper not mention one of those topics in their music or not feature all of them in their videos. Some would even go so far as to say one cannot have a hit without having a song based on one of those themes.  

As Hip Hop music continues to grow, one theme has started to take precedence over the others; the strip club. The strip club is certainly not a new topic in Hip Hop, as artists have been rapping about it forever.

Within the last couple of years it seems the actual strip club itself, and all that goes along with it, is fair game in Hip Hop now. It certainly has become the go-to topic for a hit record. There are even rappers that say they make music specifically for the strip club; with lyrical content that is solely based on things that happen there. With Hip Hop being such a masculine enclave, it’s no surprise “Strip Club Culture” is taking over.

But where did Hip Hop’s fascination with the strip club come from? Luke and the 2 Live Crew might be a good start. We could even classify them as the originators of strip club music, or booty music as they called it. The crude lyrical content on their 1989 album “As Nasty As They Wanna Be” created much condemnation. It even caused group members to get arrested for breaking Florida State obscenity laws. The album was deemed legally obscene and was banned from radio stations and retail stores. The controversy that surrounded this album brought awareness to the role that the First Amendment plays in Hip Hop music.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Material Girl: Temporary Fashion Tattoos

You have to excuse my tardiness of this trend and for posting this right as summer is coming to end. BUT, I love this idea. As someone who constantly goes back and forth about wanting a new tatt, 
I've often said I wish I could have a temporary one for a few weeks. Kind of like a trial run. 

Well that exactly what these fashion temporary tattoos are. Plus, their super stylish and are great accessories- and y'all know I love my accessories!