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I Used the Last Money I Had to Tip Other Vocal Creators
Okay, I'll admit, I didn't really use all of the money I had left to tip other Vocal creators (I still have bills to pay), but I did use the last of the money I had in my Cash app, which is kind of a big deal. For the past few weeks, I have been sitting with a whopping $4.35 in my Cash app and now, it's just 35 cents (I couldn't figure out how to send the change). For the past year or so, the money I received through Cash app has been my main source of income. In my freshman year of college, I quickly figured out that I could avoid the stress of maintaining a full time job while in school if I put my writing skills to good use. So for four and a half years, I was the local paper writer for a number of fellow college students, which meant a lot of Cash app payments.
Finding Refuge in Old Bollywood
The past few months have been a big transitioning period in my life. Transitioning from college life to the "real world," transitioning from my own apartment to temporarily being back in my parents' home, and transitioning from a place of overall security to a place of uncertainty about where the next phase of my life will take me. In times like these, it's easy to feel some sort of longing for simpler times and this has expressed itself in various ways for me. One of the most recent has been a rekindling of my love for Bollywood movies.
Top 10 Verzuz Battles That Will Never Happen
One of the greatest things to come out of 2020 was Verzuz TV. This webcast series was created by producers Timbaland and Swizz Beats to highlight and celebrate Black music. Since March of last year, the world has gotten to see artists like BabyFace and Teddy Riley, Gladys Knight and Patti Labelle, and Brandy and Monica go head to head via Instagram Live and/or Apple TV. And while there are many great Verzuz battles that the world has been anticipating, some of the greatest battles are the ones we will never get to see because one or more of the parties involved are no longer living. But thanks to technology, we can guess what these battles would have been like. Here are the top 10 Verzuz battles that we will never get to see and some of the songs that undoubtedly would have made an appearance in them.
Barack Obama Is Allowed To Not Talk About Politics
In my story, Dear 2021, Please Take Notes, I mentioned the fact that when Barack Obama was first elected as president of the United States, I was in the fifth grade. As a ten year old, I didn't know much about his political stances. All I knew was that he was the first African American man who had been elected to the highest position in the land and to me, that was enough. As a 22-year-old, I know better.
Dear 2021, Please Take Notes
Dear 2021, In my 22 years of life, I've experienced some really good years. 2020 was not one of them. On a global scale, the world was dealing with a pandemic, widespread police brutality, and political madness. But on a personal level, my mental health was suffering, I encountered some financial problems, and I even lost some friends. Honestly, it wouldn't take much for you to be a step up from 2020, but I don't just want this year to be better than last year, I want it to be the best year I've ever had. I'm not one to try to relive my glory days, but there are simple things that have made the best years of my life, the best. And for 2021, I just want those simple moments back. The simple moments that made four years of my life stand out for the very best reasons. If I were you, I would take some notes.
My New Year's Resolutions as Told By Harry Potter
2021 is finally here and it has been a long time coming. Last year taught me many things, mostly through hardship, but the great thing is that even the worst moments in our lives can pave the way for something better. This year, I plan to go into it with a positive mindset, and what better way to do that than with the help of my favorite book series. Because New Year's resolutions would be nothing without some old friends.
20 Glee Songs That Accurately Describe 2020
People have always had mixed feelings about Glee and the music from the show, but for me, Glee was one of the simple pleasures that got me through 2020. Working and doing school from home gave me a lot more free time and Glee and its music was there to motivate me, distract me, and give me something to smile about when almost nothing else did.
Why the "African Booty Scratcher" Stereotype Is Worse Than Just Schoolyard Bullying
In the U.S., bullying is a big problem in schools. Kids across the country get bullied for an unlimited number of reasons: not wearing the right clothes, having speech impediments, being a girl that's too masculine or a boy that's too feminine, and unfortunately as long as we're all human, bullying will always occur at some level. But while all bullying is bad, not all bullying holds the same weight because the implications of all forms of bullying are not the same. And for (Black) African kids in particular, school can be the breeding ground for a lifelong battle against xenophobia.