Teen angst didn't end at nineteen. Although my hormones have noticeably balanced out, and I don't take to crying for hours at a time anymore, I still get that angsty feeling on the bad days. When the melancholy and anxiety hit, I often turn to the solace of music as I have since I was a teen.
Ladylike Ain't Like Nothin' at All
In a time where gender norms are consistently questioned, and expression & fluidity of gender is becoming widely accepted, the term 'ladylike' sounds as outdated as one of those savory jello salads from the '60s. I had to look up the term just to reacquaint myself with the meaning. Some of the definitions included words like, 'gracious', 'quiet' and, 'good manners'. I searched 'ladylike', and looked at images associated with the word. I wasn't shocked but was dismayed to find several images of shoes, long dresses, lipstick, and ladies peering into ovens. Wow, that word really is outdated. So I'm glad Vocal reached out to me and several others to help redefine what it means to be 'ladylike'.
100 Years of Badass Black Women in Music
Black women have undoubtedly had a substantial and often overlooked impact on music for centuries. Many genres can be traced back to Black roots beginnings only later to gain widespread popularity by white men with money. And even when Black women receive the notoriety they deserve, it often comes with whitewashing by corporate executives to make their music and appearance more 'palatable' to the general population.
- First Place in 2020 Rewind Playlist Challenge
The 2020 QMA's (Quarantine Music Awards)
Ladies and Gentlemen, Theys, Thems, and everyone in between, welcome to the 2020 Quarantine Music Awards! This awards program is brought to you by me, and will be hosted by yours truly. Also me. So sit back and get ready to delve into the songs that got me through this difficult job-losing-depressing-virus-ridden year.
Mystery of the Missing Cookies
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a... - "A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement Clarke Moore
- Second Place in The Perfect Pairing Challenge
Choose Your Own Wine-venture!
It can be difficult to make decisions, but it's something we have to do every day. What will I have for dinner? Is today the day I finally clean my car? Should I like my ex's Instagram post? A study from Cornell estimated that the average adult makes 35,000 remotely conscious choices each day. That's a lot of decisions!
Oh La La: Paris & Film
I lived in Paris for a year, and I'm dying to go back. When I lived there in 2018, I was an au pair and an English teacher. I didn't even live in Paris proper. My apartment was in a small suburb on the outskirts of Paris. I worked around 60 hours a week, so I didn't have much time to explore Paris at all. Not to mention I was broke, and Paris can be très cher.
Kickin' it in Korea
I don't remember the moment I became obsessed with South Korea. Maybe it was the first time I went to Korean BBQ, in my hometown and had the most delicious plate of sticky rice and tender seasoned pork.