With marijuana laws changing all over the country, and use becoming much more common (and tolerated), it's not surprising that people may be branching out and trying different things. And while pipes, joints, blunts, edibles, and bongs are all great, there's another increasingly popular method that is making its rounds, concentrates.
The recent project released by shaving company Gillette, "We Believe: The Best Men Can Be," has fallen under a ridiculous amount of scrutiny since it's debut on January 13, 2019. The aim of the project was to make a public statement regarding domestic abuse, bullying, and many other prevalent issues in our society. It brings up how certain societal/cultural influences can contribute to these issues, and how men often have a major role in both it's prevalence, and it's prevention.
Yes, we all love Michael Scott, Jim, Dwight, and pretty much the entire ensemble of The Office. With memorable moments, quotes, pranks, and even some tearjerking scenes, that show has become one of the biggest pop culture phenomenons in history. Every character (even Ryan) have likable qualities that still draw us to binge watching the series on Netflix at least once a month. But who was the greatest member of that cast of lovable goofballs?
The smart-talking girl from the Bronx who has no limits when it comes to slamming the President is making history every single day. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (or AOC) became a senator in a landslide victory this past midterm election, and as she continues to propose legislation and state her cases for everything from racial justice to economic equality, she also represents the future for young people in our political system.
I'm sure when you open up YouTube's homepage, you see a little red "live" marker and an anime thumbnail. Often labeled as "chill beats to study to" or something of that effect. Lo-fi hip-hop instrumentals and other chill-beat styles of music have been all over the place. These playlists and compilations have millions of regular listeners and the artists are becoming just as popular. Heck, the YouTube channel, ChilledCow only posts other people’s music (they haven’t produced any original content) and have over 2 million subscribers as of January 2019. So why are lo-fi/chill-beat tracks so present in the current pop culture?
Who here remembers when the historic rap-metal group Rage Against The Machine burst into the mainstream? I don’t because I was only two years old when they broke up, but I do listen to them on a regular basis and consider them to be one of my favorite bands. Zach de la Rocha’s rebellious, left-winged, resistance-charged lyrics, Tom Morello’s innovative and expressive guitar work, Tom Commerford’s driving bass lines, and drummer Brad Wilk’s funk sensibilities, all contributed to creating one of the greatest politically-driven bands in history. Due to a wicked time of change of cultures and politics in the 1990s, this band emerged as the voice for the underrepresented and neglected classes of people and ideas.