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Review: The Photograph
When it comes to movies, I tend to gravitate to the ones that I would enjoy the most. When researching the film, I always search for two things: the cast and the showtimes. I never rely on movie reviews from the most popular newspapers and magazines. I don't allow others to dictate if I should see it or not. My main reasoning for spending my hard-earned money on projects like this is in hopes of it doing well in the movie theatres and to give traction for other movies to create stories documenting the black experience. These movie studios love to follow the money and the numbers. With that being said I wanted to share my thoughts and opinions on the movie and the characters Mae and Michael played by Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield.
What's Cooler Than Being Cool? The Coldest Water Bottle
Some people enjoy a tall glass of wine, and others may experience an overly carbonated soda of choice, but I enjoy a tall glass of ice-cold water. It's hydrating, and it seems to always quench my thirst. After many purchases of the perfect water bottle to hold my ice, I came across The Coldest Water Bottle. I discovered the water bottle as I made my rounds watching my favorite mukbangers on YouTube. You are probably asking yourself what a mukbang is. According to our friends on Wikipedia, "a mukbang is a live online audiovisual broadcast in which a host eats food while interacting with their audience." I noticed that in most of the videos I watched, they all advertised this water bottle. Out of curiosity, I visited the site to browse around. The first thing I noticed was the various sizes. The smallest size they offer is 12 oz. mostly given to children, and now they offer up to a gallon in size. In the past, I would purchase 32 oz. but that wasn’t enough water to get me through my day. I currently have the 64 oz. jug, and I can honestly say that I never feel dehydrated. From the working man or woman to the athlete who trains hard every day. The water bottle is convenient to fit any lifestyle. Here are a few reasons as to why you should make your Coldest Water Bottle purchase today.
My Spiritual Awakening
I've been avoiding this topic for some time now because I wasn't sure if others could relate to my process. By all means, I am in no way a spiritual guru. I've not traveled, written a book, or been a participant in Oprah's Super Soul Sunday discussions. This past summer has been an exciting, exhausting, unsure, and happy one all at once. As you go through the therapy process as I have, you will come to a point where you feel like you've hit a wall. Meeting with my therapist once a week and completing the suggested homework assignments just made me physically and mentally exhausted. I wanted to give up; I tried to run, I wanted to continue to make bad habits and continuing my self-sabotage. Why? Because it was so much easier. After explaining to my therapist that I was ready to throw in the towel, it was one thing that she asked me that lit the flame to my awakening. The question was, "Even though you feel this way, what was your motivation to get up and come visit me today?"
'Rhythm + Flow' Winner D Smoke
T.I, Cardi B, and Chance The Rapper have finally chosen a winner on Netflix's Rhythm + Flow. D Smoke from Inglewood, CA, displayed his artistry and experience on the line to ultimately create a lane of his own. This 10-part series pushes these artists to the test. From rap battles, collaborating with other artists, sampling another artist's music, creating a music video, and becoming a creative directive of your own award performance challenges a rapper's range and ability to adjust to different challenges. Being a Californian, I knew from D Smoke's first performance that he would be an artist to watch. My first reaction is that he would be the next Kendrick Lamar. The way he speaks, the messages in his music, and the visual of his videos all reflect the Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar. I fell into the crowd of wanting to compare D Smoke to another rapper. But what sets D Smoke apart from Kendrick Lamar is by playing the piano, guitar, and speaking fluently in Spanish.
Self-care is one of those words that doesn't have a set definition. It's all based on the perception of the individual. Almost a year ago, my therapist would always ask what I was doing for self-care. Those two words sound self-explanatory, but, I was confused about what that really meant and how it pertained to me. I remember getting frustrated because I couldn't find a concrete answer. Each Google search was something different. Until one day, my therapist simply said: "Self-care is discovering or participating in the fun and relaxing activities you choose to do." At the time, I thought I was being tricked because there was no way that could be the answer. After almost a year of trial and error, I've finally figured out the relaxing and fun things I enjoy to do. I've listed the top ten ways to enjoy self-care.
"In the process of letting go, you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself. "- Deepak Chopra My thirties have been one of the best experiences that I've witnessed thus far. Maturity, mixed with sessions with my therapist, has opened my eyes to be the very best version of myself. I'm continually analyzing the people around me and always asking myself if people in my life are a lesson or a blessing. Still, studying your growth and maturity can be a beneficial gift if you are willing to pay attention. One thing everyone must have in their lives is a support system. A two-way relationship that provides a safe space to be challenged and loved in the same breath. A relationship that celebrates the wins, embraces the loses, and challenges your commitment. If you don't have that support system in your corner, you will be fighting the fight by yourself, and it will drain you. You choose your support system based on your values and character traits.
Over two weeks ago, I experienced the worst thing that could happen to me. Someone stole my identity. To know that your identity has been stolen leaves you fearful of the unknown. It makes you wonder how many times your personal information has circled to different hackers. I've never been this stressed and afraid in my life. One emotion that I can't get over is the anger and disappointment I have towards myself. I remember I kept telling myself, "You knew better," and, "How could I be so stupid?" A few weeks have passed, and my negative self-talk has subsided. I was a victim of a phishing email scam.
Review 'The Lion King: The Gift'
The moment that everyone has been waiting for, and that is the return of The Lion King. For some, this will be more of a nostalgic experience, for others; this might be the first time you ever heard what The Lion King is.