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To the Beat: February 2021
Being the Queen is not all about singing, and being a diva is not all about singing. It has much to do with your service to people. And your social contributions to your community and your civic contributions as well. - Aretha Franklin
Where We Are Going, Where We Have Been
The title of this edition of Verified may have been inspired by a Joyce Carol Oates story that has traumatized us since tenth grade, but we promise the theme will be very different.
To the Beat: January 2021
I always tell the girls, never take it seriously, if you never take it seriously, you never get hurt, you never get hurt, you always have fun, and if you ever get lonely, just go to the record store and visit your friends.
Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true, that even as we grieved, we grew, that even as we hurt, we hoped, that even as we tired, we tried, that we'll forever be tied together, victorious.
"We Tell Ourselves Stories In Order to Live"
As we waved goodbye to 2020, we will be very honest: We hoped there would be way more chill in 2021. With news of multiple COVID-19 vaccines being distributed worldwide, we certainly had reason to believe we were turning the page on dark days. And as we waltzed confidently into a new year, we were cruelly reminded that the stroke of midnight on January 1st was not the "magic wand" that a lot of us were hoping that it would be.
To the Beat: December 2020
Cheers to a new edition of To the Beat and Happy New Year! As we wrap up the month of December on Beat, we're saying goodbye to 2020 and toasting with another playlist, creatively curated based on the stories you shared. We laughed about really bad song lyrics, related over your "year in music" stories, and crowned Charli XCX as the "QuaranQueen." This month's playlist is sure to bring back memories from the months that felt like years as you get ready to ring in 2021.
20 Things Our Creators Taught Us in 2020
A lot of things happened in 2020, most of which we couldn’t have predicted, but one thing is for sure: your stories got us through this heavy year. Our platform wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for you, our creators. You’ve proven, once again, that creativity can move and inspire others and give us hope for a better future.
"Home" For the Holidays
The "Holiday Season," as it is often defined, has looked very different for us in 2020. Usually, this time of year is marked by a frenzy of holiday parties and drinks and gatherings spent with crowds of friends and family.