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McCoy Tyner should receive as much attention as Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson and even Bill Evans. For some reason, he doesn't, and I have no idea why not. Tyner's recordings are as inventive, as rich and as stunning as the other three piano leaders. Of course, Peterson and Monk came up in the late 1940s, and Evans came up in the 1950s, so they had a jump on him. Tyner's trio leadership career didn't begin until the early 1960s. I can't think of another pianist who best reflects the '60s than Tyner, with his modal turmoil, singular chord voicings and bounce. Tyner can sound delicate but he also can unleash his fingers to simulate a thundering stampede that's cohesive and energizing. [Photo above of McCoy Tyner by Francis Wolff (c) Mosaic Images]

Best known as a member of the John Coltrane Quartet, Tyner also recorded more than 70 leadership albums starting with Inception. Recorded in January 1962, Inception featured Tyner backed by bassist Art Davis and drummer Elvin Jones. Four of the six songs recorded were written by Tyner: Inception, Blues for Gwen, Sunset and Effendi. The remaining two are standards: There Is No Greater Love and Speak Low.

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According to the album's liner notes, Blues for Gwen was named for Tyner's sister, while Sunset was a title suggested by Tyner's wife, Aisha, because the piece "brought to her mind an impression of nature, and because it's a reflective ballad. Sunset seemed the logical title."

The music on this album is extraordinary from start to finish. It's robust, beautiful, tender, assertive, lush, penetrating and determined. His technique of using all chords to get his point across is framed smartly by Jones and Davis. On many of Tyner's albums, there's nothing mannered about him or cliched. His soul is always exposed and his sound is distinctly original. I have all of his solo albums and they are exquisite. I'll be posting about other favorites in the future, but for those unfamiliar, the best place to start with Tyner is at the beginning.

For a full list of Tyner's leadership albums, go here.

JazzWax tracks: You'll find McCoy Tyner's Inception here.

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Word of the week: Boogaloo Why is this man wearing an aloha shirt—in Nebraska, in February—while toting a big ol’ weapon inside a government building? And what does all of that have to do with the word of the week, boogaloo?

Brett Hendrix of Omaha with an AR-15 in the #Nebraska Capitol. Hendrix said he brought the gun to demonstrate the right to keep and bear arms. He opposes a gun bill that will be heard this afternoon in the #NELeg Judiciary Committee, viewable here:

— Fred Knapp (@fredmknapp) February 21, 2020


Get ready for an only-in-America explanation.

First, some background: Brett Hendrix was one of several hundred “gun rights advocates” who showed up, conspicuously armed—open-carry is legal in Nebraska—at hearings last week in the Nebraska Capitol to oppose a couple of bills that would impose mild, sensible restrictions on gun ownership. (Background checks, suicide-prevention training, that sort of thing.) Infringing my God-given Second Amendment right to bear arms! was the general theme of the opposition.

The governor of Nebraska, Pete Ricketts, was pretty clear about which side he was on.

Thank you to the 100s of #2A activists who have shown up at the State Capitol to oppose LB 816 and protect our Second Amendment rights!

— Gov. Pete Ricketts (@GovRicketts) February 21, 2020


So the Hawaiian shirt—just a sartorial idiosyncrasy? Not at all, and there’s a linguistic connection.

In 1984, when breakdancing was catching on, two films attempted to harness the zeitgeist: Breakin’ and its sequel Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo.


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Read Grantland’s superb in-depth examination of Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, published in 2014.


“Electric Boogaloo” in the title was a reference to the boogaloo dance style that had emerged in the 1960s; the OED says it’s “characterized by improvised swiveling and shuffling movements of the body.” James Brown released “Do a Boogaloo” in 1964 and “James Brown’s Boogaloo” in 1966. The street dance crew known as Electric Boogaloos was founded in Fresno, California, in 1977, and is still going strong.

Boogaloo is one of those unknown-origin words, although it’s fairly likely that it’s derived from boogie (as in boogie-woogie), perhaps with a tinge of hullabaloo, a word that has meant “clamor” or “uproar” since the mid-18th century. (There’s also an offensive and racist sense of boogaloo that may date as far back as the 1880s.) The related bugalú is “a style of music developed by Spanish-speaking musicians in New York in the 1960s, fusing African-American styles such as rhythm and blues, soul, etc., with Latin genres such as mambo, son montuno, etc.”


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Boogaloos , a breakfast and lunch restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District


Fast-forward to November 2005, at the start of what was then called Web 2.0. According to Know Your Meme, a journalist at the Huffington Post (now HuffPo) named Brad Friedman—no relation—wrote a story about election in reform in Ohio that was headlined “Democracy Breakin’: Ohio’s Electric Boogaloo.”

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Tattoo Boogaloo, “an appointment-only tattoo studio” in San Francisco’s North Beach.


In July 2007, a New York Times political blog, The Caucus, published the headline “Obama Girl 2: Electric Boogaloo” over a story about a viral YouTube video in support of candidate Barack Obama. In August, Ben Zimmer wrote a post for the Oxford University Press blog that decreed that “___2: Electric Boogaloo” had graduated to a full-fledged snowclone. In May 2008, “jrpz” defined the snowclone on Urban Dictionary: “Electric Boogaloo can be appended to the name of a movie to indicate a sequel. This construction is somewhat dismissive of the original work and/or the idea of making a follow-up movie. The sequel may be real, planned, or imagined.”

The snowclone turned into a jokey meme.

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Source: Know Your Meme


One of those jokey titles was Civil War 2: Electric Boogaloo. The jokers were originally “video gamers and history buffs,” as a November 2019 article on (Anti-Defamation League) put it. (I recommend that you follow that link and read the whole article. It’s instructive.) But in June 2018, someone started a “Civil War 2: Electric Boogaloo” Reddit thread that clearly implied that any attempt to restrict gun ownership would result in a civil war.

From the ADL article:

In 2019, usage spread widely among pro-gun activists on a variety of online platforms, so much so that it was quickly pared down simply to “boogaloo” or “the boogaloo.”  In August, a Twitter user warned others to buy whatever guns and ammo they wanted now, because soon the ability to do so would be “severely curtailed,” adding, “Button up for the #boogaloo. Now.” That same month someone else tweeted the hashtag #boogaloo, warning about 100 million “active shooter” situations “when the cops try to do nationwide gun confiscations.”

And from NBC’s Brandy Zadrozny (click through to read the whole thread):

New: The Boogaloo, an anti-government movement that advocates for a second “Civil War” against political opponents and law enforcement is openly organizing and recruiting on Facebook and Instagram.

— Brandy Zadrozny (@BrandyZadrozny) February 19, 2020

When some sites began blocking references to “the boogaloo,” boogalooers got creative, warping “boogaloo” into “big igloo” and “big luau.”


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“Big igloo” magnet via Etsy. “Come and start it” is a twist on “Molon labe,” the Greek slogan translated as “Come and take [them]” that’s frequently invoked by gundamentalists .


Lee Carter, a Marine Corps veteran and a delegate in Virginia’s Assembly, explained the meme to his followers.

"Second civil war" became "Civil War 2: Electric Boogaloo" which became "boogaloo" which became "big luau" and now they wear hawaiian shirts and body armor and look stupid as hell.

— Lee ️ Carter (@carterforva) February 22, 2020

And that is why Brett Hendrix of Omaha was wearing a Hawaiian shirt in the Nebraska capital, oblivious to, or ignorant of, the aloha spirit.


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Image from Big /K/ahuna’s Big Luau Facebook page


When I learned about all this, I couldn’t help recalling something I heard a fellow gym member—a jovial middle-aged woman who’d immigrated some years ago from Ukraine—say back in 2008, when Sarah Palin was in the middle of her rootin’, tootin’, language-mangling campaign for vice president. “America!” this woman said, momentarily not jovial at all. “Such a beautiful country, with so many idiots.”




Gundamentalist, ammosexual, and “my compatriots’ sick obsession with firearms”


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Q&A Interview With Floridian Producer Devereaux

What was the earliest hip hop memory you can recall?
My earliest memory of hip hop would have to be The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Big Poppa”. That song was going crazy back in the day.


Who’re some artists that inspire you?
Waka Flocka Flame, Gucci Mane, MF DOOM, KISS, Ozzy Osbourne, Three 6 Mafia, Alice in Chains, Marilyn Manson & Rob Zombie.


When was it when you realized that making beats was your calling?
I saw a video of producer Lex Luger cooking up on his crib. Since then, I knew producing is what I wanted to do.


Where did your moniker originate?
There is a villain in a low budget KISS movie that came out in the late 70s. I thought it sounded dope, so it stuck.


How did you cross paths with Ouija Macc? 

Shaggytheairhead linked us together back in Ouija’s old group Swag Toof.


Last spring you entirely produced Resistance: The Walk to Wasteland, which is a prelude mixtape to Ouija’s upcoming sophomore album Wasteland. What made you wanna do a whole project with him & what can we expect on Wasteland?
We never intended for me to produce all of Resistance, it just naturally happened through our chemistry. Wasteland is the hardest I have ever worked on any project. I’ve gone beyond even my own expectations, I think it’s gonna be next level.


You also dropped an EP with CastleHill last year called Phase 1. Can you describe the inspiration behind that?
Me & Castle have always wanted to mix my beats with his guitar work, so we locked in the studio & knocked out a dope project of instrumentals.


Given that the title is Phase 1, will we be getting a follow-up anytime soon?
Absolutely! PHASE 2 is on the way.


Anything else planned for 2020?
Me & Shaggytheairhead have a collective group of artists & we’re gonna be dropping new music all year produced by the both of us.


Lastly, do you have advice for anyone trying to set their foot in the music industry?
Take all your influences and make them your own original sound. Your originality will shine through, don’t be a carbon copy.

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Watch Justin Bieber Cover Marvin Sapp’s “Never Would Have Made It” At Kanye West’s Sunday Service Last year, Hillsong evangelical Justin Bieber said that he wanted to sing at one of Kanye West's Sunday Services, and today his dream came true. Bieber appeared at West's gospel day in Los Angeles this Sunday to cover Marvin Sapp's "Never Would Have Made It," as BillboardMore » ]]> Sun, 23 Feb 2020 18:47:27 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Video Music Los Angeles Kanye West Justin Bieber Bieber Hillsong Marvin Sapp B. Smith, Groundbreaking Model and Entrepreneur, Is Dead At 70

Barbara “B.” Smith, a model, restaurateur, and lifestyle guru previously dubbed the “Black Martha Stewart,” has died at the age of 70. Smith passed away on Saturday after battling early onset Alzheimer’s disease, which she was diagnosed with in 2013.

Smith’s husband, Dan Gatsby, announced the news of Smith’s death in a Facebook post, noting that Smith passed away “peacefully” in the couple’s Long Island, NY home. Smith was stepmother to Gasby’s daughter, Dana.

“Heaven is shining even brighter now that it is graced with B.’s dazzling and unforgettable smile,” Gatsby wrote in the post.

A native of Pennsylvania, Smith began her career as a fashion model and the second African-American woman on Mademoiselle’s cover in July 1976. Over the course of her modeling career, she graced 15 covers. She went on to become an accomplished chef and restaurateur, author, and lifestyle guru. Smith also hosted the nationally syndicated talk-show B. Smith With Style in the mid-90s.

In 2001, her housewares line The B. Smith with Style Home Collection debuted at Bed Bath & Beyond, becoming the first line from an African-American woman to be sold at a nationwide retailer. According to her official biography, Smith’s signature tagline “Whatever you do, do it with style!” has been on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture.

In the last few years of her life, Smith was open about her battle with Alzheimer’s and worked tirelessly to raise awareness about the disease and its effects, particularly on those in the African-American community.

“I’m going to do my best to make it work out for me, and for as many people that I can possibly help, too,” Smith told CBS News in 2014. In 2016, with her husband and Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Shnayerson, Smith authored Before I Forget, to detail her personal journey in addition to sharing practical advice and lessons learned. 

Those closest to Smith are paying tribute, including the Today show’s Al Roker, who interviewed her back in 2015 about her diagnosis. 

“Just so sad to hear about the passing of legendary fashion model, chef, restaurateur, lifestyle icon and magazine publisher, B Smith,” Roker wrote. “70 years old, she and her husband, Dan Gasby were at the forefront of #alzheimers #research for people of color. Love to them and daughter, Dana.”

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B. Smith, The “Black Martha Stewart,” Is Dead At 70

Barbara “B.” Smith, a model, restaurateur, and lifestyle guru previously dubbed the “Black Martha Stewart,” has died at the age of 70. Smith passed away on Saturday after battling early onset Alzheimer’s disease, which she was diagnosed with in 2013.

Smith’s husband, Dan Gatsby, announced the news of Smith’s death in a Facebook post, noting that Smith passed away “peacefully” in the couple’s Long Island, NY home. Smith was stepmother to Gasby’s daughter, Dana.

“Heaven is shining even brighter now that it is graced with B.’s dazzling and unforgettable smile,” Gatsby wrote in the post.

A native of Pennsylvania, Smith began her career as a fashion model and the second African-American woman on Mademoiselle’s cover in July 1976. Over the course of her modeling career, she graced 15 covers. She went on to become an accomplished chef and restaurateur, author, and lifestyle guru. Smith also hosted the nationally syndicated talk-show B. Smith With Style in the mid-90s.

In 2001, her housewares line The B. Smith with Style Home Collection debuted at Bed Bath & Beyond, becoming the first line from an African-American woman to be sold at a nationwide retailer. According to her official biography, Smith’s signature tagline “Whatever you do, do it with style!” has been on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture.

In the last few years of her life, Smith was open about her battle with Alzheimer’s and worked tirelessly to raise awareness about the disease and its effects, particularly on those in the African-American community.

“I’m going to do my best to make it work out for me, and for as many people that I can possibly help, too,” Smith told CBS News in 2014. In 2016, with her husband and Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Shnayerson, Smith authored Before I Forget, to detail her personal journey in addition to sharing practical advice and lessons learned. 

Those closest to Smith are paying tribute, including the Today show’s Al Roker, who interviewed her back in 2015 about her diagnosis. 

“Just so sad to hear about the passing of legendary fashion model, chef, restaurateur, lifestyle icon and magazine publisher, B Smith,” Roker wrote. “70 years old, she and her husband, Dan Gasby were at the forefront of #alzheimers #research for people of color. Love to them and daughter, Dana.”

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Just so sad to hear about the passing of legendary fashion model, chef, restaurateur, lifestyle icon and magazine publisher, B Smith. 70 years old, she and her husband, Dan Gasby were at the forefront of #alzheimers #research for people of color. Love to them and daughter, Dana. #bsmithwithstyle

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Otomo Katsuhiro Illustrates Album Covers for Skapara Otomo Katsuhiro Illustrates Album Covers for Skapara

Akira manga artist/anime director Otomo Katsuhiro has illustrated three album art covers for the 30th anniversary special album by the Japanese Jazz/Ska band Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra (東京スカパラダイスオーケストラ), often abbreviated as Skapara. Check it out below –

Otomo Katsuhiro Illustrates Album Covers for Skapara
Otomo Katsuhiro Illustrates Album Covers for Skapara
Otomo Katsuhiro Illustrates Album Covers for Skapara

I cannot say I’m familiar with the music of the band, but I’ve definitely seen their music posters and albums when I was living in Tokyo. This is not the first time that Otomo has taken on commercial illustration work of course; many of his previous commercial pieces can be found in his art book Kaba and Kaba 2.

The new album for Skapara can be purchased here.

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Here’s Why People Think Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Are Mad They Can’t Use Sussex Royal

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they would drop their royal titles from any future nonprofit work, but that doesn’t mean they’re happy about it. Many point to the language of Harry and Meghan’s latest statement regarding the name change as a sign that they are mad about the Queen’s Sussex Royal decision

On Friday, Harry and Meghan released an official statement that, following further inspection, some believe is rather strongly worded. In it, the couple, who will step back from their official royal duties in March, state that due to “specific UK government rules surrounding use of the word ‘Royal,’” the couple will no longer use “Royal” or “Sussex Royal” in its branding. This includes their Sussex Royal Instagram account and official website. They have also removed all trademark requests connected to the “Sussex Royal” title despite the fact that they will retain their royal titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but will no longer actively use them. 

In an update to the statement, Harry and Meghan seemed to take a testier tone, insinuating that the Queen may rule England, but not the world. Still, they are willing to accommodate her decision that they can no longer use their royal titles in a promotional capacity even if she doesn’t technically own the word “royal.”

“While there is not any jurisdiction by the monarchy or cabinet office over the use of the word ‘royal’ overseas,” the statement reads, “the Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use ‘Sussex Royal’ or any iteration of the word ‘royal’ in any territory (either within the UK or otherwise) when the transition occurs spring 2020.” 

Their use of the word “intend” could also be a sign that they feel they have more leverage over this situation than the Queen might assume. Brand expert Deborah Ogden agrees, telling Yahoo UK that dropping “royal” from their brand won’t hurt the couple much in the long term. “They will lose some value from the Sussex Royal brand,” Ogden said. “But my belief is that Prince Harry will always be Prince Harry therefore in the UK market, the American market, and the global markets that recognize the British royal family, I’m not sure taking it away will have a huge impact.”

Once Harry and Meghan’s reduced role takes effect on March 31, it will undergo a 12-month review

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Bernie Sanders Won The Nevada Caucuses Thanks To Young & Latino Voters

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders won the Nevada caucuses on Saturday with a decisive victory —  all thanks to young and Latino voters

With 46% of the vote, Sanders is the projected winner in Nevada, the first state in this early primary season with a diverse voting population, according to The Wall Street Journal. With 50% of the Nevada vote reported, former Vice President Joe Biden is predicted to come in second with 19.6%, followed by former Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg (15.3%), Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (10.1%), and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar (4.8%). 

A major factor in Sanders’ Nevada success was the Latino vote, which makes up 19% of the state’s electorate. Sanders pulled in half of the Latino vote, according to Vox, which could be a sign of the success he will have in states with a high Latino population in the general election, as well as in the next set of states that will vote on Super Tuesday, which include Texas and California. Sanders already earned a majority of the Latino vote in both the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.

Sanders has worked to engage the Latino population going into this primary season by utilizing on-the-ground community outreach in both English and Spanish, hiring Latino staffers with grassroots community advocacy roots, and a progressive agenda that focuses on immigration and healthcare. He’s also found a surrogate in New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has referred to him as her “Tío” or “Uncle Bernie Sanders” at rallies. “We have an ally in our fight…an ally who has been with us for decades,” Ocasio-Cortez said in Spanish at a Las Vegas town hall for Sanders in December, per BuzzFeed. 

Sanders also did well with Nevada’s younger voters, picking up 65% of those who are 17 to 29 years old, according to NBC News. 

“We have put together a multigenerational, multiracial coalition, which is not only going to win in Nevada, it’s going to sweep this country,” Sanders said at a rally in San Antonio. Sanders was campaigning there in anticipation of Super Tuesday, when Texas will be the second largest delegate state after California to vote on March 3. It is also a state with a large Latino population. 

After a new app disrupted the Iowa caucuses, Nevada’s primary went much smoother than predicted, giving Sanders a lead going into South Carolina’s February 29 primary.

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A Week At A University In New York, NY, That Costs $52,000 A Year Welcome to Money Diaries – College Edition, where we’re tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern women: money. We’re asking college students how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we’re tracking every last dollar.

Today: a Student/Technical Assistant at a university that costs $52,000 a year who spends some of her money this week on Ito En Green Tea.

Occupation: Student/Technical Assistant
Industry: Higher Ed
Age: 20
Location: New York, NY
Salary: $15,600
Paycheck Amount (2x/month): $540 (after taxes)
Allowance: $150 (from my mom)
Yearly Tuition: $12,000 (The sticker price is $52,000, but $40,000 is covered by scholarships, I also will be graduating in three years instead of four.)
Gender: Woman

Monthly Expenses
Rent: $650 (for one room in a four-bedroom with three roommates)
WiFi/Gas/Electric: $60
Loans: $0 (I’ll graduate with $3,900 of debt left, down from $8,000. I’ve taken out around $4,000 in student loans in my name each year I’ve been in school. My dad paid $36,000 toward my schooling.)
Acorns Account Fee: $2
Acorns Contribution: $120
Spotify Premium: $5
Metrocard: $127
Health Insurance: $0 (on my dad’s)
Cell Phone: $0 (mom’s plan)

Day One

9 a.m. — I slept over at my boyfriend, J.’s, last night and he makes me coffee before he leaves for a meeting. I take a shower and make oatmeal with pumpkin seeds and half a banana before I leave around ten. The sun is shining and I have no pressing need to be on campus yet, so I take a leisurely walk. I find the Complete First Season of Flight of the Conchords leaned up against an apartment building, seemingly up for grabs. I text my friends about the find, and we make vague plans for a movie night. I feel a little absurd carrying it on the train, but I don’t really want to put the street DVD in my backpack with my clothes, so it stays in my hands for all to see.

12 p.m. — J. and I link back up to snag some free Lunar New Year dumplings from the film department where he studies and I work, we snicker at the sight of one of the famous professors out here grabbing free food with all of us broke students.

1:30 p.m. — Say goodbye to J. and head to my final class of the week, a senior thesis seminar. It’s hard because I’ve drifted from my major since declaring it, and I’ve found it really difficult to get excited about the material anymore. I’m not sure what in this field I have the drive to write 25 pages of original research on. The professor is great, though, which is encouraging. I think his no cynicism rule may prove to be the most difficult part of the class.

4 p.m. — Finally home! There’s a new subletter and I feel awkward greeting them, but they seem cool! I put laundry away and return to the kitchen to experiment with some of the agar agar and instant coffee one roommate/friend left behind when they left to study abroad this semester. I make a normal dinner of chicken and broccoli and a chaos meal of hand-whipped espresso foam, coffee jelly, copious sugar, cream of wheat, and almond milk.

6 p.m. — I have a little panic attack! I work at the same campus facility as an ex with whom I had a bad relationship and worse break-up. I left the ex, F., to be with my current boyfriend, J., in April, and F. spent the summer and all of fall semester harassing J. and I at parties and lurking when I was working. I start spiraling, worrying our managers think I’m unprofessional because of his behavior, so I text him for the first time in months, asking if he and the managers have spoken about it. They haven’t. This does nothing to assuage my worry and now I’m embarrassed for showing my belly to the worst person. I make plans to go to J.’s to read while he does work, just to be somewhere else in the presence of another person.

9 p.m. — I buy a pack of American Spirits from the gas station next to my apartment. I’m ready with my Studying-Abroad-Roommate’s left-behind fake, but the Sunoco guy doesn’t even ask for it. I take the train to J.’s house and listen to Kimya Dawson to try and feel better (it only marginally works). $14

10:30 p.m. — The train is stopped within feet of my stop, with radio silence from the conductor. The man sitting across from me takes a swig from his twist-off bottle of wine. I’m jealous.

10:40 p.m. — Finally make it to J.’s. We sit in his living room and I relay my panicky afternoon; he assures me that I am not damaged or stupid and that he doesn’t resent me for having feelings. After about an hour of crying and Big Relationships Feelings Talks, he regales me with his crazy subway story of the day, then tucks me into bed. We have sappy loving sex (ew) before he goes back downstairs to work on his script (which needs to be finalized by tomorrow). I read Mark Fisher’s Capitalist Realism for like half an hour before I fall asleep and J. returns.

Daily Total: $14

Day Two

8:40 a.m. — J. has to be up early again for class, which means I’m up too! He graciously makes me coffee (usually I’m the up-early, coffee-making one) and I get dressed and ready while he does so. I make myself the same oatmeal and linger an extra hour after he goes, sipping my coffee.

10 a.m. — I get to the subway platform. My metrocard has been taking like six or seven swipes before it goes through lately, which I’m convinced is a ploy by the MTA to get people to use OMNY.

10:30 a.m. — The professor I was supposed to meet with at 11 has to bail when her childcare falls through. I start walking through Nolita to take the long way home when my mom facetimes me from her drive into work. I tell her about everything that happened last night, and she echoes what everyone else has said in terms of needing to let go of “what’s he gonna do next” fear. She also admonishes me for smoking, and asks what I want for my birthday this year, as it’s coming up.

12 p.m. — Get home and finish Capitalist Realism. I text a temp who I worked with last semester and my friend C. about it, as they had both recommended it to me. I also finish Elfriede Jelinek’s Lust, the other book I’ve been working on lately. Jesus, it’s grim and not what I needed right now.

2 p.m. — I make myself a turkey and hummus sandwich and watch a few episodes of The Critic on YouTube. I want to marry Jay Sherman.

2:30 p.m. — Head out to meet B., my older cousin, at the school where he’s a grad student. I’m joining him at the Decolonize This Place/FTP action at Grand Central, mobilizing against police presence in the MTA.

4 p.m. — We move from B.’s school to Grand Central, where the main action is taking place. I grew up in Portland and went to a lot of protests in high school, but this is my first in New York. There are lots of cameras on us; reactionary-content-grifters getting in faces with their phones, trying to provoke a reaction, and a veritable swarm of cops, some in full anti-terror gear. Organizers go around the crowd updating people where the action will move after this.

6:30 p.m. — We break from Grand Central and head out to Restoration Plaza. B. and I take the train out of Time Square, and the lights look wild against the fleets of police on the street. There are cops on our train looking for protestors, and some high school kids make a break for it just before they get on. B. and I have the benefit of looking like total yuppies, so we arouse little suspicion. The cops ride on our car the whole rest of the way, and we periodically hear descriptions of an “unruly crowd at West Fourth” come through over the walkie-talkies.

7 p.m. — We link back up with the group and march through Bed-Stuy. I have complex feelings about my presence here as a white person, on one hand, it feels like Good Allyship™️ to show up and use my privilege as a Nonthreatening Blonde to put myself between more vulnerable marchers and the police; but on the other hand, it feels a bit like resistance-LARPing, and I worry all the other white people and I are diluting the gravity of the message. I don’t know if I’m doing the right thing, but it feels better to show up and try something than to sit at home and watch.

8 p.m. — Finally, the action ends and protesters disperse. B. and I and two of his fellow students go to a nearby Mexican restaurant for dinner. B. pays for a Tecate and two tacos for me. He and his friends/colleagues tell stories from the original Occupy days over the beers. We talk a bit about the Mark Fisher I just read, and my own Ph.D. aspirations.

8:30 p.m. — I say goodbye to B., and catch the bus up to my friend, L.’s, apartment. He’s having a few of our friends over to celebrate the semester starting back up. We drink white wine and watch music videos. My friend, C., brought his girlfriend A., who’s lovely, and in a similar boat to me, graduating a year early.

11:55 p.m. — T., my friend/roommate and I split a Lyft home because the busses get unpredictable at this hour (she agrees to give me cash later, she doesn’t have Venmo). Before we go inside, we do some light chain-smoking and talk about boy drama. $11.96

Daily Total: $11.96

Day Three

8 a.m. — I have a training for my second job on campus from 10-4 today so, I get up and dress in a pair of wide-leg black jeans, a gray turtleneck under an oversized striped sweater from the Great American Apparel Sale of 2016, Blundstones, and my go-to leopard coat. I eat my usual breakfast (usual to the point that I’m shocked to have made it this far in the diary without mentioning it) of greek yogurt, chia seeds, and frozen raspberries. I also make myself half a Chemex. The New Subletter mentioned that they are a barista, and told us coffee grounds are communal because they get them free!!

9:40 a.m. — On a later train than I’d like because I forgot it’s the weekend and my train is only running to Manhattan once every 20 minutes. I make it to the training only five minutes late, thank god.

12 p.m.— We break for lunch, which is thankfully catered. I make a plate of grilled chicken, veggies, pickles, and tabouleh.

2:20 p.m. — The training wraps up far earlier than expected! I come away with a laundry list of emails to send and a clamshell box of leftovers from lunch. Our team leader takes us out for boba after and I get a rose black tea with 25% sweetness, almond milk, and tapioca. I sip it and do not think it’s 25% sweet. I start to get a headache and wind up throwing half of it away, which makes me feel guilty. I hop on the train to meet J. in midtown where he’s casting a role. I told him I’d bring food, but I realize I forgot to grab a fork. Guess he’ll have to use his hands/a comb or just wait.

3 p.m. — Arrive at the studio. You know I’m passionate about both J. and police abolition because I don’t know what else could get me to go to midtown twice in two days.

4:30 p.m. — Head back to campus to charge my phone, pick two books up from the library, and grab a fork to polish off leftovers with J. before he has another meeting.

6 p.m. — Say bye to J. and take the subway to the Trader Joe’s in Brooklyn. Trader Joe’s is insanely crowded and out of nearly everything, so my shopping is super disorganized — I get capers, chicken breast, tuna, parsley, black bean fusilli, Greek yogurt, frozen raspberries, and a grapefruit for $26. On my walk to the bus, I see two teenage girls hug and tackle each other, overjoyed and screaming. It moves me to the point of tearing up. My emotions have been all over the place these past few days; I usually have a solidly stoic register. $26.11

7 p.m. — I give two dollars to a man who asks for change while waiting for the bus. Listen to a Spotify-generated playlist of JPEGMAFIA, Danny Brown, and Freddie Gibbs on the ride home. $2

9 p.m. — Chat with my dad on the phone while tidying my room — he gives me some interesting avenues to explore for my undergrad thesis. I make a simple dinner of black bean fusilli, parsley, tuna, and capers, and talk more with The New Subletter while I cook. We agree to get the kitchen all sorted tomorrow (there’s so much food left behind and now moved in that we’re running out of fridge/cabinet space). I eat while perusing PDFs about EU austerity and the Eurozone crisis for class. J. asks if he can send me the newest draft of his script so I can take a look at it. I’m happy to oblige.

Daily Total: $28.11

Day Four

9:30 a.m. — I wake up with nothing pressing to do, scroll Facebook, and drift back in and out of sleep for the next hour and a half. I’m not phenomenal at self-motivating when I don’t have any urgency. Finally, I get up and make breakfast, chat with New Subletter, and make myself a shot of espresso. It’s a real tamp-the-grounds, wand-for-steaming espresso machine, and my roommate got it used off of eBay, so it’s decently finicky. I manage to pull a halfway decent shot with New Subletter’s professional guidance. I make that into an americano and sip it while eating my raspberries, greek yogurt, and chia seeds.

2 p.m. — Do the NYT sudoku of the day, knock out some readings for class on Tuesday, and plan out my meals for the week. I get dressed in an off-white thermal turtleneck (also from the Great American Apparel Closing Sale of 2016), black tights, and a vintage camel Miu Miu mini-skirt. The skirt’s a few sizes too big, and I haven’t had a chance to get it tailored yet, so I cinch it at my waist with a gaudy cowboy belt I inherited from my great-grandpa. I use up the last of my turkey in today’s sandwich, along with some roasted cauliflower and broccoli for lunch.

3:45 p.m. — Pack a bag and head out to meet J. at his house. We’re making turkey chili for his family, so we first walk to the butcher to get two pounds of ground turkey, then to Brooklyn Fare for the rest of the ingredients. It comes to around $30 I think, but his parents pay. We get home, realize we forgot the jalapeño, and head right back out to a bodega. Chop veg, brown meat, and get chili simmering. We play 20 questions while dinner cooks, and I learn that the guy I thought was Josh Gad is actually John Hodgeman.

8:30 p.m. — We head out to a rowdy screening of CATS! at the Alamo Drafthouse. J. got us tickets last week. We swing by a liquor store on the way there and he gets us a fifth of vodka to mix with the seltzer I brought. Once we’re in our seats, he orders a gin fizz float too. We split the cost of that, and I steal a few sips but stick mostly to the vodka soda. $7.50

11 p.m. — J.’s cat boyfriend is a tie between Skimbleshanks and Macavity, whereas my cat boyfriend is 100% the magical Mr. Mistofelees. We’re still feeling a bit too rowdy post-screening to go back to J.’s, so we swing by a neighborhood bar on the walk back. It’s oddly closing up, despite the website saying it’s open until 1? We head to the deli across the street instead to get a 16oz 11% double IPA to split, for maximum alcohol to dollar efficiency. J. pays the $5 and I tell him I’ll give him two bucks in cash when we get back to his house.

11:30 p.m. — I don’t love the flavor of the beer, so J. winds up drinking most of it. We wind up having a big “What does graduating in a few months mean for us?” conversation and talk through his imposter syndrome. He’s drunk and weepy, and I’m glad I can kinda repay the favor of comforting, as he did for me on Thursday. I reheat some leftover chili for him before we go to bed.

Daily Total: $7.50

Day Five

10:30 a.m. — Wake up blissfully late, neither of us have immediate pressing obligations for once! I get dressed (same outfit as yesterday but with a different turtleneck) and make us coffee and a little oatmeal for myself. J. is always really loopy when he wakes up, and it’s very endearing. We have a leisurely morning like we haven’t been able to have in a while. J. walks me through his plan for a Gremlins 3 reboot when he’s a Famous Director, and we plan an extremely hypothetical trip to Montreal for the end of the semester.

12:20 p.m. — J. walks me to the train. I take out my Metrocard and realize I never wound up giving J. cash for the beer. I help the man sitting next to me with his game of Tetris on his phone on my ride home.

1:30 p.m. — Meal prep for Tuesday and Wednesday (roasted sweet potato and hard-boiled eggs with mixed greens for lunch, chicken breast and black bean rotini with capers and parsley for dinner), make lunch for today (Trader Joe’s kale gnocchi and chicken breast), reply to some emails, and scroll Facebook for a bit. The New Subletter is in the kitchen, we chat for a good hour and a half about making art while making a living, and they show me some of their photography. They also make me a little mug of coffee with their Aeropress, which is super nice.

4:45 p.m. — Head out on my way to work, my Metrocard is acting up (as it does way more at my station?) but there’s a woman near the gate nice enough to bump it open for me, so I don’t miss a train. I listen to US Girls on the ride into Manhattan.

8 p.m. — Work’s been pretty slow. I read a few chapters of Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams for class and start Sophie Pinkham’s Black Square for pleasure. One of my new year’s resolutions has been to read more, aiming for one book a week. I’ve been playing catch up, but if I can finish this one before Wednesday I’ll be at four out of five. Black Square is the most readable of all my picks so far. I eat my dinner of black bean rotini, broccoli, and two medium-boiled eggs.

10:30 p.m. — Off work and on the subway. I text B. about meeting up to talk more about potential graduate program stuff. I listen to Yung Chomsky on the train ride home and when the woman sitting next to me gets up, I realize she has a Fountainhead tote bag. Coastal elite bubble cities whom.

11:30 p.m. — Brush teeth, wash face, take two melatonin gummies, read more Black Square until I fall asleep.

Daily Total: $0

Day Six

8 a.m. — I wake up and check caucus results only to see that they…..don’t exist. Take a shower, make chia seeds, raspberries, and Greek yogurt for breakfast, along with a Chemex to take in a thermos. Wear a pair of second-hand wide-leg chinos with low-profile Doc Martens and a velvet button-up. I tie my hair back in a low ponytail at the nape of my neck with a thin patterned red scarf, which when paired with the velvet shirt makes me feel like a pirate.

9:30 a.m. — I find a five euro note on the subway platform. Not especially useful now, but not a bad thing to find at all.

12:15 p.m. — I eat the salad I brought from home with egg and roasted sweet potato. I’m going full tinfoil hat about the Iowa caucus with my group chat of home friends. Head to the library to pick up more books on Freud that I need.

1 p.m. — I meet my professor at a nearby coffee shop to discuss potential avenues for an undergrad thesis. I get a macchiato. It’s helpful to reign in what I’m interested in versus what would be possible to research, but the meeting runs a little over, and I wind up ten minutes late to my next class (oops). $4

4:45 p.m. — Out of my second class of the day. I head to Walgreens before work to get two packs of gum and a bottled Ito En Green Tea. On the way into the office, I snag a pack of roasted seaweed to snack on from the tray of food up for grabs. $6.39

10:05 p.m. — More reading, sudoku, and crosswords with the occasional troubleshooting call. I’ve already chewed half of the first pack of gum (bad habit) and I’m dead tired. Put on the newest billy woods album (honestly, I usually just shuffle my Spotify which contains most of these artists, but writing down what I listen to has made me much more conscientious of it, hence more playlists and albums).

10:50 p.m. — Finally home! Wash face and brush teeth. One of my roommates (who’s been away for most of this diary) is back tonight, and a touring band is crashing on their couch tonight (truly a feat, as that couch is tiny). At one point, my roommate and the band set off the smoke alarm. I wind up falling asleep closer to 1 a.m.

Daily Total: $10.39

Day Seven

9:20 a.m. — I let myself sleep in a little later than usual, make coffee, and yogurt/raspberries/chia. The kitchen is in a state of disarray from last night, oh well. I get dressed in a pair of way-too-big secondhand black Wranglers, my great grandpa’s gaudy belt, and a vintage patterned Marni top.

12:05 p.m. — I pay a medical bill for an ambulance ride I took back in August. My insurance reimbursed me for 90% of this (it was $1,361 in total), and I dip into my savings from when I was working full time during the summer to pay the remaining ten percent. I’m extremely fortunate to a) be on my dad’s insurance still, and b) have money saved up. $136

1:30 p.m. — Eat a salad at home with more roasted sweet potato and two medium-boiled eggs, then head out to catch the train and go to class. The turnstile is acting up again, so another kind person waiting for the train trips the gate again so I don’t miss it.

4:45 p.m. — Out of class! I head to the radio station where my friend, Q., has a show right now. He matched with my friend/roommate T. on Bumble and wants my advice as to whether or not it’s a friend thing or something he should pursue. I tell him to go for it!!

5:30 p.m. — I go to work, this is the shift I was dreading, as it’s right after my ex wraps up, and his behavior in the 5-10 minutes we overlap is unpredictable. Today I am simply ignored completely, which honestly is probably the best-case scenario. It still makes me shaky and anxious for a solid 15 minutes. Oh well. I’m probably being overdramatic. Do some sudoku, reorganize some cables, watch the Bon Appetit everything on the menu videos. J. swings by between meetings to say hello, and we make plans for tomorrow.

10:20 p.m. — Off of work a little early today. Catch the train, get home around 10:50. There’s another little roommate shindig happening, but I’m so beat, I elect to stay in my room and attempt to finish Black Square. I have about 60 pages left by the time I go to bed.

Daily Total: $136

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Spotify Premium give you access to their full catalogue, ad-free and offline.

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I know it sounds disingenuous to insist you had no idea that so-and-so liked you but with Colm*, I really didn’t know. He was flirty yes, but he was flirty with everyone.

And yet here we were. He’d stopped by a party my friend was throwing and hung out for a while before inviting me out to his minivan. We sat in the back and talked for a few minutes before he interrupted whatever I was saying to kiss me.

I felt surprised, flattered, excited — and just the tiniest bit resigned.

He was jokey and extroverted and fun to be around. He was also a twin.

Colm and I had met at the summer camp where we both worked. I was flattered to become part of his friend group; he was jokey and extroverted and fun to be around. He was also a twin. His brother, Dan*, was physically softer than ultra wiry Colm, and quieter too.

At some point in the last few weeks, Dan and I had spent some time together and I’d discovered he was pretty funny, too. And nice. And cute.

It was right around the time that I was texting Colm about my big crush on his brother that I realized that Colm had a crush on me.

After that exchange Colm didn’t talk to me for days. I apologized and I guess it was sufficient because he turned up at that party and kissed me.

All this happened over a decade ago, so the details are a little fuzzy. It’s possible that I’d always had a crush on Colm but, assuming he didn’t feel the same way, didn’t allow myself to acknowledge it until I knew he reciprocated.

But now that I have some hindsight, I can also see that I was always a little too willing to make others happy. I can’t help but recognize threads of that quality here. I didn’t want Colm to be angry at me, and I was flattered he liked me, and Dan didn’t seem to care either way… So when Colm kissed me, I kissed him back. We dated for over a year. We had a ton of fun and I ended up really liking him, and then we broke up. Now we don’t talk at all.

I don’t regret the time I spent with Colm, and I didn’t pine for Dan while we were together. But I wonder, What if? Hopefully now I’ve gained enough self-esteem to avoid dating people because it’s easier to go with the flow than it is to sort out my feelings before getting into a relationship.

If I were to go back and do it all over again, I would probably steer clear of the whole situation. Who wants to come between brothers?

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Your Horoscope This Week If you’ve been looking for motivation to start anew, you’ll be supported on Sunday. A New Moon enters Pisces at 10:31 a.m. EST, as Mars trines Uranus. The new Moon encourages us to take action and create change. So this is an excellent day to meditate on our desires. Ask yourself what you want and how you can achieve it. Also on Sunday, material Venus squares against bountiful Jupiter. This makes us more prone to over-indulgence, so avoid going overboard. On Wednesday, a retrograde Mercury is sextile with ambitious Mars. Use this transit to consider paths not taken. You may have a chance to reconnect with former contacts; drum up your courage and make the first move. Learn to listen to your emotions carefully on Friday, when affectionate Venus is square against transformative Pluto. If you’re in a relationship, this transit could influence you to lash out against your partner or set an ultimatum. If you’re single, it's a wonderful transit to reclaim your value and stand on your own two feet. Get ready to change your thinking on Friday night when a retrograde Mercury forms a sextile with Uranus. Now is the time to get rid of old habits and create new thought patterns.

March 21 to April 19

Feeling adventurous, Aries? On Sunday, material Venus squares against intrepid Jupiter. You feel like jetting off — but make solid plans before chasing the next escapade. If you’re thinking about going back to school or taking a new class, for instance, assess the value of your time before getting invested. You’re the star of the show on Monday when the Sun sextiles energetic Mars. You’ll make a great first impression on new connections during this favorable transit, and you may find yourself cheerleading your friends, too. On Tuesday, the Sun conjuncts a retrograde Mercury. This is the day to tackle some tasks that have fallen by the wayside; you’ll fly through your to-do lists. Take a moment for self-reflection on Wednesday, when retrograde Mercury forms a sextile with feisty Mars. The insightful transit encourages you to ask: Is it time for you to evolve? Now is your chance to avoid making the old mistakes over and over. 

April 20 to May 20

Gather your thoughts before the week begins, Taurus. You’re in the mood to get in tune with your inner self on Sunday when the domestic Sun forms a sextile with spiritual Mars. On Tuesday, the Sun is conjunct with a retrograde Mercury. The messenger planet moving in reverse helps you see more clearly what you need to feel truly comfortable at home. On Wednesday money-conscious Mercury sextiles with Mars, which governs inner growth. This transit shines light on your relationship to the material world. Venus creates a square against romantic Pluto on Friday. If you’re in a relationship, you may feel strained when dealing with your partner during this time. Use the transit to get real about your responsibilities to each other, and listen carefully to each other. Single Taureans may feel driven towards finding more independence as these planets clash. Reach out to your support system for advice as you navigate this energy. 

May 21 to June 20

Anything is possible, Gemini. Approach the world with an attitude of abundance starting on Sunday at 10:31 a.m. EST. That’s when the Moon, the ruler of your finances, begins a new cycle in Pisces. This new phase is supported by fiery Mars trining change-making Uranus. This will help you as you move toward any goals related to stability and growth. On Wednesday, you might be motivated to start a new project at home as retrograde Mercury creates a sextile with spicy Mars. Friday may bring frustrations with your schedule as material Venus squares against routine-ruling Pluto. This transit will highlight what you’d like to do differently. But it doesn’t support drastic actions, so take a more minimal approach to change. Keep it simple. 

June 21 to July 22

Your goals are within your reach, Cancer. The Moon begins an exciting new phase in Pisces on Sunday at 10:31 a.m. EST, as career-ruling Mars trines with enigmatic Uranus. If you’ve been hoping to reach a new level, use this transit to dream big. You may need some alone time on Sunday as domestic Venus squares against routine-ruling Jupiter. Share your space with loved ones or roommates? Get out of the house. On Monday the Sun, which oversees finances, sextiles with status-minded Mars, opening your eyes to your next money-making idea. It’s a good day to ask yourself how you can use your influence to win big. On Wednesday spiritual Mercury creates a sextile with professional-minded Mars, giving you a chance to look inwards and work through your past.

July 23 to August 22

Avoid unnecessary jealousy, Leo. Take a step away from social media on Sunday when career-conscious Venus squares against lucky Jupiter. It’s no fun to compare yourself to others, and will only hinder your growth. You could be inspired to take positive action in your personal life on Monday, when the Sun sextiles with ambitious Mars. Use the transit as an opportunity to recommit to your goals. The Sun is conjunct with a retrograde Mercury on Tuesday, which may allow you to spot ways to save some extra dough. Your professional and private lives could clash on Friday when status-ruling Venus squares against domestic Pluto. Set a schedule for the weekend and stick to it to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

August 23 to September 22

Take it easy, Virgo. Your brain might go into overdrive at home on Sunday, when money-minded Venus squares against domestic Jupiter. Combat this clash of energy by letting go of your inner control-freak. (Hot tip: Avoid shopping. This transit can influence us to overspend.) You’re feeling particularly sensual on Monday as the Sun forms a favorable sextile with romantic Mars. You’ll be tempted to take the lead and try something a little daring. On Tuesday, translate that confidence to your professional world as the Sun conjucts a retrograde Mercury. Your ideas will flow more freely, and people will take notice of your accomplishments. 

September 23 to October 22

Need a fresh start, Libra? The Moon, which governs career, starts a new cycle in intuitive Pisces on Sunday at 10:31 a.m. EST, while passionate Mars trines transformative Uranus. This creates the perfect environment for you to go after your desires and focus on projects that make you happy. If you need to take a risk to do so, it’s time. Also on Sunday, Venus squares against communicative Jupiter. This could make it harder for you to voice your desires or make a decision; be patient with yourself as you work through your options. A retrograde Mercury is sextile with romantic Mars on Wednesday, helping you to form more intimate connections with others. You may find yourself taking a trip down memory lane with loved ones. 

October 23 to November 21

Be mindful of money, Scorpio. On Sunday, enthusiastic Venus squares against financial-ruling Jupiter. Hold off on making big, spontaneous purchases while these two planets clash against each other; you might feel differently in a few days. The week begins on a productive note as the Sun, which influences career, forms a sextile with regimented Mars, lending you a “can-do” attitude. Take advantage of that vibe and plan out everything that you want to accomplish. On Friday, romantic Venus squares against transformation-loving Pluto. If you’re currently involved, this energy could draw attention to any sore spots between you and your partner. Single Scorpios can use this transit to reflect on the kind of lives that they want to live as independent people.

November 22 to December 21

Are you getting too much of a good thing, Sagittarius? You may feel compelled to readjust what you consume on Sunday. That’s when wellness-minded Venus squares against lucky Jupiter. You’ll be less likely to seek out indulgence, and instead may be pulled to live more simply. Take time to enjoy a little nostalgia on Tuesday when the Sun in your 4th house of home and family creates a conjunction with a retrograde Mercury. It’s a good day to dust off old projects and reminisce. You could butt heads with your partner or close friends on Friday when routine-ruling Venus forms a square with spiritual Pluto. Make an effort to to stay open to others’ opinions and lifestyle approaches during this transit. 

December 22 to January 19

Embrace new beginnings, Capricorn. On Sunday at 10:31 a.m. EST, the Moon begins a new cycle in intuitive Pisces, a transit that occurs while domestic Mars trines material Uranus. Your attention will be drawn to your space, and you may be inspired to take on a home improvement project or upgrade your space. Also on Sunday, career-ruling Venus squares against spiritual Jupiter. If you’re feeling conflicted by your work, invest time in self-reflection. Ask yourself whether you’re doing what you were sent here to do. It’s easier for you to find harmony on Wednesday when a retrograde Mercury forms a sextile with homey Mars. The messenger planet supports your habits, and when he moves in reverse he reveals which actions work best for you. 

January 20 to February 18

It’s a good time to readjust your lifestyle, Aquarius. On Sunday morning, the Moon, which influences wellness, begins an exciting new phase in sensitive Pisces; at the same time, ambitious Mars trines transformative Uranus. The result? You’re able to make impactful changes more easily, so press the reset button and start the week fresh. If you’re single, consider telling someone how you feel on Monday, when the affectionate Sun creates a sweet sextile with courageous Mars. Meanwhile, Monday is a beautiful day for coupled Aquarians to deepen the bond with your partner. On Friday, domestic Venus squares against career-ruling Pluto. The best strategy during this transit is to go easy on yourself and focus on the present moment. People may be demanding of you and your time, so set boundaries that support your happiness.

February 19 to March 20

Revisit your goals, Pisces. You’ve got the chance to bring life to something major starting Sunday around 10:31 a.m. EST, when the Moon begins a promising new cycle in Pisces. This transit is supported by a trine between money-minded Mars and enigmatic Uranus, helping you to realize new opportunities for yourself and find fresh solutions to problems. The health-conscious Sun sextiles material Mars on Monday. Use the time to upgrade your wellness routines and elevate your self-care practices. You could stumble across some extra cash on Thursday when retrograde Mercury forms sextile with Mars, ruler of finances. Seek out the advice of loved ones during this transit. They could help you uncover your hidden potential.  

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Mel C speaks out: trying to be the perfect Spice Girl made me ill Melanie Chisholm, the former Spice Girl Mel C, dates her past struggle with eating disorders and depression back to an incident at a Brit awards ceremony, she reveals on Desert Island Discs on 23 February.

In 1996, before the girl group was officially launched, Chisholm was almost chucked out of the Spice Girls for unruly behaviour, following “a scuffle between me and Victoria” that she has only recently admitted to.

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Dialect and YuckNasty – “Will Be Done” (Album Review)

Longtime friends and Northern California based rappers Dialect and YuckNasty have a buzzing personality and a buzzing new underdog wave. Sparked by Dialect and YuckNasty’s custom NoCal rhyme style, we get a promising new album, entitled, Will Be Done. Dialect and YuckNasty’s first full-length collaboration.

A ten-track concept album, the creators of Rebel Activity unite for a full-length project that displays their evolution. The two previously reveal the album’s purpose was showcasing their respective growth as lyricists-turned-recording artists.

Stream Will Be Done by Dialect and YuckNasty below, courtesy of Spotify.

The album’s catalyst is the two’s chemistry, solo they are formidable but together the traditional trading wordplay is undeniable. On tracks like “Mudville Menace, “Rebel of the Underground” and “Soul Soldier Pt.2,” Dialect and Yuck are heavy-handed with the punchlines and electrifying with the witty play off each other raps. Clever metaphors and harmony deliver the project’s feel-good vibe.

The sound of the project is sufficing at best. A lot of room for improvement but effectively coats a tone to the two’s ideal vocals. Bouncy at times, the project fails to create a signature sound but that is usually the case for a first try, that comes with continued growth. Very experimental; however, it’s has a workable foundation that allows the two to excel on with various concepts.

In the end, the album is enlightening for it’s raw, naturally groovy energy and regional wordplay. They execute their purpose and leave room for speculation if they can do it again within the near future. They hit their mark this time but next time will need to undoubtedly aim a bit higher to continue to impress.

Ratings: 8/10

Highlights: Lyricism

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Rudy Williams – “Welcome to Snow Beach” (EP Review)

With a stage name that originates from his childhood, Michigan’s Rudy Williams is known for an undeniable rugged-styled style topped with humorous punch-lines. And with so many hot new artists coming out of Detroit right now, it’s the perfect time for Williams to follow suit and receive his sit at the top among the rest. Following recent album drops from fellow statesmen Kash Doll, Royce Da 5’9” and Eminem, Rudy Williams drops a prelude from something bigger to come in new EP, Welcome to Snow Beach.

Featuring Tha God Fahim, Nowaah The Flood, and DJ Illogik, the four-track project takes fans inside the emerging artist’s underworld adventures. Arising from the bottom, the project is a short but sweet effort that brings the artist on the rise sound to the masses. This collective will decide if he will be the next big thing or back to the drawing board.

Stream Rudy Williams’ Welcome to Snow Beach below, courtesy Spotify.

Lyrically, Williams is, if anything else, cunning and chameleon. Surprising, aggressive and street smart, he rhymes in code, integrates trending terms and tells a cliche story that fans love with a fresh take. It’s almost effortless how impressive the rapper’s street-driven abilities throughout the bite-size project. Like the snow, one listen of Williams and you’re addicted.

The EP’s production is simplistic. Being so short, the album’s sound is difficult to attract to as it changes very drastically from track-to-track. This is a similar trait that many legends have been known to follow when it comes to beat selection. With the short EP, Williams should have simply relied on a single beatsmith to graph the project’s sound. It builds trust and genuine chemistry that reflects in astonishing work that will go unforgotten.

A real student of the game, the new EP showcases an ever-evolving Williams. His gritty rhymes perfectly reflect the late 90s Hip Hop that propelled today’s superstars (Jay Z, Eminem). Understanding what works, how to execute and how to intrigue, Williams converts newfound fans easily and will have them eager to check out previous releases. A pivotal moment in his career, Williams is only one song away from becoming a trailblazer. Overall, if you enjoy or miss that old school street knowledge than Welcome to Snow Beach is just for you.

Ratings: 8/10

Highlights: Lyricism

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Nvy Jonez LKR is an exciting new artist with a Navy background who was awarded his Expeditionary Warfare Specialist Qualification in 2019. Catching lightning in a bottle with his recent UGHHB mic session. LKR caps on the popularity with his new album, titled, Navy Jonez Locker.

Available on Ninja Punch Music, the album is supported by the latest visual “Empire State”. Nvy Jonez LKR is also inspired by the historic 1944 D-Day event. A military man, LKR pays respect to his brothers and sisters that fought for this country in the past, present and future with a bold, formidable and well-respected collection. The nine-track effort features guest spots by Raphael, Niki Bernard and Brandon F. The Album Cover was taken upon the USS Denver LPD-9 while it was stationed in Sasebo Japan.

Stream Navy Jonez Locker by Nvy Jonez LKR below, courtesy Spotify.

Production handled by Esben Thornhal, Ian Pez, Genetik and Hitmakerchinx. Setting the tone, the project’s sound is deep. Providing depth to LKR’s vocals, the production is tailor-made for him and never deflects nor hinder him from getting his point across. Like the lyrics, the project’s sound is straight forward and unfolds an attraction that fans will benefit from organically.

Lyrically, LKR’s based on true storytelling is the project’s aesthetic. Unlike most artist who relies on features to appease, LKR allowed his battle-tested story to shine through and prove that he is an artist ready to stand alongside the stars. Chronicling the harsh realities, LKR develops a body of work that will set the tone for the rising star moving forward. Extremely proud of his journey, LKR established his must-hear work on standouts “Empire State,” “Dark Knight” and “Young Tony”.

The album plays out similar to a debut season of a promising series. Shows glimpses for greatness but just needs more time to develop. LKR has the fundamental skills down and the work ethic; however, he could use more twists, turns, and surprises. He can accomplish that with more brainstorming. Adding more shock treatment will deliver a necessary impact that fans will be excited to see more of in music to follow.

Ratings: 8/10

Highlights: Storytelling

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Xmoneyatl – “From The Back” (Video)

Rising Atlanta based Hip Hop artist Xmoneyatl drops his latest hard-hitting video titled “From The Back“.  Follow him on Facebook & Instagram @Xmoneyatl.

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This Cool Color Trend Is Taking Over Fashion Month Milan Fashion Week have a very obvious favorite child. The street style scene has been dipped in various tones of this shade and, like Billie Eilish’s hair (that's a clue!), we couldn't be more into it. After days of monitoring the stylish behaviors of Milan's impeccably dressed show-goers, we're declaring green the official color of the season and there's nothing Grinch-like about it.

We’ve spotted the shade in all of its forms, from Gumby to Gamora and from Poison Ivy to Peter Pan. Is this green wave representative of the industry's shifting focus on sustainability and climate change? Maybe. Is it a nod to last season's major Jennifer Lopez moment in that leafy Versace number (you know the one)? Possibly. Even if green is not among the favored hues in your own wardrobe, the streets of Milan prove that its styling potential is endless. From pops of neon to the delicious chartreuse you'd find inside a Viennese pastry, there’s a green for everyone — you just need to figure out which one suits your personal style. So now that we've established that wearing your greens is basically as important as eating them, click through our gradient of photo inspiration designed to help you find and shop your perfect shade.

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Like an actual mint, this super-light pastel is a sweet way to refresh your wardrobe. When worn all together, it offers a soft take on monochrome dressing that won't feel overdone.
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This tennis ball of a hue is on the brink of sartorial domination. We were recently told by Etsy's trend expert that this shade of green was about to be everywhere, and we've been seeing more and more of it ever since.
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Of course, we can't talk about green without talking about saplings and shrubs. Forest green comes from the gorgeous colors of Lebanese cedars and Swiss pines, resulting in a shade that's as evergreen as its arboreous origins. Style it with black for a dark-on-dark ensemble, then add a touch of white or yellow that'll really pop.
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If you're not ready to commit to green entirely, opt for a dramatic floral print that features the shade instead. It's ideal for a dressy statement coat that looks just as fabulous when worn casually (think graphic t-shirts and boots).
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Overlooked No More: Valaida Snow, Charismatic ‘Queen of the Trumpet’ Sat, 22 Feb 2020 17:30:31 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs News Snow Jazz Black People Women and Girls Biographical Information Valaida (1904-56 Alanis Morissette’s Agonized Ballad, and 10 More New Songs Sat, 22 Feb 2020 15:06:48 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Post News Jazz Oldham Oliver Avalanches Pat Alanis Morissette Ozzy Hynes Malcolm Morissette Henri Osbourne Meshell Crutchfield Metheny Alanis Rap and Hip-Hop Pop and Rock Music The (Music Group Dev (Blood Orange Arca (1990- Waxahatchee (Music Group Austin (Post Malone) (1995- Ndegeocello Rich the Kid (1992- Katie (1989- Kyle (Rapper) (1993- Music Band (Music Group Thomas Jean (Cabane Will (Bonnie Prince Billy) (1970- Waxahatchee Kyle Arca BTS Reveal What Matters Most To Them In The Lyrics For “ON” NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 21: Hope, SUGA, Jungkook, Jimin, RM, V and Jin of the K-pop band BTS are seen on February 21, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by JNI/Star Max/GC Images)

BTS leader RM summed up the theme of their newest album, Map of the Soul: 7 best during the septet’s appearance on the Today Show in New York City. “This album is like a big statement and declaration that we admit our destiny, we admit our shadows and lights at the same time,” he said. “We recognize our destiny and all the paths.”

Nearly 10 months after the record-breaking EP Map of the Soul: Persona topped the Billboard 200, BTS is back with one of their most ambitious projects yet. Single “ON” leads it, as an explosive, fierce anthem in which the Korean juggernauts reflect on their journey over the past seven years, their acceptance of the present surreal reality, and lay out their unwavering convictions for the future.

The video for the single, called the “Kinetic Manifesto Film: Come Prima,” is strikingly stark for an important reason. Set in Los Angeles’ Sepulveda Dam, and supported by creative agency The Lab‘s dancers (including “Dionysus” contributing choreographer Sienna Lalau) and the Blue Devils marching band, the visual puts the focus on the group and their message. (The official music video for “ON” will be released on Feb. 28, and an alternate version of the track can be found on the album that features Sia).

You don’t need to understand Korean to soak up the song, but thanks to the tireless efforts of ARMY who voluntarily interpret the band’s work, many can get an even more vibrant picture of what this BTS represents.

“ON,” according to the group, is a reflection of the group’s 2013 single, “N.O,” an intense hip-hop track that detailed the asphyxiating pressure society puts on young people to excel. It recalls the previous single in the visual’s black and white color palette and its opening lines, sung by Jimin and V (as interpreted by notable ARMY translator Wisha):

“Having woken from sleep and opened my eyes, I wonder where “here” is / Perhaps Seoul, or New York or Paris / Having gotten up, my body sways.”

While BTS are now in their 20s and no longer necessarily feeling the weight of academic pressure or that of the adults in charge on their shoulders, they describe a foe that, in many ways, is much more threatening: themselves.

In these first lines of “ON,” the group acknowledges being wrapped up in the glamour of waking up “in Seoul, or New York or Paris,” and that with every leap they take to rise higher in recognition, the demons follow (“When I lift one foot, the shadow grows one step larger”). Fans might recall a poem Suga wrote in a 2018 episode of the band’s reality series, Run BTS!, that reads: “It is true that the more light that burns upon us, the more shadows appear.”

The “shadow” is a direct reference to the Jungian psychoanalytic idea that the human mind is made up of major archetypes that make up one’s personality: persona, shadow, ego, and self. Rapper Suga divulged his fears as he faces the perils of fame in “Interlude: Shadow,” which begins the series of new songs on MOTS7. “I’m afraid, flying high is terrifying,” he raps. “No one told me how lonely it is up here.” RM continues with the same fears in the lyrics to “ON”.

Look at my feet, look down / This shadow that resembles me / Is the thing swaying in fact this guy / Or is it the end of my toes / There’s no way it’s not scary / There’s no way everything’s okay.”

With the last line, RM echoes a sentiment he’s expressed publicly before — that instead of ignoring or running away from the challenges they face, they must learn to live with them (“Together with that black wind, I fly”).

‘there’s no getting over the hardships, we have to be friends with the shadows’

they’ve talked so much about the intrinsic bond between the shadow and the person and the symbiosis of learning to live harmoniously as one #shadowishere

— lucy jayne ford⁷ (@lucyj_ford) January 9, 2020

But this single is far from an admission of defeat: identifying your fears makes you stronger, not weaker. With the pre-chorus and the chorus, BTS begin their battle cry, singing, “Can’t hold me down cuz you know I’m a fighter.”

There’s an admission that while BTS reckon with the dark side of their “beautiful prison,” they chose to walk this path. In their 2013 debut single, “No More Dream,” Suga rapped that he wanted a “big house, big cars, and big rings.” In “N.O,” BTS asks, “A nice house, a nice car — could such things bring happiness?” Seven years later, their answer is complicated. But even when their happiness is threatened, they soldier on, singing, “If you don’t want to be driven insane, you’ve got to be insane / I throw all of myself into this two-sided world […] You can’t hold me down cuz you know I’m a fighter.”

The rollicking, anthemic cries that carry the rest of the song could be mistaken for masochism. Why carry on when doing so “brings the pain”? In fact, the pain almost proved to be too much. In their acceptance speech at the 2018 Mnet Asian Music Awards, BTS revealed that the group had talked about disbanding after they had “suffered a lot.” But with MOTS7‘s second release, “Black Swan,” the group made it clear that it is their passion for making art that keeps them going. They said as much with the opening quote of the music video by the late dancer Martha Graham: “A dancer dies twice — once when they stop dancing, and this first death is the more painful.”

(Eh-oh) Bring it on, bring the pain oh yeah / (Eh-oh) / Come on up, bring the pain oh yeah / Rain be pourin’ / Sky keep fallin’ / Everyday oh na na na / (Eh-oh) / Bring it on, bring the pain oh yeah

Map of the Soul: 7 is essentially an ode to the things that have made BTS who they are over the past seven years — which also are the reasons why, despite any hardship, they keep going “on & on & on & on.” In the Persona first-half of the album, BTS showed their appreciation for the little things that make them happy, and essentially wrote a love-letter to ARMY, their dearest support system. And in the second half, BTS give thanks to their strong friendships, years of hard work as trainees and rookies, enduring passion for the lifeblood that is music, and yes — even the haters, too.

“Even if I fall, I rise again, scream / For we’ve always done so / Even if my knees reach the floor, / as long as I’m not buried, / it’ll just be another thing of the past”

“ON” is BTS’ most passionate, striking rallying cry yet, and tells you much of what you need to know to understand BTS’ current ethos. “Even if I fall, I rise again. For we’ve always done so.”

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29 Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month 2020: #8. ReMastered: Devil at the Crossroads — A Robert Johnson Story

For Black History Month 2020, we are showcasing films and videos featuring Black American artists. Enjoy them and learn about the origin of each Black music legend featured. This list is ordered by layering unknown artists around bigger names while mixing up the genre. It has been curated for maximum surprise, so a hip-hop veteran you love may be followed by a rock band you've never heard, but you'll be glad you did.

We're adding a Black music documentary to this list each day of Black History Month 2020 -- that's 29 days this leap year. So check back with us each day as we celebrate Black History Month 2020 with the contributions each of these fine artists have made to American culture.

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