I am so in love with politics

I hope it is no secret to anyone who knows me, I am so in love with politics. I use to sit and watch CNN with my grandpa after school and he would try and explain to me how the whole United States government worked.

I always enjoyed this time together and this has had a lasting impact on me. I was inspired to pay more attention to politics after the election in 2016 and had a new found affinity for them. So, of course, I want to share with you my favorite political media.

What I’m reading:

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

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I know what you are thinking, come on Hillary it’s way too soon for this book. My answer to you would yes, yes it is but I loved it anyways. It was a bit triggering to have to re-live the events of the 2016 presidential election, but it was nice to finally hear her commentary about what happened.

She accepted a lot of responsibility for how the the events of 2016 turned out but she also called James Comey and the media for her loss. Please don’t judge this book on the experts leaked, they take everything out of context and make it seem like Clinton is very salty about her loss.

She walks you through every stop of the process, from the preliminaries to the night she lost, the book takes on through an insiders look of the election and it’s definitely worth the read.

What I’m listening to:  

Pod Save America from Crooked Media

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Crooked Media is a media company which originated after the election in response to the media coverage. Two former speech writers for Obama, an NSA official and a policy for director for Obama all came together to create this company. The founders of Crooked Media blame a lot of Trump’s victory on how the mass political media gave him so much coverage.

They claim the mass political media over covered Trump and that is a lot of the reason why he won. They want to change how people talk about politics in media, they go into depth with the topics they cover and have 20 minute conversations on things like the new health care bill.

I love this podcast because it is so detailed oriented in the conversations they have, you leave the hour of listening with enough facts and details about what going on you could challenge your professors on their political knowledge.

What I’m watching:

Currently, I am watching the Broncos game and I will tell you why this is relevant, football has been thrusted into the political light.

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After Donald Trump’s outrageous tweet, more NFL players are kneeling during the National Anthem than ever before, some are even unwilling to come out of the tunnel.

In my life time, I have never seen our country so involved into politics in every aspect of our culture. Maybe the election of Donald Trump won’t be such a bad thing after all because we will have to re think how we talk about and cover politics.

Only time will tell though.

Our past isn’t that far behind us

Some famous person once said, “those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” As I was scrolling through Twitter, this quote really resonated with me with as all of the recent events have been happening in places like St. Louis.

As a society, it seems we congratulate ourselves on how far we have come with since the dreaded days before the Civil Rights movement, but have we really come that far?

What I’m reading:

The Resegregation of Jefferson County written by Nikole Hannah-Jones

Other than this being an incredible piece of journalism, it is also a look into what modern day segregation looks like today. It is called succession when a community decides to create its own public school system. Over 71 communities across the nation, most of them white and wealthy, have broken away from to form their own smaller, exclusive school districts.

The kicker here, Jefferson County is one of the few hundred school systems still held to decade old desegregation court order after Brown v. Board of Education. This piece of journalism gives us a compelling and incredible* look into how a modern day school districts across the country are still finding ways to be segregated.

This story is shocking and compelling all at the same time, yet it shows me we are still trying to overcome problems we were fighting in the 60s.

What I’m watching: 

13th directed by Ava DuVernay

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This groundbreaking documentary explores how the 13th amendment has led to mass incarnation of African American people in America. The documentary really focuses on the line within the 13th amendment which states, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.”

The well told story shows how words have been deployed to disempower African Americans for decades and how these battles are still being waged in our political and social environments.

What I’m Listening to:

Common’s entire album, Black America Again

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Little Chicago Boy is a song about Common’s father, his life as a black man and the lessons he taught to his son. In the beginning of the song, Common makes a reference to how the achievements of African Americans are often forgotten about or taken away from them.

He was raised in the belly of the city

Chicago, discovered by du Sable

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He continues the story of his father, how he played in the ABA and eventually lost a the battle against cancer. But before ending the song, Common speaks about the importance of leaving behind a better and more hopeful world for young black Americans.

The streets of knowledge are all over the world. We got a possibility again of leading the world. Chi my Chi we gon ask you for safe passage for the kids to walk to school. Alright, my young homies, we got a mission to finish. We got the unborn we got to provide the truth for.

This whole album explains what it is like to grow up black in America and how the struggles of generations ago still plague the African American community today. Almost 60 years after the beginning of the Civil Rights movement, our country is still fighting the same battles, just in different forms.

It is best we don’t forget our past because we are currently living it.

Strong women are pretty cool

Netflix, podcasts, YouTube, Hollywood. There is constantly so much media being released it’s hard for a girl to know what to waste her time on and what not to. Well good thing I am here, starting this blog because I have taken it upon myself to recommend incredible* pieces of media every girl needs in her life.

*I really have no idea what is hip these days but hopefully you’ll like some of the stuff I recommend.

First thing’s first, strong women are pretty cool and things that represent strong women are even cooler.

A movie I watched recently really blew my mind with the strength it gave to its female protagonists and it’s the best movie I have seen in the last five years, no joke.

I’m watching:

Wind River directed by Taylor Sheridan 

Watch the trailor here so I don’t infringe upon copyright law.

This movie investigates the rape and murder of a young Native American women on an Arapaho reservation with striking commentary on myriad topics from how Native Americans are treated in today’s society to the importance of emotional men. Please, please watch this movie, it is so good.

Although all of the commentary is incredible* in this movie, I want to focus on the female protagonists. The strongest characters in this movie were intentionally the women.

The lead FBI agent continually takes charge of situations that are quickly spiraling out of control. She represents women in authority and the challenges they face when trying to assert that authority over men. Not to give anything away but she is constantly told throughout the movie she does not know what she is doing and this murder case is too much for her to handle.

But in the end she is the only one to survive out of a group of 6, she being the only women. She made smart, calculated decisions when in the face of life-threatening danger when her male counterparts were over come with fear and made reckless decisions, further escalating the situation.

The Native American woman who was found dead in the opening scenes of the movie ran 6 miles, barefoot in the middle of nowhere in multiple feet of snow. She ran for her life and the man who made her run for her life was given the same opportunity at the of the movie and he made it 100 feet before he collapsed and died the same way.

The amount of strength the women have in this movie is outstanding and everyone will benefit from watching it.

I’m listening to:

Rainbow by Kesha    

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After dealing with a lengthy court process in order to sue her producer who sexually assaulted her, Kesha released Rainbow. The album is littered with empowering songs, especially for victims of sexual assault.

The main song called “Woman” really celebrates the independence and strength of being a woman and it, most certainly, is worth listening.

She begins that song with:

“I buy my own things, I pay my own bills

These diamond rings, these automobiles

Everything I got, I bought”

This entire album celebrates strength in women and encourages all women, especially victims of sexual. It’s an incredible* response to what has happened to her and how she has found the strength to move on.

I’m Reading:

Rainbow in the Cloud by Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou spent her entire career giving a voice to women, especially black women. This book of poetry has an entire section dedicated to womanhood. She calls forth the strength of women, motherhood and how to be a strong woman in this world. Read everything by Maya Angelou, everything she wrote is incredible*.

I will leave you with my favorite poem from this book:

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without

knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands

up for all women.”

Celebrate all women in life because all women are strong and they are all pretty cool.