Thursday, June 9, 2016

Video of the Week: "Hard Out Here" by Lily Allen

The first time I listened to this song, it got me totally hooked on Lily Allen's music. "Hard Out Here" sends a great message to listeners. Her verses are soaked in sarcasm and her reclaiming of the word "bitch" as a tool to further demonstrate her point about the inequality of women even in the present. Lily Allen's song "Hard Out Here" has the perfect amount of smart aleck-y phrasing that carefully tears apart double standards and objectification in the twenty-first century. For a good feminist jam, take a listen below!


Sunday, June 5, 2016

Top 15 Best Tumblr Blogs (Followed by Me!)

I chose to write up this list because when I started using Tumblr a few years ago, I was unsure of where to start and now that I've had my Tumblr for a while, I realized I wanted to add some zest to my feed so as I ventured out to find some new blogs to follow, I figured I'd share some of my favorites with you!

1. beyoncevoters

This blog hasn't been updated in a year according to Tumblr but I followed it regardless because the posts are absolutely hilarious. It's basically just Beyonce lyrics photoshopped onto photos of female political figures.

2. incorrect-hamilton-quotes

If you have an intense love for the actor and writer Lin-Manuel Miranda or a serious obsession with the musical Hamilton, this Tumblr blog is definitely worth the follow.

3. dailypoehler

Dailypoehler features a ton of pictures and gifs of Amy Poehler. I really enjoy Poehler's work as an actor and comedian and the content of this blog is a great quality.

4. sproutcloud

Okay, I completely and totally shamelessly promoting my friend's blog here but her style is adorable and super artsy. Her blog is extremely unique. I really recommend it.

5. humansofnewyork

You've most likely seen these posts around social media sites before but I still suggest you check out humansofnewyork because their concept is amazing and it gives followers the opportunity to learn about little pieces of lives of people they don't know. Make the trip over to this website and check out their Tumblr too!

6. drunken-shakespeare

If you're a super nerdy and spastic theatre kid (like myself) then this blog will definitely make you laugh. They post all kinds of memes and Shakespearean scenes translated into modern language. This blog is totally worthy of your dorky theatre brains.

7. thefrontbuttz

Like I've mentioned before, The Front Bottoms are my favorite band. So, discovering this blog that houses a lot of great quality photos and gifs of the band was like a little present! For fans of The Front Bottoms, this is the blog for you!

8. profeminist

As a lot of people do these days, I access a lot of news through social media. I found this blog incredibly useful in getting word of feminist issues and news. For anyone in need of a good feminist news blog, profeminist is one to watch.

9. rookiemag

I've raved about Rookie magazine on this blog many times and I'm about to do it again. This awesome online publication for teens has a Tumblr where they post links to their articles. Follow this Tumblr blog so you never miss a post from Rookie!

10. qfeminism

This blog provides a lot of posts relating to the LGBTQ+ community and feminism. I recommend this blog to any members of the LGBTQ+ community looking for a good feminist/political blog to follow.

11. theorganisedstudent

My nerdy side is really showing now. This blog is all about studying and staying organized and it has provided a lot of inspiration for me and my organization for school. The photos of different study set ups and class notes has also given me some ideas for this coming school year! Also worth mentioning about this blog, the owner provides links to outlines to plan your week and write down your assignments. Theorganisedstudent is a great blog for anyone looking to improve their organizational skills or motivate themselves to study more.

12. womenofbroadway

As all of you know, I'm a theatre fanatic. I enjoy this blog because it is a celebration of the amazingly talented women on Broadway. It really highlights the women that makes the Great White Way so spectacular.

13. amandla

Amandla Stenberg's Tumblr blog interests me because it's run by her and she personally replies to people's messages and reblogs and posts all of the things on there. If you're looking for a totally awesome, down-to-Earth public figure to follow, hit up Amandla's Tumblr.

14. timebombtown

This blog is one of my favorites because it posts gif sets and photos of teenage bedrooms from movies. Stuff like that provides inspiration for me and helps me develop my "aesthetic" (I'm a true Tumblr user now, right?). I found timebombtown insanely pleasing to the eye and just fun to follow. I suggest giving that link a click!

15. freaksandgeeksthings

One of my all-time favorite tv shows is Freaks and Geeks, which ran for one season from 1999-2000. It was grungy, melodramatic, and downright hilarious. For anyone who has a love for this show like I do, check out freaksandgeeksthings!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Reflecting on my Satisfying/Insanely Draining Sophomore Year

I'm gonna be honest, sophomore year was hard. Like, really, really hard. But as I walked out of school on my last day, I was content with my achievements throughout the year and glad that I had so many new experiences during the school year.

Even though I worked hard all year and definitely kept busy, I have to admit that I struggled with feeling lonely quite a bit. I lost my close connection with a lot of long time friends, part of that is just because we grew apart, (and other reasons that would take way too long to explain.) There were some nights that I told myself to get off of Instagram because I felt too down in the dumps seeing other people hanging out with each other. That technique worked...sort of. The remedy I found most effective though, was theatre. No matter how lonely or left out I felt, that feeling would be eradicated as soon as I stepped into a theater.

I submerged myself in theatrical opportunities this school year. I am a member of The Muse Machine, which gets me discounted tickets to shows in my area as well as gets me out of class four times a year to see an in-school performance. I saw seven plays this year, six musicals, a student-directed, acted, and written one act play festival, and saw two Broadway stars in concert. That's not even including the improv competition I lost (it was an experience to say the least,) the theatre class I took my first semester, and the three plays I participated in through my school's theatre department. As you can tell, I am deeply dedicated to acting and theatre. It was the one thing that lifted me out of my loneliness and can really pull me out of any funky mood I'm in. With the friendships I've created and strengthened through the stage, I've learned more about other people than I would have any other way. I promised myself before my sophomore year began that I would do as many theatre-related activities as I could and I certainly did.

I mentioned earlier that I'm pretty damn satisfied with my success and hard work this year. I managed to maintain a 3.8 grade point average all year (insert "YAS QUEEN" gif from Broad City.) I'm proud of myself. There were a lot, lot, lot, lot of tears over my grades this year and this was the first time I really struggled in a subject. I've spent a lot of time thinking this over, and I have decided that the most important thing I learned sophomore year is this; asking for help never means you have been defeated. 

Something that I didn't tell many people was that I went to a few help sessions for Geometry. I'm not fantastic at math to begin with but I haven't had that much trouble in any subject since fourth grade when I needed help on multiplication. When my mom suggested I go to a tutor at school or a study session, I pretty much had a breakdown. Until this year, I had myself convinced that if I needed help understanding something and didn't figure it out on my own, I was giving in and totally defeated. The more time I spend thinking about this, the more I realize how wrong I was in thinking that.

I'm not sure how many people actually read this and how many people just click the links to my blog posts to up my number of reads so I feel good, but if I can make one person understand this lesson, I will be content. Just because you need extra explanation, or can't figure something out using a five minute YouTube video, does not mean that there's something wrong with you or that you're not worth anything. Getting help when you need it is important.

Sophomore year was much tougher than I expected it to be, but I am so glad that I dealt with all that I did. The applause at the end of the shows I helped bring to life, the amazing new friends I made, and the happy tears after receiving my letter for a 3.8 GPA were just part of the reward from a ridiculously stressful school year. To anyone entering their sophomore year of high school, good luck, stay organized, and bring snacks to school, because if you're not sneaking food in class WTF are you doing?

My Sophomore Year in Music
1. The Weekend by Modern Baseball
2. Non-Stop by Hamilton Original Broadway Cast
3. Do Better by Say Anything
4. We Are The Champions - Remastered 2011 by Queen
5. Run The World (Girls) by Beyonce
6. White Teeth Teens by Lorde