America Elected A Bigot. Now What?

Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by the electoral college.

The election (aka the beginning of this particularly depressing dystopian novel that we’re all currently living in) (jk!) (kinda.) was weeks ago, and since then, I’ve gone through my stages. I’ve felt hopeless, I’ve done the anger thing, I’ve pointed fingers, but you know what? It’s time to move on.

If you’re anything like me and the election results had you ready to give up all hope, here’s my advice to you: get off the internet. (No, not yet – finish reading this post first, please and thanks.) Specifically? Social media. Scrolling through hate crime stories and doomsday status updates had me lowkey feeling like I was about to glance out my window and see a cross burning in my front yard any day now.

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So we’re calling neo nazis the “alt right” now? Yeah, no, I’m done.

This isn’t intended to invalidate any of the harassment folks have faced following Trump’s win. I know it’s harder than ever out here. But  now more than ever, it’s important to take care of yourself whenever you can. Unplug when it gets to be too much. This doesn’t mean be quiet, nor does this mean you should stop speaking out or trying to make a difference. But you have to give yourself time away from it all.

The day after the election, here’s what I had to remind myself of: no hateful, racist group or individual can stop me from enjoying my day or spending time with the people I love (not yet, anyway). Many of us felt disheartened and even fearful after our country elected such an openly bigoted individual to lead, but it’s important to remember that people like Trump have always existed, and we can’t give them even more power than they already have by letting them take over our minds. Who was it that said that happiness is a form of rebellion? I don’t know, maybe it was me.

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Pro-tip: Take an afternoon to ignore reality with a Supernatural marathon. Replace your sad feels with sad-in-a-different-way feels! You’re welcome.

But anyway. I’m begging you, fam. Get off the internet. Delete those apps. Don’t click on any Trump-related tags. Carve our safe spaces for yourself and live your freaking life. You can not stay inundated in this circus, hunched over the computer and counting down to the end of the world, because it will drain every ounce of life from you – trust me, I know.

Don’t let these bad things be the first thing you think of in the morning and the last thing on your mind at night. Find a reason to smile. Replenish your hope, even as you continue to fight. In the words of Kendrick Lamar, we gone be alright.

Screw the Trumpacalypse – it’s time to get on with the business of living.

Did The Walking Dead Go Too Far This Time?

If you’re one of the 5 billionty people on this Earth obsessed with The Walking Dead, then you’re probably still reeling from last night’s episode. ‘How dare they do this to us?’ you probably thought. ‘I have work in the morning, you thoughtless bastards!’

A lot of crazy shit  went down. And there’s a lot to talk about, not just when it comes to what actually happened on the show, but what lead up to it, and the advertising that’s been shoved down our throats for the last 7 months.

So, let’s talk.

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Send Help! I’m Obsessed With Steven Universe

Ah, there’s nothing like having a new obsession, am I right?

After putting it off for ages, I finally got around to delving into Steven Universe, and let me tell you..This show is everything! And because I’m the giant nerd that I am, when I like something, I fall hard – as in I can’t stop rewatching all the episodes and consuming all the fan theories and fanfiction and fanart that I can get my greedy little hands on. Continue reading “Send Help! I’m Obsessed With Steven Universe”

Not All Black Girls Can Dance

 

No one is safe from the twerk police.

After separate videos of Malia Obama and Serena Williams dancing hit the internet, I’ve seen people blasting both of them for not being able to dance, and I am at a loss. Continue reading “Not All Black Girls Can Dance”

What To Do When You’ve Lost Your Inspiration

Here’s the scenario: you’re sitting on your bed in your least favorite, ugly ass pajamas. You have no desire to actually write or create (you know, what you thought was your whole purpose in life), opting instead to feel like shit about your lack of productivity. You scroll through your Facebook feed, feeling like garbage made sentient as you watch your peers succeed in life and be passionate about various things and go on dates and shit.

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There’s A Movie About The Nat Turner Slave Revolt And I’m So Psyched

I am so glad that actors like Nate Parker exist.

You’ll probably remember him for his roles in movies like “Beyond The Lights” and “The Great Debaters” but in my mind, he’s now the person we have to thank for there being a feature film about the Nat Turner slave revolt. Continue reading “There’s A Movie About The Nat Turner Slave Revolt And I’m So Psyched”