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Music for the Resistance

I have been coming across some amazing music lately that has been emerging out of the bullshit that is the news lately. In need of some revolutionary protest songs? I’ve got you covered.

Sara Bareilles wrote this amazing song for This American Life, when they asked her to write about how she thinks Obama has felt during this election. It is so beautifully performed, and the whole vibe is just beautiful and quiet and strong – I’m pretty obsessed.

Pussy Riot came out with a new song with one of the best hooks of all time:

Let other people in/ Listen to your women/ Stop killing black children/ Make America Great Again.

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The video is pretty intense, so get ready for some hard core no bullshit punk girl power stuff – and for a world imagined where Trump rules. *shudder*

I also just heard a beautiful song by Alicia Keys, one of my favorites as well – she has recently talked a lot with the media about how she is revisiting the idea of wearing makeup, and exploring how wearing her hair and skin in their natural state is a form of empowerment and resistance. This song has a great message and is just another beautiful ballad by one of the best:

If you haven’t listened to anything by Kendrick Lamar or Beyonce’s Lemonade, get on that, too.

If you’re looking for ways outside of music to challenge injustice, I recommend checking in to the Standing Rock Reservation on Facebook – a small thing you can do to stand with the protectors from afar. If you do, follow these instructions:

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What are your favorite acts of protest lately?

 

 

 

Sorry Not Sorry for Posting This!

I stumbled upon this video when a friend posted it on Facebook earlier today and I absolutely loved it. Awhile back Stephanie, our friend Alesha, and I all realized how much we said “sorry” for NO REASON. We would say “sorry” when we had done nothing wrong and when it made absolutely no sense at all whatsoever. Things like: “I’m sorry you guys, but I just really want some ice cream right now” or “I’m sorry, do you mind if I go change? I’m really hot right now.” Like, what? Why? Totally not necessary.

I’m infamous for being overly polite and apologetic for no reason. On our wedding day I kept saying to our sweet photographer, “I’m so sorry, would you be willing to get a picture of me with my friend?” ALL DAY LONG. Finally she laughed and said “This is my job, you don’t have to apologize or ask, just tell me what you want and I’ll gladly do it.” Good point.

We eventually started joking that instead of saying “sorry”, we should switch it to “you’re welcome”. It made for some pretty funny moments. Like instead of what I mentioned above we would say, “You guys I just feel like getting some ice cream. You’re welcome.” It helped us to remember not to apologize for our every move (cue our very own sociologist, Stephanie, to come in and explain why exactly women do this in our culture) and just be confident and own what we are doing/saying.

I hope you like this video! You’re welcome.

 

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