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27 of My Favorite Songs

Tomorrow I turn 27 (yikes!), and since I’ve been doing a birthday post every year since my 24th birthday, I decided I should keep the tradition going strong. In the past I posted 24 Lessons in 24 Years, 25 of My Favorite Things, and 26 Goals for my 26th Year, and this year I’m sharing 27 of my favorite songs. This doesn’t come close to showcasing all of my favorites, but it does cover some of them! ūüôā This list is very random and in no particular order. If we share any favorites let me know in the comment section below. ‚̧ 1.¬†Let Me Roll It¬†– Wings 2. Zodiac Shift¬†– Flying Lotus 3. Riders on the Storm¬†– The Doors 4. I Am Woman¬†– Helen Reddy 5. Femme Fatale – The Velvet Underground & Nico 6. Where I Wanna Be¬†– Shade Sheist 7. Feel it All Around¬†– Washed Out 8. Dock of the Bay¬†– Otis Redding 9. I Follow Rivers – Lykke Li (The Magician Remix) 10. Modern Love¬†– David Bowie 11. Don’t Let Me Be …

Workout Playlist

For the past few months I’ve been exercising somewhat consistently, which has reminded me of the importance of having a quality workout playlist. If the wrong song comes on while I’m at the gym – something slow or sad – it immediately squashes my motivation. I then have to stop what I’m doing to find the right song, and my whole routine is thrown out of whack! I’m being a little dramatic, but a good workout playlist truly is essential. So here¬†are a few songs that I listen to when I’m working out What are you listening to when you exercise? ‚̧

Saving Net Neutrality

UPDATE: The FCC has voted 3-2 to repeal Net Neutrality, but there’s still hope! Congress can pass a “Resolution of Disproval” in order to overturn the FCC vote. Continue to write, Tweet, and call Congress using¬†battleforthenet.com. This week I wanted to share a post on how the internet has democratized creativity, serving as a space for all to create and disseminate art and ideas. But then I remembered the fast approaching vote on net neutrality, which impacts the very existence of a free and democratic internet. In the U.S., internet is a public service, accessible to all. In 2016 a federal court ruled that internet access should be classified as a utility, not a luxury, and that as a result government regulation is vital in maintaining a balanced dynamic between users and providers. “The decision affirmed the government‚Äôs view that broadband is as essential as the phone and power and should be available to all Americans, rather than a luxury that does not need close government supervision.” –¬†“Court Backs Rules Treating Internet as Utility, Not …

My Guide to Vegan Food in Los Angeles

There are¬†so so so so sooooo¬†many¬†vegan and vegan friendly restaurants in Los Angeles that I probably haven’t even been to most of them. Regardless, here are some of my favorite places to eat in LA that vegans and non-vegans alike would enjoy: 100% vegan restaurants: Shojin: This Japanese restaurant is expensive, but worth the price. Not only is the food spectacular (both beautifully plated and delicious), but the dining experience itself is truly one of a kind. (Little Tokyo – Downtown, Culver City) Sage: Sage is one of my favorite restaurants to take non-vegans who are open to trying vegan food, and where I eat most often with vegan friends and family. While they’re open for every meal of the day, Sage is my go-to¬†spot for a healthy, filling brunch. (Echo Park, Culver City) My Vegan Gold: My oh my, do I love My Vegan Gold. This was one of the first 100% vegan restaurants I tried after moving to Los Angeles, and I keep going back again and again. I recommend their yellow curry …

A Few of My Favorite 80’s Movies

Oh the 80’s.¬†It was the decade that came and left just before I was born and bestowed us with vibrant clothes, pop music, and Reagan’s regressive policies. It’s the time that my mom refers to mysteriously and with an air of disdain, telling a curious story from her past and concluding with a sigh, “well it was the 80’s.”¬†And¬†when I watch popular American 80’s movies, I think I catch her drift. Below are five of my favorite off-beat, magical, bizarre, and hilarious movies that are quintessentially of the 80’s. What are a few of yours? Raising Arizona (dir. Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, 1987) Raising Arizona¬†is my favorite Coen brother’s film (followed closely by¬†The Big Lebowski) and a Nic Cage favorite as well.¬†Raising Arizona¬†is charming, hilarious, well written, and perfectly cast and performed. The film’s very particular production design, cinematography, and soundtrack also adds to its magic. And as an Arizonan, I seem to have a warm place in my heart for any movie that takes place there.   The Breakfast Club¬†(dir. John Hughes, 1985) Like …

30 Badass Feminists to Follow on Twitter

I’ve discovered so many intelligent, humorous, bold, and inspiring feminists on Twitter. These women are writers, activists, lawyers, scholars, and artists who advocate for a number of issues essential to the feminist movement, including immigration, reproductive rights, safety and equality for the LGBT community, combating racism and police brutality, fair wages and the right to unionize, gun control and domestic violence, and the representation of race, gender, class, and sexuality in media – among numerous other issues. Being an outspoken woman online automatically results in a threat to their safety, and these women are berated daily for their unwillingness to be quiet or dilute their words. Be sure to follow them on social media and share and support their work. Like any online list, this post is seriously incomplete because there are thousands of woman who have not been included. Please be sure to share the names and handles of any badass feminists you follow online in the comment section below. Ijeoma Oluo¬†‚Üí @IjeomaOluo Lauren Duca¬†‚Üí @laurenduca Roxane Gay¬†‚Üí @rgay Feminista Jones¬†‚Üí @FeministaJones Caroline O.‚Üí¬†@RVAwonk …

Recommended Film & TV Books | Part 1

I’ve been studying film and television in school for some years now, so as a result I’ve amassed quite a collection of film and TV-related books. Here’s part 1 of my recommended media texts list – and you can expect a number of these posts in the future since there are so many books that I’ve found to be truly invaluable. Although I’ve linked each book to Amazon,¬†buy locally if you can find them at your community’s bookstore! Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need¬†by Blake Snyder:¬†Save the Cat!¬†is, indeed, the last book on screenwriting you’ll ever need. The book includes information on¬†high concept ideas, genre-play, beat sheets, and even a bit of pitching advice. It contains basically everything you need to know about coming up with an idea, writing your script, re-writing your script, and getting it sold. Designs on Film: A Century of of Hollywood Art Direction¬†by Cathy Whitlock:¬†There was a point during college when I thought that I wanted to be a production designer, so my boyfriend got …

Resistance Podcasts

Here’s a list of some of the resistance-related podcasts I’ve come across in recent weeks. My favorite so far is BloomCast, by civil rights attorney (and fellow vegan) Lisa Bloom. Please be sure to share any relevant political podcasts that you’ve been listening to in the comment section. BloomCast: The Voice of the Resistance¬†by Lisa Bloom Pod Save America by Crooked Media Trumpcast by Slate The FourFiftyOne by Summer Brennan Can He Do That? by The Washington Post Indivisible by WNYC And for additional resources check out this post, which I’m continuing to update. Keep resisting! ‚̧

Trailers for Some of My Favorite Cult Classics

From magnificent treasures, to movies so bad that they’re good, here are the trailers to some of my all-time favorite cult classics! What are yours? Be sure to share your recommendations in the comment section below. ūüôā Labyrinth¬†(dir. Jim Henson, 1986) Wet Hot American Summer¬†(dir. David Wain, 2001) Office Space¬†(dir. Mike Judge, 1999) The Big Lebowski¬†(dir. Joel & Ethan Coen, 1998) Troll 2¬†(dir. Claudio Fragasso, 1990) The Breakfast Club¬†(dir. John Hughes, 1985) Easy Rider¬†(dir. Dennis Hopper, 1969) Harold and Maude¬†(dir. Hal Ashby, 1971) Hausa¬†(dir.¬†Nobuhiko √Ēbayashi, 1977) The Room¬†(dir. Tommy Wiseau, 2003) What are some of your favorite cult classics?

VEGAN COOKING: My Two Favorite Chefs/Bloggers

If you’ve been following my blog within the past year, you may know that I made the transition from vegetarian to vegan and am loving my new lifestyle. My ability to make this transition is in large part thanks to my sister, who opened my eyes to this compassionate way of living, but I also have the internet to thank. YouTube, in particular, with its surplus of vegan-related content, has played an immeasurable¬†role in the success and sustainability of my¬†transformation. Before becoming vegan, I seriously¬†disliked cooking. I found the process to be somewhat boring and almost a waste of time, especially considering how¬†convenient, affordable, and addictive¬†greasy foods are. But when I began bringing more variety into my diet (because not eating meat and dairy actually means you try¬†more new foods), cooking became fun and challenging in the best kind of way. My newly found enthusiasm for cooking is largely thanks to the blog and YouTube channel, hot for food, along with co-creator Lauren Toyota’s personal channel, Lauren in Real Life. And recently, I¬†discovered another¬†vegan¬†blog and …