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? ❤
American popular culture, specifically from the mid-60s to mid-70s, was highly politicized, critical, and urgent. Calls to action and societal critiques were common in forms of expression created and disseminated within mainstream youth culture. The sheer abundance and popularity of politicized art meant that both creators and consumers were interested in engaging with immediate problems. The imperative for change was palpable. But this sense of American political urgency seemed to diminish in the 1980s, with the election of President Reagan and the establishment of an overpowering neo-conservative ideology. From the 1980s – 2010s, political expression was still a part of mainstream American pop culture, and is exemplified in the work of N.W.A, Shepard Fairey, Michael Moore, and countless others. My intention is not to discount these works, but to say that I am hopeful that America’s youth will collectively become more political again, with the same urgency that characterized the 60s & 70s. Which brings me to Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar. Already this year, we have experienced two particularly powerful political moments in music: Beyoncé’s release of her music video for “Formation,” and Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy’s performance. …
This playlist is for anyone in need of a little extra girl power in their lives. Enjoy, and please share your favorite anthems of womanhood in the comment section below.
Beyoncé – Ghost One of my favorite songs and music videos from the Beyoncé album.
Yours and Mine is a retrospective short film celebrating the one-year anniversary of the self-titled album, BEYONCÉ. Recently I’ve began to appreciate Beyoncé as a cultural icon more and more – and this short film sealed the deal. I truly look up to this woman. As an artist she’s known for being a perfectionist, and although this retrospective is nothing short of perfect, there’s a looseness and an honesty about it that many people don’t expect from her. Although her fame makes her an individual whose day-to-day life I can’t relate to, through this retrospective I felt a connection. We’re all humans. Celebrity means nothing.