October 30, 2018

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Alright, y'all. We're ONE WEEK away from Election Day. I'm here to remind you (again) that voting matters. Your vote matters. Still unsure of what's going on? That's okay. It's not too late. VoteSaveAmerica's got you covered. Check out their voter guide (you'll type in your address to see the candidates who'll be on your ballot) and put together a plan. THIS IS IMPORTANT. 
I love spaghetti. Forever. For always. But when ya girl got put on Somali spaghetti? Life changed. Classic Italian will always warm my heart (and belly), but if you're ever looking to switch up spaghetti night for something a little brighter, this is it
Art I Like 
Not all art is political. But political art is a staple of history and absolutely alive and well. Check out these "15 Influential Political Art Pieces" and get inspired to get involved.  (Below is a piece from Barbara Krueger who you can learn more about down in the "One More Thing" section.) 
A Song I Like

"Can't Be // How U Feel" from Billy Lemos' 2017 EP, Self, is one of those songs that pops up on my shuffle at just the right time. Forgot how much I dig this track. (The whole EP, actually.) 
Why can’t your nose be 12 inches long? Because then it’d be a foot.
Ever wonder why we vote on a Tuesday in November? It dates back to the 1800s. Because November fell between harvest season and bad weather, the timing allowed voters to travel to town centers to cast their ballots with more ease . Tuesday was chosen because it didn't interfere with the days of worship. Peep this page for more facts on voting past and present
Another Song I Like

I just recently got put on Blackparty's 2016 album, Mango. It's dope. Especially the track "Bloom." It's message is kind, uplifting and full of love, and laid over a funky beat. Give it a spin when ya need a pick me up or send it to a pal who might need one. 
From a Friend
Leyla put me on this class offered online via Yale called The Science of Well-Being. It's actually the most popular course at the University. And you can take it for free. The course takes you through the science and offers actionable steps to improve wellness and happiness in your own life. What are you waiting for? Sign up
One Last Thing
I mentioned Barbara Kruger above in this week's "Art I Like" section. She's a bad-ass. Intelligent, creative and progressive. And her whole aesthetic got snatched up by the streetwear brand, Supreme. Wack. Learn more about the history of one of the greatest contemporary artists and her continued battle against consumerism
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