Know your history. John Oliver hits the nail on the head. Again :)
This is spot on and friggin awesome!
Beyonce shouldn’t have brought her daughter to see her perform. She is too young to be watching mommy grinding and smacking her ass. She is too young to understand the vague message written and spoken on a screen about being a feminist. As much as I am not a fan of Beyonce, I do applaud her for talking about being in charge in the bedroom, the give and take of being in a relationship and the changes we go through becoming a mother. I just wish she didn’t do it in front of her daughter.
A student uses poetry to respond to the objectification of women in rap. This wonderful slam reminds us that words have meaning, weight, and power.
To read the comments under the video one would think, this means nothing. Nothing will change. So does that mean we should sit back and do nothing? Hell no! It means we need more voices like this to make our voices heard. Women are not equal to a table. We are not just objects to lay a glass upon. We are important and if we ever became unified on a mass level the world would fall to its knees and thank us. Until that day occurs, we must not be silent. We must speak.
This woman and her band are on constant loop in my ear. Love them! She is an incredible singer and woman. The Dap Kings are a great band! Watch and find the rest of her catalog and listen. You won’t be disappointed.
The intensity of this cover is worth the listen, bookmark, revisit, tweet, retweet and whatever other attention can be paid to it.
There has been a lot of death in the news, seemingly most recently more than ever. Perception is a skewed, but it doesn’t lessen the anxiety it causes. Take time to listen to music on full blast. Watch your favorite movie as many times as you want, in your pajamas. Watch a new film, explore French films, classics, indie, Anime. Who cares? Just find life, grab it by its scrawny, little, worthless, until you put it to use neck and tell it – I WILL ENJOY YOU!
I explained to somebody once that its like constantly living under a cloudy overcast sky. You never really see the sunshine even though you know it exists and its just on the other side of those clouds. The hope that someday you may see it and feel its warmth is what keeps you going most days. Then there are those other days when you don’t give a flying fuck if its there or not because you’ve decided you aren’t worthy enough to experience it, that that sun is for everyone else and since you’re never going to see the sun why bother going on? You have to work extra hard and spend so much time dedicated to combatting that last part that for some people they simply get too tired to go on and just give in.
I have worked in the social services field helping children and adults with mental illness and developmental disabilities on all ends of spectrum since 1998. I have sat in on many therapy sessions, group therapies, psycho-social meetings, treatment team meetings, ISP meetings and so on. All of these individuals have at one point or another struggled with depression. I have seen some people at their darkest hour. I could relate to some of it. I went into the field by accident, but before I knew it I realized I was good at it. I didn’t judge them for their the behaviors, their thoughts, their actions or their words. I listened. I tried find a way to relate to what they were saying. I tried to connect the dots in an almost seemingly chaotic portrait. When I realized I could connect those dots, create a picture and show it to them, healing could begin.
Everybody, no matter how happy they are, seemingly most of the time has felt blue, down, low, out of sorts or just plain sad at some time or another. The difference between that and the 100’s of 1,000’s of people who suffer from Depression is that Depression tries to become its hosts sole mood. It takes the brain and covers it in a way that affects even the most seemingly happy moments. Weddings, births, graduations, first homes, first’s of all kinds are clouded by the depression. The joy is something far and detached from the reality of what is going on. Depression tries to own you and alters how you see life. For some this is too much to bear and they take their own lives.
Suicide takes many lives not only because of the lack of funding, but even funding doesn’t change the reality for mental illness. Even the rich commit suicide. We all know that now. The problem is that the poor don’t have access to the care they need. Society doesn’t accept mental illness but instead shun it and hide it away. It is something ridiculed and belittled. People make fun of what they don’t understand and/or fear. Depression is just a term to many people that means you’re sad. That is the most simplistic definition of it. The bible of mental health describes depression as:
“DSM-IV Criteria for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
• Depressed mood or a loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities for more than two weeks.
• Mood represents a change from the person’s baseline.
• Impaired function: social, occupational, educational.
• Specific symptoms, at least 5 of these 9, present nearly every day:
1. Depressed mood or irritable most of the day, nearly every day, as indicated by either subjective report
(e.g., feels sad or empty) or observation made by others (e.g., appears tearful).
2. Decreased interest or pleasure in most activities, most of each day
3. Significant weight change (5%) or change in appetite
4. Change in sleep: Insomnia or hypersomnia
5. Change in activity: Psychomotor agitation or retardation
6. Fatigue or loss of energy
7. Guilt/worthlessness: Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt
8. Concentration: diminished ability to think or concentrate, or more indecisiveness
9. Suicidality: Thoughts of death or suicide, or has suicide plan “
The link if you want it to read more is: http://www.psnpaloalto.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Depression-Diagnostic-Criteria-and-Severity-Rating.pdf
Find the local suicide hotline numbers. Post them. At work, at school, on your Facebook page, on your Twitter page. On anything you can think of. Know of anybody who may need just someone to talk to, give them your number. Not everyone feels comfortable doing this. Find resources for them and make them available. Be there. Be present. Let them know you are a phone call away. Just show them you care. Why? Because if it were you, you would need the same.