I am currently blocked up (no, not in that way). I can't seem to write anything that feels right. Everything seems half-assed, and even as I write this introduction, I'm thinking of how it could be better, what I could do to make it better, and knowing that it's not going to get better because I am in a shit spiral of perpetual stuckness (which isn't even a word, but I'm gonna go with it). If you've ever wondered what my brain is like (or, honestly, what any writer's brain is like), look no further. Here is my shit spiral of perpetual stuckness in gif form:
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What does Black History Month mean to you?
African Americans have done so much and will forever be remembered for their accomplishments. In my opinion, there is no such thing as Black History Month. All year, we should celebrate the amazing poetry, music, inventions, and accomplishments that has surfaced over the last 100 years. Let's take a look...
Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
Social activist, columnist, early innovator, novelist, and playwright
8+ awards, 15+ poems, 24+ books of different genres.
Chinua Achebe (1930-2013)
Novelist of "Things Fall Apart"
NAACP Founded (1909)
A group including Ida Wells and W. E. B. DuBois met in Canada, demanding civil rights for blacks.
Marc Hannah (1956-present)
Invented 3-D Graphics technology used in films
One of the founders of Silicon Graphics in 1982, which is what was used in "Jurassic Park" and "Terminator."
"I Have A Dream" (1963)
250,000 people participated in the march on Washington. Leader Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech, titled "I Have A Dream." It was focused on black America and non-violence, which made him an amazing figure looked at today.
Lonnie Johnson (1949-Present)
Invented "The Super Soaker"
A toy with a multi-million impact. Currently using his fortune to develop energy technology.
I could go on for days. With so many amazing people that do not get enough credit, African Americans are just as influential as any other race, but we have a story to share. As an African American, learning what went on years ago and knowing that racism is still around is absolutely absurd. We have a voice and it is being heard right now. Kendrick Lamar's performance at the 2016 Grammys and Beyonce's performance at the 50th Super Bowl are great examples! We will keep making noise until things change for good. February is Black History Month, but so is January, March, April, May, and the rest of the months! We will not be stopped!
We've seen this movie before with the popular social media app.
Here we go again. There's a groundswell of support to ban TikTok in the United States.
But if this seems familiar, that's because it is.
Back in 2020, there were widespread efforts to ban the popular app, but a judge halted those efforts.
Additional attempts since have gone virtually nowhere, as the dances are undisrupted, the challenges continue, and the video views keep skyrocketing.
TikTok isn't going to be banned outright. Devin Coldewey over at TechCrunch says it best:
"There isn’t a clear path to a ban. The FCC can’t do it (no jurisdiction). Despite the supposed national security threat, the Pentagon can’t do it (ditto). The feds can’t force Apple and Google to do it (First Amendment). Congress won’t do it (see above). An executive order won’t do it (too broad). No judge will do it (no plausible case)."
So while a Senator from Colorado can write to Apple and Google asking them to ban the app, there's not a lot politicians can do on the matter. It's up to the tech companies and it would set an incredible precedent if they took the action to ban the app.
But banning TikTok for all Americans, across all U.S. devices, there's no clear path for that to happen. It's just not happening.
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Building up to next Sunday
The Superbowl is the biggest football event of the year, and the 50-year history of the competition has seen a lot of memorable moments. The event first began in 1967, when the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game was played in Los Angeles. Since then, the NFL has grown from a small regional competition to an international phenomenon. Over the course of the last 50 years, the Superbowl has seen some amazing plays, memorable moments and incredible records. This includes Tom Brady's record of five Superbowl titles, the first time the Patriots won three consecutive championships, and the Steelers' record of six Superbowl titles. The event has also become a cultural phenomenon, with millions of people tuning in each year to watch the big game. There are now commercials, halftime shows, and other events that make the Superbowl a true American spectacle.
As a lifelong football fan, exploring the records and incredible accomplishments of some of the greatest players and teams of the Superbowl era has been a thrilling and eye-opening experience. For example, learning about Terry Bradshaw's four Superbowl victories and incredible record of success with the Pittsburgh Steelers was particularly inspiring. It has also been fascinating to discover the impact these legendary players and teams have had on the legacy of the Super Bowl. Not only have some of these players and teams established an impressive record for future generations to strive for, but their impact on the culture and spirit of the game has been profound. Their collective achievements have helped to shape the modern Super Bowl into what it is today, creating a legacy that will be remembered and appreciated forever.
In conclusion, the advances in technology and the rise of streaming services have drastically changed the way that people are consuming the game. It has enabled people to watch the game from any location and with greater convenience and interactivity. This has opened up the game to a much larger and diverse audience and has allowed the game to reach new heights of popularity. It is clear that the future of the game will be shaped by these technological advancements and that it will continue to grow in popularity as a result.
Black culture has been on the worldly beat.
Numbers don't lie, up in the charts many times, black culture has defined the music industry. Music is a worldly language that can be understood by people all over the world. You bet black culture has taken over the music industry, but not from the way you may think. I'm not talking about their prominent presence in the rap game, but the origins of eleven different genres of music. Black culture is always using their heritage and ancestral knowledge to transmute the current energy to a higher frequency. Personally, I'm not surprised that many of these music genres have originated from black culture. Thankfully, I've been able to grow up in a diverse environment. I can only thrive in a diversity of friends.
Using native instruments such as the conga, kora, ngoni, mbira, fiddles, flutes, slit gongs, and tins into a glorified rhythm.
Originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with its roots in blues and ragtime.
A psychedelic compilation of rock and jazz through the pull of the synth, electric, and bass.
From the early 1970s, in the Bronx, New York, we found a performance of poetry wrapped around rhythmic blues.
A funky tropical percussion with a hip hop beating the dancehall.
A synchopation of four-on-the-floor beats with an application of funk.
An electronic version of dance beats typically a tempo of 120 to 130 beats per minute.
Electronic dance music with a repetition developing a series of intermittent trances.
Drum & Bass
Usually seen as D&B it incorporates rapid breakbeats that is immersed in synths and bass.
Glitichified wobbles of downtempo amplifying bass within an electronic track.
Fusion with Calypso, Chutney, Soul funk, Zouk, Latin, Cadence and traditional West African rhythms.
1. Brittany Morgan, National Writer's Society
2. Radhi, SUNY Stony Brook
3. Kristen Haddox, Penn State University
4. Jennifer Kustanovich, SUNY Stony Brook
5. Clare Regelbrugge, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign