A Photo Review of Best Life Festival

A Photo Review of Best Life Festival

The new Miami R&B festival went off, with a few hitches, last weekend.


The Best Life Music Festival came to Wynwood last weekend and brought with it some truly amazing performances, but also some annoying obstacles. The show started 2.5 hours later than expected and the set list suffered as a result. Some performers couldn't come on due to the festival opening its doors a bit later than expected. On top of that, there were some sound issues with the bass being too loud. The bass problem got so bad at one point that the crowd was yelling, in unison, at the artists to turn it down.

All in all, the festival was a success in my opinion. It was fun, the crowd was great and the artists really gave it their all.

Photos by: @lex.portfolio

YesJulz, social media queen and music aficionado, hosted the festival. At one point, she was pouring Hennessy directly into the mouths of the crowd and beaming water bottles at people to make sure everyone stayed hydrated. She also helped introduce artists like Summer Walker and Savannah Cristina (pictured below) who the crowd may have been unfamiliar with.

One of the highlights of the festival was Snoh Aalegra's set. The Swedish singer who toured with Daniel Ceasar last year and had her song, "Time" sampled on Drake's "More Life" album, really captivated everyone at the festival because her voice is actually that good.

Like I mentioned before, there were a few scheduling conflicts as a result of the festival opening its doors later than expected, BUT if you didn't already love Xavier Omar enough, he cut his own set short so that some of the acts who werent able to perform could do a few songs.

Last but certainly not least, Ella Mai and H.E.R. were the last two acts of the night. These two ladies definitely don't need introductions at this point in the R&B; world and for good reason. No exaggeration they were fantastic and everything I thought they would be.

Although there were a few bumps in the road, the Best Life Music Festival was an R&B; paradise. I loved how they were very into showcasing new talent from Miami but also made sure to include some of the greats. From Xavier Omar and Ella Mai to headliner, H.E.R, the festival was everything a true R&B; fan would want.

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11 Things Psychology Majors Hear That Drive Them Crazy

No pun intended.

We've all been there. You're talking to a new acquaintance, or a friend of your parents, or whoever. And then, you get the dreaded question.

"So what are you studying in school?"

Cue the instant regret of picking Psychology as your major, solely for the fact that you are 99.9% likely to receive one of the slightly comical, slightly cliche, slightly annoying phrases listed below. Don't worry though, I've included some responses for you to use next time this comes up in conversation. Because it will.

Quick side note, these are all real-life remarks that I've gotten when I told people I was a psych major.

Here we go.

1. So are you, like, analyzing me right now?

Well, I wasn't. But yeah. Now I am.

2. Ugh so jealous! You picked the easy major.

"Lol" is all I have to say to this one. I'm gonna go write my 15-page paper on cognitive impairment. You have fun with your five college algebra problems, though!

3. So can you tell me what you think is wrong with me? *Shares entire life story*

Don't get me wrong; I love listening and helping people get through hard times. But we can save the story about how one time that one friend said that one slightly rude comment to you for later.

4. Well, s**t, I have to be careful what I say around you.

Relax, pal. I couldn't diagnose and/or institutionalize you even if I wanted to.

5. OMG! I have the perfect first client for you! *Proceeds to vent about ex-boyfriend or girlfriend*

Possible good response: simply nod your head the entire time, while actually secretly thinking about the Ben and Jerry's carton you're going to go home and demolish after this conversation ends.

6. So you must kind of be like, secretly insane or something to be into Psychology.

Option one: try and hide that you're offended. Option two: just go with it, throw a full-blown tantrum, and scare off this individual, thereby ending this painful conversation.

7. Oh. So you want to be a shrink?

First off, please. Stop. Calling. Therapists. Shrinks. Second, that's not a psych major's one and only job option.

8. You know you have to go to grad school if you ever want a job in Psychology.

Not completely true, for the record. But I am fully aware that I may have to spend up to seven more years of my life in school. Thanks for the friendly reminder.

9. So you... want to work with like... psychopaths?

Let's get serious and completely not-sarcastic for a second. First off, I take personal offense to this one. Having a mental illness does not classify you as a psycho, or not normal, or not deserving of being treated just like anyone else on the planet. Please stop using a handful of umbrella terms to label millions of wonderful individuals. It's not cool and not appreciated.

10. So can you, like, read my mind?

It actually might be fun to say yes to this one. Try it out and see what happens. Get back to me.

11. You must be a really emotional person to want to work in Psychology.

Psychology is more than about feeling happy, or sad, or angry. Psychology is about understanding the most complex thing to ever happen to us: our brain. How it works the way it does, why it works the way it does, and how we can better understand and communicate with this incredibly mysterious, incredibly vast organ in our tiny little skull. That's what psychology is.

So keep your head up, psychology majors, and don't let anyone discourage you about choosing, what is in my opinion, the coolest career field out there. The world needs more people like us.

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