#Blaxit: The Movement Continues

#Blaxit: The Movement Continues

Things black people are taking with us when we leave.
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I’m pretty sure at this point, we’ve all heard of #Brexit. For those who have been living under a rock, back in June Britain decided to make an ‘exit’ from the European Union. However, a new trend has started in response to #Brexit: #Blaxit. What is #Blaxit you ask? #Blaxit is a humorous hashtag created by Ulysses Burley III. #Blaxit is a hilarious scenario of what would happen if black people left the U.S. #Blaxit is mostly a list of things and people we would take with us if we were to ever leave America. The first #Blaxit piece, written by the above mentioned writer, was called #Blaxit: 21 Things We Are Taking With Us When We Leave.

Burley’s piece gave a list of black people, black-owned and invented things, as well as black intellectual and creative property we wish to take with us. His list included all sorts of people, trends and inventions, like the Obamas, Beyonce, Oprah, and hip-hop, just to name a few. One of my new favorite bloggers, Awesomely Luvvie, continued the humorous post with the follow up: #Blaxit More Things We’re Taking With Us If We Leave.

Her list had me in tears when her fans started listing things like Jesus, the Holy Ghost, Collard Greens, Bacon, Seasoning, Cecily Tyson, Kevin Hart, DeWayne “The Rock” Johnson, Idris Elba, Obama's dog, Edges, and so on. I recently just saw a short video on Facebook where two black people went into the apartment of a young white woman and took back everything black owned or created, from her Kim Kardashian inspired "boxer braids," to her peanut butter (George Washington Carver). They even went as far as to take her sheets and comforters because hello, cotton!

To continue with the humor, here’s a list of things that we may or may not be taking with us when we make our #Blaxit

*please note that there is no real #Blaxit; the people, places and items on this list are purely for fun.

1. Leaving: "The non-black-but-black people."

America is more than welcome to keep Stacey Dash, Raven Symone, (who is from "every continent in Europe except one and every continent in Africa except one"), Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Azealia Banks, and Dr. Ben Carson; their black cards have been revoked anyways.

2. Taking: Kanye West, pre-Kim Kardashian

I want the old Kanye back, you know, the one who said, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” Y’all can have Yeezus; he’s a little too weird for my taste.


3. Taking: The burial ground/ashes/remains of Dr. King, Malcolm X, Tupac, the Notorious BIG, etc.

We can’t have people cloning our genius…sorry!

4. Taking: The cell phone!

Sorry, Steve Jobs and apple, but the cell phone is coming with us since you know, a black guy did invent it.

5. Taking: The straightening comb, curling iron, flat irons...basically all hair care products.

We gotta take it back because you know, Madame C.J. Walker.

6. Taking: Air conditioning

We're taking air conditioning too, because, well, that was invented by a black man. Plus, black people DON’T like to be hot, ESPECIALLY in the summertime!

7. Taking: All musical instruments

Well, we can at least take credit for the guitar (Robert F. Flemming, Jr.) and the ivory used on pianos comes from the tusks of elephants, and where do you find most elephants? Africa! So yeah, instruments are ours, by proxy.

8. Taking: Potato Chips

That’s right, a black man (George Crum) invented potato chips!


9. Taking: HBCU's

Since we can’t get into Harvard and the Ivy League schools, we’ve gotta have our own educational systems!

10. Taking: All the black banks; there are 21 of them in this country.

11. Taking: All the popular dance crazes


No more whip and nae-nae, no more electric slide, no more cupid shuffle, NONE OF IT.

12. Taking: Princess Tiana and Doc McStuffins!

Little black girls gotta know they can be great, too! Y’all can keep Cinderella, she was bland anyways! Black girls don’t wait around for a man to save them; we’re too busy saving the rest of the world.

13. Taking: All the non-white cultural trends (in response to cultural appropriation).

No more Chinese food, no more getting your nails done, no more salsa dancing, no more Zumba, no more coffee (the cocoa beans come from Columbia) no more oil (since it comes from the terrorist "muslims"), no more Mexican food (Trump is building a wall anyways!) Basically, we’re taking all products that don’t say "Made in America." We’ll be dropping off all of these things to their appropriate countries on our way out! Figure it out America.

14. Taking: Braids and dreadlocks!

The only braids you can have are French braids!

15. Taking: Church.

Awesomely Luvvie already covered it but, I’m reiterating the fact that we are most definitely taking church with us! We may get out at 3:00 in the afternoon, but Black church be lit, especially if the Holy Ghost hits *shouts*

If you thought this list was hilarious, list some more things that you think Black people should take when we make our #Blaxit in the comments below. America was built on the blood, sweat, and tears of many minorities. Let’s take it all back and see how far they get without us, since you know POCs and Muslims are ‘everything wrong with this country’…

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

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When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

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"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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