A Playlist for the Million Women March

A Playlist for the Million Women March

Whether you are driving, taking a bus or what-have-you, it is important to have some empowering and feminist songs to jam out to along the way.

Buying your metro pass for the Million Women March on Washington? Or perhaps finding a sitter or coordinating a carpool for when you and your friends make the drive to your state's women’s rights march? Boy, do I have a playlist for you (or should I say girl).

Whether you are driving, taking a bus or what-have-you, it is important to have some empowering and feminist songs to jam out to along the way.

While making this list I was browsing through my iTunes and just started adding tracks to a playlist like a mad woman. Then I realized something, a lot of my tracks were more geared towards the “I don’t need a man” independent woman vibe versus just celebrating being a woman.

So, with some soul searching as well as searching my music library and other resources, I found some songs that celebrate all shades of womanhood. (Brace yourselves because I am going seriously old school with some of these).

1. "Girl On Fire" by Alicia Keys

“Looks like a girl, but she’s a flame. So bright she can burn your eyes, better look the other way. You can try, but you’ll never forget her name, she’s on top of the world”

This song is an anthem for strong women. Reminiscent of Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games”, Keys’ time stopping vocals present this powerful and potentially dangerous vision of a woman completely in control of her fiery environment.

2. "Brave" by Sara Bareilles

“You can be amazing. You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug. You can be the outcast or be the backlash of somebody's lack of love. Or you can start speaking up.”

While Bareilles’ song speaks to underdogs from all walks of life, the upbeat and empowering lyrics speak a great deal to feminism. The song is especially pertinent with this march. Her lyrics emphasize the importance of standing up for oneself, “I wonder what would happen when you say what you want to say and let the words fall out, honestly, I want to see you be brave,” sings Bareilles. She belts out the importance of being your own advocate, which is exactly the reason we march.

3. "I Was Here" by Beyoncé

“I was here, I lived, I loved, I was here. I did, I've done, everything that I wanted and it was more than I thought it would be. I will leave my mark, soul, everyone will know, I was here.”

Whether you worship Queen Bey, appreciate a few of her songs or dislike the hype that follows her, there is no arguing that in the future Beyoncé will be mentioned in history books. She stands for black women and all women. Perhaps this song was not intended to be feminist, but the quote “well behaved women seldom make history,” coined by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, comes to mind. And that is why we march, we march to change the tradition of sexism and as women to make our marks on this country.

4. "Stand By You" by Rachel Platten

“I’m gonna stand by you even if we can’t find heaven, I’ll walk through hell with you. Love you’re not alone because I’m gonna stand by you.”

Not specifically a feminist jam, but for the purposes of this march, I felt this song was very appropriate. The idea that women should not be comparing ourselves to each other, but instead building each other up. We have strength in numbers and it is amazing knowing how many women are willing and able to literally stand up for our rights.

5. "Can’t Hold Us Down” by Christina Aguilera

“The guy gets all the glory the more he can score while the girl can do the same yet you call her a whore I don't understand why it's OK, the guy can get a way with it the girl gets named. All my ladies come together and make a change and start a new beginning for us, everybody sang.”

For obvious reasons.

6."Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfieldfield

“I break tradition sometimes my tries are outside the lines. We've been conditioned to not make mistakes, but I can't live that way.”

Sexism is a lot about conditioning, our society has a great deal of sexist ideals deeply ingrained and this song highlights the importance of being unique and not fitting into neat little boxes.

7. "Man! I Feel Like A Woman” by Shania Twain

“I want to be free--yeah, to feel the way I feel. Man! I feel like a woman! The girls need a break—tonight we're gonna take the chance to get out on the town. We don't need romance--we only want to dance. We're gonna let our hair hang down.”

Initially, I thought of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” to add to the list, but I was not a fan of how that song portrays women as not willing to work hard. Instead, I found Twain’s song to be just as upbeat while poking fun at double standards and simultaneously celebrating femininity.

8. "If I Were A Boy” by Beyoncé

“If I were a boy even just for a day I’d roll outta bed in the morning and throw on what I wanted and go. Drink beer with the guys and chase after girls. I’d kick it with who I wanted and I’d never get confronted for it 'cause they’d stick up for me.”

While a truly feminist playlist should celebrate women for being women and not in terms of how they relate to men, romantic relationships are also part of being a woman as much as they would be for men. Beyoncé’s jab at men and how much easier their lives must be, is powerful because it addresses the double standards women face that men just do not. They do not always have to worry about their appearance or who they call friends.

9."Roar” by Katy Perry

“You held me down, but I got up (hey!) Already brushing off the dust. You hear my voice, you hear that sound. Like thunder, gonna shake your ground. You held me down, but I got up. Get ready 'cause I've had enough.”

Also, not a song necessarily geared toward feminist ideals, but it speaks to anyone who has struggled, and in that it speaks to women. We have struggled for so long to just be equal and as Perry sings, “you’re gonna hear me roar”.

10. "Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett

“You're living in the past it's a new generation a girl can do what she wants to do and that's what I'm gonna do an' I don't give a damn ' bout my bad reputation.”

This early 80’s hit speaks to the gruff-voiced, leather jacket and ripped jeans punk rock star in all of us. With her atypical feminine gravelly voice she puts the angst of being a teenage girl into a catchy melody.

11. “Dancing With Myself” by The Donnas

“Well there's nothing to lose and there's nothing to prove I'll be dancing with myself.”

Perhaps not a feminist piece originally, sung first by Billy Idol, but this song alludes to the importance of amusing oneself and not always depending on others, especially men, to provide amusement.

12.“Run the World (Girls)” by Beyoncé

“Boy I know you love it how we're smart enough to make these millions, strong enough to bear the children then get back to business.”

Yes, this is the third Beyoncé song on this list, but in the discussion of female empowerment in music, she is always a large part of the conversation. This song unsubtly speaks of the world in terms of women being in charge demonstrated through her confident vocals commanding the respect she says women deserve.

13. “Sit Still, Look Pretty” by Daya

“Oh, I don't know what you've been told, but this gal right here's gonna rule the world. Yeah, that is where I'm gonna be because I wanna be no, I don't wanna sit still, look pretty. You get off on your nine to five, dream of picket fences and trophy wives, but no, I'm never gonna be 'cause I don't wanna be.”

This song is a pop ode to the modern woman. Highlighting the idea that women can be pretty and make something out of themselves, the terms are not mutually exclusive.

14. “Miss Independent” by Ne-Yo

“Ooh there's something about kinda woman that can do for herself, I look at her and it makes me proud”

Through this march, women are demonstrating that a feminist can no longer be stereotyped as a masculine woman who does not wear bras or shave. Instead, feminism in the simplest terms demands equality for all. That being said, to be a feminist you do not necessarily have to be a woman. Ne-Yo’s song “Miss Independent” is a man’s reverence for a career-driven woman and it does not get more feminist than that.

15. “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar

“Well you're a real tough cookie with a long history of breaking little hearts like the one in me. Before I put another notch in my lipstick case, you better make sure you put me in my place.”

Around the same time, Joan Jett was showing the world that you did not need to be male to be a rockstar in every sense of the title, Pat Benatar was kicking a** on stage as well. “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” speaks to spunky and fearless ladies in a man’s world who are open about their sexuality.

16.“Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars

“Yeah, I know, I know when I compliment her, she won't believe me and it's so, it's so sad to think that she doesn't see what I see”

Mars’ song is feminist for obvious reasons, it celebrates natural beauty and self-love. This song is very progressive because it does not objectify women, but instead celebrates their uniqueness. Progressive also in that it emphasizes consent, “I would kiss her all day if she’d let me,” Mars’ sings respectfully.

17. “You Don’t Own Me” by Grace ft. G-Eazy

“Don't tell me what to do and don't tell me what to say. Please, when I go out with you don't put me on display.”

The “Fifty Shades Darker” version of a song originally by Lesley Gore. The song lyrically discusses the fight women have had to escape from the oppressions of patriarchy while asking for equality.

18. “Hard Out Here” by Lily Allen

“You'll find me in the studio and not in the kitchen. I won't be braggin' 'bout my cars or talkin' 'bout my chains. Don't need to shake my a** for you 'cause I've got a brain. If I told you 'bout my sex life, you'd call me a slut. When boys be talkin' about their b*tches, no one's makin' a fuss. There's a glass ceilin' to break, uh-huh, there's money to make.”

Allen says it all, from double standards to women not existing simply to pleasure men.

19. “Who You Are” by Jessie J

“Brushing my hair-do I look perfect? I forgot what to do to fit the mold, yeah! The more I try the less it's working, yeah. 'Cause everything inside me screams.”

“Who You Are” from a woman’s mouth speaks on the importance of loving yourself for all your imperfections.

20. “No Scrubs” by TLC

“A scrub is a guy that can't get no love from me, hanging out the passenger side of his best friend's ride trying to holler at me.”

Every girl can relate to run-ins with the eyeroll inspiring cat callers of the world and in this sassy and catchy tune TLC breaks it down as to why they are not worthy of your time.

Whether they are wearing Fedoras, rocking blunt bangs, some sort of purple zebra stripped jumpsuit or more likely bundled up for the D.C winter that is what feminism looks like. And the voices echoing through the streets all over the United States on Jan. 21, 2017, that is what feminism sounds like.

So, to fuel your trip to the march here is some feminism for the ears, here are my top 20 jams to listen to while on your way to protest for equality.

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50 Quotes from the Best Vines

If you're picturing the vines in your head, you're doing it right

In 2017 we had to say goodbye to one of the best websites to ever roam the internet: Vine. In case you have been living under a rock since 2013, Vine was -(sad face)- a website and app that took the internet and the app store by storm in Winter 2013. It contained 6-second videos that were mostly comedy- but there were other genres including music, sports, cool tricks and different trends. Vine stars would get together and plan out a vine and film it till they got it right.

It was owned by Twitter and it was shut down because of so many reasons; the viners were leaving and making money from Youtube, there was simply no money in it and Twitter wanted us to suffer.

There's been a ton of threads on Twitter of everyone's favorite vines so I thought I'd jump in and share some of my favorites. So without further ado, here are some quotes of vines that most vine fanatics would know.

1. "AHH...Stahhp. I coulda dropped mah croissant"

2. "Nate how are those chicken strips?" "F%#K YA CHICKEN STRIPS.....F%#K ya chicken strips!"

3. "Road work ahead? Uh Yea, I sure hope it does"

4. "Happy Crimus...." "It's crismun..." "Merry crisis" "Merry chrysler"

5. "...Hi Welcome to Chili's"

6. "HoW dO yOu kNoW wHaT's gOoD fOr mE?" "THAT'S MY OPINIONNN!!!.."

7."Welcome to Bible Study. We're all children of Jesus... Kumbaya my looordd"

8. Hi my name's Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow. Well I'm a point guard, I got shoe game..."

9. "It's a avocadooo...thanks"

10. "Yo how much money do you have?" "69 cents" "AYE you know what that means?" "I don't have enough money for chicken nuggets"

11. "Hurricane Katrina? More like Hurricane Tortilla."

12. "Hey Tara you want some?" "This b*%th empty. YEET!"

13. "Get to Del Taco. They got a new thing called Freesha-- Free-- Freeshavaca do"

14. "Mothertrucker dude that hurt like a buttcheek on a stick"

15. "Two brooss chillin in a hot tub 5 feet apart cuz they're not gay"

16. "Jared can you read number 23 for the class?" "No I cannot.... What up I'm Jared, I'm 19 and I never f#@%in learned how to read."

17. "Not to be racist or anything but Asian people SSUUGHHH"

18. 18. "I wanna be a cowboy baby... I wanna be a cowboy baby"

19. "Hey, I'm lesbian" "I thought you were American"

20. "I spilled lipstick in your Valentino bag" "you spilled- whaghwhha- lipstick in my Valentino White bag?"

21. "What's better than this? Guys bein dudes"

22. "How'd you get these bumps? ya got eggzma?" "I got what?" "You got eggzma?"

23. "WHAT ARE THOSEEEEE?" "THEY are my crocs!"

24. "Can I get a waffle? Can I please get a waffle?"

25. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAVEN!" "I can't sweem"

26. "Say Coloradoo" "I'M A GIRAFFE!!"

27. "How much did you pay for that taco?" Aight yo you know this boys got his free tacoo"

28. *Birds chirping* "Tweekle Tweekle"

29. "Girl, you're thicker than a bowl of oatmeal"

30. "I brought you Frankincense" "Thank you" "I brought you Myrrh" "Thank you" "Mur-dur" "huh...Judas..no"

31. "Sleep? I don't know about sleep...it's summertime" "You ain't go to bed?" "Oh she caught me"

32. "All I wanna tell you is school's not important... Be whatever you wanna be. If you wanna be a dog...RUFF. You know?"33. "Oh I like ya accent where you from?" "I'm Liberian" "Oh, my bad *whispering* I like your accent..."

34. "Next Please" "Hello" "Sir, this is a mug shot" "A mug shot? I don't even drink coffee"

35. "Hey did you happen to go to class last week?" "I have never missed a class"

36. "Go ahead and introduce yourselves" "My name is Michael with a B and I've been afraid of insects my entire-" "Stop, stop, stop. Where?" "Hmm?" "Where's the B?" "There's a bee?"

37. "There's only one thing worse than a rapist...Boom" "A child" "No"

38. "Later mom. What's up me and my boys are going to see Uncle Kracker...GIVE ME MY HAT BACK JORDAN! DO YOU WANNA SEE UNCLE KRACKER OR NO?

39. "Dad look, it's the good kush." This is the dollar store, how good can it be?"

40. "Zach stop...Zach stop...You're gonna get in trouble. Zach"

41. "CHRIS! Is that a weed? "No this is a crayon-" I'm calling the police" *puts 911 into microwave* "911 what's your emergency"

42. "WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? "

43. *Blowing vape on table* * cameraman blows it away* "ADAM"

44. "Would you like the spider in your hand?" "Yea" "Say please" "Please" *puts spider in hand* *screams*

45. "Oh hi, thanks for checking in I'm still a piece of garrbaagge"

46. *girl blows vape* "...WoW"

47. *running* "...Daddy?" "Do I look like-?"

48. *Pours water onto girl's face" "Hello?"

49. "Wait oh yes wait a minute Mr. Postman" "HaaaAHH"

50. "...And they were roommates" "Mah God they were roommates"

I could literally go on forever because I just reference vines on a daily basis. Rest in peace Vine

Cover Image Credit: Vine

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The Queen Of Soul Leaves A Story To Tell And A Voice That Cannot Be Replicated

Aretha Franklin may have passed on, but her legacy will live forever.


On March 25, 1942, Aretha Franklin was born. The daughter of a well-known and highly respected Baptist Minister and Gospel singer from Memphis, Tennessee would soon move to Detroit, Michigan, where Aretha would meet lifelong friends and musical contributors.

Aretha Franklin was engulfed in music from the day she was born and, by the middle of the 1950s, Aretha had learned to play piano and began singing alongside her sisters in the church choir. It was during this time that Franklin first met strong, historical figures, such as Clara Ward, Smokey Robinson, and civil rights activists Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesse Jackson. These are notable family friends that would stand by Aretha's side many times in the future.

Like many people finding themselves in the spotlight, there is more to Aretha Franklin's story than what is put in the tabloids. There are deeper events in her timeline that contribute to her emotion-filled voice. At the small age of six, Aretha endured her mother's leaving of the family and death four years later.

Aretha began a family of her own at the age of 12. In 1956, Clarence, Franklin's first son was born. Two years after, Aretha gave birth to her son Edward.

In the years that make up the start of the Franklin Clan, Aretha Franklin signed to Columbia Records and moved to New York. Moderate success would be found in the next five years of her music career. In 1961, Aretha Franklin was married and conceived her third child, Teddy Jr., with her newly-wedded husband.

While moderate success is admirable, Aretha signed with Atlantic Records and, in 1967, released an album "I Never Loved A Man The Way I Loved You" with a hit track of the same name giving Aretha Franklin her first Top 10 hit.

Following the great success of her 1967 album, Aretha moved on to release other critically acclaimed hit songs, including, "Respect," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "Chain Of Fools" and more, earning her several Grammy awards and the cover of Time Magazine, where her nickname, The Queen Of Soul, was born.

To the outside world, Aretha Franklin was constantly moving up, but, behind closed doors, Aretha's personal life was struggling. Ms. Franklin has a history of arrests for disorderly conduct and reckless driving. She had also developed an unhealthy relationship with alcohol. Franklin divorced her abusive husband, Ted White, and allowed the experience to serve as inspiration in the studio. Aretha was married and gave birth to her fourth son, Kecalf, in the 1970s. The relationship would end in 1984.

Along with her growing popularity as a singer, Aretha Franklin became a symbol of pride for many black Americans during the climax of the Civil Rights Movement. Many women, also looked to Aretha as a strong black woman that is living proof of what Black Women can be.

Aretha Franklin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1987, becoming the first women to ever be listed.

As times changed and music continued to redefine itself, it became difficult for a soul-gospel singer to stay in the spotlight. Nevertheless, Aretha Franklin always found a way to release a hit that transcended the ever-changing boundaries of music. With collaborations, covers, an autobiography, and The Presidential Medal Of Freedom awarded in 2005, Aretha Franklin never left the minds of all who cared to listen and pay attention. She continued to inspire multiple generations and give breath-taking performances that reminded the world why she was, indeed, The Queen Of Soul.

Aretha Franklin spoke to hearts around the world with the utter of one subtle note. Her ability to stay relevant, no matter the age group, amazed but did not surprise. The world knew she was one of a kind. The world knew there was only one Aretha. Through the years, Ms. Franklin never altered to fit in and never strayed away from the type of music she wanted to produce for the happiness of others. Her name alone is a cause for celebration. The amount of records she holds is mind-boggling. Her music narrated, not only her personal endeavors but the lives of people worldwide. A personal connection can be made when listening to any of her songs. Aretha Franklin is a standing ovation within herself.

Little did the outside world know, Ms. Franklin had been battling illness for years, behind-the-scenes. Although occasional rumors would ring of her health, Aretha dodged all questions and killed all concerns with poise and a brilliant smile. She did not want the world to know of her health issues, no matter how small. A longtime friend of Aretha Franklin told People Magazine, "She has been ill for a long time, She did not want people to know and she didn't make it public." Word spread of a battle between Aretha Franklin and Pancreatic Cancer for many years, although, of course, no confirmation or details were given on the matter.

It started to become hard to hide the ailing condition of The Queen once shows frequently began to be canceled, due to doctors orders. Aretha had announced in February of 2017 that she would be retiring from music, but may take the stage at select events. Franklin was true to her word and returned to the stage in August of 2017 and at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's Enduring Vision benefit gala in November of the same year. Fans became highly concerned by the more than noticeable shift in Aretha Franklin's appearance.

A close friend of the phenomenal singer told TMZ, "she could go at any time," and mentioned that she was down 85 lbs. This information was given two weeks ago. Unfortunately, better updates did not follow.

On the morning of Thursday, August 16, 2018, The Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin passed away. She leaves behind her soul-touching music, a record of more than 20 chart-topping R&B; hits and 18 Grammy wins, and anthems that will live for ages. She is survived by her four sons.

Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever, and, while the physical body that is Aretha Franklin has moved on to Glory, the teachings and inspirations of her soul shall live forever. Like many idols before her, it is indeed hard to say goodbye, but let us be grateful for the time we had to witness the greatness that is Aretha Louise Franklin. May she rest in sound peace.

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