15 Of The Best Posts From The Artidote

15 Of The Best Posts From The Artidote

The fusion of storytelling and art.

One of the most inspirational and most entertaining pages I have come across on Facebook and Instagram is The Artidote. Curator Jovanny V. Ferreyra created this platform as a place to "story-tell, empathize, bond and heal through art." I recommend you all to like the page to spice up your newsfeed with positivity and creativity.

Lately, the page has enforced me to reflect on several varying aspects of my life as well as fix the flaws I saw within me because of the words of the page. Every time I read the words, I am filled with hope and a beautiful sort of positive energy. Here are some of the gems I have come across from The Artidote.


That's the kind of resilience and sensitivity that keeps us going.


None of us is perfect, we can never be. But we must always continue trying to smoothen our edges, to improve ourselves, and to make the best versions of ourselves.


Only actions create change.


Sometimes taking the time to figure yourself out can lead to some of the most rewarding realizations and experiences. If you don't figure out your puzzle yourself, people are going to cut you up and shape you into the person they think you should be.


Confidence and humility make good people. Never forget your worth.


Many times we attract other peoples' energies depending on our own so be yourself and let your energy do the talking!


People who are better than you force you to think about your own standing. Surrounding yourself with people better than you makes you a better person, always.


No pain, no experience, no emotion is forever.


Ahh, the battle between the mind and the heart. I've been told by many to follow my heart and by many to follow my mind -- it's a tough battle to be stuck between the two.


And waiting is behind all those lost moments and a lost chance at a life you always dreamed of.


Always keep your heart, mind, and soul open to others. This small change in interest will always leave you with so much more from this world.


Go with the flow. Let things happen. Don't think so much, just let the world carry you.


Enjoy your every moment, you never know what the future has in store for you. Be happy in the moments you have right now.


Be careful.


And that, simply, is life. Lost and gained moments come hand in hand, but always try to gain as much as possible. Sometimes it's just not meant to be.

I hope you guys enjoyed these few posts! Make sure to check them out on Facebook or Instagram too, for, at least, a few moments of reflection throughout your day.

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"Call Me By Your Name" Is Just Another Gay Film

I mean, the cinematography was spectacular, but its nothing new.

Have you ever watched some of the notable early 2000/2010s gay films? I'm not talking about "Brokeback Mountain" or "I Love You Phillip Morris" because those don't count. What about "Fourth Man Out"? "Prayers for Bobby"? "Boy Culture"? Or any of the Eating Out series?

Have you seen "Call Me By Your Name"?

Before we start praising the progressive changes in Hollywood because a consensual intergenerational relationship between to masculine, cis, white, gay, men in the 1980's was nominated for 30+ awards in its first three months. I'm not here entirely to bash the critically acclaimed film--I mean believe me I was so visibly shocked at how much gay was allowed to be so visibly shown in comparison to other hetero-norms. I am just highly skeptical of the real work towards a better future this film provided us as a community.

And here's why, it is not relevant to anyone besides straight audiences and cis, white, wealthy gay people. The same way that "Brokeback Mountain" or Jim Carrey's gross "I Love You Phillip Morris" used straight actors to portray something that they have never experienced effectively writing the gay experience for us from a perspective that isn't even close to ours. "Call Me By Your Name" presented this highly fantastical romance in a way that was a little too "down to earth."

And I promise I'm not just saying this because I'm a bitter queen, who wasn't able to actually live like a 16/17/18-year-old because I was too busy worrying about whether or not people were going to stare at me should I go out to dinner in public or see a movie with a partner.

I had my fair share of Summer Flings, but now every other Tammy(TM) who just saw the new movie is going to ask if my teen years were just like that movie and I'm gonna have to be a major let down and say, "No Tammy(TM), my summer fling happened in Battle Creek, MI, I could never invite the person over to my house, and I had to sneak out the house after everyone went to sleep at like 1 AM if I wanted to see any one of them."

I'm here for the gay sex in the public sphere. Mostly because my parents watch a lot of movies and I can imagine "Call Me By Your Name" popping up on Netflix or Amazon Prime and my mom only reading half of the description and then putting it on and accidentally loving it. (Well maybe that's an exaggeration but if I asked her to watch it she might.)

All I'm saying is don't be like Tammy(TM). Everyone knows basically from birth that straight relationships can be both good and bad because as you're reading those novels and wishing for your dream man to walk into your life, you're watching your parents marriage, your friend's relationships, you're learning and growing in understanding of those relationships from each other. When you're gay, you don't get that all the time. So when your only frame of reference is this hyper-fantastical imaginary 1980s pipe dream, it just creates a bad situation. Especially for straight folks who are entirely removed from what it is like to be queer.

Enjoy the movie, support the director, give these queer filmmakers/actors/crew members the money and success they deserve because they created a work of art for a community that doesn't have a LOT of healthy representation. But it could've been a better film, and I'm disappointed because it seemed so close to the mark.

Cover Image Credit: Elena Ringo

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If You Haven't Listened To Camila Cabello's Debut Album Stop What You're Doing

Camila Cabello's debut album "CAMILA" is out and here's what you need to know:

Over a year after Camila Cabello parted ways with famous girl group Fifth Harmony, she has released her first solo album and if you want to bless your ears I suggest you take a listen.

Cabello's self titled album, "CAMILA" which was originally going to be titled "The Hurting, The Healing, The Loving" hit stores worldwide January 12th and instantly hit number one in the U.S. and plenty of other countries.

At 20 years old, the Cuban-born, Miami raised singer portrays not only her personal experiences but expresses her Latin American origin, giving the album a melodious sound and a Cuban-Mexican vibe. Of course her big hit single "Havana" is included among these 11 songs, becoming the closest one to your loud, club-worthy song. The following 10 songs are stripped down so listeners can appreciate and admire Cabello's vocals, proving that the girl can SING and is something you don't really see these days.

Among the many tracks, Camila includes a ballad titled "Consequences" which is a real tear-jerker. Cabello's soft vocals with the beautiful piano in the background really set the tone of this song. Singing lyrics like, "secret keeping, stop the bleeding / lost a little weight because I wasn't eating" really show the singers emotion put into the song and makes everyone feel that something.

Two tracks later, Cabello writes another emotional song known as, "Something's Gotta Give" which discusses a relationship where the singer leaves because there's no reason to deal with the lies and misuse. The singer uses the power line, "No reason to stay is a good reason to go" which is something some people really need to here.

Cabello is great at hitting every part of a break up including a song ("All These Years") which covers a sweet, but upsetting encounter with her ex after a breakup. The singer uses an acoustic vibe while complimenting her ex through amazing, soft vocals. Cabello is instantly reminded of all their memories together, but then is heartbroken (and a bit happy for her ex) when she finds out there is a new girl in his life.

Moving on to some songs you might’ve already heard. Cabello obvious includes her newest single, "Never Be The Same" making it the number one track on the album. If you haven't heard it, the track has some R&B vibes and is a mid-tempo ballad about a love that is painfully pleasing. Cabello even tweeted that the the track is, "what falling in love sounds like."

The track even mentions nicotine, heroin, and morphine and we're sure you'll be addicted to this song (and the album) just like the drugs mentioned. Just like "Never Be The Same", the track "Real Friends was released a month before the actual release date of "CAMILA" on December 7th, 2017. I can guarantee you that you will relate to this song as it talks about going through the realization that the people you're surrounding yourself with aren't actually your friends.

Cabello sings, "I'm just looking for some real friends, all they ever do is let me down" making this one of the strongest, most relatable lyrics on the album. Cabello admitted this song is about being in LA (and that she totally hates it). We’re glad Camila is surrounded by her family most of the time.

Opening up for Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic World Tour, fans and others heard another track early. While opening for Bruno, “Inside Out” took a place on her setlist. Being the only song that you can dance to alongside “Havana,” the track is fun and full of energy. In this song, Cabello goes back to her Cuban-Mexican roots for sure. Singing the song in English and Spanish, the song is something you’ll just want to dance to. Before performing the track on tour, Cabello even requests the audience to close their eyes and imagine they’re in Latin America before she sings, “De Miami a México / Esta cosa se prendió”

Continuing on Camila’s objective of showing every piece of falling in love. A track that really stands out is “In The Dark”. This song really emphasizes wanting to know every side of someone (especially the dark) because everyone has their secrets.

Once again, Cabello takes a stab at Los Angeles yet sings one of my favorite lyrics of the album, “Who are you when it's 3 AM / And you're all alone / And L.A. doesn't feel like home?”. This track is Camila’s plead to get to know that special someone she likes (and we totally hope she gets what she wants).

Finally, every album needs those sexy, makes you feel good type of song. LADIES listen up because “She Loves Control” is the song for you. Cabello strong and proud sings the lyrics, “She loves control, she wants it her way / And there's no way she'll ever stay unless you give it up”. No one should tell a girl what to do, and Cabello makes that clear.

Perhaps this song is even a stab at the Fifth Harmony gals (after all they wouldn’t let her write some of her own music, which led to her departure). We couldn’t be happier that the singer wrote this tune. Moving on, Cabello writes an even sexier song singing, “I see a king-sized bed in the corner, we should get into it”. Cabello titled this song “Into It” which is an upbeat, vocally impressive song which Camila admitted was about a daydream she had about a guy she had been crushing on. If you’re head over heels for a special someone, Camila understands and this WILL be your favorite song on the album (trust me).

Okay, now all you have to do is buy or stream the album and then continue on doing whatever you were doing. Heres where you can check out “CAMILA” the debut album by Camila Cabello:



Cover Image Credit: www.camilacabello.com

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