Ten R. M. Drake Poems You Need To Read Right Now

Ten R. M. Drake Poems You Need To Read Right Now

Go today knowing that not only is it encouraged to feel everything... it is simply human.
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Robert Macias, who goes by the name R. M. Drake, is a self-published writer. Known for his gray paper and typewriter font, he has taken over the world by storm with his beautiful words. With over 1.6 million followers on Instagram, 48k on Twitter, and 96k on Facebook, Drake has touched millions of people through his books and his pieces of poetry.

Drake was working as an art director for a television company when he began posting his work on social media platforms, such as Instagram. Through the comments and shares that his work generated, he began to build a massive following. With the combination of celebrity interest and a strong fan base that dutifully shared his work, he was able to sell his self-published work through booksellers such as Barnes & Noble and Amazon. His writing allowed him to leave his full-time job and dedicate his time fully to writing and publishing his work.

Through his perspective that we are all connected, Drake aims to improve the world of his readers through his raw and powerful thoughts. His ability to find the beauty in being broken has personally inspired me, and I hope these ten poems do the same for you. Drake reminds us that not everything is beautiful, but that doesn't mean that there's no beauty to be found in picking up your damaged pieces.

Drake describes in the most raw way how it feels to lose someone. Your eyes might burn and your chest might ache, but don't lose yourself.

People always seem to want what they can't have, and ignore the things that they do have.

The beauty of breaking yourself down, in order to look your demons in the eye and say, "I'm stronger than you."

You have the power to create yourself. You have no commitment to be the person you were a year ago, a day ago, or even a minute ago. If you are seeming to forget the person that you desire to be, remember what you aren't, and start there.

While most people would wither at the thought of being lost, Drake looks forward to the opportunity for something magnificent to come around.

There's a power that lives inside of you, and maybe it just takes a little darkness to release your brilliant light.

I would have to say that this is my favorite piece of R. M. Drake's writing. How alluring is it that at one point, the pain that you're going through stops, and everything else falls into place?

Once you begin to breathe, once you begin to heal, you begin to see things in a new way. You grow confident. You gain a new perspective. You discover that the world is in your hands, and you are only a step away from uncovering everything beautiful about yourself.

Wolves can always tell when a lion is among them.

In the most refreshing way, R. M. Drake reminds us how beautiful it is to feel. He lets us in on the secret that it's okay to hurt. It is acceptable to yell and scream and feel as though you're breaking down to your core. Through this, he explains that each and every one of us are on the verge of discovering our true selves.

Whether this is your first time reading R. M. Drake, or you've known about his work for years, I hope that he continues to inspire and feed your soul. Go today knowing that not only is it encouraged to feel everything... it is simply human.

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22 Post Malone ‘beerbongs & bentleys’ Lyrics College Kids Will Use As Insta Captions This Summer

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If you didn't know, I am really not sure how you wouldn't know, but it's fine, Post Malone's new album FINALLY came out!

Here it is, a list of Post Malone lyrics you'll use or see as Instagram captions. I can already feel it, this summer is Posty's summer.

1. "Spoil My Night" - "Won't you come spoil my night?"

2. "Spoil My Night" - "Feelings come into play and I'm thinkin' this happens every time"

3. "Spoil My Night" - "Yeah, when I walk up in a party, they all act like they know me"

4. "Zack and Codeine" - "Been livin' fast, no I can't take it slowly"

5. "Zack and Codeine" - "But it don't mean nothing without all my people"

6. "Zack and Codeine" - "Pour that drink 'cause we ain't sleepin' tonight"

7. "Takin Shots" - "Heard that there's a party, I might pay a visit"

8. "Takin Shots" - "Baby, just for the night, you my soulmate"

9. "Over Now" - "I'ma turn the tables, promise you will not forget it"

10. "Stay" - "Damn, who are we right now?"

11. "Blame It On Me" - "These hurricanes inside of my brain"

12. "Same Bitches" - "Bottles on deck, and my drink full"

13. "Same Bitches" - "Population four million, how I see the same bitches?"

14. "Jonestown" - "It happens every time"

15. "92 Explorer" - "She in the front seat head bangin'"

16. "Sugar Wraith" - "And then I went and changed my life"

17. "Sugar Wraith" - "I take the lead, they just follow"

18. "Rockstar" - "Sayin, 'I'm with the band'"

19. "Rockstar" - "Livin’ like a Rockstar, I’m livin’ like a Rockstar"

20. "Rockstar" - "Sweeter than a Pop-Tart”

21. "Psycho" - "Can’t really trust nobody with all this jewelry on you"

22. "Psycho" - "I got homies, let it go"

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How 'I Love Lucy' and its star helped to shape Hollywood.
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I Love Lucy was and remains the original masterpiece of television. Lucy, premiering as television was first emerging as what would become the ultimate American entertainment medium, was incredibly smart of its creators Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Jess Oppenheimer, Madelyn Pugh and Bob Carroll Jr. and incredibly lucky for them all, to say the least. This brain trust would go on to be the true innovators of their respective fields, as well as television as a whole.

It all started with the success of Lucille Ball’s comedic radio show, My Favorite Husband. The tongue-and-cheek title itself proves Ball’s involvement in the rise of female entertainers as more than just sexual beings. Of course, the radio show, and later I Love Lucy both do conform to the ideals of the nuclear family and traditional gender roles. However, in the early 1950s, these were both major progress for women in the entertainment industry. From the time of the incredibly smart decision of Lucy and Desi to start their own television production company, they reminded audiences and their peers that Lucy and Desi were in charge of their show and their own careers. It was right there in the title for them to see.

Historical baby steps in progress for women need to be considered within their historical context. We are able to still celebrate the strides made by past women while still being aware and critiquing the presence of the patriarchy within these historical strides. For example, while the groundbreaking book The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan was soaked in exclusivity against anyone who was not a white, upper or middle-class hetero woman. Yet, we can still understand that Friedan’s work had a part within feminism and the fight for equality. Growing up, Lucille Ball was a true hero and female icon to me. It is still rare to this day for a female comedian to see the success that many male comedians are praised for. Still today, Lucille Ball remains a household name, and probably the most famous American female comedian.

Beside Lucy being innovative television entertainment, the Desilu production company also paved the way for a world of meta sitcoms to come. When Lucy and Desi chose to portray an alternate version of themselves, whether they knew it at the time or not, they created their own sub-genre within sitcoms. This idea of portraying an alternate version of your real life had not been introduced until I Love Lucy, and the television and entertainment industry both have Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz to thank for that.

Additionally, I Love Lucy also created new jobs and opportunities within the behind-the-camera world. Jess Oppenheimer was the beating heart of I Love Lucy, credited both as a writer and a producer of the show. Oppenheimer’s role in Lucy is to thank for the creation of the job title Showrunner, which no television series exists without, to this day. Desi Arnaz also paved the way for a world of creative opportunities in the entertainment industry. He was the first star of a show to not only own the rights to his show but to own the entire production company that produced his show. Desi put his hand in every creative aspect, from scripts to lighting, to the camera department, to stunts, to casting and eventually being double credited as a producer on the show.

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