Totally worth the trouble <3
I know there’s been a lot of controversy with Beyonce and her new visual album, and the tag “feminist” being attached to it, and Beyonce herself. Some people think its ridiculous, and some people are touched.
I can tell you that I never really paid Beyonce much attention on an emotional level before. Even though some of her songs in the past had touched me, I always held her image as sort of bigger than life, and on the back burner inside my own head. I never equated her with a real message, other than what it’s like to be heartbroken, or how to get pumped before a night on the town.
But when Bey’s new visual album which secretly dropped on Friday the 13th, December 2013, I was hit with some unexpected and overwhelming feelings. As I child I had worked , or been worked I should say as a pageant kid, in constant competitions in beauty pageants and televison and movie castings. I’ve had electrolosis at 5 years old, makeup on since I was 3, and been told all my life to stand straight, look pretty and keep quiet. I have felt the PAIN of what it’s like to be in the spotlight and lose. I have felt the emotional turmoil that being a competitor in the industry brings someone. I have been in that seat, on Star Search, losing. I have puked up my food, I have been ridiculed by my competitors, and I have been at a total loss for words.
Sow hen I saw Pretty Hurts, I was floored seeing that Beyonce is stripping down to her soul, and letting me know she felt the same way. Beyonce puts all of her angst, and hurt of the past on the screen for what it really is. She’s shown doing those exact same things. She shows literally what a beautiful nightmare the entrainment/beauty industry can be. But it’s not a song about wallowing in the pain. It’s not about being upset. It’s about carrying on. It’s about letting go. She says about the video in an interview on global grind: “The trophy represents all the sacrifices I made as a kid, all the time I lost on the road, in the studios as a child. And I just want to blow that shit up! Nothing feels like my child saying mommy, or looking into my husbands eyes. Nothing feels like when I’m respected , when I get on the stage and see that I’m changing peoples lives. Those are the things that matter. Enjoy life. That’s the message”
After i heard Beyonce Giselle Knowles Carter say those words, tears fell from my eyes. She summed up exactly the time and energy of now, today, of whats happening to girls who feel like they have the inkling to let it all go and shed their skin. She is encouraging my feeling of wanting to, needing to blow the past up and to let it all go. No her song is not about wallowing in the pain, it is about rebelling and being inspired by who that pain has made you, to move up and on to being a better person in life. A better person in the soul. Can you really argue with that feeling? How that’s made someone feel? To feel alive and inspired, ecnoruaged and emotionally hugged by someone you’ve never met? Can you critique that as not feminism? As wrong? As silly? because its real to me.
People love to nitpick about feminism and what it means and whats real and whats not, and whats acceptable and whats un acceptable. I don’t really know or care about all that. I just know that this song, and these words, this woman, has summed up how I’ve felt my entire life, and put it out there to INSPIRE ME, to blow it up, and out of the ashes rise like a Phoenix.
I don’t care about whether you think Beyonce is “real” or not. Or if you think she sucks or is great. I know a real artist when I see her. Music is an art, and pop music a branch and some things are as faceless as a Warhol soup can, and some are as breathtaking as a Picasso. Real recognizes real and I see myself in this song, so even if it just has touched me, it’s art. Beyonce is a strong female presence and I respect her. feminist or not.
Everybody is concerned with their health at some point even us “Millenials”. With scary threats of things like Cancer, its imperative we look around at our daily habits and weed things out, and make room for newer, healthier practices. In the past few months, I’ve tried slowly implementing little changes to my day to day life to try to stay extra healthy. I’ve always done yoga everyday, and practiced mediation and regular exercise, but I amped up my regiment with some of these researched modifications. I can tell you I feel a whole lot more grounded, and psychically connected. I have more energy, and am generally in a better mood. I still cheat and eat bad sometimes, or hold the cell phone to my ear on occasion but I’m trying really hard to stick with these changes.
1. Daily doses of chlorella, omega 3, vitamin c and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
2. Replacement of household cleaners with distilled vinegar and baking soda
3. Wash produce in vinegar and baking soda to eliminate pesticides and radiation from CA grown veggies and fruits due to Fukushima
4. trying to limit cell phone use, not touching it when its on 3G internet, not holding the phone to my head during talk, not using it in poor connection areas or walking around with it.
5. using cocnut oil an other oganic skin products on my face and hair (except for my bb cream, ugh I cant give it up)
6. Only drinking floruide treated water filter, and only cooking with Pur filtered water
7. Non flouride toothpaste
8. Cutting down/elimination of meat and dairy products, canned foods and processed foods
It doesn’t seem like much, but these changes were big for me, and I believe they have all effected me positively.It actually took me a few hours/days of research to come up with this newly implemented regimen so I thought I’d share with my readers. I strongly feel like these things are a must. We are constantly bombarded with chemicals and toxins, so we have to do our best to shield ourselves.
I’ve also dabbled a bit in binaural beats which has been fun as well, and def a stress reliever. Allegedly they can help re configure your dna as well, raising your vibration and affecting your health overall by boosting your cells. (Happy cells are healthy cells)
There are more things to do like:
elimination of microwave use (also NEVER put a plastic container in the microwave omg)
elimination of plastic containers
complete elimination of facial cosmetics
purchasing of a bio-mat (if you dont know what one is Google it)
purchasing of a dirty electricity filter
purchasing of only locally owned organic produce (so expensive/hard)
elimination of meat and gluten
Baby Steps yall! Hope this has been inspiring. Happy habits : )
We all I think, at some point realize, we take our lives for granted. Frivolous arguments, expensive tastes and living on the internet have proven to be the American dream for many. For just a few moments time though, please allow yourself to peek out of your comfort zone and into the world of Multiple Sclerosis. An illness that affects about 2.5 million people in the world today. 400,000 of those living in North America. The majority of the gender of those affected are women. Women are affected twice as often as men by multiple sclerosis (MS); a phenomenon observed in nearly all autoimmune disease. Doctors, and experts can only agree on one thing, they still do not know why this is the case.
One must note that Multiple sclerosis (MS) is neither contagious nor fatal. The grade of progression may increase over time, but there are large differences between one patient and another. But these are just facts. Sometimes overwhelming and often intangible facts don’t really give us real understanding of what its like to have MS. That is why I took the time to interview Laurel Rose Purdy. A supremely courageous, kind and beautiful young soul diagnosed with the disease at 26. Laurel Rose Purdy is not a fact. She is a living breathing women, who has to face a different set of challenges than you or I on a daily basis. I recently asked her to share with us a bit of her life, her feelings and how things have changed since her diagnosis so that we may get a glimpse past the facts, and into the feelings of dealing with the disease.
When I was diagnosed with MS, I either thought I had a brain tumor or just needed glasses. My vision was out of focus and doubled, and my optometrist recommended an MRI. When I was told I had multiple sclerosis, I thought my life was over. I was 26, an am now 29, so it is still a pretty recent event. My first exposure to the disease was a very close friend of the family who struggled with Primary-Progressive MS, and we watched his health rapidly fade until MS took his life. Ten years before his death, I said I was going to cure MS.
I found that reaching out to other women in my age group with the disease made me feel grounded and a little bit more stable. My anxiety was out of control, every time I had to inject my medication was the true end of the world, and my poor fiancé (boyfriend at the time) just watched me unravel. Joining a support group of young women with the disease really helped me focus inward and be strong, as I could openly communicate any pain or frustrations I experienced.
My outlook about this can be best described by the words of a close girlfriend, who also has MS. When I was first diagnosed, she assured me that “multiple sclerosis is like a snowflake,” as it manifests differently in everyone. Nothing is truer. People tend to respond to the big reveal in terms of what they know about the disease. So, if it is a snowflake for those who have it, it is certainly a snowflake for those who have been exposed to it.
A change in treatment from young people and my friends is 50/50. A lot of people want to apologize to me when they find out. People have to realize that no one in this situation wants others to be sorry or feel bad for us. If we need help, hopefully most of us will ask. I’ve had some really tough times, which is when I reveal my vulnerability and my friends come over to help me walk my dogs. I am lucky to have a great support system, where each person involved knows how stubborn I can be. I haven’t told anyone at my job yet, because oftentimes people will see you through an MS filter despite their denial.
My fiancé, my rock, often reminds me to me remember that I am still myself. I was diagnosed not even a year into our relationship. He assured me that we would get through it. He proposed to me earlier this year and is committed to me no matter what this disease brings us. In fact, just two hours ago, he insisted on administering my medication for me when he is home.
Healing is the hardest thing to discuss when talking about a disease with no cure or consistency. I live with Relapsing-Remitting MS, which is a slow progressing form. But, I don’t know how I will feel on a day-to-day basis. I have been on three different injectable medications (most recently, Rebif), intervenous treatments like steroids and immunoglobulin, among others. I believe in the medications that are out there. The most trouble I have had with the process is facing the courage three times a week to inject myself. Seeing my skin change as a reaction to the medications has been one of the hardest things as well. If I don’t feel very different physically, it’s really hard to have a physical reminder.
Taking charge of my body in the form of supplements and diet helped my anxiety and attachment to the negativity I was feeling directly after my diagnosis. Going gluten-free and dairy-free was a hard adjustment to make, but becoming more aware of what I was consuming and truly focusing on my nutrients and alkaline/acid balance helped me feel in control. I religiously take D3, B12, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Acetyl L-Carnitine, Flaxseed Oil, Primrose Oil, Probiotic, Biotin, Turmeric, Ginger, and Cranberry tablets on a daily basis. I follow through with acupuncture every week.
People will want to ask if any of that is helping. My answer will always be, I don’t know. If I believe it is helping, it will do something. A big part of multiple sclerosis is your mindset and level of stress. The calmer your mind is, the more at ease your body is. The biggest piece of advice I can offer to those of you newly diagnosed is to listen to yourself before anyone else. Everyone is going to want to offer advice on your diet, your geographical location, your form of exercise, and your lifestyle. Do what seems right for you, after you’ve done your own research. No one knows your body like you know your body.
So now, how can one person help? Well I also recently interviewed Chad Graci, who is Co-Chair on the board of the Louisiana MS Society. This Friday, November 15th, the foundation will be having a fundraiser for those with MS. It will feature a dinner, music and an art auction, and promises to be a wonderful evening, in true Louisiana style. Chad has worked tirelessly on this event, coordinating with artists and many more, to ensure that this evening is a fun and positive experience for those attending, and a tremendously helpful experience for those they are fundraising for. I sat down with Chad and asked him about this event:
Tell us how about the foundation, and your/their goals: The Louisiana chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society’s goal is to raise money for people living with MS in the state of Louisiana. They do this through the bike, the walk and the annual Vintage Affair party. (avintageaffairms.org)
Tell us how you got involved with the foundation. A friend of mine has MS and asked me to help out
Tell us a bit about the auction and how it directly benefits those with MS: All proceeds go to those living with MS in Louisiana. Last year, the auction and ticket sales raised about $40,000.00
If you are in the Louisiana area please visit http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/Calendar/1874366537?view=Detail&id=314244
If you are not check out this part of the website to see how you can get involved to help! YOUR CONTRIBUTION DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE! http://www.nationalmssociety.org/get-involved/index.aspx
I recently got into the brilliant new band Foxygen, and through them I found JUNGLE GREEN.
Jungle Green is a lone raw and fresh talent, a one person outfit creating masterfully dirty late sixties esque punk tracks in his own bedroom. The songs are a dark rock and roll frolic, equal parts gritty and visceral. Green himself says “I wrote these songs while eating pints of Häagen-Dazs coffee ice cream and crying” That’s the way to record an album.
His style is all edgy underground punk pop as camp, with lyrics that alternate from hilarious to downright beautiful.
He flips back and forth between Daniel Johnston as rock star, to sixties Doo Wop crooner, to Iggy Pop as cute sarcastic kid. His release: Jungle Green Presents:”Twelve-and-a-Half Minutes of the Most Beautiful Love Songs Ever Written”(July 20 2013) is gorgeous mix of unpasteurized hyper creative longing ballads and r and b tracks that are as much genre bending as they are jaw dropping. As in, Who is this person and how come I’ve never heard of him before?
When I first heard the symphonic sixties oldies ballad “The One I Love”, I listened to it about twelve times on repeat. His second single release (July 29 2013) “Brand New Flame” sounds like it literally could have been taken from a B side of Nuggets. It’s pure sixties rock and roll reminiscent of the kinds of bands that used their love of r and b and soul and merged it with that passionate sexual energy of 1967, raw unprocessed sex and soon to be punk. Brilliant.
Please check him out at http://junglegreen.bandcamp.com/
and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/junglegreenmusician?ref=br_tf
I’ve written alot about Lady Gaga and Madonna, but did you know that the original revolutionary maverick in the game was another blond bombshell named Mae West? West was born in 1893 in Bushwick, Brooklyn and went on to become a Vaudeville star. She wrote her own risque plays under the pen name Jane Mast. And heres the interstin part honey,
Her first starring role on Broadway was in a 1926 play she entitled Sex, which she wrote, produced, and directed. Though critics panned the show, ticket sales were good. Very good. The notorious production did not go over well with city officials, and the theater was raided, with West arrested along with the cast. She was prosecuted on morals charges and, on April 19, 1927, was sentenced to ten days for “corrupting the morals of youth.” While locked up on Welfare Island (now known as Roosevelt Island), she dined with the warden and his wife; she told reporters that she had worn her silk panties while serving time. (Whatta gal!) She served eight days with two days off for good behavior. Media attention surrounding the incident enhanced her career. As it usually does.
Her next play, The Drag, dealt with homosexuality and was what West called one of her “comedy-dramas of life”. She penned the play in the spirit of gay rights, and was quoted as saying: “Why do you need to put homosexuals in ghetto with your prude attitude? They should be treated with understanding.” After a series of try-outs in Connecticut and New Jersey, West announced she would open the play in New York. However, The Drag never opened on Broadway due to the Society for the Prevention of Vice vows to ban it if West attempted to stage it. West was an early supporter of the women’s liberation movement, but said she was not a feminist. She was also a supporter of gay rights.
So as you can see, Gaga, Madge and even Miley Cyrus have this heroine of the classic age to thank for being the original glamorous upstart. Imagine the courage and hootzpah it took being a Gay rights supporter in the early 1900′s, or putting on a show called SEX, when skirts were barley above the ankle. Whatta dame. The best thing to come out of Bushwick yet….
Taken from Wikipedia and fashion-at.com