Tuesday Tunesday: Anti-Bullying

Happy 2nd Tunesday, friends! In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, I thought I’d share three very important songs that have gotten me through some pretty tough and dark days. Life can be more difficult than it should be, especially when you’re in high school. You may deal with insensitive, mean-spirited individuals in the classroom, on the field, and maybe even at home. The reality is that there will always be people who target individuals for a number of reasons: they’re insecure, unhappy, jealous, or just plain heartless, but the older you get, the more you realize their cause of their behavior is more about them and less about you. Furthermore, you develop better coping strategies, realize you’re awesome, and understand that your worth and value is not dependent on anyone! It takes time, patience, and determination to get to this point, so in the midst of feeling marginalized, pained, sad, afraid, hopeless, and misunderstood, take a listen to these songs. Hopefully, they’ll be the reminders you need to get through it all.

What songs do you listen to when you’re having a rough time? Comment below!

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Kermit Says: Motivational Monday

 

Wow! Is this really the last week of October? Where did it all go and why did it go so quickly? It seems like when I was younger, every day moved so slowly. I thought I’d never reach adulthood, and here I am in my late twenties wishing things would slow down, appreciating every single moment, relishing it as if it were my last. The sad thing is that for so many people, these sweet and precious little moments are few and far in between.

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Kermit Says: Dare to be Your (Awkward) Self!

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On Monday, November 9th, just a mere three days ago, I had the pleasure of attending a talk and book signing for one of my favorite web series creators, actresses, and writers—THE Issa Rae of The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl fame and glory! Do a quick search of her name in Google, and you’ll find the New York Times and the Washington Post are just two reputable newspapers that’ve noticed her awesomeness and, of course, awkwardness.

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After years of frustration at the lack of diverse depictions of Black people in mainstream media, Rae used this absence as inspiration and created her own web series on YouTube to fill that void. Despite low funding and few subscribers, she persisted and eventually garnered great success with The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl in 2011. Now at 30, Rae has published a New York Times bestseller, is currently developing a series for HBO, and has over 150,000 subscribers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram combined!

As successful as she is, what drives me to write this is Issa Rae’s very being: the awkward Black girl in her and, quite frankly, in all of us.

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