You know those shows you immediately think of when you need to just feel better?
Mine used to be Psych, but that is not available on Netflix anymore (BOO!) and the series ended on USA so it’s just not as accessible as I would like it to be. My kids and I love to watch Friends, but now that we’ve seen the entire series three times from start to finish I really need something else.
So, I started watching New Girl. Now granted I have seen it before, but not religiously. One drawback is that I can’t really watch it with the kids. The contest is typically far too suggestive for their ears. BUT when I do get a chance to tune in, usually on Netflix, I am guaranteed to laugh.
All that being said, I just saw that this will be their final season! The seventh and final season of New Girl will begin airing sometime in 2018. (That’s another thing I don’t get about series these days, they have such wonky air dates.) Anyway, the upcoming season just might have a twist! This final season will only have eight episodes and it sounds like they’re planning for something a little different.
According to People’s Choice, the seventh season of New Girl will be picking up three years after the season 6 finale! WHAT!?
That would mean fans would see Schmidt and Cece with a child (since they were expecting in season 6), we’d find out what happened after Winston called his dad, and the fate of Jess and Nick’s romance.
Okay, fine, I understand the danger in lumping people into categories. Like All Republicans or All Liberals or All Muslims or All Hispanics. Using the word ALL is a dangerous thing. However, everyone, ALL of us, absolutely need to acknowledge what is happening in our country and choose whether or not they condone it. There is no gray line here, there is no middle of the road. You’re either with the oppressed and you desire to help fix the situation or you are as bad as the oppressor for tolerating the evil and the hate. There is no excuse, there are no reasons, this is completely unjustifiable.
And do NOT try to tell me that there are two sides. No. I don’t want to have to give you that face I make when my eyes get all wide and my jaw juts out in disdain.
Let’s be clear.
One of these things is not like the other.
White Supremacy is not, in any way, the same as the Black Lives Matter movement.
Don’t say it. Don’t even think it.
Don’t try to convince me, don’t make an argument.
Listen to me. Black Live Do Matter. And when I say that I am not also saying that other lives matter less or more. I’m not.
Black lives matter is a statement, it means exactly what it says it means.
It DOES NOT MEAN that black people think their lives are more important than anyone else.
White Supremacy is the belief that white people are superior to those of all other races. That is also a plain and simple statement.
I’m not inferring thing here, it is a FACT.
If you’re hurt by this there is nothing I can do to change your hurt, but please know that there is no such thing as reverse racism.
You see, the people who are the most privileged seem to be the same people who talk about reverse racism and who have a problem with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Do you know why?
Because they are privileged and it doesn’t concern them, they haven’t experienced the problem and so it isn’t real.
White privilege exists my friends. And if you think I’m wrong than I’m pretty confident you are benefiting from said privileges. An example, I know my boys can wear whatever they want without instantly being labeled a thug, low life etc. I’ve said this before, I have no worries about sending my boys down to get the mail from the mailbox wearing a hoodie. It wouldn’t cross my mind to tell them to consider changing before they left the house that way. Just typing that seems ludicrous, right? It sounds ridiculous and yet it is true. Especially when hate filled people can put a white hood on their head with only eye holes, light a torch and walk down the street screaming about Jews, and somehow that is okay…
Furthermore, I’ve been in a classroom where I was the minority only once while in college. But I’ve been in a classroom dozens of times where I was in the majority and I have seen, dozens of times, professors specifically call on a black student for their opinion because they are black. I can’t even imagine how it must feel to be questioned as if I were the sole representative for my entire race. And don’t even get me started on the people who are mad about affirmative action with employers! No one questions why a white person gets a really great job, it’s assumed that they were the best qualified candidate. #Whiteprivilege
So in writing this and re-writing and erasing and deleting and drafting and starting over… I am asking myself why it is so difficult to write this post.
It is difficult because I am angry. And when I am angry I have a hard time forming words that will then make sense.
Charlottesville is a city in Virginia. Virginia is a state in the United States. It is the year 2017. Why in the name of God and all that is good in this universe did a group of mostly white males think it would be okay to light torches and walk through the night proclaiming that they are a superior race? And this isn’t the first time, the photo here is from another rally last month!
What kind of backwards, cluster of a racist mess must exist in their brains and in their hearts, for them to feel it was in any way okay to do what they did?
And they say it is because of a statue!?
You know the confederates were committing treason against the United States when they tried to separate from the North because they were defending slavery. Historic monument or not why would you want to maintain a legacy of inequality? Doesn’t seem very patriotic to me. These statues memorialize a time when our courts held that black people were only three-fifths human. And there is still so much inequality in our country, so the removal of monuments that represent the ideology of white supremacy is a step in the right direction.
And due to the evilness in Virginia, due to their pure hatred, three people died this past weekend.
Heather Heyer, a Charlottesville resident was 32 years old, she was peacefully protesting against the neo-nazis, she is dead now because one of the men who was part of the neo-nazi group decided to plow his car into the people protesting his evil.
Two state troopers, Pilot Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, also died Saturday, when their helicopter crashed as they were heading towards the scene.
In total, at least 34 people were wounded and Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia declared a state of emergency.
It is something I cannot begin to understand, nor do I want to understand it. How can hating people and believing you are better than someone else ever be the answer?
While there are so many suffering, struggling, treated unfairly and unjustly, while there is such evil, discrimination, hatred and racism in the United States, I cannot say that I am proud. And honestly, in many ways, I never should have been proud. While the United States has made great strides in improving equality there is still very far to go.
The fact that I had to write something similar to this not long ago is also very distressing to me.
Our President and his administration are part of the problem. They care only about money, power and status. They do not care about people, or the environment. To the current administration the only thing that seems to matter is how much money is lining their pockets. The fact that hate crimes are through the roof and that many of the perpetrators are thanking Trump, just sickens me.
His idiotic, uneducated, whining tweets sicken me.
“Made additional remarks on Charlottesville and realize once again that the #Fake News Media will never be satisfied…truly bad people!”
“Truly bad people!” The press, not the Nazis. I just can’t even.
All of this being said. As a human race, we’re not perfect. None of us, and we all should always be working on being better people. We should have open minds and open hearts. We should strive not to tolerate each other, but to respect and accept each other.
Our differences and the worlds injustices go beyond color. We are divided by race, by gender, by sexual identity, we are divided by religion, by politics and by class. We are a united nation that is so utterly divided it is heart breaking. And the worst part about it is all the millions of people who think I’m wrong.
Don’t let racism and hate and evilness happen around you. Don’t stand there in silence and say that you are not those things. When you see people being oppressed and you choose not to do something then you are, too, their oppressor.
Wake up and stand up and speak out!
And then keep doing it. Admitting you see the problem does not fix the problem. There is much to be done.
One day I hope we can all celebrate our differences, and on that day, truly stand united.
Now, there is a positive note in all of this, and that is the thousands of people who put together peaceful rallies to show solidarity.
Those of you who know me also know that when I really like a song I’ll play it 24 times in a row with no qualms and I’ll belt it out like my life depends on it.
This is one of those songs. I’m definitely a lyrics girl, so I always listen to the lyrics and these are perfect. But the music is also amazing, I love it, he’s incredibly talented. So let’s not keep him a secret, ok, let’s scream from the rooftops that the man has 23 albums and I’m only just now listening! I have so much to catch up on! I even believe that my friends who aren’t so into country will also love Will Hoge. Think of Bruce Springsteen and/or John Mellencamp.
So the song I’m going on about is called “17” and will be released on Anchors an album set to drop this week on August 11. For those near me, he’ll be in Philly on September 20 at World Cafe Live.
I’m just trying to play
Every song that I think might make you look my way Look my way
You’ll need to drag the slider to 4:30 if you’re interested in hearing just the song, he rambles on a bit prior to that because it’s a recording of a show.
Anchors Track List:
1. The Reckoning
2. This Grand Charade
3. Little Bit of Rust (feat. Sheryl Crow)
4. Cold Night in Santa Fe
5. Baby’s Eyes
6. This Ain’t An Original Sin
7. Through Missing You
9. Angels Wings
11. Young As We Will Ever Be
So I knew it has been a few years since The War on Drugs released an album, but I’m not going to pretend I know what the album was or if it did well or what the singles might have been, because I have no idea. However, I did just stumble upon their latest track called “Pain” and I really liked it. So thank you Google Play Radio for sharing this new release with me, I doubt I would have heard it otherwise. And looks, I liked it enough that I logged in to write about it, when is the last time that happened? Well in all fairness I did just share a video from Ziggy Marley so I guess it hasn’t been that long, but prior to the island music I had written about something music since December!
Onto The War on Drugs…
A Deeper Understanding is the bands fourth album, due for arrival August 25th, via Atlantic Records. This is their first album under the new label, they used to be Secretly Canadian. Eh.
This band is from Philly, which I very much appreciate since that’s only about 40 minutes from me, less if you drive like my brother. They’ve been around over a decade now since 2005. They’re currently touring, obviously, since they are releasing an album. They’ll be in Philly in September, at the Dell Music Center, in case you’re interested. They’ll be heading overseas in November.
I was staring into the light When I saw you in the distance, I knew that you’d be mine Am I moving back in time Just standing still
Jamaica House 2017 will once again showcase Jamaican artists old and new including the very awesome Ziggy Marley. “The motto for the Island of Jamaica is ‘Out of many, one people’ and this series of shows absolutely highlights the diversity and excitement of the island’s music scene.”
I found a place where the weekend’s long
The new ‘Weekend’s Long (Scaramouche Remix)’ is available today for airplay! Find it on all digital / streaming services including Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Pandora and Google Play.
The remix was just completed by the European DJ duo Scaramouche – for Ziggy’s final UK tour dates of the year!
Fun Fact: He also wrote the theme song for the children’s cartoon series Arthur.
In “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman. These two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy…
Plus they have some pretty sweet movie posters for each character.
KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
Release: September 22, 2017
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Written By: Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn, based on the comic book “The Secret Service” by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons
Produced By: Matthew Vaughn, David Reid, Adam Bohling
Cast: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, with Sir Elton John, and Channing Tatum, and Jeff Bridges
“Kingsman: The Secret Service” introduced the world to Kingsman – an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. In “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy…