Tuesday Tunesday: Celebrating You

 

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Happy Tunesday, friends! I hope everyone had a productive and reflective Martin Luther King Day yesterday. Much of my day was spent thinking about my life, who I am, and who I hope to become. And so much of my identity is undoubtedly tied to and shaped by every person I’ve encountered and ounce of media I’ve consumed. The way I see myself and the way I have lived and continue to live my life is directly influenced by society, and thankfully I’ve managed to surround myself with positive influences. Whether they are television shows that tell a different narrative that more accurately reflects my own positive upbringing or songs that empower and encourage me to be the unique person I am, I have made (and I’d say my parents have, too) the intentional decision to be, well, me. In a world that constantly tries to put us in a box or force us to be someone we’re not, my hope is that we’ll (continue to) push against the grain, embrace who we are, and celebrate what makes us, us. Here are a few songs I’ve listened to over the years that have helped me do just that!

What songs have empowered you to celebrate your individuality? Comment below! 
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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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