On My Radar

So much has happened since Anchor Jam last week! But before I talk about my crazy hectic life, I want to give a big shoutout to my brother for getting his Eagle this Sunday. Eagle is the highest rank a member of the Boy Scouts of America can earn. There are countless service hours, badges, and camping trips put in to obtaining this award, as well as life long lessons about growing up. On average, only four percent of Boy Scouts ever make Eagle. Like the phrase ‘Once a Marine, always a Marine’ once an Eagle Scout, always an Eagle Scout. Congrats on this huge life achievement!

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Did anybody else watch UNC’s buzzer beater shot to win the UNC vs. Kentucky game? Someone synced up the Titanic theme song to the final ten seconds of the game, and it fits the moment to a T! Give it a watch, you’re guaranteed a laugh.

Who here likes coffee? Who here likes politics? Who here likes politics and coffee at the same time, because now there’s an app for that. According to Mediaite, Starbucks is giving out free coffee to people on opposite sides of the political spectrum if they use the app Hi from the Other Side to meet up and engage in a civil discourse.  I’m all about free coffee, and I love the idea that we should be coming together as a nation by trying to at least understand each other’s values rather than fight over them. I wrote a post about this the day after the Presidential election if you want to check it out.

And, of course, a small update on my own life: I gave my first mock tour of my University for Arch Society! This was something I’ve been terrified of for the longest time, but my mentor told me I did wonderfully. I also have another big life update…check back on Monday to see what it is!

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It’s been such a long week, filled with some crazy good surprises!

First off, I made it onto the 2017 Homecoming Committee! For those of you that are new to Bailey Studies Psych and don’t know, I was on the Homecoming Committee for 2016 as the Community Outreach Chair. This year I’ve been selected to be the Court Chair, which plans and executes Homecoming Court interviews, selection, voting, banquet, and crowning.

I also made it into The Arch Society for the University of Georgia (which was perhaps the greatest surprise of the week).

I’ve also been doing yoga more, following an amazing Youtube yogi named Adriene.

Speaking of yoga, check out this sweet set of yogi master army figurines!

And just in time for Valentine’s Day – comedic candles that smell like certain world leaders (lookin’ at you, Justin Trudeau)

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Happy Day! Have a great rest of your week!

xo Bailey

Celebrating Langston Hughes

Today is February first. Not only does today mark the beginning of Black History Month, it’s the birthday of one of America’s celebrated writers: Langston Hughes.

Langston Hughes was born in 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. Hughes first started writing poetry while living with his grandmother in Lincoln, Illinois and published his first book of poetry, The Weary Blues, in 1926. His first novel, Not Without Laughter, was published in 1930. Hughes is known for his portrayals of life as an African American. His writing, as well as his life, helped to shape the Harlem Renaissance. Possibly his most famous work is the poem Dream Deferred, which is what I’d like to share with you today. The poem talks about the “American dream” as it applied to blacks living in America during the 1920’s through the 1960’s. Even though the imagery is gore-y and gruesome, I still claim this poem as one of my favorites from Hughes’ works.

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?

I’d also like to share a poem of his called I, Too. The lyrical nature of this poem is absolutely beautiful, and the message is so empowering. I remember reading this poem aloud, as a class, in high school. Like the last, this poem also speaks about life for blacks in America in the ’20s and ’60s.

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Spotify also has a playlist of Hughes reading his poetry, which I’d really recommend. Nothing quite beats hearing a poet read their own work! You can find the playlist by clicking the link HERE.

 

pod·cast /ˈpädˌkast/: a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device

I have a three hour drive from my home to college. While it doesn’t seem like much, I have a hard time listening to one playlist for three hours (unless, of course, it’s Hamilton). So instead of playlists I listen to *drum roll please* podcasts! Some of the podcasts I loved in 2016 have been renewed for another season(s) in 2017, so without further ado here’s my list of recommended podcasts:

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Number one has to be Heavyweight. Hosted by Jonathan Goldstein along with Gimlet Media,  Heavyweight is created around the idea that almost everyone has a part of their past they wish they could change. Jonathan finds these stories and helps their owners come to terms with their past. I love this podcast because it’s sentimental and reminds me of parts of my life. The stories are so personal yet it’s easy to connect with the people telling them. If you want to check it out click HERE.

serial-s01-shareWho doesn’t love cereal? Whoops, sorry, I meant Serial! This podcast has been out for a whiiiile, but now there’s a second season (and a third season in the works). For those of you that missed out on the Season One, here’s a brief overview: teenager was wrongly convicted of murdering his ex girlfriend, a reporter picks up on his story over a decade later and decides to interview everyone involved to see if he was actually wrongly convicted.  The story was actually so compelling that a judge ordered a new trial for Adnan, the convicted ex-boyfriend of the murdered high school senior. Season Two is about Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, who sneaks out of a remote U.S. Army outpost in eastern Afghanistan. After he abandons post, six men from his unit are killed. He is blamed for their deaths. But should he be? Find out in Season Two of Serial, linked HERE.

0e4d1d0e928a1b8d1127ee797816df16As a Harry Potter geek you can probably guess that I jumped on the bandwagon with the Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast series. I went to Catholic school for almost a decade and have some pretty interesting views on religion, but I actually really like taking my favorite book series and evaluating (and reading) it as a sacred text. There are even prayers at the end of each episode for or about characters from the books. I wouldn’t suggest this for anyone that’s very devout in practicing their religion because I feel like some episodes, and perhaps the whole idea of reading a fantasy book series like you’d read the Bible, Torah, Quran, etc., that poke fun at the definition of religion itself. That being said, I still really like this podcast, and so does the friend I recommended it to.  Click HERE to give it a try.

logoHave you ever had a paranormal experience? UFO sighting? Deja vu that seemed to go…unexplained? Welcome to the club! Unexplained is about real life events that go ‘unexplained.’ The host of the podcast, Richard Maclean Smith, talks about the history of the event as well as the science behind why or how it could have happened. While the explanations are mainly theories, they still have enough traction to make the unexplainable easier to swallow. Find it on iTunes or at this link HERE.

04bbd1e1b2a9d6fc63c741be1964c645My friends sometimes say I remind them of a walking encyclopedia, like “the internet without the dirty pictures” to quote an Entomology professor I know. If you need random facts, look further than yours truly. But since I can’t be everywhere at once, the podcast Stuff You Should Know is a great backup. Reminiscent to “How It’s Made,” Stuff You Should Know talks about top facts and opinions on just about any subject you could ever want. From animals to Japan to war there’s a podcast for everything, including my favorite: Psychology! Check it out at think link HERE.

 

Hamilton Mixtape Release Date

Just casually popping in to say…

The Hamilton Mixtape has a release date!

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The Hamilton Mixtape is a joint effort made possible by both Lin-Manuel Miranda and Questlove. Featuring artists such as Alicia Keys, Chance the Rapper, Watsky, and Sia, the mixtape is not only going to be a lyrical masterpiece (not unlike the musical itself) but also a vocal gem.

Here’s the track list:

1. No John Trumbull (Intro) — The Roots

2. My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz, and Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix] — The Roots

3. Wrote My Way Out — Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Aloe Blacc

4. Wait for It — Usher

5. An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) [Interlude] — Watsky

6. Satisfied (feat. Miguel and Queen Latifah) – Sia

7. Dear Theodosia (feat. Ben Folds) — Regina Spektor

8. Valley Forge (Demo) — Lin-Manuel Miranda

9. It’s Quiet Uptown — Kelly Clarkson

10. That Would Be Enough — Alicia Keys

11. Immigrants (We Get rhe Job Done) — K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente

12. You’ll Be Back — Jimmy Fallon and The Roots

13. Helpless (feat. Ja Rule) — Ashanti

14. Take a Break (Interlude) — !llmind

15. Say Yes to This — Jill Scott

16. Congratulations — Dessa

17. Burn — Andra Day

18. Stay Alive (Interlude) — J.PERIOD and Stro Elliot

19. Slavery Battle (Demo) — Lin-Manuel Miranda

20. Washingtons by Your Side – Wiz Khalifa

21. History Has Its Eyes on You — John Legend

22. Who Tells Your Story (feat. Common and Ingrid Michaelson) — The Roots

23. Dear Theodosia (Reprise) — Chance The Rapper and Francis and The Lights

The mixtape is now available for pre-order and will be officially released on December 2, 2016.

Lin-Manuel Miranda Hosts SNL

If you don’t know how big of a crush I have on Lin-Manuel Miranda by now, then, do you even read here? I had no idea who this guy was until my freshman year roommate Paige started talking about some musical named Hamilton. Paige and I are the same person, to put it simply. We like the same tv shows, books, movies, clothes, you name it. So, basically, we’re the greatest nerds this world has ever seen. And we love it. 

I listened to Hamilton all the way through on the first go. I couldn’t put it down. I actually stayed up until 4:30 in the morning listening to a musical because I couldn’t put it down. I’m serious. (I’m also a nerd, but hey, beggars can’t be choosers.) I analyzed every piece of that musical as if it were an English assignment. There are so many little phrases and notations and repeats that go unnoticed until you replay the entire thing a few times round. It’s a work of literary art as well as musical art.

So naturally when I heard that he was going to be hosting SNL I girly-screamed, did a little dance, and immediately told Paige. I think we were both more excited about this one tv segment than the entire musical itself!

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Here’s my favorite part:

Isn’t he just the greatest? It’s got me wanting to take acting classes all over again!

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