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21. Coffee-drinking, Marketing major. A fan of abstract art , menswear, lemonade, and the color brown.

I used to be seriously into “Soulection Radio” and then I found out Joe Kay wasn’t black. It was from that moment on that I noticed that Soulection has this really ambiguous image caused by the fact that most of their music is made by black artists but everyone you see when they’re on tour or in pictures, including the “owner”, is non-black. Some of their best music is by their black musicians, but all of the front-runners or figureheads, the people you see when they’re trying to make their name public I guess…everyone is something other than black.

I hate to get on them because of color, because the music is really good, or maybe just peacefully innocuous enough to make you think it’s good, but dont spearhead this “wave” of music and act as though the black artists aren’t important enough to be the face of the movement. 

And if anyone says “the music is not about the color”, it’s because Joe Kay has them fooled that everything about this movement is comfortably black but then he’s making the movement public and giving music that’s rooted in black hip-hop, that’s remixes of mostly songs by black artists, that was more than likely begun by a collective of black artists,  and giving it the impression that everyone involved in this new wave of music looks just like him. 

If it’s not about color, let’s see Joe Kay get some diversity in who he brings on tour.

This was probably the best summer I’ve had in a very long time and there’s still a lot of room for improvement in summers to come.

I went to more parties this summer than I ever have before, tried both acid and adderall, read 3 books by Haruki Murakami, bought my first car, set up and jumped on a backyard trampoline for the first time, smoked on a roof, saw Pharrell in concert, ate at a few dine-outside restaurants, made some new friends, watched over 10 new movies, experienced Corinza’s move-in drama 2k14 and experimented with cooking/trying new beers with her, got wasted twice (once at the same time as C.Harp) and super high more times than I can remember, forged a relationship with 7-eleven, and I’ll probably be getting another job tomorrow (technically still counts as summer)

This summer showed me that I can do anything I want, I just have to make it happen without fearing the consequences, a lesson I really needed to learn. I might even travel out of state next summer with this knowledge. And though my summer might sound relatively normal to some, these are all things I’ve REALLY wanted to do and you have to think that I spent all last summer in my room talking on the phone and job hunting.

One new thing about this upcoming year is that I now have a way of traveling between cities without asking for a ride, which means I’ll get to experience the blending of school, work, and my personal life for the first time. In the past it was stressing about getting to and from school, stressing about getting to work, and if I couldn’t get a ride my personal life didn’t exist. And now everything will be one, my life won’t be divided into three daunting tasks.

I’m rambling now, but I’m just very excited. Like the first weekend of the school year hasn’t even come and we’re already planning a wild ass party for Corinza’s 21st birthday. And I don’t need a ride to get there. After class I’m just going to drive on over. Idk. It’s surreal.

sierra leone // frank ocean

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A new high last night, Blowout Comb and Beer now, Home later

So…. I bought my first car yesterday! No more walking for Wesley aha. (About to start saving up for another one doe)

Big day tomorrow. So surreal I’m not even as excited for it as I should be. I can’t fathom it. Either a new chapter or a whole new book.

  Uzo Aduba’s mother proving that the idea of not being able to pronounce a POC’s name because it’s “too hard” or “too complicated” is complete bullshit and actually just laziness. (via cosmicspread)

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