Art of your world: Carlos Andres Gomez – How to Fight

What if the first images that came to a person’s mind when they heard the word “fight” weren’t black eyes and bruises, but instead, the faces of great leaders and icons of change?

What if when they heard the word “fight”, instead of the words “hands”, “hook”, and “punch” being the first to come to mind, the words “resistance”, “progress“, and “betterment” were?

After all, “fight” does have more than one meaning.

Is our language a reflection of who we are as individuals and as a society, or a defining factor in it?

In his poem “How to Fight”, Carlos Andres Gomez shows how the way we speak of ourselves and others can make a big impact.

Would our society be different if our language was?

Watch it and tell me what you think.

Knotty Thoughts: 17 things that will definitely happen when you work from home for the first time (Awesome Illustrations Included)

A couple weeks ago, I forgot I’d taken my laptop home over the weekend, and went to work without it.

When I got there and saw my empty desk, I explained what had happened to my manager, and because she’s awesome, she told me that it was no big deal; I could work from home.

Thus, this post was born! So here’s what’s 110% certain to happen the first time you work from home.

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Music To My Ears: City High ft. Eve- Caramel Remix (A.K.A The Song Every Woman Should Relate To)

“Music to My Ears” is a series of recurring posts showcasing the music of artists from around the world.


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I’ve found that when most people think of City High, they think of “What Would You Do?”, which is also a song I love! But this one deserves more recognition because besides being catchy, it’s pretty darn bold.

About the Artists:

City High was active from the late 90’s through the early 2000’s. Though their reign was short, they put out a couple classics. (….and I mean “a couple” quite literally)

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Art Of Your World: Rude Boy Dhol “Remix” by Rani Taj

This video went viral years ago, but if you missed it, you’re in for a treat. And if you didn’t miss it, read this post anyway- you may learn something you didn’t know!

About The Video

According to Wikipedia, mankind’s most reliable/unreliable source for information ever, this video was taken after Taj had finished playing for a wedding, and some of the attendees suggested she improvise to some modern songs.

Not only was the request granted, but it was recorded, and posted on Youtube, where millions of people from all around the world watched it, and were amazed by the talent of the young woman- who I just realized was only about 16 years old when this video was taken!

Why It’s Here

First, if you can’t already tell, I have an immense respect and regard for music. My experiences have shown me that not only can music be a great teacher, but it can also serve as a remarkable cultural ambassador.

Before seeing this video, I knew what bhangra was, but I had no idea what a dhol was, and I’m willing to bet that many others who saw the video were in the same situation. But I remember after I watched it, I looked up the instrument, and learned about its history, and other musical styles it was used in. I searched youtube for bhangra artists, and built a pretty extensive playlist.

A year later, when I had a new roommate who actually knew Punjabi, she was surprised to hear my music (which was on shuffle) go from rap to bhangra, and we had a pretty cool dialogue on it.

In a day when people for some reason get so uncomfortable discussing ethnicity and race, music opens up a door for us to learn about each other, and videos like this one are just spurring the process along.

But I’m getting off topic, so in conclusion, YOU GO, GIRL!

Enjoy the video below, and tell me- what is your favorite style of music?