Emma Wade, here – the Editor of the paper’s Culture Section! Every Monday, you can check back here for four wonderful picks made by yours truly to bring you bliss in the upcoming week. My selections entail a favorite album, a binge-worthy series, something important to read and a quote to get you inspired.
Happy Halloween friends! Stay safe.
Album: Big Baby D.R.A.M., by D.R.A.M
I love D.R.A.M. He doesn’t take himself too seriously; he has fun with his music and you can hear the difference. You can hear his smile through his music and you can’t help but sing along. This album features the hit song, “Broccoli” which has recently gained attention for its light-hearted and fun quality. With D.R.A.M., you’re not going to get world class lyricism or vocals, and that’s not his angle. In his debut hit, “Cha Cha,” D.R.A.M. referenced Magic School Bus and sampled Super Mario Bros. He’s about having fun with his music and he’ll bring you along for the ride. Check out his album on Spotify or Apple Music.
Binge Worthy: The West Wing, available for streaming on Netflix,
I find that political dramas tend to be incredibly boring or incredibly unrealistic to avoid the former pitfall. The West Wing paved the way for today’s political dramas, such as House of Cards and Scandal, and has long been regarded as the best political television show for a reason. The series is based on historical and current (at the time of production, in the early 2000s) events that provide a necessary real-world connection, including the less glamorous parts of the executive office such as the speech writing and troubles faced by the Press Secretary. While incorporating realism, it still provides enough drama to keep you waiting for the next episode. Plus, young Rob Lowe is reason enough to watch.
Read of the Week: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Most of y’all have probably skimmed through it for high school required reading, but I promise if you actually give the book a chance, you’ll find that your high school English class didn’t give it half the justice it deserves. Lee provides social commentary beyond the time and tells a beautiful coming of age story within a fictional, and yet real, small Alabama town. Plot lines converge as a black man accused of rape goes to trial for the allegations set against him, children are growing up and find themselves fixated by the town recluse, and race and class constructions begin to present their inherent immorality. Give the book another read through and understand why it remains a staple of American literature.
Quote: “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence; it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare,” said Audre Lorde, who was a leading black writer, womanist and civil rights activist known for her phenomenal command of the written word and for her commitment to black liberation.
We tend to worry about the big things so much that we forget about things like getting enough sleep and ensuring our own happiness and health. Remember to take care of yourself, even while you’re fighting the good fight.