JULY.

Great month however my mind is a cluster-fuck at the moment, bit difficult to gather my thoughts and ideas but I have still managed to make a playlist… So yeah, here.

 

I haven’t had time to write this post like my previous ones, this was down to a combination of procrastination and going out and doing stuff. I truly believe summer was not only made for ‘a break’ but for you to spend all your coin because I’m already broke and August hasn’t even started yet. Do prices increase during summer? or am I just broke?

 

JUNE HAS BEEN GOOD (besides exams)

I don’t know why but it felt like all those exams at GCSE went so much quicker. I done 22 exams, no lie and I remember the whole exam period going so fast but these A-Levels went on for time. I only had 5 exams as well but it felt like it was forever, I’m so thankful that I don’t have to be looking at gluconeogenesis because that was an actual myth. In my last exam (Biology paper 3) the last 30 minutes of the exam it dawned on me that I won’t need to sit in this hall or look at an exam paper again. I sat there and smiled throughout the rest of the exam. It’s not even like I hated my school or biology for that matter but I think it was more so the case that I’ve been like stationery, literally in the same setting for 7 years and it was tiring.

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THE GAMECUBE IS ICONIC. DON’T @ ME.

From 12 am to 1 am I was on the I was on the phone to my brother a couple of nights ago speaking about how sick our childhood was when it came to video games. Between my 2 older brothers and myself when were little we shared a Nintendo GameCube and it was the best console of the time I have to say, we always used to play after school and one of the best things about it was that it focused heavily on split screen multiplayer. Now I’m not saying that we weren’t close but the GameCube always made us spend time with each other and I have some of the best memories playing it with them; it was too much fun and I am so glad our Mum bought it us. So because of how iconic the GameCube was I have put together a list of the games that really stood out for me and has given me some of the best memories playing, the list is in no specific order:

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MAY, BABY WHAT IS YOU DOIN??

So that dreaded month is about to begin, when all A-Level students across the UK take exams. I understand that some may have already started this month but June is definitely when a ton of them start. I don’t even know how I feel about them, I feel like I have mentioned it before but it is always that feeling of never feeling like you have revised or prepared yourself enough for them. Listen, that feeling never goes it honestly haunts you like when you get in bed and you get all comfy and close your eyes – it just breaks in your mind and you just feel guilty for a human need?? I know I am not the only one that feels this but it’s dumb because shouldn’t we be prioritising out health? I’m not going to get into this now maybe a next time but yeah… sorry if I triggered you.

May was a good month even though not a lot of things has happened besides revision, I’ve just enjoyed it. If you haven’t known the UK is going through a general election which now I can actually vote in and I’m not even going to lie but politics is something that has never interested me since I was young but as I got older and more specifically after brexit I did feel a little cheated and it made me want to become more informed as the result of brexit will have a significant impact on me and my peers future. To be honest it does feel like that baby boomer generation shegged us I seen a tweet the other day basically saying something on the lines that they pulled the ladder up once they went up it and that analogy is too true!

What I Liked:

The main thing I liked this month was the fact that Sixth Form is nearly finishing, I just feel ready to leave. I’ve been at my school way too long and I just need a change of surrounding and summer to just start! Also just the rekindling of me just reading, I’ve ordered some books off amazon and I actually can’t wait to get more for summer. The new Spider-man trailer looks good too, I don’t like all the technology added to his suit… but it looked good nonetheless.

What I Watched:

Finally finally finally, I got to watch Get Out, now don’t ask me why it took me so long to watch it but I did. It was sick like the symbolism was weaved through it throughout and you could tell it was well thought out… but if I’m honest it wasn’t as amazing as everyone said it was. Perhaps this was because of how I left it so late to watch and the fact that I didn’t watch it in a cinema also how it was so hyped up I just went into watching that film hoping for something mad and it delivered definitely but I don’t know it needed something more. However I do recommend you watch it, if you havent like Jordan Peele did a great job with it and the message was clear. If you feel rattled by my review of Get Out, come buck me. Also I actually watched Riverdale and it was kinda good, its nothing special though it’s one of them shows were you can do stuff while watching it. I just want to know where ‘Miss Grundy’ is?  and did Cheryl kill her grandma with that fire too?

What I am Listening to:

Obviously there is other tracks I’m listening to but one of the major constraints of SoundCloud is that it doesn’t have all the songs. I’m not about to write a list of the additional music sorry.

I also want to say that my heart goes out to the victims families for what happened on 22nd May. I cannot imagine how they must feel and it is truly disheartening.

APRIL WAS QUICK

It’s mad how fast the months go by when you are so aware of all the exams coming up and you create like some mental countdown that you can’t stop thinking about. I cannot wait to get them over with and just finish sixth form still. Anyway, I hope everyone is good, revising hard and what not. Just remember that summer is nearly here and you can be lazy af for 2 months… enjoy this playlist.

THE HATE U GIVE @ IMPACT HUB BIRMINGHAM WITH ANGIE THOMAS

Last weekend for the first time I went to an event at Impact Hub Birmingham. The event was in conversation with Angie Thomas (the author of ‘The Hate U Give a.k.a THUG) and Black Lives Matter UK (BLMUK). Before that, there was a screening of the refreshing and thought-provoking small film entitled ’50 shades of melanin’ followed by a Q&A with the film director Naomi Grant and Siana Bangura. The Impact Hub is a beautiful place tucked away in the centre of Birmingham, which hosts programs and events. It is a creative safe-space to work and connect amongst other innovative individuals.

Upon Arrival at the event I have to admit it was awkward for me, I went alone and I did not know anyone so obviously I’m just standing. However, it was like a small community everyone knew each other and it was something I haven’t really seen before in Birmingham and I just started having conversation and it was natural, nothing forced you know, I felt welcomed.

The documentary ’50 Shades of Melanin’ was showed followed by a Q&A led by Aliyah Hasinah with Naomi and Siana, the documentary focuses on colourism within the UK. It was a great piece and you should check it out. Not going to lie though there was some viewpoints within it that I side-eyed but I think that was important about the documentary that it was real and shown a glimpse of the different perspectives in the UK.

The Q&A also gave the audience and opportunity to ask questions to both women about the themes of the documentary and the process itself. It was concluded with a gripping poem by Siana about identity and being comfortable with who you are specifically blackness, is it possible for a poem to go off? It was so good!

After that, there was a compelling spoken word performance by Damani Dennisur and a discussion between Angie Thomas and BLMUK as her book was inspired by the black lives matter movement (which by the way is excellent, the book that is). The conversation spoke about the similarities and differences of BLM in the UK and in the US as well as the discussion of who is accountable and what actually needs to happen with the system, while covering topics of colonialism and white privilege.

“Empathy is More Powerful than Sympathy”

Then a soulful performance by Janel Antoneisha and an interview with Angie Thomas led by Rakeem Omar. She spoke about growing up in Mississippi and college – having to assimilate in a white space in a creative writing class. Inspired by a conversation with her professor, who told her that “those stories need to be told” referring to stories of the black youth. Angie Thomas wanted to write something to show the beauty in the neighbourhood like hers, this is shown through one of the motifs in the book Hip-Hop (which she prides herself in having an unofficial degree) in particular Tupac. She loved the fact he was more than a rapper, he had empathy. Angie also felt it was important to pay homage to the younger generation and the beauty of being black. She also hinted at movie in development too, which is exciting too as the book has a range of different characters. An extract from the blurb of the book to get an idea of what it is about: “…Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.” The interview was ended with asking what Angie wants the readers to take away from the book and she states: Empathy. Empathy is more powerful than sympathy. It is easy to say black lives matter but do you really mean it?