In the recent months, due to my increasing knowledge and eagerness to learn, I’ve become much more passionate about social issues than I’ve ever been. That being said, I don’t normally speak up much on topics like this (to avoid political debates), but I gotta say something about this one.

To the “White Nationalists”, White supremacists, Neo-Nazis and other alt-right/right-wing protestors that are fighting to “take their country back”, give it a break. It is not your country alone, as it also belongs to your everyone else around you- though you may disagree.I can only hope and pray that you’ll soon switch sides and understand how the internal sickness sparked by ignorance and fueling your hatred is tearing this country apart (more) each day. I’m less disheartened by your actions and more at your ignorance.

Also, tiki torches? Forreal? Like, the ones you get from Home Depot? These!?

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To the counterprotestors, keep fighting. You know what’s right. You know who’s wrong. Thank you for putting your lives at risk for people like me who are nowhere near the in-your-face threat you’re facing. Stay safe and spread love.

To the 19 counterprotestors that were injured and to Heather Heyer, I’m sorry that your lives were affected in this way, but thank you for your fight. We all love you. Rest in Peace, Heather.

To The Trumpinator and his staff

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I don’t even know where to start.

To President Obama and Vice President Biden,

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To everyone on the outside, keep fighting. Keep learning. Keep teaching. Keep praying. Keep believing. Keep spreading love.

Be Kind,

A.T.

*Click here to read more about what “alt-right” means, and click here to get a better idea of political leftism and rightism in America.

It’s been a while since I’ve published something on FreshU, but my newest article was just published a few minutes ago. This one, as are most of my articles, is personal as it concerns my experience with my roommate. (Click here for the article.)

Please take the time to read it, share it and give me feedback. I appreciate all the support.

Be Kind,

A.T,

One of my favorite artists, Daley (UK-based R&B/Soul artist), just dropped an album today called The Spectrum! Most probably know him from his song with Marsha Ambrosius called “Along Together”.

A few years ago, my mom and I got a chance to see him in an intimate show at the Apple Store in The Loop. We got to request songs and ask him a few questions. If I can dig up the videos, I’ll add them to this post. I haven’t gotten through the whole album yet, my favorites so far are “Slow Burn”, “Sympathy”, “The Only One” and “On Fire”. Knowing his older music, this seems like a new sound for Daley, and I like it.

I’ve gotten through the whole album and my favorites so far are “Slow Burn”, “Sympathy”, “The Only One” and “On Fire”. Knowing his older music, this seems like a new sound for Daley, and I like it.

If you haven’t been introduced to his music yet, start with this album! I promise you’ll like it.

As always, Be Kind.

A.T.

The Spectrum on:

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Amazon Music

 

 

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The sentence I hear most from well-meaning, conservative friends since President Trump’s election is this: “We suffered 8 years under Barack Obama.”

Fair enough. Let’s take a look.

The day Obama took office, the Dow closed at 7,949 points. Eight years later, the Dow had almost tripled, closing at 21,414.

General Motors and Chrysler were on the brink of bankruptcy, with Ford not far behind, and their failure, along with their supply chains, would have meant the loss of millions of jobs. Obama pushed through a controversial, $8o billion bailout to save the car industry. The U.S. car industry survived, started making money again, and the entire $80 billion was paid back, with interest.

While we remain vulnerable to lone-wolf attacks, no foreign terrorist organization has successfully executed a mass attack here since 9/11.

Obama ordered the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.

He…

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Hey everyone, hope you all had a safe & enjoyable holiday.

If you’re looking for something to get you over Hump Day, consider watching this video of Lenny Kravitz doing a Prince tribute at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. This is one the best tributes I’ve seen yet!

Also, if you don’t know any of Lenny’s music, I highly recommend it. Mr. Cab Driver and Black Velveteen are two of my favorites.

Be Kind.

A.T.

So I read about this artist named Ray BLK in Interview Magazine (click here to read the feature) the other day and took a picture of the story so I could remember the name. Listening to her debut album Durt, her sound is unique- a mix of neo-soul and poetry.

If you’re looking to get into new music, I definitely recommend her. So far she’s unsigned, has self-released her first two albums and was just named BBC Music’s Sound of 2017.

If you listen to her album, let me know what you think! Here’s a link to her YouTube channel.

Be kind,

A.T.

To all fathers and father figures, Happy Father’s Day!

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To celebrate my dad, today’s song of the day is Nights Over Egypt by the Jones Girls, released in 1981. My dad used to play this song in the car almost every time we’d go somewhere when I was younger. So needless to say, this song has a slight sentimental value to me and brings back a lot of memories my dad and I created.

If there are any songs that remind you of your dad or whatever father figure influences you, what is it?

P.S. For those whose father isn’t around for whatever reason, I hope you can find something special to celebrate about them today.

Be Kind,

A.T.