Vintage bug sighting on PCH today! #californialiving #coolcars #vintagecars
On role models
So often people talk about what terrible role models Rihanna and Nicki Minaj are, and what great role models Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift are. To which I have to say…really?
Taylor Swift writes most of her songs about men she’s dated. She is cunning and saavy, especially when it comes to manipulating the media, but she hides that in order to maintain her sweet, “all-American” image. Selena Gomez is most famous for her relationship with Justin Beiber.
Rihanna has long maintained that she does not want to be a role model. She is young and living her life, and she owns her mistakes. She is unapologetic about her success. Nicki Minaj, whether on Twitter or in interviews, constantly reminds girls to succeed in school. She has made it clear that she is first and foremost a businesswoman looking after her family. After being betrayed and raped by ex-boyfriends, she has remained single for the past ten years. She started writing rhymes and rapping as a means to cope with her life, and she was eventually discovered when she posted her music on MySpace. Her life story is one of resilience and perseverance despite the odds.
The problem isn’t that Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez are role models. The problem is that we don’t allow women to be complex. We don’t allow different women with different life stories to be considered role models because we fear that complexity. God forbid they define their lives in terms other than men.
In light of the vitriol of Murrieta. #wearehuman
While the name and music of Bobby Womack has been ubiquitous my whole life, I have many gaps in my personal knowledge of soul and blues music and this includes true understanding of the importance of Bobby Womack. Womack passed away this past weekend and this has led to an outpouring of tributes and retrospectives of his music. A tribute that particularly is moving me right now is by hip-hop…
Summer begins next weekend, and there is no better place to spend it than at an outdoor music and cultural festival. The Long Beach Bay Festivalhas family-friendly Cajun, Zydeco, and Blues music, food, and dancing. It’s from 11 a.m. through the evening and they have dance lessons and a crawfish eating contest. All the vendors are local Los Angeles Creole or Cajun restaurants. The whole vibe…