Martin Luther King Jr.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Today is an important day for many reasons. For the last few years, racial tensions in U.S. have heightened. Almost weekly we read different incidents where cops are being called on black people for the most mundane issues. It shows that there are still a lot more work that needs to be addressed and worked towards if there’s ever going to be any sort of civility towards each other.

For people who are not black, being an educated ally is important. Understanding the history of racial tensions between black people and white people is vital to being an ally. Additionally, as there are new “hidden” barriers that black people face, it is important to understand and recognize these barriers.

As someone who wants to be an ally, I’ve taken it upon myself to become as educated as possible. Below are a lists of different books and podcasts that can help you become a better ally and supporter to black people. I’d love to know if there are any other books or podcasts so if you have any suggestions please let me know! And for a little humor, scroll all the way down to hear a segment by Michael Che.

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Currently listening to: Podcast Edition

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If you follow me on twitter you know I’ve finally entered the foray of online dating. It’s been interesting to say the least. I’ve had quite a few guys send me messages that are eyebrow raising. Many of them I have screenshots of and sent them around to friends and they garnered quite a lot of chuckles (but due to the respect of these men, I will not be posting them on here, as much as I would love to).

However, I’ve felt quite exhausted with all of it and decided, after only being on it for a few weeks, that I needed to take a break. So I’ve placed my profiles on hold and am instead diving into the world of podcasts and finding new ones I can now spend my time on instead of endless swiping.

The first podcast that I have listened to, thanks to my fellow FA and soul dating sister Jeanette,  is u up?

U, up? is by Betches Media and is such a funny and honest podcast. Jordana Abraham and comedian Jared Freid talk about the ins and outs of dating, online dating and give brutally honest dating advice. It’s funny and amusing but also very interesting. The episode I started with was the one with the co-founder of Hinge on it. This episodes talked about different statistics (based on Hinge users). Another episode talks about why millennials have less sex. They bring on a variety of different people and talks about a variety of different topics.

As someone who hasn’t been able to put their dating experience into words, this podcast does it all. If you’re dating, trying to date or just fascinated with the current dating culture, I suggest you listen to this podcast.

I give it a 4/5 because sometimes they ramble too much and their episodes tend to be on the longer side.

4 Star

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Currently listening to: Podcast Edition

I know Podcasts have been around for a while, but I didn’t really get into them until my friends Emily and Alyssa launched their own podcast. I had listened to Pod Save America for a few episodes, but honestly, politics is a love-hate relationship and I had to stop listening.

I recently moved and my drive to the airport is now about an episode-long so I have been listening to their podcasts to and from work. Listening to their podcast has been a great way to keep me awake during my drive home, or help me sit through traffic on my way to the airport.

I really enjoy their podcast for numerous reasons but mainly because it makes me feel like I’m right next to them on the couch (not in Washington while they’re in Minnesota). Another reason is that it’s an authentic podcast that is exactly how they are in person. They talk about all things that millennial’s have to deal with: dating apps, friendship, adulting, job searching, etc. They are also extremely funny and I often find myself laughing at random times when I’m reliving their podcast.

I highly recommend you check out their podcast. If you’re looking for a something to listen to, want to feel like you’re hanging out with two great women and need a few good laughs: go check out Floral Couch Conversations. They are available on the Podcast App here, Soundcloud here and Spotify here. You can also follow them on Instagram here.

I give them a 5/5.

5 Star

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