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My favorite horror podcast inspired this article.

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Photo by Roger Harris on Unsplash

If you don’t know me personally, I’ve become a huge fan of horror movies and entertainment over the last few years (I’m still not a fan of gore or torture porn though because I get queazy at the sight of blood or even just talking about blood.) A couple of years ago I started looking for horror podcasts that I could listen to while going through the mundane work at my day job. That’s when I found Shudder’s Video Palace.

The 10-episode podcast follows Mark Cambria and his girlfriend, Tamra, as they discover a set of white videotapes and begin to research the video store in which these mysterious tapes originated. Things get more bizarre with each episode as Mark develops an unhealthy obsession with the white VHS tapes. I’ll spare you the full synopsis, but in the end Mark ends up missing and that’s how the season ends. Perfect cliffhanger for Season 2. …


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Photo by Michael Dziedzic on Unsplash

Even before COVID-19 rocked this country (with over 6 million cases and 183,000 deaths at the time of this essay), the United States faced an increasing problem with the income gap between the poor and the rich.

A few years ago, McDonald's partnered with Visa to show us how McDonald’s employees could budget their money to make ends meet. The results were laughable.

In this sample budget, the person working at McDonald’s couldn’t even survive on a full month from the earnings at their job. They would be forced to work a second job to make ends meet. According to the U.S. …


Once the fire has started, there’s no way to extinguish it

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Photo by Julia Joppien on Unsplash

This story was written with the intention of submitting it to The Startup. They declined and it wasn’t curated by Medium Staff either. Below you’ll find what I learned from deleting my website a couple of years ago.

The sadness and depression kept building around me. I poured seven years of my life into something that didn’t love me anymore. Each day I became angrier. I watched my peers achieve multiple accolades in a short period of time, while I struggled to even be noticed.

So I set it on fire and watched it burn. At the moment, it felt good; the fire warmed my creative soul for the first time in years. …


What if I told you that I threw a year’s worth of hard work down the drain in six months?

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Photo by Preankhan Gowrypalan on Unsplash

You know the sound a manual scale makes when you step on it? Clink-clunk!

Sometimes you can tell when the scale isn’t going to be your friend that day. That’s what happened to me when I visited my family during Thanksgiving the first year after moving from my hometown.

After college, I stopped being active. Years of working three jobs, seven days per week had finally paid off. …


Why you should focus more on selling your work instead of acquiring streaming numbers.

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Photo by James Owen on Unsplash

Can you remember the first album that you ever purchased? For me, it was David Banner’s Mississippi: The Album. I was 16 years old and had just started working at Pizza Hut that summer.

With my third paycheck, I went to the mall and ran straight for the hip-hop section so I could find this album. …


A 10-minute guide to setting up and understanding the basics of Google Analytics

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Photo by Stephen Phillips — Hostreviews.co.uk on Unsplash

If you’re an artist, a creator, or someone looking to start a business because COVID-19 has destroyed your income, you’ll need to begin with buying website hosting and a domain name.

After you have created a website and started sharing content, it’s time to observe how that content has worked in drawing attention to your website. You can do that with the analytics provided by the various website hosting platforms, such as WordPress, Squarespace, Wix, and more.

However, to understand the full scope and obtain an accurate report of the people visiting your website, you’ll need to access Google Analytics. …


Artists will need to be creative while the COVID-19 pandemic rages in the United States

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Photo by Tanner Ross on Unsplash

At the moment, the music industry has hit a state of despair. Technically you can say this about any industry that depends on people gathering together (I deeply miss going to watch movies at the movie theater right now). However, the music industry might not recover and it needs to fully redefine what it means to be a recording artist in 2020 and beyond.

For those unfamiliar with the music industry, artists typically make the bulk of their money through the sale of merchandise and live shows. Unless you’re a big name artist (think Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Rihanna, Ed Sheeran, Adele) streaming music doesn’t pay as well. Streaming services pay recording artists fractions of pennies on the dollar when people listen to their music through apps such as Spotify and Tidal. …


If we were all in this together, you’d be wearing a mask out in public.

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Photo by 🇨🇭 Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, I am (usually) the person in our house that does the grocery shopping for our family. As I started shopping in my local Publix recently, I heard an employee come over the in-store audio system and sprout one of those branded messages I’ve heard several times in the last three months — “Please practice social distancing and stay 6 feet apart. We’re here to help you. We’re all in this together.

But the problem is we’re not all in this together. COVID-19 cases have started increasing in states that had lax guidelines for social distancing. …


Just a shortlist of things you’ll never encounter while being white in America.

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Photo by Spenser on Unsplash

I want to begin this with a story. The cast members include myself, one of my childhood best friends (who’s black), the girl I dated for a year and a half during my senior year of high school and my first year of college, and police officers. I had told my parents I would be staying at my friend’s house overnight and that we were just hanging out. This was partially true - I was hanging out with him, but he also drove me to see my girlfriend. She snuck out of her house and we went to hang out for a little bit in a small city nearby. …


You have ignored peaceful protests for decades. Now it’s time for you to watch and listen.

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Photo by Isaiah Rustad on Unsplash

Do you remember taking a U.S History class in school? Do you remember how the section about Civil Rights only talked about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. peacefully protesting and then poof, magically, segregation ended and America lived happily ever after?

That’s not how the Civil Rights era worked. It took years, many protests, and the same people who said that Black people should protest “peacefully” are the same ones who killed Malcolm X because he was too “radical” for them and they killed Dr. King Jr. for protesting peacefully too. So…which one is it? …

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