Workout routines for all types and levels

YouTube title card: Nicola from LiveFitness

I have a love-hate relationship with fitness channels and influencers. In many ways, I think all of them are far too focused on weight loss and appearance goals. We live in a fatphobic society, and nothing exemplifies that more than health and fitness culture. At the same time, as someone who suffers from some horrendous health consequences if I don’t stay active, I’ve found myself relying on a lot of online fitness channels to stay active in quarantine.

So despite some misgivings, and definitely not without critical thought, I’ve built myself a library of fitness YouTubers that I rely on…


This is your role in “baby mama drama”.

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You knew what you were doing.

This was about you knowing she would outgrow you and making your investment before she could get the chance. This was about throwing yourself a lifeline. And you knew she loved you, so you knew she would keep it. You used her love for you against her like a weapon.

Wombs were not designed to be weaponized and yet the only reason your child is here is because you used sex as a weapon. You just couldn’t stand to watch her have her youth without you. So you locked her down with children.

You…


Another child of color was shot in Chicago, and here’s what it teaches us

Photo taken by Ashlee Rezin Garcia/AP for The Guardian.

[TW: police brutality, murder]

On Tuesday, April 13th, video footage was released by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability of Chicago showing the homicide of Adam Toledo at the hands of a Chicago Police Officer on March 29th, 2021. Toledo was 13 years old at the time of his death.

The video footage was procured from a body cam that the officer was wearing at the time of the confrontation. Based on this evidence, and a frame-by-frame review of the footage, the shot fired by the officer occurred just seconds after Toledo raised his hands and turned to face the…


America’s changing whether you’re ready or not

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When Tucker Carlson said, “you will not replace us” on Fox News, he added salt to a country still licking its wounds. He used his platform to express white grievances. People who believe in the replacement theory view diversity as an existential threat. Remember, white nationalists carrying tiki torches used the same rhetoric in Charlottesville. The term has become thick with meaning.

‘Antisemitic, racist and toxic’ is how the Anti-Defamation League’s CEO summed up Carlson’s rant, which he said echoed the ideology of mass shooters in El Paso, Christchurch, and Pittsburgh.(Ecarma, 2021)

The replacement theory is dangerous because it promotes…


National Poetry Month

Haiku

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Would justice taste sweet

since in its absence, we weep —

how does justice taste?

If justice had a flavor, would it taste sweet? I’m asking for a friend. I know some may be asking yourself, how can justice taste like anything. But, hear me out. Synesthesia refers to a neurological disorder causing people to intersect senses. Yet, many writers use it as a literary tool to entice readers.

Lavender sounds quiet, and words can shine or stink. We’re not limited to describing nouns by someone’s initial sensory reaction. Writers can also use this device for more than entertainment. How…


It is the color of light,

descending upon a foreign plain.

Orange burns deep in a black sky.

And I remember pain.

I say to myself that I will not break.

Cause I am open,

and I am broken.

Maybe it is far too late.

A massacre I made of me,

and I end up breaking things…

like hearts.

As old wounds begin to sing…

I am watching myself

fall into parts.

Telling myself not to break.

Maybe it is far too late.

For I am open,

and I am broken.

Like an open book,

with a broken story.

When…


The ‘freebooter’ overstayed its welcome

Photo Credit | Allison Gaines via Canva

Filibuster comes from a Dutch word for “freebooter.” The term describes someone who takes booty, as in loot. We should nerd out on the irony a bit. After all, pirates stealing from Spanish colonies would have been taking stolen goods anyway. Europeans were not the original inhabitants of the West Indies. When someone uses the filibuster, they are “pirating” the legislative process. In America, the filibuster gained popularity in the 1800s. There is no mention of this bill in the original Constitution.

The text of the Constitution says nothing about the filibuster nor about preserving the debate rights of senators…


#HiddenHerstory

Women’s History in Folk Music and Early Education

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Way before Baby Shark, and children’s music became a “genre” or created YouTube sensations there was the calm, soothing voice of Ella Jenkins. I discovered Ms. Ella’s warm voice in a box of tapes I inherited in my first preschool classroom at the legendary Spring School of The Arts in Philadelphia. The Spring School was a magical place started by the late Ardie Stuart Brown and her sister Patricia Robinson. The Stuart Sisters are legends and pioneers in incorporating performing arts in early childhood education, and social justice theatre.

I have a pretty eclectic taste in music and Ella Jenkins…

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